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October 01, 2021

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Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

I agree, I think they’re teabags. Maybe it’s a world-record project.

pst314

a state-of-the-art driving simulator circa 1967

Learned on one of those before they would let us in a real car. Also "Wheels of Tragedy" educational films.

Oh, and I think these may be teabags.

Good Lord. That brings back memories of the first few years after college in which I learned various "dysfunctional person" warning signs.

ComputerLabRat

Oh, and I think these may be teabags.

It's like some teabag monster lurking in the kitchen - I half expected it to get up and shamble off.

Ed Snack

I do hope they are tea bags, reading the next story on that reddit though, I did begin to doubt a little (warning, not safe for sensitive people...)

Addolff

The story from the council worker below that pic is great too. Heard a similar story - guy fitting new toilet in council flat. Hears someone behind and turns to see the woman of flat shitting in the bath......

David

Morning, all.

Maybe it’s a world-record project.

It calls to mind the ‘mashed potato’ scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

“This means something… This is important.”

[ Points to wondrous tower of teabags. ]

JuliaM

Don’t all laugh at the driving simulator- if the HGV crisis continues, the DVLA may well decide that completing an hour on ‘Truck Simulator 2’ on PC is enough to grant you a licence!

Jen

hairs hitherto undetected;

*triggers ocd*

David

*triggers ocd*

I feel your pain. As I once had to explain, in and around the sink is not the end of the journey.

Mike D

the thrill of competitive miniature dry stone walling.

I laughed at first, but I've clicked through and watching all the videos…

Mike D

*am* watching

David

I laughed at first, but I’ve clicked through and am watching all the videos…

It’s often the way.

John Lewis

The world record project reminds me of my time, eons ago now, at university when we would make surprisingly elaborate items of chain mail clothing using beer can ring-pulls (ring-tabs?).

Considerably more wholesome and at the end of the year one guy got so sentimental that he took his creation back home with him.

David

By the way, I recently discovered that I can look at this blog on a 60” 4K TV.

What?

I’m not even sorry.

PiperPaul

the thrill of competitive miniature dry stone walling

There does seem to be an over-representation of Canadians there, I wonder what that means.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"The pyramids are just a pile of rocks"

       "Nonsense, they are a miracle of precision stone masonry and engineering"

"Nope, just a pile of rocks".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

When you don't believe in cremation but can't afford a regular burial.

Y. Knott

"Nope, just a pile of rocks".

Can you imagine just how much more awesomely dangerous that pyramid would be if they were round rocks?

Directrix Gazer

"Nope, just a pile of rocks"

To be fair, most of the precision work went into the long-ago stripped cladding layer.

Sam Duncan

“a state-of-the-art driving simulator circa 1967”

Still better than my rig.

“...if the HGV crisis continues, the DVLA may well decide that completing an hour on ‘Truck Simulator 2’ on PC is enough to grant you a licence!”

What? It isn't already? Dammit...

“I’m not even sorry.”

Don't worry. I occasionally restore the balance by reading it on my 9" first-generation netbook. In the Links browser.

Q1K3 is a surprisingly accurate and playable recreation of Quake in 13Kb of Javascript. It doesn't work in Links.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

To be fair, most of the precision work went into the long-ago stripped cladding layer.

A little Bondo and that pyramid will buff right out.

David

I occasionally restore the balance by reading it on my 9” first-generation netbook. In the Links browser.

[ Muffled spluttering. ]

Governor Squid

hairs hitherto undetected

After 24 years, I've given up on trying to get the missus to stop with that nonsense. When the pique gets to be too much, I will leave pubic hairs on the toilet seat just for her. (I'm not proud of myself, but this is Minnesota and passive-aggression is our only means of communication.)

Karl

It doesn't work in Links.

Yeah, it's not great on a smartphone either!

pst314

After 24 years, I've given up on trying to get the missus to stop with that nonsense.

Terry Pratchett remarked that one key to strife-free marriage is separate bathrooms & dressing rooms.

Richard Cranium

Terry Pratchett remarked that one key to strife-free marriage is separate bathrooms & dressing rooms.

That's not tr...Oh. one key. Never mind.

WTP

Terry Pratchett remarked that one key to strife-free marriage is separate bathrooms & dressing rooms.

