thread Well played, the York mosque
well played.

How's everyone easing back into the working week?

I ache all over after volunteering to help a mate move her stuff into storage. 8 hours & 3 van loads, never known someone with so much crap - 3 huge boxes labeled fancy-dress and 2 just of hats...
permalink four day week
before I'm off on holiday
permalink I de-weeded the entire
front garden yesterday, now have a lovely shiny burnt head to show for it. Also I'm knackered...
permalink You should have
put on the red hat!
permalink Roooooxanne!
no, hang on.
permalink i just did a jimmy carr high pitched
ha HA
permalink There's a house round the corner with a george cross
with "WIGAN EDL" written on.


Edit: I've just switched my monitor to portrait. It's amazing.

editedit: I just updated my nvidia drivers as they'd stopped working properly and I needed them to rotate the screen.

Windows thinks that's a significant change to hardware and so has insisted I revalidate my copy. That has failed. Looks like I've got a couple of days of xp left before I abandon it forever :(
permalink Twin widescreen monitors in portrait is an awesome way forward,
particularly if you do portrait page layout.

Given that Wigan is a mecca (no pun intended) for lovers of Northern Soul, I would assume EDL is a reference to the society of English Disco Lovers.
permalink try and sneak
a rainbow flag onto their premises somewhere
permalink i have a meat overdose
following a bbq where we appeared to have polished off 10 litres of vodka, 10 litres of schnapps, a dozen bottles of wine, 70 odd carlsbergs and numerous other odds and ends between 15 of us. the house is now dry.

in other news i met my best mans missus on saturday and she was apprehensive as to what may happen after hearing tales of our younger years. We put her in a taxi at 9am on sunday after a 3pm saturday start, she is still in bed. job done!
permalink oh and lunch at northcote manner was lush
there was a guy from IWI watches trying to get some reviewed by some hack. they are the most ugly watches i have ever seen, what is it with massive watch faces nowadays?
permalink It's not new.
As a man with slender, girlie wrists I've always been limited on my choice of watch as watches tend to have massive faces.
permalink ?
permalink nice drinking!
what kind of schnapps?
permalink dunno
the missus just winged bottles in the trolley and i drank some
permalink Saturday
was a long day of food and drinking. Started at lunchtime at the beer festival. Involved a BBQ in the evening.
permalink For the benefit of C_I:
I had a horrible weekend, the weather was dreadful, and I spent it all indoors abusing myself.

For others:
I had a cracking weekend, excellent weather, managed a good session climbing some rocks, a nice barbecue, and a trip up to my mum's. I also managed to persuade my neighbours to take over my veg garden in exchange for which they will give me the occasional potato.
permalink :)
I'm glad you had a good 'un.
permalink Hope yours wasn't too bad.
It's a shame you couldn't make it, conditions for what we had planned were absolutely ideal, we were climbing in t-shirts until 9.30 on Saturday evening!
Still, there will be other weekends, and half a chance that they'll not be rainy.
permalink just t-shirts?
Risqué climbing!
permalink Yep. I was climbing with girls,
and they didn't want abrasions on their breastingtons, hence the t-shirts.
permalink Guess it means you have a built-in piton available
permalink this is my last week at this company, and not a moment too soon
then i've got next week off. then I start my new job.

the weekend I did a load of shopping and that, then went out for a thoroughly miserable bike ride, then spent yesterday getting sunburnt digging the garden and putting some lawn edging in.
permalink one day she will be grateful she hung on to the roland rat costume
oh yes

my weekend passed with much wailing and gnashing of teeth. it's over now though, onwards and upwards
permalink Well it is Wednesday morning
so almost half way...full five day week this week, but long weekend coming up for Queen's Birthday. Gawd bless 'er!
permalink Why do colonials get
Liz's birthday off when we don't?
permalink Absolutely no idea
But I'll not look a gift bank holiday in the eye! Sounds like a good reason not to become a republic either (not unless we replace QB with something else, anyway)
permalink we had a seminar
at work today on what the current state of the carbon fibre research in the company is (as at Duxford we focus on the stuff that sticks it together). This was given by a colleague from our Salt Lake City site (visiting in person), so his presentation was littered with a repeated spelling error. Tsk.

