Re: Will nobody think of the pigeons (and microlight pilots)?
"which almost vaporises pigeons before they fall out of the beam"
You make it sound like a bad thing!
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"which almost vaporises pigeons before they fall out of the beam"
You make it sound like a bad thing!
I recall meeting him at least once or twice, at trade shows while working for Modem House based in Exeter back in the 80's. I think he wrote the software (tape loaded) to allow the Prism 1000\2000\VTX5000 to access text based services rather than the originally supplied Viewdata package.
I'd completely forgotten about the Hackers Handbook David, though I still recall how you thought that someone made a member of his staff sleep with him until a wedding ring was pointed out & walking through Soho with you
Fun times going up to London about once a month (once hanging out of a taxi chatting up four oriental ladies in a open topped "Merc" around Hyde Park Corner at late night until the vehicles went different ways).
A great couple of years doing those events, until 1989 when the world changed for those of us that had worked there.
This brings back memories of:
My stationary Mamod Engine going permanently a bit wrong (sorry Dad), when I tried to liven it up by adding some form of Meccano big wheel, the use of spacers, to stop nuts catching on the body failed to occur to me at the time & resulted in a piston blow out.
One David T******r proudly demonstrated to me with a random chemical mix brewed up in a test tube, over the "tea light" flame, his experiment may have changed the future of chemistry as we knew it, but as he had decided to cork it with the rubber bung during the heating process it redecorated his parents living room ceiling instead. His mother nearly killed him & his pharmaceutical ambitions at the same time which is probably why he ended up working in Debenham's from the day he left school.
Had the woodworking set didn’t engage with that (Sorry again Dad), one aged relative thought I destroyed a neighbour’s wooden gate with it at the age of 4, in truth it wasn’t until the advent of power tools & Dalek building that I finally managed to cut a straight line with a saw & get some woodworking abilities under my belt.
I'd have loved the Science Fair Electronics Kit especially as a precursor to the ZX80, as it was it took me a few years until I got a proper introduction to electronics & computers by jumping on a Manpower Services Commission course in Electronics & Computers for 13 weeks, after that the only was up with City & Guilds courses & a BTEC HNC.
This year’s big toy failure, was daughter forgetting her pass code for her new I-Pad after lunch.
Result - The youngest worked out how to drive his robot from his Android tablet instead of his phone so there's hope yet for the technical\engineering gene in my progeny.
So Many Simple One Liners, Conjured Up A Wealth Of Happy (For Me) Images
What a unexpected gift - Thank You Santa
Films of this nature have caused more & bloodier family arguments with me decrying what everyone else thinks was a good little TVM.
The other trope I hate with Hollywood is the time traveling backwards & replacing the younger version of yourself with the older self Quantum Leap being a prime example instead of having two of you running about with you trying to avoid meeting yourself because of the embarrassment that usually causes.
For a comedy I couldn't find a fault with it's internal logic (except maybe the closing final scene).
Throughly enjoyed it.
"Zathras is used to being beast of burden to other people's needs. Very sad life. Probably have very sad death. But, at least there is symmetry."
Daleks are the muted creatures evolved from Kaleds & living in a armoured life support travel machine.
Cyborgs at best like the Cybermen.
Literally just down the bottom of the hill from me is the baseball stadium in Alberta, some street scenes & with more being shot in Fort McLeod & generally around Alberta.
A few people have summed it up for me in this thread insofar I'm not sure if its "Capaldi, the scripts or direction" or any combination thereof.
I no longer insist on watching it live Saturday morning via the VPN, or Saturday night.
I download Saturday night & watch it either half cut on return from the bar or on Sunday night (37.5% cut) & I count myself as a fairly typical fan, with detailed knowledge of the show through the years I'm not as obsessed with it as some might think (though the wife might think & state different & admittedly I have a full size Genesis Dalek almost completely built in the garage).
I had high hopes for this season & Capaldi, but even now I think back to his sudden emergence in the average The Time Of The Doctor & sensed things were "off".
I think the series at present has lost it's heart's.
It's on your wrist.
I'm not getting my coat, I'm looking for my watch............
Joe was adopted.
