thread I'm going back to work on Sunday.
I might have to get new trousers.

How's your work life?
permalink Same old.
Are your kids back at school/wherever?
permalink Eve is in reception now, and she'll be knackered for the
first couple of weeks.

Jude turns two on the 28th and he'll go into nursery in the afternoons.

I'm going to find it rather strange not having either of them around.
permalink Same as the last few weeks, except it's getting a little bit busier out there.
Still massive chunks of central London much much quieter than usual in terms of peoplle, although there does seem to be a fuck-ton of traffic given all the people who aren't back in the office.
permalink It never stopped
It's very tiring
Ive got a weekend off coming up
So I can leave Cardiff at last
To meet my new niece
permalink Well they've locked down caerphilly
So it's possible I won't get to go anywhere, everyone please cross your fingers that they don't lockdown here too
permalink i'll throw in my legs & toes
and tie me nethers in a bow..
permalink At least they haven't locked down recklessly
/predictable gag
permalink Caerphilly jokes
Only work if you don't pronounce it caerphilly
permalink Shit.
Just about to start work for the day and I can't fucking wait for it to end already.
permalink Stop rubbing it in
permalink Work is meh
Lots to do, but very low motivation. Been back in the office since early June though, with a small interruption a few weeks ago.
permalink we had a 3.3 earthquake
in leighton buzzard this morning.. not quite up to your standards but
it all gets added to the approaching apocalypse tick-off list
permalink Not my fault
that one.
permalink And I must be knackered at the moment
As I totally missed an apparently pretty wobbly M5.7 just after I went to be the other night.
permalink lucky sod
i've been to paradise but i've never been to be
permalink I've been to me
I wouldn't bother
permalink non-existant
I have had literally 1 interview with an HR lady and that is it.
permalink due a storm of
my own projects being done, the new ones looming but not here yet and other projects having some stuff that needs done, bone crushingly dull
permalink admin or support work?
permalink testing
permalink can't you just laser some trousers
out of firewood?
permalink Speaking of which...
I've got it working, I'm just not very good with it. It's our eighth wedding anniversary and I'm trying to do a little something. I turned the laser up a bit high and it caught fire, so I'm having to do it again.
permalink but weird
the stuff I was supposed to be doing, I'm not any more, so I'm doing stuff I've never really done before, which is odd after 20 years in various iterations of the job.

Child is at school for now so that's a bit less stress, but the wife's grandad has just died (basically of being very old) so that's different stress.
permalink Not really altered.
Although as of this week I will be going back to normal hours, which is a mixed blessing.
thread I am sitting in my actual real life physical office
for the first time in months, it's very quiet and the aircon is very cold. My little Christmas cactus looks very sorry for itself, but I've got loads of paper and pens.

Might take my trousers off.

Edit: ooh I have missed the smell of the sewage works.
permalink I was in our workshop yesterday
and the day before trying to sort problems with the phone system and spent a happy half an hour sat in the main doorway reprogramming the door entry system. Funs.
permalink how novel

I am at home as usual for me... but will have an afternoon of 'working' with the tour de france in the background.

Speaking of which, who is auberdjinn in the velogames thing? they are doing crazily well, and are 10th overall in the whole thing. meep isn't doing quite as well.

permalink that would be my better (at cycling knowledge)
permalink ah
well the difference in scores somewhat underlines that.
permalink she's been very good about it
better than I would be
permalink Hah!
Mostly luck and a Yorkshirer's eye for a bargain! Feels pretty good right now but we'll see how things pan out. Expected to drop a couple of hundred places after the thing that happened today but somehow back up to 14th from 47th!
permalink i was really worried when i saw your team
but then i realised it was Dayer quintana, not nairo.

permalink Last year
I spent pretty much the whole thing where meep is now.
permalink I'm still
fairly happy with my progress
permalink depending on how the EF guys get on today
i'm not feeling too bad about my selections so far.

permalink I've been in my actual physical office most weekdays since early June.
It's been lovely, as there were only a handful of us coming in, so as to meet distancing requirements, as well as keeping it to those of us who live close enough to walk or cycle in. This ended up being a pretty nice small group of proper grownups who actually like each other.

