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|>>|| No. 439652
Today I saw the biggest goose/swan shit I've ever seen in my life. It was gargantuan.
|>>|| No. 439653
Probably swan droppings.
Goose poo doesn't tend to get that big. It's weird looking though, almost like somebody dropped a dollop of cream spinach.
|>>|| No. 439695
That's a great album. A few months ago I got very drunk and listened to it again, then emailed Rob Dougan to tell him my thoughts on his album 10 years on and why my opinion on some songs had changed. I don't know if I sent it. I should have.
He owns a vinyard now. I think he's starting to make music again. His voice is the tits.
|>>|| No. 439819
I had about one half to two thirds of a bottle of Chianti last night and I am feeling pretty shit as it goes today.
My alcohol consumption due to, and after lockdown has become pitiful. That whole culture of going for a pint after work or with your mates at the weekend has really taken a hit. And now with new restrictions in place or looming, it isn't likely going to come back soon.
|>>|| No. 439823
I bought the tool chest I've been threatening to for half a year from Costco. Everything was going fine until I realised how heavy the two boxes were, one was about fifteen stone, and also was about an inch too long to fit in the boot, so I had to take it out of the box in the car park, and then contort myself across the folded down rear seats and bench press it up while a helpful older Scottish man pushed it from the other end.
Loads of chaps offered help throughout the ordeal, though - I think if it was a big telly or something nobody would have, but since it was a garage/shed dwellers artefact, our brethren could not stand by and watch another of their kind struggle.
|>>|| No. 439824
Oh I'm so glad to hear this. Have you filled it up with tools yet? Is it as good as you hoped?
I fingered all the drawers in my local branch yesterday. I noticed they definitely have lowered the price.
|>>|| No. 439827
Most wine is generally vegan. The alcohol is produced by yeast, which vegans have no problem consuming, and pretty much all the fining processes of wine before it is put into a bottle are also without the use of animal products.
With two exceptions, one being that wine which contains too much tannin is sometimes fined using gelatin. Tannin and gelatin have opposing electrical charges, so they bind to each other and precipitate, leaving cloudy sediment at the bottom of your fermentation vessel that is discarded when the wine is racked.
The other method is isinglass fining, which is basically the dried and powderized swim bladder of fish, usually sturgeon. It is used to remove cloudiness from wine, but it, too, normally precipitates fully. And it has fallen out of use in the last few years.
Unless you're being sloppy in the fining process and don't rack your wine carefully so that sediment from your fining stays in your wine, which then cannot be filtered out, your finished wine will not contain either of them. So if it's really vegan depends on if you only accept products as vegan that didn't at some point during the production process use animal products that were later removed.
Organic wine, on the other hand, means no pesticides, fungicides or herbicides were used. But normally, even the amounts found in highly contaminated wines are usually too small to really have any kind of adverse effect just from drinking a few glasses of it. If you look at things like cherries, they are often treated with acetamiprid, a neonicotinoid, but you'd probably have to eat a whole bucket of cherries before you'd get half the nicotinoids from it that you do from smoking one cigarette.
A much more likely source of bad headaches after wine are fermentation byproducts such as complex alcohols or acetobacter metabolites. They are usually caused by a lack of sanitation or by otherwise non-ideal fermentation conditions.
|>>|| No. 439830
I'm looking for tools also, I could do with a wrench set and some proper screwdrivers.
Is Stanley a good brand? I saw an offer a few days ago but wasn't sure.
|>>|| No. 439832
The problem I have on weekends these days is that I forget what to do with myself when I'm not busy and only get back into it on Sunday morning. Maybe I should start using an office calendar for my weekends as well.
I know the feeling, I went out for a few pints last week and it took about 4 days for my guts to feel right again. I refuse to drink on my own so prior to that I'd probably not had more than 10 since Christmas. I'm not sure I miss it if I'm honest outside of it just being something to do with your mates.
They (the shadowy lizard-men from Uranus) should just legalise weed so we can have a couple joints in a park using those plastic tip things like in shisha bars. If you think about it the answers is obvious that we need is something that:
1. Has people socialising in small circles.
2. Can be done in the open.
3. Gets people consuming.
It'll probably help wool sales with everyone needing a decent coat as well. Rishi can put a coupon in every baggy for a British made jacket and thereby save the sheep-farmers.
|>>|| No. 439833
I haven't filled it up yet - I am dedicating an entire day to that tomorrow. It really is very good, and very sturdy - certainly the cabinets for twice or three times the price I was eying in Machine Mart are stronger, but I have no doubt this will also take a beating quite well, and honestly the drawers feel smoother on this than some of the fancier options I agonised over.
My theory is that they have discontinued it - on the website it's listed as out of stock, and it appeared very much like I got the last non-display one at my local store. I paid £515 including VAT (which of course means it only really cost £412 because I absolutely definitely bought this mechanic's tool chest for my consultancy business) I really don't think I could have found something better for the price, even if admittedly, the price is still ludicrous for basically a chest of drawers on wheels.
I am certainly glad I pulled the trigger, even if it means I'm going to have to rearrange my entire garage to accommodate it. As has been discussed before, it's really quite a shame they only sell it as a set and don't price the top and bottom bits individually, because for my situation I really could have done with one full unit plus a second bottom half.
>I fingered all the drawers in my local branch yesterday.
|>>|| No. 439834
Don't most fancier wines have absolutely tiny traces (like, <1ppm) of egg in? Iirc, they crack an egg white into the barrel and it does... something to stop it going nasty.
|>>|| No. 439835
Stanley are good, particularly their FatMax line - I see Proper Builders using them all the time. I also like Magnusson when it comes to quality stuff at a reasonable price.
For wrenches, I strongly recommend the type with a ratchet ring on one end - it's just one of those quality of life things that are worth the extra cost. Halfords socket sets and spanner sets greatly exceed the quality you'd expect from the companies reputation, and a lot of the kits have lifetime guarantees - worth their weight in gold if you're doing stuff that might actually break them, like trying to force a rusty bolt off a car.
|>>|| No. 439836
Egg whites are used in fining, in exactly the same way isinglass is. I don't really know how common it is, however.
|>>|| No. 439837
One or the other aren't uncommon as most wine iirc isn't marked as vegan, which there's no reason not to do if it does qualify.
|>>|| No. 439838
The same is true of beer in fact; the brewing process is very similar, there's no obvious reason beer shouldn't be vegan but the majority of it is not. I've found myself drinking Stella as it's the only vegan lager my local stocks. You can look drinks up on Barnivore if you want to check.
|>>|| No. 439839
> worth their weight in gold if you're doing stuff that might actually break them
I once had to cut a Proxxon box wrench in half to make a tool for removing the catalytic converter off the turbo charger in my early 2000s Passat. It was so poorly accessible that no full-length wrench fit in the gaps, nor did a 1/2'' or 1/4'' driver. Trying to saw it off with a metal hand saw only made the saw blade dull, then I took a Dremel with a thin grinder disc at high revs, and it still wore down more than half of a brand new 1.5'' disc. They're incredibly tough, but also one of the most expensive brands, I have found.
|>>|| No. 439840
I'm sure this is a hack comedy bit I've heard before, but I've built up a very real collection of "things I was too polite to say I don't like" to people and now I'm semi-frequently subjected to food my mum thinks is great, invitations to play games I actually kind of hate and discussions about topics I really could not care less about.
Pork and leek with an apple and sour cream sauce is a handful of peanuts away from being the most detestable sounding meal on the planet in my opinion, but I said I thought it was "alright" once so here we are.
|>>|| No. 439841
Some wee beastie's eating my chillies before they can ripen. I've stuck the most ripe in some brine, should be nicely fermented in time for next year's harvest so I can get some interesting sauces made up.
|>>|| No. 439842
I've twigged that despite my apparent achievements i'm just a sad sorry mess who's spent 15 years doing nothing.
|>>|| No. 439843
>Some wee beastie's eating my chillies
What are they?
Bit late in the year for aphids.
I've got about three times as many chili peppers now as I need for the next nine months of spicy cooking until the next batch starts to ripen.
Some of them might go into sauces, like sweet chili sauce, or maybe I will make some chili-infused olive oil.
|>>|| No. 439845
Ignore the mess that persists after 12 straight hours of organizing the entire garage (and auxiliary shed), but I finally have enough room to actually work on a car indoors - it has been a long time since I've had that luxury and I'm over the moon.
|>>|| No. 439847
Violently shitting and throwing up at the same time is fun.
|>>|| No. 439850
I wanted to do this last night but I couldn't find any garlic or onions.
Got tired of doing things by halves, here's the remaining 2L of chillies, plus garlic, black garlic, ginger, onion and Sichuan pepper in brine. In two weeks to six months it just needs running through a blender and should be some tasty hot sauce.
|>>|| No. 439854
Pepper maggots specifically turn the peppers red early and that's not happened. I think it's some mundane local fauna that's got into them simply because the fruiting was delayed* and they were sitting around trying to ripen in the cold and wet too long. With any luck it should be avoidable next year just by encouraging them to fruit earlier**.
*The plants went through two awful aphid infestations.
**Being more vigilant with the soapy-water spray.
|>>|| No. 439856
I've had norovirus; the worst bit is when there's nothing left to come up yet your body is still trying to eject it.
|>>|| No. 439857
In any case, one way of preventing pests next year could be Bug-Clear Ultra Gun.
It contains the mentioned acetamiprid and pretty much kills everything dead. Aphids, maggots, mites, you name it.
Some sources strongly recommend a waiting period of two to three weeks between application and harvest for food crops, but in all honesty, you'd probably have to eat a whole bucket of contaminated chili peppers before you'd get even half the nicotinoids that you consume with a single cigarette.
|>>|| No. 439858
Sounds as though it would undo all the hard work I've put into turning my lawn into a pollinator-and-wildlife-friendly habitat. I'm putting in a bat box soon, hopefully that will contribute to keeping the insect levels down a bit.
|>>|| No. 439859
Yes I agree lad, with all this doom talk of collapsing ecological systems and declining insect populations it seems like drenching our gardens in universal pesticides is the last thing we want to be doing, so good on you.
|>>|| No. 439860
You're not going to spray any of it of your lawn obviously, just the chili plants.