My old (most likely dead) metalwork teacher at high school famously described a screw as a wedge on a shaft during one class.
Share and Enjoy
Share and Enjoy
Journey through life
With a plastic boy
Or Girl by your side
Let your pal be your guide
And when it breaks down
Or starts to annoy
Or grinds when it moves
And gives you no joy
Cos it's eaten your hat
Or had sex with your cat
Bled oil on your floor
Or ripped off your door
You get to the point
You can't stand any more
Bring it to us, we won't give a fig
We'll tell you, 'Go stick your head in a pig'.
Given that it's now the summer, it should be a lacrosse stick.
NATIONAL SPORTS OF CANADA
Marginal note:Hockey and lacrosse to be national sports
2. The game commonly known as ice hockey is hereby recognized and declared to be the national winter sport of Canada and the game commonly known as lacrosse is hereby recognized and declared to be the national summer sport of Canada.
I was thinking for a tight trio MUSE, for Black Holes & Revelations with their own Super Massive Black Hole.
A certain County Council I worked at bought in stocks of machines that had ventilation holes punched into the top lid with Sony monitors usually placed over the those holes by the users.
The deskside (not the support staff who lived in a hut in the car park) staff did a whole bunch of weekend moves, pushing the units with the case fan vent up against the fabric lined cubicle walls.
Ditto many a field call's for overheating PC's at more than one school\council offices for the same reasons.
Some freak harmonic would create user calls for noisy fans that ceased the moment the case lids came off.
I did get some nice mileage recompense & day trips out across Somerset visiting these places.
During a recitation by their poet-master, Grunthos the Flatulent, of his poem ‘Ode to a Small Lump Of Green Putty I Found In My Armpit One Midsummer Morning', four of his audience died of internal haemorrhaging, and the president of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos was reported to have been “disappointed” by the poem's reception, and was about to embark on a reading of his twelve - book epic entitled ‘My Favourite Bath-time Gurgles', when his own major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save humanity, leapt straight up through his neck, and throttled his brain.
WISE OLD BIRD:
My dear old thing, you have such a sympathetic face.
Is that why you’ve done what you’ve done all over it? I’m sorry, but on my world I had a nice home and a good job with prospects and I get angry at the thought that my life suddenly consists of sitting in sewage filled models of my own ear, being patronised by a lot of demented birds!!!
A friend had told me about HHG, but it wasn't until I wandered into Pitts Record dept & found the LP playing very very close to the start. Just wandered about the area listening & was torn between staying to the very very end or dashing home to watch Doctor Who (as it was I managed both just), thus starting me on the road as a fully fledged towel carrier.
The LP is my definitive version of the first four fits, given the better sound quality & tighter editing but I prefer the Haggunenons over the Disaster Area scenario for the final two fits when I finally managed to find a Radio 4 repeat.
I thought it also contained chunks of City of Death as well.
Here in Cowtown Alberta in Canadaland, I can get Wilshire or Loues bacon that's cut (slightly thicker) almost the same way as UK bacon. Most places sell more of long streaky fat held together by pieces of bacon.
Finally found a UK style sausage in a chain of stores called Save On Foods.
Finding nothing that comes close to Anchor butter I experimented & make my own by cutting along the length, then putting half & half of Sobeys "European Butter" Salted (Way saltier than Anchor - I was able to compare with smuggled contraband) & unsalted (Very creamy taste) into a butter dish then allowing to soften before buttering my toast & Marmite.
Add OJ, a cuppa & baked beans\eggs as required & that's pretty much a full English breakfast sorted then.
Also available (without going into expat stores for things like Lucozade, Walkers Crisps & more obscure UK confectionary) off the top of my head in stores like WalMart, Sobeys Safeways & Canadian Superstores.
Tetley, Typhoo & Brook Bond tea.
McVities Chocolate Digestives, Ginger Nuts, Jacobs Cream Crackers & Hob Nobs (Penguins disappeared off the face of London Drugs & Canadian Superstores, but Tim Tams are almost the same but not individually wrapped).
Heinz Tomato Soup & Baked Beans along with a almost identical packaged Baked Beans British Style. Mushy Peas (Tinned).
