thread oh what fresh hell is this
outbrain the providers of spam, ads and clickbait sidebars seem to have innovated to provide adds which are static gifs which vibrate up and down one pixel and a super high rate... i saw one on this
https://edition.cnn.co...
but i guess you might see something different when you click.

it's like a headache in a sidebar.

does anyone have a decent adblocking strategy that doesn't get you locked out of loads of sites?
permalink Ublock Origin
Deals with all those 'turn off yer blocker' sites
permalink ^^
This. Especially on mobile
permalink I don't see anything at all
what with running several adblockers
permalink Excel monkeys!
I have a sheet with sets of data. At each data point are three values*. There's a t=0 data point which is the Reference, and then eight data points.

I have a second sheet, into which I can paste the reference values and a data point set of values and it will produce a single number** based on this.

The second sheet has a phenomenal number of formulas that do this in separate cells and each formula can be hilariously convuluted.

As I have seven data sets*** for which I want to output the single number eight times, and I will use the same template in the future, what's the easiest way of automating this?


Mmm, colours

* La*b*
**Delta E 2000
***CMYKOVW
permalink Apply limes?
Nope, that's all I got
permalink probably a macro
set it up once, run it any time. vb scripting
I have this which adds up two results and pumps out a new result row then on the end measures 7 outcomes for each person
Do While RowNo Cells(RowNo - 1, 1) Then topCell = RowNo
If Cells(RowNo, 1) = 1 Then
Range(int_rowadd & ":" & int_rowadd).Insert xlShiftDown
Cells(int_rowadd, 2).Value = Cells(botCell, 1).Value
Cells(int_rowadd, 1).Value = "Result"
Cells(int_rowadd, 13).Value = Cells(botCell, 13).Value
Cells(int_rowadd, 14).Value = Cells(botCell, 14).Value
Cells(int_rowadd, 15).Value = Cells(botCell, 15).Value
Cells(topCell, 2).Value = "Start"
Cells(botCell, 2).Value = "Exit"

For ColNo = 6 To 12
int_outcometop = Cells(topCell, ColNo).Value
int_outcomebot = Cells(botCell, ColNo).Value
int_outcome = int_outcomebot - int_outcometop
Cells(int_rowadd, ColNo).Value = int_outcome
Next ColNo
End If
End If
End If
RowNo = RowNo + 1
Loop
permalink oh and this is scabbed from my previous
I barely know what its doing, I'm going to learn soon.
permalink I generally manage not to be annoyed by ads.
Maybe I am using a superior type of midget donkey porn site.

Meanwhile, I am knackered. Started work at 6am yesterday, got a 1.23 train from Euston to Birmingham (working in transit), did a 3 hour presentation, walked around the site after dark (and didn't get stabbed, which felt like a lucky escape), got the 7.10 train back... home about 9.30...

Today I am leaving here sharp and going home to do no work, drink beer, and have fun with the Spaniard until I fall asleep.
permalink I've just finished conferencing
and am sat in a grimy belgian station pub waiting to head to Cologne. I could happily stay right here for some time.
permalink Godammnen
Just got upgraded to possibly the schmanciest hotel room I've ever had, and I'm literally just staying in it for a nap before an early train
permalink I'm heading to Luton for a late flight to
Gdansk

I brought the big jacket
permalink bloody roasting,
the joys of bella italia for dinner

but my w!zz air flight seems to be on time
permalink Is flying Wizz Air
a piece of piss?
permalink Depends which airport urine
.
permalink *snortle*
permalink The trick is to get
bladdered in the airport bar before your flight
permalink Oui.
..
permalink fucking hell
ignore me. I'm tired.
thread Hallo
Its only taken since July 2017 for me to get my Fridays off. IF the management ALL sign off, I'll be Friday free from 1st December, that means only 2 Fridays left to work YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!

Thats over a year of waiting. PHEW

whats the longest thing you've waited for? please feel free to smut.
permalink I'm rather hoping they will open the Holiday Inn Express Derry
sometime this decade.