Being eco friendly is one thing, but if you grow fruit of any kind, you have a choice between keeping it organic and watching your crops rot from various pests, or going chemical and actually getting to enjoy your fruit. In my experience anyway. And you'd probably have to build a whole bat cave to have enough bats to control the levels of harmful insects naturally.
Acetamiprid, although it is a neo-nicotinoid, is considered bee safe, unlike some other substances in that family. And you don't normally use it while a plant or tree is flowering, but when fruit begin to grow, at which point it's even less likely that bees come in contact with it.
|>>|| No. 439861
>You're not going to spray any of it of your lawn obviously, just the chili plants.
The insects don't stay on the lawn area.
Maybe if I start to actually rely on what I can grow to live off I'd consider something like that but experimenting with methods is half the fun of it, I may as well experiment with organic pest control too.
|>>|| No. 439862
>I may as well experiment with organic pest control too.
Suit yourself. I've tried all kinds of it, with all the good intentions like you, but it just isn't very effective. I've come back to chemical pest controls and haven't looked back.
|>>|| No. 439863
I've had four litres of superhot chillies even though I fucked them up earlier in the year and more soft fruit than I can eat or give away from my bushes. I think it's really a question of scale/time available. I wouldn't want to run a proper full size organic farm but it's just a small garden and I have the time to go out and manually deal with infestations as they happen.
|>>|| No. 439864
Even in a small garden, you're not going to be able to just shoo away insects laying eggs on your fruit.
|>>|| No. 439865
I've had good results with this for indoor plants.
Outdoor chilis generally haven't had too much of a problem with aphids between temperature and predators, but my windowledge chilis get completely ravaged by aphids every year.
A couple of doses of acetamiprid early on in the season and they stay completely clear for months.
|>>|| No. 439866
Like I said, I already get a satisfying amount of produce out of my garden. I'm not really sure why you're trying to convince me that I don't.
|>>|| No. 439868
Is she on silly money? Everyone I know in the bat business seems to earn ridiculous sums.
|>>|| No. 439870
No, she is not. There is though a lot of money in "the bat business" because rich people who are developing rural properties, such as barns, need a clean bat survey before they can begin any work on a property.
The (public) organisation she works for paid for it.
|>>|| No. 439871
>you can turn your smartphone into a professional-quality, interactive bat detector, allowing you to hear and record bats flying above you in real-time!
Just what I've always wanted.
|>>|| No. 439872
I've got bats here and would quite like hearing their squaks downshifted a bit. £150 can fuck off, though.
Lots of MEMS microphones can reach batlike frequencies, so I might have to piss away a few days failing to build something.
What I really want, though, is a tracking camera, as they're complete bastards to photograph. I suspect they show up on thermal IR though, so tracking them in thermal, and blasting with a tight beamed flash should get the job done.
|>>|| No. 439874
You could just bosh something together using an ESP32 camera breakout for around £15 off eBay. I think it can do 1600x1200px jpegs. Then add a PIR sensor for about five quid as the trigger, and use one or even a couple of ultra bright LEDS as your flash in the dark.
Would take a bit of fiddling though, and I'm not sure what shutter speeds the ESP32 board is capable of. Or how it handles low light.
There is a tutorial here where a lad is sitting in a room in broad daylight, and it all looks a bit washed out, given the relatively good lighting conditions.
|>>|| No. 439876
>Would take a bit of fiddling though
Depends on how much you value your time - but bodging together a MEMS microphone, an ESP32 camera, a PIR sensor and some LEDS - plus a really good iPhone app with pattern matching to all the known species is infinitely more money, to me, than giving 150 notes to Wildlife Acoustics.
I've never really been into bird watching either, but one of their SM4 devices seems a very cool way to do it. Maybe your time is much cheaper.
|>>|| No. 439877
>Depends on how much you value your time
With that way of thinking, most creative hobbies where you build or make something aren't worth someone's time. Not even building your own shed, or growing your own chilies.
I built a birdhouse the other week from scratch, which cost me close to £20 in materials and six hours of work. A birdhouse as such can be had for less than that on Amazon, but it was good fun spending an evening in the basement building my own.
I'm still up because I can't sleep. Spent all evening poring over a work related thing, drinking plenty of coffee. Fuck.
|>>|| No. 439878
>>439874 I've got a few of the new 'high quality' Pi cameras, which are C-mount, and a bunch of CCTV zoom lenses which are bordering on being telescopes (and have massive glass, for scooping up photons), so that's my plan, such as it is.
I don't think that the ESP32 cameras will gather enough light to get the shutter times bearable - bats move fast.
LEDs for flashes should be sufficient, if focused into a tight enough beam.
And yes, this is clearly not aimed at saving money. The best way to do that would be to ignore the bats completely. But that's hardly fun.
|>>|| No. 439897
>I'm still up because I can't sleep. Spent all evening poring over a work related thing, drinking plenty of coffee. Fuck.
I've done this so many times this year. Not having to commute anymore, and the subscequent easy availability of a 4pm snooze has completely changed/ruined my sleep cycles.
This, more than any other thing, is the most worrying part of the idea of us returning to "normal" next year - I don't think I can.
|>>|| No. 439898
I might Blue Myself and stream video games on Halloween. Probably immediately feel like a cunt and hate myself, but I'm thinking about it.
|>>|| No. 439966
Oh that reminds me, I was recently reading about the lunacy around drinking colloidal silver as a health tonic - if you drink too much it literally turns you blue.
|>>|| No. 439969
I've had exactly the same problem at work recently. This was their first live stream. I feel a small kinship with the engineers involved, but you just know this was a ropey piece of shit python script at fault somewhere, that has been overhyped to fuck.
|>>|| No. 439971
I hate Python. I hate the weird cult around it. I hate how every potentially useful library targets Python. I hate the syntax, I hate how it seemingly bucks loads of programming paradigms for no good reason. I hate the concept of 'Pythonic'. I hate the massive fragmentation of Python meaning that any time I'm given a Python script to work with chances are it's written in Python 2 so I then have to spend time converting it to Python 3. I hate how everything feels like a hack on top of a bodge on top of a fudge.
It's slow, the errors are generally not helpful, but worst of all, despite everything I've just said, it's genuinely useful in some applications, meaning that you just have to learn to live with it.
What happens though is people start using it when it's not appropriate and you end up with absolutely hulking bits of spaghetti code that are a nightmare to work on.
Sage for autistic ranting.
|>>|| No. 439972
I haven't worked with Python, but I understand it's notorious for attracting amateurs who never learned proper coding, and who aren't going to learn it from coding a few bits here and there in Python.
|>>|| No. 439975
For me, Python has sort of replaced Perl as a computer Swiss army knife for writing small, throw-away, tools of up to a thousand lines or so.
The problem is, what do you refactor your Python into when your project gets past the prototyping stage in the foul year of our lord 2020? Do you get a prescription for Valium and reinvent not just the wheel but all of the tools you need to make a wheel with C++? Do you enter the Everything Is A Factory hell of Java? Do you try to pretend that Mono will ever be a serious project and use C#? Or do you chop your knob off and use Rust?
Sage because I've been using computers for so long that I fucking hate them and this isn't /g/, and it's fucking Friday and I'm sober and all of this is WRONG.
Sorry, it's been one of those weeks.
|>>|| No. 439976
It's the de-facto language of scientific computing for precisely that reason - a lot of scientists need to do data analysis but don't have a computer science background. Fortunately it's gradually starting to be edged out by Julia, which is a genuinely brilliant language.
|>>|| No. 439977
Dijkstra said of BASIC:
"It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."
I feel the same sentiment could be applied to Python.
|>>|| No. 439979
TBF he was criticising a version of BASIC so primitive and far removed from something like VB or even QBASIC that it makes no sense to apply the same sentiment to any modern programming language other than meme languages like Brainfuck or what have you.
Early exposure to extremely high level languages will always make teaching a given programmer low-level languages; I remember 15 years or so ago trying to explain what a socket was to a team of .NET programmers. After about fifteen minutes they had one question: "So socket is kind of like C's API to connect to the Internet?".
|>>|| No. 439980
True, I suppose I am biased having been taught assembly up rather than HLL down.
I think it's the better way, though; you don't have to understand exactly what's going on but at least understanding the basic mechanics that underly what you are doing in any language make everything make so much more sense.
|>>|| No. 439981
So in a way, web design today again attracts people who really haven't got much of a clue about web oriented coding with markup, scripting, or programming languages, and who make their web sites by clicking a few things together. And not always for the better.
Self sage for rambling.
|>>|| No. 439982
To be honest, I wasn't actually dunking on python per se in >>439969 - I was more throwing shade at the tendency for people who have one SQL query with two joins and a bit of linear regression code they've copied from Numerical Recipes hailing it as Artificial Intelligence1. It's like ARE WE DATA SCIENCING YET. You can write shit code in any language, you can build enterprise quality systems in almost any language. I think perhaps >>439976 puts it best.
1 - Nobody working in the field actually calls it AI, that's definitely a bozo bit - but then 80% of Machine Learning systems aren't, so the whole space is problematic to be quite honest.
|>>|| No. 439983
> web design today again attracts people who really haven't got much of a clue about web oriented coding with markup,
I think that's always been the case, though -- the dream of Your Own Website™ spawned things like Geocities and later Piczo, and tools such as FrontPage and the accursed Dreamweaver.
|>>|| No. 439988
>So in a way, web design today again attracts people who really haven't got much of a clue about web oriented coding with markup, scripting, or programming languages, and who make their web sites by clicking a few things together. And not always for the better.
