thread TOTN for Rigby:
XhohX - Blaxbox -

TOTN for the rest of you:

Knifeworld- The Wretched Fathoms -
permalink TOTM has to be this

I defy you to stick with it much past a minute
permalink I made it to 1:10
and then my ears fell off
permalink it truly is wonderous
I mean, what on earth possessed them to post it online?

I don't think it is ironic, it'd be quite hard to be that bad deliberately, right?
permalink I'll stick with
permalink as soon as I've listened to Ton Ravenscroft from last night, I'm going to dig out a Talking HEads CD
and go for that.

In other questions: I often do a 20mile loop on my bike after work. say last week I did it in 1h30m and my average HR was 162bpm, and this week I did it in 1h25m with an average HR of 154bpm, is that better?

also, this computer is lagging and I'm typing faster than it can think. it's like being in 1996 again. In which case I'm off to the freemasons after work to get pissed.
permalink yes
a lower heart rate indicates that i you are fitter (within certain limits)

permalink that's what I assumed
doesn't feel like it
permalink it's too small a sample
yes as your CV efficiency improves over time your bpm will reduce, but an 8bpm difference in one week is unlikely to be an accurate measurement of that
permalink I plan to do that route as often as possible this year
so we'll see. I also plan to work out how to beat the hill that's arseholing me every time...
permalink the problem is that there are a few factors that make a difference
whether the wind is behind you or in your face being a massive one.
permalink My wife bought me the hobbit film on bluray yesterday
which was lovely of her.
permalink here's a thing
is Blurray that much better than DVD? Say, for the casual viewer, not for someone that watches a film every night.
permalink if you have a capable telly
then its nice. but i wouldnt go out of my way to spend more.
permalink it can be much better
but often isn't, depends on the source

on stuff that's been made at very high resolution (like t'hobbit) the difference will be massive, but I wouldn't say there's much difference if you're watching, say, a telly series that's just been upscaled for the Bluray version.
permalink But some telly is much better.
The recent series of Silent Witness was much better in HD.

It also depends on your equipment. My dad got sky HD and then got rid of it because he couldn't tell the difference, but that's because the sky box and/or his telly upscaled so well the HD wasn't all that much better.
permalink Yes. For the extras as much as the HD.
For example, the blu-ray of twelve monkeys includes an hour and a half long documentary about it.

permalink so
no, maybe, yes then? excellent.
permalink As meep says, some stuff isn't better on blu-ray.
Some stuff is stunningly good though. I'd get a blu-ray played just for Attenborough wildlife stuff.
permalink You shoul've got a PS3 instead of an xbox
permalink I've never held with Playstation
just like a C64, they're not right...
permalink I much prefer xbox too
though am currently playing bioshock 2 on the ps3.
permalink I bought a blu-ray player that does surround sound too,
and it has an optical input. This means I can plug my xbox into it and have surround sound, and it's the same brand as my telly so they talk to each other.
permalink Why is there no
www dot HasNorthKoreaAttackedYet dot com ?
permalink There is now . . .
. .
permalink Have fun putting google ads on there
permalink Wasn't me
permalink Damn.
Then again, it would probably be too much trouble updating.
permalink if it's still up
then the answer is no. its like the world service.
permalink Explain?
permalink I think he is refering the nuclear holocaust
that is surely to follow the Glorious Leader's attack on the imperialistic enemy.

I wouldn't hold my breath.
permalink it's 'Today' on Radio 4
half way down here
permalink ?
I am still confused.
permalink apocryphally
during a nuclear standoff, submarine captains were supposed to tune into R4 LW in the morning. if Today wasn't on two days in a row, it was to be assumed that nuclear war had happened, so they were to open their standing orders and fire at preassigned targets.

so, no R4, nuclear war. similarly, no internet left to tell you that North Korea haven't started a war, global nuclear holocaust.

it loses something in the explaining.
permalink Not at all,
That is superb, thank you.
permalink I can't believe you didn't know that.
permalink It seems like the sort of thing I know, yes
but I did not.
permalink One for the architects
I seem to have enraged a butjob on Reddit Architecture
permalink WOW.
"Corbusier, Kahn, Mies and others are all terrible architects who produced nothing but shit.

If an architecture isn't based on the traditional and/or the classical, or isn't vernacular, then it is shit and shouldn't be allowed."

is probably my favourite bit.