It's been on my books as a live project for 7.5years and wasn't new then... i've even left the bloody company and it's following me around
permalink How many of those years
have been spent deciding what to call it?
permalink zero
it is Holiday Inn Express Derry - Londonderry

Obviously.

permalink go you!
having fridays off for the first half of the year was ace.
Having the third quarter off entirely, unexpectedly, was a bit odd.

Have raised the prospect of trying to go to 4 days at new job but for now it seems unlikely.
permalink are you doing 5-days-worth-of-hours-in-4-days
or are you moving to a 0.8FTE?
permalink Good question
Although I'd say the vast majority of us could easily do 5 days' work in 4, if we had the motivation of a 4 day week
permalink my four day
was still a 37.5 hr week, done 8-6 on four days with a lunch break
permalink and no idiotic 18hr Fridays like
pxzxzxzxzxzxzzxzxzxzxgy
permalink Yeah, he loves it though
And I don't believe that would be a typical Friday for him.
permalink Indeed,
I normally only do mad overtime with big Stage issues, though I do 5 or 6 hrs overtime every week. Left an hour late last night, for instance, because I wanted to park a task in a sensible place, rather than halfway through a tricky manoeuvre.
permalink I'm contracted for 37.5 hrs/wk
I generally do 45+, so an extra day across every week. Sometimes 50+, occasionally in the 60s.

I get quite well paid and I get a bonus. But this industry (architecture/engineering/design/etc) is brutally exploitative and has a hideous macho culture about working hours.

The Spaniard is good at making sure I don't work silly hours unless I have to.
permalink As is Mrs Me.
And yes, the money is good and the bonuses have been superb.

I have, however, booked a sit-down with one of the Top Brass to talk about setting up a new series of guidelines to stop this kind of nonsense from happening over and over again. I've had to go over the head of my team director, on the grounds that he's a fucking useless cunt, which won't make me popular, but I am concerned that we're so badly organised at the moment that we're putting out sub-par work. And we can't go on slagging off the architects for being shite (and they are, they really, really are) if we're starting to look that way too.
permalink why are architects sooo loathed
is it there lack of finishing details.. living in a dream world or what?
permalink I think there are lots of reasons, some justified, some not.
I think one of the reasons pzxyxyxwig hates dealing with them is that they are not well organised and rather than using professional draftsmen to organise Thier drawings they use the abundant cheap labour of recent graduates.

Many people hate them because of past mistakes which hang around for a long time... Even if those mistakes might be as much of the clients making as the architects.

It might be because they are taught they they are able to solve all problems ( and the field is very broad so that is sort of required) and are therefore smug

It might be because of that fucking ugly building at the end of my road

It might be because the are conditioned to work in a very narrow pallette of "acceptable" materials, moods , atmospheres and get very snooty about all others.

It might be because it's very easy to construct a set of requirements that it physically impossible to achieve.. either their clients do this or they do this themselves.

Planning, building regs, BS, DDA and the various housing standards, secure by design, brand standards etc are a horrible mess of cotradictory and conflicting requirements... And buildings are much more complex than before. Architects are supposed to be the ones to make it all work but they actually started their profession to make cool shapes not navigate beurocracy

They are all driven down on fees and firms are run by ego maniacs with no sense of efficient workflow

There is very rarely any repetition of projects so any lessons learned are binned every time

Beady little eyes





permalink This.
permalink Also,
moving a slab edge by 2mm because they’ve changed their minds about the facade cladding.
permalink Have they ever he add of the word tolerance?
..
permalink Sadly, no.
On this occasion they were told to go fuck themselves.
permalink Well, that's not very tolerant!
permalink A 2mm tolerance on a concrete slab would be pretty good going...
That sounds like one of the 12 year-olds at work.
permalink We reckon it was one of the interns.
I must ask one of the seniors, who turns out to be a friend of a friend of mine.
permalink Yep, it was an intern.
He just did the maths, and saw that the slab edge needed to be 1383 back from the cladding line, rather than 1385 as it was.
permalink I think you should compromise
And make it 1384
permalink I only hate particular architects.
Not the whole profession.

