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by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 431
Views: 101817

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Year of the Rabbit (starring Matt Berry) which has just finished on Channel 4 is pretty good. Also, Catch-22. Also, I've literally just watched A Cut Too Far? Male Circumcision on the iPlayer. I think it was a bit of a lightweight analysis of it to be honest, and you can probably guess where I stand...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 192
Views: 56738

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:47 pm
The reaction to people finding out today's duel is Dutch Speed Stepdown Letters Attack was quite something.
Thanks for sharing.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk5 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday August 10th
Replies: 14
Views: 4240

Re: .co.mk5 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday August 10th

Last year I did the Linford Wood parkrun instead of the Milton Keynes one. It's nearer to the venue in Wolverton and I went straight to the venue from the parkrun rather than going back to the Travelodge first. I might do the same again this year. It's just more convenient that way. What do other pa...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 539
Views: 94724

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why has it become a thing that sites where you have to log in now have a separate page for your username and password? It used to always be one under the other, but now you enter your username and click "next" to get the bit where you enter your password. There'd better be a fucking good reason for ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 192
Views: 56738

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

This just gets better.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July 2019 (Series 81, prelim 11)
Replies: 7
Views: 249

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July

Tony Atkins wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:04 pm
Nice to see an apterite doing well, though playing a little nervously I think.

But some people never learn:
R11 DC offers maniocs
R12 PC offers Masonic
Rachel also pretty much gave away that it was there when the letters went up.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48054

Re: Deathwatch 2018

I just want to return to the discussion of this briefly. With someone like George Michael, he sang songs. It was obvious what his contribution was. But I'm not entirely sure what Avicii actually did. As far as I'm aware he was a "DJ". OK, let's go to the Wikipedia. Take the song " Wake Me Up " - I'...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 474
Views: 71856

Re: Politics in General

https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/bigot Irony alert... Yeah, well at some point you kind of realise that being all nicey-nicey to unreasonable people gets you nowhere and they sure aren't going to be all nicey-nicey back. So if being intolerant of right-wing arseholes like Tommy Robinson and Don...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

Someone not on this forum suggested 149 because it's the next prime number after 144 (like 13 is the next prime after 12), and it's done to make things as awkward as possible for people wanting to divide things out evenly.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

From the Wikipedia : To protect themselves bakers would add (throw in) a small piece of bread to each order, called the 'in-bread' to ensure they could not be accused of short measure. For large orders of 12 loaves this would be a whole extra loaf. This implies that it's not a whole extra loaf or no...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8061

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, how much does it matter if a few specks of piss that you can't see or smell, and as far as you're concerned doesn't even exist, land on some of the surfaces near your toilet? You're not going to know. Also they say piss is sterile don't they? I mean, it's probably some bullshit myth, bu...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8061

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, to piss directly into the water you'd need to be a full-on psychopath or severely autistic. I mean that's just ridiculous. It's the best place to aim and so satisfying. It's actually one of the best things about being a man. I remember once sitting in my lounge (with at least one person...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

I am off work that day so could finally go to one but I have to occasionally have to look after my mum so won't be certain until nearer the time Do you have a maximum number before it's fully booked or can I , say , book it a week before ? I imagine a week before would be fine. It probably won't bo...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48054

Re: Deathwatch 2018

The Wikipedia article says the other two were involved in writing it too but yeah I suppose he might have done most of it.

Still, he was no George Michael.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48054

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Avicii, Mike Einziger and Aloe Blacc.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48054

Re: Deathwatch 2018

In the genres you're talking about here, always. It seems pretty arbitrary. I mean, when you look at, say, Fatboy Slim (another "DJ"), it's more obvious what his influence was. He took existing music and messed about with it, used bits repetitively etc. But some of Avicii's things are just songs. S...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8061

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, how much does it matter if a few specks of piss that you can't see or smell, and as far as you're concerned doesn't even exist, land on some of the surfaces near your toilet? You're not going to know. Also they say piss is sterile don't they? I mean, it's probably some bullshit myth, but...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 46720

Re: Deathwatch 2017

David Kelly died in 2003.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48054

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Mark Deeks wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:56 am
You really don't understand the role of producer?
How often is a song deemed to be "by" the producer?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8061

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

Weird they didn't mention pissing to the side of the water as it's quite an obvious option.