At least we've gotten rid of Flash.
|>>|| No. 439989
Say what you like about flash but in the early '00s there would have been nothing else to do online except get into trouble hacking or trolling. It's fair to say that Flash saved every one of us!
|>>|| No. 439994
I've been to a Turkish barber this morning. Is it normal for them to hold a flaming stick next to your head to singe your ear hairs off?
|>>|| No. 439995
The Geocities era was an interesting time to be around, because it was the time of hobbyists who barely knew how to string a few code segments together to make countless things on your web page blink against a brightly coloured patterned background. There was a carefree disregard for visual design and legibility considerations, and it felt like being at the forefront of a new technology, where it was more about trying new things and telling the world about all your other hobbies.
By the time Myspace came around, this approach did more harm than good, because you were able to include much more memory consuming code like audio or video files, and so you had people cramming their pages with wav files and Flash animations that slowed down your browser and took forever to load.
Today's drag and drop web site editors are a bit better in that respect because it's easier to create user friendly, appealing looking web pages, but their problem is that they are utterly bloated. Which isn't a problem as such with today's broadband Internet and more powerful computers, but it means there are again "web designers" who have no concept of things like lean code.
I think that creating web sites over 20 years ago in the era of dial-up 56K modems taught you to think in terms of data efficiency and file sizes. And it's one reason why I prefer to hand code my current microsite, and why all code is hosted locally on the same server, including the Google web fonts I will be using.
|>>|| No. 439999
It is pissy pissing with rain, so I'm watching a man in a bo-peep dress make lightbulbs. For those of you who haven't yet discovered glasslinger, I commend him to you all.
Also, where can I get a glass lathe? Seems like the perfect machine to be operating when the weather is like this.
|>>|| No. 440000
I do like a good lathe video.
Forgive me, but is there such thing as a glass lathe? What makes a lathe a glass specific model? I suppose it must pump air in somewhere, but I reckon a regular lathe (with a built in air cooling tube) could be quickly modified to do that.
|>>|| No. 440001
>is there such thing as a glass lathe
I don't know very much about lathes - but it seems they're very metal, with the parts decoupled and using belt drives, to cope with the obvious heat and the air blower seems to be built in. I don't think they have to be that "fast" like wood/metal ones are, and the range of tools they need is much more limited so they look a lot more stripped down.
|>>|| No. 440002
Honestly I'm disappointed we didn't stick with something like the Geocities era.
With time and a developing culture I think anyone could get good at playing with HTML and making their designs legible. Instead, we've basically embraced that if you really want to stick all your personal information online, you should do it on Facebook where there's one fixed design for everyone. Web Design is something for web designers, or maybe programmers, but never your mum and dad. The web is for consumption and cunt-offs, rather than creating something yourself. It's worse than a shame.
|>>|| No. 440003
Surely Wix and Squarespace are far bigger than Geocities ever was and far more capable too.
|>>|| No. 440004
If everyone had a personal site built with those rather than with Facebook it would be an improvement over the status quo but my experience has been every site created with those is obviously from the same set of templates. You don't really get the kind of pleasant surprises (and impressive horrors) you do when someone's free to do things in their own way.
|>>|| No. 440005
It's true that most templates now look roughly the same. That said, there have always been fashion trends in web design, and the basic makeup of a web page's layout and design elements has been subject to those.
The biggest trend next to mobile friendliness in recent years has probably been flat design and the use of hero pictures and plenty of whitespace and minimalism. In essence, many web pages today look a lot more like printed magazine pages.
With the stone-age bandwidth of the late 90s internet, your biggest sin used to be 300 kb images on your welcome page. Nowadays, that's almost considered economical, with recommendations for your "hero picture" saying don't exceed 400 kB.
|>>|| No. 440006
Glass lathes have a second chuck instead of a tailstock, and it rotates precisely the same as the headstock. This lets you clamp a bit of glass in each, then press them together, both spinning, while you heat and press them into each other more. That's how you join tubes together. (Fast commercial stuff just has a cirumferential burner if they want to join stuff. Glass lathes let you do all this light bulb stuff too...)
Glass lathes don't have much power, nor any of the threading / feed mechanisms that metal lathes have.
I've been looking for a glass lathe on ebay for years. Don't need one, just like playing with fire.
Then there's the
|>>|| No. 440007
> There was a carefree disregard for visual design and legibility considerations, and it felt like being at the forefront of a new technology, where it was more about trying new things and telling the world about all your other hobbies.
I've been thinking about this a lot recently. It was common up until around 2005 or so for people to have "home pages" with a bunch of pages about random stuff they liked. Or a whole page that was just a blog, or a badly cobbled together fan site (that was linked to several dozen other almost identical fan sites via a webring).
It feels like there's a missing niche for people expressing themselves creatively and intelligently on the internet and that hole has only been partially filled by Facebook/Twitter/whatever.
I think I mostly miss blogs. I feel like at some point around fifteen years ago all the clever blogs were turned into books (and the same thing happened with web comics) and now people write vapid and inane "opinion/thought pieces" for click-baity websites for free in the hopes of getting famous rather than actually doing the creative writing that they might have been doing before this whole thing got so commercialised.
Sage very firmly ticked.
|>>|| No. 440009
>It feels like there's a missing niche for people expressing themselves creatively and intelligently on the internet
There are absolutely loads of ways of doing that. But the people who do realise it's a labour of love, takes load of time for not much return and then decide they want to monetise it somehow. Hence the books.
|>>|| No. 440012
> It was common up until around 2005 or so for people to have "home pages" with a bunch of pages about random stuff they liked.
I think they all converted to facebook. For many people, there was no more point tinkering with HTML code you nicked somewhere, when you could present yourself and your hobbies with just a few clicks and in a much more convenient and visually appealing way than geocities or Myspace. Not to mention you could meet millions of other people with your same interests, while a geocities or Myspace page usually stood on its own. There were geocities webrings, wich basically consisted of a few people knowing each other and linking to each other's web pages, but it wasn't the same.
|>>|| No. 440013
Around about that time I made my own home page of that sort, just as a html file on my PC that had all my favourite pages sorted into categories neatly. And then tabbed browsing became a thing and so that stopped being as useful.
|>>|| No. 440014
SimulBrowse had tabs in 1997, Galeon had the familiar tabs-at-the-top layout in the early 2000s (Galeon in GTK1 was king, Galeon on GTK2 was a lame duck). It's freaky how recent yet seemingly ancient these commonly accepte as standard developments are.
|>>|| No. 440024
Because I can tbe fucked to watch it, how bad was the Spitting Image US Election special?
|>>|| No. 440028
> But the people who do realise it's a labour of love, takes load of time for not much return and then decide they want to monetise it somehow. Hence the books.
Indeed. And I think that this affects the creative process to a huge degree. Previously people would write about whatever they felt passionate about writing, and if it took off and ended up with a million subscribers and a book deal it was (almost) organic. I have a feeling that those people who still do creative writing of the "day in the life" / thought/opinion piece "bloggish" sort tend to start out with a marketable idea and try to build a brand around that with the idea of monetising being one of the main driving ideas behind even getting started.
> I think they all converted to facebook.
You're partly right, of course, but how many facebooks are there with people posting intelligent, creative, well thought posts as opposed to a few photos and something like "#cheeky corona pints with the lads topbants"?
The other problem is that unless you know the people creating the (vanishingly rare) content then you're never going to find or see it anyway. The whole friend-circle nature of Facebook is very different to the open culture that (old) blogspot or even Myspace blogs or what have you had. I remember being able to go onto one of the larger blogrolls / aggregators, search for a specific subject and within a few minutes find a blog that'd give me hours of reading pleasure. That simply just doesn't work with facebook.
It's also just occurred to me as a I write this that the archetypal blogger was probably replaced by the "vlogger" who was now been replaced by the "YouTube Influencer".
Ticking Moan but really it should say Sad.
|>>|| No. 440030
>The other problem is that unless you know the people creating the (vanishingly rare) content then you're never going to find or see it anyway
Good posts get shared around so it's not totally restricted to friends only but you're right in that it's significantly worse.
|>>|| No. 440080
> I remember being able to go onto one of the larger blogrolls / aggregators, search for a specific subject and within a few minutes find a blog that'd give me hours of reading pleasure. That simply just doesn't work with facebook.
There's an old saying in marketing that if you don't pay for a product, you are the product. Facebook's success was the complete monetisation of people's desire to have a presence on the web and write about the things that interest them as well as meeting other like-minded people. And as is normal for a commercial company selling a product, in this case you to advertisers, everything gets streamlined for market value, and you as the product are managed to maximise returns without even always noticing it.
That isn't to say that Myspace or even blogspot didn't at least attempt to earn money off its users, but Zuckerberg had the uncompromising ambition to take it to the biggest and highest level possible.
>It's also just occurred to me as a I write this that the archetypal blogger was probably replaced by the "vlogger" who was now been replaced by the "YouTube Influencer".
Which was just a logical progression, see above. What it did do to the open culture on the web is that nowadays, young people name "influencer" as one of their top career choices, because they think they get to sit in their bedroom all day talking to a camera and earn unbelievable sums of money that no formal education will ever give them, all the while having companies shoving all their newest gadgets up your arse.
There were people in 2004 who would tell you they were "bloggers", but it was usually shorthand for somebody in between honest jobs, possibly with a liberal arts degree, who needed something to tell his friends so he didn't look quite as much like the layabout that he probably was. In any case, being a blogger and essentially creating content for free and without sponsorship did not enable you to just live off that. But now, becoming an influencer, if you want to have an actual shot at that kind of lifestyle anyway, requires careful career planning, not least because it's now something that tens of thousands of people fancy doing instead of getting shit on in an office ten hours a day.
|>>|| No. 440100
I might go de-facto pescatarian just because of how lovely fish is. Though I don't think there's a better justification than that. I don't think it's very environmentally conscious given how poorly regulated and damaging fishing is and ethically "I respect all animals barring fish and ocean dwelling invertebrates" doesn't really make much sense. Plus if everyone switched to a pescatarian diet fish stocks might be even more doomed. I don't know, these are just idle thoughts I'm having while eating a smoked mackeral sandwich.
|>>|| No. 440101
I agree with the gist of what you're saying, but I want a source on the "kids these days all just want to be bloody mineshaft streamers or whatever nonsense. They don't want to do proper jobs. This country's gone to the dogs!" part.