As of today, we have some more people back. Personally, I wanted to change the locks before this happened but I wasn't allowed...
permalink We had an email yesterday
saying there's a confirmed case in our biggest office. The closest I've been to my office was meeting my parents for lunch the other week (which actually was quite close)
permalink Back in the office yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks
Since (a) NZ jumped back to level 2 thanks to Auckland, and (b) since I had a fucking awful cold last week, so would have been staying away anyway. At least it is definitely not the corvids. Caw!
permalink I've been on variable 0-5 days a week in the labs
since not long after lockdown started, when we figured that we counted as essential (as our customers definitely did and they needed support) and put in place a pretty strong safe system of work.
Genuinely the company has been doing well by us through all this, barring one or two minor to majors gripes that I won't post about in public.
permalink I’ve been in work all the way through,
it feels weird when people who haven’t been in the office come in.
permalink A cow orker who'd mostly worked through said the same
Along the lines of "it was great until all you fuckers started reappearing"!
permalink i hate it when you pull an allNighter
and then the interfering fuckers start dribbling in
permalink No office for me.
Why so nobody hiring? (I know why)

Anyone know any ways to make small amounts of cash on the internet? Content writing, copychecking, whatever? I am capable and really getting into dire straights fast.
but i bet it's really shit money/hassle ratio

you could also look into virtual PA stuff. but again not sure many people ar hiring.

have you spoken to agents who previously head hunted you? what do they say?
permalink They say:
permalink chatty bunch
permalink It is distressing when even spamming recruitment agencies
who used to call me more than once a day, won't even acknowledge or respond now. Not even to actual requests.
permalink it's quite likely a lot of them hae been furloughed
if tey haven't then the people making hiring decisions will have.

i can see things perking up as soon as the first big chunks of redundancies are done...
permalink I need them to perk up
somewhat sooner.
permalink AGH!
The civil service uses SEO to mean nothing whatsoever to do with SEO and I spent 3 days formulating a statement for a pointless and irrelevant role.
permalink I think the civil service acronym
precedes the internet one by some decades
permalink It probably does,
but i do not use swastikas as decorations these days. Times change.
permalink Thank goodness you
were previously earning stupid amounts of money...that should help, right?
permalink i'm sure there's a reddit
for these kind of problems
permalink Apparently
you want to get yourself invited to industry slack groups, that's where you'll hear about mates of mates jobs.

Don't ask me how you get yourself invited though, I've been in the same job for 15 years.
permalink I popped into work to buy a fridge freezer for my mum.
It was nice seeing people, but they all looked a bit frazzled.

According to my boss we're doing ok and we'll all be coming back, other than a middle management restructure where I think we're gonna lose one. So I'm likely to be back in work by the end of the month.

Now I know my job is safe I want to stay on furlough.
permalink I just read something from a lady called
Helen Fucks.

I am sure she does, but still.
permalink It's a pretty blatant come-on.
Contact her and sign it "Manley Fingers".
permalink I love the feel of rusty poons
permalink I'm back a home now
after a week at the in-laws.

it is a quieter and more comfortable.
permalink I watched War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise one)
the other day and it had more of an impact now I know how stupid people are in a global crisis. But there was an odd heartbeat sound through most of the quiet bits which I noticed but didn't think about.

Now i'm watching Pacific and it's back.

Only I've realised that it's my external hard drive sat on top of wooden drawers reading the film from disk.
permalink Haven't seen the fillum
But I was looking at the Pacific the other day
permalink It's a 10 episode series
that's like Band of Brothers but nowhere near as good
permalink Fair enough
My one is a big ocean that starts here* and goes all the way to Chile

*if you want to keep the Tasman as a separate sea
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permalink well
that's a first
permalink Does this mean some spider has found us?
permalink we often get bots creating accounts, I purge them every so often
but nothing has ever gone so far as to actually validate the account and post something, which is the benefit of it being a completely custom website

which means Dilivi is most likely a real person

permalink It's a registered company

I'm presuming advertising like that is illegal, not sure who to report it to though?
thread I have a super free bonus day off tomorrow
(don't ask)

So I headed up to Scotland today whilst working, and I'm going to bosh up Ben Lomond tomorrow.