Another option is to get dressed at completely independent times. On the weekends this has traditionally been quite easy to do as I can sit and watch sports for an hour whilst wifey flits about. I think she also says things to me, I think regarding how I will not be ready but there is no independent film confirming this so...but I digress...The thing being that I can be ready to go pretty much anywhere in 15 minutes. If it's a wedding 20. See this stems from her growing up in a small house with the four sisters sharing one bathroom which pretty much dictated that such things must run serially. However her father did have a crude bathroom down in the basement to use but water pressure being an issue, they did have a slight problem during the 2 minutes that he was in the shower, actually even less than 2 minutes running the water (WWII Navy man). However my wife is still convinced that even now, in the 21st century, only one water consuming device in a household may be run at a time. When she's not around, I like to get a load of laundry going, run the dishwasher, and take a shower. If I can coordinate that with the lawn sprinklers running, well that's all the more fun. I find this exercise quite liberating for some reason.

pst314

Another option is to get dressed at completely independent times.

True, although Pratchett's solution eliminates conflicts caused by hairs in the sink, makeup/grooming aids clutter covering the sink, toilet seat left up/down, etc.

pst314

but there is no independent film confirming this so.

:-D

Squires

True, although Pratchett's solution eliminates conflicts caused by hairs in the sink, makeup/grooming aids clutter covering the sink, toilet seat left up/down, etc.

Separate houses > separate bedrooms > separate bathrooms > separate times.

The only perfect solution, of course, is to never meet your wife to begin with.

Felicity

Feeling ‘whelmed’ today.

https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/pzos9i/do_you_feel_whelmed/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

David

Morning, all. So, has anyone seen the new Bond film? Am toying with the idea of whether to see it. I gather it’s nowhere near as woke and emasculated as various interviews (and the general trajectory of popular culture) might have suggested. Though I’m still not sure I want to sit in a half-empty IMAX theatre to find out.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In the spirit of ephemera and catching up on oddities of the world, modern art; despite failing to produce an acceptable snatch, we have a new sportsworman of the year; from one of our betters we learn of the "Tuskagee" Experiment; and finally it is a shame how bigoted and ignorant kindergartners are.

David

we have a new sportsworman of the year;

I think I see the problem.

and finally it is a shame how bigoted and ignorant kindergartners are.

I think I see the problem.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In other breaking world news, an interesting finding about Chinese history; and in Germany, Morlock creates underground parking spaces ...that the aim was to help people who feel 'a special need for protection'...    It is unclear if a time machine may have been involved.

asiaseen

The wonderful world of bridges
https://twitter.com/Ronald_vanLoon/status/1443787309304909824

Name Withheld by Court Order

"the long-ago stripped cladding layer"

There is scant evidence that such a layer was ever completed what with cost overruns, labor disputes, bureaucratic turf battles, exodus...

The Royal Egyptian Treasury was informed by highly-paid Greek financial consultants that their fiscal problems would be solved by minting a single trillion drachma coin to be used as collateral against loans. Unfortunately, careless handling by a slippery-fingered teenage daughter of the Vizier resulted in the coin being lost down a drain.

Thus, an empire was lost, and a false narrative disseminated about gleaming white marble cladding being stripped by thieves. In fact, it was repossessed before installation.

pst314

There is scant evidence that such a layer was ever completed what with cost overruns, labor disputes, bureaucratic turf battles, exodus...

It was completed, but only with cheap flammable cladding.

Squires

It was completed, but only with cheap flammable cladding.

Further proof that the pharaoh inside was black?

Sam Duncan

I don't have a Twitter account, but sometimes I click on a link to it, and the “More Tweetslist just speaks to me.

pst314

This risible assertion, on the other hand, only speaks to my memories of encounters with 70's and 80's leftists.

pst314

Insulate Britain activist lives up to the stereotypes.

pst314

I have long suspected that a love of evil was the unspoken motive of some of the neo-pagans I have known:

"As a queer, genderqueer atheist who was raised as an evangelical, I’m drawn to horror in part because horror stories fundamentally offer a counter-narrative to mainstream Christianity’s most toxic ideas. Through tropes that tend to celebrate villainy, sinfulness, deviance, queerness, and defiance, horror embraces and empowers all that conservative religion rejects as immoral and unholy. Think, for example, of the many queer horror icons that have helped shape queer identity into a reclamation of villainy. Or of The Witch’s Black Phillip famously inviting Anya Taylor-Joy’s colonial Final Girl to “live deliciously."

pst314

(That was found via Ben Sixsmith.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

“As a queer, genderqueer—“

You can stop reading right there and not miss anything.

