thread If you got the itch.io BLM bundle
8 Bit Space is a fun little spectrum style platform game for Android.
permalink excellent
I have been enjoying Pikuniku, an anti-capitalist cartoon puzzle platformer, and Golf Peaks, a minigolf card-based puzzle game
permalink I'll take a look at pikuniku
,
permalink It's not very long
but it's quite enjoyable
permalink if memory serves
"that's what she said"
permalink I've had an itchio for a while,
hopefully the cream will sort it.
permalink Is it a heat rash?
An itchio scorchio?
permalink I hope not, 'cos it's
going to get scorchio this week, 29 degrees wed/thu/fri.
permalink Lucky buggers
Was a toasty 2° here yesterday morning. And we seem to be afflicted by TEH FOG!!
permalink if you have to be on hold to a holiday company, can I recommend being on hold to Jet2
If only for their weird mix of hold music, Katy Perry into Martha Reeves, lady Gaga into Roxy Music. Quite enjoying it. Now it's "My Girl'
permalink Remember when my van got bumped?
Well, the insurance said it'd be sorted without us paying the excess or damaging our no-claims. Then we waited ages for them to actually do anything. Today our van was taken away, but the replacement vehicle hadn't been sorted.

MrsJam has repeatedly called and web-chatted with Privilege and got really angry today. She was told Thrifty would drop a suitable replacement vehicle off tomorrow and was offered £80 compensation.

He actually used the word 'compensation' rather than 'gesture of good will', so MrsJam said "£80 is suitable for the loss of our vehicle for a day, but puts no value on the time I've spent contacting you about all this". So we're getting £150 as a bank transfer.
permalink I'm am now a berlingo driver
permalink do you feel better for it?
.
permalink No, I feel significantly older.
That said, it'd make a nice executive car. It's ridiculously easy to drive, comfortable, and has speed control, speed limiter, and lane assist.
permalink amy's the same
her spanish is improving no end.
permalink 4rf!
permalink Don't encourage him
permalink Watch out,
CI will steal her from you.
permalink One's quite enough!
!
permalink Olé
permalink nice one MrsJam!
thread so it seems my laptop has a spare drive bay
which was a bit of a surprise, i think in the intention that you had a small ssd for the os and a bigger one for storage... i've been running out of space for weeks.. and if you are opening you might as well stick some more memory in it.... so tomorrow if you need me i'll be searching around under the kitchen table looking for that tiny screw that i've dropped and muttering "how was i supposed to know it went that way up....."


what are you planning to do that you haven't done in a while?
permalink I was so bored yesterday
that I repotted all the house plants. At some point I need to sort out the plumbing and floor in the utility room, but I'm not rushing it, I've had the flooring since March...
permalink we have conspicuously failed to repaint the woodwork at the
front of the house as well....
permalink Housework, general tidying and spring cleaning.
Also in the middle of fitting cctv on the house now it's mostly empty at night
permalink They mostly come at night.
Mostly.
permalink Open the drive bay doors al...
permalink Playing with the partitioning on an external 6TB hard drive
and shifting data off a 1TB drive onto it.

I've been putting it off as the 6TB has an NTFS partition that works and a much bigger linux partition that doesn't. I've reached the point where I can't be arsed saving anything on the linux bit even if there is anything worth saving on there, so I'll dump it and make it a 6GB NTFS drive.
permalink I found out yesterday that I am being served redundancy notice soon.
So I have updated my CV and I am going to find a new job.

The phrase "right-sizing" was bandied about.

I need to buy a laptop as well which is fun.
permalink Welcome to the club.
:(
permalink I had fun sanitising my Twitter account last night
we've had many silly conversations on that platform
permalink Haha!
I ended up deleting my entire account and just starting a brand new one - same name.
permalink that is a more
sensible use of my time
permalink My missing cat turned up last night.
It was only for about 30 seconds, but at least I now know it lives somewhere else and has not been eaten by an Alsatian.
permalink Make sure they follow procedure
See how much you can get out of the bastards (absolutely make big asks). Remember that in this HR are very, very much not on your side
permalink yes, exactly
HR are actually still hiring as well.
permalink do make sure to ask about retraining for those roles
...
just to get the employment lawyers ears twitching.
permalink how big an ask as well?
a new laptop + phone right?
permalink 3 months salary
3 months notice (without working it)