I know I'm putting words in your mouth there but it does sound a lot like that kind of disconnected intergenerational rhetoric you get. It reminds me of how my dad used to say "You'll just push buttons all day to make your living. You'll never do an honest day's work!" and such. Jokes on him, I actually pour piss into test tubes for a living.
|>>|| No. 440108
They're jumping to conclusions a bit in the article, but the gist is that "youtuber" or social media influencer is among the top choices for young people.
>It reminds me of how my dad used to say "You'll just push buttons all day to make your living. You'll never do an honest day's work!" and such
My nan was a typist for a big company. They had whole rooms full of young women who did nothing all day besides turning hand-written notes into typed documents and letters. It's easy for that generation to say that people today have it too easy because everybody has a computer at their desk and typists have long become obsolete. But technology always moves on and has a tendency to automatise jobs. Just look at price comparison web sites that pick the best deals for your insurance or package holiday. In the old days, working out an insurance quote was a laborious process which took somebody nearly half a day to check your data from a paper questionnaire against their terms and conditions.
|>>|| No. 440109
These add up to 128% which leads me to conclude they were just given some tick-boxes of things they might like to do when they're older. This is pretty misleading as saying "X number of young people aspire to be influencers" sounds a lot like it means they plan to do that and are pinning their hopes on it, as opposed to what it actually means, which is "X number of young people would be happy being influencers, among a non-specified amount of other things".
|>>|| No. 440111
Based on the small sample size of my kids, one-third of them want to be a YouTuber when they're older. A lot of the time they'll pick streaming over watching TV programmes.
|>>|| No. 440112
My kids never watch television at all, they only stream - they have passed the phase of wanting to be a YouTuber, but it was definitely there for a while. I don't think its any different from when we were young'uns and everyone thought they should be a pop star, it's just the cultural influence of the time.
|>>|| No. 440113
Why would you ask children what they want to be when they grow up? It almost seems cruel in hindsight but I remember repeatedly being asked this question starting at about 6.
I know mentioning Scandinavia is a joke at this point but I think they get this right. The expectation is that kids have to mess about for a couple years before they find their calling and start higher education - probably helped as they have military service on top of that. Come to think of it, even in the US you have undergraduate level education with designed flexibility and a requirement for students to try multiple subjects. I'm not sure anyone would disagree with such a position from their own experience and it's weird that we ended up with this railroaded pressure.
That said, fuck 'Gen Z'. They all seem a bit weird to me and strangely obsessed with owning merchandise because they all grew up on Minecraft and screaming youtube videos. My nephew showed me this video years ago and I'm still angry about it:
|>>|| No. 440114
>My nephew showed me this video years ago and I'm still angry about it
I remember you posting it.
|>>|| No. 440115
Exactly. No idea what I'm supposed to buy him for Christmas - an Amazon giftcard in all probability unless I'm posting a cheque.
|>>|| No. 440116
I think it's more of a posho thing. They're a bit more pushy about guiding their children into certain careers, universities and actually having a definitive plan of what they want to be and how they're going to get there. Obviously other parents ask this question too, but I don't think there's as much intent behind it.
I'm surprised Ballistic Squid is still going. I remember him being one of Stampy's annoying sidekicks about 7/8 years ago and assumed it'd fizzle out. My kids went through a phase of watching a group of Irish streamers that used to boil my piss because they were always screaming hyperactive nonsense or putting on annoying babyish voices.
|>>|| No. 440118
I scanned through that video and it was a lot less hyperactive and annoying than your description suggested.
|>>|| No. 440119
There will be worse ones. I didn't go trawling through them; I just know they did lots of highly annoying videos with Boss Baby and Hello Neighbour in Minecraft.
|>>|| No. 440160
What'll happen if I oven cook sausages when the instructions only mention about frying them?
|>>|| No. 440163
They were alright, a little bit dry and took a bit of coaxing off the oven tray but tasted fine, which is a good job as I'd stocked up on them; my local Farmfoods has packs of 18 Meatless Farm sausages in their 3 for £5 veggie offering at the moment.
|>>|| No. 440174
I know we have an expert on just about everything here, so I'm summoning resident boatlad - I want to buy a boat, just a little cabin cruiser for general...boatsmanship. Taking women up the river or fishing or whatever.
How daft am I?
|>>|| No. 440176
Extremely daft. If it flies, floats or fucks, it is cheaper to rent.
Unless you happen to live directly next to a river or canal, you won't use it enough to justify the expense of buying one. I have owned a few boats in the past, and agree with the idea that the two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy/get it, and the day it is gone. Almost everything in between costs hellish amounts of money, particularly when you divide it by the number of times you get to use it. Sorry.
|>>|| No. 440178
I do live close enough to the river to use it frequently, and I would be capable of doing any mechanical or electrical maintenance myself, but I hear you on the rest of it. I suppose I expected your response, I only wish I was sensible enough to allow it to completely dissuade me - though you've certainly helped.
|>>|| No. 440179
Any woman you can impress with a boat, will have a boat. And want rid of it.
A trailer and decent towcar, that's how to impress. Or being prepared to sped a few weekends scraping and anti-fouling her hull. iykwim.
|>>|| No. 440180
>Any woman you can impress with a boat, will have a boat
I don't see how that works out. I know plenty of women who think someone who owns a boat is 50 rungs above them socially, or at the very least, proper dead fancy like.
The appeal of a boat for me would mostly be the solitude. Flying's a bit like that too, but having a spliff on the deck is much more frowned upon with the latter.
|>>|| No. 440181
>I would be capable of doing any mechanical or electrical maintenance myself
Look, you're going to buy it anyway and it will be an enormous amount of fun, for a few days. Despite my previous ownership and experience of them, should I have enough money during retirement, I will doubtless do the same again too. But it will be daft.
|>>|| No. 440182
Wouldn't they disappointed by your smelly little boat when they see it, having been imagining some oligarch's floating mansion off the telly?
I probably hang around with women who've been brought up around yacht clubs. (And anyone who thinks a yacht club sounds posh and is anything other than a squalid, smelly bunch of sailing obsessives hasn't been to the ones I grew up around).
Solitude is fine, though. Spliffs on a boat at dawn can be doubly so. Pissing off the deck into a misty lake, triply. I should probably buy a boat, it's been a while.
|>>|| No. 440183
Even the women I hang around with aren't stupid enough to confuse the boat I'd have moored off of Tynemouth with a 300foot megayacht. Plus it's 2020, I can show them a picture of it. If they are somehow put off by it then so be it, I have not wasted any diesel.
|>>|| No. 440184
There's no fish pie recipes that aren't filled with cream or milk. I don't have an issue with either ingredient, but I'm a little WITH NOTHING TO SAY BECAUSE I AM A CUNT. Why no fish pies? What's going on? Am I going to have to invent the non-milk fish pie? Then so be it.
|>>|| No. 440185
It's so late I can't even remember what I wrote to activate that word filter. The mysteries of the ancients are still beyond me.
|>>|| No. 440186
This is sort of like asking why every steak pie has some sort of gravy in it - it's because it's a really good way to make it. You need a liquid to bake with your meat, otherwise you'll just end up with a very dry, possibly burned filling, and that liquid has to me more sauce like in texture than watery, or you just end up with a soggy or disintegrated crust.
A tomato based sauce might work, maybe a thickened bouillabaisse or bisque, but it'd have to be pretty thickened, and I reckon they'd be too intense in flavour and overpower the crust and fish experience anyway - you'd likely have to use mash instead of pie crust and I don't really count that as a pie.
|>>|| No. 440263
I still haven't quite made up my mind if fisherman's breakfast is word filter or a (forced?) meme I was left out of the committee for the creation of.
|>>|| No. 440278
It kind of vaguely sounds like it could mean going down on a lass in the morning before she's had a shower.
|>>|| No. 440279
My housemate had a go at me earlier in the month calling me Billy no-mates because I've not had friends over to breach lockdown and presumably she's been in arrested development since she was a teenager. I mostly put it aside. I know I have friends, they're just spread out around the planet and I'm not insecure enough to need to spend every evening with someone. It does sound a bit like "my girlfriend goes to another school, you wouldn't know her" though. Then this morning I got a parcel with gifts and a really thoughtful letter from a friend on another continent who i haven't seen in a couple of years. It's one thing to "know" something but another to get such a concrete reminder.
|>>|| No. 440280
>she's been in arrested development since she was a teenager
She sounds like she's fucking twelve.
|>>|| No. 440285
One of my female friends used to be roommates with a lass who was five years younger, about in her early 20s, in any case in the middle of a post-adolescent boy-crazy phase. The back story was that she was living in a buy to let flat that was owned by her somewhat well to do dad, and my friend moved in as a lodger because the lass's dad still wanted to be paid an adequate rent, which his daughter couldn't afford on her own.
Anyway, my friend eventually moved out again after about ten months because of all the drama of reluctantly having to play big sister, and agony aunt when the lass was once again in between boyfriends. And all the mid-week partying that you just don't feel like doing anymore by the time you're 27.
|>>|| No. 440287
I saw someone I know sincerely post that Radio One censoring The Pogues means we're going to end up with them airing readings from the northern lights over Christmas.
|>>|| No. 440289
I attended my first political party conference ten years ago and people there were throwing 'Trot' around all the time.
|>>|| No. 440292
If you lads pay for a new set of teeth I could be the finest English speaking actor in the last thirty years. But they won't let me become that with these knashers.
|>>|| No. 440298
British Gas were here to fix my boiler on Friday, and I am just now beginning to feel the difference that that makes. I had to make do with a space heater for ten days because there wasn't sufficient heat going from the boiler to the radiators, they told me something about a bunged up hydraulic switch which they had to replace. It wasn't completely cold, but even with all other radiators shut off, the system was struggling to keep the livingroom temperature at 18 to 20 °C.
