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BigV 09-22-2015 01:54 PM


Wow! Way to go UT! Congratulations!! I'm excited to see people moving toward better situations.

Gravdigr 09-22-2015 02:01 PM

Congrats on the new gig, UT!

Clodfobble 09-22-2015 02:19 PM


limey 09-22-2015 02:21 PM

Excellent news!

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glatt 09-22-2015 02:21 PM

That's awesome. Way to go!

Undertoad 09-22-2015 02:45 PM

Thanks y'all! My only regret is that I never got a chance to get back to Britain. I needed more training if I was to stay, but I can't stay.

My job now is to write the job listing for the person who will replace me. It's funny how that goes. I will be arguing for them to make more money than I did. Otherwise they will never find another me.

Gravdigr 09-22-2015 04:10 PM

They'll never find another 'you', no matter what they pay.

monster 09-22-2015 07:40 PM

yay UT congrats! Use some of the extra $$ to book a flight and we can all find you people to crash with there

Griff 09-23-2015 06:18 AM


BigV 09-23-2015 02:15 PM

Just plain news here, stories that have brought a smile to my face as I listen to the news this morning.

Kam Chancellor has returned to the Seahawks after ending his two game holdout. He was missed, I'm looking forward to his return to the team.

The President of China, Xi Jinping, is visiting Seattle. His motorcades are playing absolute hell with regular surface transportation (shutting down a large stretch of I-5 today for 45 minutes, a commute to Tacoma, during rush hour today, probably closing I-5, I-405, and SR 167). Anyhow, an order for 300 (!) Boeing 737 jetliners. Hubba hubba, that's a lot of airplanes.

And lastly, Donald Trump announced that he's not going to appear on any more shows from the Fox network because they're treating him unfairly. This is the giggly kind of happy. WTFF? I don't even know what to make of this. It's just typically pompous. Poor, poor Trump, being maligned by Fox. y'see? I can't even type that without grinning like a fool.

fargon 09-23-2015 02:29 PM

Late congratulations Mr Toad.

it 09-23-2015 05:02 PM

Congratulations toad - hope you'll enjoy the new one.

limey 09-24-2015 08:05 AM

Result! Feel free to carry on playing folks ....

orthodoc 09-24-2015 08:59 AM

Congrats UT! Best wishes in your new job!

Go limey ;)

Gravdigr 09-25-2015 10:58 AM


Originally Posted by limey (Post 939920)
Result! Feel free to carry on playing folks ....


DanaC 09-25-2015 02:03 PM

Belated congrats from me too, UT:)

xoxoxoBruce 09-27-2015 03:32 AM

Aw damnit, I'll have to return that wall of TV screens I bought. ;)

glatt 09-27-2015 07:14 AM

My daughter is in the high school band, and this year they have really shaken things up trying a different style of program and different style of marching and asking a bunch of students, including my daughter, to switch instruments. So morale during the last two months of practicing has been low at times because it's been a huge challenge making all these changes at once. They won thier first competition and got a good score, but they thought it was a judging fluke. Yesterday was thier second competition, and they won that one too with an even better score. I was ready to get a picture as the score was announced, and was pleased with how it came out, so I cropped it and sent it to my daughter, who was still on the bus ride home with her band. She shared it with her small group of band friends and they all loved it. So the rest of the band was wondering what the commotion was, looking at the picture, and so she shared it with the entire band, and then it leaked out to some parents, and eventually all the way to the school principal, and onto the school's webpage picture feed and twitter.

So I'm happy I got a popular picture, but even happier that my daughter got to share in the attention. She's usually quiet and blends in.

Not sure how tapatalk is going to handle this picture.

xoxoxoBruce 09-27-2015 07:27 AM

Well done Sir, you, and they, deserve accolades.

What was the school thinking? They let a Negro change the band all around, everyone knows they have no rhythm.

