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August 26, 2019

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svh

While I get my act together.

Hangover?

David

Hangover?

Heh. Not today. That was Friday. And Saturday. But as I’m sure I’ve said before, getting back into blogging after a pause is not unlike lowering your buttocks into a hot bath. Best done cautiously.

Min

Guess who.

I think she's putting the cart before the horse.

David

I think she’s putting the cart before the horse.

It does seem likely, given Laurie’s history as a self-dramatising narcissist - one who flies around the world, from Harvard to Hollywood, tweeting about how terribly oppressed she is. And conflating social trends – and the fate of the entire planet - with her own tedious mood disorders wouldn’t be a first, or remotely out of character.

Jonathan

..and fascists are wrecking what’s left of democracy.

I imagine this as a Pete and Dud sketch:

" D'you know, I saw that Mussolini down the pub last night. He told me he was going to overthrow the government and institute a Fascist State."

" Really?"

" Yeah. That is if his gov'ner would give him a couple of weeks off work."


People like LP are living a fantasy world.

Burnsie

I'm beginning to suspect that her working acquaintances may merely be humoring her along. Call me an optimist.

Adam

I nominate Mz Penny as a contestant on Big Brother. Either that or The Bachelorette.

David

I nominate Mz Penny as a contestant on Big Brother.

Apparently, she was once asked to take part, or short-listed, or was considered a suitable, um, participant. At least she tweeted something to that effect a few years ago. Though I think watching her inevitable mental disintegration on live television would be a bit much for all but the hardest hearts.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...I know comes home from a hard day being ground on the wheel of late stage disaster capitalism...

She stunningly and bravely typed on her 26 horsepower two stroke "Magnetovitch" elctronified typographicon made by proud Soviet workers in 1937 in the Leningrad Elektoworks and Tank Factory #56 "Za Slavu Rodina" and sent via 1200 baud modem installed by British Telecom in 1987.

Meanwhile, this being an open thread, and speaking of deranged leftists, YouTube bans Battle Bot videos because of animal cruelty, despite there being zero animal involvement.

sH2

Though I think watching her inevitable mental disintegration on live television would be a bit much for all but the hardest hearts.

She wants an 'anarcho-communist' revolution so she can 'self-determine' how much of my salary she can steal. I'd be okay watching her crack up on live TV.

David

She wants an ‘anarcho-communist’ revolution so she can ‘self-determine’ how much of my salary she can steal. I’d be okay watching her crack up on live TV.

Fair point.

Joan

watching her inevitable mental disintegration on live television

Doesn't that happen every time she's on live television?

Pst314

Almost everyone I know...”

Because sane and moral people avoid her.

ComputerLabRat

Almost everyone I know...”
Because sane and moral people avoid her.

This. I read the snippet in the original post and thought wtf. I put in my 8 to 5. I go home, and my main thought is what's for dinner. Or rather, what do I feel like making myself for dinner?

I swear these people are straining overmuch to find drama.

btw - isn't she the one with the posh pad featured in some magazine? All decorated just so, the whole thing much nicer than anything I've ever been able to afford to rent.

Darleen

speaking of deranged leftists, YouTube bans...

Google owns YouTube and isn't shy anymore about punishing people who it finds distasteful. It's very annoyed with PragerU and testimony before the Senate so it has upped the number of restricted video as (cannot be viewed on any computer with filters that block "adult" content, including libraries) to 99. It includes such sexual or violent themed subjects as the series on the 10 commandments - just think how awful to expose teens to the idea that it is wrong to steal! History subjects, like the founding of Israel,Churchill's role in WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Charlie Suet

It’s easy to laugh at this sort of piffle. Then you start to realise how many people under the age of 35 believe it.

David

isn’t she the one with…

The self-styled “riot-grrl” and “anarcho-communist” – the one who shouts, “fuck money!” and who claims to dream of living “in the rubble” of toppled capitalism – and who also finds time to appear in celebrity lifestyle shoots for Apartment Therapy magazine. Which is pretty much shorthand for the thing she claims to despise and wishes to see “on fire.”

The exact levels of twattery are hard to calculate.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Elsewhere, damn wypipo and their criminalizing zoophilia.

To marginalize the indigenous people, don't you know.

Daniel Ream

Though I think watching her inevitable mental disintegration on live television would be a bit much for all but the hardest hearts.

