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>> No. 431786 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 8:03 am
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New midweek thread: Let's enter Robot Wars edition.
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>> No. 431788 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 9:13 am
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I had an RC Sir Killalot as a kiddy, but we were too poor to buy the weird batteries it needed and the house was tiny anyway.
>> No. 431791 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 12:48 pm
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>>431788
I don't think RC toys are ever as good as you hope they're going to be.

Also, Dead Metal was the best house robot.
>> No. 431795 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 7:33 pm
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>>431791
>I don't think RC toys are ever as good as you hope they're going to be.

If you build them yourself, from all the parts - they definitely are. I would agree that pre-built or ready-made ones are quite disappointing.
>> No. 431796 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 7:54 pm
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From what I've seen, the RC toys you can buy today actually do what the adverts for toys made 20 years ago promised.
>> No. 431797 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 8:26 pm
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>>431796
They do - you can buy particularly good all-metal RC cars, with gearboxes and all sorts on BangGood for less than fifty quid, shipped from China/Slough. If you like RC stuff, particularly cars, planes or drones, Banggood is good shit.
>> No. 431798 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 9:43 pm
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Remote control cars have been ace since the nineties if not long before that. You just needed the imagination to look beyond Argos and TV adverts.


>> No. 431800 Anonymous
28th October 2019
Monday 10:20 pm
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I've always really admired custom-built super-size RC jet airplanes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOewW2_esBM

That takes some proper skill and dedication to your hobby. I saw a documentary on TV once about people like that. Because you cannot (or choose not to) build your plane from a kit, you have to get in touch with the airplane manufacturer and hope that they will kindly supply you data like dimensions and measurements so that your model plane is faithful to the original. If you want your plane to carry livery of a real-life commercial airline, it's best to contact them as well, if just to prevent copyright infringement hassles due to you using their logos and what-have-you. And then it still often takes weeks or months of obtaining special permits to be allowed to take your own photos of the real thing at an airport so you can adjust all the tiny little details of your model. All in all, that's why those planes like the one in the video can cost in excess of £25,000 to build. And that's not even counting the fact that without any formal mechanical training, you will be out of your depth at almost every turn.

So yeah, that's a hobby that has always fascinated me, but for which I will probably never possess the required level of mechanical skill, or just simply the money to build a plane like that.
>> No. 431802 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 12:45 am
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>>431800

I think you might enjoy Mark Evans' series A Plane is Born. He builds a light aircraft from a kit and learns to fly it. When he finally gets to take his first solo flight in the aircraft he built, it's really rather moving.

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>> No. 431803 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 12:51 am
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>>431797

I think one of them mad racing/stunt drones will be my next project. Apparently I'm "not allowed" to build a homemade microlight because "we can't afford it if you die" so this will have to do.
>> No. 431806 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 1:39 am
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>>431803
I can confirm that building racing drones is enormous fun. I'm well into double-figures on them. Flying them (with first person video) is great but I think that building them yourself is even better.
>> No. 431807 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 1:56 am
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>>431797

Hobbyking are also excellent for RC stuff. The prices aren't always as keen as Banggood, but they specialise in RC and have a much wider range.

Modern brushless/lipo vehicles are brutally powerful; the top end of the hobby goes well beyond the toy adverts and seems to defy the laws of physics.


>> No. 431808 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 2:14 am
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>>431806

Assuming I've done a load of similar hobbies before and know which end of a soldering iron to hold (and can do surface mount too), where should I start? Cheaper is better as I don't know how long it'll hold my attention.
>> No. 431809 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 6:43 am
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>>431803
>Apparently I'm "not allowed" to build a homemade microlight because "we can't afford it if you die"

Take out life insurance. Problem solved.
>> No. 431811 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 10:27 am
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>>431809

I have life insurance already, apparently the premiums shoot up if you start flying lessons, let alone flying in a shed-built microlight.

It's fucking bullshit, is what it is. You're more likely to die during pregnancy than in an air accident*

*as long as you count all commercial airline flights in that figure
>> No. 431812 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 11:37 am
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My dad quite seriously injured himself many years ago and spent a long time in hospital. His own wounds were quite bad, but the fellow in the bed opposite had been doing something with his microlight when the engine started, with his arms still very much in the way. He still had both his arms by the time it was over, but they were about as much use as those chains moshers used to wear on their trousers.
>> No. 431813 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 12:36 pm
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>>431811
The premiums shoot up only if you undertake 'hazardous pursuits' before taking out cover. If you have cover already in place and the premiums are guaranteed then you're golden.

You're also more likely to die during pregnancy if you create a pipe bomb for a gender reveal party.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/29/homemade-pipe-bomb-caused-accidental-death-at-gender-reveal-party
>> No. 431814 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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Filled an online variant of BDI on a lazy day. Moderate depression. I've been told that a few times already.
I'm not buying, maybe I'm biased; also it's not like I feel that shite to actually do something about it.
>> No. 431816 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 2:15 pm
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>>431813

I took out a life insurance policy after uni. Among the things I had to answer truthfully were if I was a smoker, if there were any known and frequently occurring hereditary terminal illnesses in my family, and if I engaged in pastimes and pursuits that posed an increased risk of injury or death.

I had actually quit smoking a short while before I signed the papers, and then went back to smoking within a year or two. I'm not sure if I would have had to notify them, but I then quit smoking for good about five years later and haven't had a single fag since, so I guess it shouldn't matter in the greater scheme of things.
>> No. 431817 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 3:33 pm
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>>431813>>431816
All well and good, but if you lie on the form about smoking or dangerous sports, and then die from lung cancer while parachuting, they're not going to pay out on the claim; you won't care about this as you'll be dead, but the people left behind might.
>> No. 431818 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 3:54 pm
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>>431817

You're not wrong in that insurance companies will try to cite any and all reasons that they can find to avoid having to pay out a large sum of money like that.

Your violation of the terms you agreed to still has to be substantial though and must have contributed to your death in an immediate manner. If you take up smoking and then one day you get hit by a bus in the street, surely your smoking had nothing to do with your actual cause of death. Possibly not even if you got distracted while crossing that street because you were in the process of lighting up a fag.
>> No. 431819 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 4:07 pm
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>>431818
The insurance industry operates under the "utmost good faith" doctrine, even though these days the information asymmetry that caused them to do so has now reversed. As a result, if it's a non-trivial sum they'll try anything to avoid paying it.

It's a perverse incentive that turns up all over the place. Just as the insurance companies have entire teams dedicated to finding excuses not to pay out, train companies have entire teams dedicated to finding excuses to not be liable for delays.
>> No. 431820 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 4:38 pm
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>>431819
>insurance companies have entire teams dedicated to finding excuses not to pay out

Yeah exactly this - it's a rite of passage to crash a car and then have to deal with the "loss adjusters" to actually get some money back.
>> No. 431821 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 4:44 pm
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>>431819

I think all that is mainly because margins in the insurance industry have been dwindling for some time. Just like other easily automatable services like banking or travel, consumers are now able to compare prices online in a jiffy, and that has brought insurance premiums down. While the ability to sell direct-to-client has also saved distribution cost on the supplier side, i.e. for the insurance companies themselves, this kind of market transparency at a mouse click has made it harder to turn a profit against your competitors. And naturally, in a world of low interest rates, it becomes more difficult for insurers to invest their clients' money profitably.

It's not really that people live more dangerously nowadays. And with life expectancy and public healh still increasing steadily, the insurance risk shouldn't be greater than it ever was. It's the business itself that has become quite fiercely competitive, and if insurance companies find a way to cut corners, they usually will.
>> No. 431822 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 4:45 pm
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>>431820
I was quite fortunate when I did it that the car was worth fuck all so when I asked for a bit more they didn't argue. General rule of thumb is that anything under a grand they'll happily dispose of quickly.
>> No. 431824 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 5:16 pm
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>>431822

I got my car stolen over night once. I was out of town on a job interview in Maidenhead that I was scheduled to have the next morning, so I took a train from Manchester to Maidenhead the day before and stayed in a hotel down there. Then when I came back the next evening, my car was gone. It was fully insured and had a resale value of around £5,000 at the time. The insurance company thought it smelled a rat when I told them that I was gone over night, and especially when they asked to be handed my remaining car keys and I told them that I only had one other key. They insisted that cars normally come with three keys, and actually said to me on the phone that I shouldn't take it personally, but that they sometimes had people "who in the end couldn't really say for sure if their car had been stolen or not". In other words, they were actually fucking insinuating that I had my car stolen on purpose to collect the insurance, and/or that the whole thing was staged to scam them.

