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Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 16 November, 2019, 04:13:08 pm »
I was lucky enough to be able to work from home or from a closer office. I don't know if that's  negotiable.

Alas, being a manager physically on site is what I charge 'em for!  My clients could actually do my job themselves, but their office is even further away than I am and they don't want the hassle that they are paying me (handsomely by my standards) to absorb. That's the very emphatic Yoincks! part of this post after all!

The issue is the need to go all the way into the city centre from the uttermost new suburbs wher'er I dwell and all the way back out again to even newer suburbs what we are building.  My ingenious better half has been concocting clever ways to get to site without going corewards by misusing airport shuttles and the like, but they all seem to fall down because I need to be on site before 0730 and there's a 15+ minute walk from the nearest bus-stop (which is the end of the line) and there just aren't faster services that get me out there for that time. 

There's a whopping irony in all this as 27 years ago my Final Year Dissertation was an analysis of the need for concentric (rather than just radial) PT services in the Dublin hinterland, and I turned down an offer of funding to develop it as a complete study because I thought it was so bloody boring and I wanted to do *this* instead...

Hopefully the follow-on contract I'm hoping to get in the Spring is one I can do from home, and thus re-establish my eremitic low-carbon ways (so many young people out there that I'm supposed to exchange pleasantries with, shudder).

By the standards of my profession the actual car-journey is laughably short, but I'm trying to do better. So for now it looks like it'll be as many trade-offs as I can manage.

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Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 16 November, 2019, 02:28:14 pm »
Same amount of gas though, innit? I don't mind the actual driving, podcasts and Ed Reardon's Week keep me more than entertained, I'm just trying not to drive if at all possible for environmental reasons, but find myself seduced by the convenience.

I have however hit on a partial solution - on days I drive I can head 20 minutes up to my elderly aunt's house and spend the evening there, doing chores/shopping/nattering, which means my mother won't have to do a considerably longer drive as often. I've kipped on her floor a  bit recently while she was unwell, so that's an option. It's hardly ideal for family life but it salves my conscience on two grounds.



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Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 16 November, 2019, 12:26:52 pm »
I've justified/endured long PT commutes on that very basis, but the maths on this on just doesn't seem to work: 9.5 hrs at work plus 5 hours travel plus entirely notional 8 hours sleep leaves 1.5 hours a day for *everything* else. And the commute is a mix of walk-bus-walk-coach-walk out and walk-bus-tram-walk back so even the possibility of getting work done is limited. I can't see myself surviving 4 months of that, even with mobile gaming and Netflix.

I think I'll just have to mix it up during the week, maybe drive Tuesdays and Thursdays and grin and bear it the rest.

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Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 16 November, 2019, 11:52:22 am »
Yoincks! My work situation is currently the best it's been for many years, a main interesting four-month contract with a very professional client that is paying me about twice the rate I was able to get just 3 years ago, and a few little side projects that I can keep ticking over. I keep waiting for the catch, and uh-oh here it is...

Bah! A petrol-guzzling commute is causing me angst. 5hrs a day by multiples of public transport or just 2hrs by car. Guess how my environmental principles fared against tge prospect of leaving the house at 5am and returning at 730pm. It doesn't help that a similar equation has played out in almost every project I've had this year.

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Off Topic / Re: Life's so drokking fantastic because (the rebirth)
« on: 16 November, 2019, 11:44:28 am »
Mmm, mini-diggers. Enjoy!

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Off Topic / Re: Life's so drokking fantastic because (the rebirth)
« on: 16 November, 2019, 12:01:18 am »
And beer.  You clearly have beer.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 15 November, 2019, 11:56:09 pm »
"If you go to Who wants to look at women's underware? [sic] you will die. "

Cosh has identified the one-eyed vet in Indigo Prime stalking horse Dead Eyes as Major Arcana of that parish,  or possibly this parallel's version thereof.

Proof if further were needed that John Smith is too good for us rabble.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2019, 11:47:11 pm »
If I wasn't already a lifelong pinko, I'd be seriously swayed by the concept of quality internet access funded by general taxation. I genuinely couldn't work without the internet, all my contracts are posted to and tendered for solely on the internet,  my licence for each job is applied for by email, and the datasets I rely on are now only accessible online within anything approaching a commercial timescale. Internet access is every bit as essential to me as roads or sewerage.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2019, 05:01:00 pm »
On the other hand, a student was having me do a questionnaire about vaping yesterday and I didn't understand most of the terms. I kept thinking of The V.C.s.

Suck it in, Funt.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 15 November, 2019, 04:58:44 pm »
In the first episode of Dead Eyes, the officer who identifies Danny Redman has lost the use of his right eye. The type of nasty looking wound that a more vain man might seek to cover up. He's been busted down to Sergeant in this parallel, but I think we can assume it's deliberate.

https://i.imgur.com/sks7X47.jpg

This is such a great observation I move that all Cosh's previous crimes be stricken from the record.

Seconded.  Even the... incident.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2019, 06:06:42 am »
Quote from: Mister Pops
Aye, but the actual circumstances should be rife for conspiracy* theories. It would be like Lee Harvey Oswald missed and JFK was spirited away, only for the fella on the grassy knoll to happen upon JFK while he was picking up a sandwich from his favourite but obscure deli.

So true!

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Also worth remembering that Ezquerra wasn't the artist all
Plus, does the Finn strip from the prog count even though it was the Finn character from TWW?

It's an Absalom/Absolam thing.

Lovely work all round on that cover, I like how the title is split either sude of Eve's head to better reflect the double meaning.

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Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 14 November, 2019, 10:39:44 pm »
Brilliant!

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 November, 2019, 10:29:10 pm »
The odd thing about Princip and Archduke Ferdindand is that while the action was just a simple bit of cackhanded political violence, it became the key to several genuine Mills-level conspiracies.

I used to enjoy and entertain conspiracy theories quite a lot (JFK a case in point), but 9/11 pretty much ended that for me. The cascade of shit spinning out of one Tom Clancy plotline made it abundantly clear that there was no-one in charge, no grand scheme or enlightened puppeteers, just a scrabbling mess of opportunists pulling in whichever direction suited them at that moment. The inciting event of a secular atheism.

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Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 14 November, 2019, 11:28:37 am »
The VPN I get (practically de rigeur these days), the setting up and/or faking a Disney Plus account I don't get at all.  I had steeled myself to pay for DP (wonderful acronym!) but now I'm fecked off that yet again an entire SW TV series will have aired before I get a chance to watch it legally in March-or-is-it-April.  You'd think they'd have sold it to some other service in those territories where theirs doesn't exist yet.

Anyway I'm not torrenting it, and chasing illicit streaming is a PitA: I gave up the later animated stuff because of this.  For the umpteenth time I find myself waving handfuls of cash at Star Wars, but they don't seem to want it.

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