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by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations - a ranking
Replies: 31
Views: 1244

Re: Celebrations - a ranking

Milky Way
Twix
Galaxy
Malteser
Galaxy Caramel
Mars
Snickers
Bounty
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What documentaries have you been watching.
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: What documentaries have you been watching.

All the latest Louis Therouxs. All were great. Watched the first of the latest Attenborough (Dynasties) - pretty good. Watched the first episode of DOGS on Netflix. It was a bit too much about HUMANS and not enough about DOGS, in my opinion. Making a Murderer Season 2 was interesting. I've been on a...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 62533

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I don't know if this is just me, but some of the reactions that some people on here have to some television programmes is completely alien to me. I'm never "in bits" after watching anything, and to be honest I find it a little bit weird. Am I the weird one? You should try Louis Theroux's documentar...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A load of old tats
Replies: 17
Views: 2041

Re: A load of old tats

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm
But you're saying "I definitely want to be scarred for life. That's a given. Now I just need to find the way of doing it where I look least like a cunt."
That's right, yes.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A load of old tats
Replies: 17
Views: 2041

Re: A load of old tats

I'd like a tattoo but don't think there's anything worthwhile enough to justify the lifelong commitment.
Open to suggestions though.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 42696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Anyone seen the German film "Look Who's Back" ("Er ist wieder da")? It's pretty dark, but really funny (if you like that kind of humour) and I think has some interesting points to make. It's basically "what if Hitler came back in the present day and what would he do" and while they milk it (Hitler ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 62533

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Recently watched Bodyguard - that was entertaining for something that made no sense.
Also watched Killing Eve - that was entertaining and made some sense.

Currently watching Making a Murderer Season 2. Not as good as the original (although how could it be?) Also I'm on the fence about who did it..
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 62533

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I feel sorry for anyone watching it on catch-up as they won't have that element of surprise. I will let you know No need, I already know the answer. The fact that it's available on catch-up at all means the twist doesn't work. Should still be an enjoyable watch though. Completely forgot about it un...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1648

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

The only thing that is used to counter potential upsets is the five point penalty per word challenge. In some American tournaments you lose your turn for an incorrect challenge, which is harsh. The 5 point penalty worked against me yesterday as one of my opponents played SALTIER then later hooked a...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1648

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

Back to topic, I'm not aware of any rating system which is particularly robust to (a) matches between players with relatively huge ratings differences, and (b) players who play relatively few rated games, which would include some of the Scrabble World Championship entrants. And to answer Gavin's qu...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1648

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

To be fair , most of the good players absent had visa problems anyway. I got the pleasure to play Mark Nyman today ( of this parish ) needless to say he beat me but it was nip and tuck until I picked up the Q late on. Still 2 wins from 8 will do me as I'm 73rd rated out of 75 so I'm currently 66th ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1648

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

Yeah, it's dumb.

Although maybe the ratings system is not a good one if it's overly sensitive to lucky outcomes in your chosen game. But why are people worried about the rating change from (presumably) the biggest tournament in the calendar?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 1972

Re: How much do you tip?

This can go up in relation to how much I've had to drink. I only tip the bloke who cuts my hair at Christmas. Do you have one hairdresser per religious festival? Like Gevin I just go along with tipping even though as a concept it is ridiculous. Under 10% seems cheap. Over 15% seems like you're show...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 4788

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

1. Gives more attention to all 3 disciplines of the game (which unlike you I view as a selling point), 2. speaks more to tradition to honour the occasion, 3. likely takes fractionally less time, which I think is good for a game that only 2 people are playing (and which considering your other daft o...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Clock music pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Re: Clock music pitch

VHS artifacts or YouTube audio compression?
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 326
Views: 58689

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Bournemouth saw just me doing the parkrun. The results out of 469 runners: 6. Gevin Chapwell - 18:30 (50 points) That's actually my second fastest parkrun time (my PB being 18:22 at King's Lynn last year). The overall points: 1. Gevin Chapwell - 360 2. Giles Hutchings - 106.7 3. Oliver Garner - 80 ...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 5217

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:15 pm
That's just "funded sport" whatever that is.
Funded sport means sports that get government funding.
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:15 pm
Probably doesn't take into account people just turning up somewhere and playing.
It does.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 5217

