thread we appear to be fucked
https://www.bbc.co.uk/...
boris gets 114 mps to back him so there is no way boris isn't getting into the final 2 and then there is no way anyone will beat him.

https://www.conservati...


ho hum. I can only hope that pisses off the DUP so much that it might trigger a general election

permalink one point that occurs to me
everyone says may's snap general election was a mistake.. but if she hadn't done that we'd have had a general election a couple of weeks ago.

EDIT: can't count, it's every 5 years.

permalink Fucking hell
they really are a bunch of cretins.
permalink there's no way a Johnson government survives a VoNC
not with the number of enemies he has, in a minority govt

after that, it all depends on Farage kowtowing to him, which will be an interesting clash of egos

*several more conjectural steps*

basically, it's all up to Macron now.
permalink At least it's made it easy to answer the question
"should I move back to the UK?" that I've been toying with
permalink how many spare rooms
have you got?
permalink Just the one,
but I can probably find space for a camp bed in the cellar...
permalink fill it with bunks, there's probably good money soon to be made
in being a slum landlord for fleeing middle-class illegal immigrant brits
permalink I'll keep it stocked
with hummus and Weißbier.
permalink i'll bring breadsticks
be there in a bit.
permalink Bloody Nora,
just go a huge Django traceback for tying to answer to this.
EDIT: The comment had the carriers link of my company and an umlaut in it. T'was probably both.
permalink ümläüts are fine
but the html parsing is a work in progress
permalink I don't know what any of these people actually stand for
other then themselves. The bloke who was in the army seemed vaguely human but has a silly voice. Mind you, I'm not their target audience.
permalink meanwhile
I don't want to be a crazy swivel eyed conspiracy loon, obviously, but isn't it FUCKING CONVENIENT that there's been two ships attacked in Iranian waters.

If only we had an incoming PM with a good track record when it comes to diplomacy with Iran
permalink Stop paying attention to the Conservative leadership competition.
You'll only be disappointed when a tory wins.
thread So I got a moto g7 recently
and it's awesome.

I've been playing a couple of fairly straight forward games - Lemmings (pretty good once you get used to the different tactics needed from the original), Heads Off (you're a head propelling yourself along by screaming).

Then I thought I'd google to see what's available, and have just tried PUBG mobile. It's on online third/first person shooter, and it's surprisingly good.

It's making me feel a bit old though - it doesn't come with instructions and there's a boggling array of stuff on the launch screen.

Edit: Just played my second match, I won. I'm rather enjoying this.
permalink I've got chess
I'm not very good at it.

And a word game called Alphabear which is good for old mins. It starts off easy then gets really fucking hard.
permalink I am mostly playing
best quick crosswords and draights at the moment.
permalink I played a hellalot of PUBG on PC a year or so ago
was great fun in 4 player squads, but I found the community rapidly became toxic as it grew in popularity, and quit playing after having to listen to one too many racist arseholes

brilliant game though, incredibly stressful in single player
permalink It's easy to ignore the community on mobile,
I haven't seen or heard any chat in-game.

I'm loving single player, I have a 100% win ratio. I'm looking forward to getting to a more appropriate tier but finding 25 minutes for a match isn't easy.
permalink Having said that
I launched into a game and voice chat was on, and everyone was Arabic.
permalink hadn't realised it was tiered on mobile
on PC I won maybe 5 solo games ever out of hundreds

it's quite easy to get into the top 10, extremely difficult to win unless you play very aggressively and accummulate all the loot

as I say, I preferred squads as then you have 4 pairs of eyes, as opposed to twitching your way through the map alone worried that you're going to get instantly executed by a bush you overlooked (particularly when they had fog in the game, that was way too intense)
permalink though all games will soon be overshadowed
by the wonder of Untitled Goose Game
permalink Haha!
I wasn't expecting that
permalink Ha ha, splendid!
I don't normally play games, but I could probably hack being an awful goose
permalink My tactic so far has been
to bumble around to someone starts shouting at me then kill them. Until it's down to a small area, then sneak around.
permalink And in the
game?
permalink today i watched this video of an anvil floating in mercury
https://www.youtube.co...

which spurred me to wonder how much mercury costs*.... which led me to an auto-generated website that also proported to sell red mercury... which means i'm probably on some sort of list now
http://news.bbc.co.uk/...
https://en.wikipedia.o...

