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|>>|| No. 435367
I've suddenly got two weeks off work, fucking class, and I was wondering what you two were doing and how we should celebrate? I'm not leaving the house.
That other fucking thread is miserable, and full of lies. If the virus is going to take us, we might as well go down ranting, happily.
What are you doing with your recently found time off?
|>>|| No. 435368
My office let's me work from home all the time anyway so it's not a biggie for me. I actually miss my workplace, the lads there are fun and I can go to the gym at lunch.
|>>|| No. 435370
I was thinking about getting to know the missus but I don't want to go through a divorce. Maybe I'll get in to origami instead.
|>>|| No. 435374
I'm going into work. Don't see why 0.005% of people having flu merits time off work.
|>>|| No. 435381
He frowns in a miserly fashion.
Pretty much. Might apply for a job just for a laugh. Reckon they're desperate for new staff, or desperate not to bother with all that shite? Could go either way, I reckon.
|>>|| No. 435383
>What are you doing with your recently found time off?
Finally the downside of working at home strikes.
I've been self-isolating since last Wednesday, though I didn't realise that until this afternoon.
|>>|| No. 435384
Apply for a job? We're heading for a recession m8. Cling to your current job for dear life.
|>>|| No. 435385
It's just a pause before normal service is resumed. Besides, it's only going to affect povvo jobs like air stewardesses, waiters and hotel receptionists.
|>>|| No. 435386
Amazon are hiring, as are other industries delivering to shut-ins.
(Put a prime order in yesterday, most of it, despite being next-day, will be here in a week. Looks like the Latvian lad who usually delivers my stuff has got the plague.)
|>>|| No. 435389
I'm very unlikely to get any time off, they're happy enough to test hospital staff and get them back in if they're negative.
This is why I'm hoping they step up to the next level soon, and I'll have a fair chance of blagging the 12 weeks compulsory "high risk" isolation for having asthma. Fingers crossed lads.
|>>|| No. 435390
That is a profoundly cretinous view - a lot of people losing their jobs will affect all of us, as the rest of us will end up picking up the tab for them.
|>>|| No. 435393
This is one of those posts I can't tell whether the poster is genuinely a cunt from a broken home, or trying to talk like a cunt from a broken home for comic effect and failing.
|>>|| No. 435401
My new promotion starts on Monday but by the looks of things I'm going to have a few weeks properly off with pay. Here's hoping they forget about me but I end up staying on the payroll.
|>>|| No. 435406
I'll be wanking from home, just need make sure that I don't get my own and work laptop mixed up when I do a search for 'arse pissing poz party'.
|>>|| No. 435407
I'm still working for now but it won't last. My new job seems to still exist, which is nice, and it's looking like I'll be trained for two weeks from Monday then put on paid leave. I could potentially do some of the work from home but I'm not going to be suggesting that. It's entirely possible my industry will collapse, which is a shame as I've only been in it a year or so. The industry I was in before that is also fucked, so I'm probably just going to cash all my chips in and fuck off to the highlands like that other lad.
While off work I will be finishing projects - I still need to get my new ADS-B antenna on the roof, not that I'll be seeing much with it, and I need to pull my car's engine out to service some bits.
After that I'll probably go annoy my mates in London who will be mostly working from
streatham wetherspoons home. I was down at the weekend for the first time in a while, and had forgot how much I enjoy the city.
I've gone off videogames a bit. Struggling to get into them. When is Cyberpunk coming out? I'll probably be into that.
|>>|| No. 435408
Well my missus is supposed to be starting home working next week, but by the sounds of things the investment firm she works from sounds dangerously, bordering on negligently incompetent. They're hoping to get everyone in the office working on their own personal computers at home by remote access.
I can only imagine it being a matter of hours before some Russian hacker has the bank details of every client on their books thanks to a keylogger or something.
|>>|| No. 435410
This whole working from home thing is going to be an utter clusterfuck in terms of security. Companies that don't already have secure remote access provisioned and are instead retrofitting it in the most haphazard way possible are going to get really shafted, hard.
|>>|| No. 435419
Yeah I am going to re activate my radio and ADS-B projects given the extra time I will have at home. I hope Farnborough Air Show is still on, for all sorts of reasons, not least of which it is visible from my garden. I have also been looking at this ADSB exchange thing which sounds promising.
|>>|| No. 435420
> Yeah I am going to re activate my radio and ADS-B projects given the extra time I will have at home. I hope Farnborough Air Show is still on
You're moving on from Arduino bombs to radio attacks on aircraft aren't you, terrorlad?
|>>|| No. 435422
I had assumed I would be too busy and antisocial to see the Air Show, but now, like you, I'm hoping it still goes ahead, while I still have free time and nowhere to be. That'd be nice. Have been looking at the exchange thing too, I'm always sad when something military comes over and I can't see it on anything other than my ropey shed antenna. Plus ground coverage at airports is shocking - anything smaller than an E190 disappears from flightradar at about 3000 feet, at least at my airfield.
There's not much damage you can do to an aircraft over radio other than annoy the pilots (something I'm not adverse to) or send them rude messages over ACARS (the dream).
I suppose technically you could impersonate air traffic control, but air traffic control would hear you, and even if they didn't it's not like pilots blindly follow unsafe vectors.
|>>|| No. 435423
>There's not much damage you can do to an aircraft over radio other than annoy the pilots
How dangerous is the whole laser pointers thing then, realistically? Besides obviously irritating them and momentarily somewhat blinding them?
|>>|| No. 435424
If you can hit a laser pointer on an aeroplane windshield above 4,000 feet (which is landing/takeoff height) then you should let the army know so you can get fast tracked as a sniper. I think the laser pointer thing is more for choppers. To hit an actual plane you would have to be just outside an airport and I imagine they would catch you pretty quickly.
|>>|| No. 435425
Planes definitely do get laser struck at that sort of altitude, but you're right that it's hard to hit the plane exactly, and that's sort of the problem - a shaky laser pointer (that is powerful enough) will be a series of bright flashes to the pilot, which is more distracting than painful or blinding, but you can imagine what seeing a bright flashing light out of the corner of your eye could do to your concentration. At the right angle and weather/air conditions, and if the plane is low enough, a laser can absolutely hit the cockpit dead on and light up the entire flight deck, causing temporary blindness. I don't believe there has ever been permanent damage from a laser attack, but certainly emergencies have been declared because of them.
It might be harder to hit at 4000 feet, but don't forget you're landing all the way to 0 feet (well, relative ground level - you know what I mean) pilots have certainly been hit during the critical landing window.
The majority of the time it's a mild annoyance that is reported to the authorities, but certainly the potential for disaster exists.
|>>|| No. 435426
As a fellow VASAviation watcher I have to say a Shamrock pilot would have been able to shrug off the offensive laser beam, continue on to JFK and land through a dangerous weather cell while delivering a withering put down questioning the matriarchal lineage of the incompetent JFK controller.
You did repeat what I said though, to hit an actual plane you would have to be just outside an airport (as the perpetrators in that video were) which would allow the authorities to catch you very quickly. It's more a danger to helicopters than planes.
|>>|| No. 435429
You could set up a decoy localiser, sure, but you'd have to have access to the airfield and runway to do so, and in my experience people usually notice that. And the systems are set up to detect reflections and interference, so they'd know. It'd be about as effective as trying to cause a car crash by climbing up on the traffic lights and trying to change the bulb.
|>>|| No. 435430
It's my first day working from home and I'm eating a cornetto. It's too quiet.
|>>|| No. 435433
Anyone have any tips on getting the lighting right during a video call? I've realised that what helps is having a light on behind your screen to give yourself a glow.
I've never been this vain before but I've also never had to see my face this often.
Do you know who else combined radio and flying? Dronelad. Farnborough Air Show is all that is holding this country together right now and he wants to take it from us.
Give us his address Purps. I bet there's a school nearby.
|>>|| No. 435434
You could buy a ring light? You can get cheap dodgy ones that work just fine.
Diffuse, even light is what you want. Maybe tape a piece of white paper to your lamp.
|>>|| No. 435435
>I think the laser pointer thing is more for choppers
It'd be pretty stupid though to use a laser pointer against a helicopter, at least a police helicopter. Because not only will they easily see where the laser light originated from, but they also usually have FLIR systems on board that can track your movement in the dark and then have you nicked right there and then by a ground unit.
I'm not sure what really besets people to think that's a fun thing to do. I once got hit by a laser pointer while circling the block looking for a parking space. The kid from across the street was toying with it on the balcony and somehow thought that that was funny. It was in broad daylight and I was doing only about 15 mph down the street, so it wasn't as dangerous as it could have been, but I distinctly noticed the flash of red in the corner of my eye, and instantly slammed on the brakes. I then rolled down the window and gave the kid a good talking to, but he seemed unimpressed and even laughed at my reaction. I was going to tell his parents that night, but knowing what kind of people they are, I doubt it would have had any effect. The next time this happens, I'll straight up call the police on my mobile phone. Maybe coppers can get through to a 10 year old chav kid with indifferent parents.
|>>|| No. 435437
>your friendly local courier
Mirth. Last week when I got something delivered here, it was by a Mideasternlad who complained to me in kind of an abrasive way that I only answered the door on the third ring. Worth noting that one "ring" consisted of him hastily pressing the doorbell button a good three or four times. I do think his violation of doorbell etiquette was far worse than mine. Besides, I was still in bed, and getting up, had trouble finding my tracksuit pants under a pile of clothes.
|>>|| No. 435438
My courier was also Middle Eastern. He turned up about half 5ish and seemed rather confused that I was stood there after he handed me the parcel because I was expecting to have to actually sign for it.
|>>|| No. 435440
> It'd be pretty stupid though to use a laser pointer against a helicopter, at least a police helicopter. Because not only will they easily see where the laser light originated from, but they also usually have FLIR systems on board that can track your movement in the dark and then have you nicked right there and then by a ground unit.
So what you're saying is that I should be taking out popo-copters using small squadrons of drone-mounted lasers?
|>>|| No. 435441
>using small squadrons of drone-mounted lasers?
Well, you might as well give it the best of your Arduino skills.
|>>|| No. 435449
>Are you inciting a daft militant wog attack?
Ask >>435440 lad that. He's the one who seems hell bent on downing a police helicopter.
|>>|| No. 435454
I work in events/backstage live music industry and have basically lost work indefinitely and it's pretty scary. Everything from small gigs to bigger festivals canceled. The line-up for Isolationfest 2020 seems ok though. I hear "Sat On The Couch" and "Doing Fuck All" both have a wicked set to play.
|>>|| No. 435455
I've seen a few comedians who have plans to livestream their routines whilst having a link up asking for donations.
|>>|| No. 435456
Bandcamp have sent an email out saying they're forfeiting their usual share of sales, so nows the time to buy a few t-shirts if you want to keep artists out of poverty.
My sympathies for your situation though. Here's hoping the UBI rumours come in.
|>>|| No. 435458
fuck you pay me.jpg
Is anyone else getting a million emails from random companies giving you their 'Coronavirus updates'?
I have had one parcel delivered to me by Hermes in my entire life. It was around five years ago. And they've emailed me out of the blue, along with a theatre I went to three years ago, my gym, Clearscore, Sky TV and countless others. I'm not inundated with spam every day from these people either (with the exception of Clearscore).
Getting sick of enterprises using all this as an excuse to email me reminders that they exist.
|>>|| No. 435461
As an experiment why don't you ask purps to delete all of your data, even the data around posts you sent from you phone and from your mates laptop.
Do let us know how that goes. Then kill your self.
|>>|| No. 435464
Basically if you aren't in a committed relationship forget getting your dick wet until autumn. Remember to short Tinder.
|>>|| No. 435465
Because I already opt out of marketing offers and so on. When I do get an email from these people, it's usually worth reading. Just not now.
|>>|| No. 435469
ehhh I dunno about that.
It might go that way, or you might get a ton more people start using tinder either out of boredom, or because they can't go peacocking down the clubs like they were.
|>>|| No. 435475
>>435454 here. Was thinking I might set up a live stream of me coiling cables at home, plugging speakers in and testing my lights, see if I can get a patreon going. See if any stage managers will pay me for working from home.
|>>|| No. 435480
People will use tinder and you might even get some nudes but you won't be getting laid with anyone even half-smart until at least July.
|>>|| No. 435485
I think the opposite - it will be immediate house-to-house type action.
Let's be honest, this whole three to six months quarantine could be an enormous sexfest if you have access to willing partners. I don't see any reason for people to change in this regard even with bars and restaurants etc closed. WE WILL FIND A WAY.
|>>|| No. 435486
I tell you what gentlemen, my cable boxes are going to get even tidier over the next couple of months.
|>>|| No. 435487
What's a good 'talky' radio station? I usually listen to Radio 2 or 6 Music in the car but at home it feels like sensory overload and is just giving me a headache.
|>>|| No. 435488
I got stuck in a car with 5 Live for a while - it's not teeth-grindingly awful.
Does it have to be broadcast, or can it be internet?
|>>|| No. 435490
I've got a DAB radio but it only seems to have local stations, Absolute, BBC, Capital, Classic FM, Heart, Kiss, LBC, Magic, Smooth and TalkSport. It claims to have a USB port but I'll be fucked if I can find it.