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I would like to know the percentage of 6 foot 7 plus people living in the UK. I suspect that answer will explain the lack of participation. But never give up as it has taken decades for America to accept soccer as a viable sport and I suspect come 2026 they may come close to winning the darn thing....
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent's Two Words
Replies: 18
Views: 2166

Re: Susie Dent's Two Words

Why are L's worth 3 points?
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent's Two Words
Replies: 18
Views: 2166

Re: Susie Dent's Two Words

Just started playing. It's good, quick fun.
Currently have a 4-5 H2H against SusieBot which I think is just a "greedy" bot which doesn't take rack balance into account.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 4
Views: 1963

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Yeah, this is great. Nice work. Only thing I would suggest as an improvement is to do some face-up shuffling in the simulated rounds (or weight against rounds with double or triple letters). It seems to me that the most useful words seem a bit skewed towards double-letters compared to https://www.ap...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu May 03, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Implicit Association Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

Re: Implicit Association Tests

Quite good results for me..

I'm very ageist
Slightly homophobic
Not racist
Don't associate women with the liberal arts
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 2075

Re: Book recommendations

Jono is doing a book a week as his new year's resolution for 2018. He'll pop along soon with some of the highlights I'm sure. I copied some of them from what people recommended him on Facebook and will report back. I'm a little behind (3 weeks if I finish what I'm currently reading by Sunday). So f...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Music Covers

Nirvana
The Man Who Sold the World
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 8381

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Stewart Lee
Louis CK
Frankie Boyle

Seen a load of great live comedy in London and Edinburgh but not from people whose names I can remember.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Truly Dumb Designs.
Replies: 35
Views: 5978

Re: Truly Dumb Designs.

All separate taps are completely retarded. Why would I ever need hot water and cold water at the same time? But they do separate jobs. You might not use your laptop and wellington boots at the same time, but would you want to combine them? That's moronic and you know it. You can't blend your laptop...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 42696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched "Ted" earlier on Channel 4 (actually Channel 4+1, I got in too late to catch the start on normal C4). Now, I've seen it before and remember enjoying it a lot (of which more later), but I was never sure how much of that was because it was any good, or funny, or whatever. I'm pretty sure I ma...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 14576

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Two days to go and I've just realised I've been negligent in one regard- I haven't posted the seedings yet! Rather than do my usual thing of ridiculous numbers of calculations based on on-screen performance, etc. I've decided instead to do it a very simple way. And rather than explain this simple w...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 42696

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (2nd attempt)
Managed an hour this time.
Not rating it on that basis.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 326
Views: 58689

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:42 pm
I got through the ballot for entry into the 2018 London Marathon, so that's two marathons six months apart having never done one before in my life!
That's a little arrogant, to be so certain that you'll finish the first one within 6 months. You might as well get special jumpers made.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 4498

Re: Do you know what you know?

So far:

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by Jon O'Neill
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 4498

Re: Do you know what you know?

This is a stupid test and doesn't test whether you have the right amount of confidence in your knowledge in a sensible way. Take this example: "Wilt Chamberlain was shorter than 7 feet" I mean, I have no idea really, but most people are well under 7 feet tall aren't they? So really I'm answering on...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 4498

Do you know what you know?

http://confidence.success-equation.com/ I don't. Calibration score Mean confidence: 67.20% Actual percent correct: 54.00% You want your mean confidence and actual score to be as close as possible. Mean confidence on correct answers: 72.96% Mean confidence on incorrect answers: 60.43% You want your ...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 21
Views: 5405

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

Bastille.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 27703

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Not even sure about this but Robin Hood is called Robin because he's always robbin' the rich..?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 27703

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

You get more than two "chicken wings" from each chicken.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 43
Views: 8831

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Anfield ~15 times Upton Park/Boleyn Ground ~15 times Wembley ~5 times Victoria Road (Dagenham and Redbridge) ~50 times Can't be bothered to check the names of the stadiums for the following teams as all are less than 3 times: Bromley Aveley East Thurrock United Concord Rangers Romford Hornchurch Pro...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Formula One venues you've been to
Replies: 5
Views: 2430

