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by Mark James
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 204
Views: 12729

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Bojack Horseman season 4: Objectively 'good'... deals with dementia, mental illness and miscarriages in a heartbreakingly, bitterly real way. Some really cool ways of setting up the episodes (the penultimate episode, the Princess Carolyn episode). Subjectively, though, I didn't find it very enjoyab...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air. https://i.imgur.com/xA7NDV1.gifv That's how I found out. That video was going around Facebook and I felt kind of stupid that it hadn't occurred to me that that's what they actually did. Apparently they can fill themselves with air when they are out...
by Mark James
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 458
Views: 35877

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:17 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 am
Why do round door handles exist?
Why not? They're perfectly effective for gripping, often comfier than an asymmetric handle.
Probably one of those not quite true internet facts but they're illegal in Canada as part of making things easier for the elderly and disabled people.
by Mark James
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air.
by Mark James
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).
Replies: 17
Views: 995

Re: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).

How do vegans feel about the fact that planes have to test engines for bird strike by firing chickens at the engines?
by Mark James
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 30558

Re: Politics in General

I'm with Ian. He wasn't a politician at the time, was failry young and enough time has passed for him to grow up and see the error in his ways. For me an apology should be acceptable and then be the end of story. No one has to lose their job. Same for Lewis really. I found it more cringey than offen...
by Mark James
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 103
Views: 8319

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I really expected to hate Inception but I loved it.
by Mark James
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 103
Views: 8319

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Very good. The right ending even though I wasn't sure exactly why Max made his choice....maybe it was a B.O thing I enjoyed it too. But I agree it would have been good for their to be a specific reason for her downfall, like her not even knowing that he hates that brand or something. Yeah, it's the...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Do you know what you know?

Did it the other day but forgot to copy and paste results. If I remember correctly I got 30 right, answered 12 at 100% and got one of those wrong. Everything else I gave 50% confidence to.
by Mark James
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Re: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:28 am
Acting in films or a Pilot
Why just a pilot, not an entire series?
by Mark James
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Since Meakin was looking for a thread about noises it reminded me of the questionnaire that you may be familiar with from the Inside the Actor's Studio tv show. I thought people may want to share what their answers would be. What is your favourite word? It used to be paraphernalia but squinancywort ...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 51
Views: 2558

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I haven't ice skated in years but I picked it up fairly quickly when I tried it. I am terrified of the losing fingers thing though. Wear sturdy gloves. I'm not even joking either. Why don't people just do this? Well yes, but you can still be afraid of something even after taking necessary precautio...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 51
Views: 2558

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I haven't ice skated in years but I picked it up fairly quickly when I tried it. I am terrified of the losing fingers thing though.
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8404

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Played in a football tournament earlier in the year. The team flew in to Cologne, got a bus to Maastricht to our accommodation and then travelled by taxi to Millen in Belgium for the tournament. A great weekend (Maastricht is amazing BTW, highly recommended) but two of those countries were already o...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 20
Views: 2207

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

In Ireland there's no ad free radio stations. That puts me off listening to the radio altogether more than any song. Plus news on the hour. Why are predominantly music based stations required to do the news? As for the actual music I'd say pretty much any sort of chart music from about 1998 onwards ...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 51
Views: 2558

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

There's a lovely caf I've been to a few times for breakfast when at CoLin and when they ask if I want tea or coffee, "no thanks" seems to translate to coffee. In fact most places I've ever been don't seem to understand the concept of not wanting tea or coffee with breakfast. I tend to just order cof...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 51
Views: 2558

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

This may need its own thread soon but I'm with Jen and Gev. It's time for non tea drinkers to take a stand. I don't drink it and I'm not keeping it in my house. Same goes for coffee.
by Mark James
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 51
Views: 2558

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

Do that card shuffling thing where you split the deck in half then splice them together. Like anything it just takes practice. I think one problem people have is they are afraid of over-bending the cards especially if you're doing it in your hands rather than on a table. I couldn't do it until I st...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I've just realised not everyone watches QI. What's not obvious though is why they don't.
by Mark James
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together. Yes, I love this one! What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound? What you're missing is...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 34478

Re: People you shouldn't trust

It's especially egregious when it comes to dead celebrities. I don't really care how old someone would have been if they were still alive. You must hate Google. Good point. I don't mind them as much. If they have a little game to go along with it that's usually cool. It's more a facebook thing wher...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 34478

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who celebrate "birthdays" of inanimate objects (especially things like movies and video games). I would also add people who wish celebrities happy birthday unless of course they actually know them but then I'm sure they'd let them know directly rather than through some Facebook meme. It's esp...
by Mark James
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
by Mark James
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Wrong Time
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Re: Wrong Time