This arse is like a Kansas Prince Charles.
permalink exacerly
permalink crickey
what a nutjob
permalink you know which one I am in that conversation right.
.. i mena i agree with you.. I'm just not used to it.
permalink hehe
yes mister
permalink I didn't read it, but similarly didn't read the reddiquette
So I just down voted everything he said for lulz.

permalink haha
cheers much preferred to knifeworld ;)
thread Waiting around...
for the Queen of the Netherlands. As you do.

After the VIP classical concert, there will be some faffing around and then there will be a drummer and a stiltwalker and trumpeters, and then the queen will light a lantern and I'll press a big red button from where I'll be skulking in the shadows halfway up the Utrecht Dom Tower. The light show will then run for the first official time, the clarion bells will play along, the Clarioneuse will play live for a few minutes, then we switch it into Automatic, de-rig our start button, pack up our laptops, network, etc and get to the pub by 11.

Just a 10 hour day today then, unlike yesterday's 18 hours...
permalink whatever, today I sent an email to a man in America
wait, hang on, you get flown all that way to press a button? cool.

[edit] thinking about it, imagine 30 years ago if you told someone that they could send a letter to a man in North Carolina in, essentially, an instant. Mental.
permalink pressing the button is the slightly tedious bit at the end.
It's all the programming and so on that's really earned my worth. This is annoying civic showbiz. If this wasn't happening we'd have it in the can and be in the pub by now.

And yeah. email is pretty bonkers really.
permalink none of us are jealous of your exciting lifestyle you know...
permalink I am. I want a new job where I get to travel *and* do something I enjoy,
I don't even mind long hours. F, as I believe the kids say, ML.
permalink I'm not sure I could be arsed with the travelling any more
permalink I'm 30, I've got no kids, partner, dog or even particularly erudite dust bunnies
to tie me down, and I love travelling - preferably internationally. Right now, I'm feeling bored, lonely, stuck in my job and somewhat depressed about it. Not that I'm even near a 10 on the Manley scale, but still.

But meh. I'm drunk, and this is not my blog...
permalink for some reason I wanted that to continue
"I only went with your mother cos she's dirty"

God 30, oh to be 30 again!*

*will be 40 in a month, and feeling somewhat old
permalink I think I'm going to end
all my long sentences like that tomorrow.
permalink just make sure you
make your 40th last a month, also excellent weather and you get to meet the gawjus Hannah. Which you already know, obvs. Also some pissed twat will ring you while you're sunbathing and say 'come to strawberry fair' :P
permalink I do hope that drunk bloke wasn't me!
It does sound plausible, though
permalink hehehehehehe!
permalink 10 on the Manley scale
is screaming at the walls and cutting isn't it?
permalink Yep,
and I haven't even got to the stage of buying an engineless van.
permalink *likes*
permalink I saw an engineless ford capri on ebay the other day
permalink that's only 7
10 is going on a killing spree, then blowing your head off after setting fire to the barn
permalink I have never blown my own head off.
I did burn down a barn once though.

I also fired so many tracer rounds into a house that the paint on the walls caught fire.

It is strange typing that - it seemed almost fun at the time, but ow just sounds incredibly sad.
permalink Oddly
It gets easier as you get older...
permalink ...look
for a new job?
permalink this with bells on

life's too short to be bored
permalink I used to be, until my wish came true.
It sucks - I had a breakdown and thankfully managed to hold onto my wife, but it is hard being away for weeks or months at a time while the kids are growing up.
permalink nice
I've just done the up to edinburgh, meeting, sleep, meeeeeeting, train thing. not too bad this time.. Next week will be rougher.

I love this, slow build but i like it.
thread Crikey, you lot haven't been wasting the threads I see
. I guess I'll have to do it.

I've got a day running around a hotel in Edinburgh then a late train to London. I got a 'executive pack' ticket which prints out a standard ticket and a complimentary first class upgrade.. I thought this was innefficein but now realise it gives you a standard ticket to put in your expenses in case the accounts dept get shirty about you booking the first class tickets.
permalink morning
I've got very little to do, working out my notice innit. so I'm dropping people in the shit and looing at the crossword.

I've also discovered you can pick up xbox games really fucking cheap on ebay if you just search by finishing soonest.
permalink I realised that when I sold a load
though I haven't bought any yet.

I want the new bioshock and the new tomb raider, so I'll wait a few months for the price to drop
permalink I got Halo 3 and Gears of War
for £6.50 in total, which seemed ludicrous really.