I've had to shift a lot of stuff to make room for my work computer so I'm running low on sources to have something on in the background.
|>>|| No. 435491
It turns out I'm most productive listening to Kisstory and 'old skool cool' music I don't actually want to listen to because then I can zone out and focus on what I'm meant to be doing.
|>>|| No. 435518
It's going pretty well. I've had enough free time to paint:
24 Necron Warriors
1 Blood Angel Librarian in Terminator armour
1 Blood Angel Dreadnought
1 Lieutenant with power sword
6 Necron Wraith
10 Primaris Intercessors with Auto Bolt Rifles
1 Blood Angel Captain in Terminator armour
10 Primaris Intercessors with Bolt Rifles
10 Necron Immortals with Gauss Blasters
1 Necron Cryptek with Canoptek Cloak
36 Canoptek Scarabs
10 Primaris Hellblasters
1 Chaplain with Jump Pack
10 Death Company with Bolters and power swords (those were a bitch to get)
1 Predator Annihilator
10 Necron Lychguard with Warscythes
10 Assault Terminators with Thunder Hammers and Storm Shields
2 Necron Annihilation Barges with Tesla Destructors
And I'm not even in quarantine
|>>|| No. 435522
Not the guy, I'm going to say over £700. I enjoy the hobby hut don't buy into it much aside from painting a few things for that reason. The new sisters of battle release was both a happy time for me and upsetting because it's so damn expensive.
|>>|| No. 435524
Most home 3D printers can't yet print at as fine a resolution as needed for the details.
|>>|| No. 435525
Far less than that honestly, most of it was scrounged off eBay as the unwanted halves of those two-arny box sets or otherwise second hand; and has been collected over the course of a couple of years rather than all at once. I've just only been painting it recently because I haven't had much of a social life.
My girlfriend has dark eldar
|>>|| No. 435526
It's fairly cost effective to make your own upgrades and weapon options through scratch building and converting, it always has been, but it's a different skill set and people are boring so not everyone can be bothered.
I think personal resin printers are detailed enough for wargaming minis but it would take fucking forever to print out a large number.
Fair fucks to GW they are the best minis you can buy which is the problem as it's a niche hobby with enough appeal to be highly profitable but not enough breadth to have serious competition emerge.
|>>|| No. 435548
I found some unassembled models that I'd forgotten about for 15 years and figured I'd give painting miniatures another go and even with the help of today's youtube tutorials they still look like shit
|>>|| No. 435596
My neighbour is vacuuming his house even more than he does usually.
|>>|| No. 435608
I thought there'd be an uptick in posts here now. Are you all out for your daily session of government mandated exercise or are you all painting the spare room that you promised you'd do six months ago?
|>>|| No. 435609
I've just been sniffing shitloads of glue and sleeping on the couch. Dunno where otherlad is.
|>>|| No. 435610
I'm working from home. I'm not really enjoying it, but that may be bevause I've got kids.
|>>|| No. 435611
There was probably three times the normal number of people sitting there refreshing, waiting for someone to speak.
|>>|| No. 435612
Gardening. With this quarantine going on I haven't spent this much time outdoors in years.
|>>|| No. 435613
Same - I mowed the lawn today, which is a fine thing to do on a Tuesday. My garden is going to look fantastic if I can work on it every day like this.
|>>|| No. 435615
I've just driven to the shops. I quite liked the slight edge and feeling of lawlessness out there, even if it was all in my head. Cars speeding around corners because the roads were so quiet there'd be nobody at the junction to crash into them. People crossing the roads without even bothering to look. This is a feeling I usually get when I'm driving at 3am; this isn't a driving around during the daytime feeling, particularly at rush hour.
|>>|| No. 435616
How are the shops looking? I anticipated more panic buyers today so have avoided them on the assumption they'd either be rammed or out of food.
|>>|| No. 435621
I only went to Farmfoods as I planned on getting some veggie mince but all they had left was a mountain of veggie sausage rolls. Oh, and those burgers made from actual vegetables that nobody actually likes.
Plenty of chopped tomatoes, baked beans, cereal and dairy. No eggs or bread. I don't think there was anything else noticeably out of stock but it was about a third bare.
|>>|| No. 435624
I don't see that working now TBH. Anything that the movie had to say about surveillance technology and things like that that's still relevant is being said in stuff like Black Mirror. Besides, it'd probably be a drone now rather than a helicopter, and who wants to watch a couple of drone operators in a trailer? Eh, mildly entertaining film with some valid points but not really in need of or worth remaking.
|>>|| No. 435627
I think you're right in that films and TV shows about some secret high-tech weapon chock full of state of the art electronics really doesn't get people watching anymore because we live in an age where we have come to expect that that is in principle no longer fiction, and that any bog standard police helicopter nowadays can probably to ten times what Blue Thunder was capable of. Even KITT's capabilities seem lame by today's standards, where two out of three people have Alexa at home.
There was a slew of movies about high-tech government surveillance when the Internet age got into full swing, e.g. films like Enemy of the State, or the Bourne series. They pulled out all the stops, but I doubt it's something that will be perceived as groundbreaking today.
Then again, you could probably still make a decent popcorn cinema flick about a police helicopter squad. Just don't expect peole to still talk about it nearly forty years later, like we do here with Blue Thunder.
|>>|| No. 435635
You say that like Blue Thunder has ever been mentioned before on. gs or will be again
|>>|| No. 435636
It was still an interesting movie for its time. It even sparked an eponymous television series, which ran for all of 11 episodes in 1984.
|>>|| No. 435637
It'd be pretty cool to have a decently ranged, camera'ed drone right now.
|>>|| No. 435640
I've always held off buying one as I'm too close to an aerodrome, but fuck it, I guess that only counts when it's open.
|>>|| No. 435642
Incredibly the Big Bag Of Rice I have on Amazon subscription every two months is going to show up as usual on Friday.
Amazon is a machine built by madmen and fuelled by suffering but by god if they aren't effective.
|>>|| No. 435654
It's quite satisfying to see that my car windscreen has frosted over, safe in the knowledge that I don't have to drive this morning.
|>>|| No. 435657
How lazy do you have to be to buy a bag of rice on Amazon. Even the Indian cornershop down the street here has a 250g bag of rice for £1.50. Not the pest price in the world for a bag of generic, non-brand name rice that size, but it has been a go-to for me a few times when I ran out of rice and couldn't be arsed to drive a mile to my local Tesco's.
|>>|| No. 435658
What's the best rice to buy? My Asian friend suggested Tilda but as far as I'm aware his wife does all the cooking so I don't know whether to trust his expertise, i.e. he's a currymuncher.
|>>|| No. 435659
I like Nishiki for short grain, Three ladies for jasmine, and Kohinoor for basmati. Bomba for paella or risotto rice.
Basically if it's got foreign writing on it, it's good. Basmati is really, really forgiving though, it's hard to find a bad bag of it.
|>>|| No. 435661
I buy 10kg bags of short grain rice, sometimes even the local hypermarket doesn't have small bags of short grain, and when they do it's 'premium sushi rice' for £4/250g.
I could go to my 'local' Asian supermarket for it, but that's a drive into the city and a parking charge etc.
|>>|| No. 435664
Any opinion on Surya? I just got a 5kg bag since it was the last once left in the corner shop (I actually needed rice anyway and got lucky it seems).
|>>|| No. 435666
Is everyone getting more political about this or is it just my bubble?
|>>|| No. 435667
I've had to mute and restrict more people on my social media this week alone than I've ever had to in my entire history of using it. That might just be my bubble too, but it seems like every dimwit with a borrowed opinion has suddenly had to come out cheering for whatever political football team they favour while casting aspersions on the supporters of the other side. I've seen this from people from multiple countries and it's all very tiresome and, yes, fucking enraging at times.
|>>|| No. 435671
I don't use Facebook often, but at the minute mine seems to be 90% moaning about people going outside, 6% praising the NHS, 2% coronavirus jokes and 2% criticising the government.
What's interesting is that the ones who regularly post things that are far-left politically have gone full blown totalitarian and want the police to have more powers to be able to check people aren't going outside more than once a day.
|>>|| No. 435672
>the ones who regularly post things that are far-left politically have gone full blown totalitarian
The far-left have always been full blown totalitarian, as evidenced by literally every far-left government in history.
|>>|| No. 435675
Other than lots of people posting that people should now "be nice to Boris" there's not much of that going on in my feeds. Personally I have lots of things to say about the situation and how quickly people change their views when There's A War On, but I just don't think it's the time to say it.
|>>|| No. 435677
This is mostly just because the majority of people with a modicum of sense or intellect don't post on Facebook anymore, and probably haven't in years.
If it makes you feel any better I'm hard left and I'm the one who had a big rant the other day about all the mewling defenceless sheep who needed daddy government to make it mandatory for them to stay indoors because they can't think for themselves.
Everyone's thinking it, but nobody wants to be the first to say it: We should have elected Jezza.
|>>|| No. 435678
>mewling defenceless sheep who needed daddy government to make it mandatory for them to stay indoors because they can't think for themselves
It's not really our choice though is it? Until the big daddy gov had to tell us to stay at home, most work places were forcing people to come into work. My wfh only started this Tuesday. Big daddy corp are not looking out for your interests, cryptofascistlad.
|>>|| No. 435681
Still at work for now, but managed to find a nice sun-lounger in Sainsburys in case we get knocked up to the next TEACON level.
|>>|| No. 435684
I'm somehow unsure somebody who identifies as hard left is exactly going to be standing up for businesses either, lad.
|>>|| No. 435689
A new horse turned up yesterday, and the pony in the next stable is completely smitten with her, It's like prisoner cell block H, but with more pissing, whinnying and squealing.
|>>|| No. 435691
>>435690 They're both girls. It'll be interesting to see what happens when we turn them out this morning.
Yeah, an ambitious pony can sometimes surprise everyone, but it's more usual for a girl pony to get an unwanted dicking.
It's very bad form to let it happen, as a big foal in a little pony doesn't usually end well. Also, nobody wants midget horses.
(Nobody really wants most horses or ponies unless they're special - the running costs are fierce unless you just dump them in a shit field, traveller style.)
|>>|| No. 435692
>but with more pissing, whinnying and squealing.
I'm not proud of it but I think I might be bashing one out to this.
Quarantine has made me utterly randy.
|>>|| No. 435705
Much like furlad I have noticed an uptick in libido, I reckon mostly because I know I can't shag anyone with this quarantine in place.
I was watching a youtube gaming thing and the mere sight of a reasonably attractive woman in HD on a screen talking about Doom was enough to give me a stonk on. The woman in question I would more accurately describe as 'cute' than 'phwwwwoaaaarr' so it's even more out of the ordinary.
|>>|| No. 435709
Right, with social distancing right now, it's going to be pretty rough going for many a younglad. Anybody who's not in a relationship will pretty much have to just keep knocking a few out every day.
Which is all the more reason to expect that once the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, people are just going to become lost in a continuous, several months long, booze and drug fuelled countrywide bonk of everybody with everybody.
And that could then actually go a long way giving even the most self-pitying shut ins a shot at getting laid.
|>>|| No. 435717
> Which is all the more reason to expect that once the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, people are just going to become lost in a continuous, several months long, booze and drug fuelled countrywide bonk of everybody with everybody.
I think this is accurate. Via my virtual "little black book" and tinder I've already got about half a dozen weekend long shagathons pencilled in for whenever this is over. I figure if I can get a leg over they must have a at least a dozen blokes set up each. It'll be fantastically ironic if all the post-corona
conga lines of buggery shagging produces some kind of super-AIDS and that's what actually wipes us out.
|>>|| No. 435718
You say it like a joke but I imagine that sibling incest and internet grooming are already through the roof.
|>>|| No. 435719
I have already had a couple of offers of 'when this settles down' too. I'm the coming weeks I will attempt to turn the individual offers into more of a combined weekend, and if that doesn't kill me I'll be very fucking disappointed.
It's going to be like the Playboy Mansion but for reasonably attractive regional air hostesses.
|>>|| No. 435721
I've been tempted to start planting some seeds myself but I'd only end up with an internet girlfriend I have to video-call (with nothing to talk about). I'm going to hold out until we get close to the end, probably the supermarkets returning to normal.
In the meantime, it's getting close to 3 months now. There's a nice international student who lives above me that I've chatted to a few times, it's shitting where I live and she must be 10 years younger than me but I reckon she'd be up for sharing a bottle. How badly do you think this could go? Do we technically count as the same household?
|>>|| No. 435722
> Do we technically count as the same household?
Only if you're eligible to share the same TV license.
|>>|| No. 435723
I knew the BBC was short on cash but I never thought they'd engineer a pandemic virus just to get more household registrations. Have the licence enforcement officers started coughing through our letterboxes?
|>>|| No. 435730
Colin Furze has really taken shed enthusiasm to the next level. Might be too late now to start building a corona bunker, but oh well.
|>>|| No. 435731
>If you didn't know it was here, you wouldn't know it was here.
That's great except all your neighbours will know it's there.
|>>|| No. 435732
Christ, mental health services really have collapsed, unfortunately unlike his bunker
|>>|| No. 435734
During the Cold War, it was common wisdom that if you had an underground bunker, you would guard that secret with your life and not tell a single soul outside your immediate household. For obvious reasons. How exactly you were going to keep its construction a secret in the first place was a different matter, mind.