Luckily, I was then able to show them that the bill of sale from when I bought the car from a private seller three years earlier clearly stated that only two keys had been handed over to me with the car.

I then filed a complaint with the FCA against my insurance and told them I was accused of having my own car stolen, but it kind of didn't really go anywhere. At least my insurance in the end didn't get around compensating me, so I got nearly all of my £5K back. They still deducted about 250 quid because although I was able to prove to them that similar cars were selling for roughly that amount, and actually more than that in good nick, they said they had no way of ascertaining that my stolen specimen was really in a similar condition at the time of the theft. Bastards.
>> No. 431826 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 5:47 pm
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This week I have been mostly enjoying people being upset that Ash Sarkar sells t-shirts.
>> No. 431827 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 5:55 pm
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>>431826
Literally who?
>> No. 431828 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 6:47 pm
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>>431827
You know how to use wikipedia and google don't you granddad?
>> No. 431829 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 7:10 pm
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I've just put my pyjamas on the radiator so they'll be nice and toasty at bedtime.
>> No. 431839 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 9:21 pm
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>>431829
I did think today about whether or not a hot water bottle was a good purchase. I think I might do it.
>> No. 431841 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 10:38 pm
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I'm pretty anxious about wintering my Dragon Trees and assorted Cactodes and Succulents. A couple of disasters happened last year where I managed to kill a five-stem Dracaena Marginata Tricolour and most of my succulents by giving them too much heat and water, and not enough light. I also accidentally propogated a load of Aloes the same way by letting them get "leggy", snipping the stems where they started going white, and repotting the cuttings after keeping them in my airing cubpoard for a week. The donor plants then just panicked and grew several pups in the same pots and now I have dozens of the fuckers.
>> No. 431842 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 11:08 pm
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>>431829
I did that with some glasses once, but the lenses melted :(
>> No. 431843 Anonymous
29th October 2019
Tuesday 11:20 pm
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>>431842

It's okay, you probably didn't need them anyway if you were warming them up for bedtime.
>> No. 431844 Anonymous
30th October 2019
Wednesday 12:03 am
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>>431841
I'm trying to propagate some cacti currently, I may have picked the wrong time for it but I was excited to get started. I have a young aloe too.

If it's any help, my Schlumbergera seems perfectly happy wintering with the same lazy care I give it all year around, just being dunked once a month or so.
>> No. 431849 Anonymous
30th October 2019
Wednesday 7:40 pm
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>>431841>>431844
I've recently had a lot of success growing succulents and cacti in a terrarium. Obvious really, and a bit of a faff to get them in the bottle, but even cuttings root and grow really well.
>> No. 431850 Anonymous
31st October 2019
Thursday 4:08 am
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>>431841
>Cactodes
>> No. 431854 Anonymous
31st October 2019
Thursday 1:23 pm
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I think my sister-in-law must be the beigest person I have ever met.

There were the twigs in vases. There were decorative owls. There were wooden butterflies in picture frames. Candles everywhere. I can't describe her as having anything resembling a personality. Her only interests seem to be drinking prosecco and flavoured gin. I bet she listens to Ellie Goulding.
>> No. 431855 Anonymous
31st October 2019
Thursday 3:01 pm
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>>431854

>There were the twigs in vases. There were decorative owls. There were wooden butterflies in picture frames. Candles everywhere.

About a quarter of Ikea employees would be out of a job if women didn't have an obsession for these things.
>> No. 431861 Anonymous
31st October 2019
Thursday 9:35 pm
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Got some chestnuts from Lidl tonight. They're in the oven right now.

There was a time when sweet chestnuts were considered poor people's food. I think during Dickensian times especially. Sweet chestnut trees lined city streets and country lanes, and they were a free food source for the destitute who would pick the ripe chestnuts up from the ground in droves.

In pre-Industrial times, salmon was actually a poor people food as well. Because our rivers hadn't been polluted and the salmon fished to near-extinction, there was a vast abundance of salmon in British rivers and streams that was free for anyone to take, unlike the wildlife in forests and pastures, which was usually the personal property of the local Lord of the Manor. There are even accounts that servants complained that they were given salmon to eat every single day of the week, again because salmon was free and easy to obtain, and some cities actually passed ordinances that gave servants the right to a more diverse diet.

I love useless history knowledge.
>> No. 431862 Anonymous
31st October 2019
Thursday 10:58 pm
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>>431861
They are wonderful roasted, with a lot of salt. You used to get the dudes in that London who sold them by the sides of the road at this time of year, but they've all disappeared.
>> No. 431867 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 11:47 am
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>>431862

I had some cracking ones at the Prague christmas market last year.

Nearly half of the ones from Lidl that I ate yesterday had the chestnut weevil in them though. It's a parasitic larva that eats the inside of the chestnut and then defecates into it, as you can see by the black spots it leaves. Not very appetising to look at, and the affected chestnut should not be eaten because the flavour of the intact parts of it will be ruined.
>> No. 431868 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 12:06 pm
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Not going to lie, chestnuts sound horrible. Of course they're nice if you cover them with salt, so are 90% of known foods and most of those aren't full of insects.
>> No. 431869 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 12:24 pm
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>>431868

> if you cover them with salt

You probably haven't eaten chestnuts yourself. They usually come with enough flavour and sweetness that you don't need any salt or anything like that.
>> No. 431871 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 12:35 pm
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>>431869
I'm the wrong man to judging them anyway. I don't really care for nutty flavours and while I'd like to believe chestnuts would be a revalation, I've been let down in the past.
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1st November 2019
Friday 12:56 pm
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My local Fultons Foods has loads of Chicago Town stuffed crust pizzas, one meant to be sold in cafés and the like, at £2.50 for two. Needless to say, I now own enough pizzas to see me through until New Year.
>> No. 431873 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 1:39 pm
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>>431871

> I've been let down in the past.

Don't knock them till you've tried them. They can be had in most supermarkets for a good price at the moment. They were 99p for 100g at Lidl yesterday, which is about one handful.

Put them in the oven for 20 minutes at around 200°C.

It also helps to carve an "X" into the outer shell before you put them in the oven, because that way, they are easier to peel when done.
>> No. 431879 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 8:41 pm
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Been to a firework display this evening. Over 40 fucking minutes of it. That display the other year where they accidentally unloaded them at once had the right idea.
>> No. 431889 Anonymous
2nd November 2019
Saturday 5:50 pm
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>>431872
I bought a couple of the cheese ones. They get a bit crispy in the middle.
>> No. 431898 Anonymous
2nd November 2019
Saturday 11:51 pm
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>>431872

I'll be off to Jack Fultons come Monday, then.
>> No. 431918 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 10:38 am
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Ordered some mixed wildflower seeds online so I'm taking a few days out of work to dig up the lawn before it gets too cold to sow. I've got a mix of Corn Marigold, Corn Poppy, Field-forget-me-not, Wild mignonette, Lady's Bedstraw, Field Scabious, Selfheal, Red Campion, Ragged Robin, Hedge Woundwort, Kidney vetch, Cornflower, Bird's-foot trefoil, Viper's Bugloss, Cuckooflower, Common Knapweed, Field Scabious, Wild Marjoram, Cowslip, Wild Red Clover, Tufted Vetch and Bush Vetch. I'm not going to chuck the turf, instead I've got some basic hugelcultur mounds going bordering the garden so just adding it to them.
Thinking I'll chuck the seeds around the exposed soil with a mix of fish blood and bone stuff then give it a good raking.
Considering nicking all the neighbour's garden waste before bin day to add in too, may be a risk of contamination from chemicals and disease but it seems such a waste that everyone's throwing out all the nutrients. There are horse fields around too, don't know if I could get away with stealing the dung at night.