You can change it in your own personal settings. Go to user control panel and then board preferences.
by Mark James
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 458
Views: 35877

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When can you feed a mogwai so it won't turn into a gremlin? Not feeding them after midnight isn't specific enough. Technically all times are after midnight. Is six a.m. safe but two a.m. isn't? What about time zones? Does the mogwai's digestive system know if you've crossed the international date li...
by Mark James
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 103
Views: 8319

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Here is a short movie what I done wrote and directed. I'd love to know what people think. Cheers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEHi0-i9ROo
by Mark James
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 204
Views: 12729

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Breaking Bad: Halfway through season 4, I'm amazed that so many people were able to binge-watch this... I find it so heavy and stressful that I can only watch it in a certain mood (not watched any for about a month now). It is good and I really enjoy it/am gripped sometimes, but the constant suspen...
by Mark James
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 34478

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who wear wedges. That "filled in" heel look is the most disgusting footwear I've ever seen. I was under the impression that a higher heel was for aesthetics rather than comfort so why you would choose both uncomfortable and ugly shoes is beyond me.
by Mark James
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 458
Views: 35877

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Bradley Walsh apologised to Fanny Chmelar today for that hilarious episode of The Chase and it got me thinking does anyone know any English names which would cause a similar reaction on a foreign version? Similarly I have always wondered, we often laugh at weird sounding place names in foreign count...
by Mark James
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 24
Views: 2061

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

I'm from ireland and was on 5th. I think you're doing that human thing of trying to spot patterns that aren't there.
by Mark James
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 6709

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Post edited. Sorry about that.
by Mark James
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 5167

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Had a dream last night where I was playing some sort of Dark Soulsy type game and Lord Buckethead's costume was available as DLC. If someone doesn't get on to this it will be a massively missed opportunity. Fingers crossed someone in the modding community at least will do it.
by Mark James
Tue May 23, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 204
Views: 12729

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Better Call Saul. Yes it's not as good as Breaking Bad but still amazing. Latest season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's definitely declined in quality but still one of the best comedies out there. And just discovered Yes Minister is now on Netflix. Just incredible writing and as relevant ...
by Mark James
Sun May 21, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 103
Views: 8319

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Drive - More boring than I expected. 6/10
by Mark James
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 173
Views: 19192

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy's brother died the other day. He was a decent comedian in his own right but I would advise checking out his true hollywood stories featured on the dave chapelle show if you haven't seen them. The reenactment of the stories about meeting Prince and Rick James are among th...
by Mark James
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 37
Views: 3799

Re: Football grounds you've been to

I've been to more than 20 in Ireland. 2 in England. 2 in Poland. 1 in Scotland. 1 in Germany. 1 in the Netherlands. Favourites would be my home team's ground Richmond Park, the national stadium of Ireland the Aviva and the one in Germany which was Hannover 96's ground. Can't remember the name. Those...
by Mark James
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 34478

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who tell you what collective nouns of animals are. No one cares. No one ever uses them in any other context other than telling you they exist and even then, who decided they exist in the first place? You might get it in a quiz or something, like "what's a group of owls called?" Well what the ...
by Mark James
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

In Ireland we only ever got one monster fact on the back of the Monster Munch packet. It was the cyclops so I assumed the actual crisp thing was an eye with eyelashes. We don't really get Monster Munch anymore and the rival brand Mighty Munch seems to think it's a footprint. https://sites.create-cdn...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 30558

Re: Politics in General

The best has to be the death penalty for anyone who uses radio signals to kill people. Except of course during warfare. That's only common sense really.
by Mark James
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown
Replies: 44
Views: 4774

Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

I'd not heard this! I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time. I don't think I was speaking to Charlie from beyond the grave. Maybe I should check That's exactly what someone who was dead but didn't want people to know they were dead would say. You can't get past me let me ...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 103
Views: 8319

Re: What films have you watched lately?