Re: Formula One venues you've been to

Been in the control room at Yas Marina.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 62533

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

watching Seinfeld yet again...love the first 7 series especially, it did fizzle out a bit when Larry David stopped writing them though. Favourite episode is either The Contest or The Puffy Shirt Madly hyped for season 9 of Curb... I've just started watching Seinfeld. Loving it so far and the first ...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What causes easy misses
Replies: 3
Views: 2157

Re: What causes easy misses

The more you practise, the less it happens.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 174
Views: 45791

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

My geezer Danny Davey continued his distinguished TV quiz career today on The Chase.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 21452

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

That was brilliant. Amazing that if Bristol had got up and left the set with 10 minutes to go they'd be through!
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 57
Views: 4809

Re: Breakfast

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:51 pm
Dead babies
Nowadays I'm more of a muesli person, if I eat breakfast at all.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 28
Views: 9949

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

Does it have to be their current home?
How about student accommodation?

Charlie Reams (family home)
Charlie Reams (student accommodation)
Charlie Reams (current flat)
Heather Badcock
Matt Morrison
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 60
Views: 10960

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Dishoom is fantastic.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

No, I don't think cheating does have to benefit the person doing the cheating. I refer my right honourable friend to Oxford Online Dictionary definition 1.1 of cheat (verb): "Gain an advantage over or deprive of something by using unfair or deceitful methods." Selecting out 4th consecutive vowels i...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:38 pm
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:38 pm
Also I'm glad that my practising words with I as the only vowel will pay off... insipid critics insisting on instilling rigid civility can be dispiriting. But not in this case.
on, can and be all have other vowels in them you idiot. Fuck sake.
Shit. Prick. Dick. Minidisc.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

You'd also need to tell people not to defecate on the desks then. I'd say it's pretty obviously underhand if not out-and-out cheating. I don't think so at all. It's always been an enjoyment thing.. some people enjoy getting 7s instead of 5s. It's the same for both players in the game so no benefit ...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

I think that should be announced at the event then. You'd also need to tell people not to defecate on the desks then. I'd say it's pretty obviously underhand if not out-and-out cheating. I don't think so at all. It's always been an enjoyment thing.. some people enjoy getting 7s instead of 5s. It's ...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

I think that should be announced at the event then.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Can I ask a question about pre-game letters-pack sorting? I've seen it don on tables/done it myself and it makes the game more fun when you know 6 I's are not going to come out consecutively. Nobody on the table gets a competitive edge but if there are tables not sorting then they miss out on potent...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 40746

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Euan Slatter wrote:Surprised no ones mentioned good old Turnip Taylor yet... RIP
Meakin did about two posts ago.
:o Got quite a shock when I read this.. Had to go back to realise you hadn't announced his death by one letter
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Confectionery
Replies: 17
Views: 3021

Re: Confectionery

Gavin Chipper wrote:they had gelatine in meant that I couldn't eat them. But now they're OK again I think [...] They're a bit tough and chewy.
Exactly!
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 13417

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Ben Wilson wrote:ODO/Apterous
... which?
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How fit are you?
Replies: 53
Views: 3573

Re: How fit are you?

I think the following picture from that holiday proves that it definitely was:

Image
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 12261

Re: FOCAL 2016

Gavin Chipper wrote:I can imagine you sitting there thinking "Not him again" when I posted
This doesn't apply to just him, or just this post.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 16154

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

This would be great. You could rate each death by certain weighted criteria (e.g. UK notability, worldwide notability, surprisingness of death) and see if 2016 really is such a bad year, or if it's just confirmation bias/recency effect.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New fivers not meat-free
Replies: 15
Views: 1577

Re: New fivers not meat-free

Gavin Chipper wrote:Why did he think they might be using tallow?
Because it's in plastic bags? Dunno. He's weird about stuff. You guys would get on.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New fivers not meat-free
Replies: 15
Views: 1577

Re: New fivers not meat-free

I don't have a strong view on the matter, but I have a vegan friend who apparently started the whole story: http://i.imgur.com/1hvaSlL.png Did he actually start the story? How did he find out? He wrote to the Bank of England to make sure they weren't using tallow. And they were. Then he posted the ...