thread Gor I'd forgotten about this place
Anyway, basically, I just did a really big poo.

There's this bit in Mobey Dick where Captain Ahab has struggled with Moby Dick for so long that he's really upset as the sharks eat the blubber from his prize catch, because he has grown a respect for the whale and he describes it as his brother.

I too now have a mismatched brother that I struggled with for hours. If any of you guys see me pushing this enormous log around in a wheel chair over the next few days, stop and say hi.

I'm going on Amazon to order it a tiny Hawaiian shirt.

See you the next time I remember about this place.
permalink Aren't the sharks in the Old Man and the Sea?
I haven't read Moby Dick mind you.

I look forward to meeting your shit son.
permalink It is in Moby Dick
I know because I'm reading it to little brown Chris as a bedtime story starting tonight. I don't want it to grow up uncultured.
permalink I've not read it either
Clickhole published it as a single web page as a parody of lifestyle opinion columns. As you do.
permalink I read it during a field season in Greenland
Can't actually remember a great deal of it, one of those classics.
permalink I read it at University
It’s awesome. There’s no other massive-whale-as-multi-valent-metaphor story to beat it.

Bloody long though. I admit to not having re-read although I would like to.
permalink I've read it one and a half times.
Second time was a few years ago, and I ended up getting bored, having loved it first time.
permalink So, how much did the baby weigh?
I'm assuming you went full Manley?
permalink Just under a stone
permalink Impressive
I trust mother and babe are both doing well?
permalink Hey-de ho!
permalink Unfortunately it turned out to be twins and the second was still born
I'm grieving now, though I may have to go again within the half hour. I reckon I might have not cooked those chips properly.
permalink ok, so i dont want to sound racist, but....
did you drink guiness last night

are you now a mixed family?

permalink I rather enjoyed the fact that my glasgow hotel lists the filtered water on the buffet
Cooncil juice

permalink Growing up around the Toon
tap water was always called 'Council Pop'
permalink Somehow 'council juice'
Sounds rather less savoury...more like what fatbergs float about in!
permalink to be fair
Glasgow water is the best
thread Found a new podcast (to me) at the weekend,
'Something rhymes with purple' with Susie Dent out of off of Countdown, co-hosted by The Brandreth. TIL that our word 'ghost' was originally just 'gost' but due to the demand for printing the original King James bible back in the day a typesetter from Belgium was employed and he thought 'gost' looked wrong so he lobbed the 'h' in there.

Splendid stuff.
permalink Bin men, thin men, lexicographers
Squid yes, not so octopus
permalink I was briefly upon Westminster Bridge
permalink Not sure I have any good HMHB bantz of late*
Although the milk thief general is playing in a couple of weeks (I'm not going).

*other than now being a mod of the BaceFook HMHB page!
permalink Egg sandwiches on a coach trip in June?
I simply won't be there.
permalink I may give it a go as I am training to Glasgow tomorrow.
Though I have a bit of a backlog as this is my first trip of the year.
permalink visiting a friend in hospital thy had a documentary on tv about
Peter Manuel the pics of the east end in the 60's not much has changed
permalink This morning, I am mostly listening to...
various Andrew Weatherall remixes. RIP.
permalink This, very much this.
Two friends of mine were good mates with AW and are, of course, utterly devastated. Sounds like he was a nice bloke.

I'm loving this one today:-
permalink enjoyed that muchly.. most times i've heard himit was pretty meh but that was cool
ended up watching that interview with him doing lino cuts
did seem like an interesting fella
permalink that's pretty cool
if the guy had kept at it we'd all be rolling r's and generally fleming it up
permalink I've been listening to The Young Tractarians podcast
which is high church anglo-catholic stuff. Not my kind of church at all but I'm interested to know about them.

It's by a Hungarian priest who is based in the North East and Andrew Sabisky. So I've interacted with him on twitter, and I've friends who know him.

So it's been weird watching him blow up on twitter, some of my friends who know him coming to his defence, and some of my friends who don't know him being outraged, and lots of retweets by non Christian friends being outraged.