Also, our research centre in California (Dublin, near San Francisco) were invited to remotely "attend", in an experiment for us trying to work together better. Of course, being 3pm UK time, this meant it was 7am on the west coast of the US, and it was optional. It was probably a poor decision to show us a live feed of the almost empty room...
thread I'm in Newcastle this evening as i have a 9am meeting tomorrow
appropriately I've left my jacket at home and so will be wandering around in a shirt.

I might have to stop off in a shop tomorrow or my day in edinbrugh will be a bit chilly.

permalink there are a shitload or teenagers
All wearing shorts and with dayglow make-up. I've no idea if this is normal or there is an 80s revival rave somewhere nearby
permalink Shorts: Yes
Dayglo - not so much.
permalink you appear to have arrived at the Bigg Market.
do you turn left or right?

left (p87) right(p32)
permalink i merely walked past the blinky bridge
.. And if any regular Newcastle visitors are reading, I recommend the broad chare pub, very nice ploughman's. They obviously looked at the budget and decided the salad budget was better spent on moar pork pie and cheese.. Who can argue.
permalink you're in tha Toon.
"salad" is the wheat in the pastry of your pie.
permalink The Blinky Bridge?
I do hope this is an homage to the three eyed fish from the Simpsons
permalink i can only hope
but there is only one 'eye'
permalink I can see that bridge right now
from my office window.
permalink we lit that
although the colour-change programming has been changed and it's a bit gaudy now.
permalink ...
Well I was in the broad chare, we should have organised a pint
permalink I'm enjoying some rock from Newcastle as we speak, actually.
It's Irn Bru flavour.
permalink It's given me tummy ache.
Bloody girders.
permalink oh, the iron-y
permalink rust you to make a gag like that.

Move along now, nothing to see here
permalink You'd better steel yourself,
this pun thread is going to test your metal, and it won't just be cast aside.
There's no need to get over-wrought though.
permalink *girders loins*
permalink joist a minute...
thread Mrs HP and I have had one of our half-awake conversations
You know the ones, the type where she's not yet able to distinguish between the dream she's just had before waking up, and reality:

Mrs HP: "Where's Narky?"
Me: "What?"
Mrs HP: "Where is he? He said he was going for a walk around the block. Is he back yet? I don't want him to get run over."
Me: "Who is he?"
Mrs HP: "He's a giraffe. He lives under the floorboards, but only on Saturdays and Sundays."
Me: "Maybe he went to get breakfast?"
Mrs HP: "What do you think he got?"
Me: "Eggs benedict?"
Mrs HP: "No! He's a giraffe. Giraffes don't eat eggs; he only eats spinach. Maybe he went to Wetherspoons. I'm thirsty, can you make me a drink?"
Me: "Shall I send it up with Narky?"
Mrs HP: "No, he's not good at holding glasses, he'll spill it. When he comes back, make sure he doesn't dribble on the stairs - he's got a terrible dribbling habit. I'm not going to let him into bed, because he'll get dribble on the sheets. How does he get under the floorboards?"
permalink that is amazing
We have very random sleepy conversations but nothing on that scale, complexity and quality.
I can see the kids books now "Narky the weekend giraffe". although the episode where he goes to wetherspoons and gets drunk might be contraversial.
permalink "ciraffe"
permalink "grrrav"

permalink yes, well
my missus is enjoying the second (third/fourth) hand exposure to these. She is worried you're making it up though. Quite how/why anyone would make it up...
permalink I'd love to claim credit
but I'm afraid my imagination is nowhere near that good.