But some of the ones I hate, I really fucking loathe with every fibre of my being.
permalink Which reminds me...
Have you seen this proposed piece of shit stupid monstrosity?

https://www.ianvisits....

It's London, not fucking Dubai.
permalink God, the dezeen comment that said
"Does it vibrate" was the best point that could have been made
permalink amazing.
in so many ways.

my mum was down visiting me this weekend, but Friday she took a trip to Thorpe Bay to see her 93yr old godmother. Which meant walking between Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street, having not been to The City in many years.

Her impression of it was of a proper sci-fi city, all massive buildings on tiny streets with the occasional random ancient church huddling among the bases. Which seems about right. It is a weird jumble of a place.
permalink Fucking awful.
permalink Are they the ones
with particularly beady eyes?
permalink Their eyes are just dead. Look into them and you can see straight to the 7th circle of hell.
.....
permalink meanwhile
can't be bothered scrolling down, Laibach have just released a version of "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound Of Music


that is all
permalink oh wait a minute they've done the whole
thing. Amazing
permalink "Sixteen Going On Seventeen"
is just terrifying like this.
permalink It's quite an astonishing album.
permalink it is
most excellent
permalink WTF!?
it is bloody awful.. yeah funny for a few seconds but..

nothing to touch 'Spectre' and the likes of 'Whistleblower'

you're both nuts :)
permalink It's very different to those, for sure
But a beautiful thing in it's own way. Currently loving A Few Of My Favourite Things
permalink I bought a PS3 so I could play the Last Guardian
it came out 8 years later for the PS4

Feels like I've been waiting forever for the new Caledonian Sleeper
permalink Oh there is crossrail
As well
permalink Ah yes
How is the clusterfuck otherwise known as the Elizabeth Line going?
permalink Slowly
I just want a go on the new tunnels
permalink Getting there.
I'm not sure it's fair to call it a clusterfuck. Insanely ambitious project... I can't say I'm surprised it's taking another year. The problem is that programs are often set by political and commercial issues not the reality of how long it will actually take to bloody build something...
permalink I guess it's more like it feels they've been at it
For about 30 years at this point!
permalink At least it's not
an airport in Berlin...
permalink just thinking about that mess makes me chuckle a little
..
permalink I'm not going to smut
as it would be too depressing

But I'd fucking love Friday's off. Was hoping to eventually wangle that with my boss, but seeing as the entire fucking structure of the company is being burnt to the ground and rebuilt, I suspect that'll never happen.
permalink they probably wont bother with the rebuilding part.
...
permalink Well, there's going to be a new structure
Whether it functions or not is another thing all together
permalink well some nut jobs are waiting for this
https://www.thedailybe...
Trump supporters who believe the iraqi dinar will make them millionaires

I happen to have a 500 vietnamese dong note on my fridge door.. presently worth 1.7p .. i'm rich.. rich i tells ya.
permalink Yeah,
well I've got a 20,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollar note. I'm rich, I tells you, RICH!
permalink i've lately been waiting for this https://www.youtube.co...
film to be released
another war film turning into a nazi zombie b-movie :)

being able to jog/run would be nice also
permalink I like the look of that.
I also want to see Iron Sky 2, on the grounds that the first one was silly, and this one looks even sillier.
permalink haha i thought you'd like that
apparently there were complaints from people thinking they were about to see a 'proper' WWII film.. then this jumps out at them! haha
permalink In a novel twist on Guess The Airport
Due to inclement weather, I haven't actually landed at the Ryanair airport pretending to be serving a city it's nowhere near, but have been diverted to the actual proper airport of that city

Sadly the hour on a coach I have saved has been lost due to the diversion airport being closed, meaning it's taken nearly 3 hours to get off the plane, through passport control, and to rescue my bag from being conveniently shuttled ahead of me to the original destination I never actually wanted to go to
permalink Is it a Venice
Teviso combo?
permalink I'm trying to think of closed airports
.... istanbul? berlin? somwhere in italy.

permalink Clue:
I've already spent more time here than David Davis
permalink belfast!
..

it's rather nice around these streets.
https://goo.gl/maps/7m...

