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by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13281

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

It's because they're all filmed at once - a several day block, with each heat spread over multiple days. I think they all turn up at once and they set up the heats based on when teams are ready. There's probably enough teams ready immediately that you can space out the good ones a bit, but the last...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13281

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm also catching up with the new series of Robot Wars. I'm glad they've tweaked the format slightly. I think it's slightly better now. But in both this series and the last one the two grand finalists from the previous series have ended up in the same heat. If it's just a random thing then OK, but ...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

Another point worth considering is indeed that Graeme was going to buzz in with a different answer, maybe say IMMIGRANT at first, which is what my tired self thought of first. Then after the mishap and he'd had time to digest it fully he realised it was MIGRATING, though I'd like to think this isn'...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

Thanks for the clarification.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 176
Views: 19552

Re: Deathwatch 2017

by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

I was in the studio for this one, the conundrum was actually very controversial. I think Nick said 'good luck to you both' or something on those lines after asking to roll the crucial conundrum. So the board flipped a good second or two before the clock began, and I think they both tried to buzz. I...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

Tim Down wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:00 pm
I was surprised (read "cackled gleefully at the screen") when Rachel missed the first numbers. It's a testament to her excellence that it's always a surprise when she misses one.

(100 * 2 - 10) * 2 + 9, since you ask.
Better than mine actually.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 461
Views: 78663

Re: Is Apterous down?

Down.

Edit (Six minutes later) - It is up again now though.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

Interesting. Were Damian etc. aware of what happened? Was it obvious that they'd both tried to buzz already before the clock began or was this just something you found out afterwards?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13281

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished watching the latest series of Red Dwarf. I don't think it was too bad, but I'm still not sure what to make of these new series of it. Also Zapped (on Dave), which is an OK comedy, but nothing spectacular. I watched the first series of Stranger Things when I was on holiday, and thought ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13281

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:53 pm
Bojack Horseman season 4: Objectively 'good'... deals with dementia, mental illness and miscarriages in a heartbreakingly, bitterly real way.
I saw one episode of this ages ago, and it seemed like the last programme that would ever go in that direction. It's a guy with a fucking horse's head.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

I didn't think Graeme's buzz was particularly suspicious. It wasn't that quick.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 24
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

Don't think anyone got this - (75×2-10)×2+9+100=389 for the first numbers.

Also (100-2)×9+50=932 for the standard method in round 9.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 304
Views: 25800

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

David Williams now added. Interestingly his age-graded score (76.22%) is higher than Oliver Garner's (75.59%). Although you can debate the relevance of these scores as much as you like. Right, I'm going to put up a ranking list of Countdown/Apterous parkrunners. I'll check it every so often to see i...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 304
Views: 25800

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

[I think you told me which one it was but I've forgotten. Good luck with it, anyway. Also, I'd definitely recommend joining a running club. It's the Chelmsford marathon. Not exactly a big event, but I think it's a fast enough course, and I'm aiming for under 3 hours. I got 3:09:16 in the end. It wa...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 459
Views: 36315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

David Williams wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:34 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 am
Why do round door handles exist?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdOcrUtE-UQ
Why aren't they compulsory?
Good point.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 459
Views: 36315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:30 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:00 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:17 pm


Why not? They're perfectly effective for gripping, often comfier than an asymmetric handle.
They're not perfectly effective for gripping. That's the point.
Have you got weird hands? Round handles are more pleasant to use for me.
If you've got slightly wet hands, they're shit.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 459
Views: 36315

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.
They're not perfectly effective for gripping. That's the point.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 459
Views: 36315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do round door handles exist?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 459
Views: 36315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do American houses all have the same white door between all of their rooms?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10406

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:38 am
Not seen Meet the Parents then ?
When I said I had no idea, I meant up to some point in the past. But I haven't seen it anyway. Nor have I seen Meet the Fockers. But I have seen Meet the Conts.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 145
Views: 10406