She's not insane. She's your garden-variety trustafarian. You could put her on Big Brother, but you wouldn't get a meltdown, you'd just get temper tantrums, endless pivoting every time she's pressed on one of her idiot ideas, and likely a great deal of "I didn't say (thing that there's video evidence she said)". Followed by endless moralizing self-aggrandizement on Twitter after her appearance.

She's an oversized petulant child, but she's not BPD nuts.

David

you’d just get temper tantrums, endless pivoting every time she’s pressed on one of her idiot ideas, and likely a great deal of “I didn’t say (thing that there’s video evidence she said)”.

Hardly a display of sound mental integration. And with nowhere to escape to and be flattered, I suspect things would get livelier. When meeting any significant resistance, however briefly – as, say, during her infamous exchange with David Starkey – things tend to go quite badly for her. It’s car-crash stuff, and quite revealing.

Sam

The exact levels of twattery are hard to calculate.

Would have to be expressed in astronomical units, no doubt.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The exact levels of twattery are hard to calculate.

Speaking of which, the other day Tim T favored us with an epic recipe, that is epic.

Today in twattery, however, we learn the food editor of People magazine a) does not have common ingredients on hand, and b) has no clue how to cook.

I don't care if he is a millennial in NYC, a fargin' food editor should know what the hell a "rasher" of bacon is, and not be surprised that common US packaging has 12 rashers, or strips in US English.

MC

watching her inevitable mental disintegration on live television would be a bit much for all but the hardest hearts

It seems I am a bad person....

Bill de Haan

YouTube bans Battle Bot videos because of animal cruelty, despite there being zero animal involvement.

Perhaps if the Battle Bots could speak, they might self-identify as animals, and complain of the cruelty.

YouTube is just following Google's policy of dealing with crime, or pre-crime, by banning badthink.

Sam

Open thread, eh? Excuse me while I Hal up the place a bit.

My company (a large food multinational) is all about the "B-Corporation", or public benefit corporation these days. Don't know what that is? Don't worry, like being vegan or doing crossfit you need merely make eye contact with our powerskirts and they will wax poetic until you slowly back away. What it actually entails is companies whos' target demo fall into that "basic bitch socialist" sweetspot paying the blood geld to a virtue-signalling middleman (ala carbon credits) in exchange for a "We're the Good Kind of Huge Corporation" gold star patch so that we're the last against the wall in the Glorious Revolution.

This morning I get an email from Powerskirt HQ giddily patting themselves on the back for purchasing a NY Times ad that persuasively and in detail extols the virtues of being a certified B-Corp (benefit corporation). Haha just kidding! The ad is a typically vague condescending lecture to all the dinosaur corporations and their outdated notions of business success. It was in the NY Times though, I didn't make that up. Since I can't do embedded pics worth a damn here's the entire text:

Dear Business Roundtable CEOs,

We are part of a community of Certified B Corporations who are walking the walk of stakeholder capitalism. We are successful businesses that meet the highest standards of verified positive impact for our workers, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment.

We operate with a better model of corporate governance – benefit corporation governance – which gives us, and could give you, a way to combat short-termism and the freedom to make decisions to balance profit and purpose.

As you know, with continued resistance from investors on this new definition of business, we’ve got work to do to help them see that stakeholder governance builds trust and builds value.

More importantly, it also ensures that the purpose of capitalism is to work for everyone and for the long term.

Let’s work together to make real change happen.

It's annoying to have multi-millionaire CEOs tell businesses that are just trying to make payroll about how they're doing it all wrong, but that's par for the course in [current year]. What really chaps my ass is how much time and effort Powerskirt HQ spends on this crap when our distribution network is shit and worsens by the week, we can't meet customer orders, my own portion of the business is dying due to utter neglect, and every admin department is churning people and are in complete chaos. Seriously they can't even pay people properly.

The amount of smug but disgracefully ignorant pap in that ad is plentiful, but I've taken up too much comment space as is. Cheers and congrats again to the newlywed.

Bill de Haan

Speaking of which, the other day Tim T favored us with an epic recipe, that is epic.

Epic in the sense that few dishes require 12 hours of preparation.

To be fair, ten thousand calories (per slice) grilled, baked, BBQed deep fried deep dish quesadilla chicken pepperoni pizzas aren't offered as Swanson microwavable TV dinners.