British Gas need a bit longer to respond at the moment, at least with anything that isn't an immediate emergency. People spend more time at home and more boilers seem to break down because of that, they told me.
|>>|| No. 440299
Just got ready for bed and realised I've had gravy on my chin since six o'clock. I'm coming apart, lads.
|>>|| No. 440301
> bunged up hydraulic switch
Zone valve? They usually have a manual override to force them open if the motor's buggered. Although I'm not sure that applies to bunged up ones. Maybe if the bung is too strong for the motor.
|>>|| No. 440302
No, the hydraulic switch, which apparently switches heating power between your heating circuits and your warm water as needed.
Never heard of a hydraulic switch before this weekend, but symptoms are a reduced flow of heat to the radiators as well as a noticeable increase in temperature of the warm water coming out of your taps. I nearly scalded myself a few times on the kitchen tap that's right next to the boiler.
|>>|| No. 440336
How was my wheelie bin lid sealed shut if it's still above freezing? Does filthy bin water freeze at higher tempratures than non-bin water?
|>>|| No. 440337
Bin grease could in theory solidify above zero, or perhaps the bin itself had air pressure difference between the inside and out, causing the lid to be sealed closed, like wot happens with a fridge door sometimes.
|>>|| No. 440338
You can get light frosts when the actual air temperature is still above zero. Complicated things to do with air currents and radiance and stuff.
|>>|| No. 440344
I assume you're talking about the Parkinson's, because he looks otherwise perfectly healthy for someone pushing sixty?
|>>|| No. 440660
I've noticed I've got silverfish under my bed that have been living off a stock of old papers. No real issue as they're mostly harmless but I'm in a predicament as the spray costs £12.99 off Amazon and so to qualify for free delivery I need to spend £7.01.
Otherwise it's £17.48. Big warehouse has gotten me good admittedly but what can I buy for roughly £7.01 that I actually need? Only thing I can think of is £7.01 worth of sweets that I will eat in one sitting.
|>>|| No. 440663
Or boric acid - you can buy it cheap in powder form on eBay, or you can buy a commercial product called Borax, which is a different formulation of the same compound.
Super cheap and cleans up fungal, mould and insects/things like silverfish. Also good for stinky shoes and general cleaning. I think you can also use it to make things fireproof, too.
|>>|| No. 440664
Way ahead of you. Also found out that they're like little Americans where if you throw generous amounts of salt about the place they will gobble it up and even bring it back to their families to be desiccated.
I believe they call it genetics.
|>>|| No. 440665
Just had a generous portion of chili and garlic spaghetti, made with some of my homegrown chili peppers. Quite delicious.
And dead easy to make. Finely chop about half a clove of garlic and a whole red chili pepper, glaze very briefly in a midsized, deep frying pan at low temperature in about four tablespoons of virgin olive oil, then add your freshly cooked spaghetti and stir carefully for a few minutes. Add salt to taste, and if you want to go fancy, a dash of Italian herbs.
|>>|| No. 440669
Those "insert specific insect here killer" insecticides are just a way of selling the same stuff several times with different labels at different prices.
The safety data sheet for that one says it's 0.1% Cypermethrin solution, so you'll get the same results with any cypermethrin carpet spray.
You can find it cheaper by searching directly for cypermethrin spray, It's usually sold as carpet moth killer, bedbug killer or something like "Protector C" or "Formula C".
|>>|| No. 442102
I put about £45 a month into an 'entertainment' budget category. This is money that gets set aside for stuff strictly just for me (outside of takeaways, subscriptions, clothes, sweets etc.) to keep my inner NEET happy. Treat yo' self money is I guess what you could call it.
This month I was foolishly planning on buying a Nintendo Switch but immediately found that they are sold out from nearly everywhere. Only people selling them are doing it for over a hundred quid more which makes me think they will be out of stock for a long-time yet. It has dawned on me that this is a broader problem - there's just not much consumer bullshit out there at the moment that provides novelty and excitement.
Admittedly, after all is said and done these are right problems to have.
|>>|| No. 442105
I bought a couch (there was nowhere to sit in my flat), a PS4, and a PSVR setup with move controllers at the start of lockdown at what was a terrible expense for me.
In retrospect, I don't regret the purchases and the ability to teleport into Skyrim for hours on end has probably kept me saneish this past year.
|>>|| No. 442115
I've decided to plant a pear tree this spring. I've had loads of absolutely delicious pears from the supermarket lately, and it gave me the idea to get my own tree.
Williams Christ seems to be a good cultivar, it grows into tall, decorative trees and bears loads of very sweet and juicy fruit. Or maybe Conference, also a tall tree, and it's the variety I have been eating here mostly.
|>>|| No. 442117
Make sure you can erect a fruit cage around it / them, if you want pears rather than pecked-out abominations.
I've got a few pear trees, and the ones I get are great, but it's a battle.
|>>|| No. 442118
You needn't wait for Spring, trees should be planted from late Autumn until early Spring at the latest.
|>>|| No. 442123
It's going to be a bit of a do, because I am going to have to fell a 15-ft larch first that is currently in the spot where I want the pear tree to be. That larch has been ailing for years, it's really more dead than alive. And it's a good spot for a fruit tree, because they need loads of direct sunlight, and all the other areas in the back garden don't get enough light because of all the tall trees that are already there.
|>>|| No. 442125
You going to grind the stump yourself too? If not it might be worth getting a professional to fell and grind it in one go, the cost of calling them out may be the same for one as for both.
|>>|| No. 442126
I guess you can't just leave the stump in and plant a new 5-ft pear tree right next to it, so I've been wondering about that.
The trunk itself is about 20 cm in diameter at the base, maybe a bit more, so the 30'' bow saw from the shed should be enough to cut right through it. Then again, I am going to have to cut the 15ft trunk into 30 cm logs so I can split them for the fireplace, which would take forever with my bow saw. So maybe I'll see if I can hire a chainsaw from somewhere.
|>>|| No. 442127
Depends how big the stump is really, and how much space you've got.
You can speed along the rotting process a lot by sawing a pocket into the top of the stump so it retains water.
Or you can get a bag of oyster mushroom dowel spawn, you drill holes into the stump, push the dowels in, then cap it off with beeswax, and now you've seeded the stump with fungus so it's going to break down much much quicker than if it was left to it's own devices.
|>>|| No. 442128
I really don't know if either of those are a great idea; if the stump doesn't die straight away then your saprophytic oyster spawn plugs aren't going to colonise it and any rot that does set in from your water pocket will be potentially capable of spreading to and killing your other trees. Mycorrhizal fungi are really the only ones you want growing "wild" in your garden.
|>>|| No. 442129
One web page I just read recommends carving sort of a rectangular grid pattern into the tree stump with a chainsaw, and then filling up the cuts with fresh compost from your compost heap, and then watering it very frequently. It'll speed up the rot, which apparently can take up to eight or ten years if you just leave it.
And it said you shouldn't just try to cut the root out of the ground with your chainsaw, because the dust and sand in the soil will make the chainsaw dull very quickly.
|>>|| No. 442131
It can take much longer than eight to ten years depending on the tree's root system and if it's symbiotic with any other nearby trees. It may never happen as some trees will just grow back into trees from their stumps. I don't know about the particular pear tree cultivar in question but that may take a few years to start putting out fruit too. How patient are you prepared to be?
>it said you shouldn't just try to cut the root out of the ground with your chainsaw
No, you'd need a stump grinder.
|>>|| No. 442133
> I don't know about the particular pear tree cultivar in question but that may take a few years to start putting out fruit too. How patient are you prepared to be?
Even if it's going to take five years to produce a single pear, I just really like the idea now of having a pear tree. And as I said, that larch has kind of had it, it's not doing well and only occasionally shows signs of life at all. Most of its branches are dead, and I don't see much point keeping it for the one or two green twigs it produces now and then.
|>>|| No. 442134
Okay, I just think hiring a stump grinder or someone with one is your best bet. Also I like saying stump grinder.
|>>|| No. 442147
>>442129 the dust and sand in the soil will make the chainsaw dull very quickly.
This is an understatement. A chain can do hundreds of cuts without getting noticeably blunt, but cut a log on the ground and touch the soil, and it's more or less fucked.
Does the pear tree have to go where the larch was? Even 1/1.5m of offset will make your life much easier.
But yeah, stump grinder and fresh soil. And rabbit protection if you've got those bucktoothed fuckers nearby.
|>>|| No. 442148
I could put the pear about four or five feet to the right. I'll probably buy one that's about 5 ft tall, so in any event it will take a few years to grow to the kind of size where its roots will grow towards the larch's stump.
I'll probably settle for a Conference; from what you read online, Williams Christ, while being THE classic table pear variety, is vulnerable to bruising and needs to be consumed quickly. Conference pears can be just as sweet, but are more robust and will keep for up to two weeks after picking.
|>>|| No. 442149
You could get a multi-variety one. You start to restrict yourself a bit in terms of how much choice you get in the tree size and quality but it's a good way to hedge your bets.
|>>|| No. 442150
I've seen those online. Kind of neat in their own way.
The main thing for me is that it's going to be a proper tree. I would like that better. There are apparently some varieties that grow more like a bush.
|>>|| No. 442155
I called a tree nursery today and they advised me to get a dwarfing or half-standard pear tree at the most. The full-standard ones apparently tend to get too large for a residential back garden not just in height but also in diameter, and are really more suitable if you own a meadow orchard. Which I don't, at this point in time. In any case, a full-standard probably won't fit in the gap that I will create by cutting down the larch.
|>>|| No. 442158
Bear in mind that big trees are a pain to pick. I've got apple trees that are >90% wasted.