£220 per kg ish
permalink For red mercury?
The Libyans charged me FAR more!

[OBLIGATORY HELLO ECHELON]

Edit I used to love chanel 4's Dispatches in the mid 90s, it was full of very serious nonsense like red mercury. I suspect its hate it now for the same reason.
permalink isn't red mercury one of those things that doesn't exist? like some sort of plutonium? and birds.
when I was at high school, we had a physics teacher that used to demonstrate something with a massive dish of mercury, like a 20cm pie dish full and he'd be up to his wrists in it. Mental old bastard. I'm pretty sure everyone knew it would kill you, even in the late 80s.

At £220/kg he could probably have retired on it if he'd lived that long.
permalink I'm pretty sure the vapour shouldn't be let loose around
Kids either.

It's a pretty bad for brains
permalink Given the main ore from which we get mercury
is cinnabar (HgS), which is very red in colour, I'd always assumed 'red mercury' was in some way a semi or unrefined ore thereof.

But it would seem not...
permalink I didn't know the term red mercury.
So I think this is what is meant to resonate with the Star Trek reboot's god awful "red matter" nonsense.

permalink On a Trekkie note
Just started watching Discovery last night, and it's surprisingly good. Once you get over the Klingons looking very different
permalink See now,
I hated Discovery. I found it dull as ditchwater, with waffer thin plotting and characterisation, unconvincing dialogue and piss poor acting.

Mind you, I watched an episode of Next Generation the other day, one I used to love, and found it ancient and clunky and boring.
permalink I have a theory
that because the format of most programmes has become so homogenised, it's now harder than it ever was to watch things from even 20 years ago, let alone 50. The pace of classics is so slow compared to now, but I sort of expect that - what I didn't expect was that I find Next Gen, Friends, SATC just dull. And my tolerance for rubbish is really high.
thread And finally... I am on holiday!
Canadian adventure awaits.

Going to have to endure a transatlantic flight in... economy. Ewwww. Bugger paying for your own flights.
permalink At my brother-in-law's company
they pay for their own flights (he does 30+ a year) and get it back on expenses. This means they can rack up the Avios like nobody's business. Couple of years ago, he bought us flights to and from India, in Prem Ec on the way out and Business back, with his spare points.
permalink I get the Avios on my work flights
Avios go with the flyer not the booker, although there’s a parallel scheme whereby the company collects points as well.

We went to Japan and back in BA First on Avios. Paid most of this trip’s flights on Avios, but there wasn’t availability for redemption seats in business, and premium economy isn’t worth the points.

I’ve still got nearly half a million Avios left...
permalink I splurged a fuck load
on flights to Berlin, only got few thousand now. Still Bronze, just about.
permalink Only silver these days
I don’t travel anything like as much as I used to. My years of BA Gold are gone, I think.
permalink My login air to Derry this morning
Felt like business class as always.

There was a jolly Greek lady in the queue for security who was chatting with people and asked me where I was off to.. it was unnerving, I'm not equipped to deal with non-cretinoua human beings at 7am in Stansted.