David

It seems I am a bad person....

endless pivoting every time she’s pressed on one of her idiot ideas,

She reminds me of someone I knew years ago, who professed incompatible, often wildly contradictory views depending on the company and the prevailing social expectations. This became something of a problem when, despite his efforts, he found himself in the presence of people from more than one social group, which were themselves not entirely consonant. The air of slightly manic tension was quite a thing and, in hindsight, darkly funny. The image that came to mind was of the Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the one whose head spins round to reveal either of his two expressions – one grinning, one anxious.

Tausendsassa

a "We're the Good Kind of Huge Corporation" gold star patch so that we're the last against the wall in the Glorious Revolution.

http://www.desertsun.co.uk/blog/9993/

The idea that there is any major western corporation which thinks shareholder value is not maximised by showing a degree of consideration towards employees, the environment, and suppliers is laughable. ... The realisation that companies operate best in a stable, functioning society took place at least a hundred years ago, which is why a lot of early industrialists engaged in philanthropy.

... To the extent a shift has occurred, it is that much of the left no longer see corporations as a problem but as a power to be harnessed in order to bring about their desired political goals, bypassing the political process that has thwarted their ambitions for so long.

What these CEOs are doing is signalling to the American left that they are open to doing their bidding provided they get left alone financially: we’ll sign up to Pride Month and let our HR department fire anyone who posts wrongthink on social media, just don’t look too closely at our lobbying efforts regarding NAFTA and our tax exemptions.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Epic in the sense that few dishes require 12 hours of preparation.

More like four max for anyone who can multitask and is smart enough to get tortillas bigger than the cake pan and cut them to fit.

...aren't offered as Swanson microwavable TV dinners.

Therein lies the problem, I believe. I don't think the "food editor"* has ever done anything but microwave. All I know is next block party, I'm borrowing a pot big enough properly to deep fry in and making this mess, frying the slices on a stick in the South Flyoverlandia county fair tradition.

*(I think that probably translates to "Guy who instagrams food in 'trendy' dumps")

Daniel Ream

someone I knew years ago, who professed incompatible, often wildly contradictory views depending on the company and the prevailing social expectations. This became something of a problem when, despite his efforts, he found himself in the presence of people from more than one social group, which were themselves not entirely consonant.

I've had near exactly the same experience with an old school chum. At one point he, I and a raving anti-pipelines/pro-indigneous activist were all in the same room and I thought he was going to explode.

Steve E

I don't think the "food editor"* has ever done anything but microwave.

I think he also missed an ingredient in the chicken marinade. The video starts with an ingredient (which appears to be paprika, a staple in most bbq rubs and marinades) already in the bowl, then all the other ingredients are listed and added. It's why his chicken looks so wyte.

Nate Whilk

I imagine this as a Pete and Dud sketch

Brilliant! I can hear it now!

Paul Nottingham

blogging after a pause is not unlike lowering your buttocks into a hot bath. Best done cautiously.

Surely your feet are already in the bath so you know what the temperature is.

Unless you are incredibly athletic and use your arms on the side of the bath to suspend your pasty buttocks above the water and slowly lower yourself in

David

Unless you are incredibly athletic and use your…

Somewhere in here there lurks a comedy sketch.

Pogonip

Hi Paul,

We want pictures of Olympic bath-lowering!

Fred the Fourth

Hmm. various comments seems to have evaporated.

Paul Nottingham

We want pictures of Olympic bath-lowering!

I'm sorry but personally, I wait for another family member to start running a bath, rush outside and pole vault naked through the bathroom window, embracing the anticipated kiss of the waters. The only problem is if a family member has already occupied the tub and is hovering above the suds like an athlete on the horizontal bars.

Fred the Fourth

...never mind, they were in the other thread.

hot bath

I used to occasionally go to a place called Harbin Hot Springs, at the northwest corner of the Napa Valley. (Sadly, all their buildings were destroyed in a wildfire a few years ago, but they are rebuilding.) they had, among other things, a hot pool. A very hot pool. A VERY HOT pool. A VERY HOT pool. Entering this thing was an exercise in patience and slow movement, lest one scald.
The nice part was the very very cold pool just outside. (For tax reasons, I believe, Harbin operated as the "Church of Heart Consciousness" or somesuch. Amusing place. Full of the weirdest harmless folk you can imagine, plus the occasional stunning beauty.)

Runcie Balspune

late stage disaster capitalism

You really need to appreciate the irony when this kind of remark is posted on the internet, via Twitter no less.