One of the two varieties of succulent I'm trying to germinate has come up. Only three of the twenty seeds planted so far but I wasn't expecting to see any at all for another four days at least so that's all quite hopeful. A couple of houseplants on the way too, should brighten the place up.
>> No. 431919 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 10:41 am
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>>431917 hugelcultur

Hmm, interesting. I've got a garden to start from scratch, a shitload of trees to cut down, and hate bending over. A plan forms...
>> No. 431920 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 10:44 am
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>>431919
and horse people would almost certainly be happy to give you as much crap as you can carry. They'll have a heap somewhere you can swipe from if you ask and aren't a dick. Definitely no need to skulk around nicking it, which would worry them, nobody likes random people in the fields.
>> No. 431921 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 11:28 am
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>>431920
I'll ask! Cheers. Then all I have to worry about is the neighbours complaining about the smell.
>> No. 431923 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 2:10 pm
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I've brought an old electronic dartboard back to life that's been in my basement unused for over ten years. Had to buy a new DC adaptor because I couldn't find the old one. The plastic of the darts has become brittle though, they are kind of cheaply made and came with the board. The plastic tips broke off one after the other after a few rounds of playing and I'm going to have to see if I can get new tips from somewhere tonight. Or maybe just buy a proper set of new darts. Suggestions are welcome.
>> No. 431924 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 2:13 pm
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>>431923

https://www.dartscorner.co.uk/index.php?cPath=282_1056_1057
>> No. 431925 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 2:32 pm
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>>431924

Blimey. I would have no idea how to pick the right tips from that huge selection.

I think I will just buy a new set of mid-range darts. Seems like the most sensible investment. As I said, the ones that came with the board are shoddy quality as it is. Even though the board itself is a good proper board like any other. I think I got it for my birthday or Christmas about fifteen years ago.
>> No. 431926 Anonymous
4th November 2019
Monday 6:05 pm
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>>431925

They all have the standard 2BA thread, so should fit any set of soft tip darts. The cheap long life tips below will work fine. Regardless of whether you buy new darts, I'd recommend getting plenty of spare tips - they sell them in bulk packs for a reason.

https://www.dartscorner.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=282_1056_1057&products_id=9770

https://www.dartscorner.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=282_1318&products_id=25833
>> No. 431935 Anonymous
5th November 2019
Tuesday 10:44 am
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People I know are complaining about help to buy mortgages because they're now looking to remortgage and if they repay the government loan then they'll have to spend over a grand on admin, legal and valuation fees plus 25% of the growth in value of their home since they originally took it out. They're claiming that they didn't know any of this when they took them out, the estate agents omitted to tell them about it and they've been mis-sold by the government.
>> No. 431937 Anonymous
5th November 2019
Tuesday 4:15 pm
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>>431935

> They're claiming that they didn't know any of this when they took them out, the estate agents omitted to tell them about it and they've been mis-sold by the government.

Kind of a convenient excuse. As an estate agent, you are not liable to tell people about the finer points of remortgaging, unless you've negligently and/or deliberately misrepresented facts in order to close the sale. But even then, a court could rule that the onus to double check all these things was ultimately on the buyer.

An estate agent's responsibilities don't really go all that far beyond accurately presenting a property to a potential buyer with all its flaws. Principles of negligence apply here as well, i.e. you must familiarise yourself in-depth with the property you are selling, but on the other hand, if you can prove that you as the estate agent and man in the middle were misled by the seller and passed on false information to the buyer in good faith that it was correct, you're not even liable for that.
>> No. 431938 Anonymous
5th November 2019
Tuesday 5:09 pm
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Just under half the lawn dug now. It's starting to get easier but I'm not looking forward to finishing; it's nice to be gardening outdoors at this time of year, especially something this physical.
>> No. 431958 Anonymous
6th November 2019
Wednesday 12:38 pm
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I don't always watch Ashens videos, but when I do I watch about 50 of them back to back until his brown sofa is burnt onto my retinas like I'd been staring into the Sun.
>> No. 431959 Anonymous
6th November 2019
Wednesday 1:17 pm
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>>431958
Did someone find out that he posted here at some point or have I completely imagined it?
>> No. 431960 Anonymous
6th November 2019
Wednesday 2:37 pm
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Lawn just over half-dug now. Getting blisters in some unlikely places which is the main thing slowing me down; my body's woken up a bit and my muscles are happy for me to do more in each day so I would if it wasn't for the skin falling off my palms. The trick is to get the turf up in unbroken pieces so all the grass seed that's laying on the surface doesn't spill onto the bare soil. May see if the neighbour has one of those long butane torches to run over the places where there's a lot of grass seed.

Snake plant arrived by post so I've re-potted that with a perlite topping and put it in the bathroom. Been throwing out less plastic so I have a huge amount of things I can use as pots but not so much I can use as the bowls for the pots to sit in.
>> No. 431980 Anonymous
7th November 2019
Thursday 12:29 pm
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Around the 3/5 dug mark now but the blisters are stopping me going any further, despite putting plasters and gloves over them.
Does anyone have any advice for how to heal them faster or stop them rubbing when I dig?
>> No. 431981 Anonymous
7th November 2019
Thursday 12:40 pm
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>>431980
I don't know if they'd work on your hands, but I've used special blister plasters on my feet recently and they're miraculous. Maybe that's what you've already done, I'm not sure.
>> No. 431983 Anonymous
7th November 2019
Thursday 1:07 pm
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>>431981
I'll see if they stick.
>> No. 431984 Anonymous
7th November 2019
Thursday 1:27 pm
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Someone at work brought in lunch for me. Now I reek of garlic.
>> No. 431997 Anonymous
8th November 2019
Friday 3:50 pm
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>>431984

Bit ungrateful.
>> No. 431998 Anonymous
8th November 2019
Friday 4:50 pm
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>>431997
He never said if he was or wasn't happy about it. I think he must have been happy though or else he'd have posted that in the /101/ thread.
>> No. 431999 Anonymous
8th November 2019
Friday 5:24 pm
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>>431998
I'd rate it a 6.5 out of 10. I'm not quite sure on mashed avocado as a pasta sauce.
>> No. 432000 Anonymous
8th November 2019
Friday 8:13 pm
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>>431999
With each passing day I hate, what I will call, for want of a better phrase, the food culture of the this nation more and more.
>> No. 432031 Anonymous
11th November 2019
Monday 9:47 pm
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I bought some chestnuts from M&S tonight for comparison against the Lidl ones from the other week.

The M&S chestnuts are bigger and heavier, and more expensive, while disappointingly, they are less sweet and have less overall flavour. On the other hand, no sign of the dreaded chestnut weevil infestation on these here chestnuts.

Fucking burned my fingertips peeling one just now though.
>> No. 432032 Anonymous
11th November 2019
Monday 10:15 pm
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Choc Ices seem better than chestnuts.
>> No. 432033 Anonymous
11th November 2019
Monday 11:28 pm
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Channel4 (4seven actually) are scraping the bottom of the barrel again right now with a programme on fat shut ins.

Weirdly entertaining mix of poverty and obesity porn.
>> No. 432034 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 7:08 am
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I flat out don't want today. I want to go back to bed.
>> No. 432035 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 9:11 am
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>>432034
I hope you called in sick or otherwise knocked today on the head, mate. I myself have woken up feeling oddly fatigued for no discernable reason.
>> No. 432036 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 11:22 am
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I've just had the world's biggest dump and I want you all to know, lads. I feel like I've lost a stone. I'm going to sit here basking in the glorious relief for about another five minutes just to compound the feeling of victory.

It's little things like this that get me through a day.
>> No. 432037 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 12:27 pm
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>>432036
I had a crap last week that was so aesthetically perfect I don't know if I'll ever forget it. Genuinely amazed at what a bit of fibre in my diet has achieved.
>> No. 432039 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 1:25 pm
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>>432037

I remember stumbling across a blog online once where somebody documented their bowel movements every day with a high-resolution photo of their poo in the bowl. I think it was actually supposed to be an art project. At least that's what they claimed without any obvious hint of irony.
>> No. 432041 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 8:43 pm
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I just shit myself and had to take some Imodium. Better out than in only applies when a casual cough doesn't trigger the emergency flood button on your colon.