HP Sauce UK Import & local version (Heinz ketchup is just the same to my palate).
Ready Brek, Devonshire Double Cream (Crustless clotted cream in baby food sized jars) & Marmite. Ribena.
Ambrosia Rice Pudding & Birds Custard. Heinz Sponge Puddings, Curley Wurleys, Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles & Gums (in cinema sized packets).
Frying chips with a Tefal Actifry & a teaspoon of Almond oil produces a soft mushy chip that goes nicely with a home battered piece of fish or sausage. I know a lot of Canadians that keep trying some of the food stuffs we talk about.
Throw in a VPN back to Blighty for TV & its all the comforts of home.
(Especially in winter when its -36 outside).
Police Cough Up After Screw Up in Lock Up Cock Up!
One guy decided to jump the queue, by requesting a machine from a decommissioned building be moved to his desk, transfer his apps & data so he could be more productive than the rest of his colleagues & was in full smug mode the day it was installed to desk, while his colleagues grumbled.
Six weeks later I installed 8 shiny new PC's (HP VL420's) to those colleagues .....
"Err where's my new machine?"
"Your old machine was decommissioned after the move request, the one you currently have is still in scope & not up for replacement."
"Errrr... Can't I have the replacement for the one that I had then?",
Sorry but no when the old one was decommissioned it's replacement unit was re-allocated to replace one of the machines that we didn't have have the budget to replace it with."
"When do I get a new one?"
Next year when your PC falls out of scope.
The level of smugness & happy smiles through the office increased except in one little corner.
Same refresh project..
Good Morning I have your new PC,
"Don't want it I'm getting a laptop."
"Yes the request is in, so I can make do with this in the interim."
Your declining the replacement unit.
That's fine I'll reassign it.
Move forward to early September....
Good Morning I have your requested laptop.
I start collecting\deploying..
"Errr whats that?"
That's your requested laptop.
"But I wanted a new one."
We only have reclaimed one's that are still in scope
"You had new ones purchased, I want one of those!"
I'm sorry they were purchased specifically to replace laptops that were out of scope, they have all been allocated & assigned. We don't have any unless your departmental manager can purchase one from his budget for you.
"You had a new machine for me the other week!"
Yes but that was a desktop replacement, you get like for like.
I don't recall what happened, he grumbled certainly about the machine (which as luck would have it was formally the Quality Control Directors machine on the third floor (Most IT dept feared her, but I always got on well with her), I think she had recently had a replacement for expediency, the laptop was in scope.
I think some weeks later he put in a request for a desktop & was rather miffed (again) to discover his older replacement was one of the ones was currently in scope as his new unit had been reassigned.
Fun times - I miss the old *** Site in Dartford, shame its been demolished.
"not to mention a 960MB Crucial M500 for maybe another 15 quid"
I used to fix the VTX5000, along with the Prism 1000 (Telemod2) & Prism 2000 (they were a very easy fix), along with dare I say it the Voyager series of auto dialing modems down in dear old Devon.
Of going around Hyde Park Corner leaning out of a taxi...chatting to two asian ladies in a convertable....The car went one way, the taxi another & we went into a casino (or somewhere) where I first clapped eyes on it. Played it until we left......
2-3 months later PCW show in a exhibitors stall on the upper balcony right above the Sega stand, a whole suite of the machines, the incessant music, sound effects & out hero's screams for 6 IIRC whole days totally killed my desire.
Did play it the other month on MAME though.
& the first thing that came to my mind was Blipverts.
Casio fx-451 - Probably the best 20 quid (IIRC) that I ever spent, it got me through C&G224 parts II & III & a HNC in Swindon.
Somewhere still in the house I hope, though I think I last saw it before we moved to Canada in 2009.
The Doctor is an alien who is simply called "the Doctor", while in the two films he is human and "Who" is his actual surname & doesn't count as a incarnation.
A metal mesh waste paper might be better used than a bucket, that way your vision is not impaired.
Several of these mesh type buckets, have gladly sacrificed themselves to be cut up & been incorporated into the neck of my replica Genesis Dalek (24 days left until project completion date).