Pogonip

Rod Dreher says we sans-culottes are rumbling. What do you think?

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/moralistic-therapeutic-med-school-erasing-the-white-stain/

Dreher puts his finger on the problem. Why can’t the guy cited in the story think “I’m going to stand on the shoulders of those giants and one day I’ll be on that wall with them”?

Pogonip

Fred, did you get rid of your wasps?

Fred the Fourth

Pogonip,
I am trapping them with some success. However, at some point I'll probably have to don my head-to-toe bug suit and poke around inside their artillery range in order to find their HQ.
(Speaking of cookery, anyone know the best way to prepare 20 liters of molten aluminum using common household tools?)

lotocoti

The exact levels of twattery are hard to calculate.
Would have to be expressed in astronomical units, no doubt.

If beauty is measured in milliHelens (1 milliHelen launches 1 ship), perhaps the milliLaurie could be the unit of measurement for twattery.

Fred the Fourth

...twattery...

I think we're looking at a flux here. We know idiocy is quantized (the well-known moron replacing the photon in this case). We know that morons obey Bose-Einstein statistics (this is what allows any number of identical idiots to occupy the same space).

Aha! I just conceived of the TAS'EM! Twat Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Morons. It should produce a beam of concentrated coherent twattery. Of course, in this case, I expect the "coherence length" to be a nanometer or so, after which total incoherence occurs. (this kind of blather is what excites a failed physicist. I think I have to go lie down now...)

Pogonip

Hi Fred,

Let the exterminator poke around seeking HQ so you don’t end up in the ER.

And his wasp gun full of bug-killing juice is really cool.

Pogonip

“...20 liters of molten alumin(i)um...”

Ask David, he has the instruction booklet for the flamethrower.

I have a book, “The Secret House,” long out of print, alas, which shows microscopic views of various things, including an aluminum windowsill, w/various facts about the things in the pictures, e.g. aluminum was once the Hot New Thing and ridiculously expensive.

Daniel Ream

anyone know the best way to prepare 20 liters of molten aluminum using common household tools?

Yes.

What?

Hal

Snowflakes have attended a tech conference, and gotten laughed off stage because their presentation was fake math and snake oil.

The snowflakes' resulting lawsuit is in progress.

Bill de Haan

The snowflakes' resulting lawsuit is in progress.

This reminds me of the co-worker who became livid, almost hysterical, as a result of his annual employee evaluation.

What did the evaluation say that triggered him? "Meets expectations".

That was it. Nothing negative, nothing insulting, no criticism at all. He was doing the job he was hired to do, and they thought he was doing it well.

So what was the offence?

"I've been in the industry for 15 years, and I've never once had an evaluation of anything less than 'above average'!"

The snowflakes here seem to be of the same cut. Having been patted on the head and given shiny awards for nothing more than the ability to show up on time, they've come to believe that they are uniquely talented, above all others. Not only do the plebes not give them proper adulation, they actually criticize! So off to the lawyer they go.

It should also be noted that the audience was not being rude without reason. From what I can see of Crown Sterling's presentation, it's based on the idea that occult numerology will disrupt, or already is disrupting, cryptography. Also, they claimed to have "discovered" the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Given the number of mathematicians in the audience, it's not a great shock that they weren't taken seriously.

fnord

If beauty is measured in milliHelens (1 milliHelen launches 1 ship), perhaps the milliLaurie could be the unit of measurement for twattery

While ths would be useful for the products of your run-of-the-mill Gender 'Studies' program it's far to large to be useful in real life, I suggest the more reasonable nanoLaurie. If , of course, the universe allows juxtaposition of reasonable and Laurie.

WTP

Heh. Aluminum. It's fun to say. ah-LOO-mih-num. heh-heh.

Pogonip

I think Eratosthenes should sue the bastards.

D 2 no punctuation.

She's basically cut and pasting John Lennon now:

It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog.
I'm just sitting watching the wheels go round and round.
I read the news today oh boy.
Oh Species!! If you leave me.....

frank black

Things you won't see in the MSM this week.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/08/22/breaking-dr-tim-ball-wins-michaelemann-lawsuit-mann-has-to-pay/

lotocoti

Compare the angst of a thirty-three year old Laurie Penny with a 25 year old Dorothie Feilding MM, swanning about Belgium in 1914:
I don't mind running risks for our men or the French but I'm blithered if I'm going to have holes put in me by a bally Teuton while I pick up their men.

