thread I know none of you lovable bastards are missing me,
but work's net nannies have decided that all variations of URL for this place are verboten now so I can't loiter during the day any more. This, obviously, is a bit of a cunt.
permalink aresholes
fannies
permalink I have to use my phone for this place at work.
Sometimes, if I have a lot to type, I type it into Outlook, email it to my phone, and cut and paste it.
permalink What a terrible bunch
of front bottoms
permalink nuts
ours blocks it as 'photo sharing' so I pop in on my phone to check it.

HMHB in a couple of weeks?
permalink I would love to
But alas, I don't think I can wangle a trip back to the Junction this time!
permalink fair enough
I might still not make it, but I'm keeping fingers crossed.
permalink On the basis
you have approximately 18750 fewer kilometres to travel, I'd hope you'd make it! Always a good night out!
permalink ah, I didn't read who replied!
permalink does he have an aversion
to london?
permalink I would
but if the fuckers don't utterly shit on everything I'm on the Harwich-Hook ferry that night
permalink I have full confidence
That with Chris Grayling on the job, all will proceed without any issue!
permalink haven't even bought travel insurance yet
as I don't know if I need cover that includes medical or not yet. And the insurance companies don't know either. FUN TIMES
permalink How much more is it to include medical?
Probably worth it either way, just in case.
permalink Kinell, is that upon us
already? Junction again?

*goes to doogle for tickets*
permalink Arsebadgers,
I'm on call that week. Fucksocks and cuntymints. Must see if I can swap with someone.
permalink every three years, regular as clockwork
.
permalink Hells teeth, really?
I know I missed the last one, probs because I was on call again.
This means the time we all got together was 6 years ago and by fuck I feel old.
permalink Don't worry witchy
in the future we'll have the internet on pocket sized bits of glass we'll keep with us all the time.

Edit: talking of which, I left mine in school earlier (I was there for a meeting). I'll have to pop in in the morning.
permalink What dark magic is this?
Burn the witch!
permalink s'funny, I use the
phone for most things at work but this place it a bit of a faff on a small screen.
permalink laptop, tethered through phone?
??
permalink I am up the Shart
it's no Oxo Tower
permalink It wasn't us
who put the Wifi at the top.

*innocent face*
thread Ha, sorry, that wasn't meant to break the board
Just nice to have somewhere you can come and call a cunt a cunt...

Hopefully you all had pleasant weekends? We've been dog sitting, so bit like a normal one, but every 5 minutes a golden retriever appears and stares at you lovingly.
permalink I am firing on three cylinders,
after a flu-filled week of hoiking, sweating, aching, and generally feeling utterly fucking shite. Should be OK just in time to go to work. But upcoming gigs (UNKLE, Giorgio Moroder) to look forward to, plus being outside the UK on Brexit day.

Meanwhile, an erstwhile FB friend - an Irisher - has turned out to be a racist cunt. I had a massive go at him about some anti immigration bullshit he posted on Friday, and he's not only unfriended me, but messaged my sister to tell her to tell me he'll be waiting for me in Dublin the weekend after next. 'Bring it on cunto; come near me and I'll kick your fucking testicles clean off, you racist twat' is what she's passed back to him on my behalf.
permalink Fuck's sake
What a complete twat
permalink This.
He was a tad suspect when we were teens, and we were out of touch for a decade or two, but he's turned into such a sexist, racist scumbag. And if he tries anything on, nothing will give me greater pleasure than de-knackering him with the hardest kick I can muster.
permalink It's the rather pathetic
I'll see you outside the school gates and kick your head in thing that gets me. I mean, one assumes he's not 12 any more?
permalink Same age as me, 55.
He was sleek and smart and sexy and gorgeous when we were kids, but he's a bit of a sad case these days; obese, alcoholic, and suffering from chronic stupidity brought on by decades of narcotic abuse.
permalink Well, happens to the best of us I suppose!*


*thankfully not!
permalink Should be easy enough to take him down then
When you meet behind the bike sheds after school.
permalink I'll bring me compass.
permalink Fighting dirty I see
Ya little fecker!
permalink Fuck yeah,
I was rubbish at fighting, so I *had* to fight dirty. Never stabbed anyone with a compass though.
permalink I'm not sure anyone ever did
I think it was one of those urban legends that went round schools.

I did once break a table tennis bat across someones leg though (yes, I also could not fight)
permalink I got stabbed behind the shoulder blade
with whatever-the-triangular-protractor-was-called because Nigel Sweet wanted to use the ICL terminal to the local council when it was my allotted time. Broke the fucking thing in my back and I couldn't use my arm for days.
permalink Blimey!
I sit corrected
permalink it's probably that episode and the whole
'falling down concrete stairs onto my head in junior school' thing that means I'm ambidextrous. My left wrist hit the ground before my head did and I spent 6 weeks with a pot right up to the elbow.