The cat is just staring at me with this pitying look on it's face. Thank christ it's early enough to not arouse suspicion by doing a wash, the missus will be none the wiser. "We needed clean towels, love." Fullproof.
>> No. 432042 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 8:47 pm
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>>432041

>Fullproof.
>> No. 432045 Anonymous
12th November 2019
Tuesday 9:46 pm
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>>432035
I didn't. Today hasn't been so bad. I'm now in bed reading The Third Policeman, so things could be worse.
>> No. 432048 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 1:37 am
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Replaced my phone screen for the gorillianth time. Stress ate quite a lot of honey along the way, but I can finally be a proper 21st century cunt again. Can't wait to not be texted by anyone, scroll past her number over and over and break it again in four months.

God, I actually hate life, it's awful.
>> No. 432049 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 5:59 am
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I've seriously, seriously got to stop bashing one out over Grace Millane. I thought I had it under control, but now she's in the news again I can't stop.
>> No. 432050 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 4:39 pm
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With each Job interview, I am becoming more and more like Spud from Trainspotting. I just couldn't shut up. However, the intervew panelists did tell me that many of my answers were excellent (it was a competency-based interview). I just hope that they were the most excellent, because I'm currently earning less than a McDonald's employee for my 37.5 and I carn't facking cope.
>> No. 432052 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 5:10 pm
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>>432049
I think wanking over a girl who was raped and murdered is in somewhat poor taste, yes.
>> No. 432053 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 5:36 pm
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>>432052

It takes all kinds.
>> No. 432055 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 5:54 pm
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>>432052
I'm not wanting over her because she was raped and murdered, she just gives me a right stonk on because she's fit and was clearly up for a bit of filth.
>> No. 432056 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 6:24 pm
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>>432055
Lad. You're just digging a deeper and deeper hole.
Pun genuinely not intended
>> No. 432058 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 6:38 pm
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>>432055

>and was clearly up for a bit of filth.


Tell that to her family.


Also, she looks vaguely under age in the black and white picture on the left. So you're essentially knocking one out to underage pictures of a dead girl. Even Jimmy saville would probably think that's a bit much.
>> No. 432061 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:00 pm
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>>432042

Can't even count the holes on a cat properly, what do you expect?
>> No. 432062 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:05 pm
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>>432055
I'm sure you're just joking, but the "it was rough sex gone wrong" shit is the oldest get out in the violent creep playbook of ways to try to get off a murder charge and I hope the cunt who killed her gets bagged, if they have that in Aus'.
>> No. 432063 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:24 pm
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At work today someone received a bouquet of flowers and a helium balloon from Interflora as a first anniversary present from her boyfriend.

Everyone said it was a massive show of insecurity on his part and it's his way of marking his territory to warn all the men in the office to back off her. I've had a look online and the flowers cost over £50 and then extra on top for the balloon and vase it came in.
>> No. 432064 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:34 pm
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>>432063
So I guess you're living in an episode of Friends. Expect a barbershop quartet to turn up next.
>> No. 432065 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:34 pm
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>>432063

What did she reckon to it though?

I tend feel like as blokes, we disapprove of that kind of gesture because we don't like seeing some prat let the side down, by causing everyone else's bird to give them that "you never do that" look.

By the same token I feel like birds tend to downplay such gestures and pretend they're embarrassed, when secretly, nothing makes their clit tingle like all the other women in the office sat there with the monk on thinking "my boyfriend never does that."
>> No. 432066 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:37 pm
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>>432063

>Everyone said it was a massive show of insecurity on his part and it's his way of marking his territory to warn all the men in the office to back off her.

Everyone sounds like jealous twats. It was at work because she wouldn't have been expecting it so it was more of a surprise.
>> No. 432067 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:39 pm
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>>432065
I think she liked it. She seemed more surprised than anything.

For a bit of further information, this isn't the first time he's had flowers delivered to her at work and he's definitely punching above his weight with her. Also, when her marriage was falling apart she had a couple of brief flings with much younger men, although neither of them work here anymore.
>> No. 432069 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 8:54 pm
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>>432067

Ah right. Definite peacocking then.

She's 100% going to end up cheating on him.
>> No. 432071 Anonymous
13th November 2019
Wednesday 9:17 pm
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>>432063
>the balloon and vase it came in

Why would he put a balloon in a vase!? That girl will be in a future copy of METRO for all the wrong reasons.
>> No. 432087 Anonymous
14th November 2019
Thursday 5:31 pm
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Co-Op Wraps are by far the best - possibly due to the proximity of the shops to my house. Tesco brand are very sweet, and Sainsburies are drier and a little brittle (though i haven't had many of these). Mission brand are awful - something in them give me the feeling to gag; low quality wheat (corn?) or an additive, i don't know.

They're working really nicely as the pizza base for a light lunch (check the heat though, they're wont to burn).
Or for something heavier try a bit of cabbage, carrot and onion with mayonaise.

Perhaps not the quality of post we're used to, but i thought to contribute something.

Would there be much interest in a consumer reviews thread?
>> No. 432089 Anonymous
14th November 2019
Thursday 5:55 pm
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>>432087
In my experience Asda wraps are the worst. I've tried Co-op ketchup recently and it's surprisingly a lot better than I expected it to be; I'd pick it over Heinz.

If you want a review thread you might as well hijack >>/nom/12900.
>> No. 432123 Anonymous
17th November 2019
Sunday 2:53 pm
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>>432087

Aldi wraps are worth a go. They even do poncey ones with seeds in and garlic and herb flavoured ones, if you're into that sort of thing.
>> No. 432131 Anonymous
18th November 2019
Monday 5:13 pm
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I got back to my car and it was ridiculously condensed on the inside of the windscreen. It hadn't happened to any of the others in the car park, so I'm guessing my car wasn't fully airtight or something like that.
>> No. 432132 Anonymous
18th November 2019
Monday 7:20 pm
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>>432131
How old's your car? I think that starts to happen with every car over ~10 years old.
>> No. 432134 Anonymous
18th November 2019
Monday 7:22 pm
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It's a 64 plate. It's a Picasso so the windscreen is fucking massive, if that makes any difference.
>> No. 432135 Anonymous
18th November 2019
Monday 9:45 pm
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I've got a cold and am feeling miserable as fuck. Lying on the sofa, aimlessly watching Netflix.
>> No. 432136 Anonymous
18th November 2019
Monday 11:01 pm
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>>432135
IT IS FREEZIN TONIGHT

Also on the sofa, wrapped up in a blanket.
>> No. 432138 Anonymous
19th November 2019
Tuesday 7:23 pm
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>>432136
EVEN COLDER TONIGHT
>> No. 432140 Anonymous
19th November 2019
Tuesday 7:35 pm
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My boiler's still broken. It broke on the 31st and I've already spent £100 on people to tell me "it's mostly broken" then "it's broken but I can replace it for two and a half grand more". It would have been £140 but the first boiler-plumber was having a nervous breakdown and never came back to pick up his pay or finish the job.
>> No. 432141 Anonymous
19th November 2019
Tuesday 11:22 pm
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>>432140

I had someone in to fix my boiler last year. They said the expansion vessel was broken, and it got changed for almost a grand. Not saying it ruined Christmas, but I certainly could have done without spending that kind of money in early December.
>> No. 432143 Anonymous
19th November 2019
Tuesday 11:44 pm
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Still feeling miserable, with my cold about as bad as it was yesterday.

Channel4 is showing another installment of its acclaimed series, "Shut Ins: Britain's Fattest People". Good to know other people have it much worse.
>> No. 432144 Anonymous
20th November 2019
Wednesday 2:48 am
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Second night in a row I’ve tried to sleep only to be woken by some silly nightmare.
>> No. 432146 Anonymous
21st November 2019
Thursday 12:12 pm
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Pivoting away from saying "shit" to using "crap" more often, like when I was a kid.
>> No. 432147 Anonymous
21st November 2019
Thursday 5:27 pm
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Trying to extricate myself with minimum drama from a mental slag, editing two books simultaneously, wondering if my visa stamp for the USA from two weeks ago is cool for re-entry in a couple of weeks, hit the bottle right away this evening after work, met an ex-porn director now working for Disney+ and two of his sometime starlets.