Col. Milquetoast

Unless you are incredibly athletic and use your arms on the side of the bath to suspend your pasty buttocks above the water and slowly lower yourself in

My understanding is that David's bathing facilities are ... um.... rustic

https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/254001964787_/GAY-BEAR-OLD-WEST-Hillbilly-BATH.jpg

Chester Draws

I've killed lots of wasps nests. The secret is Carboryl.

You dust their landing spot, just outside the hole, and they drag it inside for you. The whole nest is poisoned in a day or two. Generally they will drag it down and kill the queen. Sometimes there'll be a second wave as the new recruits hatch, but they are soon poisoned too.

If it's a serious nest I'll blow a decent amount down the hole. That requires knowing the entrance and a night time operation, but is invariably effective.

I even killed a nest recently without knowing the hole. Enough powder dusted around seemed to work.

TomJ

I dunno if these fellas sueing Black Hat are snowflakes; it may be part of a diabolically brilliant strategy. People attending the conference said they were trying to get cash or of investors, but doing so by presenting woo to a load of people with a drop understanding of the subject seems a suboptimal strategy. However presenting a load of woo to people with a deep understanding of the subject due seem a good strategy if you want to get heckled, from which you can launch a lawsuit…

David

Heh. Aluminum. It’s fun to say. ah-LOO-mih-num. heh-heh.

Someone fetch the hose.

Hal

Someone fetch the hose.

Here y'are.

What?

David

And let’s not forget this one, which is typically dense with self-flattering implications:

Presumably, Laurie imagines that her own theatrical tantrums and endless, pretentious whining make her interesting, which I suppose they do, though only in ways she doesn’t seem to comprehend and would most likely not appreciate.

TimT

I've killed lots of wasps nests. The secret is Carboryl.

Checks out.

Wasps are meticulously clean. If they get crap on them, they’ll clean themselves and their friends will clean them too - spreading a little toxin through a whole hive.

I couldn’t use this method though. It’s toxic to bees, which we have. Yes, I’d imagine the bees wouldn’t be particularly interested. Still, it’s a little close for comfort.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I've killed lots of wasps nests. The secret is Carboryl.

You dust their landing spot, just outside the hole, and they drag it inside for you.

Another pest control method you may find useful: if you sprinkle it around where they are burrowing, for instance under a slab foundation which can lead to cracking, used cat litter keeps armadillos away.

That is all, carry on.

pst314

Heh. Aluminum. It’s fun to say. ah-LOO-mih-num. heh-heh.

Schedule. Sked-yule.
Bonnet. Hood. Wing. Fender. Lift. Elevator.

Watcher In The Dark

@Sam, re his company's ad in NYT: "Let’s work together to make real change happen."

There's the problem right there. Yes let's, but none of us have the faintest idea how we are going to 'work together' for any end. Even all-out wars have so many misfires (pun intended) it becomes touch and go whether one can even survive let alone win. Even the word 'real' is open to question. And at what point does 'happen' actually get recognised as, er, having happened?

The devil, as they say, is in the detail. But at least it's free to say "Let’s work together to make real change happen" and thus feel good, briefly.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Bonnet. Hood. Wing. Fender.

Positive earth. Negative ground. Wood frame. Metal frame. Lucas. Bosch.

Fred the Fourth

Farns,
This USain learned to drive in a 49 MGTC and owned a MGB.
Your remark triggered me. I am literally shaking. I am much angrier inside.
(Also, I now own a Toyota)

TomJ

Hmmm, I think I'll stick to my language selection, if it's all the same.

fnord

used cat litter keeps armadillos away.

A tip that all Brits will find useful.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Heh. Steam misspelled "Rationalized" as "Simplified". Silly gamers.

I will give you one, though, station wagon - shooting brake, although I imagine the rozzers would be on you if you even said "shooting" these days.

...and owned a MGB.

Yes, but did you actually get to drive it, or just try to start it...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

A tip that all Brits will find useful.

They crossed the Mighty Mississippi, you think the puny Atlantic will stop their invincible* horde ?


*(Why did the chicken cross the road ? To prove to the armadillo it could be done)

Darleen

Yes, but did you actually get to drive it, or just try to start it...

I owned an 1967 MGB-GT in the late 70s. While every morning was an exercise in suspense as I sweet-talked the car into starting, I loved that little gal.