You can whittle a dwarf tree into a decent shape, I wouldn't rule them out.
|>>|| No. 442159
My parents have a dwarf quince that they've let grow out, its highest branches are up to 20 feet above ground.
Quince will just pop off on their own with the slightest shake of the tree when they are fully ripe. Which makes harvesting them somewhat dangerous, as a large quince can weigh over 1 kg and they are rock hard, so you don't want them falling on your head from 20 ft above.
|>>|| No. 442161
I genuinely can't stop thinking of how many bitcoins I had and spent during '10-13. What started as a bizarre joke has truly hit me, and it feels awful. How can I stop? I certainly know I'm not the only one in this boat, but I can't help but feel incredibly bitter.
|>>|| No. 442162
You ought to forgive yourself for failing to see the value of Bitcoin given its complete novelty. Nobody foresaw what it would become. But why didn't you buy Ethereum? Why didn't you buy any of the hundreds of coins that are now worth tens of millions? Why did you let DeFi pass you by? The simple fact is you were grandfathered into crypto before altcoins ever took off but no matter how many dozen times a new coin minted fresh millionaires you sat on the sidelines and refused to play the game, stubbornly refusing to believe in crypto either as a genuinely useful innovation or simply as a speculative investment vehicle. You don't deserve the profit you imagine yourself having made and you're probably going to continue making the very same mistake going forwards.
|>>|| No. 442167
I've missed out on it all. Keep thinking that it's daft and that I'm far too late to ride the bubble. Also, no spare cash.
The only win I'm having from bitcoin is that the big Chinese farms are tearing out their old miners and flooding the market with some really nice FPGA boards for £10 instead of £200.
|>>|| No. 442168
>But why didn't you buy Ethereum? Why didn't you buy any of the hundreds of coins that are now worth tens of millions?
Well, I did, and I made a decent amount of money. It's just not 'one of the richest people in the country' money.
But you said it yourself. Nobody foresaw what it would become. How can one leverage their experience of a 'novelty', into wise investment? Most of these coins/projects go absolutely nowhere, and the crypto landscape today is unrecognisable in comparison. The irony to me is that it never had a more legitimate claim to being a currency than it did in the beginning, but that's another topic.
|>>|| No. 442171
I bet a reasonably large amount of money on Nibali winning the 2014 Tour De France general classification, mostly because the odds were astronomical, but I knew that any strong rider could win the GC if circumstances allowed, and also I'm a degenerate gambler. The odds I took were 60:1.
A lot of the top riders crashed out in the first couple of days and Nibali ended up with the yellow jersey in the end. It was by far the most lucrative 'investment' I've ever made. But I don't go around telling people that this is the best way to make money, or that you're a mug for not doing the same thing, because I'm not an idiot.
|>>|| No. 442172
>>442171 because I'm not an idiot.
Also because your winning doesn't require more suckers to buy in and keep the price propped up.
I'm a cynical bastard.
|>>|| No. 442180
It's worth saying that crypto in general is still very early and a hundred quid a month now in a few big coins and a couple of alts will make you wealthy in 10 years time
|>>|| No. 442198
As for >>442193, it might as well be the Brass Balance in Birkenhead. No-one cares about spoons anymore, not even their Jim Henson creation-esque Boss. He's just sitting on a Land Bank at this point.
|>>|| No. 442208
That would be The Herbert George Wells in Woking. Because of course if JDW had a pub in Woking that's exactly what they'd call it.
|>>|| No. 442210
Is this a real woman? How much do you think she got paid for this robotic performance? If that's all the effort or charisma you need to do YouTube ads how do I get in on that action?
|>>|| No. 442215
This reminds me of the videos made by the financials firm I use. I think they thought that pumping out daily market recaps and basic explanations of what an ISA is and so on would help them sell their managed portfolio stuff, but I can't imagine it ever sold anyone on anything, it probably just made people worried.
the one on the left, before you ask
|>>|| No. 442216
The 90s were weird. Geri Halliwell is so much more attractive now that she's stopped making herself up like a scary clown.
|>>|| No. 442218
Mate, if you're investing with them (particularly their managed portfolios) then you're being taken for a ride.
|>>|| No. 442219
No, they just do the accounts for my side business. My investments are with a yorkshireman in Leeds that looks like a skinny, less healthy Churchill, so rest assured my money is well looked after.
Curious as to why they're shit for portfolios though, other than the youtube channel signalling such.
|>>|| No. 442222
Whenever I've looked at their portfolios, I am a financial adviser so this has been a fair few times, they noticeably underperform when compared with what you can get elsewhere for a similar level of risk. The biggest crook I've ever met, which is saying a lot in this industry, was an adviser for True Potential.
Managed portfolios like this are little more than a marketing gimmick to try and blindside clients with smoke and mirrors. I've delved into some of the True Potential portfolios before and just about every time they'd changed the funds or allocations led to worse performance than if they'd not done anything.
|>>|| No. 442235
I posted this in response to the Geri video thinking this was the 'still fit' thread lol.
|>>|| No. 442297
In 1970s London, young fashion designer Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with dogs' skins, especially Dalmatians, until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella.
|>>|| No. 442323
I think I just have to accept that I naturally go to sleep at 7PM and wake up At 1 or 2AM.
|>>|| No. 442666
I just got my new Sony Xperia 5 II in the post.
I've always had Samsung smartphones, but they are increasingly phasing out physical headphone sockets and that is a dealbreaker for me because I've got some older tech that I want to be able to connect it to without any fuss.
The Xperia apparently has a very good camera and outstanding photo and video features, but as far as overall practicality and usability, I'm kind of underwhelmed after a day of fiddling with it, to be quite honest.
I've even installed the Samsung music app from the Play store because Sony's own app for playing audio files is a fucking nightmare.
I'm probably beyond the point with it now where I could just return it to O2 no questions asked, but I feel like this has not been my best choice of smartphone. It just isn't very good at all, in the ways that would matter to me.
It also comes quite bare bone, all you get is the charger with a cable. Samsung always at least threw in headphones and an assortment of adaptors.
|>>|| No. 442671
I now have a credit rating of 999. GG and all it took was a global pandemic, managing to put half my income into savings and not going on a proper holiday for 7 years. It'll annoy the shit out of me if that drops now.
|>>|| No. 442677
I racked up three missed payments last month due to a client forgetting to pay me, and somehow my score moved up more than it has in any other month for the past year.
To be fair, while I might struggle to explain that, if the company providing the rating is using machine learning then so would they.
|>>|| No. 442678
>It also comes quite bare bone, all you get is the charger with a cable.
Count yourself lucky. Some manufacturers won't even give you that now.
>Hey, we've switched our USB port from micro-B to C. Also we're no longer providing charging cables, but if you don't want to take your chances on buy cables that might not be up-to-spec we'll sell you one for £80.
It's the same BS as headphone jacks and external storage, which manufacturers claimed that there was no demand for while still producing lower-end phones with them.
|>>|| No. 442679
Where Apple leads others follow. This is the first transition that'll hopefully cause friction. I assume everyone has USB-A ports as their usual 5v xA (500ma, yes, but we all know no one cares about that) for charging their stuff. But it's OK, you plug it in, it'll work eventually. Apple decided that being able to insert the plug both ways was worth the hassle over Micro-USB via Lightning, pushed on and then floundered.
Now we're left in a sea of "USB-C" which is the worst of all worlds. It sounds like a single standard, but it's like IPv6, technically great but who in the world will implement it? The promise of a single plug just lead to people using the plug to do their own shit. Physical ports have physical requirements (wires tug on things).
|>>|| No. 442680
As someone who has broken a lot of microUSB connectors, I have to say that USB Type-C is a huge step forward. It doesn't look like a big change, but the new connector is massively tougher and can carry up to 90w. They really have solved every significant problem with the older connectors, the performance is at the absolute limit of copper and it really could be the final connector unless we move to optical.
The broader USB spec is a total shitshow though. Whoever signed off on the Alternate Modes spec should be beaten to death with their own arm.
|>>|| No. 442684
>Count yourself lucky. Some manufacturers won't even give you that now.
The Samsung S21 still comes with a free pair of wireless earbuds. When a phone like my Xperia retails for around £700, they could at least have thrown in some cable headphones, which would probably have cost Sony less than £30 a piece.
I don't understand why every manufacturer is pushing wireless earbuds now. Besides it being obviously another way for them to make money. They are much less practical, they need to be recharged all the time, and it's really easy to lose one of them. And if you've got older technology that you want to connect your phone to, you're out of luck and have to buy an additional adaptor because many newer phones don't have a headphone jack anymore.
|>>|| No. 442704
>Besides it being obviously another way for them to make money
I'm fairly sure this is the only reason
It makes phones cheaper to manufacture, the phone needs a Bluetooth radio anyway and they can leave out the headphone socket and any associated audio circuitry. Once Apple did it all the other manufacturers could pass it off as fashionable and "premium" instead of cheap corner cutting.
The other benefit to the manufacturers is that you're more likely to buy a pair of wireless headphones or an overpriced 1st party USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with the phone. Manufacturers who don't make phones still benefit from pushing wireless headphones since they're guaranteed to fail after a couple of years (yay built in lithium batteries) and like you said they're easy to lose.
For the price of some name-brand wireless earbuds you can get a pair of decent wired studio headphones that'll last for decades, have wearing parts that are designed to be easily replaceable and actually sound good.
|>>|| No. 442705
I have a pair of Sennheiser full-size headphones that my dad bought in the early 80s for the best part of 200 quid if I remember correctly, and they sound absolutely fantastic to this day. They are crystal clear and very neutral, which can't be said about some of the - quite upmarket - full-size headphones that are marketed to teenlad nowadays. I tried a pair in Curry's a while ago, and it just sounded horrible. The bass and treble were grossly exaggerated and the mid-range had almost no "body". But I guess that's what a lot of today's music sounds like in the first place.
|>>|| No. 442706
> have a pair of Sennheiser full-size headphones that my dad bought in the early 80s for the best part of 200 quid if I remember correctly
If they are HD 25s there are a lot of people who regard them as the best pair of headphones ever made.
|>>|| No. 442708
They're not the best headphones ever made, but they're the best headphones I think anyone should buy. There are better ones but for so much more money for it to be pointless. The HD25s are versatile and could be your one pair of headphones even as an audio engineer.
|>>|| No. 442709
No, the model number is HD230, which apparently sold for around £70 in the early 80s if Google is correct, so I'm not sure where I got the figure of £200 other than my dad baselessly bragging about how much money he spent on his home hi fi equipment back then. But adjusted for inflation according to the BoE web site, it would still be £226 in today's money.
