thread My brother in law has just moved to Barbados
from Montserrat. He's gone from being the financial secretary of Montserrat to something ridiculously well paid with the IMF.

Meanwhile I'm not sure I'll have a job to go back to. I am on holiday though, in Wales.
permalink Crikey, what does he do?
At least he'll be able to keep you in your retirement.
permalink Don't know his new job title,
but he was in the audit office, then went to St Helena as chief auditor, then financial secretary, then went to Montserrat as financial secretary.
permalink is it like Local Hero
you go into the St Helena tax office, he tells you to see the chief auditor next door, and it's just him wearing a different hat
permalink So like
he trained as an accountant?
permalink God I love Local Hero.
.
permalink Wife's brother
or sister's husband?
permalink Wife's sister's husband.
.
permalink You need to put it into context for the aristocracy
Uncle dad, Manley
permalink Jamaica?
No, pay attention, Barbados.
thread Laptop recommendations?
Starview Valley, Terraria, Maybe Starbound and normal usage.

For a teenager.

They are buying it themselves.

If you do not care, what is your favourite pudding (desert, for those in Wigan).
permalink for the laptop just go with a
disposable £300 to £400 one from a reputable retailer. It doesn't need to be anything amazing does it as long as it doesn't die in warranty.

I picked up this one recently https://www.johnlewis.... as my old job wouldn't let me keep my beast of a CAD/FEA machine

Also creme caramel or ile flottante
permalink Is an i3 up to the task?
I thought that Starbound might need an i5.

Of course, I have no fucking idea what I am talking about.
permalink How about this?
https://www.amazon.co....

Might be too expensive.
permalink looks tidy
dont discount the new amd ryzen stuff they get very good reviews.

is there a starbound reddit who might be able to advise... or if you has his details ask cthonic, i know his kid is into that stuff.
permalink I only know him on facebook
and no longer have facebook.
permalink Shall I buy that?

permalink Can you or someone go and try it? Or one of the same range?
Weight, size, build quality and trackpad are important in a laptop....

permalink Not a chance.
bugger.
permalink Not to open this can of worms again
But the kid who is spending his cash can't go to currys or john lewis?

Ask CJ, he might have an idea of which models feel most solid.


permalink Not here - We can buy from either online, however.
?
permalink CowJam
the Currys worker
permalink just to re-emphasise
the on-board graphics on that should play those games ok, but will not be able to play anything more serious if said teenager wants to play something else
permalink No proper graphics card
But I have a thinkpad that's about 7 years old and is great
permalink remember it matters if it's the new generation of them
and it might be one of those things that memory makes more difference for.. thats that they say for video editing anyway.

permalink There is no 'remember' for me
I have no idea what I am doing. :)
permalink Well "bear in mind" then
There are lots of benchmarking websites that will give you a relative sense of any processor.

permalink I feel like everyone else understands,
but I just hear https://www.youtube.co...
permalink an i3 of pretty much any generation will be fine for all those games
but if they got into any more onerous games they might want an i5

I think more important would be to have a dedicated GPU in it, a GTX 1050 or RX 560X for example will be more than enough and will only add about £50-80 to the price

steam lists minimum/recommended specs for games: https://store.steampow...

I'm not up with laptops so can't make any specific recommendations
permalink it does the job
it's a 10th generation i3 and it runs office, one drive, spotify and a web browser no issue.

Again, it is a budget laptop to use until I am issued a new one when I find a job, as long as the warranty is there (and everything is backed up to the cloud) I'm not too stressed about the rest of it.
permalink budget?
they are likely to want to be able to at least play fortnite on it... which might ramp it up a bit.... but you can add external graphics cards i think with some thunderbolt connections... but that's a bit of a dark art to me.

https://www.currys.co.... would be the top end

maybe https://www.currys.co....