By the way, to piss directly into the water you'd need to be a full-on psychopath or severely autistic.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48054

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Weird. I'm not a music snob at all - I like bits from almost all genres. But I always found Avicii fucking awful. I'm really surprised that so many people have lost their shit about it. We agree on one thing musically anyway. I've just been listening to some of his stuff on YouTube. There are a few...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 195

How many in a baker's gross?

Well here it is - the thread you've all been waiting for. I don't think I need to explain the options.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 10th July 2019.
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Spoilers for 10th July 2019.

Product of two primes isn't really a thing when one of them is 5.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 8th July 2019 (Series 81 Prelim 6)
Replies: 9
Views: 375

Re: Spoilers For Monday 8th July 2019 (Series 81 Prelim 6)

Tom S wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:06 pm
Tom got some decent enough spots today, but don't feel he is octochamp material.....
Decent letters spots...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 3)
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 3)

Chris Wylie wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:51 am
Is FOOTCARE a word? For round 11.
Not on Apterous or the free version of the dictionary.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 4)
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 4)

Toby McDonald wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:37 pm
Toby McDonald wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:11 pm
NEINEIS in R5
MEMORAT in R11
Just checked the recap and didn't see NEINEIS because there was only 1 I. :roll:
And yet you saw nine of them. How many eyes do you have?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 474
Views: 71856

Re: Politics in General

Not bad. (Unlike Boris Johnson himself.)
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: Spoilers for Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:48 am
Calpol Six Plus wasn't nearly quite the drink of the gods that pure uncut Moroccan Calpol was, though. Although neither was a patch on Tixylix. Kid drugs are awesome.
Amoxil.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 506
Views: 139144

Re: Best ever contestants

It's an interesting quirk that all the serious contenders that might be considered the best ever all have a defeat to their name, whilst none of the unbeaten players are held in quite the same regard. That said, I do disagree with the Wiki's view that Harvey Freeman once lost. Countdown Masters was...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 350
Views: 86264

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

A new list then. Matthew Tassier improves from 26:26 to 25:00 since the last update and goes up two places, and Jon Elmer improves from 21:56 to 21:48 with no change in position. Right, I'm going to put up a ranking list of Countdown/Apterous parkrunners. I'll check it every so often to see if anyon...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 431
Views: 101817

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:14 pm
Years and Years , Black Mirroresque , very good .
Gets a bit Doctor Who like towards the end but still perfectly feasible future for Great Britain.
Quite chilling.....Boris/Jean Rook
I think the end bit was a little bit too weird and definitely too long.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 1801

Re: Kryptonite

Posting in random threads must be genetic.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 1801

Re: Kryptonite

Is it just me, then? It's not kryptonite. It doesn't look anything like what kryptonite would look like if it existed. Giving someone a trophy made of kryptonite would in any case be totally inappropriate and highly dangerous. It wasn't funny the first time Nick said it, yet it comes up every time....
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tory Leadership
Replies: 20
Views: 1487

Re: Tory Leadership

Fiona T wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:19 pm
I was pleasantly surprised by this in my twitter feed

https://twitter.com/MichaelCraig96/stat ... 1465455616
I wouldn't expect a career politician to say anything else to be honest.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)
Replies: 20
Views: 1630

Re: Spoilers for 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)

Btw, extremely unlucky on the conundrum Fiona. Honestly, it's a completely new word on me! Ah, Maggie and I are of an age where we remember https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Chaparral :) There was a conversation afterwards about what a chaparral was, and the conclusion was that we had no idea,...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)
Replies: 20
Views: 1630

Re: Spoilers for 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)

Fred Mumford wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:58 am
Fiona T wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:08 pm
There was a conversation afterwards about what a chaparral was, and the conclusion was that we had no idea, but we knew there was a high one!
As a motorsport fan I spotted chaparral immediately but had no idea it was a real word, hence wouldn't have buzzed.
Lewis "Chaparral" Hamilton?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tory Leadership
Replies: 20
Views: 1487

Re: Tory Leadership

Obviously fact check the claims yourself, but it's quite interesting listening to Owen Jones talking about Boris Johnson.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 1801

Re: Kryptonite

Kryptonite is a stupid name for it, yes, but the initial post was a little bit krypronitic.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 24th June 2019.
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: Spoilers for Monday 24th June 2019.