My life''s more interesting than yours but I am feeling fucked in the head. Can I just go back to sitting on .gs all day like it was 2011.
>> No. 432148 Anonymous
21st November 2019
Thursday 8:16 pm
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>>432147

If you're going in on a visa waiver / ESTA you can check your ESTA validity on the website. Afaik as long as you don't go over 90 days per calendar year (you might want to check if you have exit stamps proving how long you were in the states for during each visit).

I've never needed a visa for the US but I recall friends who needed one being able to do multiple entries as long as they didn't go over 90 days per calendar year.
>> No. 432149 Anonymous
21st November 2019
Thursday 11:16 pm
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Cheers m7, next thing to worry about is if they think my hobby is 'work' in yankee doodle septic land. Gonna just pull the full Hugh Grant thing again at immigration.
>> No. 432150 Anonymous
21st November 2019
Thursday 11:41 pm
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I ate a whole tin of chili con carne from Lidl tonight. It's really starting to have its effect at the moment.

Lidl's chili is somewhat bland though, Tesco's is better. Had to add a good bit of salt.
>> No. 432151 Anonymous
21st November 2019
Thursday 11:49 pm
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I saw a little girl in Asda get properly excited when she saw the "It's only 'xx' sleeps till Christmas" sign, a sign that only reminds me of how futile and shortlived my existence is, and it restored a bit of faith in the holiday I've come to loathe most of all.

>>432150
Please treat yourself better than this.
>> No. 432152 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 3:05 am
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>>432149

Are you going to participate in an event related to your hobby like a conference? Any form of remunerated activity such as giving trainings for being paid for a talk is generally considered 'work' (which is rather silly, I know).

If you mean doing something like working on your website while on holiday sort of thing then don't even mention it, it only muddies the waters.
>> No. 432153 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 5:45 am
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>>432151

>Please treat yourself better than this.

No.
>> No. 432154 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 10:18 am
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>>432153

What's wrong with a tin of beans now and then.
>> No. 432155 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 11:21 am
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Hmm... the rim of mug feels thicker than usual.
>> No. 432156 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 11:33 am
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>>432155
It's a plot by your boss to dehydrate you by gradually increasing the thickness of your mug until it can't hold any liquid.
>> No. 432157 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 12:16 pm
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I've just chipped a molar. Ironically, I went to the dentist yesterday and he said everything was fine; just a quick scale and polish. I chipped a different one around this time last year. My teeth seem to becoming quite brittle.

>>432156
If he brings in a Sports Direct mug then it'd take at least two years before it had any noticeable effect.
>> No. 432158 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 12:43 pm
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>>432156
>your boss
I wish.

>>432157
I'm increasingly convinced that no one really knows anything at all and everyone's just bullshitting. There are exceptions, but they're few and far between.
>> No. 432159 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 10:10 pm
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I'm probably going to regret this.
>> No. 432160 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 10:17 pm
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Just went to watch QT on iPlayer and as soon as the page loaded some shit appeared asking me why I hadn't clicked play yet and to give them feedback on why.

>>432159
Is this a show about bashing bugchaser's heads in?
>> No. 432161 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 10:22 pm
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>>432157

>My teeth seem to becoming quite brittle

They can, depending on age, but also on nutrition and lifestyle. Plenty of calcium in your diet is a good place to start. Things like smoking, a drug habit, or alcohol also affect mineralisation of your teeth. Methamphetamine in particular is notorious for causing tooth rot.

A higher than average intake of fizzy or acidic drinks like cola or orange juice is also a factor. Ironically, the latter also affects children whose parents give them too much fruit juice to drink in the belief that it is particularly healthy for them.
>> No. 432162 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 10:45 pm
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>>432161
It'll be fucking Robinsons double strength apple and blackcurrant squash. It's all I really drink at home, even though I go through several litres of water at work.
>> No. 432163 Anonymous
22nd November 2019
Friday 11:04 pm
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>>432162
It's cold out, switch to blackcurrant fruit infusions tea.
>> No. 432197 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 2:14 pm
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I can't find the recent discussion on ultrawide monitors, so I'll just post this here:

There's a really good deal available right now on the Radeon 5700. OcUK are offering an Asus card for £315, which comes with a free three month Xbox game pass and a free copy of Borderlands 3 or Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Asus are offering £40 cashback, plus another £25 for leaving a review, so the total cost is only £250. The 5700 is a bit faster than the RTX 2060 or GTX 1080 and will do decent frame rates at 1440p on maximum settings.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus-radeon-rx-5700-8gb-gddr6-pci-express-graphics-card-asus-65-pounds-cashback-gx-43d-as.html
>> No. 432198 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 5:26 pm
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>>432161
> Methamphetamine in particular is notorious for causing tooth rot.

Not that I work for the methamphetamine promotion council or anything but the whole meth mouth thing is largely overstated. It's basically just a bunch of daft yanks smoking trailer park shake and bake which hasn't been washed properly and therefore contains far more hydrochloric acid than can possibly be good for you.

TL;DR - people can barely spell their own name shouldn't be attempting acid/base extractions in their own home.
>> No. 432199 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 5:34 pm
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>>432198

How do we know that that isn't just Big Meth talking.
>> No. 432200 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 5:52 pm
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I may have inadvertently created a bit of a situation at work.

On Friday night someone from the department I manage copped off with a lass from one of the other departments. The last workplace relationship ended very, very badly and there was lots of drama, so I thought I'd give the manager of the other team a quick heads up about it. Big mistake. I tend to be a fair bit more aware of what's going on so I filled her in that the feelings and seriousness are a lot stronger on her side than his. She took that as the cue to take her into a meeting and tell her that he has no interest in a relationship with her whatsoever. I definitely didn't say that and even if I did I've no idea why the fuck she'd tell her about it; what I did make clear is that I was only making her aware of what had happened in case anything else happens at work and there was no point in having a chat with her about it. I also told her that a lad in her department has fancied her for ages, regularly cockblocked the lad from my department and had been giving him daggers all morning since he found out so she better not have fucking said anything to him either.

Sage for petty workplace drama.
>> No. 432201 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 5:56 pm
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>>432197

Appreciate the knowledge, ladm8.

Though from my research I still might need something beefier for max/near max settings - don't forget that an ultrawide 1440 is driving about 30% more pixels than normal 1440. It'd probably still handle everything I need it to, but I was looking at the refreshed 5700 xt or 2060 super for that extra edge. It might even make sense to spend even more for future proofing, I dunno.
>> No. 432202 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 7:59 pm
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>>432200

You can rarely rely on a bird to treat a potentially delicate situation with tact. The supposedly higher "emotional intelligence" of women is complete bollocks in my experience.

Serves you right for being a meddling twat though. Let your staff do as they please, but make them aware that you know about it and won't cover their arse should it come crashing down on them.
>> No. 432203 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 8:03 pm
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>>432200

This is what happens when you snitch mate. Imagine having an inter-departmental management meeting about two people having a snog on a friday night, and justifying it by comparing it to a full fledged relationship that ended badly. You and your ilk will be the first against the wall.
>> No. 432204 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 8:12 pm
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When I say the previous relationship at work ended badly I mean badly. As in, the woman involved getting pinned against the wall by her throat whilst he screamed in her face and lots of things in the office getting broken. It's something taken very seriously.

All I did was have a quick word to let her know about it in case she needed to be aware of it for the future. It wasn't a full blown crisis meeting and iy's hardly meddling or being a super snitch.
>> No. 432205 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 8:18 pm
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>>432204

It's definitely meddling, regardless of whether or not you had previously hired a psychopath.
>> No. 432206 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 8:42 pm
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>>432204
I'd love to see the guy you snitched on grab you by the throat and trash the office. Then you'll need an interdepartmental crackdown on pointless meddling in other people's personal affairs.
>> No. 432207 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 9:39 pm
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>>432204

>As in, the woman involved getting pinned against the wall by her throat whilst he screamed in her face and lots of things in the office getting broken.