I have no idea how much my input steers the conversation, whether that causes Mrs HP to develop new details as we're talking, or what. But it would be a shame to not milk every detail, wouldn't it?
permalink Milk that bitch.
permalink those pesky underfloor even-toed ungulates
just been for my very first cycle ride since knackering myself 10 months ago. Just a half-mile or so alongside the Clyde, but it felt really good
permalink Ah Mrs HP!
Always useful when I try to explain my dreams to Mrs C, and have Mrs HP as a useful example to point out that my dreams really aren't THAT weird.

Although why I was being fingerprinted by Dublin airport security this morning when the alarm went off, I have no idea.
permalink i had an odd dream this morning
Where the social worker turned up with a load of kids for us to pick from. we picked a girl called Aiiiiiiniii (pronounced Roshine).

I was annoyed with the wife as she'd gone for a bath just before the social worker arrived and was wearing a parka in the bath.
permalink we're planning to make a dent in our pile of cheese later on
I will report back on any dreams.
permalink You need to blog these
add a twitter feed and reap the whirlwind
thread Right, I am in a bad way.
I have started shouting at strangers and being generally unpleasant to live with, but this time, having been through it before, I can foresee that I am about 2 or 3 weeks from a proper meltdown again and I cannot afford one.

Given that the doctors were bloody useless and when I stopped attending the shrink they never chased it up at all, what should I do?

I lost my job last time, I cannot really afford to do that again.
permalink Go back to the doctors, take the drugs
and this time don't stop going to the shrink. I don't think you can blame them for that.
permalink and to add
if you've got enough money, go to a private shrink instead.
permalink Also
permalink And talk to Jim.
permalink I have, today.
The shrink was just rubbish - she was like something off the telly. She immediately blamed everything on boarding school and the army and was unwilling to accept that I actually chose to do those things and wanted to. I missed the appointments because I was too low to go.
permalink Different shrinks are different though.
So don't write them all off because you had one shit one.
permalink It was the only one available.
I shall go get pills, but they mess with my bedroom activities (I already last at least 20 minutes or so, with the pills it was literal hours) and I do not like messing with my bedroom activities.
permalink well stop playing solitaire in the bedroom

/ deliberate missunderstanding to keep my mind pure
permalink I absolutely read that as a euphemism.
permalink However, if you are impossible to be around and don't fix it,
you'll eventually have no opportunity for bedroom activities (except solitaire).
permalink It is known, it is on the side effects (which Jim read, I never do).
When you know you need to set a couple of hours aside it is daft and you mostly do not bother and, to be honest, whilst 2 hour sex is fun for a change, it really is just tiring and sore.
permalink I feel sorry for your cock.
permalink You could ask for different pills,
I am of the understanding that not all of them have the same effect. Although no one's specifically mentioned bedroom activities to me.
permalink And if you ask for a shrink again
ask for a different one. If they say there isn't anyone else, contact Mind and see what they can offer.
permalink i chose and wanted to be a chef
but it is also the reason i had a breakdown
dunno if this helps
i hope you get the right help
permalink I agree with Amy,
but I'd suggest you also recreationally roll a cheese down a hill.
Careful though!
permalink Caerphilly?
permalink After considerable thought,
the problem is that I work on my own and have no real interaction with others. I clearly need to be with a team or at the least to have interaction with those who have similar aims.

Not sure what to do about it really - I just need camaraderie, but that is not available here.
permalink do you work in an office or are you remote based?
if you work in a office-share type set up it might be better
permalink Or get inmto the habit of going to one particular place for lunch,
in the hope of building up some camaraderie.
permalink I work at home
and mostly in the evenings.
permalink see if there are any shared workplace type things
there are a few in london... or work in a caff
permalink searching shows

permalink I live in Dawlish.
It is rather different from Exeter.
permalink Thank you though.
permalink I appreciate that
your previous job involved you cycling or getting the train to Exeter, no? Even the commute might be good for you, especially given that if the trains or weather are rubbish you can work from home anyway- you get to set your rhythm.
permalink 26.2 mile cycle.
I would just never do it.

