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Off Topic / Re: The Dream Warriors
« on: 24 November, 2020, 04:57:27 AM »
I remember having nightmares as a kid, where I was sometimes afraid to go to sleep. As an adult my dreams mostly seem to be so vague and nonsensical. Or if they’re not, I hardly ever remember them, so they might as well be. I have a vague sense their mostly like random thoughts or mind-films. I’d actually like a nice more realistic dream.

I have had reoccurring instances of hearing my dad’s voice calling my name. A couple of weeks back it shouted loudly in my ear and startled me awake. We do live together, but he didn’t call me. (The ear in which I heard his voice was pressed against the pillow.)

Another rather curious instance was earlier this year. (Or was it last year? With coronavirus and furlough etc, the months are blurring a bit). We had heavy winds outside. I usually have my window open a bit, even when it’s cold as one of our bright-spark predecessors cemented up the ventilation brick, presumably to keep out the cold so the moaning of the wind was particularly noisy. As it rose, I heard my dad’s  voice speak to me. This time he didn’t call or shout. He just spoke matter of fact “Do you know you’re very ill?”

I just knew it wasn’t my dad as a) it’s not the sort of thing he’d do and b) he was fast asleep in his room down the hall.

Then the wind rose again, but this time I heard a different voice. The sound of a child giggling. Brrrrr.

I then awoke. The wind was still moaning outside, so that was for real, and I realised I’d heard it in my dreams. I think my sleep hadn’t been that deep, which explains the more realistic hallucinogenic quality of the dream, I guess. The mention of illness in my dream is probably from a mild worry I’ve had for a while. Nothing serious, I think, just minor (but ongoing) belly issues and feeling a bit run down sometimes and the onset of middle-age.  I’m guessing the thoughts of this infected my dream. I’m overdue a doctor’s appointment which I keep putting off, so maybe I should consider that a wake-up call.

The child giggling... well creepy children are a horror staple, aren’t they?

Okay I guess that was an interesting realistic dream of a kind, but they’re rare and far between.

Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 24 November, 2020, 04:20:38 AM »
That's amazing. (The dinosaurs, that is, not the footballers' wives.) Also never knew that the Triceratops' surname was 'Horridus'.

Me neither. Makes me thing of the Grizzly bear’s moniker (Ursus Horribillis). I don’t understand Latin in general, but I think I understand that.  :lol: (Not entirely fair on the bear. We humans will leave tasty morsels in our rubbish dumps and wander into their territory.)

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 24 November, 2020, 04:13:01 AM »
We had issues with mice in our house too a couple of years ago.I’d hear them scurrying around late at night in my bedroom.

I got some humane traps, and they worked! I tend to be awake very late and I’d hear the moment the trap closed. First time I made the mistake of opening the trap to check (as rightfully mentioned above, they really are very light) and it jumped out rather startling me.

From then on I’d make sure I left the trap close sans take the trap down the bottom of our garden and open it there. Sometimes there was nothing, but quite a few times a little fella would scuttle out. I think I must have caught over 8 in total. Sometimes 2-3 nights running. Or maybe it was the same mouse returning. Down the bottom of the garden isn’t really far enough (I think you’re supposed to take them at least a mile away) but as this would always happen in the early hours of the morning, and I didn’t want to go for an nighttime ramble, or leave them in the trap for hours, I compromised with the garden.

Eventually they stopped due to a combination of my trapping and my dad taking measures to enclose the inside of the cupboards (I forget exactly what he did) preventing them accessing food, etc.

This year we had rats in our garage though. I never saw them, but they would help themselves to the fish food we had stored there any even chewed through the lid of a plastic container to get to it! This was after I had relocated the food on top of our freezer, and the blighters would still find their way up there.

I’d smell their urine and hear them scuttle away when I’d open the garage door at night. I bought some rat traps, but this time the traps did not work at all. I’m not sure why. I’m sure I put them in the correct areas. I think rats are just that much more intelligent than mice.

In the end we relocated the food and the rats just stopped their raids. Also cleared up a nest they’d made from the ends of a mop. I haven’t heard any scuttling or the smells (well, occasionally cat pee which smells different). I’m sure their still around outside, which is fine. (Unless the foxes have gobbled them up or scared them off. They’ve been around a lot lately.) I actually like that the rats are about- but I’m glad they’re staying outside.