So in other words, the fact that two coworkers one time went completely ape shit with each other at work, had an unusually heated argument and smashed a tacky vase or two is your standard for how these things are expected to turn out.

Have some perspective, lad.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV5rFaaVoVg
>> No. 432208 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 11:47 pm
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>>432200
Why would you do this? Why?
>> No. 432209 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 6:57 am
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>>432206
We're off for a pint later in the week, we get on quite well.

>>432208
All I did was tell her what had happened as we were sat next to each other in a meeting. I wasn't expecting her to intervene and told her to do the opposite. You lads are massively overreacting.
>> No. 432210 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 9:51 am
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I've texted Talkmobile to request my PAC code but they're saying I have to ring them for it. Isn't that illegal?
>> No. 432211 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 11:22 am
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>>432210
Judging by a quick Google, yes. Says on Ofcom's website that they have to provide you with a PAC within a minute of you texting them. Complain.
>> No. 432212 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 12:38 pm
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Time for another episode of "The Worlds Oldest Zoomer Struggles to Function at a Post Office".
>> No. 432213 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 2:56 pm
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>>432209

>I wasn't expecting her to intervene and told her to do the opposite.

Sure, and you can't be blamed for her actions, but you still stuck your beak in for no real reason other than being one of "those" managers.
>> No. 432214 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 3:14 pm
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>>432213
>being one of "those" managers
What does this mean? I'm not him, but I think he's explained the reasoning behind his actions quite clearly. A previous relationship in the workplace ended very badly and he wanted to ensure management were aware of this one in case it interfered with work.
>> No. 432215 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 4:21 pm
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>>432214
As evidenced by some of the posts in this thread, some of the lads here start foaming at the mouth about anything they view as an authority figure or bootlicking towards one.
>> No. 432216 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 4:35 pm
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>>432214

Meddling and unnecessarily overbearing. We're talking about a snog on a friday night, that's not even close to being enough to be concerned that this 'relationship' might spawn a very obviously extreme, violent ending. A lad at work recently had a heart attack on the job - is it then appropriate for me to tell other managers the next time I see another employee in the queue for Burger King more than once or twice a month? That's the level of disparity I see here. To expect every subsequent work dalliance to have the potential to end in criminal action is a bit of a stretch, and while I appreciate that witnessing such a traumatic event would stick with you and make you a bit more cautious, I still don't think it's super appropriate for a manager to mention to another manager that two underlings copped off in the pub - well-intentioned or not, this is just gossip.

I don't mean to make out that our lad's actions are the worst part of this story, the managerlass is clearly orders of magnitudes worse, but neither of them acted appropriately in my book, and I think at my workplace one manager telling another about a snog like that would be A Problem in itself.
>> No. 432217 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 4:51 pm
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I've had the shits for days. Must be some sort of stomach flu.
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26th November 2019
Tuesday 5:02 pm
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>>432217

Get well soon, m8.
>> No. 432219 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 12:43 am
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I wish I had mates. No offence.
>> No. 432220 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 12:56 am
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>>432219

None taken. This will sound trite but if you post on here you're definitely my mate, I spend a lot of time here. At the very least that's what I say to real life people because "my mate said x" sounds a lot better than "an anonymous britfag said x"
>> No. 432221 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 10:09 am
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>>432220
I refer to .gs IRL as "this forum I post on".
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27th November 2019
Wednesday 10:11 am
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>>432220
I knew a girl who'd tell jokes and stories she'd read on acrobat, framing them as though they were things that had happened to or been said by her friends.
>> No. 432223 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 2:31 pm
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The chap at the Job Centre was all "why don't you want to use social media to look for work?" and while I gave him a couple of reasons I feel like I shortchanged him by forgetting about the Shamanismic State bot accounts.
>> No. 432224 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 2:35 pm
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>>432220

>sounds a lot better than "an anonymous britfag said x"


You don't quite know that until you've tried it.

That said, I've gotten mixed responses when telling people that I post on an imageboard regularly. Places like 4chan have created a bad reputation for imageboards in general that is difficult to dispel. You kind of have to assure people that you're not a socially awkward neckbeard. Or a paedo. Or a socially awkward neckbeard paedo.
>> No. 432226 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 2:57 pm
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>>432224
Why are you telling people at all? Even amongst friends who I’ve known for a fact visit imageboards we all in the end agreed to a Mafia-esque code of silence on the matter.
>> No. 432227 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 3:08 pm
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>>432223

I've honestly never found a really good job based either on vacancies they informed me about, or on their tips on how to find work on your own. The last time I was really unemployed and desperately needed work, they offered me a handful of shit, dead-end temp positions, a lot of which had not that much to do with my qualifications. One time, the woman at the job centre tried to talk me into a job as a logistics agent. Which sounds kind of fancy, depending on how you lean, but it really would have involved me running up and down an unheated warehouse from about 4am every day with an iPad and crossing off outgoing shipments. The pay was shit even by temping standards.

So I took it as an incentive to start looking for work on my own. And two months later, I actually began work as an account manager, handling that company's commercial clients. I cold called the company because I remembered that an old friend once talked about one of his acquaintances working there, and when I rang them, they told me that as a matter of fact, they were currently looking for new people with a sales and/or account management background.

Job centres might help you get or stay off the dole if you've got no other choice. But they won't help you advance your career in a meaningful way when you're unemployed. The real career opportunities are always of your own making.
>> No. 432228 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 5:35 pm
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>>432227

I've often remarked that our benefits bill would be a lot smaller if we stopped paying all those useless twats to sit behind a desk and ask other useless twats how many jobs they'd applied for that week. They're less than useless.

Then again, they're not really supposed to be there to help people like you "advance" their career. They're supposed to be there to help people who struggle to find work get into a job. I've known plenty of people who, for want of a better term, I'd definitely describe as useless. Not just lazy, not exactly disabled, just people who slipped through the cracks and ended up as a NEET, without being able to dig themselves out of it. Middle aged lads who used to work on a construction yard but can't since their back started playing up; and now they lack even the most rudimentary knowledge of how to apply for other types of job.

Those people are who the job centre should be there to help. And instead it's not. It's just full of useless admin cunts who are more of a waste of money than the benefits they're supposed to be keeping down.
>> No. 432231 Anonymous
27th November 2019
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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>>432227
Well, as a retard with no experience looking for work they've been reasonably helpful. With the exception of the very nice woman who I had my original appointment with who gave me all sorts of misleading information, but was very nice while doing it so it's hard to be too pissed off with her.
>The real career oppotunities are always of your own making.
That's more or less the advice I've been given at the Job Centre. I imagine like so many things in the world where you rely on someone in a de-facto position of authority it's dumb luck whether or not you get a bumbling nitwit, a mean-spirited malignant or in my case a normal person with a background in interviewing job candidates.

>>432228
>Not just lazy, not exactly disabled, just people who slipped through the cracks and ended up as a NEET
Do you mind if I use this on my CV?
>> No. 432237 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 12:38 pm
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>>432228

>I've often remarked that our benefits bill would be a lot smaller if we stopped paying all those useless twats to sit behind a desk and ask other useless twats how many jobs they'd applied for that week. They're less than useless.


On the other hand, doing away with them would mean that there would be even more dole fiends who can't be arsed to do even the simplest of jobs and no longer be a burden on public finances. Somebody needs to keep reminding them that they are living off other people's money for as long as they aren't back in gainful employment.

So I believe that even the most disinterested, unqualified, mean-spirited Job Centre agent still serves a purpose. You just shouldn't make the mistake of thinking they're career counsellors in a traditional sense when you've hit a bump in the road in your upwardly mobile middle management career. Most of them will be completely out of their depth when it comes to that, and yet, they will desperately and dishonestly try to appear competent.

And when I was unemployed, not only did they try to put me in that above mentioned unheated warehouse for £8 an hour (this was near enough in the middle of winter), but they also suggested I should take a course in sales management. I then told them that that was precisely what I had been doing for a living every day of the week for the past six years, but the woman only said, "Great, then that means it'll be easy for you, and you'll stay up on it". To her credit, at least it wasn't a beginner's course, but glancing at the printout she handed me, it took me less than one minute to realise that they couldn't have taught me anything that I didn't already know. I was then given the whole litany of things they could do if I was refusing to be cooperative, and the whole what-have-you. That's when I really realised that the only real way out of being unemployed was to take every bit of action all on my own.