that sort of thing.
permalink yes, that is already on the cards
.
permalink then double it
...
permalink noted, thank you
permalink christ fucking almighty
permalink bugger, will you get three months consultation?
if they are doing a lot of people they need to.
permalink I'm not sure yet
they're appointing staff representatives and then pushing it through in about 6 weeks.
permalink Well.... they THINK they're pushing it through in 6 weeks.
It might not prove quite that simple if they try to shaft people...

Sorry to hear, mate.
permalink thanks
I'll be grand
permalink it's 30 days minimum
for 20-99, 45 days for 100+. Staff reps have to agree that there's nothing left to discuss though before that concludes, but aren't allowed to just drag it out.
permalink (was a staff rep at the one two years ago
learned a fucking lot)
permalink is that people on site
or jobs cut?
permalink total jobs cut
within the company/organisation
permalink from what I remember
the clock I think starts ticking once reps are appointed, trained and have their first meeting. And notice doesn't start till the end of the time (the period may though include the selection procedure if there's pools that are being reduced but not eliminated)
permalink I've volunteered to be a rep
realistically I think I am just an extra layer, they'll do what they want and claim a moral victory
permalink I volunteered as well
managed to negotiate up the package for everyone and helped ensure that the selection process for multi-person pools was fairer.
The latter didn't help me much as I was a pool of 1, but the former definitely helped. Even some of the older guys from the factory, who'd been union reps at other companies, were impressed with me.

permalink I think this is very much as case
of you will get what you're given.

Would you be alright answering any questions I have? (through the process, not right now)

I've just had the ballot as well and there are two of us on it.
permalink yes
sure
permalink Thank you so much
my email is 't j p0c0ck' at gmail dot com where the 0s are actually o and which no spaces. Please can you drop me a line when you have a moment
permalink I am going to video my dog doing zoomies and send it to you
unsolicited.

I would send a dick pic, but you do not need cheering up quite THAT much.
permalink I've replied to the email, cute dog too
I'm going to state it here as well. You had that email anyway. Although the last correspondence was 2010
permalink I knew this.
I just had a prompt.
permalink I have sent email
it has no dick pics
permalink I never did get around to
wanking into his hat.
permalink I don't wear a hat
all the time any more, I'm a real adult!
permalink That is straight off the
stable floor.
permalink thanks
permalink well bugger me, it worked fine
I now have 512 free giggle-bites to play with... i'm never deleting anything every again.


EDIT: putting the first files on it is like walking on fresh snow.

permalink Lovely.
You'll fill the fucker up though. That's just how it is.
permalink This is why I now have a cute
little external drive sat under my iMac. Oops. Can I find owt when I need it though? Can I fuckery.
permalink I think an imac
Was the last computer I opened to put a new hard drive in... One of the white ones... It was a traumatic experience.

Though I've also done a Nas, which was obviously easier.

I think my laptop is now lighter, there was a dummy bit of metal there in place of the drive, which seems to weigh more than the frankly miniscule SSD I put in.

permalink Never had to do one of the white ones
but I'm quite proficient at drive replacement on the following silver ones without fully taking the screen off. Years ago I swapped the terabyte rust in my 2010 for a terabyte SSD which was eye-watering at the time but oh the speed increase! I did the same to my Mac Mini the following week.
permalink The white ones were basically glued shut as I recall.
I do love SSDs through.

The new memory seem to be making mine zip along nicely, especially since chrome seems to use 2gb nowadays ...


Oh by the way this is the YouTube guy I mentioned on Friday.. he is stupidly detailed.. but interesting. The TV ones are also good and the toaster... https://youtu.be/sAbhP...
permalink Aaah HIM, yes,
I've watched a lot of his stuff but never noticed the name before. He's back in my suggestions now.
permalink if you like that,
you'll probably like TechMoan as well; very similar concept, but with occasional Muppets.
permalink yeah ive seen a few of his.
.
permalink Techmoan made me very briefly
famous :)
permalink Does this imply
you were wearing some very small briefs at the time?
permalink he was young
and he needed the money...
permalink The money being
11p?
permalink Such an event is not
currently possible.
thread For those of you who don't know this stuff, talk amongst yourselves
for anyone else.