Thinking about it, do original xbox games work on a 360? I've still got a bag of those in the loft.
permalink The majority do
I think
permalink I've so out of touch with computer games
mind you, i lost touch just after the ST, so it's hardly surprising.
permalink I still have my
last ST in the loft . . 1 meg of RAM and a floppy drive, it was like the future!
permalink *says nowt*
permalink it's not as good
as the Amiga 500 in my loft
permalink *cough*
MIDI port

permalink you could get a Midi Master with 4 ports
for about £15 if I remember rightly

aside from that, sound is probably the last place you want to take on the Amiga :)
permalink I'm currently at Lvl 4 of Titan's Legacy
The scenery disk of Battle Isle II from 1993.

It's bloody hard.
permalink some do
some dont. there is a list of those that do work
permalink I might just shove the old discs in
and see what happens.
permalink you will need
an online update first for most games.

permalink of the above
you need

black, burnout3 takedown (though there is a 360 version that will be just as cheap), conker live and reloaded, gta3/vice city, grabbed by the ghoulies, jet set radio future (better than the dlc version due to soundtrack), ninja gaiden/NJ black, oddworld, munche's oddysee, OUTRUN2, panzer dragoon orta, psychonauts, star wars battlefront 2, super monkeyball deluxe.
permalink ta.
I'll look into all this.

[ed] excellent, both KOTOR games are on there, good games.
permalink even i enjoyed the kotor
permalink takes a while
but it's always fun being a baddie
permalink I sent my xbox games to tino,
might be worth asking if he's finished with any of them yet.
permalink morning
I too am working my notice. My work laptop got some bad sectors recently, IT have fixed it and are currently re-installing a load of software for me.

Edit: Some staff here took early retirement entirely because they were told that they were going to be based 15 miles down the road instead of here. We have just been told that due to the number of staff who have recently left there is no need to move to Warrington.

Is that constructive dismissal?
permalink would depend how the compromise agreement is worded I suspect
but I wouldn't be surprised. mind you, do you get a compromise agreement for early retirement? one person would need to speak to a proper solicitor about it.
permalink If it is a compromise
then they have no hope.
permalink do you think?
if the reason they've been given is the move, and then the move doesn't happen, surely the reason has gone then?

anyway, I'd ask a solicitor, not some knobheads on the internet.
permalink +1 from Manley

permalink But who can you trust
if you can't trust random internet weirdos?
permalink so the executive pack is fraud?
seems to have a familiar ring about it..
permalink it would make an intersting FOI request to
see how many MPs use it
permalink My wife has a load of old coins
are there any charities that would take them and deal with them properly rather than putting them in their shop for a couple of quid?
permalink old rare coins
or just a pile of old coins?

if the latter, they're not really worth anything to anyone, maybe a copper merchant
permalink I haven't looked. I suspect there are some rare ones
permalink unlikely unless they were bought as rare
but may have metal value
good article here

suggests Oxfam and Age UK will make use of them
permalink Ta.
MrsJam's mother was involved in archaeology.
permalink sorry, force of habit
I used to work in a 2nd hand bookshop and lost track of the amount of times I had to explain to people that very few things appreciate in value purely due to age
permalink I do
. .
permalink quantity != quality
permalink no worries :)
permalink still at panic stations
here. Fuck knows why. Panic project is for a niche, low volume, low margin, product.
permalink just start pronouncing niche
as 'nitch' and see how long it is before they take you off the project just to stop you saying it.
permalink or even
permalink we aint no
philosophers here
permalink Then misquote nietzsche
permalink The worst thing about working with the yanks
permalink I pronounce it "neesh".
I haven't checked it and just went with slightly altering the German pronunciation. It's probably bullshit.
permalink That is correct.
permalink I am apparently an English language genius.
permalink There is really no excuse for that.
thread adverts that currently cause me anger
that one for the Cider that Carlsberg are jumping on the bandwagon with. Has people going into a pubbed based on Apple stores. Lots of heavy handed smartphone metaphors. DO YOU SEE WHAT THEY'VE DONE THERE? FUCK OFF WITH THAT SHITE

The Doritos advert with the Mariachi band doing East 17.
permalink Yes.
That is all.
permalink I thought the
cider one was quite funny, at least 2 snorts were heard from me during my viewing of it 10 mins ago.
permalink when you're watching a lengthy sports event
that has it in EVERY FUCKING AD BREAK then it loses it's fucking humour fucking quickly.
permalink ah, I've
only seen it once and that's how it'll stay. At home with the virgins I just whizz through the ads :)
permalink virgins?
in Ely?
permalink yup, there's no
holes in the cable box outside my house.
permalink truly
a miracle!
permalink also
I want to punch everyone in it.
permalink I feel like that about actual Apple stores
permalink I think
it might also be because it is Carlsberg jumping on the bandwagon that Stella leapt aboard with what will no doubt be some near flavourless sweet overly piss piss water.
permalink sold!
I'm off to get myself case.
permalink yes, and who holds a pint like that?
'docking' my fucking arse.

the woman whose mother had a fall and now she knows all about calcium and vitamin d. HAS LOADS OF MILK ALREADY, WHY IS SHE BUYING MORE? LOOK HOW FUCKING FULL OF MILK HER FRIDGE IS! Also, it's not about you you cow it's about your sick old mother.
permalink Tour of Azerbigian
or however the fuck it spelled.