I think this here is just a cross between a schoolboy supervillain fantasy and a manchild mancave. It would not survive a direct hit by a low-yield nuclear bomb, probably not even a Hiroshima-type yield, or even one going off within a five-mile radius. Purpose-built, family-size nuclear bunkers are usually cylindrical or tube shaped, because that is the best way to mitigate shock waves travelling through rock and soil. They are also usually much deeper under ground than the one you see in the video, which probably isn't even three feet.
That said, even Cold War missile silo bunkers with on-duty launch personnel weren't equipped to withstand a dead-on hit, and they were usually some 50 feet under ground. And I think this was also true for whatever bunkers the British Government would have taken shelter in.
|>>|| No. 435738
Very fucking little will protect you from a direct hit, of course. But I'll definitely take a buried cargo container over propping the doors up against your sitting room wall, when it comes to surviving the heat and radiation that'd affect people in the survivable radius.
|>>|| No. 435739
We have places for that eventuality. One of them has a Costa Coffee in it, bizarrely.
|>>|| No. 435740
>surviving the heat and radiation that'd affect people in the survivable radius
Most people in nuclear bunkers would indeed survive the initial blast and radiation, unless you are located at or near a strategic target. But at what cost. Eventually, you will run out of food supplies, and also, your air filters will clog up, so you are going to have to reemerge from your bunker. I think the official recommendation back then was a two-week waiting period, but there would have been nothing in the outside world to go back to. Livestock and crops will have died, and any food you would be able to grow (or hunt) would be heavily contaminated. Life for the survivors of a nuclear war would be almost as bleak, if not even more bleak than getting killed right when it happens. In countries like Britain, you would almost certainly die from starvation or from radiation poisoning within weeks, and even if you live in a remote jungle in the Southern Hemisphere and thousands of miles away from the nearest targets, you will be affected by crop failures and nuclear winter.
IMO it's really just better to die right when the bombs hit. Quick and painless. You're not doing yourself a favour by pretending otherwise.
|>>|| No. 435754
The scenario you describe is a full on nuclear exchange
A limited exchange would be far more survival but still grim beyond imagining
|>>|| No. 435756
The worst thing about Furze is the music he uses - it all sounds like the 'indie' shite that my teenlad bands used to make. Is he a pederast? It's not for me to say.
|>>|| No. 435787
That is a shite Mike Boyd video but you're right it did refer to something watchable.
|>>|| No. 435793
It really looks like you need plenty of knowledge about music and sound engineering. This is likely not something you can just whip together to kill lockdown boredom.
|>>|| No. 435795
You can download his file if you want. There's no practical use for this, the entire point is to kill time programming it.
|>>|| No. 435797
I've been trying to think what mini projects I could do with all the parts in my Arduino bin. I've got various different microcrontrollers from ATtiny85s to ATmega328s, even an ESP32 dev board, one or two miniature TFT displays, plus various sensors and relays and MOSFETs. But I can't think of anything useful to do with all that at the moment.
|>>|| No. 435798
>>435797 Got anything that can do range detection? Ultrasound, ToF, even a camera? Build something that shouts (or prints in big cheery letters) 'fuck off' at anything that comes within 2m.
Or learn to use a toolchain that isn't the foul beast that is Arduino?
|>>|| No. 435800
Not range detection, but I've got PIR (passive infrared) sensors. Only problem is, they are very sensitive, they will detect movement of an IR heat source from ten feet away, and don't give out a range reading, but simply switch to "HIGH". But I could still use it to make something that shouts "FUCK OFF", I've got a 3W Adafruit breakout mono amplifier, and a 10cm coax speaker from an old car. 3W would be enough to give somebody a good scare if they get too close to my flat's door.
That said, looks like some people have found a really useful Arduino application for the current crisis:
|>>|| No. 435805
That looks a bit too ham handed, in all fairness.
The Arduino design is really dead simple, all you need to do code wise is define a loop that switches the polarity of an air pump in set intervals, so that that pump then either inflates or deflates the bag in the video above. That code should take no longer than half an hour to write from scratch. Adding code and libraries to drive an LCD or TFT to display data, as well as including knobs and buttons to control the machine's parameters will probably take another hour or two.
Here's a 12V air pump that will probably do the job nicely:
As I understand it, the bag is inside an airtight case and is compressed and inflated by introducing positive and negative pressure into the case with an air pump. You could probably even eliminate the case, and then come up with an actuator that is driven by a stepper motor, which exerts mechanical pressure on the bag to either deflate or inflate it. On the other hand, having a case to hide your raw electronics will probably be needed anyway to ensure reliability, so it's probably the tidiest approach after all to make that case airtight as in the video and have the pump pump air in or out.
|>>|| No. 435807
You haven't coded much, have you?
A fairly simple code of maybe no more than 150 lines (yes, that is fairly simple) can often take days to perfect so that it reliably does what it should and not much else. Especially in physical computing, where there is increased complexity from the physical components that you connect to your microcontroller(s).
|>>|| No. 435808
I literally quoted the upper bound of his estimate to make a lazy joke. Go back to your computer programs, nerd.
|>>|| No. 435809
>>435805 Here's a 12V air pump that will probably do the job nicely:
As long as you're fine with one breath every few minutes, sure. Those things have higher pressure and lower volume than you need.
|>>|| No. 435811
Did a bit of research, with all the free time I've got now, and it appears that your lungs tolerate a positive pressure of around 1.4 psi above your ambient air pressure before they will rupture (which is why people who find themselves close to a blast wave created by heavy artillery or aerial bombs often don't die from shrapnel or flying debris, but their lungs rupture from the overpressure and they then suffocate). The pump in the link has a rating of 0-32 psi, so you'd have to get deeper into the specs and do experiments with it, and then calculate the positive pressure in relation to the ventilation tube's cross section area that the pump delivers as it pumps around 6-8 litres a minute in and out, which is apparently an average adult's breathing volume per minute. 32 psi going through a tube with probably less than a square inch of cross section area is going to be far too much, that's true.
Maybe it is a better idea to use a stepper motor and an actuator to compress and expand the ambu bag, because you will probably be able to do much better fine tuning with it. I think I've seen hospital-grade ventilators that do just that. It introduces an additional level of complexity to a homemade ventilator device, but it's probably safer than using just any old air pump to drive the design in the above video. To really be sure, you'd probably also have to place an air pressure sensor somewhere inside the bag or ventilating tube.
|>>|| No. 435812
>your lungs tolerate a positive pressure of around 1.4 psi above your ambient air pressure before they will rupture
Unfortunately they'll suffer lasting damage at significantly lower pressures. For patients with ARDS (the main fatal complication of COVID-19) there's a difficult tradeoff between providing sufficient ventilation to provide adequate oxygenation without further damaging their already-damaged lungs. Finding the sweet spot requires constant monitoring and fine-tuning. An effective ventilator needs very precise control of pressure and flow in both directions - you want to maintain a bit of pressure at the peak of exhalation to keep the alveoli open.
|>>|| No. 435813
>Unfortunately they'll suffer lasting damage at significantly lower pressures.
I would guess that 1.4 psi is the maximum rating, as it were, for a one-time sudden burst of air into your lungs. So the "safe" level of positive pressure generated by a ventilator during continuous ventilation is probably going to be much lower than that.
If you know your parameters though, then building an Arduino-based ventilator really isn't too difficult. Like I said, the main thing is going to be to continuously switch the polarity of a pump or motor, and then maybe have buttons and switches that allow you to control the interval lengths between sucking and pumping, and also alter the amount of airflow, e.g. by driving your pump or motor using PWM at variable duty cycles. The readout on your LCD or TFT really depends on how neat you want to make it look. For a basic user interface, a 64-character illuminated monochrome LCD should be enough.
|>>|| No. 435815
>What are you doing with your recently found time off?
Just trying to keep my spirits up.
|>>|| No. 435834
I've just slept for 24 hours straight and this video woke me right up. Even the wee man is standing to attention.
Mad that it has ~100 million views. I would also agree with >>435818 that she looks a bit smug and self-satisfied, but honestly if that was myself I'd feel satisfied too.
|>>|| No. 435835
Not that mad. It was viral on the Facebooks and on the reddits and it was reposted here at the time too. I'm sure we've clocked a hundred views between the three of us by now.
|>>|| No. 435836
If I tried to have sex with her my flab would pour into her six-pack like SARAH MILLICAN'S SQUELCHY FANNY CUSTARD into a waffle maker.
|>>|| No. 435838
I'm in the best shape of my life yet I'm still entirely certain shagging her would kill me. It'd be like fucking a fleshlight strapped to a pneumatic drill.
|>>|| No. 435839
I have a fear bordering on phobia that big bottomed girls will snap off my knob when they are sitting on top of me. The last few women I have been with were more the lean type, but there was one a few years ago that had kind of a big arse, and although she really enjoyed riding me, I could never quite eliminate the thought in the back of my head that one false move by her could have ended in disaster.
|>>|| No. 435840
I wonder if birds have a similar phobia that the lad's knob will slip out and go right up her chocolate bon bon factory as she sits back down. I've achieved this once or twice with careful hip tilting, but then I'm a total cunt.
|>>|| No. 435845
Most of the women I have been with didn't care much for the idea of anal (neither do I, for that matter), if we even talked about it, but I wouldn't say they were phobic about it. One lass said that she wasn't against the idea in general, but that she just didn't see the point of anal sex, when it feels so much more exciting to have a knob inside you in the front as a woman. And I kind of agree that I can't imagine anal feeling as good as vaginal sex, as a guy.
I was with one lass though who was kind of a wrongun. Right the first time we were naked in bed together, she started moving her index finger down my sac and towards my back passage. If I hadn't said, "Please don't do that!", she probably would have given me a proper arse fingering. She actually said, "Hm. Some guys like it". She tried a few more times on other occasions, but then eventually gave up.
|>>|| No. 435848
It wasn't really the idea of anal I was considering, more the sudden unexpected and barely lubed rear entry.
|>>|| No. 435850
Well I'd rather a dick in my arse than in my dick hole and I feel like I'm more of an authority on the matter than you are to describe how your imaginary vag feels.
|>>|| No. 435853
Oh, that actually happened to me once. I slipped and was maybe half an inch up her bum, i.e. just barely. She started laughing and said, "Pay attention here, that's the wrong one!". Didn't really seem to startle her though, she thought it was just funny.
|>>|| No. 435857
>I was with one lass though who was kind of a wrongun. Right the first time we were naked in bed together, she started moving her index finger down my sac and towards my back passage. If I hadn't said, "Please don't do that!", she probably would have given me a proper arse fingering. She actually said, "Hm. Some guys like it". She tried a few more times on other occasions, but then eventually gave up.
I work with a lass and every single guy she's slept with, I think she was up to 86 at the last count, she's tried putting a finger up their bum. It's her thing. I know she's pegged a few.
|>>|| No. 435863
Honestly I find it shocking how few blokes will let a woman do anything to their arse. Give it a try lads, once you're over the "ooh, it feels like I need a poo" phase it's really very pleasant and intensifies your orgasms a great deal. When they call the prostate the male g-spot they're not joking.
If I was a bird and the bloke I was shagging was afraid of having his arse fingered, or showed that typical macho "Oi, I don't do that!" reaction to it, he'd considerably drop in my estimations. I've had girlfriends who love anal because of just how naughty/degrading/etc it is, not because of physical pleasure and I've had lasses who will full on squirt if you give their arsehole a finger-ramming. It can still be exceptionally pleasurable for a woman, you may not realise it but you can still stimulate their g-spot with an appropriate angle through the vaginal wall. They're barely an inch apart after all.
Life is too short to be a boring shag, lads. The vast majority of women are bigger slags than you think, and they just don't let on if they can tell you're a bland cunt.
|>>|| No. 435868
What is wrong with simply not wanting a finger up your arse. And not because you're conflicted about your sexuality and worry that admitting to getting pleasure from it exposes you as a closet poof who'd really rather have strapping gaylads love and cherishing up his backdoor all day. But because it is just something that you either don't fancy, or simply feels a tad uncomfortable to you.
|>>|| No. 435869
A finger up the bum is just weird. I've taken a fair few bummings in my time but there's something a bit bizarre about a finger up there.
|>>|| No. 435871
Nothing wrong with a fingertip to loosen up, unless you've got an arsehole like a broken cat flap.
|>>|| No. 435872
There's nothing wrong with not liking it, but I think it's a bit like people who say they don't like spicy food. Most of the time they haven't tried it and don't know what they're missing, but they're usually quite conspicuously defensive about it.
I'm not saying that applies to you, but you know. There's a certain type who would take this post I'm writing right now as a veiled assault on their masculinity and respond by saying I'm the wierdo/poofter for liking the thing they don't.
I do think women tend to like a more sexually adventurous man more, that said.
|>>|| No. 435873
I just find it awkward the angle she has to reach around while you're still trying to be doing things and then there's the poop smell and post-coital dirty finger. If she wants to stimulate my prostate she can buy me a buttplug, otherwise it's just too much hassle.
|>>|| No. 435875
Aneros Progasm Jr. Treat yourself. I accept no responsibility for spunk stains on your ceiling.
|>>|| No. 435876
I like it up the arse but in the real world, it's a bit too much of a faff. If you really wanted a protate orgasm out of it you have to plan for it, poo wise. And nothing ruins the spontaneous of a randy finger up the arse than having douched for it 45 minutes earlier, and the alternative (no prep and hoping for the best) is no better. For me it only works in the context of a BDSM relationship where this sort of thing is part of the foreplay, or even the lifestyle in extreme cases.