All that said, I'm happy that for the foreseeable future, I have left the office slave world behind me and have started my own estate business. I firmly believe that I've shown that I've got the right kind of self reliance that is needed to be successful as a self-employed estate agent. My business is starting just now, but already I love the fact that I am working from home, and that I get to go to my office downstairs in my pyjama every morning, as it were. No grumpy boss, no chatty coworkers, no office politics. I'm living the dream.
>> No. 432238 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 1:09 pm
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>>432237

>You just shouldn't make the mistake of thinking they're career counsellors in a traditional sense when you've hit a bump in the road in your upwardly mobile middle management career. Most of them will be completely out of their depth when it comes to that, and yet, they will desperately and dishonestly try to appear competent.

I realise that my experience is the exception, but the job centre woman I had while I was in this position and trying to switch sectors was very good, very clever, and very supportive. Though now that I think about it she did constantly recommend me civil service jobs, presumably because she was a civil servant and lacked imagination. She was quite fit though.
>> No. 432239 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 1:31 pm
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I lived in Wales back when I was claiming benefits.

I cannot make sense of anyone's experiences here, and don't know how to respond other than with: my advisors were decidedly not clever, helpful, or fit.
>> No. 432240 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 2:23 pm
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>>432239

I was going to make the usual snide remark about Wales, but then again, my dealings were with the Job Centre here in Manchester, and it led to the experience I described above.
>> No. 432241 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 3:43 pm
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>>432237

>On the other hand, doing away with them would mean that there would be even more dole fiends who can't be arsed to do even the simplest of jobs and no longer be a burden on public finances.

Nah, I simply don't believe this is the case. Our current benefits system isn't enough to live a life of luxury, and anyone who believes people sincerely do this by choice is a dickhead.

There are people who do it because they're hopeless wastes of space, but we should let them, because having another gormless wanker behind the tills at Tesco doesn't help the economy much either. I enjoyed being dolescum briefly when I was about 23 and had all sorts of drug issues, but I was living at home with parents who worked and bought all my food. If I'd have been in a council flat making that £70 scrape out across two weeks of food and bills, I'd enjoy it a lot less.

The one exception is single mums who get given houses and enough money to look after their three kids, but then simply let the kids grow up malnourished and poorly clothed instead of spending the money on what it's meant for. But I keep getting told it's fascist of me to want the introduction of child licenses.

Those lot behind the desks cost us £5.6 billion a year.

>self-employed estate agent

Oh right, it's you again. Are you real or are you one of otherlad's roleplay characters?
>> No. 432242 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 4:21 pm
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>>432241

>Our current benefits system isn't enough to live a life of luxury, and anyone who believes people sincerely do this by choice is a dickhead


No, it's not a life of luxury, but you can scrape out a minimal living that way. It does mean you have to rely on shit, low-quality food every day and you won't have money for new clothes or amenities, but it can be done. And you'll have to do a few dodgy things on the side to raise extra money.

But with a ready supply of cheap beer and other alcohol, you'll be able to settle into that kind of life and be relatively happy with it.

At least that's what the average person will be forgiven for inferring from all the poverty porn documentaries on TV.
>> No. 432243 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 5:50 pm
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>>432242

I mean that's the thing. If you're going to spend your whole life living on that kind of diet, and the most you can look forward to is a few tinnies and fags from under the counter at the Polish shop, I don't see how you can begrudge them it.

These people are certainly costing the country a lot less than companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook et al are siphoning out of the economy every year. It's alright to pretend you object to dolescum living off somebody else's money, as if that's the real reason you dislike it, but frankly I prefer it when people just admit they hate poor people.
>> No. 432244 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 6:24 pm
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I love my girlfriend to death but last night she picked a weird place to go dogging.

She tried claiming that she, a privately educated, daughter of a reasonably well off university educated man, who will give her 70k for a house deposit (and to his other children), who also has a well off, university educated mum and sounds like she is as working class and me, a state school educated northerner, with parents with no formal qualifications.

Her rationale? I like Radio 4 in the morning and because my job is a traditionally middle class job I'm practically no different from landed gentry.

It wasn't even in an aggressive way, or a defensive way (i.e. I said she was lucky to be middle class), we just got randomly talking and she was adamant that was the case.
>> No. 432245 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 6:25 pm
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>>432244
sounds like she is, is as working class as me*
>> No. 432246 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 6:29 pm
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>>432244

Sounds like you're middle class now so she's right.
>> No. 432248 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 6:31 pm
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>>432244

>but last night she picked a weird place to go dogging

I hate when that happens. You've got to stick to the popular locations.
>> No. 432250 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 7:18 pm
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>>432244

>I love my girlfriend to death but last night she picked a weird place to go dogging.


POTFY, m4t.
>> No. 432251 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 7:32 pm
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>>432250
Agreed - I can't quite discern the beef as I think there are a couple of words missing from >>432244 rant/cry for help and what She is claiming, but as posts go, that is POTY territory on the opening line.
>> No. 432252 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 9:35 pm
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>>432251

>but as posts go, that is POTY territory on the opening line.


We should start a collection, so that zingers like that one aren't forgotten.
>> No. 432253 Anonymous
28th November 2019
Thursday 9:51 pm
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>>432252
Revengelad would only use them against us.
>> No. 432254 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:28 am
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>>432251
It's a word filter for a phrase you lot were overusing a few months back.
>> No. 432255 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:35 am
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>>432254
Care to shed some light?
>> No. 432256 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:38 am
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>>432255
No but you just gave me a profound sense of deja vu.
>> No. 432258 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:57 am
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>>432256
Care to shed some light?
>> No. 432259 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:58 am
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>>432244

Aside from the mystery wordfilter this really could have been written by me.

You can scratch and claw to make life a a bit better for yourself, and everyone -- even people you like -- will pretend you must have been on an even footing all along. This is one of the ways that working class experience is erased.

I handle it with far less humour and grace than you seem to.
>> No. 432260 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 1:31 am
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>>432259
You get angry with people who think you fit in to the place you are now?
>> No. 432262 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 3:49 am
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>>432260

The point is that denying the struggle of working class folk to ascend the social hierarchy is part of the reason our class system is so entrenched and hard to escape.

Every time someone does succeed, the people who are already comfortably middle class will trivialise what it took for that person- Partly because they don't want to admit that they had a leg up, therefore diminishing their own achievement; and partly because there's a primal sense of guilt about the fact that some people simply have a harder life than others and that we're largely too selfish to meaningfully address it.

Middle class folk would prefer to turn the other cheek and focus on things that don't make them feel personally guilty. Like the environment. It gets very frustrating as someone who fought tooth and nail to get where they are, how people who got there very easily just sort of dismiss it as though it doesn't matter.

In before otherlad comes in to tell us it's dead easy if we get over our crustacean bucket mindsets and start a real estate business
>> No. 432266 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 9:47 am
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>>432259
You'd rather every conversation was prefaced with 'given your working class upbringing'

"Given your working class upbringing, you're doing a great job"
"Given your working class upbringing, your kids are great"
"Given your working class upbringing, I'll have a pint, please"

The other extreme, clearly, but what do you actually want? How are people supposed to put into context something they may not even know about, probably don't care about, and something which they may see as profoundly irrelevant to the moment? They're dealing with the now-you, just as they deal with the now-everyone-else.
>> No. 432268 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 10:42 am
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>>432266
I don't think he's saying that, I think what he's saying is, people are quick to play it down or make out like their much more privileged upbringing was really all no different to yours. Probably doesn't want anything, other than for people not to be obnoxious about it.

Like with my girlfriend in the original post I made, it literally changes nothing about our relationship, the evening or the practicalities of her life but she was determined to make out like I was as middle class as her or, perhaps more absurdly, she was as working class as me.