permalink No fortnight here
thankfully.
permalink Having done the eGPU thing myself
I cannot really recommend it.
It ended up expensive, unreliable, and didn't deliver the performance that it should have done. No matter what you do, the on board graphics tend to get in the way.
My suggestion would be to get a laptop with discrete graphics, or just don't and accept that you may get outdated faster
permalink totally agree
it was a nice idea though
permalink It works very well,
but only if you're using external monitors only.
If you want to use the built in screen too, the on board graphics gets in the way and interferes with all the screens. You obviously can't use the eGPU to drive the built in screen, and windows is shockingly bad at remembering what to do with external screens in any event, so it's usually a lottery as to what happens when you plug it in and turn it on. You then inevitably end up with apps opening on screens that aren't there, and all of that jazz.
Having switched off the internal display, I've got it to run pretty well, but it also helps if you shut down, rather than attempting to unplug the screens while the laptop is on. It's really not trouble free, and it doesn't appear (at least to the user) to behave at all consistently
permalink I don't have a favourite. I love lots of puddings equally.
Ignoring specs, there's a large variation on bold quality / feel. If you can take teen to a large currys (or wherever).
permalink tiramisu
and not messed with or unnecessarily complicated in any way
permalink awesome choice
permalink Strong.
permalink Just have a coffee
...
permalink if I'm at an Italian
I normally have both
permalink Mrs Witchy just bought
a new machine for her daughter to go to Uni with. I specced up a 1,86GHz i7 with 16gb RAM and a half terabyte M2 ssd and we went with a shiny silver IBM Stinkpad for around 800 notes.
permalink Lenovo?
,
permalink Yes, sorry.
I still put the 2 together as one even though Lenovo separated maybe 15 years ago? ThinkBook 14 with last year's i7 chipperydoodah in it.
permalink 800 is too much.
We are thinking of this now: https://www.amazon.co....

It is about £125 over budget, but I do not know if we can do as much for less?
permalink The 125gb ssd option is a lot cheaper at 369
And then get a nas or external drive next birthday.

Or go 500gb hd, and live with the slightly slower load times .

https://www.amazon.co....
permalink Those are all 5th Gen processors
I'd be keen to get a later processor if at all possible.

Ed: Perhaps something like this:
https://www.amazon.co....
permalink I got (well, they got) that one,
but 256GB SSD
permalink I'm not overly fussed for dessert
I see it mostly as a sign dinner wasn't big enough.


But I'll go old school with a banana split (w grated chocolate) or some sort of ice cream / sorbet . Or apple pie with ice cream.

If its Christmas dinner then there better be trifle though.

permalink bit of a split
for hot ones, big fan of a good sticky toffee pudding (though so many are bad)
cold? Lemon Meringue Pie

though of course there's my sister's near fatal sponge trifle, ideal to end a christmas dinner for those that don't like christmas pudding but risky to have near naked flames


permalink my fake god-daughter starts 'feeding' her xmas cake on halloween
it's knocked out quite a few guests
permalink When you cook it all the booze
stops being booze.
permalink that's why you put the booze in
*after* it's cooked
permalink exactly
this
permalink Ah!
I call the bit where I add booze before cooking 'feeding'.

I do not really like boozy cake though. so I am hardly a good yardstick.

permalink I don't like boozy booze
but in cake or pudding it's somehow different
permalink I don't know of any in Wigan or its environs,
But it's got to be the Gobi for favourites deserts, right?
Or the Mojave, for it's proximity to strong internet and something that used to resemble civilised society.
permalink FINALLY
I've been waiting for someone to make that joke
permalink And lo!
You got your just deserts
permalink Possibly "cultural"?
?
permalink That's overly mean to Wigan
Given that I'm doing a site there currently, I am inclined to applaud its many benefits and pleasures, so that my client will do exceedingly well, and consider its successes to be as one with my skill and proficiency.
permalink "Ah... Wigan. Great place. You've got, er, pies!"
"And there's a bloke along the road with a lot of sheds."
permalink Good lord, the WRS
I'd forgotten about that
permalink You don't want to be forgetting the WRS
Stay Alert. Control the Shed.
permalink when i was in wales a woman asked me (after just asking what year it was last year)
"what's the place with the pies?"
all i could think of was shepherds or belem.. turns out she meant Wigan
permalink rhubarb crumble and custard
permalink I forgot about creme brulee
I'd like to change my order.
permalink Hmm.
Not a terrible contender.
permalink poshest I'll give you
but not best
thread well if your day's not going well
at least you didn't cycle off the side of a bridge

EDIT: fixed link
https://www.youtube.co...


apparently he's "ok" but it looked pretty bleak when it first happened and nobody knew what was going on.
permalink out the rest of the season though
..
permalink When it happened it felt like they would be happy with
"ever able to walk again"
permalink it's been taken down. is this the Dauphine?
I was just reading about it. I've been to the seaside, rain, wind, cold, chips. Properly British.
permalink oh no, another race
Blimey, almost like shoving too many races into too short a time with not early season was a bar idea.
permalink To be fair the monuments are always brutal
And they usually do this while it's raining or snowing.