If you are staying at the express ask for a new room.
permalink strasburg
then...

permalink Close...
sproutier
permalink Having now seen it on BaceFook
I'm guessing* its Brussels. And is it Charleois that O'Leary Air fly to?

*not guessing at all
permalink probably
to be fair Charleroi airport is barely further out of Brussels than Gatwick is London. Because "halfway across the country" isn't very far when you're Belgium
permalink close as the crow flies
but a ballache in practical terms
permalink A right
Belgian ballache!
permalink also known
as pavé
permalink being a sad nerd
I looked up how many flights there are now from London to Brussels (any airports at each end)- there's 10, 9 from Heathrow (mainly Brussels Airlines and BA) and one from Gatwick (as a leg of a flight to Rwanda).

Eurostar has properly destroyed that market.
permalink Just like Londres-Paris
used to be one of the busiest routes in the world, not any more!
permalink If London-Edinburgh
And London-Glasgow could be brought down to three hours by train a very large % of domestic air travel in the UK would be wiped out.
permalink Although interestingly...
I have seen a big swing towards the train in recent years on London-Edinburgh. Partly because of massively reduced timetables by some carriers, allowing BA (who still have a decent timetable) to put their prices through the roof.

Also, a ,lot of the trains are around 4:20-4:30 city centre to city centre. Flying only saves you about an hour max in most cases, and you can;t get anything done, whereas the train lets you work, sleep, read, whatever from end-to-end.
permalink I think a huge part of it has been reliability
I now almost always go by train, whereas maybe 5+ years ago I would have flown just to be reasonably sure I'd actually get there

There was a period maybe 15-20 years ago when it seemed your odds of making the whole journey down the west coast without major interruption were worse than 50-50
permalink i don't even think it'd need that much
if you could do 3.5 -4 then you'd be winning for centre to centre travel.

lots of people who travel a lot though are set up to get to airports easily which can cut that advantage.
permalink Three hours is I think
The supposed mark at which short haul (hour or so) flying gets completely obliterated by rail.
permalink looking at paris-Marseille
which is 3h18m it seems you are right.

hourly flights (though all the loss making air france)
https://www.google.co....
permalink And flights to major hubs
Like LHR for BAW or CDG for AFR don't really count, as they're funnelling connecting traffic mostly, not point to point
permalink which is partly why
CdG is an important stop on the TGV network
permalink It is indeed
zut alors!
permalink Just got an email which says
"If you are experiencing problems with your emails, please use the office 365 web portal. To use the portal go to www.office.com and sign in using your full email address and password."

I'm not convinced of that particular email's efficacy.
permalink I'm in Google's contractor offices,
where the internet goes up and down like a dirty ho, and i have to sign into my REWS account several times a day.
permalink Well, to be fair
It's not like you'd expect Google to be well connected to the internet or anything, is it?
thread We're doing a Christmas charity gift thing at work for kids in care
I've got to buy a present for a 14-year-old boy. What the hell do you buy a 14-year-old boy?

Anyone heard Slade yet?
permalink If my 14 year old self is anything to go by,
some porn and a family size bottle of baby oil.
permalink This.
permalink I was going to say
a very big box of tissues
permalink Fallout76?
`
permalink what's your budget?
that much in nandos vouchers

or something Nerf
permalink I was going for £20
So vouchers probably not a bad idea.
permalink netflix voucher
...
permalink I've heard one Christmas song in a shop,
not Slade though.

I have to spend up to £7 on one of my colleagues.

I think we were buying the nieces books and a google cardboard at that age. I second the Nando's idea though.
permalink we're goinga tenner for work secret Santa
luckily the one I got should be pretty easy. Assuming what I've planned works out.
permalink Oddly,
I've got the same bloke I had last year in our secret santa. He's a huge Man U fan, so a Man City calendar it is.
permalink Not Slade, but Fairytale of New York yesterday
For the 14 year old... wanking accessories and chicken as already noted sounds good. If there's a reasonable chance of a reader, then Neil Gaiman books.
permalink Airliner manufacturer Bombardier are in the news today.
That's Bombardeeay. Not Bombuh-dear as we always pronounce it in the pub (as made by Marstons).