Special thanks to the mods for shitting all over my glory by pointing out it was a word filter and not my impeccable sense of humour in the first post.
>> No. 432269 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 10:54 am
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>>432266
>How are people supposed to put into context something they may not even know about, probably don't care about, and something which they may see as profoundly irrelevant to the moment?

It comes out in the course of getting to know anyone. You can't be in a close relationship, for example, and not have your background become apparent. At some point you start sharing the experiences that shaped you as a person.

Even with colleagues or new faces, just politely answering questions as basic as "where do you come from" and "how did you end up working here" will sometimes lead to uncomfortable realisations for everyone, without even intending it.

The irony of your post is that it's other people that tend to notice your class, even in the "now-you". What's more, they'll bring the details out of you with questions, then downplay it and say it couldn't have been so bad since you "made it here".

About why people should care, well, why care about anyone's life? You could be close to them, you could like them, you could see it as a matter of fairness, or it could just be compassion.

As for what I want... Honestly I just want a bit of understanding from those who are close to me that I've sacrificed a lot and taken some big risks just to get to the point of material security where they started. Or some recognition that, in this particular light, they may have had some considerable advantages. It's hard to be more specific than that without bringing up real life exchanges I've had with people.
>> No. 432271 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 11:52 am
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>>432266

This is a much broader and more abstract social phenomena that doesn't just come down to individual people. All he's asking for, in essence, is for middle class or otherwise more advantaged people to check their privilege. Let's pretend we're talking about race instead.

>You'd rather every conversation was prefaced with 'given the colour of your skin'

>"Given the colour of your skin, you're doing a great job"
>"Given the colour of your skin, your kids are great"
>"Given the colour of your skin, I'll have a pint, please"

Obviously no brown-eyed people have ever wanted that, but what they did want is for society at large to realise that they have a harder time of it because of the invisible systems and hierarchies of privilege. Over the last fifty or so years, we have mostly addressed those problems; but class division is still very real.
>> No. 432272 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:11 pm
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Do you lads want some fish to go with that massive chip on your shoulder?
>> No. 432273 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 12:46 pm
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>>432272
Fish!? When I were a lad we couldn't afford fish with our chippy tea.
>> No. 432280 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 6:13 pm
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>>432269

>The irony of your post is that it's other people that tend to notice your class, even in the "now-you".

You'll never fully shed the markings of the social class you come from and which you grew up in. Even if you go to a posh university and make it into a boardroom somewhere, there will always be that lingering, self-perceived deficit that you feel you have because you didn't grow up the same way as your present-day peers who came from money.

In the end, it's a matter of debate if people really consciously point out class differences between their upbringing and yours to you, or if it's just you being hypervigilant and getting defensive even at the slightest hint of it, because instinctively you know you'll never fully be one of "them".



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMVqIISyp60
>> No. 432281 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 7:22 pm
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>>43228
>In the end, it's a matter of debate if people really consciously point out class differences between their upbringing and yours to you

That's not what I was saying. What I pointed out was that people ask me questions, I give them factual answers (e.g., no I didn't receive sums of money when I reached big life milestones, yes I do have immediate relatives who have been to prison, yes there were times money was very tight as a child, no I'm not set to inherit anything), then them deliberately attempting to underplay the factual answers I give them. I've had people erase the first twenty-odd years of my life because I've got to a decent place.

I'm not hoping to "blend in", and I don't perceive myself as inferior because of my upbringing. What I would like is for people not to dismiss my experiences, especially when they're the ones that ask about them. These seem like such different things that I'm not even sure you really read my post.
>> No. 432283 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 8:42 pm
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>>432281

>no I didn't receive sums of money when I reached big life milestones

Neither did I, and I'm from an upper middle class upbringing myself.


>yes I do have immediate relatives who have been to prison

Not going to argue that poverty and prison don't correlate, but I dated a lass briefly whose uncle was a tax lawyer, and at that time, he was in prison somewhere in the Caribbean (some tax haven that I can't remember the name of) for money laundering, awaiting extradition to Britain. Yes, I know, that's not the same as some dolescum thug going to prison for nicking cars because he doesn't know any better, but my point is, it's not something that only happens to poorer people.


>no I'm not set to inherit anything

Even if you are, that doesn't mean you'll always have it. A lot of those trust fund rich kids, I mean the really rich ones, run out of money before they know what hit them, because they never had to work for money and thus never appreciated it and realised that you need to take good care of it or you'll just piss it away.


>and I don't perceive myself as inferior because of my upbringing

And you aren't. I know a few people who came from humble beginnings, and some are the nicest human beings you'll meet.
>> No. 432287 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 9:48 pm
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If I buy an old Ordnance Survey map like this will it be something I'd be able to open out and frame or would it be like a book across a number of pages? Thinking of ordering one as a present for someone.
>> No. 432288 Anonymous
29th November 2019
Friday 11:53 pm
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>>432287

It'll be a fold-out sheet, but the size depends on the type of map.

https://maps.nls.uk/orders-sizes.html
>> No. 432289 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 4:33 am
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>>432283
>it's not something that only happens to poorer people.

All of this happens on sliding scale with socioeconomic status, as shown by decades of research. It's not that it doesn't happen to middle class people, it's that it happens less frequently, or happens differently due to having the protection a bit of money or education provides.

I was just giving examples of questions that have led to awkward conversations with people I know. Some even try to joke about it, as though to make a point how far removed my experiences are from theirs. As another poster pointed out, it does get obnoxious.

Regardless, I suspected it was a bad idea, precisely because someone like you always pops up and points out an exception and ignores the overwhelming evidence for things as simple as: middle class kids tend to benefit more from intergenerational exchange of wealth, they tend to have fewer relatives in prison, they tend to be in better health, they tend to be more educated, they tend to have a better grasp of how to navigate institutions, they tend to be better connected to other middle class folk, etc..

These tendencies have been reflected prettyy accurately, in my experience, even though anyone can think of exceptions -- of which I'm probably one.
>> No. 432291 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 5:36 am
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>>432288
Thanks, lad. I've had a look online and it says the Alan Godfrey maps generally cover one and a half miles by one mile, at a scale of 15 inches to the mile.
>> No. 432292 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 9:07 am
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>>432283
>Even if you are, that doesn't mean you'll always have it. A lot of those trust fund rich kids, I mean the really rich ones, run out of money before they know what hit them, because they never had to work for money and thus never appreciated it and realised that you need to take good care of it or you'll just piss it away.

Sorry but this is untrue. I think maybe you're thinking of lottery winners? If I were wealthy I'd want people to believe this was the case but the facts are two thirds of all wealth is inherited. Most rich people were simply given most of their money and the richer you are the more likely this is to be the case.
>> No. 432293 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 9:41 am
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>>432288
Yeah - I've got quite a few of those older OS maps. They are nice things (I collect maps BTW) but they're not quite at the level you could flatten and frame them. You can sometimes find map shops that have flattened them for you.
>> No. 432296 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 11:32 am
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>>432287

Alan Godfrey Maps offer some of their colour prints as a flat sheet, posted rolled up in a tube - you could try giving them a ring on 01207 583388 and ask if they can do others like that.
>> No. 432297 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 11:45 am
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>>432289

You're not wrong, in that there is a divide between the poor and the middle class that is difficult to overcome, and getting more difficult in our time, it seems:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44489556

>For those people born between 1955 and 1975, the research says, social mobility was a "reality", with people born into low-income families able to move up in terms of education and earnings.

>But the OECD study suggests that those born afterwards, becoming adults in the 1990s and later, faced "stagnating" social mobility.

>Researchers found a high likelihood of people being "stuck" in the income group into which they were born, with those born into poorer families likely to remain poor and those from high-income families going on to become high earners themselves.
>> No. 432298 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 3:12 pm
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>>432297
Bring back grammar schools.
>> No. 432299 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 4:01 pm
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>>432293
Is that because of creasing? If so then I'd imagine ironing them on the lowest setting underneath a few pillowcases or tea towels could sort that out.
>> No. 432300 Anonymous
30th November 2019
Saturday 4:32 pm
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>>432299

Tea towel with just a touch of steam at the lowest heat setting and you should be golden. But make sure you allow the spots you're ironing to cool down in between passes.

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