It's 30 years since I went up there so I ignored that for current Munroism...
permalink we're off up to Assynt for a week
which explains the frankly apocalyptic weather today and https://www.theguardia...
permalink Well... it was bloody lovely today over Loch Lomond way...
Yesterday was horrible.
permalink just back from a fine day up Suilven
been wanting to do it for years, it is everything I hoped for
permalink Oh nice!!!
I haven;t done it either. There are a few crackers up that way.
permalink it's a fine walk, the improved paths are excellent
and not as hard as I was expecting, given how improbable it looks on the approach

also, the community-owned estate on which it lies has an honesty shop with ice cream at the start of the walk, which is an excellent idea that should be replicated for every hill
permalink an one with beer for the end.
permalink I have no plans
for the weekend
permalink We're already down in Devon
with the in-laws. The little man is super excited which is fun and tiring.

I might even have the luxury of an IKEA trip!
permalink Exeter IKEA.
I spent 8 hours there once.

8 fucking hours.

permalink HOW?
permalink I absolutely agree.
I was content with 0 hours.
permalink did you get lost?
permalink "I'm sure we've been through curtains before....
.. wait there's a short-cut over there"

and repeat.
permalink Emotionally?
permalink spiritually?
permalink I am going to have to say
permalink Nice baby.
Well done.
permalink you could get a job with them,
then you could spend 8 hours there every day!

permalink we are pondering an edinburgh trip
as a way to meet the parentals without bringing the lurgy to their house and potentially avoiding christmas obligations.

or if they suddenly lift the spain restrictions we might work from holiday (a workation as i've heard it called sickeningly enough) for a week from seville... but not sure.

but the amount of browsing we are doing suggests cabin fever is setting in a little
permalink I think you can forget Spain for now.
And in fact most places.
permalink assuming we want to come back.....
my main client has just put an offer in on a building on princes street... which would likely mean i can justify a jaunt up there. which would be nice.

permalink Which building?
There are a few up for grabs at the moment, I think.
permalink The Topshop one by at Andrews sq
Travelodge above included

permalink Ah. Makes sense.
Since most of it is already a hotel.

Are they planning to incorporate the lower floors into the hotel, or to try to let it as retail?
permalink we're trying to work out the logistics
of a trip to my folks in Yorkshire, but they keep getting locked down.
permalink This might be the first weekend
for a month where I'll hopefully feel human so naturally the weather's going to be shit. I'm on holiday though so wheeeee! Week off, muddyfunsters.
permalink And it was good!
It’s a cracking mountain... just too popular because it’s easy to get to, close up Glasgow, next door to famous Loch Lomond and people can pronounce it...

Busy today. On most of the mountains I climb (and the weather Ivend up doing them in), I hardly meet anyone. But Ben Lomond is a fucking motorway. A bit like Nevis. Came back down the Ptarmigan path though, which was nice and quieter...

Lovely day. Cracking weather!
permalink were the banks
permalink They were.
I took the high road.
permalink We went to visit my mum in Leeds the other day
First time I'd seen her since lockdown.

Off to see my step mum in Sedbergh today after we've done online church.
permalink Did sunset at Crosby tonight (gormley's Another Place).
Rather excellent.
permalink not askin just wonderin
what's with the new scottish 'hate crime' laws.. do people think it'll pass?
thread Had the sort of day that demanded
shit food and some ales. Since I'm still recovering from Teh Illz I headed to the little co-op whilst dodging falling branches and availed myself of some HopHouses and a filthy Rustlers quarter pounder. Either lockdown and the cough has ruined my palate or this burger wasn't actually shit despite being £2. Yes it probably had the same nutritional value as eating my bathroom door but hey, tasty.

