Re: Kettle user
& the piddly small cups.
I need half a pint minimum to start the day in a good mood..
165 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009
& the piddly small cups.
I need half a pint minimum to start the day in a good mood..
My kettle is connected via a remote controlled switch, I fill it the night before, turn it on (& the RC switch off).
Alarm goes off, hand emerges from the duvet then gropes finds the bedside remote control, get up 5 minutes later & make the tea. This is especially important when its -30C outside the house.
My cellphone is purposely left downstairs to charge overnight - Sadly that's about to change with the advent of 24/7 365 day support model.
An old Sobell 405 line set, with 12 (maybe less) presets on a rotary control (the numbering wasn't sequential either now I come to think of it) for ITV sharp clear picture until the chronic frame collapse kicked in (First widescreen TV in the street - LOL) & BBC (BBC2 on 625 lines was right out the window) was a cloud of fuzz (worse in the summer thanks to continental (as my mother termed it)\co-channel interference).
Father was finally shamed into getting a new one by either visiting his sister for a wedding & or howls of amusement by his visiting sister in-law sometime around 1978 of "How the fuck can you see anything on that 3" wide stripe!" Thus saving my eyes from permanent damage (Hence the icon)!
But Live is only "live" for 50% of the time, unlike DC.
On a amusing side note of user lack of foresight - Great mirth was had last evening at the the expense of someone who has just discovered that the kitchen's adjustable ceiling lights are surprise surprise adjustable!
She unknown to me on occasion had used a torch just to see & operate the coffee machines in the evenings.
I'm somewhat in the shit for posting that story on Faecesbook last night with seeing family & friends commenting.
Child, lunch, vomit, keyboard is the approximate sequence of events.
Teacher:"Do you want the old one to take back with you?"
Me:"I think electronic waste disposal regs can take a hike on that one, plus I don't want to be carrying biologically hazardous material with me either or indeed stinking out my TR7 with kid spew!"
Teacher:"OK I'll stick it in the bin, didn't think you'd want it, but we kept it just in case!"
Ahhh Pharmaceutical Company, best time of my life ten years ago, matched only by currently working in a slaughterhouse.
Problem exists between steering wheel\column & chair!
I didn't know that,explains the frequent airplay over here in Canada (really loathe the remix version that usually gets played).
I usually spend a lot of time trying to figure out if that actually is rural England in the video & where, so I finally googled it, West Kington, near Chippenham.
Icon - A Clever Man With A Hat.
Fitting a CD-Rom with 1/2" wood screws & then wondering (complaining) why wouldn't we cover it under warranty (correct screws provided in the CD-Rom box) for not working after install.
"I saw two shitting stars last night
I wished on them but they came down from satellites
It's so wrong to crap from space hardware
Oh fuck Oh damn now it's in my hair......."
I was expecting the Rainham in Essex (Where the Outlaws used to live).
Sherlock for obvious reasons...
I had to go with Colin (sorry) rather than Sly & mainly due to "The Trial...."(the last part especially).
Production values, scripting, Bonnie fucking Langford & all applied to either of them, but the one thing I can't really forgive is the phrase Megabyte Modem.
PS Why wasn't The Valeyard in the list....
"OOK OOK OOOK OOOOOK!"
Google translates as "Hmm still no Facebook requests or messages"......sigh... "Why can't my descendants just accept & be proud of me or just for once invite me ‘round to dinner".
My colleague who sits adjacent to me now does all the plant equipment IT & I do the standard stuff here & at other sites. Had a recent phone chat with our "Highly Paid" contract representative about the fact it took upwards of 90 minutes, + photos & event & supplies logs, coupled with answering the most pointless of "troubleshooting" questions before we even got a tech on site, who would then have to order up all the parts requested at the outset as the fault fad already been diagnosed.
He was stunned to listen in to a conference call to demonstrate the 40 - 60 seconds it took to log a typical call with we "CAN bOok you in Now" call desk.
I have now a set piece of speil to at least cut it down to 45 mins from our contract wording....
We have the right of first refusal, the equipment is in a production area which cannot be taken out of service unless pre-booked in advance, there is a expectation of the troubleshooting procedures to be taken in advance & I have the event, supplies & configuration logs along with any photo's ready to be emailed up to the tech support representative.
Even so the tech still turned up with only half the parts on Friday, returning on Monday & even phoned in a second repair for the other printer ticket I had while on-site.
My colleague has another less subtle approach once he is sufficiently riled & that doesn't take long.
"Do you know what we do here, the normal printer guy you send out is of the same ethnic grouping as you (from your accent), send him with the parts I want fitted so the printer is up & running after his first visit & he gets out asap, unless you & he want the pleasure (& presumably later experiencing the wrath) of multiple visits walking through a floor with various body bits of your gods as they are being slaughtered & turned into something tasty."
There's usually a pause & a quick call to action.....
The icon is chosen purely for it's tag on selection....
They charge you at least $100 to plug in the OBDC reader here, even with the fault code & going to another cheaper garage with the first quote a friend got charged again "Just to check the issue Sir".
I wish I could charge a $100 just to pick up a basic piece of diagnostic equipment, turned me scope on apply probe to circuit board "That will be $100+tax.....Oh the fault.....I don't know I'll have to look into it!"
I ended up buying a OBDC reader that was on a special deal, transient engine warning messages fly up all the time, even due to the amount of fuel in the tank & the general temperature (these can clear themselves or after removing the filler cap for a few minutes or filling up, remembering to turn the ratcheting cap fully 3 times, then watch it disappear 2 miles down the road) causing a headless chicken panic struck reaction from the wife to drive into the nearest dealership to ripped off even when she knows I have the reader & home is 3 minutes away..
These days I can read them, clear the error & see if it comes back immediately.
Last night the truck decided to warn me in red letters that the battery charging system needs attention, I think this happened once before with the wife driving into a valley of cooler air (she was designated driver) & I'm hoping the same is true today that it was some kind of temperature related\belt slipping issue (& I have been meaning to change the belt for 2 years now).
I still have fond memories of laughing my head off with my father at the subtitles to "Wild Women Of Wongo" post pub obviously.
"I was attacked but the women of Wongo, rose up to allow me to escape"
"You have been shamed my son!"
"Yes Father, but at least I'm alive"
[Son walks off - Father looks bemused\lost\waiting for CUT! - Subtitle comes up with Fathers thought : You can't argue with that!].
Having been to Fargo for a week & seen the Woodchipper in the visitor center, I'm frankly surprised that more of it's residents don't dive into one head first on a daily basis.
Well we all saw how well a device of this nature worked on Naomi Rapface in Prometheus.
& I can't help but think of this from Doctor Who - The Robots of Death
"There was a Voc therapist in Kaldor City. Specially programmed, equipped with vibro-digits, subcutaneous stimulators, the lot. You know what happened, Borg? Its first client wanted treatment for a stiff elbow. The Voc therapist felt carefully all round the joint, and then suddenly just twisted his arm off at the shoulder. Shoompf. All over in two seconds."
I didn't include the ones from the Doctors surgery that had a twice daily seepage under the wall from a filling station of "grey" water, nor the raw sewage in the back room, which I wasn't privy (sorry) to at the time due to dealing with the installs at the front.
I now work supporting users in a slaughterhouse which ironically has:
A: A much better standard of cable management.
B: A much better work enviroment atmosphere than some places I won't mention.
"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.