Like otherlad I do tend not to be sceptical of blokes who say "I just don't like it" because that's like a woman saying she doesn't like clitoral stimulation - undoubtedly true for some, but a vanishing few.
I'M NOT GAY THOUGH HONEST
|>>|| No. 435877
$49.95? Put that much in the bitcoin wallet and I'll find somewhere it's not sold out.
|>>|| No. 435879
If that's actually a genuine britfa donations wallet and not some kind of April fools joke where I'm dropping btc into the wallet of some ransomware crime gang / cyber pedo then I will. Because you mods deserve a pain in the arse that isn't your user-base.
|>>|| No. 435880
I said nothing about sharing my ill-gotten donations with the lads and I'm fully stocked on things to shove up my arse. You can buy deleted word filters though. Take your pick.
|>>|| No. 435881
It's a mod but apparently he's being territorial about it. Frankly I'd spend any money donated on food, myself.
|>>|| No. 435883
You mean you don't already have a collection of buttplugs with various fluffy tails attached to share with a woman when you get her back to your shed?
Also this is why BDSM people have very good digestive health. Eating a high fibre diet isn't just good for you, it's a matter of good manners when you're with somebody who might want to shove something up your arse at a moments notice.
|>>|| No. 435884
I tried to buy a Bad Dragon mug once but cancelled it when I realised it was almost $50 for shipping.
|>>|| No. 435886
>it's a bit too much of a faff
This is my thought exactly - I'm much too lazy to be faffing about with bums. It's all about missionary on a Sunday afternoon while a repeat of an inoffensive comedy plays in the background. Followed by a lovely cup of tea.
|>>|| No. 435888
You fucking sicko, we don't allow that kind of thing around here. Reported.
|>>|| No. 435890
>Eating a high fibre diet isn't just good for you, it's a matter of good manners when you're with somebody who might want to shove something up your arse at a moments notice
I think I happened upon a fetish web site once where they had that kind of detailed information, on what to eat if you were into a bit of poo play.
Just never seemed appealing to me, all that sort of thing.
|>>|| No. 435891
For me there's a switch in my brain, and it's very powerful, the moment there's any shit anywhere near me I'm done with any sex or arousal. I'll never do anal with a burd despite it being a bit of a fantasy, because if you do anal you have to get used to a bit of shit and a smell, even if they've has properly cleaned down there.
|>>|| No. 435892
As someone with bad guts this stuff seems the biggest drawback of being gay for me.
>No coffee for me this morning - I'm getting bummed tonight
>I'd better not have any of that chilli, just changed the sheets
Appreciate that you probably end up only doing the bumming once a week out of obligation but if I ever get confused I'm finding a nice Asian sissy-boy to plough.
|>>|| No. 435894
This is what I meant by the spicy food analogy. If you've never tried anal how do you know there's shit and shit stank involved? I can see why you'd assume that, but it's not actually the case.
The reality is you don't need to douche or anything. Just make sure they'vve had a shower in the past couple of hours and don't immediately need to shit. As long as you've got a good clean shitting habit, poo does not live in your rectum. That's simply not how the body works. That and the fact you want to lube up for anal.
Providing your partner has healthy digestion, your cock will come out clean as a whistle.
|>>|| No. 435895
I've been bummed loads of times, never done any special any the the other person has never had shit on their dick.
I've done a fair bit of bumming, never done any special preparation and the only time I've had shit on my dick was when I convinced her to let me visit the chocolate bonbon a few hours after her diarrhea had cleared up; it turns out that a good old spunk up the arse can trigger that off again.
|>>|| No. 435896
Wait till you get to jail lads. Your 'prison pocket' will be the best thing you'll ever own in the chokey.
|>>|| No. 435897
How true is that? I know rape in UK prisons isn't much of a thing, but do flamers enjoy privileges others don't? Like can you use your arse to secure protection from some tough lads?
|>>|| No. 435898
>Wait till you get to jail lads
I am not sure I've ever considered a criminal career that would put me in that situation.
|>>|| No. 435899
You don't have to engage in a criminal career. You can do something once and purposely get caught if you like.
|>>|| No. 435902
These things facinate me, there's a healthy market for them, and you can find them for searching for things like "HMP phone" on Amazon, even though the sellers aren't allowed to use that phrase anymore. A lot of them have interesting features advertised front and centre, like that they have voice changing software or can be charged via a 9v battery.
Their days are numbered, however, with increasingly sophisticated (or just increasingly invasive) body scanners. I think they just straight up X-ray your torso now.
|>>|| No. 435903
That got me looking for small phones on ebay, I didn't realise they were that tiny, could be useful to have one to chuck in a bag as a backup.
Love this mockup.
|>>|| No. 435904
Ah, boring. I have no use for a dumb phone and I'm not interested in selling anything to other inmates.
|>>|| No. 435905
When you're inside, you will suddenly wish you had taken an interest in those things. This kind of thing is what separates the prison peasantry from the prison middle and upper classes.
Contact with the outside is vital to maintain your sanity, and if you're in for any decent length of time you're definitely going to want something to give you bargaining power with other inmates. If you go to prison expecting to just get your head down and do your time, you're going to find it very rough indeed.
|>>|| No. 435906
They do sell tiny smartphones, too. They're a bit bigger but nothing you couldn't get up there with perseverance.
|>>|| No. 435907
I'd be more worried about getting it back out and the x-ray machine. I think I'm going to stay on the outside if it's alright with you.
|>>|| No. 435915
I've figured out what to do as an Arduino project from my parts bin to kill lockdown boredom. And that is a coronavirus case counter.
Pretty simple design, I've got an ESP32 dev board that can access the Internet via wi-fi. Retrieve the current number of cases and deaths via https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ , then print those numbers out on a 1.8'' TFT screen. Refresh every ten seconds. Play a sound when the number has increased since the last refresh. Put everything in a stand-alone module case, powered by a Li-Ion battery from an old smartphone.
Not sure this can be done in one weekend though. These things tend to seem like a piece of piss in your head, but once you're coding and then debugging it, it can take a fucking long time. Only really worth it if this crisis persists for a few more weeks.
|>>|| No. 435916
> Only really worth it if this crisis persists for a few more weeks.
Might as well get a head start then lad.
|>>|| No. 435917
Then again, this device could go on to become a budget homemade weather station. All I'd have to do is tell it to parse information from a weather web site, and then slightly modify the output on the display to show the temperature and chance of rain instead of corona cases and deaths.
|>>|| No. 435918
Can you make one to flash up to tell me whenever there is specific new niche porn material uploaded to xvideos? Asking for a friend.
|>>|| No. 435919
Sure. And I'll also tell you my bitcoin wallet ID. Just in case I see you knock one out to pissing leather shemales.
|>>|| No. 435920
>>435915 Seems like you should do the maths and build a PLL that triggers a 'bong' at the death rate, as best you can. That would be quite depressing.
|>>|| No. 435921
The ESP32 can store 8-bit wav files in flash memory. I've got a 15mm subminiature speaker that could output the sound directly from the ESP32. Not so great sound quality wise, but it'd still be identifiable as a "bomg".
|>>|| No. 435922
Today I'm spending my quarantine with a big buttplug up my arse having a drawn out wank over variously depraved furry porn.
I might fire up a deeply modded Stalker game later. I've not been to the zone for a long while. Feels appropriate.
|>>|| No. 435924
If there was the technology to accurately replicate those beans animals have on their paw pads I'm sure furries would be all over it, but otherwise, no.
Maybe some of the fursuit lot do, but they're mental anyway. It's far too fucking warm to do anything seriously sexual in one of those.
|>>|| No. 435925
Outside of a fursuiter, furries wouldn't want to fuck a human.
Inside a fursuit, it's too warm to fuck.
The actual joke here is that it's in the shape of a joke about being "inside a dog".
|>>|| No. 435931
Is there anywhere I can buy a bulk lot of garlic? I want maybe 40 bulbs to start with.
|>>|| No. 435934
Most of it looks total shit or equal/more than what I pay at a supermarket in central London.
That said, ask them what country of origin is for the Milo. If it's Singapore then the stuff is decent and you can bulk a lifetime supply of the best chocolate milkshake powder. Don't let them sell you the Ethiopian shite, it's conclusive proof that companies do dump inferior products in different markets.
|>>|| No. 435938
It's the Singaporean one. Is this the one that's marketed as a health drink over there?
|>>|| No. 435977
Now is the time to work on that Jaguar restoration you've been putting off, lads.
Why does this video make me furious at posh cunts.
|>>|| No. 435978
You don't have to be rich to work on cars and especially not bikes, but I know what you're getting at.
I regret not buying the Datsun truck I saw a few months back, I could have been putting an RB20DET into it right now.
|>>|| No. 435982
I bought Marmite peanut butter on some sort of mad whim and it's fucking amazing with chilli jam.
|>>|| No. 435984
I went out on my bike for the first time in a while and now I feel like someone's kicked me in the gooch. Felt much better for stretching the legs, though.
Also, has anyone else noticed how much louder the birds are now? Fucking ridiculous.
|>>|| No. 435985
Will I ever make a packet of chocolate hobnobs last more than two days?
Every time I have them in, I just sit and dunk them in my coffee in lieu of eating real meals.
|>>|| No. 435986
As someone who can't make a tube of pringles last more than an hour I respect your self control. I basically had to stop buying crap other than as a very rare treat because I inhale it all almost immediately.
|>>|| No. 435987
>Also, has anyone else noticed how much louder the birds are now? Fucking ridiculous.
That lot are having a right laugh at the moment, the fucking flying cunts.
|>>|| No. 435989
There are clips on youtube where people have filmed the lack of traffic noise and the more audible sounds of nature in city centres at the moment.
I'm actually more impressed at videos of the clear water in the canals in Venice. I was there a few years ago and it all looked pretty murky.
You kind of wonder what long-term consequences the lockdown will have on environmental legislation. Essentially, we're proving right now that life can go on with a fraction of the road and air traffic that we've become accustomed to. I'd be personally pissed off a little if somehow I couldn't go on holiday once or twice a year anymore because there'd be no flights, but I think it could be that governments will become much more restrictive with the amount of driving and flying that you'll be able to do. Again, because we're showing right now that we can live without a lot of it.
And no-frills subsidiary airlines as a business model could be going tits up entirely in the next few years, from what it looks like. I read today that German giant Lufthansa is scrapping its budget daughter airline German Wings entirely, because Lufthansa doubts the future viability of budget holiday airlines as such, if I understood correctly. Other big players are expected to follow suit, probably mainly because of the losses those airlines will suffer during the weeks and months of lockdown, but also because it could take years before demand for no-frills air travel will return to pre-Corona levels.
|>>|| No. 435990
> scrapping its budget daughter airline German Wings entirely, because Lufthansa doubts the future viability of budget holiday airlines as such
We had a recent thread where we talked about how easy/expensive/dodgy it was that one with the right access, could lease a tip-top brand new 737 (MAX) for about 2million pounds per month. The reason the airline companies are reacting so quickly is that most of them are trying to hand back those planes on lease to their bankers who own them, get rid of their temporary staff and try and survive with zero business. I have no doubt we will return to pre-virus levels of travel, but the companies doing the front-end business will change.
Also, err lads, thanks to a deal at work I might have a couple of 737s second-hand low mileage if you're interested. AIR GS? Think of the uniforms we could make them wear!
|>>|| No. 435992
>we're proving right now that life can go on with a fraction of the road and air traffic that we've become accustomed to
To an extent, yes. We need massive sweeping changes to the way society operates in order to make something like this sustainable though.
Pic related. We can't keep this up for more than three months at the absolute most, pandemic or no pandemic.
|>>|| No. 435993
I think there is a potential outcome that loads more jobs will be done from home by default in the future, and face to face work meetings will be via Internet. Companies could save massive money by not having to rent office space that way. And employees wouldn't be stuck in traffic every morning. Companies that offer remote conferencing software are already seeing unprecedented spikes in subscriptions.
Keeping up the not-flying will mean the end of the holiday industry though as we know it today. No more £100 stag dos in Estonia, and definitely no more £500 lads holidays in Magaluf.
You'd essentially have to turn the world into a global eco dictatorship. But seeing how readily people are accepting the coronavirus measures now, it's not unlikely that people would accept that as well. Just encourage people to tell on their neighbours.
|>>|| No. 435994
Problem is all the knock on effects. We're seeing a lot of unemployment just as a result of the service industry jobs that are on temporary haitus. Airline staff and suchlike are largely furloughed. But what happens to the millions and millions of people who depend on tourism for a livelihood if their customers simply never come back?
The only answer is universal basic income, of course. But it's debatable if we can actually afford that if we've had such a crippling blow dealt to the economy, and therefore the tax revenue/stock values/interest rates that waters the magic money tree.
|>>|| No. 435995
Pretty much exactly right. Most airlines operate on a knifes edge and don't really own anything, like that ferry company that had no ferries or whatever.