Nothing else to see here, as you were.
permalink A mate of mine said he had a fray bentos pie and it was rubbish
He seemed quite surprised.

permalink Family holidays in the late 70s were always
accompanied by the same Fray Bentos pie. It got packed every year and put back in the cupboard when we got home. In the end I think we buried it in France.
permalink have we all seen
the Scots language wikipedia debacle?
permalink Interesting.
I wonder if he used a script.
permalink I've blocked Reddit so can't see that link
Though I've always considered written Scots to be a bit of a debacle at the best of times.

permalink American teen who has no grasp of Scots in the slightest
made 20,000 of the 60,000 wiki articles in Scots and has made 200k edits to articles.
permalink and as he's a brony
Scots wikipedia has a high % of articles about My Little Pony
permalink Wow....
That's special.

permalink the concentration on
MLP seems to back up the "he's done it mainly by hand" theory
permalink I think you mean
Ma Wee Cuddie
permalink jammers gives a good summary
written scots (a syncretic language, but unlike eg modern Italian not one a government has tried to make official) is an absolute mess, but apparently the wiki has been cited academically in support of it. Which is a problem when a large part of said site has been put together by a my little pony fan from the US apparently translating by sticking words (not phrases!) in to an online Scots dictionary and replacing word by word.
permalink my mate has just pointed out that we should
just use the Broons and Oor Wullie as canon, for spelling, grammar and vocabulary.

permalink if we all want to write
as if we're from Dundee?
permalink Shat yah pus.
permalink The Broons is where
I learned the phrase 'you've still got yer baffies on yer feets'
permalink that's fucking hilarious.. i watch some hiking/climbing youtubes set in scotchland
and quite often the locals warn their just about to butcher a name of a munro or whatever
always wondered why they bothered (who makes the rules) it was never going to be on the scale of a yank saying 'edin-burg'
but anyway now we know..
permalink I am not a clever person
permalink woo
permalink the suspense..
permalink i had posted an ask for help
and then i sorted it before I got an answer
permalink Well
an answer from us, anyway.
permalink Having one of those already
I think the Spaniard and I might eat in the pub tonight. Last chance to get half price food which we're all going to paying the other half of anyway through taxation. Where the fuck do people think the free money comes from, eh?
permalink they just fabricate it on a puter screen don't they &
since most cuntries are taking a hit will it even effect inflation or gbp value?
permalink As we know pretty well
by now, people are thick.
permalink Indeed.
Might as well get my tiny % worth of my dinner being subsidised by them.
permalink As I was?
Sadly 'panicking and never likely to ever find work at this rate' is where I am.

I want to write a list with three columns - what I want, what i can do and who needs that.

So far I have managed to write no words - I have always been head hunted before - how do real people find jobs?
permalink You could look up job descriptions for some previous job titles on Monster
and pluck some skills out of there?

I think really the starting point is 'how much do I need' because if you don't need much money, it'll open up some stuff for you - like CJ working for Currys.
permalink I need about £25k
after travel.

The problem is that nobody is going to offer me a £25k job if they know I was earning $230k last month.
permalink CJ was found something unrelated before
but he probably isn't making 25
permalink I am not.
It took me months to find something every level. each position gets a ridiculous number of applications.
permalink There is just no work out there
I have been looking hard.
permalink You have furlough on top of that though
permalink This was last year.
I am currently furloughed
permalink how would they find that out
unless you tell them. you just say it was a bit more that i'd be expecting in this nre role as the industry is quite different. blah blah
permalink I'm wondering more
why if he was pulling $230k last month, why there's any hurry for work, and he's not just rolling around on a bed covered in $100 bills, coke and hookers
permalink I already spent it on blackjack and whores.
permalink That could buy you a hell of a lot of
blackjack penny chews. Not so sure on the going rates for whores.
permalink I think they only accept
Fruit Salads
permalink *slips some more cola bottles into the strippers briefs*
Keep dancing!!
permalink make it rain!
*chucks a quarter of flying saucers and flumps in the air*
permalink Yummy yummy.
permalink or look at every other consulting firm you ever sat around a table with
and look at their web sites./ job listings on whatever. they might have something tangentially related.

or local councils will have an ads page that contains a few jobs with the word "digital" in them, most of which you will be able to re-spin your cv to match, especially if it has "project manager" in the title as well.