Happy days.
permalink Eee it were 'ard times back then
Aye, but we were 'appy!
permalink
https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Ha ha
that's brilliant
permalink I've got white wine, a creme egg, and I'm watching Magic Mike XXL.
But that shooters still a fucknugget.
permalink That sounds like a good night in
Although I'm unsure about the taste compatibility between wine and creme eggs.

Oh, he certainly is. It's been a weird few days, I think after talking about little else for some time, it's nice to talk about other things. The reaction over here has been heartening too. Also it was a good weekend to be dog sitting. There were golden retriever hugs aplenty
permalink Well to distract you further
the buzz around MMXXL was that it was all feminist and shit, to which I rolled my eyes because it's all about the abs. But actually it really is awesome.

I can definitely approve dog hugs as a cure for all ills.
permalink Also Jada Pinkett Smith
Andie McDowell
Donald Glover
The werewolf from True Blood
That guy from CSI
And an hour left
permalink Splendid
I haven't had the pleasure, but I don't see why a fillum can't be all about the abs AND feminist AND good
permalink It's definitely not a *good* film
but it is entertaining.
permalink Yeah, pretty good.
CofE LabsLive yesterday, which was long. Good fun, nice bunch, and got a lead on a job (which is what I was hoping for).

Today's been very quiet - Eve has been ill and is pretty drained so we just had a quiet one.

That's the TL;DR, this is a longer bit...

Online Church got discussed as an idea this year (in my team) and last year (in more detail). I was told that that "The Church of England is Eucharistic and Episcopal" - ie, doing the bread and wine thing is what it's all about, and it's under a local physical hierarchy, which means that online church in the CofE is unimaginable at present.

Which was a surprise. I really wasn't expecting the CofE to say "if you can't be in the building we don't want you".
permalink Printable wafers
.
permalink Work up to the idea by suggesting
Church-by-mail. They send you a prayer one week, then you send back the response on a postcard, then they post you the next bit.
permalink Well, I'm obviously not really qualified to comment
Seeing as I very much do not do that whole god thing...

But I guess I may see their point. Isn't a lot of the point of it all being physically together in the same place, and thereby gaining a sense of community from the act of gathering together?

My TL:DR would have to be:
That would be an ecumenical matter
permalink That's the general attitude
but it presumes community can only be formed IRL.

This place is a good example - almost all of the relationships on here were formed here, a lot of them have developed into the real world. that was the purpose, but it happened because gathering IRL is normal. This place doesn't exclude people because they keep it entirely virtual, but there has been a natural community encouragement around gathering IRL.

When I was an askreddit mod the team was really tight, we hung around in slack whether we were modding or not and I'll never meet any of those people.

Community exists where people gather, and people gather in the physical and virtual.

Some time soon someone's going to really crack virtual church and it'll be huge. If the physical church can't get its head round this then crossover from virtual to physical is going to be weird - like it used to be when you met your partner online - so people won't do it.
permalink What would asynchronous mass look like?
Half the reason places like this can work is that you can drop in and out, not have to be glued to the screen
permalink Now. Is there anything to be said
for saying another mass?
permalink No idea.
I come from a church tradition that doesn't give mass any mystical significance (it's a thing done in remembrance, nothing more) so I struggle a bit with what it's about for anglicans, but it's about a corporate act.

I don't think it takes a particularl large number of users for there to be a perpetual online group, so asynchronous doesn't mean alone.

Also, gathering is important because of community, not because mass is a magic spell that only works if you say the right incantation in a magical building with enough believers there.
permalink Isn't the CofE inherently a physical and geographically hierarchical institution?
It's as much a landowner and asset holding institution as it is a religious one, and you're describing something which transcends/replaces any concept of diocese. It seems like the last religious group who would be able to incorporate such a concept.

Nail it to a door?
permalink Yep.
Might need to start hanging out with non-anglicans.
permalink I am having a day off
We've covered 680miles since Barcelona and are having a well deserved day if sitting on my arse.. with a bit of laundry and bike fiddling. .. and some work emails probably.

370 ish to go, Thursday night ferry from caen.
permalink That's some serious distance.
I would have thought you'd want a day of NOT sitting on your arse.
permalink Oddly the arse is fine
My ears are the bit that hurt.. I may be doing this cycling thing wrong.

I am very much ready to get finished now. Thankfully the weather forecast now is for much less wind.

*Parp*

permalink I was very briefly on Match of the Day
Yellow hat: https://www.instagram....