He just seems far too smug and up himself without enough self awareness.
permalink You could level that at every single fucked-up wankbat
currently 'running' the country.
permalink Some are deliberately malicious though
permalink quite aside from his views and statements
there doesn't appear to be anything that actually backs up his claims to be a 'superforecaster', and his stated field of 'geopolitical forecasting' isn't really a thing (there's loads of research showing how you just can't predict political trends from data). Insofar as such things do exist, such methods are generally used in commodity trading, and people who are good at them are, obviously, millionaires who don't need questionably secure government jobs. At best, he's a snake oil merchant.

So really it's more evidence that Cummings is a bullshitter who also doesn't really know anything about data science or forecasting, and whose main goal in life is to self-aggrandise as an iconoclastic genius, rather than someone genuinely interested in governance via data-driven evidence (which we do anyway, just in a far more decentralised manner than he wants).
thread I have been having a lot of weird dreams recently
Last night it was Johnny Ball’s Hot Tub Moon Brothel.

I worry myself.
permalink I recently dreamed two song pastiches,
one of which was, a la Carly Simon, You fell out of the party/like you were falling off of a yacht

And the other was, in a blues styley, I woke up this morning/my dog was dead/my shit was yellow/my piss was red

I amuse myself.
permalink I stole the front three carriages of a central line train the other
permalink by helicopter.. i didn't just drive off in them
... left them outside my old house
permalink Great Peel session in '91 though!
I have a lot of weird dreams, thankfully they mostly fade from memory very quickly
permalink Also, let's face it.
If somebody made the film Johnny Ball’s Hot Tub Moon Brothel, we'd all watch it
permalink I'd be IN it.
permalink Ha ha!
Think of a number.
permalink I'll have a word with Johnny and the girls.
permalink time I'm on the moon.
permalink Best tell the Clangers
to stay away, they look like they won't suffer damp too well.
permalink I'm guessing Rule 34
means there must be Clangers pron
permalink Ew.
permalink Oh come on
The soup dragon looks like a right goer
permalink I'd go with the Soup Dragon,
but I'd be thinking of Major Clanger.
permalink Good euphemism
'Look at the major clangers on that!'
thread Morning all
One trusts you're not all getting tossed about too much by Ciara*

*this is made weirder by me having a cousin Ciara
permalink So far I've been
very impressed at how wind-proof the new Dino Acres is. The old place would've been howling like a banshee and rattling like a comedy ghost film corpse. My back door, however, leaks.
permalink Nothing worse
than a drippy back door
permalink I got absolutely soaked through
walking to the cinema earlier.

Parasite, by the way, really ain't all that. Huge plot holes, lazy scripting and a messy narrative with some very clunky devices. Looks beautiful though, and the sound design is excellent.
permalink still good though
but why THAT of all the foreign films has been sooo hyped fuck noes.
permalink See, I'm not even sure it was merely good,
apart from how it looked and sounded. The more I think about it, the more its narrative and script and plot annoy me. I'll watch it again when it's online though.
permalink try watching some greek/turkish fillms if you think that was a messy narrative! ;)
still refreshing in a non-western/hollywood way though

edit: oh i didn't realise it actually won! that IS odd
permalink was meant to be doing my first proper trail race this morning
it was still on, but I think only half the people turned up, and I didn't fancy the probability of half a tree in the face, and bed is soooo comfy when it's blaein a hooley
permalink But it's so much more invigorating on the trails in the wind!
Which is just as well in Wellington, as there are some notoriously windy bits of ridgeline trail
permalink problem is it was in a forest
so should really have been cancelled, given that a lot of parks with trees are closed for safety with 50-60mph gusts, and getting to it would have been hard too with closed roads due to fallen trees

given that it would have been towards my ability limit on a nice sunny day, I thought probably better not
permalink Fairly muff
It's actually falling branches that scare me most on windy days, not getting blown over. You can always slow to a crawl if it's super blowy, but not much you can do with a 2-tonne branch falling on your noggin
permalink mainly hidden from it
going to take the bad way to work today (driving). Glad this doesn't involve going anywhere near Duxford, as the M11 and A505 are shut thanks to bits of the roof of the big modern hanger at the museum peeling off.
permalink yes, that enlivened my commute
permalink this week
it'll be interesting to see what effect the Extinction Rebellion mob have. They've certainly raised a lot of gammon blood pressure already.
permalink Not entirely sure why they dug
up the lawn outside Trinity though, but a falsely attributed pic on the twitters with an ambulance turning round certainly brought out those who are quite happy to advocate the murder of people they disagree with, which was an entertaining read.
permalink aye
every story on Cambridgeshire live* facebook (who are fucking loving the web traffic I bet) has a link to a Private group called "ANTI EXTINCTION REBELLION! IT'S GONE TOO FAR!" (set up today, and already changed from "ANTI XR!! LET'S NOT TOLERATE THESE IDIOTS!") which I'm presuming is for discussing vigilante violence.