There are certain airlines that will do better out of this, those that are organised and customer focused enough to already be on top of this, and that operate in clever ways (like having the "airline" and the "holidays" parts of your company entirely separate legal entities). They still have everyone's money as they've just called everyone and asked if they want to go on holiday in winter or next summer instead. From where I'm standing, TUI and Easyjet are the most precarious of the UK(ish) airlines. They simply can't afford to maintain a grounded fleet and so are trying as hard as they can to reduce them. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the big leasing giants when they end up with fifteen thousand airframes back and nobody to lease them to. They were already on dicey ground with the MAX stuff.
>I might have a couple of 737s second-hand low mileage if you're interested. AIR GS?
I'm in, I suppose I'll learn to fly one if the company's paying for it. 737-800s? Or are they desperately trying to palm off 200s and 300s to people?
|>>|| No. 435996
I'm not convinced that working from home works for most people, I don't know about you, but anecdotally and within my company, productivity has hit the floor. Obviously there's more than just being at home that's affecting that, but I don't know if you'll get away with every office, or even most offices, running like that forever, even if it's cheaper.
|>>|| No. 435997
All I have been doing is uni work, masturbating and playing videogames. I'm quite surprised by how unguilty I feel about this really.
|>>|| No. 435998
I honestly think it'll be unhealthy on the whole for most people.
I'm a typical introvert nerd type, but there are two big downsides I can see (and have seen in friends who are doing it). For starters, there's the obvious lack of social contact- A lot of people, especially in middle age onwards, only really see their colleagues outside their own family. It's sad but true, the normal work routine is a vital part of socialisation when friendships start to wane later in life.
Secondly it's pretty stressful if you like to maintain a very distinct work and home life. It's pretty insidious, your living room used to be a sanctuary but now work has contaminated it. Your [ersonal phone used to be safe but now your boss fully expects to be allowed to phone you any time. And bosses will get cheekier asking you to pull extra hours, because after all, you don't have to commmute, you're already sat on the sofa in your pants, where else do you need to be?
In short, I fucking hate office drone work to begin with, but I think I'd top myself even quicker if I had to take office drone work home with me.
|>>|| No. 435999
I too am an introvert nerd but absolutely hate working from home, I have never really been able to hack working at a desk at all, despite being a hermit at home and days off, I go mental at work if I can't wander around both physically and project wise. Like you say, even the psychopaths who enjoy office life enjoy the "life" part of it over the office part.
|>>|| No. 436001
>>435996 It's not helped by people having kids at home, which you'd imagine wouldn't be the case long-term.
I've been partly w**king from home for years, always with an office / lab I can go in to, but I rarely feel an urge to physically meet the other fleshbags. Possibly because I always can, it's just not necessary. I reckon our team of 6 is running at about 60% with everybody at home, and that's pretty much due to childcare. The actual work and work rate, probably at 90%, which would be sustainable.
|>>|| No. 436002
only anomaly I've noticed is my Facebook Friend Suggestions is going a bit nuts. guessing it's people (all girls) bored out of their skulls trawling social media.
|>>|| No. 436003
Excessive masterbation was the first thing i stopped during lockdown. I guess it was more of a coping mechanism against 'society', whatever that means. I've long known i don't actually enjoy wanking, but i didn't realise why i do it. The thought of a massive wank session seems like a colossal waste of time now, whereas before it was more about biding time.
Well, you got me.
|>>|| No. 436004
Someone has posted about the work's break room coffee machines, and how they miss paying 25p for a shit coffee, and everyone has been posting the order number they like. I'd never have imagined missing that fucking machine, that made every drink taste a bit like bovril, or the banal, daily discussions on which is the best thing to order - 34, coffee with milk and extra sugar, "sort of tastes like a latte", 44, the mocha, but only get it from the left machine because the right hand one makes it too bitter. Someone has commented on how I'm the only person they've ever seen dare try the soup from it.
It's odd what you end up latching on to as part of your work's culture, isn't it.
|>>|| No. 436006
I really wonder how you're supposed to go about meeting a sexual or romantic partner at the moment. You're essentially going to have to break the lockdown rules because you're of course not supposed to get close to another person that doesn't live in your household already.
There was something in the paper the other week about a lad in Spain who was stopped by police on a routine check, and he was arrested for violating the lockdown, because he truthfully told police that he was on his way to have sex with his girlfriend, who doesn't live with him. I think he had to pay something like a £500 fine and was let go.
Spain seems to be taking the piss really right now, there are reports that they stop you on the way back from the grocery store, and it won't be good enough if you can show them a bag full of groceries, no, they want to see your receipt, and if you cannot present it to them, you are again slapped with a fine.
|>>|| No. 436008
Online bookmakers seem to be getting a little desperate due to the lack of sport at the moment, I can't wait for what they're calling one of the BIGGEST DAYS ON THE FOOTBALL CALENDAR, the BELARUSIAN CUP SEMI FINALS. Who will triumph in the clash of the titans between Shakytor Soligorsk and Dynamo Brest? I'm pissing my pants in anticipation, I'm telling you.
|>>|| No. 436009
I'm more of a Partizan Minsk fan, solely from being able to pick up Vyacheslav Hleb for peanuts on FM2007.
|>>|| No. 436010
>>436006 Since (I assume) you're not a bonobo with unusually good typing skills, how about abstaining for a few weeks? It'll probably not kill you.
|>>|| No. 436015
Reminds me of my childhood playing Super Mario Kart on the SNES with my dad when he would throw the controller at the TV in a blind rage yelling "fucking waste of fucking time!" after being hit with consecutive red shells just before the finish line. Ah, memories.
|>>|| No. 436016
Honestly I've been watching some of these e-sports and IRL pro driver events lately and they're as bad as most Forza public lobby races with how dirty they are. I don't know about his specific race, but you also see some inexplicable moves in oval racing anyway. Like it's calling "turn left" for a reason, just pick a lane and stick to it if your only other option is murder/suiciding half the field. Anyway, Bubba would have been better off joining a pre-existing league race. Or he could get his baps out and play Animal Crossing or whatever the current in-demand streaming title is. He has my sympathies regardless, as if you'd been wrecked in a real-event you wouldn't be expected to rejoin the race with no hope finishing anywhere but dead last.
|>>|| No. 436017
It's a real shame people play like this with their kids. I found the most fun was when we're neck an neck, fighting to overtake one another so i'd perposefully hit the brakes every so often jsut to keep that moment - an the enjoyment - going.
|>>|| No. 436023
I should have bought weights whilst I had the opportunity to. Now they're all either out of stock or inflated in price.
|>>|| No. 436024
Same, I had planned a home gym shed for a while, with weights, a rack and a turbo trainer for the bike. Some of that shit I could have got for free on gumtree a few months ago, now it's an impossible dream.
I am just doing bodyweight/prison exercises now.
|>>|| No. 436027
I can only go outside once a day and potentially that may also be cancelled. It would also (normally) be much cheaper to buy a trainer at this time of year.
|>>|| No. 436029
Complete tosh. It only makes sense to stop going outside on a particular day if you've been stopped by the police.
|>>|| No. 436032
All the more reason to get out there and stop hiding indoors like a fanny. We need heroes like you to avoid a police state. Exercise is explicitly allowed and being on a bike is the perfect alibi. Get out and enjoy the weather.
|>>|| No. 436034
I go out cycling every day, but I'm not about to fucking do zone 5 intervals down the high street am I?
|>>|| No. 436036
Going without sex? Being completely isolated?
My training is finally paying off. Can't miss bonking if you've never done it and can't miss friends if you've never had them.
|>>|| No. 436040
>A 12-year-old boy claims to have scaled the equivalent of Mount Everest without leaving his house by going up and down stairs 2,507 times in under 24 hours.
>Seth Charles, from Sheffield, set himself the challenge after the virus outbreak meant he had to rethink a planned climb of Scafell Pike. He was hoping to fundraise outdoors for a boxing training trip in the US. Seth's mum Rachael said he started the stair climb at 05:30 BST on Tuesday and finished at 04:45 the next day.
|>>|| No. 436041
This is a thing people (used to) do outside and they call it 'everesting'.
I suspect in this case it's like the time I did laps of the pool for my 5000m badge - I doubt I was counting properly and nobody cared enough to challenge me.
|>>|| No. 436043
Fuck it, i'm going swimming tomorrow. It's exercise and i spend the vast majority of my time alone anyway.
|>>|| No. 436046
We did 1000 metres in PE in school once. Year 11 or 12 or something, I can't remember. I was in decent physical shape, but my time over 1000 metres was dismal. I came just about as close to a heart attack as you can get as a younglad at that age, but then when I got out of the pool and asked the teacher what my time was and what kind of a mark I'd get for it, he said, "You're more than three minutes over the maximum allotted time, so that means you've failed, I'm afraid". So essentially, I fucking swam 1000 metres for nothing. Just sitting on the bench refusing to swim at all would have had the same result.
|>>|| No. 436054
I was planning on working today but they've decided to scrap overtime for the foreseeable future so now I'm just laid in the same pair of pants I've had on since Tuesday trying to muster up the energy to go for a shower.
|>>|| No. 436056
Why bother? Lots of people have to ruin their lives for this privilege and it's been handed to you on a plate.
|>>|| No. 436059
> gave me an excuse to spend some time away from my kids.
If we survive this shit mine's going on a gap year. I don't care if he's only five, it'll make a man of him.
|>>|| No. 436071
Apparently all the chippys have had queues around the block tonight. I didn't even know they were still open, other than for delivery.
|>>|| No. 436102
I'm not sure it does the early 80s younglad existentialism of the original version justice. Even if that's indeed your very own song you wrote back in the day.
|>>|| No. 436103
Did Jesus commit suicide after he was resurrected? He seemed to nope out of there pretty fast after coming back to life.
|>>|| No. 436104
Christians always disappoint me with their poor counting skills. I'm sure his resurrection was the second coming and he just goes and does a Lord Lucan after that, suicide is a sin and contrary to natural law, of course. Is Jesus still fugitive somewhere?
|>>|| No. 436107
Ever since lockdown began I've been farting a lot less and the ones I'm doing are far less pungent.
|>>|| No. 436109
He is one of only two figures in Biblical cannon to be assumed directly into heaven while still alive. He exists there still, writing his difficult second coming.
|>>|| No. 436111
I'm curious, is he flesh and blood and muscles and bones and skin and nails and guts and hair up in heaven, or did JC somehow transcend all that? I've been watching too much Vocar od Dibley recently.
|>>|| No. 436114
I think I have been overwatering some of my chili plants. They have started losing a few leaves at the bottom.
|>>|| No. 436115
They've just had Fearne Cotton followed by Scott Mills on Radio 2. I'm not sure about this.
|>>|| No. 436116
The great egg harvest is upon us just as I had anticipated. Small Maltesers eggs with a chocolate are 75p, big ones with 3 chocolate bars are around a pound less but I expect the price will tumble as the days go on.
I recommend the giant Yorkie egg which is enough to you wired on sugar for a week. They didn't fuck about on the egg thickness either which is most important.
I find it hard to be critical of Fearne Cotton when I know that I'd happily piss up her arse and come back for more. It really undermines any point I'd make.
|>>|| No. 436117
Chillies are native to central America, try to give them a climate like they might have there.
|>>|| No. 436118
Fearne Cotton is a bit too bird-like for my taste. Plus, in about 10 years she'll start looking like Laura Kuenssberg.
I went to Sainsburys earlier and they had shitloads of Easter eggs left. Thinking about it, when I went shopping last week they were already reducing them quite heavily. I'm chalking this up to grandparents and the like not buying them because they wouldn't be seeing their grandkids before Easter. There was also shitloads of people waiting in the separate queue for the Argos collection in-store without realising and nobody telling them they were in the wrong place; they weren't best pleased when they found out.
|>>|| No. 436119
>Plus, in about 10 years she'll start looking like Laura Kuenssberg.
How dare you besmirch the good name of Laura. Green, take this man out and flog him!
|>>|| No. 436122
>Plus, in about 10 years she'll start looking like Laura Kuenssberg.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
|>>|| No. 436127
About a fortnight before the lockdown I stocked up on external USB hard drives. I regret nothing.
|>>|| No. 436128
I first read that as 290TB, and was about to post something like, mate, you really need help.
2.9TB is fine though. In times when a downloaded ten-minute full HD clip of a lass wanking someone off can be up to 200 MB in size. I still remember when I first bought a 500GB external hard drive because my built-in 250GB drive could no longer handle my rapidly growing collection.
So what are your favourite hiding places for your porn hard drives? Living here on my own, I don't need to hide mine from anybody on a day to day basis, but whenever I leave my flat for a week or two on business or on holiday, I try to get creative, so that if something happens to me on that trip, like a plane crash or just an accident that puts me in a coma, it's not going to be something that will easily be found by someone going through my stuff. Or something that burglars will just grab while they ransack the place. For example, the last time I was gone for a week, it suddenly occurred to me that the canvas on the underside of my livingroom sofa has a zipper, and that that way, you can hide all manner of things inside the sofa. It's not a place many people will probably look, and even if the sofa gets sold off after I've suddenly died in an accident, it could remain in there for many years.
|>>|| No. 436130
I'm not bothered about who finds my porn when I'm dead. I'll be dead innit, I won't give a shit.
|>>|| No. 436132
I've experimented with it, but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it and don't trust it. Yet. I'll have to see if I will look into it again the next time I'll be going away for a while.
|>>|| No. 436135
Nothing in my porn collection is illegal. I just tend to keep quiet about some of my more niche sexual interests and predilections. Maybe I've just not met the right sexual or romantic partner to live out those fantasies, but I'd rather keep them to myself. And that's why I get creative when it comes to hiding my collection.
|>>|| No. 436144
I desperately need to go grocery shopping. Tonight's dinner is fried onions with tomato puree and rice, and a dash of parmesan cheese. My mum always says a good housewife can whip up dinner with the last edible bits from the back of the cupboard, but this is now kind of pushing it.
|>>|| No. 436145
I'm guessing it's a pauper thing, but quite a few people I know seem fixated with trying to recreate McDonald's meals at home.
|>>|| No. 436146
I confess there was a time when I couldn't walk by a McDonalds without popping in for a banana milkshake, but really I think these people have simply never learnt to put thinly sliced lettuce and a gherkin on their own burger. I swear slicing the lettuce properly is the best thing you can do for a burger, but people in this country are just the shittiest cooks alive. I fucking hate them all, at least with regards to their cooking. Alright, I'm getting carried away, but with just a bit of effort the entire nation could stop eating like complete shit in a matter of days.
|>>|| No. 436147
>So what are your favourite hiding places for your porn hard drives?
