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Messages - The Legendary Shark

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

Pfft. Ain't nobody cooler than a Squaxx.


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

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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).

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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.

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Anyhoo - back to the politics...


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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.)


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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"?


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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.   ::)


FTFY ::D

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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).

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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.


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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.

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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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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 August, 2021, 09:35:38 PM »

I hear it's okay.


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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 23 August, 2021, 03:28:11 AM »

The Royle Family. Is this really over 20 years old? It's still wonderful, shifting effortlessly between comedy and pathos with such well-drawn characters. Also a kind of time capsule, capturing a time just before the world went mad. I'd love to know how the family are getting on now; how they're dealing with the tragic loss of Denise since Caroline Aherne left us too soon, whether everyone still calls Baby David Baby David and how deeply that irritates him, and how Jim's getting on with Netflix. Can't see him being a GoT fan - "Dragons my arse! Even if they did exist there wouldn't be enough fire in 'em to compete with you bloody lot leaving my bloody immersion on!"

A classic show with much still to say, for me on a par with the likes of Steptoe and Son.


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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 22 August, 2021, 07:46:35 PM »

Well, I'm still not proper through it, but it is interesting to me - even in a generally-interested-in-astronomy-and-shit kind of way. The planets have an effect on the sun, especially Jupiter and Saturn, but all the others too. All those planets in orbit, pulling the sun this way and that, sometimes lining up for a big lurch, or smoothing out. And all this gravitational and inertial energy causes tides on the actual surface of the sun, which might cause fluctuations in the fusion rate. Or something. The tides are only millimeters so the effects are negligible but isn't that just a great sci-fi idea? Using gravity waves to adjust the fusion rate of a star? Leaving all the other debate about this out, that is one cool superalien-tek idea.

Somebody get me Tharg...


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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 22 August, 2021, 07:09:06 PM »

Anyway. This needs to stop before the mods get their keys out. I'm happy to continue defending my corner but I fear tempers may be fraying somewhat. Enough.

If it helps - you all bloody win. Don't bloody read it, then. (See if I bloody care.) Just don't come bloody running to me when something bloody... bloody... you know, like... something really bloody bad and... unexpected chops the bloody legs from under you... grrmmph...

Enough.


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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 22 August, 2021, 07:00:05 PM »
Like that Darwin moron? You know, the muppet who keeps banging on about how we all descended from monkeys when everyone knows that God made us...

This is idiotic trolling and, frankly, beneath you.

You seemed to require a more apt example of someone sticking to their guns on a certain subject, as dismissing a person's ideas because of different ideas on another subject wasn't apposite. Thus, Darwin. From the pov of one of his comedy-archetype critics. Of which you are not one. Nor am I, as it goes. Think of it as a little sketch drawn to make a point lightly instead of bluntly pointing out that you are actually defending ad hominem (which is, as you know, finding a way - any way - of dismissing the author in order to dismiss the information).


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