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by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 123
Views: 10711

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

You cannot lockdown every 2 minutes when another country has a pandemic. That's nuts. Ignoring the hyperbole here, we knew it was extremely likely to be a big problem in late January, and we had the advantage of seeing the numbers in other countries before we followed a similar trajectory. Also, I ...
by Ian Volante
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 18
Views: 2797

Re: 2020 Vision

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:28 pm
Well at least I think I've got the Tenet one right
Only $200M to go...
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 2197

Re: Future of this forum

Done.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 162
Views: 24563

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I think this is another one that belongs here: When Jill Dando was murdered back in 1999, I'm sure I rememeber them saying that the Crimewatch about her death was going to have her talking about it herself using CGI or something. But now I can't find any evidence for it. Did I make this up? Sounds ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 2197

Re: Future of this forum

This is on my list to do, just need to remember while I'm not on my work computer.
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 28
Views: 7368

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

I need to be able to vote again on this, adding a 3 to my existing 2.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Obviously nearly breaking a record is never going to be as sexy as actually doing it, but I was quite excited about Johannes Vetter's 97.76 in the javelin on Sunday - only 72cm behind Jan Zelezny's 98.48, which I've heard being called the most impressive of all athletics world records. Ooh, I've no...
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317417

Re: Ask Graeme?

Thomas Carey wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:03 am
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:42 pm
Are there any Apterous users who have played at least one game every month since August 2008?
Ian Volante has september 2008 which I assume is the best you'll get
Sad isn't it?
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Also, when talking about the death of Chadwick Boseman, Lewis Hamilton said something like "We've lost one of our people." I thought this was a bit of an odd comment - "our people". I'd like to think that he was talking about all of us as people have lost one of our people, but I don't think he was...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Pirates Puzzle! (no Googling)
Replies: 43
Views: 5658

Re: Pirates Puzzle! (no Googling)

I still don't like this.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

This just sounds like a prolix way of saying all lives matter. I find this post just frustrating. When people find themselves split into two opposing groups, they often sterotype the other position, and instead of engaging, they just trot out a cheap reply based on these sterotypes, assuming that p...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

The thought of anyone 'not being happy' is so laughable. Suck it up, seriously. I'd be amazed if Nick, Susie or Rachel are upset about it. I agree with this bit. They're not going to be bothered about it. In terms of people being annoyed 'why focus on this form of injustice, when there are other fo...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 9847

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

I had quite a few female Scrabble friends complaining about being harassed. Strange, nobody's spoken to me at all apart from a small amount of relevant in-game chat. What am I doing differently? Emphasis mine. I was referring to this: Fwiw I was instrumental in getting the chat facility to be switc...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion! To be fair, all you said about it was that it was "terrible", which is an opinion, but hardly a review. We've been watching all the Bond movies in sequence as ITV have been showing them over the past few weekends (e...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic It was Lew Grade, and it wasn't a review. Other than that, excellent. Probably a budget review rather than a film review. Actually this was the first film I watched, at the cine...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

The thought of anyone 'not being happy' is so laughable. Suck it up, seriously. I'd be amazed if Nick, Susie or Rachel are upset about it. Anyone who is upset from a viewer perspective, especially in terms of the competition etc. (is it a special, is it not, octoruns blah blah blah), need to get a ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 9847

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Strange, nobody's spoken to me at all apart from a small amount of relevant in-game chat. What am I doing differently?
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics. Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion! I did! Maybe it helped that I ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

I suspect it's mostly because it's not at a big championship. Diamond League might be the top event every season, but it simply can't compete with e.g. the World champs for profile etc.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Fiona T wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:47 am
Found this today

https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... rrier_bag/

I haven't been so excited since I learned to fold a fitted sheet. :D
That's great until the person opens a drawer full of them. Clearly a lack of understanding about bags for life!
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

I don't particularly drink coffee, but have had a latte with oat milk which was perfectly potable.
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have a pet?
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Do you have a pet?