I also got drunk.
permalink haha
nice one :)
permalink yes, yes I did
.
permalink Since you're here
does every child in NZ learn a haka?
permalink Pretty much every kiwi I know seems to be able to do it
Even the skinny jeans hipsters in a band we toured with once
permalink Um, not sure
I suspect these days, they probably do learn one in many schools, especially sports teams. Certainly any schools that are predominantly Māori. Although Te Reo (the Māori language) is not compulsory in most schools (apart from special immersion schools), I think kids these days do get taught quite a bit. But we don't have kids, so hard to know.

Plus I guess a lot of people know the main one that the All Blacks usually do, which is Ka Mate, although they will do a different one now and again.

It's a funny one. Previously there has been plenty of criticism of people doing shitty hakas at pretty much the drop of a hat. But done well as a tribute at a funeral or as an act of remembrance is pretty cool (not IMHO, before a rugby game, but there you go). Interestingly one of the ones that the world media has picked up in Christchurch was done by a very fucking dodgy biker gang, who should not be given the publicity, but there you go
permalink I've only seen one
And they were kids, as far as I know.
permalink Oh George Takai just shared the bikers
I have made a mental note not to watch it.
permalink That said, from the clip I saw on the news
I couldn't actually read the patches to see which gang they were

There are a few actual just motorbike enthusiast clubs here, but the majority of patched clubs like that are more into the intimidation/meth production/murder business, a la sons of anarchy

[edit] reading further, it appears to be Black Power, who are dodgy as fuck
permalink George Takai sharing something
problematic or flat out wrong is hardly unusual though
permalink NZ has the highest ratio per capita for gangs than any other country
including hondurus and all that lot

those black power fuckers used to have a fortress next a gf of mines haus.. that was fun!
permalink at my high school maybe 4 guys could do it properly
and they would have been taught at the marae (sp?). it just wasn't cool then..
we were about 70% maori / islanders to whites probably about 1000 kids..
loads of girls did the traditional pom pom thing though but i guess that was just like elastics or that pick up stones and hop thing
thread I have no words
The utter fucking cunts. Kia kaha all.
permalink Be strong indeed.
Yoda (Steve Lloyd) has marked himself safe.
permalink Aye
I saw that. Thankfully everyone I know in Christchurch is.
permalink shit
permalink Absolute grade A fuckknuckle
permalink Cuntiest of cunts.
....
thread thebear would be proud of me
10p each way patent at Cheltenham came in, won £41.07. Extra olives on the takeaway pizza tonight.

Any minor successes at your end?
permalink That's pretty impressive
Got a paper finally published, which is always nice. Also, it's Friday.
permalink I finally thought up a McGuffin.
Been eluding me for months.
permalink Is it an Egg McGuffin
Only available until 10am?
permalink On Saturday I'm off to the Church of England's
annual hackathon geekfest LabsLive.

I'm rather looking forward to it, though I'm not sure I'll cope with it being 12 hours.
thread Ok weather geeks (ok meepmeep mostly)
We are cycling from Barcelona and are presently near Montpelier... What's likely to be the best source for accurate next day weather forecasts? Are they all going to be roughly as random?

AQ: how can France manage to make everything shut so consistently on a Sunday afternoon.. whilst making it look like enough things will be open in advance.. the organisation involved must be staggering
permalink I used the Accuweather app
in the UK, it's pretty damn good for short term, like a couple of days. The Beeb one has got it consistently wrong for SE19 for the last three days.
permalink I have been recommended this
https://earth.nullscho...

Which is slightly hypnotic
permalink Ah the wind map
is amazing. Obviously you'd have to be a little aware of interpolation in low data areas, but it's an amazing model. Especially being able to see winds at different pressures (~heights)
permalink I am very much enjoying the little swirly bit off the coast of Denmark
permalink That is gorgeous.
......
permalink trippy maaaan
00
permalink You can't search the met office app for places outside UK
but if you're actually there, it gives you a local forecast.
permalink meteoblue
`
permalink windguru
...
permalink all of the above
to give a probabilistic spread across multiple models

if only one, then meteofrance as the domestic forecaster will usually have the best trained model for that country
permalink or throw a D20
and multiply by your magic wind factor
permalink This^^
I'd go with the local met office. e.g. the BOM for Aussie etc etc.
permalink just been ODing on climate change stuff and was just wondering..

pie in the sky type stuff.. but how much capital would you need to start a wind turbine or solar company
big enough to replicate nuclear power stations of energy (whether in the UK/Europe/N.Africa)?
permalink a typical modern reactor would be about 1.5GW
to use UK examples, the station currently being built at Hinkley Point is made of 2 1.6GW reactors, and will receive £92.50/MWh over 30 years, for a total investment of around £25bn

to generate an equivalent amount of peak power you'd need something like the recently-approved Hornsea 2 project (1.4GW) which has 165 8MW turbines and will receive £57.50/MWh over 15 years for a total investment of around £4bn

however, the nukes will produce almost constantly over their lifetime, while the wind farm will operate with an average load factor around 40%, so to produce the equivalent amount of energy to a reactor you'd be looking at something like the 4.8GW Dogger Bank proposal, which will cost something in the order of £10bn (no contract price yet signed)

for an offshore wind site, it's typically around 50/50 upfront capital investment / operational costs
permalink Presumably solar is going to be better if you can buy a nice big chunk of anda
Southern Spain.