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:19 pm
I used to think that a buffoon was a type of animal. I also had no idea that a jackass actually was a type of animal.
Likewise I had no idea that Gaylord was a real name.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 4893

Re: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017

Adam Dexter wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:43 pm
The date of this makes it Anti Christmas (for me anyway). I always have a rule that no mince pies or mulled wine until Advent starts - Advent this year starts on Dec 3rd (4 Sundays before Christmas). Bring on the anti-Christmas theme :)
Have you never seen an advent calendar?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL going forwards
Replies: 4
Views: 1457

Re: FOCAL going forwards

Sorry to put this in this thread, due to technical issues. Having just witnessed the first tablet Scrabble tournament, I wondered if Apterous could be used in the same way, albeit a laptop version. I just wondered if a face to face event would work. Feel free to put this in the correct thread You m...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).
Replies: 17
Views: 1012

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? I see it as a big continuum with killing as many animals as you possibly can at one end, and doing everything you posibly can to avoid animal suffering at the other. As a vegetarian...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).
Replies: 17
Views: 1012

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

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:23 pm
Just a personal view. Can't give up meat due to the smell and taste of bacon.
With that said, some of my favourite meals are vegetarian.
Chick pea and lentil curries and porcini rissotto
You know that bacon is officially carcinogenic don't you?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).
Replies: 17
Views: 1012

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

I'm a vegetarian. I've thought about going vegan as well at times, but it seems unlikely at the moment. I think Quorn could get their act together and make more/all of their stuff vegan. On the gelatine/rennet thing, it seems really odd to me that quite a few people seem to be aware that sweets ofte...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8484

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK (all 4), France, Greece, Italy, Vatican City, Belgium, Ireland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, USA, Singapore, Mexico. I make that 15. US states - Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut (stopped there briefly), Illinois (connecting flight), Texas, N...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8484

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I'm in Mexico right now, so that can go on my list.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 304
Views: 25800

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

It probably belongs in the 'Really obvious things that you've only just realised' thread, but there's all these people who run past where I live when I'm out for my run on a Saturday morning. They stand around in a car-park for a quarter of an hour, then they do exactly the same course every week n...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 23rd October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 786

Re: Spoilers for Monday 23rd October 2017

Interesting. One of the example sentences makes it sound very much like a count noun though.
I can't deal with every falsity in just one column, so I'll deal with the different parts of his speech over the course of several weeks.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The New Crystal Maze
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: The New Crystal Maze

I think that the "Crystal Pathway" game doesn't actually look that hard, but contestants are too impatient with it. They'll line one up correctly and then just press the button for the next thing on its very next run past rather than trying to get a sense of timing. I suppose it's the sense of time ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 30716

Re: Politics in General

And it's a shame that Jeremy Corbyn has decided to react in the same way as all the other sheep. I don't know why people pretend that this is something really terrible, rather than something that 99% of people do all the time. Sure, it was ill-considered considering the likely backlash, but really p...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 30716

Re: Politics in General

Labour MP Clive Lewis used the word "bitch", apparently to a bloke, and everyone is going crazy. It is crazy. What do you think, bitches?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The New Crystal Maze
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: The New Crystal Maze

They had Adam Buxton as a severed head doing one of the riddle games, which is fucking brilliant because I love him. Another interesting thing happened in this one where he basically gave one of the riddle answers to the girl as she was - I don't even know if this is the politically correct way of ...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cleverclogs
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Cleverclogs

Matt Morrison wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:13 am
What would be your worst single word emphasis Gevin? Where would "There were a couple of methods actually" rank for you?
Well, you might say it like that if someone else had implied it was impossible.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cleverclogs
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Cleverclogs

Actually today Rachel said there were a couple of methods but in a more innocent sounding way than on some other occasions. She said something like "There were a couple of methods actually", which doesn't sound as bad as when she says "There were a couple of methods actually".
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The New Crystal Maze
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: The New Crystal Maze