Now I just don't know what to do.
permalink Oh dear
what have I started?

Also what have the cheeky French Canadian makers of Trains and Planes been up to? Ah, I see, laying off people at Shorts in Belfast. Which seems a bit weird, as you'd expect Airbus, who now own 51% of the A220 (TAFKAT C-Series) would need them all.
permalink I once got confused and ordered the beer the French way
But it was ok as the barmaid was French.

permalink I haven't heard any xmas music yet
But I have generally avoided many shops. But all the decorations have appeared in the last week or so. Cue Santas with surfboards, jandals* etc...

*flip flops/thongs delete as appropriate
permalink a catapult or some kind of multi-tool
no slade
one xmas themed song on the way out of a shop no idea if it's new or a golden oldie
i just looked at the security guard compassion as i legged it out of there..
thread Cover versions that are better than the original.
https://www.youtube.co...

More please.
permalink much as i love Robert Wyatt
The Unthanks doing Shipbuilding reduces me to a sobbing mess
Piano, harmonies, brilliant arrangement.
Having it as Adrian doing the verses, with the ladies taking the chorus, lends extra heft to the chorus.

this website often has some good stuff
permalink I think Elvis Costello deserves some credit here?
....
permalink Certainly
Well done Mr McManus
permalink Although I could never be getting on with how his "Costello" was pronounced
i.e. Cos-TELL-oh

the only Costellos I have known personally in Dublin were very much Cost-tell-OH.

And don't get me started on Gallagher, as Gal-EGG-er, not Gall-eh-her
permalink How's yer
Geohegan?
permalink I've heard that as both
Gayg'n, and Gyoe-g'n.

How's yer Shaughnessy?
permalink Gayg'n is correct, no?
The first geo is silent, which always amused me. As in Simon Geoghegan the former rugby player
permalink There's a pro cyclist
called Tao Geoghan-Hart.

Sean Kelley, ex-pro turned commentator, who's from Cork, completely mangles that every time.

(Tao is supposedly Scottish but sounds like he's from London)
permalink I thought it was geegn
How do you say Shaunessy?!
permalink Nah, Geoghegan I would definitely pronounce gaygan
I was being facetious saying the 'geo' was silent, when in fact the gh in the middle is the silent bit, meaning the first Geoghe comes out as gay/gey

Shaughnessy, I would pronounce the way you spelled it. Shaw-nessie
permalink Some of these things can be complicated by different dialects
In that Irish in Kerry/Galway/Donegal wouldn't always be pronounced the same. Never mind bringing Scots' mangling of things into it.

Which could lead to Shaughnessy being pronounced Shock-nessie
permalink The Geoghehan I know is English
dunno about his parents. But that would explain the error.
permalink Shawnessy,
but also Shocknessy.
permalink Well
Indeed
permalink Like the Scoffster I'd
have that as shaw-nessie. The best ever bit of name mangling is the northumbrian town of Featherstonehaugh which the locals pronounce 'Fanshaw' because of course they do.
permalink I think you'll find my
Geoghegan is fine, thank you (you missed a g).
permalink you're right I did.
Oophs.
permalink gno worries
permalink Well he does, yes
But his rendition isn't the "original", even though he's the writer
permalink not necessarily 'better'
but definitely 'much better than you might expect'

Dub Side of the Moon
permalink The obvious all along the watchtower
....
permalink Actually also rage against the machines
Maggie's farm as well
permalink oh i like this game
Coil with M. Almond - https://www.youtube.co...
Einstürzende Neubauten - https://www.youtube.co...
The Monkees - https://www.youtube.co...
permalink I was hoping that EN was Sand
great tune...
permalink Don't forget Laibach!
https://www.youtube.co...

