thread Tabz?
Pete Shelley?

Not cool!
permalink Wasn’t he?
permalink This is a joke that passed me by
But I'm assuming as you made it on BaceFook too, that it is a thing
permalink No,
it’s just a way of mourning someone who’s died. My family used to do it, plus some ofmy friends do now. Odd, I know.
permalink Ah, right
I just assumed I'd missed summat. Probably by not being quite old enough!
permalink BTW... Locanda Locatelli last night.
About 11 years since I was last there, I think. (and that time, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were at the next table, later joined by Justin Timberlake)

That place is outrageously good. And we met the gaffer on the way out. I may have fanboyed a bit.
permalink Still never been there!
Though I have been at a table near Madonna, at the Sugar Club.
permalink I have to recommend it
Not cheap for sure, but the best Posh-Italian. Seriously good food, nice room, lovely staff, not-insane winelist for Mayfair.

The food is off-the-scale good, and it's a lovely evening out.

Giorgio Locatelli is one of my food heroes - his column in the Guardian/Observer was a joy years ago, and his book ("Made in Italy: Food and Stories") is great. There are a few things in there that have become regular dinners for me.

Meeting him and having a brief chat was a nice moment. Top bloke.
permalink Yeah,
we had a copy of his book from the library a couple of years ago. It was pretty good, but our obsession with East Asia kind of superseded it.

Someone you follow in Instagram is now following us. Which is nice. It will, btw, only be a food account. I personally can't be arsed with Instagram most days, but Mrs Me thinks we can use it to spam our recipe site. We're going to upgrade the site soon, as it currently looks like it was designed in 1998. Just need the time to do so...

This, by the way, is a *cracking* brekkie:-
permalink Well, I like a bit of food porn, so I'll enjoy that.
I think the follower in question is Al...
permalink Yep Al isfollowing,
plus Alicia Dali
permalink I have absolutely no idea who she is.
I assumed a pornbot/spambot, but the pic looks cheffy. Absolutely no clue.
permalink I certainly don't follow it
...and she/it hasn't posted anything...
permalink I have an excellent assortment of pornbots, spambots and sexy-Russian-laydeebots among my followers
You will too before long.
permalink Hi! My name's Cheffy Pornbot!
What can I do for you today?
permalink Yep,
I've just blocked some horridly be-siliconed porn bot, plus some hippy wanting to sell cloth bags with our logo on them.
permalink You like bag?
permalink No?
I could have sworn I saw your name in her followers.

That's me following you as Dick Mublin, btw...
permalink I promise you not...
And yes... I guessed.
permalink Some cunt
already has Mick Dublin, and I'm fairly sure it's not me.
permalink After this post I'm now
no longer sure what triggers the work's firewall to block this place. I realised my twitter feed is full of cunt words and now you've said it too yet I could read this earlier. Odd.
permalink shit piss fuck cunt cocksucker motherfucker
tits fart turd and twat

as Blink 182 would have it.
permalink Yeah that
didn't do it XD

(note, this isn't a challenge)
permalink it's meant I've learnt
that he made the 1980s/1990s Channel 4 Tour de France theme music
permalink put some bloody helmets on!
i even get twitchy when avatars in zwift arent wearing helmets.
permalink terrific pop that
permalink In Other News,
we have an Instagram account. Follow us you cunts.

permalink I did
You have badly drawn dinosaurs now
permalink Excellent.
thread so the o2 data network is down
as well as some japanese network...

you can start your conspitacy theories surrounding hauwei's senior exec yesterday....

permalink Is that why
my HMRC access code hasn't arrived?
permalink no, that was intercepted by feral pigeons.
... texts should be working apparently.
permalink Teh HMRC uplaod codez!!!
permalink It’s because it’s my birthday
And I’m being a self-indulgent bugger before meeting the lovely sexy Spaniard for a posh dinner. I don’t know where yet...

I did take myself to Kings Cross to get myself a present from the Kate Bush charity pop-up shop though...
permalink Is it a flimsy chainmail dress
and giant sword?

*has a moment*
permalink I think she wore it better than C_I
but whatever floats yer boat
permalink Well, I was having a moment thinking about the fragrant Ms Bush
But I'm sure C_I could pull it off. As it were
permalink For those of us Of A Certain Age...
...the thought of young Kate |Bush will always stir the loins.
permalink Not * all* of us.
I could never see the allure myself. Too hippy dippy, too wispy and whimsical.
permalink you are more of a barbara bush type
permalink Ew.
permalink Maybe
Tipper Gore?
permalink Who among us can say we haven't
pleasured ourselves over a centre spread of Tipper Gore?

I know I can't.
permalink Ah, yes
Democratic Wives, issue 7, I believe...
thread "This e-mail may have been intercepted and its information altered."
Thanks for the reassurance HMRC!

