thread Bollocks . . .
Hit a badger tonight . . straight kill (luckily) but Sarah is pretty cut up about it and the front of the car isn't too happy either :(

I'll throw TOTD in here now: Chrome Hoof - Krunching Down (On The Skull Of A Newt) -
permalink Bugger
sorry to hear that...

BBQ at yours this weekend?
permalink Now if it had been a deer . . . .
. .
permalink you could have stocked the freezer
but on the other hand, I suspect the car would be in far worse condition
permalink We only tend to see
the little Muntjacks around here, I think the badger was bigger
permalink yeah, got them around Cambs too
always sounds like a swear to me:

"feck off, ye little muntjack!"
permalink a friend was telling me
that local butchers here have them in. They're cheap (he got a whole one, minus head, hooves, skin and innards, for £30) and tasty apparently. And shot as vermin.
permalink Blimey!
They are good eating and that is cheap. They need a game licence though.
permalink there are quite a lot of deer in the grounds of our office
if you are in before half 7 you often see one or two.

Apparently deer population has doubled over the last decade or something
permalink don't blame me
I made (wild red deer) venison haunch en croute on sunday. It was great.
permalink Got any good
badger recipes?
permalink aux champignons?
permalink My 22 yo cubicle neighbor knows the badger-mushroom song
He has no clue what b3ta is.
permalink take one large mixing bowl
and combine 3 boxes of instant mash with an equivalent amount of water

serve across the face of the lodger
permalink +1
permalink I keep meaning to try to get to a proper butcher
as ever, it is time that's the factor. For many of them the only point when they're open and I'm not at work/commuting is Saturday morning. When I'm often either busy or too bone-idle to leave the house.
permalink are you allowed to mount it (fnar)
i know you can't eat it (good reason to travel in tandem in the sticks.. free food!)
permalink I'm still not convinced
that actually exists in law
permalink A quick google suggests you're right.
You're not allowed to take dead wildlife whether you run it over or the chap in front of you did.

Either the animal is owned so it's "theft by finding" (Larceny Act, 1916), or it's not owned and so it's wildlife which is covered by either poaching acts or the Countryside and Wildlife act, which makes it illegal to take or possess almost anything wild, no matter however you came by it.
permalink Doesn't
the laws change depending what animal it is, deer, for example, are specifically covered by the 1991 Deer Act, it's unlawful to let deer meat enter the human food chain after an accident, only properly hunted or farmed ones are allowed.

Other animals, especially those classed as vermin, can be fair game.
permalink Whilst 'sticks' is undoubtedly correct,
I use Styx, because I like the 'edge of the world' parallel.
permalink and because you love
shitty 80s hair metal
permalink How to pick the perfect video game:
permalink We killed a kitten last summer.
Still hurts now.
permalink :(
I remember, years ago, hitting a dog in East London . . . it was late, dark and none of us in the car was brave enough to get out to see if it was OK . .
permalink I got a Red Kite a few years back
which felt pretty bad

nothing I could have done though, needed new pants
permalink So now you have Red Kite pants?

(I now have the Mr Burns, See My Vest tune stuck in my head -
permalink Aye, I've had that in my head all afternoon
permalink MrsJam once saw a badger which had been hit but wasn't dead
dragging itself along the side of a road. So she smashed its brains in.
permalink Was that before or after
she'd defiled it in the WRS ?
permalink It was before we took ownership of the WRS
permalink I once ran over pigeon
stupid fucker ran under my wheel.
permalink FAO Londoners or near-Londoners
I have a sofabed, a chest of drawers and an Ikea armchair for sale. I'd link to my Facebook post but I can't work out how. But the details are on Facebook.
permalink Hit a possum in New Jersey once
we didn't stop as very drunk
permalink I hit two possums shagging in the middle of the road
in New Zealand.
permalink were you driving?
or just offended?
permalink Driving at night.
Came round a bend, headlights caught two possums fucking in the middle of the road, mr possum looked round as he banged away... I saw his eyes widen just before the car hit them.
permalink well, that's a good thing
we're positively encouraged to kill the little 'Stralien shits

I once had to help finish off (with a large rock) a possum that a colleague was trying to kill with an ice axe, up the top of Mt Ruapehu. What the fuck a possum was doing 2600m up a large volcano, fucks knows.
permalink what was your mate doing
hunting them up there, that's the question.
permalink we were up there, going for a nice walk up the mountain
ice axe was an accessory, plenty of snow/ice up in the crater

having spotted said possum trying to make good its escape back under a hut, said colleague improvised

the funniest thing about it all, was the horrified look on the the face of ze German we had with us...he was not a happy bunny
permalink I hit a squirrel
on my bicycle years ago. Was an awful thud, stopped pretty sharpish and looked back to find it flipping around on its head. Figured I was going to have to finish it off when it shot up into the air and then ran up a tree.
thread Madness are playing Haydock in June,
anyone fancy it? There's some horse racing then madness play. We can put people up.