permalink Il lombardia
He's got a broken pelvis it seems
permalink That'd
sting.
permalink jebus!
that looks nasty!
permalink fractured pelvis
lung contusion. Flown back to Belgium supine.
He'llbe back. He's 20. They bounce. Before Lombardia this season he had entered 4 stage races, one of them a World Tour level one, and had won all of them, including taking a stage in each. He was favourite for Lombardia, which is one of the five big one day races.


thread has anyone else noticed that it's a bit warm?
or is it just me?


it seems to be 27 degrees in my kitchen / office.. before the sun has hit it.
permalink It is baking here. I cannot sleep.
I have been going to the common at night for walks. In the daytime this place is too busy to walk about, quite aside from a pandemic.
permalink I have,
how are you coping? I will probably partake in a cold beverage at somepoint this evening.
permalink Two fans going,
plus there are lots of emergencies plans like hot water bottles in the fridge, pots earmarked for feet to go in, cold flannels for necks, optimising clothing.
permalink it is sweltering!
we've shut the windows and curtains and are existing in a fan driven bubble.
An Ice lolly will replace my afternoon cup of tea
permalink we have actuvated fan number 3
thank god i bought them for my indoor bike
permalink both our fans are on
it is still very warm but then it unbearable out of the breeze
permalink Eve, 4, just asked for a hot juice.
Because it matches the weather.
permalink thought it wasn't too bad here (23ish)
but then I went for a run, which was perhaps a mistake
permalink when i got up at 7.30
it was 23 degrees outside (and 28 inside)
permalink I'm at Geneva Airport
Similar temps to London, but not too muggy thanks to the lake and the mountains.

But spending a few hours on a building site where the A/C isn't on yet was somewhat less than comfortable...

Oh, and don't think about going on a fucking plane if you can possibly avoid it. FAR scarier than I thought it would be. People are utter twats.
permalink the only people i've known to fly recently
have said thier flights were 1/3 full so not bad.


I can imagine geneva will attract the arseholes.
permalink When Bea went to Spain the other week it was quiet.
Quiet at Heathrow, most things closed. Quiet plane.

Now everyything is open and it is NOT GOOD.
permalink I’m not sure that it’s Geneva attracting arseholes
I think it’s arseholes determined to go on forrin holidays, trying to find places to go that aren’t quarantined.

That’s usually a fairly “businessy” flight, but with ski holiday folk in the winter.

Today there were a lot of dickheads in shit sun hats and sandals.
permalink Was it a budget airline?
permalink No... BA from Heathrow...
....
permalink I know that flight far too well!
did you get a cheese roll?
permalink You don't get anything much at the moment, obvs.
You can get some water and a bag of crisps in a sealed bag if you want.

I just tried to concentrate on breathing as little as possible for the entire duration.

Coming back was even worse. People having standup arguments about mask wearing. I thought one of the crew was going to deck this pair of stupid cunts at one point. She would have been completely right to as well.
permalink Meanwhile... train to Edinburgh this morning
With the Spaniard, which is nice.

When I did this three weeks ago, it was nice and quiet. Today, much less so. Big Thai family and some lads on a stag do. Honestly. Reserved seats for social distancing total chaos.

People are a terrible bunch of cunts.
permalink people are awful
but we are all part of the problem.

good news is the premiership rugby starts tonight!
permalink I'm part of several problems
But I try not to make myself a hazardous part of this one.

That really weird and slightly disturbing problem over there though? Yeah. That one is mostly me to be honest.
permalink a good location 25 miles out of edinburgh to buy a haus?
or land (can you still buy land in scotchland*?) any direction i guess

*https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/09/forgive-us-our-trespasses-forbidden-rambles-with-a-right-to-roam-campaigner
permalink Depends what you want and what you can afford to spend.
The nice bits within 25m of Edinburgh are generally quite pricy because they're prime commuter territory and they're nice. East Lothian - mostly lovely, pretty places by the sea especially. Fife - a bit cheaper, some gorgeous places by the coast (the "East Neuk"), some nice bits inland too, some ex-mining shitholes too. West Lothian not generally very nice. Down towards the borders is a real mixture.. some lovely bits but again, not cheap if it's somewhere nice.

Good building plots are always snapped up fast... they do come up, but they don't stay on the market long unless there's a good reason...
permalink cheers
was looking for locations that were as remote as possible (away from commuting routes) but a days walk away from E.
turns out there's quite a selection and that pebble-dashing is loved
permalink Anything within 25 miles od Edinburgh is commuter belt really,
but there are plenty of houses in the middle of nowhere, relatively.

