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by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 19
Views: 348

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: 1343
Views: 295081

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: 208

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: 208

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: 632

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: 742

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: 111
Views: 5415

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: 111
Views: 5415

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: 694
Views: 150704

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: 32
Views: 1973

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: 120
Views: 13004

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: 111
Views: 5415

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: 32
Views: 1973

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: 702
Views: 128419

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: 702
Views: 128419

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: 702
Views: 128419

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: 764
Views: 154547

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: 702
Views: 128419

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: 702
Views: 128419

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: 120
Views: 13004

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: 120
Views: 13004

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?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3047

Re: Cummings and goings

Maybe Hislop's just balancing the shift in the other direction by the Prime Minister? And are you seriously claiming that the Clinton campaign would have spared time and money to 'lean' on a slightly jaded British panel show?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5977

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Well Boris has made it clear he's prepared to increase lockdown back to where it was if things get worse again. The theories are that the virus doesn't like hot weather which is why third-world countries have been largely spared, and so what we really need is a huge, 40-degree heatwave across Europ...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1343
Views: 295081

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Graeme, What is the biggest decrease in score of a champion from one game to the next, in which they had won both of the games? .This is applicable to all types of 15R's. I'd have a punt and say it was Jodine Lawrence from S79, who got 117 in her debut, and 75 in the next game, but thought I'd a...
by Ian Volante
Wed May 27, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5415

Re: Joke Items

My mouse is rechargeable. Best of both worlds.
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your skin colour?
Replies: 37
Views: 3038

Re: What's your skin colour?

Anyway, there was a reason I came across this topic. Are both skin colours still a thing? I can't find how to change it. I'm using the better one (prosilver). Are people still using aerogreen? Anyway, I still need an answer to this question. I don't think so. I've dim memories of them getting washe...
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13004

Re: Trade Secrets

On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to? Six months? Am cur...
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite beverage , non alcoholic.
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: Favourite beverage , non alcoholic.

Tea.
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3047

Re: Cummings and goings

I don't think these two things are exclusive.
by Ian Volante
Wed May 20, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown VHS Tapes
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Re: Countdown VHS Tapes

Get hold of a unit that converts analogue to digital and capture software (I've got a crappy one, EasyCap, but it works well enough).

Was going to digitise my run from years ago, but last week I discovered that I'd (I assume) taped over it with the 2007 World Championship men's 100m final. Ho hum.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 18, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 703

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

Police Squad! [In color]
by Ian Volante
Mon May 18, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 24
Views: 3686

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

I never knew that being called Dave was associated with such people.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stay Alert
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Stay Alert

It says a lot about the state of our media that France has adopted exactly the same slogan without comment. But what I'm quite annoyed about here is the whole system of devolution. Why does the First Minister have a veto over lockdown changes, over and above that of the Prime Minister!? Devolution ...
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1

I reckon you might be lucky enough to get £10 for it if you get the right people looking at a sales listing.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 16
Views: 1363

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

Are those testicular electrodes now repurposed?
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stay Alert
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Stay Alert

I can exercise more already. Nothing changing otherwise here, nice to be somewhere where there's actual coherence in government output.
by Ian Volante
Wed May 06, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150704

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that think that adding salt to sweet/dessert items is ever sensible. That and the idiot who thought balsamic vinegar and strawberries go together. Although to contradict myself , a salted caramel dessert is nice but I wouldn't add salt But caramel's nice in the first place. There's a practic...
by Ian Volante
Wed May 06, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150704

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that think that adding salt to sweet/dessert items is ever sensible.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 65289

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 2:02 pm
“Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” has the same syllabic rhythm as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I still don't understand why this is a thing.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 04, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5415

Re: Joke Items

Tins that need tin openers Most tin openers are a joke Tins that don't need them are bloody annoying because they have a lip that means it's more difficult to get all of the liquid out. Bad design. Similarly, such tins which have one of those thicker bottoms meaning that you have to use an opener a...
by Ian Volante
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 65289

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

It's only in recent years that Civil Service guidance has changed, but it's a relic of mechanical typesetting, or something like that if I remember right. Still a good number of colleagues use them, I delight in finding and replacing them :)
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1661

Re: NHS-worship

There is an argument that the best way to get mass compliance with the lock-down etc is to have a very simple message - save the NHS has evolvd to be that message. The weekly noisemaking and associated hagiographising may be over-sentimental claptrap (Britain's still a world-leader in something!), b...
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154547

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

GCSEs in my day went from A-G - it's not that long since they changed to numbers.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154547

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoticity_in_English It appears my Scottish heritage is the differentiator here. "Many non-rhotic speakers also insert an epenthetic /r/ between vowels when the first vowel is one that can occur before syllable-final r (drawring for drawing). " Yep, and as a Yorkshirem...
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154547

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:15 pm
If every human above a certain age were to die instantaneously, what is the minimum age that could be for the human race to still survive into the future in some form?
I think it would struggle below about 4 or 5.
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154547

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Bicycle helmets are only really useful for slow speed impacts. Cars move considerably more quickly. (Actually there's a lot of contradictory evidence about cycle helmets, hence why the CTC (now CyclingUK) don't recommend them, and frequently show cyclists of all ages without them. FTAOD I do wear o...
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google search keyphrases
Replies: 17
Views: 3580

Re: Google search keyphrases

This thread needs an update please.
by Ian Volante
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Wiki
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: Apterous Wiki

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:29 pm
It's not working for me right now as I type this.
It's fine here. Tried a hard refresh?
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5977

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I had a weird chest infection around the end of February too, was given antibiotics and didn't think anything further of it, was told it couldn't possible be COVID as I hadn't come into contact with anyone with it. Fast forward to this weekend just gone, I've got an elevated temperature and my sens...
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5977

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Keep spouting shit on social media and here to keep my spirits up. Also I have been canvassing people who had Coronavirus symptoms in December or early January as I'm convinced I had it before it was officially out there. Chances are you could have done. I know of two people at uni who had it in la...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Working from home - top tips!
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: Working from home - top tips!

Can't argue with any of that.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5977

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Day six of lockdown here, getting a lot of stuff done, but missing ball sports. The garden is mostly sorted for the Spring.
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)
Replies: 7
Views: 1029

Re: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)

Phil H wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:34 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:24 pm
This champion geezer is pretty good. Very solid on the letters. I think I've beaten him in one letters round over two games but the numbers have let him down a bit.
Yep. I'd predict him to win eight and finish as number 3 seed so far.
That's a pretty tight target to aim for!
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 277
Views: 96220

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:29 am
Series 82 contesant Steve Agace

Image

And series 46 champion Ben Wilson

Image
It's like Ben and Ken Bruce produced progeny.
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154547

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoticity_in_English It appears my Scottish heritage is the differentiator here. "Many non-rhotic speakers also insert an epenthetic /r/ between vowels when the first vowel is one that can occur before syllable-final r (drawring for drawing). " Yep, and as a Yorkshirem...
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154547

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

My question was not supposed to be funny. I really want an answer. I have asked it many times, to biology teachers and to the Internet, and am yet to receive an answer. Tom's response was supposed to be funny, and it succeeded. Isn't https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poaceae enough to sate your desire ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:MyArs April 31st
Replies: 13
Views: 1174

Re: Co:MyArs April 31st

How does Richard Brittain feel about co-hosting?
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128419

Re: Politics in General

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:29 pm
Martin Peters wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:49 pm
Such as Dancing On Ice with H and Matt.
When did I... I don't remember this at all.
I think the sequins suited you.