This may be a rather specialist one.
permalink that's only a continental (or whatever it's called these days) race isn't it?
there won't be any names in it, especialy if it's soon and clashes the early season races.
permalink endless fucking ads for it
and not europsort ones, from the organisers, during Paris--Roubaix.
permalink ah
I've got it taped, still not watched it.
permalink ah ha
found the advert

It's a 2.2, so third tier stage race.
permalink according to the site

there is a Dukla Prague cycling team!
permalink is all you want for christmas
now a dukla prague cycling kit?
permalink Czech czech
Czech it out!
permalink Azerbaijan, perchance?
and that'll be nice...cycling through the nodding donkey fields outside Baku
permalink I don't want to know
about docking your arse thanks
permalink that does sound pretty terrible
the only ads i get to watch are ones between overs and they're usually indian based
which is cute and interesting for maybe the first hour then aaaaarrrggghh!

in other news i made a dahl type thing last night and didn't cook the lentils long enough.. not comfortable
permalink my touchscreen code is causing me anger.

Cold again in Utrecht.
permalink I really like the new
Southern Comfort advert, but I like SC anyways
permalink eww
weirdo ;)
permalink I don't watch live telly, I only watch iPlayer stuff.
*goes and sits in the Manley corner*
permalink conical hat with an "m"
on it?

I like this idea
permalink Ha!
permalink I thought it was funny.
wait, that's not helping at all is it?
permalink is thatcher still dead
permalink She rose
on the third day . . not too sure what that means for the world though?

TOTN - Turing Machine - On Form & Growth -
permalink didn't you get your invite?
de klerk, mahathir mohammed and jeremy clarkson got theres
thread Sue Perkins just tweeted me. *melts*
For context, this is like Flan and anyone ginger.
permalink who?
permalink She is English.
I was going to mention a famous Welsh lesbian entertainer, but I really cannot think of one.
permalink Raquel Welch
permalink cerys matthews?
permalink Is Steve Abbott
a woman?
permalink probably
permalink what's she done thats good
permalink Some QI, Mel and Sue
but predominantly Heading Out, which is superb.
permalink oh cool well done you then
permalink That thing
with Giles Coren
permalink a bit like Victoria Coren
but with all the desparate middle-aged letching taken away?
permalink mmmm
permalink something about
permalink The News Quiz
I'm a fan as well
permalink Cor!
When I turn the bathroom lights on the extractor fan comes on.

Can I add a dimmer? Or not because of the fan?
permalink is the light switch
inside the bathroom? probably not if so.
permalink No, it's outside.
I know I could use a dimmer if it was just the lights, but i don't know whether the fan would get upset if i dimmed it.

i suspect I can cos it's just a fan, but I thought I'd ask.
permalink Nope
It will be taking the switched live feed off the lights feed, also don't dimmers use some sort of pulse malarkey instead of just reducing the voltage ?
permalink Most dimmers chop the waveform by triggering a triac at a varying point in the cycle
Usually on the leading edge in the UK, and the trailing edge in most of Europe.

As to your fan situation, it depends what the fan will accept as indicating that the lights are on. The permanent live will be undimmed anyway. Give it a try. Can't see that you'll harm anything.
permalink "Can't see that you'll harm anything"
we shall recall this statement, once the emergency services have left the building, or what is left of it...
permalink admittedly, i didn't allow for a cowjam factor
permalink I've now got power to the shed*

*the recovery shed, not the other one
permalink Awesome.
permalink It didn't work.
When I turned it down the fan hummed loudly on anythign but full and the lights stayed at the same brightness until a certain point when they went off (GU10 LEDs).

I've put the old switch back on and will return the dimmer.
permalink Worth a try.
Most consumer LED GU10s are shite, and don't dim well with or without fans involved...
permalink I thought they didn't
dim at all unless they were specifically designed to?
permalink exactly.
Most of the consumer ones are non-dim, the ones which claim to dim will probably dim very badly.
permalink bad dim!
bad dim!

Back in yer box!
permalink do you want
to speed up or slow down the fan as well?

I can't imagine it would too hard to wire it up.