*Cambridge News, formerly Cambridge Evening News, formerly credible
permalink I've been enjoying
winding these vigilante-action advocating cunts up on FB. Got myself banned from one anti XR group I joined specifically to annoy them.
permalink I had to bite my tongue
reading comments like 'I'd just go get my car and run them over'. People are cunts.
permalink I've been hitting the "report"
button. had a few comments removed but no accounts deleted yet
permalink she gave my gutters a good rattling
I need to get up and have a fiddle about to stop water gushing out.
permalink Ditto,
It's occurred to me I don't know where the downpipe is for all the guttering on the back of the house.
permalink it goes straight into next door's washing machine
permalink Next door would probably like that
TBH. They're a bit Tom&Barbara and I mean that in a nice way :)
permalink Yesterday I only left the house to go to the shops - about 3 mins walk each way.
By the time I got back, I looked as though I'd been pulled out of the sea by a lifetboat.

A couple of fence panels blew up the street, but not too bad round our way really.

Today it's sunny and lovely, albeit cold as fuck.
permalink snow!
permalink Just regular interludes of pissing rain here.
My colleague who is sitting in Edinburgh reports slushy grey snow shit.
permalink Just seen post match interview
From Scotland England women's 6 nations at Murrayfield and its pissing with snow
permalink just got on a train to that London
shall be interested to see if I make it

if not, no worries, tis a silly place
permalink I met my brother and family for a Nandos of average delinquence
but they had to get a train, so they ran off leaving me to finish off the remains

some teenagers passed me gnawing the final shards from the bones of two whole demolished chickens and nodded with respect
permalink Ha!
The scruffy teens cheeky Nandos nod of approval!
permalink i'd promised someone we'd go out camping and they were still determined even with the forecast
so we went to the kent coast as far away from trees as possible & setup in a pyramid tent
flickered off the gusts like they were nothing.. made lighting a fire was interesting though

it did help to set a flight record though..
permalink O.o
Great idea. Let's all sleep in a sail in a winter storm.
thread Isn't it lunchtime yet?
permalink It's coffee time
and I'm researching how to change the settings on the coffee machine, because some bugger has made it so a cappucino only has 11 seconds of milk, which is about half as much as I want.

Desperate times.
permalink Eleven Seconds of Milk
sound like a rubbish emo band from the early 00s
permalink they curdled pretty early on
permalink Well, they were really creaming it in
for the first couple of years
permalink yes, yes it is
/early lunching

Does anyone want to buy a car?

Mates rates available
permalink I'm holiding out for another half hour
Then going to the pub for a pie.
permalink hmmmm pie
permalink and mmmm pint.
permalink waaaaaaaay ahead of you
just wolf'd one of those yummy new flavoured Soreen loafs.. 16g protein for 50p
can't argue with that!
permalink Noodles and Calvins
permalink hmmm chewy
permalink The banana ones are great
and unpopular, so I got a load heading for landfill for free
permalink great score!
haven't seen the nana ones.. definitely look out for those
permalink I was in Helsinki the past two days.
Crazy Finns eat lunch at 11am EET. Which is 10am in Berlin where I live. And 9am in GMT where my brain still thinks it is despite having lived in Berlin for over three years.

I was essentially eating braised ox for breakfast. I mean, it was nice, but still. By the time we finished at 5pm I was ready to die.
permalink we were in helsinki exactly 6 years ago this week
it was bloody freezing but i liked it a lot.
permalink It was chilly,
but at around -5ºC minimum, not as cold as I'd expect for Finland in the first week of February.
permalink I assume you broke out the Hawaiian shirt
And flip flops
permalink Morning.
I've started using the percolator for tea. Not loose leaf or anything, just three tea bags in the filter.

It tastes fine and stays warm without stewing, and I can use an Internet plug so I can set it going from bed.
permalink this is the future they warned us about
permalink I've also won a miele triflex to test and keep.
Not sure which model yet.
permalink Well, don't make
a Miele out of it
permalink or get a trifle