One of the things I got from my late dad, just something to remember him by, but they honestly sound absolutely amazing and I see no need to buy different ones for as long as these will last.
|>>|| No. 442713
>They're not the best headphones ever made
No, those would be a pair of Stax, which I also have. Electrostatic speakers for the win. But they're a bit ugly and impractical and make poorly recorded music sound awful.
|>>|| No. 442714
As you say, they're too good. I have tried these (along with other insanity such as Sennheiser's Orpheus) and I hated the experience. As someone trained in audio engineering all I could hear was the flaws. I do not understand audiophiles.
|>>|| No. 442715
You ever wonder how different music would be if everyone had audiophile-level equipment. Imagine if aliens wanted to study human hearing before they communicate with us, to make sure their translators sound good and pleasant, so they pick up our music and we end up being invaded by space Barry Whites because they think we deal in bass.
|>>|| No. 442716
I am bored as shit.
I want to just sleep
forever for the next three weeks.
|>>|| No. 442720
Let's just hope a JBL bluetooth boom box isn't the first human artefact they will encounter.
In the Before times, there was always a group of yoofs in the local park here every other evening with one of those things blaring, and it just completely annoyed the piss out of me. It also really is piss poor sound quality, pretty much all it does is put out a - halfway decent - bass, but that's about all you hear coming from it.
When I was a younglad in the 90s, a home hi fi system was the biggest investment you aspired to as a middle-class 15 year old. With a driving licence still the best part of two years away and the knowledge that you'd get your mum's old Polo anyway, your attention was on the latest high-end audio equipment. Which you couldn't afford, but that didn't stop you from reading all about the new Nakamichi tape deck or Harman Kardon mono amp in hi fi magazines.
Anyway, you then probably settled for a bread-and-butter Yamaha amp, Kenwood CD player and Pioneer speakers that you got on sale from the local hi fi shop and for which you had worked in Tesco's for six months. But still with the determination in the back of your mind that your discerning taste in audio equipment would allow you to buy much more refined gear once you'd get a real job.
It was also your only way to impress girls, as your parents more than likely were too scared to let you ride a moped. Especially in the days of audio cassettes, you were the go-to guy at your school if somebody, including a girl, wanted to have a CD taped and you had a mid-range tape deck at home, at least one that sounded better than everybody else's £300 Amstrad midi set. So you'd invite girls over to check out your system, in the hope that at some point you'd get to put on your slow rock CD and some snogging would happen between the two of you on top of your bed.
Not sure "Come and check out my JBL bluetooth boom box" has the same ring to it nowadays. Nor does it have that whole world of middle-class teenlad aspiration attached to it like in them old days.
Self sage for epic rambling.
|>>|| No. 442722
>Not sure "Come and check out my JBL bluetooth boom box" has the same ring to it nowadays. Nor does it have that whole world of middle-class teenlad aspiration attached to it like in them old days
It definitely doesn't. But my sister is 15 and her thing has been desperately begging for AirPods for her birthday, so I feel like that is the equivalent for kids these days. That and having the latest iPhone, certainly.
I had a Cambridge audio amp rescued from a skip, and a Teac CD player and a Sony tape deck, both handmedowns from my grandad who was chasing the Richer Sounds dragon. My speakers were NS10s that my grandad got from the school he worked at after he retired. They obviously sounded terrible but looked cool, my grandad and I mounted them in the corners of my room right up near the ceiling. This was very late 90s, early 00s so it was ancient, outdated equipment to us at the time. But it did certainly impress a couple of girls, blasting out Hybrid Theory and such.
I don't remember what happened to those speakers, but funnily enough I got into audio engineering and did it at uni and everything, all the while watching the price of them shoot up.
|>>|| No. 442723
I had an Onkyo amp, which was controversial among my hi fi snob friends, because it was a brand known to be more concerned with sheer output wattage than actual sound quality. But I let the guy a the hi fi shop talk me into it, although the Yamaha amp for not even 50 quid more probably would have been the better choice all around.
I then got a good deal on a Kenwood CD player from another shop, I think it was a showroom demo, so it was something like 30 percent off.
My speakers were a pair of Revox Studio 4 MkII. They were hugely expensive for a 16 year old, but I had a very generous granddad who co-sponsored my system, and they were the best choice to match the power output of my Onkyo amp.
I've still got all of it in my old bedroom at my parents' house, and I had a listen to it again just a while ago. The amp's analog pot is probably oxidised or needs replacing, but once you find a spot on the dial where both channels come through as they should, it's really a nice system. Although the speakers are a bit bass heavy, but I guess 16-year-old me didn't mind that.
|>>|| No. 442724
In my ketamine heydey we once washed up in some posh house where they had multiple bengal cats and a sound system made by a car manufacturer that they claimed cost about two grand. It was very loud but they only let us turn it up half way and that for five minutes as it was the suburbs so they probably had neighbours.
In hindsight, they probably shouldn't have been bragging about the value of their belongings to a drug dealer and the random hangers-on he brought with him from the squat but I don't think anyone nicked anything. Beautiful cats, though.
|>>|| No. 442726
>and a sound system made by a car manufacturer that they claimed cost about two grand
Could've been Bang & Olufsen. They've made luxury car audio equipment for quite some time now and are also a big name in upmarket home audio.
But I think you'll struggle to put together a complete B&O system for two grand new that isn't a mini tower.
Yeah, but be careful in showing off your wealth to random visitors to your home. My mum was friends with somebody who would always show off his collection of gold coins and art pieces to his guests, and their house was then actually broken into when they were away for the weekend, and the burglars took all of it. Even seemed to have a good idea where to look. They lived in an unsassuming middle-class neighbourhood, and their house certainly didn't give the impression that there were loads of valuables in it.
|>>|| No. 442734
>Yeah, but be careful in showing off your wealth to random visitors to your home.
Also, I know a guy who went through a phase of posting pictures of his car, his rolex, his computers, basically all of the wanker instagram influencer bollocks, just without any influence. Anyway his house got knocked off, too, in much the same fashion. A house must be pretty easy to rob when you've had an in depth video tour of it and 200 pictures of the most valuable items held within, and also a handy notification that the owner is out because they posted seventeen selfies on a plane that morning.
|>>|| No. 442736
I'm not a home insurance expert, but that almost sounds like gross negligence which could make your insurance claim difficult.
Insurance companies are crafty as it is and will use any excuse to reject claims.
I got my car stolen from my doorstep once when I was away over night for a job interview at the other end of the country, where I travelled by train. The person at my car insurance that I talked to a day or two later found that more than a bit odd, especially when she asked how many keys I had to my car and I told them I had two. The woman said something that my car model normally came with three keys from the factory. So in short, they were insinuating that I had my own car pretend-stolen by an accomplice to collect the insurance. I then said, wait, no, I can show you the train tickets, and I have the police report here. But they said they would submit the matter to their anti-fraud unit.
Luckily, I had a lawyer who was able to convince them that all of that was unsubstantial evidence and conjecture, and they eventually gave in and paid me out.
|>>|| No. 442739
>also a handy notification that the owner is out because they posted seventeen selfies on a plane that morning
People fake those now. You can pay to take your picture outside a private aircraft and even show yourself sitting in a mock plane. Then you just recycle some unused photographs from your last trip.
On the next episode of internet sadness: Instagram models - the real camel jockeys.
|>>|| No. 442745
Funny we're having this discussion. The battery on my old cheap WAnker wireless headphones is on its way out, so I ordered some £25 Aukey ones - the type where there's a wire going round your neck at least, because I am terrified of losing the true wireless ones. I don't really like paying more than that for headphones I'm going to take out with me that may get lost or damaged. The WAnkers weren't great sounding, but were fairly neutral and more than tolerable.
The new Aukey ones sound exactly like >>442720 describes the JBL - fucking awful in the mids, a huge amount of bass and a decent treble; it feels like there's a De-Ess filter that's gone wild. Generic EDM has a lot of punch, sure, but anything else feels hollow and nasty.
I'm considering giving the Aukeys to my mum since she's not a discerning audio listener and buying the Anker SoundCore Liberty and a neckstrap meant for airpod pros, but that's a fair bit of cash to drop on something those battery is going to be shot in 18 months if I don't lose one or both before then, and I still don't know if they'll sound any good.
Any recommendations, lads?
|>>|| No. 442746
If your phone has a headphone socket, and if you want your earbuds with wires anyway, then why not invest in a good pair of standard earphones.
I can recommend Sennheiser earphones. Much like their full-size headphones, they are really amazing quality, and a decent pair can be had for 20 to 30 quid.
I bought Sennheiser ones nearly ten years ago for my first smartphone because the supplied Samsung earphones sounded shit. I paid about £25 back then, and they're still some of the best earphones I've ever had. Very dynamic, vivid sound, while at the same time very neutral.
|>>|| No. 442748
I have a decent set of wired earphones (ATH-M50x), and I used to religiously buy soundMAGIC E-30s for my in-ear needs, and would continue to do so if they made wireless variants, but the reviews on all the soundMAGIC wireless ones are poor.
I just enjoy not the the wire running into my pocket. The 3.5mm socket on my phone isn't the best, despite regular cleaning it still picks up slight vibrations as button input, and often thinks there's a microphone connected when it isn't.
|>>|| No. 442770
>The 3.5mm socket on my phone isn't the best, despite regular cleaning it still picks up slight vibrations as button input, and often thinks there's a microphone connected when it isn't.