How's your week looking?
permalink no travel
but a couple of nights boozage.

permalink due to our work firewall, there's a certain specific order and number of clicks
you need to do on the BBC website to listen to the iPlayer. It changes every time. It's like a really tedious point and click game. Anyway, I've worked it out today so I can initially listen to last week's Gideon Coe show with an Elvis concert, so slightly better than it was looking.
permalink That sounds like a pain in the bum.
We don't have a TV licence so I can't watch BBC stuff at work. I quite enjoy having something on while I'm coding, I find it easier to ignore when I need to concentrate than the radio.

So I've been watching Black Mirror on netflix. It's rather good.
permalink it is a bit
the IT bloke refuses to believe our firewall stops the BBC website.

If I'm on my own and just ploughing through stuff I listen to Gid, it's good background noise.
permalink and some of it is already starting to happen for reals
i won't post anything just yet as it may contain spoiler-age
permalink Short, I'm on holiday today \o/
Also on sat night I led my team to an excellent victory at the Centre For Computing History's xmas quiz. 11 teams of 6.

Sometimes being old with a good memory has its advantages :D
permalink Nice!
Was it a computing history quiz?
permalink Mostly,
with a couple of random rounds thrown in, the first one being all about Dragons. We didn't do too well in that one but thankfully as it turned out neither did anyone else :) There was a round on beards, 5 famous computer related bearded blokes and 5 bearded game characters. For the life of me I can't remember what the 2nd 'not computery' one was. Some questions also carried 'nerd points' for extra details like knowing the film 'Tron' was rendered using a Foonly F1 which is/was a heavily modified DEC PDP-10.

Top evening's entertainment.
permalink I saw a collection of Zuses and Zuse replicas a couple of days ago
Most electromechanical
permalink oh cool!
Whereabouts? I've never seen one 'in the flesh' so to speak.
permalink Berlin technological museum
A reconstructed Z1 and Z3, and then various 50s/60s specimens in the flesh
permalink Dammit, yet another
reason to get to Berlin at some point. I'm sure I can despatch Mrs Witchy off to some Art Gubbins while I peruse :)
permalink Be warned
That while the specimens are great, their importance (certainly with regard the later models) is significantly overstated. The Z3 reconstruction is also a functional reconstruction with modern electromechanical switches- go to Munich for the proper one.

Having said that, the Z2* models are really awesome, and in perfect nick.

We also went to the Videogame museum, which has a frankly amazing arcade cabinet from 1985-ish GDR, which has about 8 or 9 games that are kitsch and also really really good :)
permalink *makes notes*
permalink Ah yes,
Deutsches Technikmuseum. Fucking love that place, have been a fair few times.

See also the Koc* Museum in Istanbul for shedloads more trains and boats and planes and indeed a submarine.

*Sadly pronounced 'cosh'
permalink Good memory
Even if a fellow team member did have to keep reseating it every now and then
permalink The ale did that
quite nicely ta :)
permalink so it seems sting is touring with shaggy

i'm not sure what to make of that.
permalink See!
I wasn't imagining it.
permalink and i was sure he'd died
the geordie that is
permalink He is dying
It's just a very tantric death, could take another 20 years
permalink haha
that seems to be everyones response! :)
permalink I am hating Revit more than ever.
But it's the works Xmas Bash on Friday, black tie, at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Buffet, DJ, punk/rock covers band, free bar, in a museum. What could possibly go wrong?

And Bauhaus at the Brixton Academy next Sunday (I refuse to call it the O2 Brixton).
permalink what could go wrong indeed
if any glass displays get smashed in the alice in wonderland section..
i'll take it ALL :)

oh i just noticed the bauhaus thing.. is it just P.M. or are the whole crew going to be there?
permalink David J and PM,
dunno who else.
permalink Possibly
Bella Lugosi's dad?
permalink When I was living in Hackney in the 80s,
we used to go to Hackney Empire most Fridays for comedy cabarets. The best ventriloquist act i ever saw, one memorable night, was Dave Dudd & His Dead Dad. The Dead Dad dummy was a foul mouthed life sized rotting corpse, all bits of greeny grey flesh falling off, while Dave Dudd was this meek civil servant embarrassed at having to carry his dead dad everywhere. Just superb.

Carry on.
permalink i've been watching some of those richard herring interviews on youTube
and it seems late 80's early 90's were full of truly off the wall comedy acts
it seems all that imagination has gone now.. everything is so watered down now
permalink Indeed
Can't imagine weird shit like TMWRNJ these days. Never mind getting home from the pub to totally bonkers stuff like Attention Scum!
permalink Yeah,
some of the acts we used to see at the Empire were mind-boggling. Most of them I can't even find online; Arlo Barlo, the Brighton Squeak Ensemble, the guy who impersonated WW2 aircraft noises, the woman who made ladders out of newspaper, all lost in the mists of time.