edit: I've listed my broken kindle on ebay. I've realised what particularly disturbs me about considering it dead is that the screen doesn't die. It looks like it's alive and well.
permalink I don't like Madness.
But then again, I'm a miserable old sod.
permalink I like them as long as they're doing it 20 years ago.
Feels a bit weird now.
permalink ah, they're doing that sort of thing elsewhere now
we used to go to Newmarket for some racing and a band in days gone by, which included Blondie (excellent) and the Hollies (meh). We couldn't go the Quo year, which would have been awful, but entertaining

More to the point, Half Man Half Biscuit are playing the Junction in Cambridge on July 4th...and we are planning on being there. So should you!
permalink I saw the Quo
it was great but they didn't do 'In the Army Now'. Bees and Witchy were talking about HMHB on that twitter, I didn't register.
permalink I should probably send out a proper invite on FB
I had only mentioned it in passy to Witchy and Violetlobster...

hadn't said too much about our trip back to Yurp yet, as we haven't really worked out what we are doing (other than arriving into Dublin on Jun 24th, and leaving Barcelona on Jul 27th)
permalink I''ve put it in the diary
I'm trying to convince the wife to not go so I can get pissed :)
permalink jolly good
[edit] although though you could both come, and use a bus/taxi
permalink she's seen them twice
she's not convinced. or about witchy for that matter.
permalink fair enough
probably best she doesn't meet me as well then!
permalink HMHB?
When I'm not in France?
*buys ticket*
permalink Good show, old chap
there will no doubt be beer in/around that date also
permalink blondie at the races is a horrible thing to imagine.. how the great have fallen
(i heard a blondie cover track in a shop and asked who it was.. i already hated it.. "1direction innit".. cruel cruel world)

hmhb sounds like a brilliant idea
permalink im skint
but i do commend them live and also the wearing of a pith helmet / explorers outfit... much better than the fez
permalink I have purchsed one of said outfits
for this year's Secret Garden Party, it may also do service at the Chap Oympiad
thread Book recommendation
KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money

For now, only on Kindle as far as I know though there's a paperback in the works.

It is a history of the KLF. It is therefore a rambling mindfuck that explains the financial crash of the early 21st century. Sort of.
permalink A "Wildly Unauthorised" history
does seem like the only appropriate kind of history...
permalink going to have a plough through the Illuminatus! trilogy next
which should be fun
permalink I fucking loved the Illuminatus! trilogy
A right rollicking read...I just feel sorry for anyone who thinks they're trying to tell people something serious. It's just crazy Pynchonesque nonsense...

...or is it?*

*yes, yes it is
permalink the KLF book
goes fairly heavily into the history of the books and discordianism in general. Especially to do with who shot JFK (probably not Bill Drummond)
permalink Hail Eris!
see also:

one of whose founders was a man named Drummond...coincidence? I think not!
permalink hah, Bob
I remember that.
permalink Yes indeed
I must dig out my copy of the book...

plenty of Slack going down round here at the moment
permalink I used to sort of know Grimmo
(the guy who filmed the money burning) when he roadied for Killing Joke . . Odd bloke
permalink Odd?
Who'da thought it?
permalink one would imagine so
though probably less odd than Drummond or Cauty
permalink Cauty is quite normal
I haven't met Drummond though
permalink My speed test teen minutes ago:

My speedtest now:

That's the blistering difference a new modem and upgrade to 100mbps has made!

To be fair the chap did say it'd take about 48 hours to get up to speed and I'd need to be wired in for it rather than wiffy.
permalink TBH that speedtest is a bit... icky
or rather.. if i run that speedtest now, i'd get about 30mb. if i go and download a file from a site that is unlikely to be cached i can easily hit 50 seconds later, also pings are rarely quicker from test sites one would deem closeR presumably due to routing and the like
permalink also, wifi is shit.
I've just gone and wired myself into the modem and topped 87mbps.

edit: - it got over 98mbps on that one
permalink Well presumably
the very best you'll achieve over wifi is 54mbps, assuming your router is wireless g. The higher speeds of wireless n seem to be mythical, or atleast very rare. Then you've overhead, error correction and other usage on the network, and once you have 30-35mbps seems pretty good.
permalink I'm not a wiffy expert
but I think that you can get great speeds on n, but the chances are that your n-capable router is in fact configured to run g, and even if it was set up for n, it would default back to g (or worse) if you have any non-n compatible device on the network.

I think.
permalink Agreed.
I simply abbreviated it to "mythical, or at least very rare"
In reality, you don't need much more than G, but I'd be mighty pleased if I could get my two APs to run their wireless backbone in N.
Sadly, as one of them doesn't support N, this is more than just unlikely.
permalink I had presumed it was N but I've not had a decent firk around the settings.
I've checked and the connection thinks its 18mbps so I might have to play with the settings, or possibly run the "superhub" in modem mode and use my dd-wrt router instead.

I'll see how the powerline adapters play with the 100mbps.

