thread this may seem weird,
but I recommend visiting 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.


You can also see some slugs getting married

And me attempt to say "Dinosaur" in French

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
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

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!
thread Happy fucking birthday to me :D

*edit* ta folks! Yesterday was the first day where I forgot how old I was. Oops.
permalink And a happy fucking birthday to you indeed!
Arrrrgh, etc.
permalink 50?
permalink ...and a couple
more. Plus one.
permalink 53?
permalink Bingo!

Have a biscuit.
permalink Soggy?

permalink Go on then.
permalink 'appy fearday
permalink Happy birthday!
Just been in a traffic accident. We'd pulled over, the car behind us had stopped, the car behind that one didn't stop. Hit the car and pushed it into our van.

There's not a lot of damage, it's still usable, but waiting for the ambulance and police takes bloody ages and waiting to see if the driver who did it takes responsibility or not is quite stressful.
permalink I think he pretty much has to, no?
Why did you pull over (not that it affects the blame, I am just nosey)?

Are you all okay?
permalink We're all OK.
Lady in the middle car got checked out by an ambulance but was fine. Mrsjam was in our van alone, it's got out.

We stopped because we were involved in a road traffic accident and that's the law?
permalink Sorry, I misunderstood
I thought that you had an accident because you were stopped?
permalink The handbrake was on but the engine was running and had a driver
We had stopped not parked.
permalink Ah! So this van has an engine, then?
permalink 4rf
permalink right but I'm with Manley here
why had you pulled over in the first place?
permalink genuinely confused by the chain of events
because as I read it the collision occurred after you stopped because the collision occurred
permalink That is what is confusing me.
It seems that my question was misunderstood, which I have come to learn is nearly always my fault for being a vague arsehole.
permalink I read it as he had stopped, not parked, car behind stopped
and then a second car shunted the other car into his van.
permalink That was my initial reading
but then, when I asked why he had stopped, he said it was because they were involved in a road traffic accident and that's the law.

I am the first to admit that I get all hung up on how I read things and struggle to detangle things.
permalink I like the fact that he clarifies it
as a road traffic accident as opposed to a I've shat myself accident.
permalink First one
then the other
permalink I thought you meant
why did I stop after the accident rather than getting on with my day, sorry.

We were delivering school packs (because a significant number of our families don't have Internet).
permalink Stopped because I needed to shove something through a letter box.
I had got out of the van and closed the door when I heard the first collision (black car hitting the white one), I then turned and saw the white car hit our van.

permalink Now I understand.
Not much to be said - if you drive into the back of a car which safely stopped behind another stopped car then you are 100% culpable.
permalink this
this makes sense
permalink Won't make any difference if he does or doesn't.
Insurance companies or police will decide that.
permalink But there's an hour or two on the pavement till it gets sorted
with someone who is potentially aggressive.
permalink I got a trip in an ambulance!!!!
now I;'m just pain.

Was cycling back from the supermarket, had moved across the white line on the path as someone else was riding up (a surprisingly steep link between Riverside and the big Tesco in Cambridge), as I crossed back over I slipped on the white line (don't do it)(it was damp), fell and collided with a square wooden bollard.

Momentary blackout, fair bit of blood (as scalp injuries are prone to) . Off to hospital, where they put me into minor injuries. Got seen quickly, stitched up, two x-rays because I was complaining of jaw pain (still hurts to eat this morning) but no breaks, just bruised and swollen (thankfully). Also both shoulders hurt and one knee is nastily grazed
permalink :(
permalink ouch
that bit of cycle path is poorly designed. Something about helmets.
permalink Ouchy!
Yay for hospitals and quick stiching and getting you out before you could catch summat nasty.
permalink Ow, nasty
Keep an eye on that heid.
permalink pretty tricky
the wound's round the back and i lack the complex arrangement of mirrors
permalink Video call your laptop
from your phone
permalink You okay hun?

permalink I mean
I wasn't, obviously, and now I've two nights of just abysmal sleep
permalink Would it help
were I to chuckle at your misfortune?
permalink might as well
three nights
permalink From pain?
Or something else?
permalink discomfort
more than pain
permalink Any good painkillers
or any chance of good painkillers?