At least you can still get fragments of early Kevin MacAleer:-
permalink Also, this, from B3ta:-
# There used to be a very funny ventriloquist
act on the 'alternative' circuit in the 80s called Dave Dudd and his Dead Dad. He had a life sized rotting corpse dummy. Brilliant...
I helped save b3ta! pxyzyzygy, Tue 11 Mar 2003, 13:58,

# bet his jokes
often died on stage. I wonder if he ever corpsed?
I helped save b3ta! witchy is covered in BEES, Tue 11 Mar 2003, 14:04,

# He worked both those lines
into his act...
I helped save b3ta! pxyzyzygy, Tue 11 Mar 2003, 14:07
permalink My most abiding memory of the one Reading festival I went to
98, I think? Was in one of the tents we saw David Devant and his Spirit Wife. Music was fine, but was struck me was the young lady, who's job was to spend the set grating carrots over a mannequin's head. As you do.
permalink Now there's a name from the past.
I saw him supporting - I think - The Wedding Present in New Cross Venue in 1995 or so. Very good they were. The Weddoes were, of course, magnificent.
permalink Didn't the singer
call himself The Vessel or summat equally odd?
permalink Apparently so
And still going!

permalink hahaha
fuck that was a long time ago.
permalink i was slightly annoyed to find out the consultants weren't using revit
on a project recently... just because their drawings were so shit, I thought it was better to be able to blame revit, than have to deal with the fact they are just that bad.

permalink I got myself a 2TB usb stick for under a tenner
and I'm transferring all of the data from a USB HDD to this stick so I can reformat the drive (it's in ext rather than ntfs).

It's taking forever. I left my laptop at work overnight to get it finished but it stopped when it hit symlinks and made almost no progress.

I don't know which device is being ridiculously slow.
permalink sounds like a knock off usb stick
with a bogus header
permalink Yep. Just trying to figure out how big it actually is.
permalink 2TB on a USB stick?!
You've been had unless it's the size of Leeds. Sticks haven't got above 256GB yet. I agree with Mr Mick Toby here.
permalink I've seen USB leads
But I don't think I've seen a USB Leeds
permalink appears to be some kind of multi-volume archive
so giving a total of 2TB but asks for the next disk in the set if you go over the limit.
permalink work while lying down
I'm pretty sure this was on nathan barley

or was it in Wall-E..

permalink In Other News,
permalink Just back from berlin
so looking forward to a 3-day week

much good food was et and gluhwein glugged
permalink I hope you had haxe
permalink Is that what 1337
haxxors drink?
permalink not so much
permalink no knuckles were nommed
we ate a lot of vietnamese grub
permalink well, just not pork knuckles then
permalink Ah right
So it's hock. Which of course, confusingly, is also a drink! ;-)
permalink Back from an AWESOME few days in Iceland.
Banned from tweeting for 12 hours for calling David Cameron a cunt, and observing that his shepherd’s hut isn’t a “writing room” but a “cunting wagon”.

Statement of fact I thought, but apparently that’s abusive.
permalink It's political correctness gone mad I tell you!
You can't even call a cunt a cunt anymore!
permalink well shepard's huts are wagons - fact
not sure what amount of cunting is involved though
permalink I had the same.
See also Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Katie Hopkins, Jeremy Hunt and the one that got me banned outright, Richard Branson.
permalink _Al (or anyone that might now)
there are dental whitening products that are triggered by (LED) light
is it possible that other products such as a glue would work under certain lighting conditions so that turning off the light (or vis-a-versa) would halt it's bonding compound?
permalink fwiw
i think those lights are UV not LED so it'd be theoretically possible to have non-uv light on and it wouldn't set (or set more slowly)
permalink So
there are adhesives (including dental), inks and other things that can be cured by light.

Most of these have their photo-initiator (the chemical that sets the reaction going) in the UV range, usually tuned to UV discharge lamps. There's some that react to specific UV LEDs, and some that are sensitive to visible wavelength light (green through violet, the higher energy photon range)

Anyway, these are all near enough "instant" curing. It's possible to under cure, but usually doesn't happen. It would typically be very hard to partially cure, and partially curing, disassembling and reassembling, followed by further light, will not produce a viable bond- remember that if you're gluing things then one of the things needs to be transparent to the required wavelengths of light.

The reaction is irreversible- turning off the light does not mean the bond decomposes back to the original chemicals; indeed there is no viable way to return the cured material to the components.
permalink what the fuck are you trying to do?
permalink Come on Al
you know it's probably best not to know the answer to that question
permalink "walks around for a bit"
thread Right, melon farmers,
especially those of you who - Ha! - think they know zombie films.