Griff 09-27-2015 07:28 AM


DanaC 10-07-2015 06:39 AM

In my usual dysfunctional way, when faced with the dilemma of not working full-time therefore being broke but having time to write two articles, or working full-time and having no time to write articles, opted to work part time and do fuck all towards article writing for the last 6 months.* I am now in more or less the same position I was in then - with just as much to do and just as little money coming in and just as long a time-scale on sorting things out.

So today, on one of my two work-free weekdays, I forced myself to get out of bed at 7:30 and having helped mum clean her car so she can take it into the garage without dying of shame, I made myself sit at my desk and read through the whole of one of the thesis chapters I'm trying to adapt, jotting down general thoughts, observations and notes.

It was only 90 minutes of work - but it's left me with a sense of the task for that article - and some ideas of how to approach it. I feel like I am reconnecting with the material in a meaningful way. This shouldn't be a difficult thing to do since this is stuff I am deeply interested in; yet somehow I fight shy of setting my mind to it.

What's making me feel quite happy is that I came this close *finger and thumb* to having a lie down, because I didn't sleep well last night and the thought of doing anything was making me feel sleepy - and I somehow managed to not do that - with some difficulty I might add - and instead made a coffee and some raisin toast and then sat at my desk with glasses on ready to read and make notes.

*Actually, no, I did spend some time aimlessly and fruitlessly tootling about the interwebz looking for additional stuff on NCOs and trying to write an introduction for the NCO article. I then panicked and went full-bore Lost and Person of Interest on its ass.

I've set the NCO stuff to one side and am focusing on the black market paper instead. It's less involved in terms of additional research and probably a lot more straightforward in terms of adaptation as well. I'm hoping the experience of adapting this will help clarify what I need to be doing with the NCO article too.

xoxoxoBruce 10-07-2015 11:12 AM

Well played, Dr Dana, well played.
Perhaps a cure for video addiction will be found by science, but I feel humans are so clever and adaptable, that a substitute will be found quickly. ;)

Lamplighter 10-07-2015 02:55 PM

Dana, Pls make a backup copy ... Now !

Carruthers 10-12-2015 02:11 PM

At the weekend I painted the fence between us and next door.
Painting the wretched thing isn't what has made me happy.
Finishing painting the wretched thing is what has made me happy.
There's about 500 sq ft of close boarded fencing that needs the treatment and I take a fairly industrial approach to doing the job.
In other words, I use the widest brush I can get hold of and apply the treatment as quickly as possible.
As a consequence the paint/preservative splashes around a bit. Mostly in my direction. I therefore don a disposable coverall.
Not sure if this term survives the trans-Atlantic journey, but one piece garments tend to be known as 'boiler suits' here.
Unfortunately, the plasticised paper fabric doesn't breathe and 'boiling suit' becomes a more accurate name on even a cool day.
Like me, the 'boiling suit' is showing signs of age. Unlike me it is becoming increasingly frayed and torn so it has been consigned to the wheelie bin and I can forget the whole business for another year.:thumb:
That's a water leak repaired, the drive re-surfaced and the fence painted all within a fortnight. I just hope that there is nothing around the corner to spoil that blessed state of affairs.

classicman 10-12-2015 02:20 PM

Pics or it never happened

xoxoxoBruce 10-12-2015 07:26 PM


Originally Posted by Carruthers (Post 941737)
There's about 500 sq ft of close boarded fencing that needs the treatment and I take a fairly industrial approach to doing the job.
In other words, I use the widest brush I can get hold of and apply the treatment as quickly as possible.

Can't spray it? Or convince your friends it's so much fun they'd have to pay you to share the fun. ;)

Not sure if this term survives the trans-Atlantic journey, but one piece garments tend to be known as 'boiler suits' here.
Oh yes, those unwoven Tyvek, plastic lined suits are murder, I can almost feel the sweat trickling just thinking about them.