Is there any chance you can get that fixed on warranty?
I still think wireless earbuds are a complete ripoff. Why pay double or three times what decent regular wired earphones cost to get the same sound quality, if that. It doesn't make sense. Except if you're a greedy consumer electronics manufacturer, of course.
|>>|| No. 442774
Phone's close to 3 years old now. I could replace it myself I suppose, but I think the microphone detection is a software thing - I'm not sure how it tests whether what is inserted is TRS or TRRS but I'd guess by finding the resistance.
Another day with these new headphones though, and now I notice that I can loudly hear the pick scraping against the guitar strings in songs with acoustic guitar.
|>>|| No. 442776
> but I think the microphone detection is a software thing -
That could actually be. My old Samsung Galaxy one day suddenly developed an annoying bug that when you plugged it in to charge it, it would play that little Android "ka-plink" sound confirming that it's plugged in over and over again in about ten-second intervals. I bought a new charger cable and even had a guy at a repair shop look at it, he said there was no loose connection or anything, and that it was really probably a software bug in Android, that it got stuck in some kind of loop when it detected that a charger was connected.
I tried all kinds of things like a factory reset, but really the only thing that helped was turning the phone off completely when it was connected. It was out of warranty and I was kind of already looking at a new phone to buy soon anyway, but boy that was fucking annoying.
|>>|| No. 442777
>I still think wireless earbuds are a complete ripoff. Why pay double or three times what decent regular wired earphones cost to get the same sound quality, if that. It doesn't make sense. Except if you're a greedy consumer electronics manufacturer, of course.
I initially moved over to wireless because the headphone port on my Galaxy was continually fucking up but found that it's much easier for a tall lad to move around without a wire. The big drawback is interference you get when out and about though.
|>>|| No. 442779
> Why pay double or three times what decent regular wired earphones cost to get the same sound quality, if that. It doesn't make sense.
Because there's no fucking wires!.
|>>|| No. 442795
I unearthed my first-ever smartphone again today, in that I got it out of a drawer and recharged the battery. It's a Samsung Galaxy S2, and if the old text messages on it are an indication then I must have bought it some time around early December of 2012.
It's incredible how technology has moved on since then, all the way up to my current Sony Xperia 5 II which I got last week. Of course the most obvious change is the look and feel of Android 11 versus version 4.1.2. But everything else also really makes the S2 seem like it's from another time.
|>>|| No. 442803
Can anybody remember the video in which a famous black guy, possibly Chris Rock, talks about Hollywood and God? The person makes a comment paraphrased to "where else would you find the devil?" (with regard to the paradise of Hollywood). He describes the concept of good balancing evil so concicely - i really need to hear that again.
|>>|| No. 442811
Seems the obvious answer, doesn't it? But no, i don't think it was Dave Chapelle.
My search terms of [name] [god] and [hollywood] return a bunch of modern popculture interviews and clips, none of which appear to lead in the right direction.
Is there a way to filter youtube searches? This clip i'm looking for must be at least 6 years old.
|>>|| No. 442812
>Is there a way to filter youtube searches?
Yes. Click the button that says "Filter".
|>>|| No. 442815
How can you possibly mistake Chris Rock for Dave Chappelle.
Did Google suddenly become racist?
|>>|| No. 442816
They changed the name of the file to imply the other person meant Dave Chappelle when they said Chris Rock, based on the nature of the description sounded more like a Chappelle rant.
|>>|| No. 442819
Youtube search function is just useless nowadays.
There are a couple more I can think of - Tupac and Sam L. Jackson. They all look like Chris Rock too.
|>>|| No. 442866
Looking at Currys latest offers on budget laptops. My old laptop is really dying now.
I'm a fan of small form factors, so 14'' is about as big as I wnat to go. I really only need it for Internet surfing and MS Office. I've still got an old, fully-licenced version of Office 2013 that I could install on it, so I'm sure any low-end current laptop will be equipped to handle it. I'm reluctant to spend considerably more than about £350. It should have a 128 GB SSD, I'm not a fan of 64 or 32 GB eMMC, especially since Windows 10 is apparently much more memory hungry once you exit the S mode.
|>>|| No. 442867
I'm pretty sure the man working at Burger a king coughed "cunt" at me when I drove off yesterday.
In other news, it's just about impossible to adopt a rescue cat.
|>>|| No. 442870
Went on a date today. They were so proudly joyless and humourless I am surprised anyone could live that way. They might have been a p-zombie. The most interesting thing about them was that they were 30 mins late.
|>>|| No. 442872
I was going to fill out an application for a job promotion but just ended up doing fuck-all. I've got until Sunday night to throw my hat in the ring anyway but it's hard to get back into the swing of things when it comes to doing actual work at the weekend. It only really came to my mind on Friday and I was initially apprehensive as I'm shooting up the career ladder to the point where I might accidentally end up having more work than I'd want. This being something I've been warned happens on the next step-up as you get swamped with responsibility and endless meetings rather than actually doing productive work.
Then I looked at the pay and that was that, not enough to live a life of luxury but enough to live the life I'd want comfortably. I probably won't get it this round but then I just need to improve my application for future openings and refresh on the interview process as that takes me a couple tries.
tl;dr I spent all weekend playing Hollow Knight because the only way I can be productive at times is to remove every distraction from my computer.
What did you do for the date? Not to stalk, I'm just hungry for ideas.
|>>|| No. 442873
>What did you do for the date? Not to stalk, I'm just hungry for ideas.
Went for a walk round a local woodland.
|>>|| No. 442876
If you put my address into Google Maps then it's showing as a cul-de-sac off a B road so most rescue centres are dismissing us on that basis, but it's a fairly quiet stretch of road.
|>>|| No. 442879
I got my cat off craigslist, I bet you can find some kittens looking for a rehome on nextdoor or facebook or something. Just make it clear you're not going to pay for it.
|>>|| No. 442882
>Just make it clear you're not going to pay for it.
Would that include not paying for the vets bills?
I have no intention of buying a cat in the immediate future and will probably never use local pages but would you demand receipts - might not be such an issue for kittens but with kittens I'd be worried it might die which would destroy me so would probably go for an adolescent.
|>>|| No. 442883
Good point. Not really sure how that works, my cat was being offered for free with all the paperwork provided.
|>>|| No. 442903
It's likely that I will be going self employed in the near future. Will I be able to put things like suits on expenses, bearing in mind I'd never wear them outside of job?
|>>|| No. 442949
Work clothes are generally only deductible for certain professions when you're self employed, and must be specific to your job and at the same time not clothing that can double for everyday use, e.g. if you are a doctor, or if your job requires special protective clothing, like a carpenter or a tree surgeon.
Any clothing that you can also wear as what most people would consider everyday wardrobe usually doesn't qualify as deductible. A fetching suit may help you win the confidence of clients, but you could just as much wear it to do your daily shopping.
>HMRC's basic rule is taken from the case of a barrister who tried to claim tax relief on the dark suits she bought to wear for court appearances. She was denied this tax relief because HMRC said she could have worn those suits on occasions that didn't relate to her work. In addition, HMRC says that clothing has a dual purpose of both making you presentable for work and keeping you warmly and decently clad. As a result, clothing that could be part of an "everyday wardrobe" is not allowable for tax relief.
|>>|| No. 443001
My youtube feed suggested The Secret Life of Machines to me, and I've sort of been binge watching the series since last night.
|>>|| No. 443002
The one and only Tim Hunkin has been making a new series:
|>>|| No. 443003
Just popped to the shops. There were shitloads of young people, many of whom didn't look old enough to drunk, buying booze. Mostly Corona.
|>>|| No. 443005
I also hate young people - especially how they all look like children to me now and travel in large herds at a leisurely pace. Lock them all up I say and give them their own special internet where they can spout their infantile opinions without annoying normal people.
|>>|| No. 443010
I've tried having a wank without porn and I found it really hard going. I think I'm too reliant on it.
|>>|| No. 443013
I got a blister on my heel from rollerblading the other day. I then took a hot bath last night and it popped all on its own, probably from the expansion of the fluid inside it in the hot water.
It has now turned into an angry looking minor skin infection nearly the size of a pound coin. I've just dressed it again with alcoholic hand sanitiser and a firmly applied large band aid, hopefully it's not going to get more serious.
|>>|| No. 443015
I tried out bumble after hearing I could just set up a profile and be hands-off while I wait for
the inevitable lack of message, but it turns out I still need to swipe through women individually. It's just as horrifically tedious as tinder.
There should be hookup app like grindr (I only use it for traps so "no homo" as they say) but for straight people. Having all your local options laid out in a grid makes so much more sense than swiping through them one by one.
|>>|| No. 443018
The Godzilla movies they've been making these days really haven't failed to disappoint at all.
I just swipe them all fairly passively unless it's a monster. If I don't reply to some woman then she can go cry into her Harry Potter book or go travelling. I will always give them attention if they go through the trouble to actually send a message that isn't 'hi'
>I only use it for traps so "no homo" as they say
Riiiiight. But a hookup app isn't going to work because that's not what women want and it would immediately be swamped with horny dudes. Fetlife might be what you're looking for.
|>>|| No. 443113
No internet since 9am, I'm going to have to call the sods, aren't I?
|>>|| No. 443114
It's just started working again. I posted this, picked up my phone and the little yellow warning sign on my laptop went away. Please, I'm not mentally healthy enough to handle these kinds of coincidences.
|>>|| No. 443470
My weekend breakfasts really have to stop. By the time I've eaten, washed up and watched something it's well into the afternoon.
I had the same problem this morning which fixed itself when I restarted the laptop. Not the modem, the laptop. That may seem normal but my phone had also lost internet access that came back to life when I restarted the laptop.
|>>|| No. 443471
I think I've been out in the sun too long; I've got a headache now.
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