P.S. The spider volcano thing could be Lavalantua. That was it! Cheers Mark! The sequel was just on SyFy channel. It was brilliantly called 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Jim you should check out Red Letter Media on YouTube particularly their best of the worst series. You'll get lots of ideas for so bad they're...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Darts Ref
Replies: 15
Views: 854

Re: You Are The Darts Ref

Take the flight out of the dart.
by Mark James
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 5167

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

There was something about the controls of wipeout hd that I can't put my finger on and that ruined my enjoyment of it. It was like they weren't as tight as the original or something. The original was rock hard though mainly thanks to the controls but ever since Dark Souls I now prefer that old schoo...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 5167

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

As a long time Nintendo fan it's distressing to see the state they're in now. I think the latest Switch reveal is the death of them as a console maker. Which might not be a bad thing. I've wanted them to become a third party publisher and get out of the console business for a while. It's still sad t...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 34478

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who insist that dates, rather than being a fruit in their own right, are dried plums, even when you point out how strange it is that the stone completely changes shape in the drying process. I'm confused. What is the stone changing shape supposed to indicate? Why not just point out that they...
by Mark James
Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Confectionery
Replies: 17
Views: 1748

Re: Confectionery

As I said in Meakin's thread I'm not to keen on chocolate anymore. Same with sweets. I think I've lost my sweet tooth as I got older. I'd still have the odd sweet if someone offered me one but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy them. I suppose I'd get a pic'n'mix at the cinema but I don't go there t...
by Mark James
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 173
Views: 19192

Re: Deathwatch 2017

OK, here's what I'm going for.

Paul Gascoigne
Regis Philbin
Bill Clinton
James Earl Jones
Barbara Streisand
Charlie Sheen
Bret Michaels
Queen Elizabeth II
Gay Byrne
Kanye West
by Mark James
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 173
Views: 19192

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I've had Gascoigne on my list for a few years but he's probably going to keep defying me. I'll probably have a good few from last year's list to be honest.
by Mark James
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 143
Views: 8409

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

After the doom and gloom of 2016 and the impending issues of a hard Brexit and Donald Trump being leader of the free world, let's lighten the mood by posting our favourite jokes of the year. How about a combination of the two. 2016 claimed another celebrity victim when Chuck Norris died today. Prov...
by Mark James
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 173
Views: 19192

Re: Deathwatch 2017

In fairness, how cool would it be if someone did actually murder a celebrity just so they could win an obscure Internet forum game?

Anyway, I'll have a bit of a think and upload my ten shortly. Although I think it's clear from last year that I suck at this.
by Mark James
Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1697

Re: Crisps

Nik naks, along with wotsits, were never as readily available in Ireland and I never much cared for them when I did have the opportunity to try them. It's a but shameful now considering how far we've come but their scarcity meant they were much more identifiable as British brands and as such were tr...
by Mark James
Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 143
Views: 8409

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Probably chocolate. I'd have the odd chocolate chip cookie all year round but chocolate bars I would only have at Christmas thanks to selection boxes and then I'd have an egg at Easter. It's far too much chocolate though and I can make an egg or a selection box last for ages whereas when I was a kid...
by Mark James
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10205

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Carrie Fisher!!! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: Surely sneaks into the top 8 :( Hmm. It would be tight. I don't think she'd make mine to be honest. Also Richard Adams who wrote Watership Down (and from this forum - obviously the same person). Edit - I dunno. Maybe she'd make it. She's very much a on...
by Mark James
Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10205

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I dont want to sound facetious, but how has her achievements enhanced my life. Musicians and Actors entertain us. Apart from Stephen Hawking , any astrophysicist won't hit most peoples radar unless her name is an answer to a question on University Challenge. Because knowing how the universe works w...
by Mark James
Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10205

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Vera Rubin, an astrophysicist who discovered dark matter, died aged 88 yesterday. But that probably won't be deemed particularly significant, nor as further evidence of the evil machinations of 2016. This may because Vera Rubin didn't, to my knowledge, either sing or act and neither did she hasten ...
by Mark James
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10205

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Or you're just wrong. Get over it. Bowie was huge, a genuine musical innovator who had a bigger impact on the world. He wouldn't be immune from falling from the top 8 but no way would the likes of George Michael be the one to push him out. From the world of music I can only see the death of Paul McC...
by Mark James
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10205

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Was amazed at the amount of headlines that refered to him as ex-wham singer. It desrves a mention but in the headline? Surely his solo stuff eclipsed his wham stuff. It's not like people aren't going to know which George Michael they were talking about.
by Mark James
Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1697

Re: Crisps

Man I love crisps so much. I think Irish brands are way better than UK crisps. I like walkers (especially their prawn and cocktail) but tayto and king far superior. Pretty sure tayto invented cheese and onion and they're my go to crisps. Love putting them in a sandwich. I actually did some research ...
by Mark James
Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?
Replies: 17
Views: 1033

Re: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?

1st Pancake Day 2nd COLIN The rest I don't really care for. I might have put Christmas 3rd but I do hate the actual day of the 25th. I much prefer both Christmas Eve and St. Stephen's day (none of your Boxing rubbish please) to Christmas Day because there's always a great atmosphere in my local on C...
by Mark James
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10205

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

If you go by Doug Stanhope's death pool scoring system there's no point picking people over 100 years old.