I just hope that there is nothing around the corner to spoil that blessed state of affairs.
Right, but a worldly gentleman such as yourself, knows better. :haha:

Carruthers 10-13-2015 04:09 AM

Actually, Dad did suggest using a sprayer just as I was about to start.

It has occurred to me from time to time that it might ease the pain, so to speak, but I wondered how easy it would be to achieve a uniform finish and clean the thing afterwards.

Given that the brushes are easily cleaned in water, that last consideration is probably a minor point and they are generally positively reviewed.

Will think about that option very seriously next time.

PS. Creosote was the universal preservative until a few years ago but, for reasons that escape me, it isn't sold anymore. Is it still available in the US?

ETA: Just found this:


Coal Tar Creosote has been used for generations and continues to represent excellent value for money. The high preservative qualities ensure maximum protection for outside rough cut timbers such as fence panels, garden sheds, etc.

In July 2003, it became an offence for the general public to purchase and apply Coal Tar Creosote, however, the product is still available for sale to tradespeople. This means traditional user such as the agricultural community, builders, etc. are still able to purchase Coal Tar Creosote, providing they do not resell to the general householder. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that only genuine tradespeople are supplied.

Always read the label before use, use pesticides safely, contains Coal Tar.

xoxoxoBruce 10-13-2015 12:10 PM

If the brushes clean up with water, just run water through the sprayer, maybe with a drop of detergent. Badda-bing, badda-boom, all done.
Do you think Van Gogh or Banksy would be worried about uniformity, live your inner artist. :D

Da Wiki done say:

The coal-tar variety, having stronger and more toxic properties, has chiefly been used as a preservative for wood, while the wood-tar variety has been used for meat preservation, ship treatment, and for medical purposes as an expectorant, antiseptic, astringent, anaesthetic, and laxative, though these have mostly been replaced by modern medicines (which can be patented and profitable). Coal-tar creosote was formerly used as an escharotic to burn malignant skin tissue and in dentistry to prevent necrosis before its carcinogenic properties became known.
I've have the same problem with Rustoleum Damp Proof Primer. It was quietly replaced with Rusty Metal Primer, which is the same red/brown color, but doesn't hold a candle to the effectiveness of the Damp Proof. A gallon of Rusty Metal costs $7 USD at walmart, but Damp Proof runs over $30 online. The problem is it's illegal to ship Damp Proof to any state where I know someone I could ask to receive it. I assume it must be carcinogenic, but they still make and sell it. I just can't buy it. :mad:

monster 10-13-2015 09:30 PM

Beest is being amazing talking Thor through Math test-taking skills (he has a mandatory retake tomorrow, most points lost through not finishing on time....). I'm the mathematician of the family (Beest is the Engineer). But Beet has the patience and has also had to get through math tests relying on test-taking skills as much as knowledge

xoxoxoBruce 10-14-2015 02:25 AM

That makes sense, it's harder for you to relate to those of us that struggle with math. Go Beest. :cheerldr:

Griff 10-14-2015 06:36 AM

Bravo Beest!

glatt 10-14-2015 08:05 AM

Good on him. Beest, that is. Actually, both of them.

Clodfobble 10-14-2015 12:33 PM

Great dads are awesome.

monster 10-15-2015 09:29 PM

I found a little "Hebe" purse on ebay, paid $25 inc shipping on Sunday, (which is an awful lot for a little purse IMHO) It arrived already and is pretty much as new and just her colors and has a belt loop and everything and is as cute as all get out (and I don't use that word lightly...... or at all if I can avoid it). I think she'll love it :D

(B'day and Holidays coming up for daughter of that name)

(dunno if the link will work...)

anyhoo generally shitty and crazy day, cheered me right up.

xoxoxoBruce 10-15-2015 10:36 PM

Yes works. Oh Hebe is a brand, or style, but actually the name.
Nice looking. Yeah, cute works. I should think that style strap would be just the ticket when you have to carry other stuff like a laptop, books and shit.
I think you done good.

monster 10-15-2015 10:42 PM

yes, it's a brand and older styles in the line seem to be sought after. I think it's the same one as we did our first "best offer" on a while back, but I can't ask her because this one's a secret! I don't get the whole designer thing.