And can be generating quicker
permalink yeah for solar you're probably about £3bn for 1.5GW capacity
what you get out of that in terms of energy depends where it is, but North Africa/Southern Spain say about 30% load factor, so £9bn to get a solar array with the equivalent energy output of a nuke.

again I've not really treated capex/opex or levelised cost properly, but this is just to give riggers an indicator of the amount he needs in his piggybank to play with the big boys
permalink I've got a solar panel on my calculator
I'm setting up soltex inovatum inc

Going to be big.
permalink Fancy a JV?
I can double your capacity.
permalink I don't know what this means
but it sounds like an innuendo.
permalink much appreciated and very interesting, thank you
i do find it odd in this atmosphere of brexit that none of those sites are solely owned by the state/UK companies.
the desire for 'sovereignty' obviously doesn't go as far as putting their hands in their pockets..
permalink and there's very few sites
like the Dogger Bank
permalink only because the Crown Estate hasn't yet made many options available
and the government hasn't given a clear policy direction on offshore CfDs yet

we're expecting something like 150GW of projects across the North Sea by 2040, and that's using about 1% of the potential resource
permalink and how much GW does the
UK need?
permalink total electricity demand peaks at around 55GW these days
but that number will potentially be a lot higher when you add EVs and move heat demand from the gas grid to heat pumps

that 150GW is for all the countries around the North Sea, though, not just the UK - and likely that if there is a critical mass of offshore wind in parallel a high voltage subsea grid will develop meaning the same system can be used to dispatch the output wherever it is needed and also increase electricity trade between countries in NW Europe
permalink Assuming that any of the rest of Europe still wants to have anything to do with us, of course...
....
permalink in which case we can cover the sunlit uplands
in PV panels
permalink Genius
Who wants inferior French electricty anyway? It smells funny and goes on strike twice a week.

Proper British megawatts have more watts in than shitty European megawatts, afterall. And they're blue. Proper blue watts!

*asplodes*
permalink I tried some of that French electricity
in my kitchen the other week. Everything tasted of garlic for days.
permalink Oooh we can drop back to a proper 240v instead of that
nonsense 250v the europeans insist upon.
permalink Mostly 220v
Whilst we remain at mostly 240v.

What European voltage harmonisation did was to say everyone had to deliver 230v +10% -6%, which conveniently covered all the voltages in use anyway...
permalink speaking of cycling saw this on aliexpress and thought it might be
useful for inner city riding
https://www.aliexpress...
permalink I'm going to be gentle here
This, and almost every bicycle indicator be they mounted on handlebars, bags, jackets, wristbands, gloves, helmets, sashes or anywhere else are awful and less clear than a hand signal

As an exception, bike-mounted ones for eg one armed cyclists.
permalink Although in the long and ignoble history of such devices
I don't think anyone has sold a buttplug with turn signals for cycling
permalink But no reason why you can't use both.
Although, you'd have to have very fine bum control to trigger a button on a buttplug.
permalink Good point.
Is the buttplug the carrier for the indicators, or the UI?
permalink both
..
permalink If it doesn't vibrate too, I'm not interested.
.....
permalink but I think a driver that didn't see you stick your arm out
is unlikely to notice a flashing back pack.
permalink I think the more options they have to see it
the better the chances
permalink whereas I think the difference it makes
is unmeasurably small.
permalink Day 3 of a manky flu.
Sweats receding but now freezing fucking cold all the time. Ache like a motherfucker from head to toe too, my face is a sea of pain, and the huge hacking cough every 4 minutes is an utter bastard. Also, attention span difficulties are making it hard to concentrate on anything. I keep starting films.
permalink take the cough out of the list
and thats how the first 3 months of pregnancy felt like. Real queasy too, cold shivers through the bones and completely drained.Also couldn't finish a movie at the time.
permalink I'm pretty sure I'm not pregnant.
I went on top last time.
permalink always best to
play safe.
permalink oh and for 3 whole months...
just so you can see how man flu is just pitiful.