That’s not the only thing that’s been in our garage. One day I’ll tell you about the snake*, if you like, but this post is getting a bit long.

*A wild snake, not a pet. A grass snake in this case.**

** I watched QI the other day, and I learned something interesting about snakes from that Stephen Fry. Did you know that ALL snakes are venomous? This includes snakes that kill by constriction like pythons and boas. And yes our grass snakes have venom also, although if they bite you, you’ll suffer nothing worse than a mildly burning rash. Apparently the venom of the ‘non venomous’ snakes just has a very low toxicity. I get the impression it’s so low that it isn’t any good as a weapon for them (there was mention of it aiding with digestion of prey already killed) but its there.

This is apparently a relatively recent finding. (Relative as I saw the episode on Dave, which means the episode is probably 2-5 years old.) Oh and Komodo dragons have venom too. In their case, it’s nasty, and will likely kill you very slowly, if untreated. Their bite was known to be toxic, but for years it was thought to be toxins due to bacteria from gum disease, etc, resulting from rotting meat between their teeth. Just a few years ago it was discovered they actually employ a kind of venom.

So much for me ending the post without wittering on about snakes. Heh.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 November, 2020, 04:30:19 PM »
I love Taskmaster.

Recently binged The Haunting of Bly Manor.

Its gentler than The Haunting of Hill House, and there are far less jump scares. Actually I found it less scary altogether. This isn't a bad thing though. Its very much a character story and it's genuinely creepy in places. Some bits were predictable, but that's not a bad thing. Overall, loved it. English people smile say 'maths' not 'math' thought. Obviously American script writer.

Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 14 November, 2020, 02:22:52 PM »
I've enjoyed this series a lot so far. Apparently that egg eating gag in previous episode rather upset a lot of people. I don't mea, but apparently on twitter there's been a bit of an uproar. I had a lady have a bit of a go at me too when I defended it somewhat*, but I just backed away from that one.

Yes, loved recent episode. Just brilliant.

Also glad that they explained inconsistencies in way mandalorians are portrayed in this show and the clone wars/Rebels shows in a way that makes sense. Namely the removing/not removing helmet thing and why our Mandalorian and his closer kin know so little about the Jedi when the mandalorians actively fought with/against Jedi in the cartoons.

* I wasn't trying to say the child was right eating the eggs, just that it was more comparable to my enjoying chicken eggs for breakfast than abortion (like folk on that thread were suggesting) since the eggs were unfertilised, aside from the fact chickens are not sentient. (Granted eating eggs of a sentient intelligent species is a biggee, but I was also thinking of the innocence of the child, just thinking "Food! Yum!")

Queue her response: "So you're as creepy as baby Yoda are you? Oh, and by the way chickens are sentient...". Think maybe I aggravated a vegan there.** She might be right about the sentient thing, maybe I used the wrong word. I did consider trolling her with a Gollum expression: "Yesss we sneakses around the farmyard hen bousessss and plucks the eggses from the hens bottomsss. We lovess eggsesss! GOLLUM! GOLLUM!" Like, you say creepy, you got creepy baby. I decided best not to respond at all though.

That altercation (if you can call it that since I didn't even reply to her) was pretty tame compared to people on twitter yelling "BABY YODA  COMMITED GENOCIDE!" It's an off-colour joke. Some people take things way too seriously.

** Not dissing on vegans there. I don't think I could be one, but I respect their decision and it probably does help the environment. Just figure her response suggests she is one.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 November, 2020, 11:32:06 PM »
Jo-Jo Rabbit really good. Thought the actor playing Jo-Jo was fantastic and some great side characters. I know there was some criticism whether we should have films about Hitler youth and is it a subject to take lightly but funny moments aside it has it’s thought provoking moments.
I’d recommend it.

Agreed. I was that at the cinema. Yeah, while they did play the Hitler Youth stuff for laughs they never depicted it as a good thing, in fact the lad overcoming his negative indoctrination was kind of the point, so I had no problem with it.

Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 12 October, 2020, 11:31:08 PM »
I suspect the root of Rhianna Pratchett's issues with the adaptation is that they've made a very big deal of saying they were "adding" diversity to Pterry's work, which is at the very least a bit of an insult to his memory, never mind a gross misunderstanding of a series of social commentaries masquerading as fantasy novels.  What did they think Monstrous Regiment was about?
Also, the producers cast a six foot actor in the role of a dwarf, so you must forgive me if I don't find their commitment to "diversity" particularly convincing.

