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Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 23 July, 2021, 10:36:32 AM »

My commute is the guts of two hours everyday, and this is by no means the longest out of my colleagues.

A 2 hour commute in Belfast ! Good god.(I do believe you. I’m just gobsmacked at it)

Lived and worked here all my life. Longest commute over an hour during the one year I lived in strangford and hitchhiked Down for a Saturday job.

Second longest was when I’d walk into town from the Ormeau road (about 30-45 minutes)

I should probably clarify that’d be a two hour round trip. And I walk from up by the waterworks to Queens. It’s faster and cheaper than getting two very unreliable buses. Or 20 mph germ cans as I shall henceforth be calling them.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 22 July, 2021, 02:54:18 PM »
It's all a bit up in the air at my job. There's to be a review in September before the start of the new semester. My manager is quite happy to let us continue as is. In fact she was quite thrilled she was finally able to implement the paperless office the university had been pushing back against for the last few years. The only students we deal with are Visa applicants overseas*, whom we never saw face-to-face before this. However the decision will be made much higher up the food chain. I'd just like to know if it's worth investing in a desk for the spare room, so I can reclaim my kitchen table.

There have been several staff surveys over the course of this pandemic, the results of which have shown that the vast majority favour home working. There is still a sizable minority of absolute psychos who seem way to eager to get back to the office. Included is my former manager, who pushed to get everyone back last September and caused an outbreak which I got caught in.

My commute is the guts of two hours everyday, and this is by no means the longest out of my colleagues. Over the course of the year, morning meetings have commonly involved colleagues expressing relief that they don't have to drive with all that ice on the roads, or sit on a bus/train for an hour in that heat. Belfast rush hour is also hell on Earth. I remember hearing a report that it's actually the worst in Western Europe by contrast in journey time between on and off peak hours. There's a common theory here that the road system was purposely badly designed, so that traffic could be locked down easily during the troubles**.
Anyway, the point I've strayed off is that it seems needlessly cruel to take that free time off workers, just as things open up and we can fully benefit from that free time.

Many aspects of the office seem needlessly cruel, where once they were taken for granted. I would not choose to spend a single penny on the drab uncomfortable clothes mandated by the office dress code. I wouldn't be allowed to sit at my computer topless in shorts like I am today***. And I can also be productive over my lunch break, doing things like housework and posting rambly posts on weird obscure comic book forums. I've had time for proper breakfasts. I have prep time to make proper meals.

Before all this, there were several campaigns and schemes at my job, stressing the importance of good mental health among the staff. Posters everwhere. It will be interesting to see how that will work if the bring us all back in full-time. No I do not want mindful-fucking-ness classes! I want to be working in my nice comfy house, not dreading the commute and having to face chores when I get home.

I have a friend who is a bar manager who has told me to suck it up because he doesn't have the option to work from home. I have told him I am open to sucking it up, but only after I get the same length of paid holiday he got during furlough.

*many of whom are reconsidering coming here because of how badly Bojo's banjaxing it.

**now Bojo is telling all the victims to just draw a line under their dead relatives and move on with your life****. To be fair though, he has got all the parties here to agree that this is a horrifying thing to do.

***and for that mental image, you are welcome!

****This is probably how he will address the 100,000 families who lost loved ones during this pandemic.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 July, 2021, 10:18:56 AM »
John Woo never fails to deliver.

Yeah, he always does something to make each and every shot interesting to look at.

Usually it's molting pigeons taking off.

General / Re: The Science of Judge Dredd
« on: 20 July, 2021, 08:44:11 PM »

Maybe verbalisations also provide a record for the judges' helmets built-in black boxes. Or a way for Control to have some idea what's going on. Or all of the above.

Interesting. So maybe the SJS don't vocalise because they're accountable to no one? Unless there's an SSJSS?

General / Re: The Science of Judge Dredd
« on: 17 July, 2021, 09:21:59 PM »
With regards to Judges declaring ammo types, I never took that as voice commands to the lawgiver. They never said please or thank-you and that's just rude.

In relation to the above, maybe not on the topic of this thread, but certainly in the spirit*, I thought I would post Saka's response to the things:

My main takeaway was this:

I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive

Social media has facilitated racism for too long. It has fomented it as a business model. Not just racism, but all forms of abuse have been cultivated to generate traffic and clicks.

If I posted footage of Saka missing his penalty on a social media site, it would be taken down almost instantly.