I was sure I must have posted something about this before, but in my search I at least found out the Marc wouldn't care too much if his bulldog died. But anyway, I've always thought that unless you're a child or chronically lonely, having a pet is a bit weird. I mean anything "less" than a dog or a...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)
Replies: 4
Views: 846

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:55 pm
On Susie's OOW slot: who's going to tell her about this?
wtf is that?! I despair :lol:
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2794

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ? It's called RAS syndrome Reading that link gave me a sense of nostalgia. One of my friends at school had a mother called Elsie Dee. When digital watches came out we had so much fun at her expens...
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 773
Views: 175610

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When I Google an unknown number that's called me I get hundreds of results from similar looking websites, many with similar sounding names, like whocallsme.com, who-called.co.uk, who-calls.me.uk, shouldianswer.co.uk, unknownphone.com and countless others. Is there a site that's generally recognised...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 1938

Re: Victor Meldrew

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
It's the most recent thing I binge-watched. I was genuinely surprised at the ending, especially that I'd somehow missed hearing about it in the intervening decade and a half.
The last series ended in 2000.
Aye, makes sense.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5031

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Trying and failing to find out about the poker events from the website - what are the entry criteria for that, what platform etc etc.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 1938

Re: Victor Meldrew

It's the most recent thing I binge-watched. I was genuinely surprised at the ending, especially that I'd somehow missed hearing about it in the intervening decade and a half.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 549
Views: 178144

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Finally got to the end of Derry Girls series 1. Excellent as ever, slightly odd ending, although I can understand why they did it.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317417

Re: Ask Graeme?

Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:17 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:04 pm
Is this just up to series 81 then?
Yes, sorry, I should have mentioned. I update the database after the end of each series.

Your range is 29 and your coefficient of variation is 9.68%.
My apparently default position of upper middle.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12844

Re: Joke Items

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:26 am
Reusable face coverings.
Not fit for purpose , beyond obtaining entrance to shops and public transport
My buffs are pretty excellent in terms of restricting what comes out of my gob. Absolutely perfect for purpose, and nice colours too.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12844

Re: Joke Items

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:23 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:26 pm
Roman numerals.
I'm LIVID (54, 499)
This is a hell of a tough crossword clue.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317417

Re: Ask Graeme?

To head off the inevitable questions of "where am I in the list?" I might as well post both lists in full so you can find your names. Sorted by range: name lowest highest range -------------------- ------- ------- ------- John Hardie 99 110 11 Tom Hargreaves 98 111 13 Thomas Carey 109 122 13 Jack W...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Aye, I was quite surprised at so many blank faces. There's a prog band of that name too who presumably saw the same text books.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4792

Re: Inventions corner

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:54 am
"phone" casual brag
mucky pup
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4792

Re: Inventions corner

A good point. Most drawstrings seem to come with sportswear. Is there any reason why elastic wouldn't do the job... I have a pair of trackie-bottoms that I mooch around in quite often (culotte-style, I'm not a complete oik; do these even exist any more?), and if I have my phone in my pocket, the el...
by Ian Volante
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 7 Spoilers For Tuesday January 12th 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 4658

Re: CoC Preliminary 7 Spoilers For Tuesday January 12th 2016

Most of these threads haven't been bumped but I'm bumping this one. When Rachel spoke to Dan in Russian at the end, it looked like he responded with some deadly Russian insult, wiping the spit off his mouth or something. Didn't make the cut, but for some reason during an episode, Rachel asked me if...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5006

Re: Offensive Words

Quite apart from being stupid, it's pointless. There are a large number of words that fall in a grey area, or have more than one definition, one of which may be offensive.

"What a lovely pair of tits." Is that offensive?
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317417

Re: Ask Graeme?