Anyone want to go see them next year, btw? Riggers?
permalink i was going to go til i heard their new album (which they'll most;y be playing)
it is ducking awful
permalink Spectre?
I rather like it. It's no Opus Dei, but there are some cracking tunes on there.
permalink it's the sound of music covers
beware - https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Yeah,
I really like it.
permalink Gary Jules - Mad World
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink I feel Love by Jorane
Naff as fuck, but i like it a lot:-

https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Normally I'd have a long list of these in my head
But for some reason my branes ain't working well.

So I'll merely suggest:
Nirvana - Man Who Sold The World (from MTV Unplugged)

Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit
permalink Actually, now I think of Ms Amos, how about one of her several Chas'n'Dave covers (yes really)
You can have London Girls, or perhaps, That's What I Like Mick (The Sandwich Song)?

https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Also, now my brain is working
Definitely better than the original

Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink God yes.
Also, this popped up on the iPod earlier:- https://www.youtube.co...
permalink I had completely forgotten the original of that...
Good cover too
permalink yes!
/
permalink Smells Like Teen Spirit, you say?
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Don't think I've come across that before
And, how could I forget this? Infinitely better than the original!

Front Line Assembly with Tiffany - New Year's Day
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink That is fucking aces
permalink aaaarrggh
my bleeding ears.. tell her to get cher out of her throat
permalink Keep on Running
by The Spencer Davis Group.
permalink And can't beat a bit of Magazine
Magazine - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)

https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Eleanor rigby by Aretha franklin
..

I just read an article which used the word "immiserating". Meaning "to make miserable"

permalink I've always loved Peggy Lee's version of
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Yes!
Lovely.
permalink Snuff, I think we're alone now
.
permalink Ramones
Baby I Love You.
permalink This.
Also, The Shake & Vac

https://www.youtube.co...
permalink hey jude / some rolling stones track - The Residents
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Can I put a very late vote in for
The Fall - Lost In Music?

Le money est sur la table!
thread Birmingham again.
This is becoming my regular Tuesday...
permalink could be worse, at least the trains are pretty quick
work have caught on, this place is banned now. Because it's for 'photo sharing' apparently.
permalink Our filters seem to
pick up on the amount of cuss words. Once they'd mostly gone down the page I was allowed back in. Tried getting at Buffy's Swearing Keyboard this aft though and it was blocked as 'tasteless' :D
permalink well stan lee won't be gurning in anymore movies
I expect vigils outside every forbidden planet in the land
permalink Given his minor role
I reckon they'll keep up his cameos
permalink Someone said they'd miss his cameos
I thought "so in that film where a big monster eats new york then gets beaten up by a big green superhero, they wont be able to drop in a 2 second image of stan lee?"

permalink i think my favourite cameo was charles bukowski in 'BarFly'
and the later reading his thoughts in 'Hollywood'
permalink We were sitting outside a little tapas bar in the south of spain
it was a little warm if i'm honest.


We are Working From Huelva this week, borrowing a mate's flat and working in his office, which is cool.. if a little heavy on the booze, tapas etc.

we had some squid roe that would have made pixy wet himself.. and some tuna.. and that ham...

permalink and the croissant..
..
permalink it was fartons today
which nobody here seems to have heard of... we had assumed they were spanish but it seems not.

Ahh, it seems they are from valencia
5 for 1€
https://en.wikipedia.o...
permalink Working from Huelva?
That sounds very Sevillised
permalink +1
.......
permalink Mmmmmmmmm, roe. Love it.
In related news, we found an *excellent* little Korean place tonight, Lime Orange in Victoria. Simple, classic S Korean food; bibimbaps, bulgogis, ramen, all washed down with makgeolli. Lovely, it was, the only reason it cost us £60 for the two of us is that we had a shedload of alcohol.

*baaaaaarpppp*
permalink Squid roe (huevos de choco)
Is unlike any I've tried.. Amy thought it was chicken to start with.

You'd like Huelva, not a pretty town and not really much to see but the quality of food is exceptional.