David

English (Simplified)

Heh.

Fred the Fourth

My MGB may have been unique.
1. It never ever leaked oil.
2. It never failed to start on the first try
It did, however, not seem to understand how an alternator worked. I had endless problems with the voltage regulator.
It was worth it to see the looks on my colleagues faces when I told them I was taking this jar of motor oil to the parking lot to top up my carburettors.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I owned an 1967 MGB-GT...

I will concede that they look good till the federally mandated bumpers, but everything suffered from that, and when they ran fun to drive because they seemed to be going fast, but that is also the thrill of a Trabi. Well, that and the thrill from the sense of impending doom.

For full disclosure I am a owned by Teutonic crates, and TBF, I believe it is in German law, perhaps the TüV codes or something, that for any number of nuts or bolts greater than one, there will be one, and not more than one, that either cannot be removed, is inaccessible, can only be removed with a manufacturers Special Tool, or any combination of the above, and that there will be one thing, preferably very hard to access, no matter how brilliantly the rest of the thing is engineered, that is so incomprehensibly stupid even the Soviets wouldn't have done it.

pst314

A tip that all Brits will find useful.

A new diversity program is needed to correct that sad lack of cuddly armadillos.

Daniel Ream

her own theatrical tantrums and endless, pretentious whining make her interesting, which I suppose they do

That's a funny way to spell "tedious and predictable".

David

That’s a funny way to spell “tedious and predictable”.

Well, ‘interesting’ in the admittedly niche sense of contorted and perverse. Or pathological.

Fred the Fourth

A neighbor of a test pilot i knew in Surrey owned a MGC-GT. Straight six motor. Pretty exciting to drive. The pilot decamped with family to France many years ago. His son, whom I knew as a gangly teen, married a beautiful French girl and produced a passel of beautiful French daughters.

Where was i going with this?

Mike

Harrison Bergeron was not a how-to guide.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/ny-city-diversity-committee-says-programs-for-gifted-students-are-racist/

WTP

that is so incomprehensibly stupid even the Soviets wouldn't have done it.

I believe it was the Soviets who designed the stowage of spare tires on modern (US and Japan AFAIK, but probably universal by now) vehicles to only secure one way such that the valve stem on said tire is on the bottom. Therefore the spare must be entirely removed from its storage location in order to even check the pressure, let alone inflate the damn thing.

Guess what I did this weekend...

I'm not exactly Joe Mechanic, but I'm not terribly inept either. I'll fix the occasional household product, minor electric work, or futz around with minor stuff in the car. I generally hate to throw out something that can be fixed (probably a product of Depression-era parents). But I absolutely dread doing something new on a car that I haven't done on that car before or did once so long ago that I have to figure out how to do it all over again. It's not so much figuring out how to do the thing, it's the "WTF was the engineer thinking when they designed it this way". Which usually leads me to suspect that there's some stupid regulation behind it. Yet then I also suspect that someone wanted to address That Thing That Will Never Happen to show off how smarty smart smart they are. Though these latter people probably go into government work. It's kind of a symbiotic relationship.

WTP

OK..so as this is an open thread and I'm bored again...Does anyone here follow the YouTube channel guy historian sort-of Lindybeige? AKA Nikolas Lloyd? I'm curious if he has direct military experience. Googling around, I'm not finding much detail. I've been watching his videos for a month or two now and I'm getting real curious if he knows some of this stuff directly-ish or if it's all book knowledge.

Sonny Wayz

"It was worth it to see the looks on my colleagues faces when I told them I was taking this jar of motor oil to the parking lot to top up my carburettors."

Hah!!

Which reminds me, I've got to reclaim my SU tuning manual from the fellow I lent it to - for an MGB rebuild, as it happens.

Hal

For full disclosure I am a owned by Teutonic crates, and TBF, I believe it is in German law, perhaps the TüV codes or something...

...the German are the mechanics...

Jeff Wood

WTP, I think Lindy's knowledge is from books and asking questions, though I must add that I have seen commenters claiming military experience agree with him, or perhaps offer reasoned disagreement.

Of course, spear and sword work, armour etc is not exactly current knowledge and practice.

A few months ago, Bloke on the Range, who does certainly know his stuff, took Lindy to the range to show him which end of a gun goes bang. Bloke's guest certainly enjoyed himself, and I think it telling that Mike took the trouble. A mark of respect.