Also do get your CV spun in a couple of different ways and ready to go, my former firm has a moratorium on hiring right now, but that will end in a month or something and you can be sure there are some areas that will need new people quickly. for reference , not that you want to work in denham or burton upon trent

permalink see also:
NHS, whatever government quangos have offices near you, the water board, and the mahoosive nuclear power plant.. if that's not a million miles away.

permalink I'm now imagining Manley running a nuclear plant like Homer Simpson
permalink No, it is 70 miles away ;)
But yes.
permalink everyone looking forward to the tour de france?
In completely unrelated news, velogames is running a 'Great Big Bike Game' that starts this weekend


I've set up a league: 947142736
permalink nice
.. i was hoping they'd do that
permalink All right
I'm in

You may need to join your own league though

permalink i seem to have signed up as well
it's a really tough call this year
permalink i've changed my mind about a dozen times already
van aert is giving me dilemas
permalink van aert
gives many people dilemmas
permalink I'm still on furlough
so I've volunteered to move over to currys call centre (from home). I'm not really happy about this, but the other option was being in store doing stuff via video call and I think that'd be worse.

Edit I say 'other option', but I could just start on furlough to they take me back to normal work or get rid of me
permalink Speaking of furlough
Am I the only one who wants it to be pronounced fur-lock, not fur-low?

This might just be due to coming from Ireland, where lough is the the equivalent of the Scottish loch, and pronounced exactly the same.

Just me? Never mind
permalink Nobody knows how you choose between
och, uff, ow, oo, uh and oh. They just are.
permalink Oh indeed
And it's not like I want to pronounce Slough as Sloch*
But furlough I just want to loch.

*I do of course want to pronounce it Sluff.
thread I think I've broken my brain
It just has nothing left to give after the last two weeks.

I think I'm going to hide from the world today and do very little.
permalink BEER TIME
that's quite enough zoom/teams/skype for one day
permalink I have stopped for a pint on the way home.
I am absolutely exhausted.
permalink I invited my colleagues to a 5pm zoom call
titled 'Beer and Cathartic Moaning about Students and Teaching'
and it was very well attended

I have no issues with the outcome of the Scottish and Westminster u-turns on Highers/A-Level results, it's the right thing, but we really are absorbing the impact with absolutely no support or guidance whatsoever, both within and without institutions
permalink 2 weeks of coughing
and crap sleep has broken me too but a recent plague test came back negative* so it's back to the docs to see if I've got a chest infection.

(*thank fuck, I'd NOT want to do that again. NHS advert going 'it's quick and easy!' fibs worse than a fibby thing in Fibby McFibface's emporium of fibs.)
permalink yeah they really get in there with that swabby thing
what the hell happened to the 2 hr blood test.. sooo bloody backwards
permalink It's even worse
when you're sat in your car having to do it yourself! I ended up looking like a gammon!
permalink that's just asking for a false negative

permalink False negative or no,
I feel a hells of a lot better this week!
permalink I'm shattered and I've done nothing all week
it is sleep regression time so I'm blaming that but really it is just stress from not having a job. My jaw aches constantly and left eyelid keeps twitching.
permalink I finally started my lockdown DIY project today
I'm knackered, but the plumbing and floor in the utility room are hopefully sorted.
permalink I spoke too soon
but I think the plumbing is now. There's a lot of water in a washing machine when it's not in a washing machine.
permalink To be fair, we did have a lot of booze
on Thursday night which was not going to help brain funciton on Friday...
permalink This is true.
I was remarkably un-hungover on Friday... just knackered.
permalink My laser cutter has arrived.
I've not tried it yet, my laser goggles arrive today.
permalink what are you cutting up with it?
permalink Not "what".... "who"...
permalink is laser etching fingernail tattoos a thing
if not why not?

permalink that never even occured to me
my experience of LASERs are pretty dull really
permalink Wood.
A catan set. Cutlery holders.

I've got a few bits of slate from a beach where we baptised a friend the other day, I'll do something nice on one for her.

Arty stuff I can sell on etsy.
permalink what's the spec of the LASER?
Are you cutting or etching?
permalink "40W" CO2 (these chinese machines are known as K40s)
Which is actually more like 30W but you don't run it on full power or it'll die quickly.

It should cut 3mm wood no problem, maybe up to 5mm.

It's miles off visible light so can do see through stuff like perspex too.
permalink I actually powered it up tonight.
I earthed the case properly (which involves sanding the paint off so the earth point is actually touching the metal) but haven't made any other adjustments.

I hit the laser test button and it made a mark on some wood, so the mirrors aren't terribly aligned but might need a bit of tweaking.
permalink Not great,
not terrible.