My train to Belfast this PM I suspect will be distinctly standard class.
permalink out and back to Greece
were "SmartLynx for Thomas Cook " A321 and A320. Fifteen yr old charter planes that very much felt all of those 15 years inside (eg didn't have the nicer modern airbus seats)
permalink Everyone loves Estonian charter companies....
..
permalink flying out of stansted was Ok
flying back into it took over two hours from runway to train
permalink but the planes were shite both ways
so shite
permalink this week had been nuts at Stansted for obvious reasons
And presumably loads of old DC3s wobbling about the place hasn't helped.
permalink speaking of flying, this is pretty impressive
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink that's very cool
also, I now have a hankering for tramp lager
permalink its head is weird
..
permalink our lake district adventure drizzles on
the beer and scones are good though
permalink The Lake District is superb for beer.
Go to Booths supermarket in Ulverston for their *vast* selection.
permalink Northern Ireland is getting a bit better for beer
But it's still heavily dominated by guineas's fake craft brands. And there are precious few truly independent places.


permalink Guinness's fake ones are, apparently,
OK. But they can fuck off if they think I'm buying them.
permalink they are basically slightly hoppier lagers... not amazing
but better than drinking heineken.

or harp.


permalink Or *shudder* Smithwicks.
I basically didn't drink beer when I was growing up, unless I'd made it myself. Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks; what a shit selection.

Cheap cider and own-brand vodka, on the other hand...
permalink If you see any beer by Tirril
drink it.
permalink there was some today
but I was driving

as we're in Coniston, most of what's on offer is from that brewery, plus Hawkshead, both of which aint bad at all

also very pleased by how many 3.*% bitters there are, which is in my opinion the best beer can be, but increasingly hard to find
permalink Tell me about it
Whilst there is lots of amazing craft beer being made here in NZ these days, everyone thinks 5-6% is weak standard beer. When I was in the UK, that was the strong stuff! Give us tasty* session beer at 3-4%!

*there are some weaker XPAs and the like these days, some OK, many just taste anaemic
permalink Landlord was being written up by some
well respected craft brewers as their favourite beer and has apparently had something of a renaissance which suits me perfectly, certainly in non-roasting weather.

See also: Sambrooks, ELB, Truman runner/swift and tribute.
permalink Timothy Taylor Landlord?
One of the best beers EVAR.
permalink indeed
I'm not sure there is or should be such a thing as a perfect beer, but when treated right, Landlord is possibly it
permalink in Yorkshire, mind
tastes wrong in London, even though that's probably psychosomatic
permalink I buy it in Waitrose.
So wrong it's right.
permalink Landlord is (used to be?) the benchmark for
how well a barkeep treated their cellar. Get a good pint of Timmys in the pub and that was a worthy pub to stick with.
permalink I never enjoyed landlord.
there are so many better beers available, almost invariably in the next tap along.
permalink Oh no... No no.... No... No....
No no .... Nope no...

Maybe.


No.

permalink hahahaha
permalink Where?
permalink Blimey, it’s baz!
Toronto then points east, meandering through 1000 islands, Mont Tremblant, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Tadousac
permalink Visit the highlander bar in Ottawa
And see if they have figured out how to wear kilts properly

permalink We're on holiday next week.
My step-dad offered to take us away for a week ages ago. We said yes please, but west coast because the kids don't travel well, and we might have to pop home for a couple of appointments.

So he booked Scarborough. I'll be travelling on Sunday with the three year old, MrsJam and the babber on Tuesday cos she's got two things she needs to be home for. Which is a bugger because we've got a two together railcard.

Edit: we're leaving on Monday after school. Eve's teacher, who she loves dearly, leaves next Friday and if we don't go in at least once next week she'll not have chance to say goodbye :(
permalink Thank Christ it's Friday
And the hotel I'm extending in Belfast got its fire alarm shit together 10minutes before I had to leave the hotel.

