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Welcome to the board / Re: Hi
« on: 21 September, 2021, 04:46:45 PM »

Hey up and welcome!

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 20 September, 2021, 09:34:58 PM »

Blackadder. Again. Wonderful stuff (apart from the 'specials,' of course) - and that final scene got me again. Again.

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 20 September, 2021, 10:29:26 AM »

Given my advancing years, it's more like Men Beehiving Baldly.

I'll get our coats...

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 20 September, 2021, 07:47:40 AM »

That new neighbour sounds like a keeper - first helping you with your overflowing spout in the dark and then into bed...

I have a dodgy elbow, which I broke when I was about eight or nine and is always now stiff and sore. Yesterday I was fixing our beehive and a bee stung me on this very elbow. Once the pain of the sting wore off, the stiffness and soreness of my mangled joint went away, at least for the time being. Result!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 September, 2021, 08:13:45 PM »

Occupation Rainfall. Aliens have invaded Earth, blah blah, things are not going well, blah blah, cardboard heroes, blah blah, Australia, blah blah, ruthless villains, blah blah, last desperate plan, blah blah, stupid MacGuffin, blah blah. The ending, however, remains a total mystery as I mercifully fell asleep and had no desire to rewind in order to satisfy my curiosity as I didn't have any. At all.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 September, 2021, 07:26:58 AM »

Pfft. Ain't nobody cooler than a Squaxx.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 September, 2021, 01:02:47 AM »

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 01 September, 2021, 08:00:22 AM »

I made no claim that the post I linked to was representative of the whole world, and neither did Funt with the post he linked to, that would be like trying to reconstruct a high definition photograph from just two pixels. We will never get to that full picture, however, if we ignore or, worse, villify the pixels we don't like.

Jim, in the report there were no reported deaths in vaccinated or unvaccinated cases, which is surely a Good Thing. A COVID case is not a COVID death - which does not, of course, mean that deaths do not occur and nor does it mean that every case is a death sentence. The msm has really muddied the waters, in my view, whipping the public up into an orgy of fear. And fear is a poor teacher. Science tells us that natural immunity is far superior to vaccinated immunity but, again, this does not mean that nobody should be vaccinated. The drive to vaccinate everybody is a political rather than a scientific one, in my view (and in the view of a not inconsiderable number of experts). The correct balance must be found, I believe.

Sure I might be wrong, Funt, but in the meantime I'm content to risk being part of the Control Group (you're welcome).


As an aside, I've long had an idea of making a little computer program called Scribbler, or something. It would be a very basic drawing program with no filters or effects and limited pencil/brush styles and a maximum of three layers (if any at all) BUT I want the program to be able to rotate the page in the same way Corel Painter does. Rotating the 'page' would be really useful, I think, because when I'm sketching on real paper the ability to rotate it makes life a lot easier whilst drawing in PS or GIMP is a pain in the proverbials. Most programmers I talk to say it's impossible - I really think they mean 'difficult' - but I reckon it can be done. If you can do that, Funt, it might be a nice little earner for you. All I ask is a free copy and a mention in the "About" tab.


Anyhoo - back to the politics...

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 August, 2021, 10:29:40 PM »

Oh well, if the CDC's okay to post - here's one from Barnstable County, Massachusetts, which indicates that 74% of COVID infections occurred in fully vaccinated persons. (Probably because the jab doesn't augment front line mucus antibodies, which natural infection does. I'll leave the implications of that for you to ponder.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 August, 2021, 09:23:05 PM »
There is a preprint (not yet peer reviewed) Israeli (Israel claims a ~68% vaccination rate) paper entitled "Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections" (posted 24/08/2021). Would anyone like a link (either here or via pm) or would this be considered "misinformation"?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 August, 2021, 10:08:11 AM »

See here's my thing for all those banging on about Covid; life is a 100% fatal sexually transmitted condition.   ::)


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 August, 2021, 07:37:02 AM »

University of Oxford QCovid Risk Calculator.

For me this calculator returns an absolute risk of a COVID-19 associated death as 1 in 7299 (without my heart condition it returns 1 in 9901).

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 30 August, 2021, 07:18:29 PM »

Here's a blast from the past about my black dog nightmare,

I think I may have had two "sleep paralysis" experiences after reading this thread. Both of them centred around a monstrous black 'dog' thing with long shaggy fur, wet snarling teeth and burning red eyes.

It was the earlier mention of 'boundless kinetic energy' that struck a chord with me because that's a perfect description of how this thing moved - it seemed to be doing a "wall-of-death" around the room, halfway up the walls, at a phenomenal speed whilst also seeming to be everywhere at once. Curiously, its hideous, screaming face was *always* snarling directly at me and it was howling like a hurricane through a cathedral. The sheer unbridled motion of the thing seemed to be the force keeping me down and unable to breathe. The first time it happened was absolutely terrifying - I thought I'd died in my sleep and was being dragged to Hell!

The second time it happened was no less terrifying but in this instance I got mad and started howling back at the thing until it simply dissipated. I have the uncomfortable feeling that I might have been actually howling like an enraged gorilla when I woke up.

This was some time ago now and it hasn't been back.

I treated the black dog like a normal dog and overwhelmed it - like that bit in the Hulk film when Banner defeats his dad by saying something like, "You want my anger? Well take it! Take it all! Graaaah!" Maybe you could try that, or something similar.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 30 August, 2021, 07:05:44 PM »

In my experience, bullies tend to be cowards putting on a front to hide their fear. Perhaps a touch of psychological warfare may be useful - just enough to make them believe that backing off and shutting up is their wisest option.


No probs, Paddy. I'm just glad I could help in my own small and limited way - thanks are always appreciated but never required.

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