Squires

...The Witch’s Black Phillip famously inviting Anya Taylor-Joy’s colonial Final Girl to “live deliciously."

I have observed for some time a shortage of people who grasp that The Witch’s ending may not have been some transcendence to a more fulfilling life, but instead the closing of the jaws of a trap that most of the film spends laying.

David

This risible assertion, on the other hand,

Which reminded me of this Guardian article from a few years ago, in which “postcolonial theorist” Emer O’Toole was annoyed by the thought that at any given time one set of values and insights might be preferable to another, even objectively better.

JuliaM

I do love the ‘Guardian’ advice column. Because i just do the opposite of what they recommend and it’s always the right course of action:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/03/my-granddaughter-is-angry-i-want-her-to-apologise-to-us

Em

this Guardian article from a few years ago,

Oh God. Minnow was such a pr*ck.

John D

So, has anyone seen the new Bond film?

Critical Drinker review. (Big spoiler.)

https://youtu.be/eqSkvWrcBzo

David

Critical Drinker review. (Big spoiler.)

I was just watching that. Ah, so they’ve leaned heavily on (1) needless, retconned overarching storylines and (2) ‘serious’ romance - the two elements that have generally been the weakest and least interesting aspects of Bond films.

Do audiences really go to see Bond films to see him display deep romantic feelings and get weepy?

[ Decides not to book IMAX tickets, gets on with life. ]

svh

Critical Drinker review. (Big spoiler.)

"No, Time to Die"

pst314

Oh God. Minnow was such a pr*ck.

Good Lord, that was quite a rabbit hole. And it would have been even deeper if we had gotten around to challenging every absurd claim that minnow made. One example: that "the point about feminism, that women should be able to be individuals in the same way that men are", a claim that is rendered comical when one notices how hostile feminists are to women who choose "traditional roles". All the feminists I knew in the seventies were openly contemptuous of that option and of women who chose to stay home and raise kids rather than have careers in offices or wherever. Not much has changed in the intervening decades, as illustrated by Hillary Clinton's "could have stayed home and baked cookies" remark. What's more, how do these feminists reconcile their desire that women all escape the miserable existence of the stay-at-home mom and achieve fulfillment and happiness through careers with their conviction that workers are all oppressed and miserable?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I think I see the problem.

He's back, and I see a bigger problem.

I see a job opening for anyone who can translate this.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

An Australian gentleman has thoughts about the present situation (occasional NSFW language)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

An important history lesson.

pst314

An important history lesson.

There is no longer any point in using satire to poke fun at TED talks.

WTP

An important history lesson.

This is what Idiocracy looks like. What was once science fiction is now documentary.

asiaseen

An important history lesson.

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages.

Now you know.

RNB

"There is scant evidence that such a [cladding] layer was ever completed what with cost overruns, labor disputes, bureaucratic turf battles, exodus..."

I believe it was Rudyard Kipling who wrote:

Who can doubt the secret hid
'Neath Cheops pyramid
Was that the contractor did
Cheops out of several millions!

pst314

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers...

Will I ever be smart enough to be worthy of receiving the wisdom of these wise, superior beings?

pst314

I believe it was Rudyard Kipling who wrote:

It was "General Summary" in Kipling's Departmental Ditties (1886):

"We are very slightly changed
From the semi-apes who ranged
India's prehistoric clay;
Whoso drew the longest bow,
Ran his brother down, you know,
As we run men down today..."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Remember the riot scoops from "Soyent Green"?

Richard Cranium

(occasional NSFW language)

To be honest, it appeared to contain occasional SFW language.