Edit: I'm pretty sure VM wouldn't supply me with a new hub for the switch from 50 to 100 if it only did wireless g. This laptop, on the other hand, might only be g.
permalink I've checked my facts
and I'm right, the speed of any n router will be halved if you have any g (or some older n, i.e. pre-2010) devices attached, as [science noise]
permalink [science noise]
great name for a geeky band. Including the square brackets
permalink Well, what ever it did
it worked on your ping.
permalink I now have a noodle stuck in the back of my nose
you git.
permalink Much to my shame it wasn't intended to be funny.
What did I say?
permalink also
try using a different browser. i.e. IE
permalink I'll try firefox
but I don't hvae ie on this lappy
permalink so, you were really fucking fast
and you're still really fucking fast

permalink It seems they are still using carrier pigeon round here:
permalink I'm off to see skunk anansie next month.
permalink I saw them quite a lot
in 1996 when they supported Killing Joke on the Pandemonium tour . . good live band
permalink Never managed to see them live
but I thought they were a very underrated band. Skin had an awesome voice too, if a tad scary
thread So far
this has made me laugh today -

Edit: Quiet today . . . . TOTD - (Opeth - Nepenthe)
permalink LOL
thats good.

the whole ad baffles me.. "scrunch" wtf?
permalink I'm more of a
wad person myself
permalink You don't fold?!
permalink paper cranes?
permalink Seashells.
I see this place isn't much better than the last for post eating.
permalink fixing such bugs
is still as high a priority as it's always been
permalink did I say bugs?
I meant charming quirks.
permalink glad to see the SLA is being maintained.
permalink I don't know
how to use the three shells!

/Demolition Man
permalink You gotta know when to fold.
Know when to hold 'em.
permalink Know when to walk away
if you've got the runs

I'll throw TOTN in here - - Cardiacs - Pip As Uncle Dick But Peter Spoiled It
permalink my american friends really have a hardon for teh oscars
i don't get it.. it's possibly like the eurovision pisstake thing over here but fuckinghell most of those films reallyreally sucked..
at least with eurovision we acknowledge that

oh another 'try this music if you like that music' thing
be warned can give off some weird results (nww != chris)
permalink also
with eurovision you haven't already seen the songs so it's relatively new.

have oscar obbsesives seen all the filums?
permalink they usually have (maybe not all the doco's or animation)
i think it's the red carpet and onstage screw-ups they're really into

hollywood is their 'royalty' after all and even if they hate it as much as we do our royals i guess there's some perverse attraction/rubbernecking
permalink what you all need to do
is watch an hour of sailing coverage (video autoplays)
thread Ugh weekend's almost over already.
I'm somehow spending 3 days in Dublin this week to deliver a 30 minute speech. Seems a suitable waste of my time.

I'm guessing that's too much of a trek for you Flan?

edit: Is the new posts doodad not working for anyone else?
permalink he couldn't do a 3 minute speech
plus there are limits to his irisabo
permalink Go and get pissed in Malahide
permalink why would you drag yourself
out to Malahide to get pissed, when there's plenty of decent options in town?
permalink because Dublin is a shit hole now
and Malahide has changed. all of north howth is good now
permalink I'm pretty sure Dublin was always a shithole...
Certainly was when I lived there between 1973 and 1995!

I shall be interested to see how the city is doing when we are back in Jun/Jul...last time we had almost no time in Dublin at all...
permalink I have a few bits going on there now and then
I am very close as the crow flies ;) Might show you some of our etchings ;)
permalink any idea where i could get some cheap(er)
RONSIR ZYL (prefer black chassis).. they're ridiculous price here

cool cycle locks http://www.tomsguide.c...
permalink Coolish bike locks
but really don't stop anyone just nicking your wheels...or your bike, for that matter

big bulky locks are a pain, but you really need to lock through the wheels to the frame (and to something else permanently fixed) for them to actually be effective
permalink it's ok i tried them last night
in a dream (i did have to use one of http://www.magellans.c... to connect it all to a permanently fixed thing)
worked fine until the bear came and tried to ripoff the pannier frame
permalink I have one of these
permalink you may have paid for it but
you don't own it..
permalink deep fucking joy, having to carry a pedal spanner everywhere
because THAT'S so convenient.

Plus everything that scoff says. It's a hopeless, useless idea not thought through by anyone with any experience of properly securing bikes.
permalink "The idea is simple: once you're parked, all you have to do is disassemble your pedals"
Let me stop you right there.
permalink What a godawful idea
Quite apart from not actually being useful as a lock.
permalink Talk of the office is Margaret's enormous banana.
It's 11".
permalink Great Peel Session
permalink that was poor even for you
permalink I am writing a new tune
I shall now call it Margaret's Enormous Banana
permalink Yay!
permalink Once you've got it down...
you need to do an 11" Remix.
permalink re: edit
click this
permalink Don't tell me what to do.
You're not my real dad.
permalink Clicking that
hasn't fixed the new comments counter
permalink Given how long we've been hanging around each other online
I think it may be highly accurate
permalink ah.
I clicked it 5 times, then I got logged out, and the counter works again.
permalink got the url wrong
works now
permalink nothing on the shuron?
permalink eh?
not to worry
permalink A loooong way away from me
I'm right over on the other side
permalink get to a high point
and hold the corners of a duvet cover above your head