There's a long history of pebble-dashing ("harling" in Scots), because Scottish clay is crap for making bricks and the bricks didn't weather well... so the harling was protective. These days of course, the bricks aren't made locally, but harling is still very much part of the vernacular.
permalink parents estate
is a classic 70s one (there's loads around Clackmannanshire/Stirling built to the same plans*). White harl.

Right over the road from massive whiskey bonds.


So they're mucky grey, thanks to the black mold that grows everywhere you have large amounts of spirits ageing casks.

*there's one estate in Alloa I think might be a slightly earlier build of the same plans as they have chimneys, most (like my folks) were build as gas heating only
permalink East Lothian is very nice
and feels far more remote than it is

we're contemplating moving to Perthshire
permalink I liked living in East Lothian
It's great. Expensive these days though... prime Edinburgh commuting territory.
permalink I'm normally OK with
the heat but last night was ridickerlous. Ceiling fan on just cooked me slowly so I put a small fan in the open window to try and circulate outside air and left the curtain open.

It probably didn't help that I ruptured summat on friday night by a violent sneeze/cough so have been fitfully dozing and waking up yelping like a small dog because of something stabbing me in the back.
permalink are you sure you didn't just sit on a chiuahua?
and is still stuck back there?
permalink Woofer count in
this house is zero. It's funny that all the things that hurt are directly related and can all exist in their own venn diagram.
permalink off subject but on a scale of 1 to 10
how bad are you jonesing for a proper gig right now?
permalink Right at this very moment
I'm not because I'd probably have a panic attack owing to not being able to breathe properly - I still can't do sharp intakes of breath without a muscle going 'OI' and making me yelp, which requires a sharp intake of breath. Repeat.
At least night times are OK-ish now, last night was suddenly and surprisingly pain free to lie down. Dozed aplenty.
permalink Imma suggest, although it may be redundant,
you may need a doctor...
permalink Normally I'd agree,
but this is only half as bad as when I proper cracked some ribs in the early noughties and all the docs could say was 'don't do it again' and 'rest with painkillers'. 3 months they took to heal.
This one's feeling better after a week, at least for sleeping. If the wheezing carries on next week I'll see about getting A Test.
permalink Sure but
you didn't crack your ribs sneezing so that means internal... Still you have a plan so I won't bang on :)
permalink :D
Ta for your concern though.
permalink breathing OK now?
?
permalink Nope, and I had a plague test
this afternoon. Results tomorrow and if negative I get hauled in to have things poked at/in me, probably.
permalink Just had the biggest hail I've ever seen (large marble size)
and the loudest thunder I've ever heard, and torrential rain.

I was planning to get the mower out this evening.
permalink We were missed by a couple of miles
Which is a shame as it was roasting.

Should get some tomorrow.
permalink [warning: nasty]
the Criterium du Dauphiné bike race got some hail today and injured riders
permalink Whoa
I watched that live and didnt see that. Must have been after the finish.

The last 10 days of racing have arguably been one of the best ever
permalink it was raining for the leaders
the hail hit, well, the rest. Especially big lads like Tim there. Apparently the time cut ended up being suspended; someone came in 15 minutes over due to sheltering. there's loads of pictures/videos floating around.

And yes, the whole "race every day as if it's the last day of the season" thing is awesome. Apart from obviously Groenewagn nearly (not on purpose) killing Jakobson
permalink It has been quite mild for the time of year
Getting up to 15-16° during the day. But it is still very much winter, and about 4° outside as I type.

So we've had a fresh community outbreak in Auckland, so they're back up to level 3 and the country as a whole to level 2. Which has (a) kaiboshed a long weekend trip to see my parents we were supposed to do Fri-Tues. And (b) got me twitchy about the race I'm training for, which is in about 8 weeks. Fucksocks.
permalink You just have to outrun the virus
..
permalink It's more about not being able to hold a race with about 1000 entrants*
when gatherings are limited to 100 or less (under level 2, it's 10 under level 3)

*over 100/70/50/24k options.
permalink down to only 16°C
this morning. Amazing
permalink it's so much fresher
though has crept up to 26.5 here at the kitchen table. and typically it will be biblical rain when i am in town later.