Plus it's still 16 degrees at 1am in November
permalink I had squid roe on Skopelos,
tediously boring Greek island where Mama Mia was filmed. Great food, boring place.
permalink tried flying fish roe?
my local sashimi place does it.. not sure i'd notice the difference
permalink Yes,
I had it in Korea. It was OK.
permalink Having a pint in the Euston Tap before getting the train home
For about the 5th time in the past month
permalink Sounds sensible...
Why are you down so much? Not job hunting I take it.

We have a spare room if it's of use, but might involve drinking with CI
permalink cool
I'm finishing up several research projects so we've been having lots of events to share results with the public, industry and government, and as is the way of the country if it doesn't happen in London then it hasn't really happened and no-one of importance is interested. Today we spent an eye-watering amount of your tax money to have a workshop on energy storage right next door to Westminster Abbey in the hopes we might get a few important folk along.

I didn't really want to intrude on anyone as for the most part I've been arriving fairly late and writing powerpoints in Holiday Inns (I have been heavily abusing your discount code in case you hadn't noticed, still seems to work), then going home as soon as the events are over. It's been mostly early in the week when I assume people are less sociable anyway

that was the last one for this year I think but if I am down again I'll give you a yell. Almost certainly I'll be down to meet with more gubmint people at some point early next year. Any good pub quizzes?
permalink Oh man, holiday inns in central London are a minefield
I hope you chose wisely.

We know of a couple of good pub quizzes and did one with mizzemma and ci recently (anf should have won, we wish robbed I tells ya)
permalink Count us in for quizzage any time.
....
permalink if it's a cheap night in London I go for Kensington Forum
(as most of the time I need to be at Imperial College)

on the days everything is pricey I flee to the North Acton HIE, which is cheap n cheerful, if in North Acton. Although as far as I'm aware North Acton only consists of a hotel and a tube station.
permalink I prefer Kensington high Street to the forum
North Acton is ok. If you go again request room 101 or 102

We refurbed them as a sample

The holiday Inn just down the road there is ok.

Otherwise, Stratford city HI all the way.



permalink what are you up to
that you need a room for the night so often
permalink ummm.... er.... nothing...

I only stay in London for team meetings, and that's no longer happening obviously..
permalink And if you stay in Stratford City HI...
then you have mizzemma, me and the Spaniard just across the park for beer-related activities...
permalink the one in whitechapel is also close
...
permalink It's Tuesday, it must be Birmingham?
Hopefully the midlands one, not Alabama

Not been anywhere fancy, but had a great evening last night, good nosh in a newly reswanked pub (clams and paua* with squid ink fettucine, which was nom), followed by once again being utterly blown away by how brilliant David Byrne still is live. I hope to have his energy when I'm 66. And the band/choreography was amazing

*that's abalone to non-NZers
permalink THERE'S A SIXTH TREMORS FILM.
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permalink I didn't even know about
3-5!
permalink This.
permalink I don't think I even knew
there was a sequel
permalink I've seen 1 & 2 only
permalink They're all pretty terrible
but since I've got 1-5 I need 6.

See also: chipmunks 4, resident evil 5&6,etc

There's more than two RECs too
permalink Thank Fuck it's Friday
A shitload of work to do then I'm going to get drunk.
permalink we had a minimal amount of tapas and booze yesterday...(so just loads)
tonight we are going to seville, a mate's organizing dinner, I expect it to be very good.


Just got 2 hours of conference calls to do before then... and lunch of course.
permalink I wrote 2500 words for a DAS this morning
Another section to do this afternoon.

Although this bit will be a bit bloody thin, since we only got a brief on Tuesday...
permalink "there will be light"

(and there was)
permalink Last Friday
I did a 17.75 hr shift. I'm hoping to get out before 8 tonight.
permalink Just got back
thanks to someone doing something so monumentally stupid my entire weekend is now going to be devoted to sitting around in slack-jawed disbelief, prior to returning to picking up the pieces on Monday
permalink Getting the train to Glasgow
Isn't THAT stupid