There's a folder titled 'Radeon ReLive' that was automatically created in My Videos, it's empty but has a sub-folder inside titled 'porn'. It ended up there was because I was watching movies on a long train journey and felt embarrassed having the folder so shamelessly on display.
Less than 1.25GB altogether and just for if the internet isn't cooperating. Mostly nice stuff like that girl who tries to play piano for a bit beforehand or homely girls with pleasant music in the background. Only reason I keep it hidden is because I don't want a bird seeing it one day and reading too much into my porn. And there's a ladyboy video
|>>|| No. 436148
If I get it stuck in my head then so do you.
>in 2006, former band member Martin Rycroft was poached from his bar-tending job to take part in the Channel 4/E4 show Boys Will Be Girls, where three former male popstars (including Russ Spencer from Scooch) tried to convincingly create a new girl band by former Brother Beyond star Nathan Moore.
Good old Channel 4.
|>>|| No. 436152
Sort of takes away from the pleasure of having a wank when you always have to remember to aim your shot into a bottle, I would think.
I usually just knock it out into a wad of toilet paper or paper towel and then just flush it. In the current crisis, I have also used cloth tea towels.
|>>|| No. 436153
Aim? I just leave the bottles open in the room and have at. The bottles fill, the problem is washing away all the rest.
|>>|| No. 436155
These are the words of a man who's never had a phase of trying to pop it right up their bird's nose.
|>>|| No. 436160
When lockdown ends they should let me start every day at 8am, take half an hour for lunch and leave at 3:30pm.
|>>|| No. 436173
When are we ever not? It's safe to assume that just about all posts on here are about onanism.
|>>|| No. 436184
I've been struggling a bit the past couple of days - I think it was Easter that threw me off balance a bit, so that coming back to "work" this week just feels odd.
|>>|| No. 436201
I'm finding it hard to enjoy the weekday evenings and weekends. When your work desk is in the main living room it's hard not to associate that room with work...that's life in a small flat for you. Also both I and my fiancee living in that same small flat is difficult - hard to get me time.
|>>|| No. 436206
Same here on all counts. She also wants to do absolutely everything together whereas I would rather amuse myself/be bored which is a bit of a struggle.
|>>|| No. 436209
I've been working almost entirely "home office" for over a decade now so I'm kind of used to it, but it's the fact that not even my weekends are punctuated in any real way now that's really starting to fuck with my head, I think.
Today was the first day of this whole thing where I've woken up with a real sense of psychological / emotional malaise, I think that while reading those old threads in the archive has given me some great laughs it's also really fucked with my psyche.
My life is basically exactly the same as it was five or six years ago, despite almost everything being completely different. It still doesn't matter who I'm shagging as I'll still be moping and "in love" with whoever I'm no longer shagging, I'm still always depressed, I still hate my life, and to top it all off I'm going to watch a year of my life spin past while I sit indoors and get fatter, balder, and older and there's very little I can do about it.
Tinder has always been a fucking wasteland but with this lockdown it's managed to get even worse. For every girl looking to actually go out or meet up there's now ten or twenty who are just looking for attention while they're stuck indoors, without even counting all the cunts using the "swipe from anywhere" function meaning that half the lasses aren't even from anywhere near here but hundreds or thousands of miles away. If I wanted to chat to a lass from halfway across the world I'd get in a time machine and get on Yahoo! fucking chat.
Sage. I fear I am indeed drifting into the arena of the unwell.
|>>|| No. 436210
My girlfriend has suddenly got very clingy and needy over the past day or so. We are getting on better and having more sex but yesterday she wouldn't leave me alone when I was trying to work and I need my own space now and then to unwind.
|>>|| No. 436212
Looks like we'll be stuck in Blighty this year altogether. I was tentatively beginning to look at hotels in Sardinia because that's a really nice place to go on a summer holiday, I went there with my parents as a weelad.
>Tui and Jet2 Holidays have cancelled all flights and package holidays until mid-May and mid-June respectively while the likes of BA, Virgin Atlantic and EasyJet have grounded many of their planes and furloughed staff in response to the travel restrictions introduced by countries around the world.
I guess we'll be lucky if we get to go to Blackpool this year and shag a local lass in a pub toilet
|>>|| No. 436213
The plan for (what is left of) the airline/holiday industry is to offer you your summer package but in winter, at attractive rates, they will be offering bargain basement prices on tickets in a desperate attempt to get something that looks like their summer schedule (traditionally the profitable part of the year) in winter.
Most of the canaries are still hot in november, I'd have a go then.
|>>|| No. 436214
I think you should tell her straight, tactfully. You love her, you enjoy spending time with her, but you don't want to fall out with her, and you just need your space, you aren't angry with her and you appreciate the attention, etc. etc.
|>>|| No. 436215
Southern Sardinia is also still nice in autumn, at least according to tripadvisor.
It says Cagliari still gets 23 degrees in October.
Might also be loads of African boat people there, but oh well. Unless you go and have a bonk on the beach at 3am, I doubt you will run into any of them.
|>>|| No. 436216
>The plan for (what is left of) the airline/holiday industry is to offer you your summer package but in winter
Good luck with that. If the travel industry is operating anything more than a skeleton service before the end of the year, I'll eat my hat.
>I think you should tell her straight, tactfully.
|>>|| No. 436219
>Good luck with that.
Ordinarily I'd say you're right, but people are already going fucking mental about being indoors, those lucky enough to still have jobs at the end of this will absolutely be fucking off to Spain as soon as they can.
|>>|| No. 436220
I don't expect the government to lift international travel restrictions until we have a vaccine - allowing foreign travel massively increases the risk of a secondary epidemic and just isn't a priority relative to relaxing domestic lockdown restrictions.
|>>|| No. 436222
We still have incoming flights with the passengers being completely unchecked.
Matt Hancock says this is because we already have high infection rates, so why bother?
I'm just curious; if the government were still pursuing the herd immunity strategy but just pretending not to for public relations sake, what would they be doing differently right now?
|>>|| No. 436227
It's still a difference between having a few flights a week trickling in, or hauling thousands of package tourists to and from Majorca, Tenerife and Santorini every single day during the summer season.
I'll say the lockdown will be with us at least into early July, and by that time, there will be so many people out of work and unable to afford a holiday that the whole season will be more or less cancelled. Add to that the fact that many hotels will be out of business as well.
The tourism industry will be one of the hardest hit by the crisis, because holiday travel is a non-essential good or service. Unlike things like groceries or your family car, going on holiday is something you normally only do when you've got some extra money to spend that isn't needed elsewhere.
|>>|| No. 436228
>going on holiday is something you normally only do when you've got some extra money to spend that isn't needed elsewhere
Debt is the new normal. Loads of people fund holidays on credit.
|>>|| No. 436229
Yes, but unless you're a complete chav who shouldn't be trusted with money in the first place, if you've got any credit line at all, you will probably use that for other more urgent things at the moment, e.g. if your car needs a brake job or your washing machine is broken.
|>>|| No. 436232
>Unlike things like groceries or your family car, going on holiday is something you normally only do when you've got some extra money to spend that isn't needed elsewhere.
Nah m8. For many working class types, The Holiday is the entire objective of a year's worth of work. Savings are put aside for The Holiday above all else, even above The Big Telly.
It's not that you only go on holiday when the money isn't needed elsewhere. It's that you only don't go on holiday if something truly tragic has befallen your family and you had to spend The Holiday Money on it out of desperation.
Yes plenty of people do it on credit, but when you're poor credit and saving up are effectively the same thing, the only difference is instant vs delayed gratification. You get a loan out for The Holiday and pay it off over the course of the year. Then the next year, you do exactly the same thing.
|>>|| No. 436236
If "infection rates are already so high we needn't bother" then we may as well keep the package holidays going. Fuck it, why do a lock-down at all? It's almost as though they're paying lip service to keep up a pretence of some sort.
|>>|| No. 436242
Sweden seems to be going that route of saying fuck a lockdown. The results are mixed, with plenty of scientists saying that the wisdom of that decision is doubtful.
|>>|| No. 436244
The Nordic countries are much more heavily socialist than us, so they probably see it as an opportunity to lighten the pension bill a bit.
They're big on civic duty, that's why most of them still have a national service, so you can see the oldie taking it on the chin for the rest of the country; unlike here where the old people are selfish ungrateful cunts who never do anything for us.
|>>|| No. 436247
>unlike here where the old people are selfish ungrateful cunts who never do anything for us.
They did wipe your arse and change your nappies when you could still barely locate your own peepee.
|>>|| No. 436249
Yes, because they chose to have children. You don't get kudos just for dealing with the consequences of your actions. Nobody's giving me a medal for feeding my dog.
|>>|| No. 436250
>Nobody's giving me a medal for feeding my dog.
No, but you also don't normally wipe its arse, do you.
Maybe I'm an exception, but I can only say that I am massively grateful to have had the kind of parents that I did growing up. They cared about their children and made their entire lives revolve around mine and my brother's wellbeing.
There are days when my parents drive me up the fucking wall, and I get really tired of some of the arguing we sometimes do, but on balance, I'm there for my parents, and I am prepared to drop what I am doing at a moment's notice to come to their help when they really need me.
When your parents become frail and elderly, I believe it is your moral duty to give back and look out for them. Then again, maybe it's easy for me because I just happened to have parents who were never selfish cunts as such, a bit of occasional boneheadedness notwithstanding.
|>>|| No. 436252
I'm the same. I had really nice parents who did everything to make sure my siblings and I grew up happy and had a decent education. I think that shapes your perception of parenting a lot, whenever I see people who are absolutely adamant they don't want kids or who are dismissive of parenting in general, I tend to assume (rightly or wrongly) that they came from an unhappy family. And likewise I could never conscience abandoning my parents in their old age, I understand that sense of duty.
|>>|| No. 436254
It's not really that, it's just that plenty of old people are amazing (grand) parents and treat their family well; but they're still more than capable of being the moaning cunt who holds you up at the post office because they don't want to pay for another stamp, or nearly careers straight into you on a roundabout because they stubbornly refuse to admit they're getting on a bit to keep taking the Rover out.
Not passing judgement on either of you, but I'd say I've observed that some people seem to hold a value system wherein loyalty to your family is a virtue above all else, whereas some people grow up and learn that you can have as much, even more, in common with people you don't share a drop of blood with. Water of the womb and all that.
|>>|| No. 436264
>seem to hold a value system wherein loyalty to your family is a virtue above all else,
It is though, really.
|>>|| No. 436270
I don't know, maybe it was a hundred years ago. But we have moved on. I fail to see why sharing DNA with somebody makes them inherently more valuable to you.
Families are just the modern tribal unit. Small minded people understand the concept of selflessness, but are only able to apply it to those within their most immediate circle, and unable to conceive of the other humans they share a society with as part of the tribe.
If you're going to be a parent I believe the best way to do so is within the context of the traditional nuclear family. But beyond that I don't see intergenerational family "loyalty" as anything of particularly intrinsic value.
This is how you end up with those "wolf dad" knobheads who wear t-shirts proudly announcing their intent of violence against anyone who touches their daughter, because he wishes above all else that he could knob her, and has unrestrained jealousy of any and all other men.
|>>|| No. 436272
>because he wishes above all else that he could knob her, and has unrestrained jealousy of any and all other men
Back to reddit with you, adventurer.
|>>|| No. 436275
Reddit won't have him these days. He'll have to make do with 8chan, if it isn't dead.
|>>|| No. 436278
It's quite nice when it gets to half 12 and you can think "just over two hours and I've finished work for the day." I could get used to this.
|>>|| No. 436284
There are more eventualities besides getting fined. If you read your article you'll see some people had the stones to go fishing and the sense not to get caught when a government agent came angling.
|>>|| No. 436288
Doesn't it rather ruin the tranquility of fishing if you're having to keep one eye open for the river cops?
|>>|| No. 436291
Don't fisher people buy expensive gizmos that do half the fishing for them? I'm sure you can set up a motion sensitive camera.
|>>|| No. 436295
This, pretty much. But I've found that it really depends on the country you're in. I went to visit a friend in the French Rhône Alps once, and we did a good bit of fishing there. Anyway, some of the locals really didn't seem bothered, and they said they didn't have a licence (I paid around 15 quid at a local shop for my tourist licence that would have been valid for eight weeks), and that if you knew which fishing spots to frequent, the chances were quite remote that a flic would come and check you. Which struck me as a pretty nonchalant attitude, if you've ever had anything to do with French police. They're some of the most anally retentive coppers in existence.