But if I just called Saka a racial epiphet for missing that penalty, social media hand waves it away with free speech. Claims it's impossible to contain. Like emptying an overflowing bath with a teaspoon. I could call Saka a n*****r with impunity on social media, but if I posted some NWA they would shut it down instantly.

At this stage, I think the only way to stop these bullshitters in this neo-liberal free-market dystopia is to stop supporting these social media conglomerates. Stop giving them clicks and traffic

*of white people trying to understand racism

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 July, 2021, 09:11:51 PM »
Digressing from the thread, if I ever thought that England (and solely) England could sway the World and European championship in recent years, that would be (well, not exactly recently) circa mid to late 2000s. Gerrard (and his wife sunbathing in France - thanks DM), Lampard, Terry, Rooney, Crouch, Owen, Beckham... Those were superstars of the sport.

You, much like the coaches at the time, forgot about Paul Scholes. Which is why they won fuck all.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 July, 2021, 03:44:26 PM »
I'm always amazed at how seriously people take it. I was watching the Andrew Marr Show and they were shaking their heads in shame and dismay and banging on about the shoddy behavior of the provinces in not joining in with support for the beloved motherland. The best quote was "the England team really is showing the best of British". They don't even recognize any problem with that kind of statement. If it was the best of British, it would be a British team, not an English one. This is why Anyone But England is a thing, even among people who don't care at all what happens in fitba.

Andrew Marr and his ilk tend to get a bit sneery and condescending when soccerists get politically engaged, but he's more than happy to jump on their bandwagon. He clearly doesn't understand either the sport, the supporters or the culture surrounding it. That, or he's some sort of deranged little England nationalist. I suspect it's a combination of the two.

Credit to the the England squad, they seem like a great bunch of lads. A welcome replacement to previous decade's preening, primadonna, tabloid trash, "celebrity" England team. There's still no way I would ever support them. Have you seen how England fans get on? Who would want to join in with that rabble? I know English people who don't want to be associated with them.

Important and topical thread hijacked and dumped in a Cul-de-sac, wheels off and windscreen smash... sorry

This is the way

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 12 July, 2021, 04:18:00 PM »
Did you see that ludicrous display last night?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 July, 2021, 09:31:43 PM »
I'm forcing Hawkmumbler to watch the latest Marvel films, just so I don't feel the need to.

Indeed, he is consuming mediocre cinema to protect the rest of us. He our cin eater.

Also, if I see another story full of white male Judges where the only woman is a psi or a named character like Beeny, I’m going to scream.
I'm not arguing against diversity here, but a mostly white male Justice Department makes sense in universe. Just look at the current American police forces. These organisations have never been paragons of progressive values, just imagine what they'd be like if they were given the power of judges. Do you think they would share that level of authority with women and minorities? Maybe we never see women in the background in MC-1 because the fascist Judge regime severely curtailed their rights? Maybe minorities are too afraid to go out in public for fear of being shot for no reason*? Maybe Judges aren't allowed to persue romantic partners because the department would be too busy constantly dealing with domestic abuse scandals? Maybe the real issue is that the Judges aren't depicted as racist and misogynist as they should be?


1) I wouldn't actually want to read that kind of comic.

b. It would cause a shitstorm, with half the social media brains-trust thinking Tharg was actually a horrible bastard instead of just telling stories about horrible bastards, and the other half thinking "Hey! Finally! Some comic characters I can really relate to!".

(iii) It's a kids comic at heart. No (responsible) parent would be comfortable letting their kids read that sort of thing

This kind of shit is why you'll never find me darkening the prog's by-lines.

Seriously though, I think it's more a case of unconscious bias than active exclusion. I offer that not as an excuse for it, just an attempt to explain it. Or mansplain it if you prefer.

*I mean even more-so than today

Everybody in history was a sort of grey colour. As we're the trees, the sky, the grass and everything. Evidence: Every film before approximately 1930 and every photograph before 1861. End of.


This is a pernicious attempt to cancel and ignore the sepia tones of the 19th century.

Nowadays Hollywood has managed to contain this phenomenon to Central America.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 July, 2021, 12:49:21 PM »
(Sorry, that previous post reads very unclearly — milstar is plainly trolling, not Mr Pops!)

To be fairrr I am a bit of a dick sometimes.

I watched Serpico last night and enjoyed it throughout. Only the quality of Pacino’s performance contrasting with some iffy co-stars was occasionally distracting.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 July, 2021, 08:15:18 PM »
I can go on like this forever.

...and you're proud of this?

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