Are you referring to Carrot? In Pratchett’s novels he is a human who was adopted by dwarves.He’s a tall lad, so the casting would match the described character in this instance.. (If you were joking ignore this.)

Not that I’m disagreeing with rest of your comment concerning diversity.

Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 10 October, 2020, 08:36:37 PM »
The Boys is really good this week.


Actually, yeah, it is good, isn't it?

Coincidentally (considering recent posts above) you get to see three ladies get it done! 😆

Off Topic / Re: Working From Home
« on: 10 October, 2020, 05:10:34 PM »
I also prefer working from home. I save more than 2 hours due travelling a day by not going to office.

Initially a lot of people were very skeptical about working from home but is looks like these naysayers has been proven incorrect. Our team has been more productive than ever before.

My manager told me a little while ago that the department has actually worked out more productive since working from home.

Personally, I never got to do much in the end. I had one day working at home with a company laptop (that had just been provided) then I was put on Furlough the next day which I’ve been on ever since. Not that I particularly mind. Pay has dipped a bit, (80% what I originally received) but as I’m home and don’t have much in way of expenses, and I’m not working anyway, that’s fine.

The rest of the team (aside from another temp guy who’s contract recently ended) are now back working from home. (At the start of the epidemic our whole department aside from managers was put on Furlough. Orders dropped that much*.) So now I’m the only person on Furlough. There was talk that I might have been called back last week, but that hasn’t occurred, so they’re obviously able to absorb my work between them.

I doubt I’ll be called back now, but as my contract finishes on 25th of this month, that’s not such a bad thing.

*We sell coffee and related stuff mainly to businesses and cafes.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 08 October, 2020, 03:03:32 PM »

I live in a field.

Problem solved.

Nice! Send Mr. Gummidge my regards.😆

Books & Comics / Re: Killing Moon graphic novel - Now available
« on: 08 October, 2020, 03:00:11 PM »
Received mine recently.

I've yet to treat it,


Edit has timed out. Don't worry I won't be smearing chemicals over the artwork.

Interesting. At first, on seeing the picture I thought that it looked like Rebellion were taking a similar approach as the team filming The Mandalorian (i.e.having environment projected on large wall screens in the background so the actors could see what was going on rather than acting against a a green screen).

While that does seem to be a large part of it, I see from the blerb there is also a whole interactive element, with screens responding to actors movement into certain areas, etc. So kind of a blending of the Mandalorian setup with 3D games tech, utilising sensor feedback I guess. Exciting innovative stuff!

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 01 October, 2020, 11:34:44 PM »
Mainly data entry/admin work, so not too bad I guess. Also I've done quite a bit of warehouse work, but I think I'll avoid that if I can. 😁 I'm not best suited to it...but there seems a lot more if it.

Books & Comics / Re: Comic shops in your area
« on: 01 October, 2020, 08:23:27 PM »
Just last week I stumbled into a comic shop I'd never heard of before, in Dartford on the route between the station and the town centre. It's classic old school tiny shop, stuffed to the brim with boxes of comics, toys, trading cards, all that good stuff. Staff were friendlier than some shops I've visited, too.

I've a feeling that Krypton Komics is basically shut except for certain days (maybe Saturdays) or by prior appointment.

Calamity Comics in Harrow, a super formative place for me, still survives, always nice to take a trip there when I'm visiting my parents.

And speaking of places where I completed my run of Back Progs, that would be Sheridan's favoured Mega City comics. A memorable day in 1994 when I saw they had a Prog 2 on the wall and I managed to scrounge up the necessary bundle of notes a week later to make it my own! And in those days I was able to do a Prog Slog of a mere 900 progs, only took a year or so to read it all! I don't think I can imagine doing a full slog these days.

It's that the one at the bottom of the clock tower? Such an interesting setting, and closest to where I live.

I've never been inside, but I pass by it regularly. Being so small pot me off, aas I feel a bit self conspicuous going in, but maybe I should give it a try.

Books & Comics / Re: Killing Moon graphic novel - Now available
« on: 01 October, 2020, 04:48:12 PM »
Received mine recently.

I've yet to treat it, but from a flick through the art is lovely. A very nice thing.

I confess, I forgot it was a 4 part (well I suppose 5 part,when you include the original, or is it 6 part with the prequel?) So recieving a book instead of a mag was a nice surprise!

Thank you very much.

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