>Don't fisher people buy expensive gizmos that do half the fishing for them? I'm sure you can set up a motion sensitive camera.
It all depends on how far you want to take your hobby and how deep your pockets are. But in truth, all your fancy expensive equipment will in the end not make a fish bite if luck just isn't on your side that day. The fish doesn't care that you just spent 300 quid on a state of the art graphene rod, with a £150 stainless steel reel with ten bearings, a £20 float, and £15 fluorocarbon line. Most of the time, skintlad ten metres down from you will pull one carp or trout after another out of the water with a £50 rod and reel combo with a cork and a rusty nail* while you get zip. That's how luck works when you go fishing.
You can get a very decent and durable all-purpose saltwater reel for £40-£50, and many different kinds of carbon fibre rod for not much more than that, sometimes much less. You're really only fooling yourself if you think otherwise.
One thing you do notice as an angler who becomes more and more involved in his hobby is that your rod collection just seems to grow all on its own and spread out into all different kinds of fishing techniques, because you just can't resist picking up the latest bargain whenever you go to a fishing supplies shop again. You'll see a £25 trout rod on sale, then the next time maybe an all-purpose spinning rod from last season that's unbelievably only £20, and so on. Or you just want to treat yourself to that £80 surf rod on Amazon that's gotten all those good reviews. And before you know it, your basement is cluttered up with anywhere from ten to fifteen different rods. Which, as you will insist to people that see your collection, all have their very necessary special purpose.
* Don't literally use a rusty nail.
|>>|| No. 436296
They have sonar devices and little boats that broadcast back to their iPhones a perfect picture of the underwater environment.
|>>|| No. 436297
Not at all. As long as I do 7 hours from home per day it doesn't matter when. Working from around 7am until around half 2pm, with half an hour for lunch, is so much better than 9 to 5 it's ridiculous.
|>>|| No. 436300
You seem to know what you're talking about, so maybe you can answer a long-standing question I've had. A secretary's son used to enter fishing competitions. I always understood that, like you said, beyond a little bit of kit it's basically luck, so how did he keep winning? Was he just entering loads and I'd only hear when he won?
|>>|| No. 436304
Some of it is tall tales really. Every fisherman worth his salt will tell you about a monster catfish that he once hooked and that got off at the last second, or about that one time he caught four carp in an hour. Nobody wants to admit that a lot of times, you just spend the whole day staring at the water with not even one twitch on your float.
What does go a long way is knowing a bit about your target species. In what part of the water does it live, what does it eat, when does it feed, and how you can fool it into thinking that that worm on your hook is legit lunch. And you do develop a bit of intuition, and some people who are generally good at all things that involve intuition are often also the ones who keep catching a decent amount of fish.
And that intuition just doesn't necessarily come on the back of £600 that you've spent on a high tech rod and reel just because you could.
|>>|| No. 436306
I know he used to actually win these competitions because I sat near her and she'd show the whole office the photos of him holding trophies or whatever, so I don't think it was tall tales.
I guess "intuition over time" is the answer though. Thanks.
|>>|| No. 436307
My mate who was into fishing used to bore me to tears spending entire meals talking about nothing but what kind of fish live where and what sort of weather conditions you're likely to catch them, and all the little tricks and adjustments he's made in his bait recipe over time to make his favourite species most likely to bite.
With competition fishing, from what I understand, it's usually just a big watery hole in the ground they dump a shedload of certain types of fish into. The fish are there to be caught, so not catching would be like a professional darts player missing the board completely. In that situation I'd imagine what makes the difference is doing your homework beforehand, so you make sure you've brought the right type of bait and lures etc.
I'd wager it's one of those sports where knowing someone who knows someone, and subsequently greasing the wheels, goes a long way, so you know where exactly the stock are coming from and so on.
|>>|| No. 436314
I think I'm going to give up on the news for a bit. It's all the same thing or bollocks like the Graun having opinion pieces about the lack of females in the University Challenge final. Let me know if I miss anything important, lads.
|>>|| No. 436317
I know they're not, but that's all there is at the minute. Articles about coronavirus or opinion pieces. There's fuck all else.
|>>|| No. 436319
> and all the little tricks and adjustments he's made in his bait recipe over time to make his favourite species most likely to bite
That's some of the biggest nonsense you'll ever hear anglers talk about. In theory, yes, certain scents are likely to attract more fish than others. But that's where the science ends and make believe and trial and error starts. And a concoction that will net you many fish on one given day can just as well be a total flop the next time.
One of my fishing friends told me that he swears by plain white bread that he kneads into a dough ball with a few drops of Asian fish sauce. He told me that it attracts predatory fish like perch, pike, or bass in droves. I've tried it a few times though, and the results were slightly disappointing.
You do hear funny stories about people using what you could call alternative baits. I was on a beach in Cornwall once, and there was an angler who told me that he always had good success catching conger eels with strips of raw chicken breast. Which isn't something you'd normally use for most types of fishing. Shark fishing, maybe, as some shark species have been observed snacking on water birds now and then.
|>>|| No. 436353
I'm friends with an entirely insignificant pub singer who scrapes by on the hundred quid he makes a night giving questionable renditions of anything from the Boomtown Rats to Ed Sheeran and Fairground Attraction. He's invited me via zoom to a "special live performance with guests" tomorrow night. I was too polite to turn down his invitation, so now I'll be stuck watching and listening to cover versions that shouldn't be attempted, sung by people with sketchy talent.
|>>|| No. 436357
Turn your camera off. Sit in for a bit at the start, then mute it and do something else. If there are more than a handful of people, just disconnect and if anyone asks your internet died or this week's Windows patch crashed your PC or whatever.
|>>|| No. 436364
>If there are more than a handful of people
I'm not entirely sure how many people he has invited. It would be horribly awkward if I'm the only one who will attend the performance, or if there are maybe just two or three other people, because I'd both feel bad for him, and I'd be put a bit on the spot and would have no real way of excusing myself in the middle of the performance.
I don't think this is a good idea in the first place. I haven't done anything with zoom, but I just recently had a group video chat on skype with a few people, and the sound quality was pretty shit and there were loads of signal dropouts and intermittent audio bandwidth reductions, even on my 10 mbps Internet connection here at home with no other devices drawing data.
I'm just not the kind of person who can say to somebody "Your music sucks and listening to it on a patchy Internet connection isn't the way I want to spend a Friday night, even on lockdown".
|>>|| No. 436365
Zoom truly seems a bizzare way to do this. My mate did a 'gig' on facebook via their live video feature last week. He's actually good though, so had a steady 100 viewers. But at least on that platform you can come and go.
|>>|| No. 436366
>there were loads of signal dropouts and intermittent audio bandwidth reductions
That right there is your excuse for hanging up partway through.
|>>|| No. 436367
My sister has roped me and my dad into doing this charity pub quiz thing on Youtube every Thursday, it's a bit of a drag as the host has all the charisma of a wet paper bag and spends as much time begging for donations for "Are brave NHS heroes" as he does asking questions (he even records himself going out to do the clapping thing at 8pm, with the implication that YOU SHOULD BE, TOO), and half the questions are about obscure 90s video games and other shite that my poor old Dad doesn't have a clue about. Honestly, it's made me nostalgic for my local pub and the quiz there with my mates, many of these attempts at lockdown 'entertainment' are painful.
|>>|| No. 436373
Does this count as the weekend/weekend/day thread? Anyway I've just had pasta with garlic, chilli flakes, rocket and cheese. It was lovely.
|>>|| No. 436375
So the "special live performance" was a bit of a letdown, as expected. There were about 15 of us at the peak, but the sound quality was somewhat mediocre, there were frequent dropouts and stretches where it sounded like your worst mid-2000s feature phone video clip.
Also, zoom terminates a video group chat every 40 minutes in the unlicenced version, so he had to re-send the invites after that time and have everybody log on again.
So in total, he and his "special guest" sang and played guitar for nearly an hour altogether, but then we decided that the sound quality was just too poor, and a remaining group of about four of us decided to just have a bit of a chat about what the coronavirus situation is like at the moment where we are. That bit was actually enjoyavble, and lasted a whole two hours. And I now know about all the latest local developments in Stirling, Maidenhead, and Nunthorpe.
|>>|| No. 436378
>And I now know about all the latest local developments in Stirling, Maidenhead, and Nunthorpe.
Knowledge is power.
|>>|| No. 436395
Do we have a nationwide surplus of sugar? It seems that loads of shops are trying to sell it very cheaply in multibuy offers at the minute.
|>>|| No. 436397
I think we're having a lopsided supply issue where people have bought all of one thing, so we've got loads spare of another thing that would usually go with it.
All the eggs and flour are gone, because people are picking the shelves clean like locusts, so I'd assume sugar is piling up because the rest of us can't do any baking without eggs or flour. The only other use for it is putting in tea and coffee really.
I do miss eggs. Honestly the whole shopping situation is pissing me off pretty badly. Either there are shortages they're desperately trying to keep covered up, or it's the rest of Johnny Public being selfish pricks.
|>>|| No. 436398
>All the eggs and flour are gone, because people are picking the shelves clean like locusts
Which still isn't addressing the fact that most people's baking skills will be pretty shit, while all the ready-made items like bread, pie and cake are still readily available on supermarket shelves, and
bread snobs people who know their way around making a ciabatta from scratch in turn can't get any flour at all.
|>>|| No. 436399
I havent had too much problem finding eggs for the past couple of weeks, but some supermarkets have been switching to putting more of big packs on the shelves, rather than half-dozens.
People are also buying more not because they're stockpiling, but because they're stuck at home so they're cooking their own food instead of getting a maccies or a sandwich from Asda at work, instead of school meals, instead of going out to a restaurant in the evening etc.
|>>|| No. 436400
Started feeling a bit too cooped up, ordered a load of weed and then ended up getting a fair bit of LSD and some cheeky shrooms. It's great and I'm off my tits but this feels like a massive big slippery slope and I may need therapy when this is all over.
|>>|| No. 436402
I say all of this shopping thing is the perfect excuse to ditch pre-sized packaging and move, wherever possible, to a pick-and-mix style model.
Just have stacks of empty egg boxes and encourage people to bring their own to refill, for example. Have milk in huge kegs and encourage people to refill their own bottles. If you only want half a pint, fine, just fill your bottle with half a pint.
Things like salt and sugar could come from hoppers (scooping would end badly). Things like bog rolls or whatever don't need bags or packaging at all, just put them in your basket and into your bag.
Obviously wouldn't work for everything, but if even 30% of the stuff we normally get in plastic is reduced, it's better for everyone.
|>>|| No. 436403
I'm starting to understand what Hunter S. Thompson must have felt like. I had a good idea beforehand but having the time, relative freedom and money all at the same time to do a proper binge is new.
I am combating last weeks easter eggs with a bulk order of speed alongside my usual psychoactives.
|>>|| No. 436405
I've had no real issue getting eggs, once the initial panic buying had subsided, until about just over a week ago. Now I'm having no luck with them or pasta again.
You've just described scoop and weigh shops. Don't think I've seen one in over 20 years.
|>>|| No. 436410
My confidence is shot because I'm too thick to obtain drugs.
Asda have trialed this kind of thing in a store in Leeds, and Waitrose might have done so in some places. I think it's about 30-40 items, but even my local Sainsbury's has a refill station for that ecover washing up liquid.
|>>|| No. 436411
A global pandemic probably isn't the best time to turn supermarkets into one big salad bar. Packaging isn't pointless waste, it's how we protect products on their journey through the supply chain.
|>>|| No. 436413
A huge amount of the plastic packaging we use is unnessecary, it's made from the low-grade oil not good enough to be made into fuel. It's generally not something we used until oil companies used their influence to make it happen so they'd have some way to profit off it.
|>>|| No. 436414
I got some speed planning to have a really big wank but just ended up doing housework instead. That's fine.
|>>|| No. 436416
This is how you know you're getting a bit too grown up for drugs.
I had that realisation once when I was tripping my balls off on mushrooms, but tidied and cleaned the whole kitchen, and started having thoughts like "Ha, how mad would it be if I went out to B&Q first thing in the morning and got loads of Ronseal, and did the whole garden fence. I'm such a mad lad."
Those are things ordinary people just do, and to me they're the insanity of a psychedelic all nighter. It was a bit of a cold one coming down.
|>>|| No. 436425
>This is how you know you're getting a bit too grown up for drugs.
Good thing though if you notice at all. Some people don't. In a nutshell, that's why you don't see many heavy heroin users make it into their 50s.
|>>|| No. 436436
I think I went the other way, at about 25 I realised I was too old for alcohol, or at least for getting drunk. I am far happier and more comfortable winding down of an evening with a couple of lines, the way most people would have a couple of beers. Though it's not like I do it every night, far from it.
|>>|| No. 436444
What I mean is people often have a couple of beers or half a bottle of wine every single night, which is probably worse than just having half a gram every weekend or so.
|>>|| No. 436445
>which is probably worse than just having half a gram every weekend or so
In my opinion anyone who says gram in regards to conversations as such above should be strangled in the woods.
|>>|| No. 436446
On my daily government approved walks I've started noticing loads of people skateboarding, so I decided to order myself a cruiser board and start skateboarding again. I never wanted to faff about with tricks but I always wanted to be able to ollie off some stairs or up a kerb.
|>>|| No. 436448
Fucking skateboards cunty fuck get a mountain bike smash cunt chops PUNCH IN THE HELMET cunt.
|>>|| No. 436460
Annoyingly they've closed up the local skatepark. I bought this deck to cruise around on, along with some green Slimeball wheels for a really retro 80s board.
|>>|| No. 436461
Piers and PJW had a bit of a cunt-off this morning and the latter went on an epic teary.