And now to George best airport for a civilised hop to london city... Then an uncivilised faff on the dlr
permalink What time do you get home?
Pre- or post- 4.30?
permalink Post
.
permalink Fucking hell,
but this makes me stabby:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/...
thread So... do we like Good Omens? (those of us who care)
Yes we fucking do.
permalink what be happening?
i'm guessing you've seen that photo of the climbers lined up at the top of Everest.. have you gone climbing with JoS recently?
permalink JoS and I have failed to connect up for ages!
I was last up mountains just before Easter... whenit was a bit hairy, but less crowded than Everest. That's just become insane.
permalink shhh!
we are watching the first one tonight.

permalink I will broadcast no spoilers
other than to say that it's great. And lovely. And pretty much everything you could want it to be.
permalink ah a tv program..
i thought something had happened to trump..
permalink Yep, I liked it.
What I don't like is the horrendous reaction of my left arm to a bee sting yesterday afternoon. Swollen up like a shiny red football it is, just a fucking sea of pain, hand looks like a bunch of sausages, am only typing with my right hand. Gave me migraine style symptoms too; aches and sweats and blurred vision.

Still going to keep bees, mind. Just not mow the lawn when they're at their height of flying and foraging.
permalink As a TV luddite I believe
it's being shown on one of the mediums I don't have, so no. You're all about to tell me it's streamable though aren't you.
permalink It's on Amazon
permalink That costs money doesn't it?
Meh. I'll wait till it's on other things. I absolutely hate giving Bezos my hard earned, in the same way I do for Murdoch.
permalink you can get a month trial for free (sometimes when you're cancelling they offer you an extra month)
but the whole season is on PB so i just got it from there..
permalink PB?
permalink Prime
won't be on broadcast tele (BBC2 I think) until the autumn I think?
permalink Yes, yes we do
Got as far as episode 4 last night on our return home from Queen's birthday weekend away.
permalink I'm a few minutes into episode 1
A: Yes, this is excellent
B: I see why the misogynists and racists are upset by it. Upsetting them is a good thing
permalink They are?
Poor wickle snowflakes!

What's upsetting them? God being a woman?
permalink that's one
Adam & Eve being black has really fucking upset them too
permalink Excellent.
permalink Splendid
permalink JESUS H CHRIST THAT'S GOOD
like, seriously good.

many many highlights, including eg the crucifixion. Yikes. That really did not hold back
permalink Not got to it yet
but it's certainly on my watch list.
permalink I thought it was really good
which is apparently better than great (in the UK)

statistically

https://today.yougov.c...

TL:DR americans don't know what abysmal means... and think that "quite good" isn't an insult... though i think if they had had this in scotland "not bad" would have been significantly better.
permalink How does it compare to American Gods?
I didn't hear good things about that one.
permalink much better
american gods was really nicely shot and looked amazing, but we watched about 3 episodes and gave up because nothing had actually happened.
permalink A lot of American Gods is based in peoples' thoughts,
Good Omens isn't so much like that, plus they've found a way of narrating it to a certain extent.
permalink Plus the whole story
is just a lot less weird.
permalink Good Omens is better than American Gods,
but not quite as good as Preacher.
permalink Oo I disagree
I didn't get to the end of Preacher, the books are so much better.
permalink Yeah,
I loved the books. But the TV show is incredibly well cast and written and produced.
permalink Pity the final episode was so
anticlimactic. And had too many little epilogues. But overall, a very enjoyable watch.
thread Gah.
None of the huge list of work I need to get done before I go on holiday has done itself over the weekend. Poor show.
permalink I've been essentially marking time on a massive project
for months now as they don't know what they want, or how to do it and their partner company are being dicks. Every so often we have a catch up call and just move the Gantt chart back a month and I just pick up bits of interesting work that other people haven't got time to do, it's a rather agreeable way to work. Now the fuckers want me to do a load of work, all very unfair.
permalink Today I figured out that
I shook the hand of someone who shook the hand of someone who shook the hand of someone who shook the hand of Adolf Hitler.
permalink six degrees of sonderbehandlung
permalink Yikes!
permalink i think i could safely drop one of those degrees*
there are quite a lot of ex-nazis in australia

*but i'd never thought of it that way.. that's rather chilling
permalink Yup, know that feeling
Although we're not off on holiday till late July.