Cineplex prices - Even with Costco vouchers with free popcorn & the like for a family of three (well three that's actually interested - The eldest two fell by the wayside like Susan in Narnia).
I'll stick with firing up the VPN thanks.
My favorite CAPTCHA was when asked to verify on Facebook that I knew a lady it threw up the name of our local bar & a less than flattering term.......leading to Crawford Minger.
Point 5 - Unlike the Fireball XL5 carriage that happily flies off into destruction @ 56seconds in & hopefully with less wobble too as it travels down the track.
Esc (Velocity) Key. :D
What are you talking about?
What? Who said that?
The Ventilation System. You had a go at me yesterday.
Yes, because you keep filling the air with cheap perfume.
You like scented air: it’s fresh and invigorating.
No I do not.
Starlord had the larger market share, 2000AD was the cheaper to produce.....
Anyway Starlord had the short story about Sheldon who lived & was eventually trapped in a automated house.
If that's the decent module, I'd be wary of going up or down in it quite frankly, never mind the slightly dodgy one (See icon).
For pure filth in a cup, try Red Rose.
Fortunately able to source Tetley\PG\Yorkshire in Canada without issues.
Helicopter because Montana is just down the road.....
Thanks I now have this stuck in my head all day
"and we serve no pests ... before its time"
While doing a rollout of new computers to a call centre in Plymouth, I would only replace machines\scrabble under one desk cluster when a certain lady (I'll call her "Paris" for the sake of it) was issuing train timetable info to callers, as she had a habit of sitting with her heel tucked up under her crotch & bouncing\rubbing slightly on it as she talked.
Couple of other perks about that job was, they kept me on in error for weeks afterwards supporting\troubleshooting the build (mouse driver issue) & the limitless amounts of tea I was drinking supplied by the tea ladies.
Gianluca Bezzina - Is this the spoiler The Moff's fuming about?
Still no TARDIS icon.
405 line PAL for the early 60's, 625 line mid 60's (BBC2 & Colour).
While Susan stated she made up the name from the initials & in the early years generally refered to as The Ship. It didn't stop The Meddling Monk, The War Chief, The Time Lords Prosecution Team, The Master etc who hadn't met her, from using that name either.
Damn no TARDIS icon!
My personal preference is for bog-standard PG Tips, in bags, medium strong, dash of milk, sugar ratio in proportion to the size of the mug.
Alas as PG is darned expensive in Canada Ex-Pat Shops & Typhoo non existent. It has to be Tetley (Sub-heading Orange Pekoa), from most stores like Wally-World*, Shoppers Drug Mart, London drugs & Canadian Superstores\No Frills.
For Nostalgia my nans Co-op 99 tea.
Warm Pot with boiling water.
Reboil kettle for 20 secs while emptying used water, add 1 teabag per person + 1 for the pot.
Add fresh boiling water, give it a bit of a stir & then stand.
Milk in cup, pour from teapot (sugar may be added either before or after pouring).
Ideally consumed with a Devon cream tea (yes we can actually manage those in Alberta).
Warm cup with boiling water.
Reboil kettle for 20 secs while emptying used water, add 1 teabag to the mug (currently a TARDIS shaped one).
Add fresh boiling water, give it a bit of a stir & then stand.
Ideally consumed with toast & marmite!
Glad & rather embarrassed at not being the only one recalling that particular comic strip.
Icon being the closest resemblance to Buck Fuzby!
I have one of these beasts, it still has a habit of printing air at times, there's a modification which I'm putting in.
That said I have fairly successfully printed components for a 2005 Dalek weapon, dome light cages, the small collar slat (blocks arranged the shoulder section) & the gun rod supports for a 1963 Dalek. Throw in a couple of parts for a R2 builder.
As I get to grips with Sketchup, I'm replicating a replacement for a snapped obsolete Brio wooden track part for a friends daughter.
It rates really highly on the coolness factor when shown to visitors or demonstrating the printed item down the pub.
Somewhat scarred for life by the Pete & Dud, as it brought back memories of Des O'Connor in the bathtub with Stingray surfacing (amongst other things).
Another chunk of my past detached like melting icebergs.
RIP Gerry FAB.
Explosion for Thunderbirds & Stingray obviously.