Has a zombie film ever made you spill beer all down you?

Has a zombie film ever made you actually hit pause, and not just because you had to go for a wee/pour another beer/roll another spliff?

Has a zombie film ever made you actually cry?

You has gots to see Train to Busan. It is nothing short of terrifying, and I speak as one who has seen many, many zombie films, indeed I consider myself to be a connoisseur of the undead.

It's on Amazon Prime, and it is fucking extraordinary.

permalink Thank you for the recommendation,
I'll check it out.

Edit: subtitles. I rarely have time to watch TV without doing anything else.
permalink That's what I was referring to when I said to be careful
It is indeed a cracking film, up there with the best of Romero
permalink This,
very much this.
permalink I am in Berlin
I am fairly sure a telling sign of getting old is trying to go out on Sat night in Berlin, looking at the queues, then being back in the hotel room with a cup of tea by 11.
permalink Heh! I had fun up
at a mate's gaff on fri whilst avoiding the local xmas lights switch on. Wandered home at 10 and ran into a mate who was just going out, she said 'coming to the pub?' and I had to admit I was knackered and going home.
permalink I left a great party at midnight last night.
I'd been on the sparkling water for an hour by then.
permalink I wish I'd gone on the sparkling water on Sat night
That would have avoided a lot of lying on couch feeling hungover yesterday
permalink We're getting
old innit. Still, def nice to wake up fairly early at weekends and not end up spending most of the day in bed waiting for hair-of-the-dog-o'clock.

In the 'old days' (pre-2015) I'd have been up the pub from around 4 yesterday and then felt like dogshit all this morn.
permalink I've had a rough weekend.
On Friday night we (street pastor team) were around shortly before and shortly after this.

Last night a friend's 13 year old died.
permalink Shit, unexpectedly?
Either way, shit.
permalink Unexpected.
He had epilepsy, and learning and behavioural difficulties, but he wasn't expected to die.
permalink Yikes
permalink Oh shit, that's awful.
Poor family.
permalink that's terrible
poor bastard
permalink i'm surprised it's taken this long to get around to it
and the time it was a bigBIG thing.. i think it even won the best korean film of the year.. not just in horror but all categories

mind you i just found out the cannibal cook segment of 'Three...Extremes' was made into a full length film of it's own called 'Dumplings'
and it's supposed to be even better!
thread Nearly finished work for a few days...
Off to Iceland this afternoon!

Back Tuesday night, off Wednesday but have to pop out for a few hours to commission a temporary installation, then off Thursday 'cos it's my birthday innit.

I shall have a birthday lie-in, probably a birthday wank, take myself to the pub for birthday lunch, then have some sort of fantastic birthday dinner with the Spaniard (where we're going is a surprise!

Anyway, before that... pre-birthday geysers, waterfalls, volcanos and much finger-crossing for some Aurora Action!
permalink get us some fish fingers

Oddly, It's st andrews day today.. which in Poland starts on thursday night and finishes on friday evening.

I'm not exactly sure how that works
permalink Also my job today involved looking at a pair of oars
and saying which i preferred...

Yes, oars, that was not a phonetic miss-spelling.

in a factory in poland between a bedroom that will end up being shipped to the caribean and another which will go to inverness. If someone mentions that they went to a hotel in inverness and found an oar above the bed, then things have gone slightly wrong.
permalink Oarsome!
permalink they had a small kayak one from a different thing
it was amazingly nice to hold, really well balanced. it was quite odd how light and natural it felt.... i guess that's a few thousand years of people using and improving this stuff.

permalink that do a pretty OK
xmas pudding too
permalink Jealous
but I'm going to Gdansk at lunchtime so I can't complain too much.
permalink good song that..
permalink oh nice!
be careful of the mafia though
permalink that sounds good
we've got the mother in law's birthday party Saturday evening. I can't be arsed with that. Hopefully I'll get out on the bike at some point, can't work out where that noise come from, pedal I think.
permalink I'm out with street pastors tonight
for the first time since Jude was born two months ago. Not really sure if I'm awake enough for it.
permalink So
what does this entail? Like street preaching?
permalink It doesn't involve any preaching at all, which is good.
Street pastors go out into town of an evening to help keep people safe. We pick up bottles and glasses, we give out water to drunks and flip flops to women who have ditched their heels, we administer first aid, we wait for the ambulance, we chat, we give out lollies, that kind of thing.

So tonight between about 10pm and 3am we were walking around the centre of Wigan. We were mostly just chatting to people. We gave out lots of flip flops, all our stock of water bottles and a few lollies.

We're supported by the pubs and clubs, the council and the police. The chap in charge sits in meetings with social services, police and the council so that we're kept informed and we're on the radio with the door staff and central watch when we're out.
permalink Nice one.