Or another duvet underneath you for extra cushioning? Or maybe just a mid-morning nap.
permalink they told me to take paracetemol
checking with paramedic sister, that is indeed the painkiller of choice for relatively minor head injuries.

nap sounds like a good plan
permalink That's interesting, I wonder why
Don't forget you can double up with another family if you need to.
permalink I think
possibly because a lot of the side effects of codeine etc are the symptoms you need to be keeping a watch for with concussion.
And I do have housemates to help with purchasing enough

permalink Somehow all the fun is taken out of it when you give me permission.
Seriously though, are you doing okay? I am self isolating and boracic, but if there is anything I can help with . . .
permalink happy birthday there
Have you got any cake?
permalink Happy bath day
to you and indeed young Al
permalink Happy fucking birthday
to you indeed

also, TEH FEAR!!! &c

permalink happy birthday
was ale imbibed?
permalink Slowly and surely throughout
the afternoon, though I stuffed myself with pizza at lunch which never really seemed to go down. The practical upshot of this was no bad head this morn :)
permalink so a massive win!
permalink Yep! And a couple of ales
left over for tonight, it all worked out quite nicely actually.
thread 37, eh?
Makes me feel very old.
permalink It's no age
at all.
permalink thank you
permalink I was wondering if this was in your honour
It's a bit weird

Pretty sure that his Manleyness is older than that, and anyway, birthday was a few weeks ago
permalink i mean
it's the right number to be me?
permalink Of course it is for Al.
I am MUCH older than him ;)
permalink *looks to camera*
permalink *likewise*
permalink You are Scottish too,
which makes you comparably geriatric.
permalink I think being 50 is the point, regardless of ancestry.
permalink I am not going to be 50 for a long time yet,
if at all.
permalink Hence, they are both older than you
hence, the look to camera.
permalink I am unsure how to say 'yes, I got that'
without looking like a patronising dick.

Not that I am not a patronising dick, I just am not being one on this specific occasion.
permalink In that case
I'll leave yous to your blethering :D
permalink *blithers*
permalink blimey, I just thought, 37? I thought he was loads younger than me
but of course you are, it's just I'm also a lot older than I am.
permalink "I'm also a lot older than I am."
That hit me right in the feels, as I understand the youth to be saying these days.
permalink It's not a yoof
thing, even I say that as well as 'yeet'.
permalink I've bought a full HD projector for £140
Its claim of 4,500 lumens is clearly bobbins but actually it's pretty good in a reasonably dark room.

I'm painting the chimney breast who's so I can use it as a screen, a hdmi spdif splitter has just arrived so I can use my surround sound system with a chromecast, and I've got a ceiling mount arriving tomorrow.

Then I'll need to put the surround speakers back up to be in the right place for the screen.
permalink It's advertised as 6,500 lumens
which is utter tosh, but it's fine in the dark and acceptable when it's not too sunny.

I'm very happy with it for the amount I paid, the ceiling mount was straight forward to put up and I've got the surround sound running now. I just need to try a film on it :)
thread Fuck I'm busy.
I've barely had a moment this week to fuck about on the internet.

What are things coming to???
permalink Whereas I've gone the other
way and am now ensconced in Red Hat Linux training for Cloud and Kubernetes Containers. It's a lot more interesting than I thought it would be!
permalink Kuberwhatnow?
I just had to look at something in NavisWorks. Ewww.

I've managed not to open that for over a year.
permalink Kubernetes.
K-yoo-ber-netty-s. It's a pod system like Docker where you separate the traditional 'operating system running applications' approach into 'core OS running basic services' and 'applications packaged into pods that can be deployed and destroyed at will without affecting service to the end user'.

Quite clever stuff.

I also fibbed. Not 5 mins after I typed that reply I got swamped with tickets and that took the rest of the day.
permalink I find it very confusing to see people talk about it
The general way it's explained to us at the google is that it's an open sourced version of borg. But then we just run stuff on borg without having to think very hard about it.
permalink I've not heard of borg,
but then I've coasted along managing to avoid all things container based until now so I haven't done too badly. Seems to be good stuff though, say you've got an app running on Nginx and there's a sudden push for demand. It will autoscale and deploy more Nginx pods with the same IP address and load balance. Once demand dies off so do the pods.
permalink Borg is the internal jobby, it’s like 15 years old.
If I need to run something, I tell Borg to run it somewhere. It takes care of finding actual machines, scaling and moving it around as other users’ scheduling needs change. The most granular location I can ask for is a data centre the size of wembley stadium, containing tens of thousands of computers.
permalink Sounds very similar, aye, though
geared more towards serving scalable apps to internet clients. Passed all the sales courses today despite me being a sharp end tech support engineer, I've not touched pre-sales since the turn of the century but it looks good with the beancounters apparently. Tech stuff next week doing all the install/config, yay!
permalink It being RedHat they are presumably pushing openshift?
I play with k8s on a daily basis. I really enjoy it as a tool.
permalink Yarp.
This time next week I'll be an OpenShift expert based off 20 hours of training :) It's actually quite fun.
permalink I’ve had no need for openshift myself. Too much stuff that isn’t relevant for us.
I absolutely love Rancher. Would highly recommend it.