Our friends have 2 pretty autistic kids, one of them is a fucking nightmare at nights. They're thinking of having a remote 'light show' in her room that they can control from their bedroom/downstairs/elsewhere.

Now, I know fuck all about this stuff but realise that there are people on here that might be able to point me at a way to do this sort of thing. Any bright ideas where I could get something off the peggish?

Actually, for those that don't, I've been trying to buy loads of new music for when I "run", recommend something to me. Nothing too fast.
permalink Hola!
This rather has my name on it...

Let me have a think. Must be something around that's reasonably cheap and cheerful, or some things that can be hooked together without too much pain.

If you're prepared/able to put a bit of appropriate work in, something with a Pi/Arduino would be easy enough... have it serve a webpage for controlling it, stick it on the wifi, and they can control it from phone/tablet. It's easy to get cheap chinese colour-changing LED tapes and hook them up to a Pi/Arduino, like cowjam did recently...
permalink I saw 100 individually addressable RGB LEDS on a string for £15 earlier
but didn't buy it so don't have a link.
permalink History?
permalink No I was in app
Not I've found them #Aliexpress £7.93 | 50-100PCS WS2812B LED Module String Panel Pre-soldered on Heatsink with 10CM Wire 5V WS2812 Built-in SMD5050 RGB Idividually
https://a.aliexpress.c...
permalink God that's cheap.
I know they'll be a bit iffy but for home/hobby fun, that's fantastic.

And matt - I think one of these would work with it: https://www.aliexpress...

The App actually looks usable (ie it isn't in Chinese)...

This stuff is so cheap that it's basically worth a punt.
permalink Oooh...
we're approaching that time of year when I get reminded that spunking money on AliExpress isn't really affordable...
permalink thank you
I'll have a look
permalink is one of these
https://www.miniintheb...

and one of these

https://www.amazon.co....

a but too simple?
permalink they're both the same thing
but I can see what they say
permalink oops
basically one of those starry night projectors and an app-controlled plug
permalink thanks
just trying to get ideas at the moment
permalink That's good thinking for a simple solution...
If they just need to be able to turn something on and off, a wifi plug and whatever lighty toys you can find.
permalink Unbranded wifi plugs are fine.
Mine are yagala and are significantly cheaper, work with alexa, Google and have a free and easy to use app.
permalink thanks
to be honest at this point everything is an option
permalink I've not had chance to play with it yet, but I've just bought one of these
#Aliexpress £7.24 | M5Stack Official 2020 New Arrival ATOM Matrix ESP32 PICO Development Kit Arduino IMU Sensor Python
https://a.aliexpress.c...

It's an esp32 with addressable rgb led square that's also a push button.

In other words, it's a programmable wifi doodad with a colour display that's also a button.
permalink This thing is awesome.
I'll have a go at some light pattern stuff.
permalink rage against the machine is best for running
very even tempo and angry enough.

the prodigy is also good... maybe some queens of the stone age.

permalink I've been tending to use more downbeat
Baxter Dury is good, New FADS, Dry Cleaning who me and Albert saw a few months ago, the new Transglobal Underground, I quite like Burial too.
permalink i may not be too much help then
i need to be angry to run... metronomy? tame impala?
permalink How about 'thy damnation slumbereth not',
that's definitely got a trottable beat, as has 'the light at the end of the tunnel (is the light of an oncoming train)'
permalink I thought you might like this
http://blog.presentand...
permalink Aye, I saw that the
other day, most splendid.
permalink I like this
permalink I tried HMHB
but was struggling with singing along
permalink Ah yes,
I can see that being an issue.
permalink I used to cycle to school - 25 miles in Devon
and I had a tape with a loop of Paradise City on it, because the tempo really worked for me.

permalink How about some
SPEEDCORE?
permalink It's a way of life!
permalink The nearly way of life
... if I remember correctly.
permalink We should ask
Zog if he remembers.
permalink He's too busy meming his tits off
Memecorrrrreeeeeeeeee!!!11!1!!
permalink ZZZZZZZZZZOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!
permalink Out of curiosity
what problems are they having? Friend has autistic first child, melatonin gets her to sleep but she's awake again 4 or 5 hours later...