Matching lumberjack shirts for Brendan and Rufus.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Jeff sent me the Excel file with the 2018 points table so that I could see how things would have looked under a different system. I used (1 - position / (players +1)) * 1000 rounded to the nearest integer so there would be no fractional points. Basically this means that everyone's score would be be...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

FOCAL scoring system

Dave Butt wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Let’s get back to the main topic.
Which is the FOCAL scoring system. Not your Countdown event. Start a new thread!
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Say hi to Ashton Hancock from me. He lives down your street.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 350
Views: 86264

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I've finally got round to doing this. On 8th June before CO:Cam, me and Fiona Titcombe did the Coldham's Common parkrun (nearer to Cambridge than the Cambridge one). And the results out of 281 runners: 8. Gevin Chapwell - 19:07 (67 points) 245. Fiona Titcombe - 34:17 (33 points) And the table: 1. Ge...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 103
Views: 27143

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

If you want to draw conclusions about how great a advance has been made, the change to the online dictionary looks too big a factor to ignore. I was thinking that if the average max in the current series is 5% higher than it was when Dylan appeared, you could say that 5% of the difference in scores...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 21394

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

I'm not sure how many people can actually do this but I've seen people running down stairs while missing out steps and not tripping and killing themselves in the process. How is this even possible? I think it's a combination of balance, coordination and inertia I am better at running up the stairs ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 21394

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

I'm not sure how many people can actually do this but I've seen people running down stairs while missing out steps and not tripping and killing themselves in the process. How is this even possible?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 21st June 2019 (Series 80, QF2)
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Spoilers for Friday 21st June 2019 (Series 80, QF2)

Obviously heavily paraphrased but:

Nick: Dinos Sferis. Am I pronouncing it right? Sferis?

Dinos: Sfiris.

Nick. Yes. Sferis.

Dinos: Why fucking ask?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 20th June 2019 (Series 80, QF1)
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 20th June 2019 (Series 80, QF1)

He seems a little bit rattled actually. 13 up as I type though so not within crucial territory. To be fair, after Rufus decided to spring something really bizarre on me that I didn't understand, and in truth not expecting a game as close as this, it's quite excusable. Yeah, fair enough. It wasn't m...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 20th June 2019 (Series 80, QF1)
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 20th June 2019 (Series 80, QF1)

He seems a little bit rattled actually. 13 up as I type though so not within crucial territory.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 103
Views: 27143

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Another interesting thing is that when Julian Fell set his octo score of 924, it was seen as in a different league from anything before. It was 49 points or 5.6% higher than Chris Wills's total of 875. But Elliott Mellor's 1061 beats Dylan Taylor's record of 974 by a whopping 87 points or 8.9%. And ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I think one of the best examples highlighting the flaws of the current system is that Josephine Sinclair turned up to just CO:LON and came 30th there, but finished higher in the annual standings than Ed McCullagh who turned up to both Newcastle and Dublin and won both events. It's not even close to ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5717

Re: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019

Ashton Hancock wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:35 pm
I am delighted to announce that Dinos Sfyris will be my Co-Host for this event
If that's true and is confirmed by Dinos then that massively increases this event's credentials.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Jeff sent me the Excel file with the 2018 points table so that I could see how things would have looked under a different system. I used (1 - position / (players +1)) * 1000 rounded to the nearest integer so there would be no fractional points. Basically this means that everyone's score would be bet...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tory Leadership
Replies: 20
Views: 1487

Re: Tory Leadership

Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:05 pm
I'll vote if you give that blond buffoon his actual name rather than one of his jaunty handles.
de Pfeffel must be included.

Would it reset the poll though?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tory Leadership
Replies: 20
Views: 1487

Re: Tory Leadership

Obviously they're all Tories, but quite a few non-Tories seem to prefer Rory Stewart. He got something like 70% in a poll on The Last Leg the other night (which is likely almost all non-Tories). I've heard him in interviews in the past parroting government rhetoric, so I don't think he's some massiv...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 431
Views: 101817

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Years and Years on the BBC. Quite an interesting drama set in the near future suggesting how things might pan out. I'd recommend it.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 474
Views: 71856

Re: Politics in General

I find it amazing the scrutiny that Jeremy Corbyn has been under with so many people saying he's not fit to be Prime Minister when now a much bigger liability in pretty much every possible way looks set to just walk into number 10. I've heard it said that some Tories might just vote for Boris becaus...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 562
Views: 92950

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who don't even bother starting sentences with a capital letter or finishing with a full stop, or a question mark if it's a question or whatever.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 2857

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Why does no-one bother with punctuation