I also have a Hebe watch coming.... :D She likes watches too...

xoxoxoBruce 10-16-2015 02:42 AM

Excellent. :thumb:

classicman 10-16-2015 07:59 AM

Very nice. Cute purse for a young lady. Looks well made too.

glatt 10-20-2015 09:10 AM

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Undertoad 10-20-2015 09:11 AM

I did get chills from the trailer.

glatt 10-20-2015 09:15 AM

Now I just need to keep my expectations low and avoid reading any reviews or anything.

First showings are on Thursday, so I just have to stay offline until I go see it on Friday.

glatt 10-20-2015 09:54 AM

It's kind of crazy. I remember seeing movies as a kid and standing in a long line that had to be almost a block long. And now I have tickets in October for a movie in December.

Sundae 10-20-2015 09:58 AM

It's better though!
I remember we only got children's films for a few days at a time in Aylesbury Odeon - although I admit it might just have been that someone was available to take us for a few days.

I can name three films off the top of my head that we queued up to see, only to be turned away because the cinema was full.
I don't remember crying or whining, but I probably did. Hey, I was a child.
I've still never seen more of Bambi than clips.

glatt 10-20-2015 10:12 AM

In my town, we had a couple multiplexes that had TWO screens, and then there was the old one on Main street downtown that just had the one big screen.

Gravdigr 10-20-2015 02:14 PM

Didn't really make me happy, but, it did make me smile, and I'm too lazy to go looking for the smile thread, so...

80 year old Bob Wood bends a string at the music store:


xoxoxoBruce 10-20-2015 05:39 PM

Looks like he may have done that before.. maybe a couple times. ;)

monster 10-20-2015 09:50 PM

....and part 2 just arrived. And is also better than expected. and appears to be keeping time

hebe is also a brand of vintage Swiss watch. It is perfect size and the strap is new and just what she likes.

monster 10-20-2015 09:51 PM

sorry can't tell if link works

limey 10-20-2015 11:52 PM

Yes, link works. Nice watch :)

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Dude111 10-21-2015 05:05 AM

What makes me happy??

I found another good VBB site just now! (This one) -- Im running out of GOOD vbb sites as they are all changing to crappier stuff (Xenforo or even worse VB4 or 5)

THIS IS FINE....... NO BLASTED REASON TO CHANGE IT!!! -- I still know some sites on VB2.x and they are fine!!!!!!!!

lumberjim 10-21-2015 09:32 AM

Dude. Calm down

Undertoad 10-21-2015 09:41 AM

The reason to change it is that older versions are not supported on newer systems so eventually you wind up with a security problem that can't be addressed. We will eventually be changing.

xoxoxoBruce 10-21-2015 09:42 AM

Nice watch, monster, but manual? I know it's vintage, but that's so rare these days, when she casually winds it people will think she has an itchy wrist. :haha:

Dude111 10-21-2015 07:07 PM


Originally Posted by Undertoad
The reason to change it is that older versions are not supported on newer systems so eventually you wind up with a security problem that can't be addressed. We will eventually be changing.

I hear ya Undertoad.. I hope its not to Vb4 or 5...

Undertoad 10-21-2015 07:46 PM

Those are off the list of consideration.

Dude111 10-21-2015 09:09 PM

Thank you very much :)

We dont want this place getting worse!!

DanaC 10-22-2015 01:47 AM

Define 'worse'

xoxoxoBruce 10-22-2015 01:54 AM

I think he did, as VB4 or VB5.

DanaC 10-22-2015 01:54 AM

yebbut - what is it about them that is bad? I know virtually nothing about them.

xoxoxoBruce 10-22-2015 02:22 AM

Neither do I, I'm just saying that's what he said was worse, but apparently UT knew what he was talking about.
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