(ie. around 2am she's up for the day)
permalink I am not advocating this, but . . .
when she was not working, my mother used to divide a fortnight into 21 days.

I would get 4 hours' sleep, followed by 12 hours awake, rinse and repeat. You need good curtains, but I just would not ever sleep for more than 4 hours, whatever happened, but it turned out that i would do it more often than expected, so I had 3 'days' in every 2 actual days.

This is all pre-school age mind, and I went to school at 3, so . . .
permalink That is some very dedicated parenting.
My friend's retraining to be a nurse, with the intention that she'll be able to be around more at the times when they need her and sleeping when they're at school... I don't know how that'll pan out!
permalink essentially that
the melatonin has never kept her down for more than a few hours. Last night was 1-4am shouting then up for good. It was a bit better when she was at school full time, but not much.
permalink Aye similar problem then.
If the lightshow helps I'd be interested to know!
permalink Also I hate running
so I can't help specifically, but Lizzo is good for dancing. If you like Burial, maybe Flying Lotus?
permalink I will let you know how they get on
permalink I don't listen to music when I run
I prefer to hear the rhythmic piston-like pristine movement of my perfectly-honed body

that and the wheezing and palpitations
permalink And the abuse hurled by the denizens of Maryhill...
...disgusted by your attempts at physical exertion rather than eating chips and drinking Bucky on the corner?
permalink this^^
I don't like running with music, as I like to be aware of my surroundings, whether that be fuckwits in cars trying to kill me or other people running/on bikes if on trails
permalink I've just discovered a new negative side to running
got up this morning, squatted down to pick something up, and my pyjama bottoms ripped neatly in two all the way round

I'm definitely blaming this on the glutes, not the pies
permalink I'd consider it a considerable victory
that you could squat deeply enough to rip them!
permalink I prefer no music on trails/roads
and fast music on a treadmill

although I don't run much nowadays. I tend to walk or go out on the bike
permalink Drop the kids off in a forest
And tell the parents not to have any more
permalink Ah, yes
parenting, Northland style
thread this may seem weird,
but I recommend visiting www.babynames.com sometime soon...
permalink Not working at the moment.
Possibly seen screenshots of it though.

Edit: It's working now.
permalink Gone borky
again. Bork! Bork! Bork!
permalink And now it's working,
that's excellent!
permalink Nice.
permalink That website caused a fair few arguments in this household
(not because of the front page)
permalink The director of Public health for Wigan
Has written to chairs of school governors to say "open if you want to but be cautious".

Which feels like she's washing her hands of it.

It's rather frustrating.

The more everybody else says "it's up to you" the more it becomes actually up to me. I'm not qualified to make this decision.
permalink If they're not prepared to make
a decision why should you.
permalink If they keep devolving the decision downwards to you
Just keep going down, all the way to the kids, if need be
permalink That is your position then.
"The government have told us in certain and written terms that we are responsible for the safety of children and that the decision to open schools is on lay volunteers.

As we are not qualified to make these decisions on public safety in any way, we must therefore err on the side of caution and so, until expert backed decisions are issued by the government, the schools will remain closed."

Force them to make the call, because they want to be able to say 'we did not make them do it, they chose to'. Fuck that. Fuck that in their monkey faced cunts.
permalink hang on now, we're not going to get anywhere
with sensible and rational thought are we? Especially from you.
permalink Look here, I am a logical and rational man.
I just remain that way in the face of emotions, and folk are uncomfortable with my lack of empathy.

It is almost as though they cannot empathise with it.

I do not mean any of that, of course. I am a well known horrible arsehole.
permalink Exactly this.
Especially the last bit.
permalink brilliant put, perfectly worded
wait - we're agreeing? no wonder it feels so cold here... Hell must have frozen over
permalink I've found myself agreeing with Manley
an awful lot over the last few years. I'd like to know where I've gone and what I've done with the body.
permalink The academy trust we're part of
have said "not until the 22nd at least" so I'm hoping they'll make the decision.