Daniel Ream

I have long suspected that a love of evil was the unspoken motive of some of the neo-pagans I have known

It's not love of evil any more than a 14-year-old drawing flaming skulls, bloody daggers and pentagrams on his notebook cover is actually a Satanist. It's just emotionally stunted people working out their daddy issues by pretending to embrace anything that they think would shock their parents. Much like middle-aged wine aunts embracing Disney villains as role models.

we would make surprisingly elaborate items of chain mail clothing using beer can ring-pulls

We made surprisingly elaborate items of chain mail clothing using chain mail.

Do audiences really go to see Bond films to see him display deep romantic feelings and get weepy?

If I'm honest, I'm not sure what the point of the Bond franchise is any more. Goldeneye danced around the topic of whether Bond was at all relevant post-Cold War; it's easy to forget that all of those SPECTRE villains only existed in the shadow of the Soviet menace.

There's certainly no shortage of real-world threats that could ground Bond in relevance once again, but it was politically incorrect to admit Arab Muslims could be terrorists in 2002 and it's financially suicidal to admit the CCCP is up to shenanigans in 2021.

Karl

Do audiences really go to see Bond films to see him display deep romantic feelings and get weepy?

I didn't manage to finish either of the last two Bond films.

"Skyfo" as I pronounce the song by inept warbler Adele, who never met a note she could hit, devolved into an asinine adult version of Home Alone set in a stately house. Even before that it seemed to be mostly filmed in the London Underground. Personally I don't watch Bond films to sit through scenes of the London Underground.

The next one, "Spectre", I can barely remember what happened. He spent far too much time rescuing some limp damsel then action moved to a giant underground car park, again in bloody London. I turned that off too.

So I think it's a body swerve on "No. Time to die" for me.

pst314

To be honest, it appeared to contain occasional SFW language.

Is that the key to learning to speak Australian? [ assumes innocent facial expression ]

pst314

It's not love of evil...It's just emotionally stunted people working out their daddy issues by pretending to embrace anything that they think would shock their parents.

Perhaps, but such LARPing is likely to lead to worse things, as people tend to become what they pretend to be, and I seem to recall a whole spectrum of disturbing beliefs. It would, of course, help to have more data points, but I ceased all but the most superficial and accidental contact with those people a long time ago.

pst314

We made surprisingly elaborate items of chain mail clothing using chain mail.

I've seen some very impressive examples, although those who actually used it pointed out that heavy, usually leather, underpadding was also necessary.

asiaseen

heavy, usually leather, underpadding was also necessary

So chainmail not recommended for knickers?

pst314

So chainmail not recommended for knickers?

Only if you are a dwarf. Or this one young woman I knew slightly long ago, but she did remark that a lining was necessary, although she kept it as thin as possible.

pst314

although she kept it as thin as possible.

Very thin and translucent. Oh, and did I mention the leather bracelets she wore on her wrists and ankles?

pst314

[ ponders what more to say to provoke David into invoking the dread spray bottle ]

pst314

Let's see...
"The English don't know how to make tea." Done that.
"British sausages are high fat offal tubes." Done that.
Ah! Got it!
[ Hangs advertisements for Samuel Adams beer. Dons body armor. ]

asiaseen

@pst314
[ ponders what more to say to provoke David into invoking the dread spray bottle ]

A description of her front- and back- bottom piercings?

[NBC gear already donned]

pst314

[ Stumbles back into David's establishment. Takes down Sam Adams posters. ]

Hey, I was in the pub down the street. English beer is good! What the hell have you been serving us, David?

pst314

asiaseen: No piercings. But she did have a collar and leash. I don't remember what kind of leather her other bikinis were made of, deerskin and suede, I suppose.

pst314

Nothing from David, so I'll revert to seriousness and note that I did run into the young woman again many years later and she had straightened up her life, gotten married to a good man, and was happily raising several kids. She described her earlier self as "insane" and the boyfriend who would tie her up has disappeared from her old social circle. I would never have said "insane" to her face, but her life was certainly harmful in various ways.

Governor Squid

underground parking spaces

So these reserved spaces are intended for "LGBWTFBBQ+!" and "migrants."

I don't see what could possibly go wrong with this plan.

Daniel Ream

she had straightened up her life, gotten married to a good man, and was happily raising several kids

I'm not going to lie, that's basically a unicorn sighting.

pst314

I'm not going to lie, that's basically a unicorn sighting.

What little I have learned in recent years about that social group confirms your comment.

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