now over to bongo for the travel
permalink it was so nice!
we had the window open and there was a breeze!
permalink on another matter
im having a look for a 100mile ride to peterborough with a mate, I've done the first half of this route before to biggleswade but if you had any thoughts on my route to peterborough avoiding huntingdon it would be good to know (passing through st ives for some lunch would probably be handy i thought, but not essential)

https://ridewithgps.co...
permalink the bit from Biggsleswade
up to St ives is good. Beyond? honestly no idea. the only place in that area north of St ives towards Peterborough i've ever been to is Old Hurst (farm shop/café with alligators) and never past the A141 at all. Honestly given the aforementioned reptiles there may may well be dragons.
I have though been to Chatteris and honestly the Half Man Half Biscuit song is deeply inaccurate
permalink No prick barriers
at each end?
permalink I'm guessing the whole
'envy of the fens' bit. And the pool. And the chandlers.
permalink Aye, but who doesn't love
a good chandle?
permalink there is a pool
and there's a half decent. if not first class, cake shop. Lack of butchers or chandlers. "Prick barriers" seems to be something Nigel invented. No town hall.
permalink bus service
is sporadic
permalink Prick barriers
are those devices that block a lane meaning traffic has to filter in each direction, see entrance to Lode/Quy etc,
permalink I'm not sure
that that's right, or at least, wasn't right when the song was written
permalink well,
the debate certainly lingered on, though not about the most dangerous junction in christendom. It seems that 'crick barriers' became 'prick barriers'
permalink cheers for that, the roads all look ok on streetview but that
doesn't mean they aren't chock full of wankers and trucks.

we will see how it goes.
permalink well that thunderstorm was lovely
we went out in t-shirts and rain skirts to eat the pizza that just turned up
on a hill watching the awesome lightning
permalink i cycled home from the pub
which was ill advised for several reasons.


permalink We got a disappointingly small amount of thunder and lighting round our way
And only ver brief showers earlier. But then proper deluge later thankfully.
permalink i missed the worst of the deluges, i was about 45 minutes late for that
but got a proper chunk of rain in stoke newington.
thread I've bought a new phone
as is my little personal tradition, this is the first place I've bookmarked.

What's first in your phone bookmarks?

Otherwise, any exciting plans for the weekend?
permalink going to
a beach.

I don't make many new bookmarks, what with just syncing everything in Chrome
permalink I use Chrome exclusively for one of the client things at work
it's just less faff to use Firefox on my phone so I don't have to dick about with synching.

Apart from here I've just got bookmarks of things I keep meaning to read and never do.
permalink I rarely use bookmarks nowadays
I used to always set my phone wallpaper as a picture of my old phone, with the picture of the older phone o its screen....

Unfortunately I lost a phone and broke the chain
permalink I rarely use bookmarks, I rely instead on autocomplete
which is annoying after I clear my browser history.

Four sets of friends are moving house. One is done, another is moving into their old house and that's happening at the moment, then on 1 September another moves into our street then some point soon another moves. So this weekend has mostly been taking ikea furniture apart and putting it back together a mile and a half away. And we did online church this morning, which doesn't take very much prep and is only half an hour but does sap a lot of energy.
permalink Alt: anybody know about home laser cutter / cnc?
I'd like one. Or just a laser cutter.
permalink ... the diode ones are a bit shit, visible light so can't do we through stuff
and not powerful enough to cut much, but ok at etching.

The "40w" CO2 lasers are known as k40s. They're cheapo versions of proper laser cutters, and will arrive in a condition somewhere between deadly and 'will work OK but a few simple improvements will get it running well'. And there's no way of telling which yours will be.

I've found an AliExpress vendor who has UK stock, so it's wick and avoids import duty. And it has an ammeter rather than digital % power display (which is good because 100 on the display is likely to mean 150% which will kill your laser tube).
permalink those pesky 007 agents bothering you?
what are you cutting? i wouldn't mind one that cuts fabric.. i'm guessing that will be much weaker..
permalink Don't really know. Wood, probably.
And perspex.
permalink 50mm Corten Steel?
?
permalink It'll do 3mm of ply.
Anyway, I've ordered one.
permalink How much?
I too have a burning (sorry) desire for one, albeit with no real need or justification of any sort.
permalink About £250 from Ali express with a UK warehouse.
I expect to spend another £100 getting it working properly
permalink my first bookmark is a recipe for flapjacks
The weekend was exciting. I saw friends in the flesh for the first time since March. I didn't realise how much I missed socialising.

How was yours?