But you're right. "Open if it's safe" is too vague for us to call.
permalink Very good
Once I eventually got it to load
thread if anyone wants to see more messy drawing
and shoddy sound editing from me i've done some more scribbles... I've tried one which is a more "how-to-draw" video.. which is at least a little hypocritical.

How-to
https://youtu.be/LiTmD...

You can also see some slugs getting married
https://youtu.be/1nxrD...

And me attempt to say "Dinosaur" in French
https://youtu.be/uW3dj...

permalink Meanwhile... I went to work this afternoon.
Like, actually went there physically. There were three of us being very careful. It was nice to see some different human beings.
permalink Well, we've dropped down to level 1
Which is great, as other than international travel (off the cards for the foreseeable), things are, for the moment anyway, returning pretty much to normal.

Which alas, means I have to go back into the office. I've actually quite liked working from home
permalink I'm sure boris will tell everyone we are at level 1 in a couple of weeks
But I think we will be due to get there in about 11 months
permalink Um, yeah
We're at level one as we haven't got any active cases, and no new cases for 17 days. This would appear very much not to be the case in the UK
permalink we're doing alright in Scotland, no deaths for 2 days
but as the worst region in the UK is the North of England where R might be greater than 1, I think we're heading for a situation where Police Scotland might have to set up roadblocks on the M6/A1(M), which might set an interesting precedent
permalink London isn't doing too badly at the moment.. fingers crossed
...

permalink and actually looking at the numbers
the NE or NW isn't getting worse, it's just not getting better as fast as other places

permalink actually the new ONS data is out, for 10 days ago
shows the numbers of deaths are lower than at any time in this year, and covid deaths are lower than flu deaths in jan/feb/march though they'd typically be lower at this time of year... in fact the 5 year average takes an od plummet at the end of may

https://www.ons.gov.uk...
permalink there's been a correction
I don't know if you saw it before or after
permalink I think after
the overall death numbers look about the same
permalink But in the SW we have every other fucker leaving lockdown
and coming here, where we have no immunity.

The R number down here is already over 1 again, and every cunt is out and about like sheep in a bucket of grass cuttings, trying to snog a snail.
permalink I dont think anywhere has significant immunity
they are thinking an average 10%of people have had it which doesn't make a huge difference.

cases in the SW are still falling, your 7 day average is about 20 /day down from 30 a couple of weeks ago.. and 40 a week before that... and peak of about 200 in early april https://i.ibb.co/XVD8g...

permalink The studies al seem to show an uptick mid-June coming though
but such is life.

The job i applied for has just gone dark on me ;(
permalink that's a bugger... there is a lot of "wait and see" going on at the moment


as for studies "R-number soars" sells papers and clicks, I dont' think anyone has been able to model circumstances like this with any accuracy, especially on a SW of england level of detail... plus bear in mind we are testing 10x the people we were in march... and simple social distancing / sensible things like not assummign you hae a bit of a normal flu will make any second wave less rapid. and of course we will be outside more which is much less dangerous. .... it'll be the christmas wave that'll be really fun.
permalink Oh, I looked at an actual study,
I do not really have access to any news, being stuck indoors with no TV ;)
permalink Which one?
Does anyone still watch news on TV?

We have a mate who asks "did you watch the Andrew Marr show this morning?" .... I just look at them and boggle a bit.
permalink We very occasionaly watch Ch4 News
If the TV is on anyway. It's almost out of novelty.
permalink I'm going to be doing a bit of both for a while
I'm enjoying cycling to work though. It'll be shit in shit weather but at the moment it's pretty pleasant and only takes me 14 minutes.

Oh, and it'll be shit once more people in the building are back and the fight for space in the bike store is back on.
permalink get a decent jacket and it's not much worse than walking
and still better than getting on a bus/tube
permalink Exactly. It's only 14 minutes...
And fuck getting on the bus or the tube for the foreseeable.
permalink Happy birthday tino!
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