I like the binary idea. My most common picks are 181 or 182, and less likely 180 and 183. I only do the box thing when writing on paper, so never on Apterous. Not sure which works better at all, not convinced there's a difference.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you iron your clothes
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: Do you iron your clothes

If I ever do some ironing, I play poker at the same time to make it more tolerable.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you iron your clothes
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: Do you iron your clothes

I iron shirts when I need to. Usually every couple of years or so.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: ZoomDown

I assume Apto's tired after last night's exertions.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Have you put weight on during lockdown
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: Have you put weight on during lockdown

A little more maybe, but that's mostly due to an almost complete lack of activity since December - I wasn't in the head space to do my usual yoga/circuits/cycling/korfball training, and then I badly sprained my ankle in a match. Lockdown's been a good chance to reset and consider my future activity.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12844

Re: Joke Items

Most of you can ignore, but the software folks amongst you might appreciate this - I think we all have a duty to name our kids in a way to give us as much work as possible! https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4456438/how-to-pass-null-a-real-surname-to-a-soap-web-service-in-actionscript-3 And this o...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12844

Re: Joke Items

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:52 am
The hyphen
"Students get first hand job experience".
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 707
Views: 164012

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:34 am
People who get tetchy about the grocers apostrophe
*grocer's
by Ian Volante
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4792

Re: Inventions corner

There is a funny episode of Curb Lost me at this point. Wow - I thought you were a decent guy, Ian. How wrong I was. Some people have made this mistake over the years. "Irascible man grumbles at world" is about as funny a basis for our c4c posts as it is for a telly series. Probably more so to be h...
by Ian Volante
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Not so useful at the moment, but when the time comes to make train journeys again, Real Time Trains (https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/ also comes in a paid app on mobile) lets you know which platform your train is going from before they announce it (for most major stations, they don't tell you stra...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12844

Re: Joke Items

Manual gearboxes (for your average car-lorries and other vehicles are a different story, I know). Automatic is far easier to deal with, not having to fuck about with the clutch and it makes roundabouts much simpler to navigate. About the only thing the US has got right is the demise of 'stickshift....
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4792

Re: Inventions corner

Make yourself a bowl of soup and take a sip whilst it's piping hot , then put your finger in it. It's the same with tea or coffee. I told Mark off for his shit pizza comment, and I'll tell you off for your shit soup comment. The act of getting the soup out, spreading it thin over a spoon, moving it...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 158030

Re: Politics in General

I hadn't followed this story, but according to this report, he had no previous convictions, needed a pee, did not know the monument was there, so basically behaved in the same way as many lads on a night out. Most examples of outraging public decency involve masturbating on the tube or similar, so ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 158030

Re: Politics in General

Plus anyway, regardless of the law, this whole thing was a joke. Intent is very important here for one thing, and the bad luck of pissing on a memorial should be irrelevant. And even if there was intent, no way should this involve prison. Never forget to discount the previous history of the person ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 158030

Re: Politics in General

Furthermore, the law doesn't exist in a vacuum. It is highly contextual, and I suspect this sentence reflects that. Are you saying that it is there to appease the baying mob? Because that's exactly what an independent and impartial judiciary should not be doing. I wouldn't go that far, but I've lit...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 773
Views: 175610

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How come some live football tv shows never show crew credits at the end of the programme? The poor sound engineers, camera operators and directors never get a look in despite doing what's arguably a harder job than scripted shows. Maybe, but then people that happen to work in jobs that don't have a...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 158030

Re: Politics in General

Even he had pissed on it just by chance (because it doesn't seem there was any intent) would this random chance deserve a prison sentence? I don't think so. And is culpability based on how far away you are from something (perhaps the inverse square law like with gravity)? Or is everyone who pisses ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 158030

Re: Politics in General

I do this test now and again, and apart from the crappy questions, I seem to be drifting generally leftwards.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

That is handy, I never knew. If only I liked the gmail interface!
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Paul Worsley wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 8:21 pm
A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin.
Surely this effect is even more pronounced for poor-quality alcohol?