Typical Sunday, I guess.
|>>|| No. 436483
I think the novely of being at home all the time is wearing off.
|>>|| No. 436484
You can still go out. I had a 4 hour walk yesterday to get some exercise and fresh air.
|>>|| No. 436488
>4 hour walk
How dare you. Does Captain Tom's sacrifice mean nothing? Look at this shit they're making him do:
It'll be the front page of the Mail for you.
|>>|| No. 436489
He's going to be the wildcard entry for the final of Britain's Got Talent this year. He'll get tens of millions of votes as fat middle-aged women up and down the country live stream themselves on Facebook going door to door trying to name and shame anyone who doesn't dial in.
|>>|| No. 436496
Annie Lennox wasn't much to look at even in her heyday, but who knew she's got an insanely hot daughter.
|>>|| No. 436497
Have been occupying myself with fixing up the car while I don't need it for work, though I'm finding myself wanting to spend more and more money on it. It's a BMW Mini so nothing too insane, but I've spent the last two days wrestling with what wheels to get for it to replace the battered and very heavy stock alloys.
I've narrowed it down to a rim but cannot decide if downsizing to 16" from the current 17" is a good idea or not. It'll allow for a taller tyre so more comfort, and a lighter rotational mass means twitchier handling and a little bit more acceleration as the circumference of the whole package will be slightly smaller. But then 17" look better and the new wheels will be significantly lighter than the old ones so either way the weight reduction is there. I probably won't regret either choice and might well not notice the difference in a blind test but it's still an agonising choice when you're about to drop £900+ on new rims and tyres.
I don't know exactly when I became a tedious car bore, but I'm definitely there. I suppose I miss talking about this stuff with the surprisingly large amount of people I work with who are also into some sort of car scene.
Anyone here give enough of a fuck about them to have an opinion on what size wheels an R53 mini should have?
|>>|| No. 436498
If you can make it sound like it's a coding issue then yes someone will be interested.
|>>|| No. 436500
Purely on an aesthetic level, I've never been a fan of the massive rims trend, especially on retro-modern cars like the new mini. If you're going to put racy wheels on a modern mini, I feel like they should reflect the rallying heritage of the marque and have a useful amount of sidewall rather than a thin smear of rubber.
|>>|| No. 436501
That's exactly what I was thinking, just didn't know how to express it, thank you.
I do think the 17s aren't particularly massive on the gen 1, the arches are so wide they sit on them quite well. But you can see how much road damage these things have sustained over their life, I suspect mostly from the crashy ride and thin tyres. Made the mistake of driving to London in this in February and the M1 potholes really sounded like they were breaking the car.
I am considering pulling the whole engine out for a refurb while I have all this free time. It's not something I've done before but what better time to learn?
Anyway, I'll be glad to get these rims off - they are categorically the heaviest OEM wheel for the bimmer mini.
|>>|| No. 436551
Do it. There are shitloads of free workouts on YouTube and elsewhere. PureGym have frozen my membership fee and updated their free app with hundreds of workouts and scheduled video classes.
|>>|| No. 436564
I'm in the middle of three hours of meetings. I've spent the entire time with my camera off and mic muted doing exercises. All meetings should be like this.
|>>|| No. 436565
I was just typing up my shoes for a nice walk and the sky's gone almost black with clouds practically in an instant, real end of days shit. It's nice to look at, but the dogs can do one now.
|>>|| No. 436566
I'm tired of being celibate, have people started using dating apps for bonking yet?
The issue I see is that eventually you will be asked something when you've got bated breath.
|>>|| No. 436568
>eventually you will be asked something when you've got bated breath.
He should be okay as long as he doesn't get too good at bating his breath.
|>>|| No. 436587
Spent most of tonight aimlessly watching old Mitchell and Webb bits on youtube.
Mitchell really nails Dawkins's tedious intellectual cunt mannerisms in this one.
|>>|| No. 436588
I met him once, he was very affable but ordered a poached egg on dry toast, which is incredibly sinister.
|>>|| No. 436589
>a poached egg on dry toast, which is incredibly sinister
Truly a heathen. No man of God would do that.
|>>|| No. 436591
Poached eggs on toast are the only non-vegan food I miss. A correctly poached egg is a thing of beauty.
|>>|| No. 436592
I was planning on remortgaging this year, which should save around £100 per month. My existing mortgage is with Nationwide but when I've approached them they'll only let me borrow up to 2.5 times salary, which isn't enough for what I need. I'm assuming this is because of coronavirus potentially fucking the market up because I'm earning more than when I took the mortgage out and this would make it even more affordable.
|>>|| No. 436593
Yeah, I can see the banks fucking everybody over in the next few years. Prices are going to take a pretty hard knock and then the banks are going to clamp down on their lending, which will only make things worse.
It's going to be shit because I've only just scraped together enough for a deposit, with no help from loaded parents like most of the people I know, and I'm still going to be stuck renting an overpriced flat. To use a phrase I try my best to avoid, fuck my life.
|>>|| No. 436595
If you're on the buying end in the property market though, you are going to be able to get a house at a bargain price not seen in the last five or six years. You might even get lucky and buy one at a repo auction for a fraction of its market value. A friend of my mom's bought a buy-to-let flat at an auction in the early 2010s at around 65 to 70 percent of its fair value, which was already much lower than what you would have paid at market at least until the beginning of this year. While we're going to have to see just how much prices are going to go down in the aftermath of the corona crisis, that property was cursorily valued by an estate agent earlier this year at nearly three times what my mom's friend paid for it, and it's not even in a prime location.
|>>|| No. 436597
Yeah I think the same - the next year is going to be a very good time to be a first time buyer.
|>>|| No. 436600
I've become a sideways computer guy. I can see right inside it; looks ace. I'm disgusted. At least now I can use more of my desk and plug stuff into the back of it.
Exhaust fan blows right onto my fingers too.
|>>|| No. 436602
Not him but what's wrong with that? It let's less dust in. Do you put yours in that handy little cupboard that came in your desk?
|>>|| No. 436603
Yeah, it's just over 20cm wide and slightly under 40cm long, so it's not massive. Having it up here means less cable nightmares and if I ever own something with a type C connector then I won't have to lean around the back of the PC or drag it out of its cove when I want to plug or unplug it. Now I can watch all the little thingies inside go spin-spin-spin all day too.
|>>|| No. 436604
>>436602 It sits in a soundproof rack in the next room, with (long) cables to my desk.
Who on earth would waste precious desk space on a PC? Even as a monitor stand they're annoying.
|>>|| No. 436608
What an everyday solution that's not at all over the top. Also what kind of jet aircraft have you built that it needs a soundproof rack while living in another room. And what's in that room? Is it just your PC? Do you have to go into the other room to power it on? I think you're making this up or you're insane. Maybe both.
|>>|| No. 436609
I feel like we're back in the 90s.
Please tell me these desktops are a pleasing shade of beige.
|>>|| No. 436610
It used to be the standard in recording studios back when noisy 80mm fans and spinning rust were the only options. Before computers came in, you'd keep your multitrack tape recorder in an adjacent room because they were noisy buggers. The problem these days is with cable length limitations; modern high-bandwidth IO standards like USB 3 and DisplayPort really struggle to go more than five metres without expensive and finicky active extenders, so it's usually cheaper and easier to build a quiet (or even fully passive) computer and use a NAS for your bulk storage.
|>>|| No. 436611
In my old flat I had the luxury of putting my computer in a little side-cupboard, which meant I could record in near silence despite my relatively beefy gaming machine. I don't think such a practice is over the top at all, you can build a very nice quiet PC nowadays but if you have any reason to value actual silence, it's never quiet enough.
That said, the quieter you manage to get things, the more you notice what noise is left. It can be utterly maddening when you fall down the rabbit hole, and I spent about a month of trial and error getting the fan curves as low as possible on my current build. Ironically, thanks to the PC being so quiet now, the white noise and extremely slight 60hz hum from my monitors seems infuriatingly loud.
|>>|| No. 436612
Noise quality is more important than absolute noise levels IMO. Good quality 140mm fans sound quite pleasant even at fairly high RPMs because they make a smooth low-pitched I need a humour transplant, but a tiny amount of coil whine can drive you absolutely berserk. Dead silence is a bit of a fool's errand because transformers, inductors and even ceramic capacitors will make faint but annoyingly high-pitched whines, so I've learned to settle for a consistently low level of pleasant noise.
|>>|| No. 436613
Yeah, I definitely agree. The trouble is when you come to record something that needs a decent amount of gain on a nice condenser mic, for instance, you'll suddenly realise your comfortable level of noise actually sounds like you're trying to record with a passenger jet behind you.
Of course this is what recording studios are for and why recording at home will always have its limits, but nevertheless. I often find myself caught in such futile pursuits for the best of both worlds.
What was that word filter again?
|>>|| No. 436614
It doesn't necessarily work for podcast/streaming/v.o. stuff, but I just run a multicore to another room. Living room for vocals, wardrobe for totally dry vocals, bathroom for electric guitar, shed for drums. You can use your phone or tablet as a remote DAW controller over wifi, so it isn't nearly as clunky as you might imagine.
|>>|| No. 436615
>You can use your phone or tablet as a remote DAW controller over wifi
This is some newfangled wizardry I was completely unaware of. But then I am still using an ancient version of ProTools 8 or 9, which I'm reluctant to upgrade from because I don't want to have to go through the hassle of obtaining all my totally legitimately acquired Waves plugins again.
|>>|| No. 436618
>>436608 Technically, it's in a corridor. Since it's mostly running VMs that I can access from anywhere, there's no real need for it to be next to me, so it isn't. And yes, it's an unreasonable machine - I've mentioned it before, 4U, 40 cores, 512G RAM, etc. It idles at ok-but-noticeable but at full throttle it's unpleasant, and I don't want all that heat in my office.
No I don't have to go into the rack to power it on, it's on an Ethernet connected power switch, as is everything in that rack.
I'll absolutely accept that it's an edge case (but I've had lesser machines shoved outside my office in the past, too. Cables are cheap, and I've never been keen on heat and noise.)
Compared to the pain of making a regular PC silent, routing a few cables through a wall isn't necessarily daft.
|>>|| No. 436619
I spent a lot of money making my first DAW PC silent, and rack mount, it was a nightmare as it was a sealed case with fucking sound padding so the thing was running so hot all the time and you could still hear a whine from the PSU. Now with there being so many gaming focused cases and fans and such, I find that a relatively large tower with massive airflow and big fans that can run at low rpm, I just don't need to worry. I can run my CPU coolers two 140mm fans and maybe one of the eight case fans all at 800rpm and I can't hear them unless I have a high gain mic pointed right at it - and even then since they're identical fans at identical speeds, a very tight notch filter removes the problem with zero impact on the sound.
If I wasn't willing to make that compromise, one of those vocal booths you stick your head in would absolutely be cheaper than chasing silence.
|>>|| No. 436626
I've found it increasingly common that I won't be arsed to do anything during the day and catch up in the evening when I'm much more productive. Is anyone else having this? I don't mind it so much if only I could actually have the workday off.
|>>|| No. 436627
I've always been like this, and any "creative" person I've ever spoken to seems to agree. I don't know what you do for a living but it' probably a similar thing. I need to spend a good portion of the day bumming around the house watching Youtube in my pants and eating cereal, then around 8-9pm I'll start feeling like working on something productive, and once I'm into something I'll be at it til the sun comes up.
Naturally this is fine when I'm not at work, but it's properly shit when you are. Some people are just night owls I think. Our religious adherance to the 9-5 routine is one of the things that pisses me off most about society at large.
We've had to change our hours where I work for the covid, and I only ever hear moaning off the middle aged cunts that have never known differently, because they think getting up at 7 is part of the fundamental laws of the fucking universe somehow. Whereas personally I'm loving the new hours, we do longer shifts but get more days off, and I wish they'd carry on after it's over.
|>>|| No. 436628
One of my mates is a self-employed video editor and almost entirely works from home, except for when there's an international sporting event and ITV or the BBC hire him to work on-location. He's told me that his most productive time of the day is the evening hours, and that he often pulls allnighters and then just sleeps in until three o'clock in the afternoon. He's also worked in live prime-time television, but apparently that was too stressful although the hours were similar, and he now mainly does contract work, i.e. somebody will commission him to edit an episode of a programme and then he'll send it back to them a few days later.
|>>|| No. 436633
Yeah, you've got it to a T. Sadly I'm stuck between being unproductive at home and 9am meetings as my team are a quartet of horrid post-humans who go jogging at 6. No idea how I'm going to handle having kids as I rarely got myself to school on time.
|>>|| No. 436639
After weeks of lockdown lie-ins, I have naturally reverted to getting up at normal time for going to work, without an alarm clock.
Not sure I like this development.