Well., hardly ever. I just want to have people to talk to really.
permalink with respect to the cameraderie side of things
are there any football/cricket/cycling/rugby/golf/tiddlywinks/yu-gi-oh/dungeons and dragons clubs you could join. It doesn't need to be work that gives you interaction and meet with people who have similar interests.
i don't know if it's different for me having been in the RN but i like isolation and loved being at sea, I like the thought of me and my partner sailing a yacht round the world. She would go crazy though as she needs interaction with other people whereas I could happily go for days without talking to anyone except my cat.
permalink shouting at strangers and being unpleasant?
My suggestion is get some special brew and find a park bench or just spend all day traveling on public transport.If nothing else you will blend in.
Seriously though, what all that lot said, drugs and a shrink. It's OK your old shrink blaming things on boarding school and being a pongo but that's not going to help you get better. have you tried the British legion website?
I went on there and found this
They are more likely to have someone who can relate to what you are going through rather than some NHS shrink whose idea of combat comes from movies and watching their kids play call of duty.

This is from their website and seems to tick all your boxes.

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity that specialises in the treatment and support of British Armed Forces Veterans who have mental health problems.
Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. Right now, we're supporting over 5,000 Veterans aged from 20 to 101. We're a vital lifeline for these men and women, and their families.
Our treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.
permalink that ooks really good,
although the nearest one is London.

Thank you.
permalink Stop finding reasons why not to do things
Get off your arse and do them
permalink you are very welcome
I really hope they can help.
Have you fallen into the westcountry mindset of a big trip out being the yearly visit to Exeter to do xmas shopping?
When you think about it London was only your normal commute for your last job so it's not that big a journey. Having suffered from depression, although not to the extent that you seem to, I do realise even the smallest thing can seem too much effort, but give them a call and see what they can offer.
permalink The Exeter Mutual Masturbation Circle
is taking members.

Wear glasses.
thread Album of the day
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Black Pudding

permalink Album of the day
Red Sparowes - The Fear Is Excruciating, but Therein Lies the Answer - (no Spotify here)

permalink Yeah
That's kinda cool

*adds to Spotify*
permalink this just in.
Today I'm supposed to be setting up a cluster of unix boxes for A Large Gaming Company. Only problems are a) the servers haven't been delivered ('lost' since tuesday) and the core network switches don't have power supplies because - get this - they're OPTIONAL. Fucksake.
permalink The circuit boards iside are probably optional too
Maybe you've just got some tin boxes with RJ45 sockets in.
permalink RJ45 sockets?
Sorry, they weren't specified . . .
permalink not RJ45s either,
they're 10gb SFP+ ports
permalink technically, since there's nothing inside there...
they're "holes".
permalink any port
in a storm. Just been told the servers will arrive on tues. yeah right.
permalink hahaha
there not Cisco Nexus switches are they?
They usually come with 1, although that is often in another box, not with the switch. If you want dual power supplies you need to get the second seperately.
We have them and they are great for throughput butcan be complex to set up and conf sync is currently being a twat.
permalink no, HP 5820s,
also known as H3C kit, or Huawei. Bloody things.
permalink Huawei?
So they're making a copy of all data passing across them and sending it to the China for intelligence analysis?
permalink fear of that is what
got them hoofed out of the US. Of course here they're in bed with all the ISPs so it does make me wonder.

They copied Cisco's IOS and got massively sued for it. This now means all the commands are *slightly* different to the degree of making me stabby since I'm a cisco kid.
permalink I think it's the 3G kit in particular
that makes people worried.
I imagine it would be something of a drama to extract meaningful data from a switch, and you'd end up with so much of it it'd be an intelligence nightmare to sift through.
permalink troodat,
but even the merkins are doing it with a massive facility in iowa.
permalink I thought the new monster one was Utah?
permalink I knew it was somewhere
who's name was 4 letters :)
permalink Not Ohio then, as that only has three letters in it's name.
Mississippi has four letters though.
permalink ??
permalink It's not 48v kit, is it?
permalink I heart Mark Lanegan's voice.
I am enjoying this. Might buy it.

Since when has Spotify had a web player? It's miles better than downloading an application.
permalink Thought for the day