The "Lindy" part refers to the Hop.

Killer Marmot

There's never been a better time to be alive, and this is certainly so for those who live in affluent countries.

And yet Penny and friends are apparently living through some hellish dystopia, their psyches tortured daily by last-stage capitalism and by raving fascists on every street corner.

She's either got to increase or decrease her meds, because her current dosage is not working.

Hal

Where was i going with this?

'I don't reckon them times will ever come again. There never was a more bullier old ram than what he was. Grandfather fetched him from Illinois --got him of a man by the name of Yates--Bill Yates--maybe you might have heard of him; his father was a deacon--Baptist--and he was a rustler, too; a man had to get up ruther early to get the start of old Thankful Yates; it was him that put the Greens up to jining teams with my grandfather when he moved west.

Seth Green was prob'ly the pick of the flock; he married a Wilkerson--Sarah Wilkerson--good cretur, she was--

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I believe it was the Soviets who designed the stowage of spare tires on modern (US and Japan AFAIK, but probably universal by now)...

One reason my newest car (literally and figuratively) is a '95 is that it has a full size spare with a wheel and tyre tire just like the other four. Aside from the trend of new cars having those idiot mini-spares, the latest is no spares, but a "mobility kit" consisting of a can of fix-a-flat and a 12 volt compressor.

An acquaintance was showing me the marvel of his new bimmer, looking at the vast expanse of plastic that allegedly was the M in BMW, I asked where the hell the dipstick was, only to learn there was none, you have to trust an idiot light to know your engine is not going to grenade from lack of oil. It does have bluetooth, so I guess that is something, though I'm not sure what.

Cars are getting stupider. Get off my lawn.

Daniel Ream

Lindy's knowledge is from books and asking questions

This. He LARPS and does some HEMA, and he's notable for actually going out and trying stuff for real rather than taking the historians' word for it. But he's kind of like the medieval MythBusters, as likely to go confidently wrong as not.

Devo

I was flummoxed about who it might be until I re-read the headline and realized it was "Her friends..." instead of "His friends..."

Then it clicked immediately.

WTP

Thanks Jeff & Dan. His videos that I've watched on infantry combat and similar dovetail quite well with what my father told me in much detail in his later years and also significantly with others whom I have known who saw real combat at an infantry level. There's a degree of understanding that you don't get from even military guys who never were "shot at in anger" as dear old Dad used to say.

I've always wanted to ask that in a job interview. "Have you ever been shot at on a daily basis?" Such people know things. It's like being a fox and a hedgehog, simultaneously.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Great Caesar's Ghost, I thought our 'Murkan commies were more messed up than a football bat, but up north, you have a fine filly whose igloo has slipped off the ice floe.

Tremble in fear Ye Titans of Late Stage Disaster Capitalism, The Whingeramos Brigade is here to strike a telling blow for the proletariat. As soon as one of us learns how to make a fist, but our outfits are to die for.

Fred the Fourth

Hal, I recently re-read Roughing It.
I was startled by Twain's recounting of how he and a partner started a large forest fire on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe. I had just been i the area east of Incline, which must have been about the same place as the fire.
Living in California these days one gets pretty nervous about fires.

Hal

Living in California these days one gets pretty nervous about fires.

It depends on where one is, given that steel and masonry don't burn well, albeit wood frame buildings burn quite capably . . .

But yes, if where one is includes being rather surrounded by rather dried out foliage . . . . . . . .

Roscoe

Speaking of Lord Lucas, Prince of Darkness, I still have two quarts of oem electrical smoke for a Rover I once owned.

Roscoe

re: Mark Twain starting Lake Tahoe on fire, I recently re-read Desert Solitaire by Ed Abbey, wherein he describes setting a side grotto of Glenn Canyon on fire while disposing of his used bog paper. Nearly scorched by the flames, Abbey fled back to the main river canyon where his one-legged friend Ralph Newcom stood smoking a pipe and thoughtfully watching the entire cockup. Needing to regain his composure after the near miss, Abbey pulled out his own pipe and tried to find matches in his pockets. Newcom limped over to Abbey, offered some matches, and asked "Are you short on these?"

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Don't forget that Thoreau set the woods around Waldon on fire, too.

Hal

Don't forget that Thoreau set the woods around Waldon on fire, too.

Come to think of it, so did Hank Williams.

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