Also in the Aztec Zone... you know that game with the balls on the circular tray suspended by four pulleys? I'm not sure if it's a nice idea with the difficulty pitched wrong, or if the teams have just been rubbish at it. It seems infuriatingly fiddly. You decide: [1] [2] I think this game is ridic...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cleverclogs
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Cleverclogs

I was told that on occasions when both contestants have missed a fairly obvious method, or have started right but made a glaring error, that she goes for a "more difficult" route so the contestants aren't kicking themselves even more, although I can recall her saying "you're going to kick yourself"...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cleverclogs
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Cleverclogs

Susie says what the words are. It seems far more pointless to just say that there are these methods out there if you're not going to say what they are. There's no equivalence. She even got pulled up on it on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown quite recently for doing it, and they all had a good laugh a...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cleverclogs
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Cleverclogs

It does come across as rubbing it in when she says that, and I actually think it's intentional. But also quite funny.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1101

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017

Close game. Unlucky Martin. I think we would have seen you hit your stride with some nice numbers solves if you'd got through the tough first game.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 203
Views: 30896

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

I was thinking of using him for Callum Pickering!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1101

Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017

The Martin Long max numbers octorun attempt falls at the first hurdle!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 176
Views: 19552

Re: Deathwatch 2017

by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13281

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Oh yes, watching Red Dwarf as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13281

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished watching the first (only?) series of Back - the new Mitchell and Webb series. I quite enjoyed it. It's on All 4 (Channel 4 catch-up) if you want to watch it. Also I've been watching Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams. Hit and miss. Some better than others. And the new series of The Crysta...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 105
Views: 8596

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I seem to remember asking a few people in the past what they liked about Inception and people seemed to think the different layers of dreams was really clever. OK, I don't think it is that clever, but that's not anything I had a problem with. It wasn't the basic idea of the film - it was the impleme...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 4893

Re: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017

In. But specifically in on the c4c post rather than the Facebook post.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 174
Views: 32138

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

What's the joke?

Edit - Google says 420 is something to do with cannabis? This seems pretty obscure though.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 105
Views: 8596

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:05 pm
From anyone else I would be upset but your film knowledge is crap at best.
But I do know that Inception is objectively poor.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 105
Views: 8596

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:21 am
The ending is fine.
The concept of an ambiguous or unclear denouement is always a good talking point for the end of a movie.
Inception being one that springs to mind
Yeah, but Inception is shit.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 12th October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 72)
Replies: 10
Views: 1011

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 12th October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 72)

Didn't see today's show, but a very low scoring game altogether. Personally I think Owen Taaffe was quite unlucky to lose as it was really disallowed words which cost him a win, if it wasn't for that then I would imagine he would still be playing presently as the standard hasn't been very high if I...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66560

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Zubair Patel wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:38 pm
Ben, I think that's two Octobers in a row you've dreamt about me!
You are October on his calendar, so it's not surprising.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 20
Views: 2234

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

I was in my car yesterday when The Most Beautiful Girl in the World by Prince came on the radio. Yeah, that.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 105
Views: 8596

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:09 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:07 pm
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 there to be a specific reason for her downfall, like her not even knowing that he hates that brand or something.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 304
Views: 25800

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I've updated the rankings again. James Laverty has improved from 19:27 to 19:26 since the last update, and I've added Jack Worsley. Right, I'm going to put up a ranking list of Countdown/Apterous parkrunners. I'll check it every so often to see if anyone's beaten their PB, and if anyone is really in...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 304
Views: 25800

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

At the Huddersfield parkrun before CO:Hud, me and Mike Springett both took part, and here are the results with points in brackets : 10. Gevin Chapwell - 19:04 (66.7) 97. Mike Springett - 23:23 (33.3) And here is the updated points table: 1. Gevin Chapwell - 355 2. Mike Springett - 110 3. Oliver Garn...