When The Bad Thing started, I grabbed 3 unused desktops out of storage, put Rancher and a custom build of Guacamole on it. This is now the main rdp gateway for the company while everyone works from home.
permalink I'm new to all this container malarkey remember,
despite being a unix/linux bloke forever, so Rancher and Guacamole are just things to me :) I'll have a look.
permalink Shout if you want some hand holding
permalink they're coming
to this

Though maybe that's an unfortunate turn of phrase

permalink Surely there have to be easier ways
to take DMT than smoking frogs?
permalink Hot dog,
smoking frogs, Albert's birthday.
permalink I like this
Good for me.
permalink my work has been suspiciously busy also
I'm thinking it is about getting maximum output before the downturn + layoffs come.

I am enjoying having something new to focus so I shouldn't complain.

permalink I am frustrated by the twin issues of being unbearably busy
and also being unemployed as of July 1st.

It sort of feels like the two things do not go well together.
permalink I suggest really not being arsed
for the next three and a bit weeks
permalink I mean christ almighty
when I was being laid off the year before last other than negotiating a better redundancy package for myself and my colleagues anything I was doing for the final month or so was purely to avoid screwing over colleagues that were remaining that I actually liked as people. I fucking coasted. To be fair my manager wasn't upset because he was angry I was being laid off.

He was then laid off six months later, last I checked than company is a bit screwed
permalink Yeah
I am not doing so well.
permalink I know that feeling
a problem we're having is that there are all these firms out there in our space, where everyone is working from home, and can't do much of their normal job, so are catching up on stuff they don't normally have time to do

for us academics, this means that all the vain attempts we've been making for years to get the time and attention of industry and government people are suddenly all being replied to at once and now it's just endless scoping meetings for work we'll never have time to do because we'd normally be lucky to get a 5% response rate

it's a good problem to have, but I'm finding it hard work pretending to have my shit together right now. Just finished a 2 hour webex (ew) with government folks and the beer has been immediately poured
permalink i got an email reply to my speculative query to a contact
they said there could be some interesting work for me

I was quite disspointed, i quite like pottering around with not much to do.

permalink I'm sure Bertie
will be glad to see you out from under his feet!
permalink Partially reopening schools is discriminatory
against the most vulnerable children.

I need to write to my MP about this, I'm going to edit this part when I have time to flesh out what I want to say.

The partial reopening of school and making attendance optional will significantly impact the most vulnerable children, and schools should remain closed to all but children of key workers and vulnerable children until they can open fully.

Currently head teachers are able to judge whether a child is vulnerable and should be offered a place. This allows schools to adapt to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children.

By opening in a limited way with social distancing enforced schools will reach their maximum capacity, thus removing a school's ability to offer further places to children identified as vulnerable.

The small number of places available will undoubtedly be taken by children with capable parents. The requirements of a clean uniform every day and strict timings and behaviour at drop-off and pick-up will exclude children of parents who can't manage those things, and those children are the ones most in need of being in school.

With attendance optional children of parents who can't really be bothered are being failed.

All of these problems are exacerbated by poverty. In areas of high deprivation partial reopening of schools is failing children who need support and favouring children who are likely to be doing ok anyway.
permalink you could argue that not opening schools
is discriminatory to lower income kids who dont live in houses stocked with ipads and attentive parents.

but either way, rest assured your MP will make bugger all difference.

permalink My school, in the bottom 2% by deprivation
has done paper learning packs for all pupils. We've shared online resources on Facebook but the main stuff is hand delivered every three weeks.

The biggest problem is families with poor English and the councils rubbish provision of translation services. They've just employed someone to help liaise with esl families so this should improve.
permalink haven't most schools said fuck off anyway?
except in the case of the kids they've already been serving, of course
permalink Yes, but that's setting them up for "but the government says" arguments
And for the government to continue to lie about having opened schools.

permalink You seem to be labouring under some misaprehension
that the current 'government' gives two shits about the general populace
permalink I keep seeing headlines about trump talking about the makers of Irn Bru
...turns out the Atourney General is called Barr.

/One for the Scottish contingent.
permalink someone must have told him
to girder his loins...