Also hello, how're you? Did you make it to SA?
permalink hello! Good ta. Yes, made it to SA.
Stayed in Nordhoek just south of Cape Town for a week, then went east as far as Knysna/Addo, then back up the west coast as far as Doringbaae.

It was all utterly phenomenal.
permalink I haven't made it down there yet
I am still mostly full of mine dust and black label. I am hitting CT in Nov/Dec as a tourist type

What was your favourite bit?
permalink difficult to say, but about an hour outside of cape town
is Hermanus. There's a backpacker's place called Zoete Inval, which is more like a B&B than a backpackers, and it's run by a fantastic couple. The man, Jan, is a font of knowledge and gave us some excellent advice about what to see and how to get there.

We were heading up to Oodsthorn for Cango Caves (which were good, but all cave systems look alike to me), and he suggested taking the Swartberg Pass over to Prins Albert.

What he didn't tell us, probably because it wasn't unusual to him, is that the tarmac on that road runs out before it stops being flat. We were in a fairly low powered sedan, so it was interesting.

We then had lunch in Prins Albert and drove to Plet Bay via De Rust and Uniondale - a lot of which was done on winding passes and unmettled roads.

We stayed in Zoete Inval three different times we loved it so much, and that was entirely down to the staff.
permalink you clearly had a very different SA experience to me
Where I was based tarmac was normally reserved for heavy vehicles from the mines, or in built up areas.

The gun range, the wakeboarding, the lion and tiger creche all required off roading.

They still won't give me a hilux either so I was in small compacts saloons and getting a new one each month
permalink Never tried it.
Is the fan on a timer? If it is I wouldn't imagine it would be a problem as the permanent live is constant anyway, the switch just tells it to go. If not I'm not sure it would work until the dimmer was switched right up or even vary the fan speed.
permalink you might be able to
separate them and add a dimmer, and a switch for the fan... which is better for nightime usage
permalink For an entirely windowless bathroom,
which CJ's is, this would be contrary to building regs, I think.
Which is obviously fine, but you may want to swap it back if you put it on the market or someone will ask for a Part P cert for the electrical work and he'll be into difficulties.
permalink Response to which is
"It was like that when we moved in".
permalink You will have to test, but I would imagine that the light turning on
hits a transistor switch and the fan has a separate live feed.

This is normally the case as fans tend to have timers and stay on after the light is off.
permalink right, thank you all for your replies.
The fan used to have a timer but i had presumed it used a cap since you don't really need much juice to run a fan.

I will give it a go. I have a spare dimmer somewhere.
permalink anyone got Asda corned 'beef'?
now with added horse/dog
permalink horse is the new beef
permalink That's not news.
That the Asda Price Corned Beef was 50% horse broke a week or two ago. The news is that it definitely contains bute.

So, Asda has changed from saying "You can bring it back if you want, and we'll give you a refund, but really horse is very tasty" to issuing a recall.
permalink or you could handily explain away a positive test
in a major cycling race...
permalink Despite currently working my notice I can't stop this job bothering me.
My boss is back after a month in New Zealand. I tell him that I'm very concerned about staff who now work for a different organisation still having access to our systems, and that one of them added another user who doesn't work for us.

My boss said "it's ok, I trust her" as a response. No risk assessment, nothing written, no liaison with the information governance lead, nothing.

I pointed out that we could limit her access so she'd still be able to deal with the bits that she needs to deal with, but he said no. Fucker.
permalink maybe he's leaving
permalink Where as
I have taken over responsibility for the Contracts team and cannot get access to their shared folders for love or money!
permalink presumably
because he thinks it'l take so long to get that done that he's "taken a management decision". Whether it will come back to bite him if your staying or not is SEP
permalink I'm pretty sure it's because he doesn't consider it any kind of risk
that people from a different organisation have root access to a major system full of patient details. He's right - the main staff member with access is trustworthy, but that doesn't mean it's not a risk or wrong in terms of Data Protection.
permalink Who is your
named data protection officer now?
permalink you could ask your new boss if it'd be ok to whistleblow
if you think it's that important (i think it is as
i don't believe people aware of how things are already being broken up)
permalink If you haven't already,
you should email someone more senior than you saying the same thing - that way if they try and point the finger at you after you've left you've got proof you tried.
permalink feeling old #427
just explained to my colleagues that my physio regime now includes a treadmill with a moving hydraulic jack at one end "like out of Rocky IV".

They all looked at me blankly.
permalink *looks blankly*
i'v never seen Rocky IV
permalink I've never seen
any of them. Fact.
permalink what?