But we're coming to the end of the old world at the end of June, and a new brave world with totally different* research programmes. So the desire to tick things off is meh

*doing much the same stuff. Plus, many of the things we know we'll not finish have mysteriously turned up as tasks for the first year of the new programme. Wonder how that happened?
permalink And yesterday I went to a meeting, standing in for a colleague...
Where the main client, who has a fearsome reputation as a general bastard was expected to rip me apart.

"Ah, so you're the sacrificial lamb", one of the other guys said as I walked in.

In the end, I think I got off pretty lightly by being professional and constructive and honest. Once the guy had gone, everyone else seemed surprised that I'd got off so lightly...

Not the nicest afternoon ever.

permalink A guy I just called seems surprised that I am still alive.
...
permalink be careful
you might be getting lined up to take over the job, when the client requests you instead
permalink a rightful reputation
or just a prick?
permalink a rightful reputation...
...as a prick.
permalink In a similar vein,
I haven't been offered any jobs. At this rate I'm going to have to actually apply for some.
permalink it's like they aren't psychic or something
..

permalink My current job came out of a conversation
and I was headhunted for the one before that.

permalink I can do you a couple of hours a week cleaning
just outside Cambridge, barely minimum wage.
permalink I believe that is
the normal process, yes
permalink Today here in Kioni
I saw a tourist information sign inviting people to "follow in the footsteps of Odysseus" and frankly no one has enough holiday for that.

Really quite agreeable here, barring the superyacht with the generator running. Didn't recognise the fatcat aboard, if anyone is able to find out who the actual owner of the company that owns "Renewal 2" is that would be good as I do prefer to know who I'm putting against the wall in the revolution.

He says from onboard a 40ft sailing yacht, on his second gin, having had a mojito and a small beer or two this afternoon.
permalink A cursory glance says Mr Norbert Janusz Ciemiega as of 2016
I haven't checked to see if there's someone newer.
permalink old Nobby?
permalink what a cunt
torpedo time me thinks or maybe send over a napalm laden raft
permalink I've been on holiday for nearly a week, with one more to go
it's been fun, but mostly fun in spite of the weather, and that looks like continuing

just back home from the Cairngorms/Perthshire, probably down to the Lakes next as it looks slightly less doom-laden down that way (and more to do if it is)
permalink have you been to lochan Uaine (green lake)?
somebody said the water was mildly poisonous.. i always thought it was a natural copper reaction
permalink copper compounds (especially sulphates ) are pretty toxic
..
permalink was there yesterday
I don't think there's copper in them thar hills (scoff?) and a lot of high-altitude lochans have interesting algae, so I think it's just that

I've seen plenty of people swimming in it, and I'd imagine if it was bad there'd be some kind of signage as it's a popular spot, with people picnicking on the beach
permalink especially since it's so accessible
I love the Cairngorms.
permalink Afraid a detailed knowledge of copper mineralisation
of the Highlands is beyond my ken...

Although there is lots of bits and bobs of mineralisation all round the Caledonides. I'd be surprised if there was enough in groundwater to turn a lake green though. And Cu is usually only a minor component generally
permalink cheers fellas!
:)
permalink Aside from my utter disinterest in the game
my problem with watching football is that someone in the pub is always a total arsehole about it.

/Watching football
permalink I went to get a cup of tea in church this morning
and there were two scousers serving in the kitchen. "Did you see the match?" one asked. I said "No, I'm not into football." and then they talked football at me for ten minutes.
permalink And it being church
you had to be polite instead of walking away.
permalink in future just say it was a crap game
and neither deserved to win :)
permalink I had a horrible feeling that after the two greatest semis of all time
that the final was going to be a damp squid. And so it came to pass.

Plus, I wanted Liverpool to win the league. Would have preferred Spurs to win the CL. But not that bothered either way...