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by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 3
Views: 546

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: 1486

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: 1308

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: 2181

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: 6177

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: 3431

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: 159
Views: 20678

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: 11274

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: 159
Views: 20678

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: 317
Views: 41417

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: 3069

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: 3069

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: 3069

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: 20
Views: 3635

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: 22445

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: 22445

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: 37
Views: 5842

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: 4
Views: 1528

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: 310
Views: 39555

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: 1890

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: 159
Views: 34755

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: 16639

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: 4223

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: 25
Views: 4687

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: 5294

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: 9838

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: 9838

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: 9838

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: 9838

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: 9838

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: 9838

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: 203
Views: 33313

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: 2265

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: 9838

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: 3187

Re: How fit are you?

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

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by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11243

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: 12693

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: 1204

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: 1204

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 ...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New fivers not meat-free
Replies: 15
Views: 1204

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:

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by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1685

Re: Who are your heroes?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:Mark Meakin's nephew Danny Dyer (21st century's answer to Shakespeare)
I highly recommend his Who Do You Think You Are (Danny Dyer's, not Marc Meakin's.. that hasn't been on yet).

I bet Meakin's old girl didn't know she was marrying into royalty..
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever televised game?
Replies: 19
Views: 2796

Re: Best ever televised game?

My favourite televised game is a bit of a cheat as I've only seen it on YouTube , it also involved a young lad, the youngest to ever appear on the show I believe. A couple of bloopers in there as well in the words he declared, highly recommended viewing! I forgot how good this was. Easy to forget t...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 113
Views: 23892

Re: Countdowners in the news

I wasn't sure where to put this, but I might as well use the de facto Richard Brittain thread. Does Richard Brittain have a brother? Go to this week's Question Time at about 12:56. This is a brilliant shout. I urge people to check it out. I would send a screencap but it's the mannerisms that are ba...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: World Debt
Replies: 9
Views: 762

Re: World Debt

I guess the links explained it. But the debt must be owed to each other. For example, Jim owes Jen £2, Jen owes Jono £2, Jono owes Jim £2. Global debt is £6 but nobody really owes anybody anything. Now extrapolate this. ???? ? Profit!
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 39555

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Even if it doesn't reveal everything about him, I find it odd that you "didn't really like" it. I know you've already discussed this with Mark Deeks, but it showed him to definitively be a complete cunt, and that's important, even if we didn't get the scale of the things he'd done. And yet Louis Th...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 39555

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

The only bit of the documentary that I didn't really like was when they had the candid footage of him saying he tied troublemakers up and kept them in a basement somewhere, and acted as if that was an insight into his evil side. I just don't buy that it's on the same scale of evil as rape, child ab...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 39555

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

The only bit of the documentary that I didn't really like was when they had the candid footage of him saying he tied troublemakers up and kept them in a basement somewhere, and acted as if that was an insight into his evil side. I just don't buy that it's on the same scale of evil as rape, child ab...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 39555

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I watched it and thought it was brilliant. Thinking about it now the original must've been one of my first Louis Therouxs because of how young I was. Definitely with you on the "hiding in plain sight" not being particularly convincing. Also amazing how his PA has utterly failed in her reevaluation o...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 143
Views: 10575

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

What's the one song on your playlist that you would have to quickly skip if it was,randomly selected on speaker mode. Mine would be Young Girl by Gary Puxket "Young girl, get out of my mind..." etc. by Gary Puckett &The Union Gap? It's a classic! Philistine. Great song. Iffy suibject matter. Mine w...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 22445

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

My original post was supposed to be lighthearted, but the complete overreaction by some on here (twisting my words to suit their own agendas) , suggests there may be more than a grain of truth in it. "Real" Top Gear is now on Amazon, Formula 1 is now shared by C4 and Sky. This forum is obviously fa...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 22445

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark Deeks wrote:The alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune, and Baa Baa Black Sheep basically is too.
This is the first one that's blown my mind.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3526

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Just finished American Psycho. A light-hearted romp through the life of a young white-collar worker. I remember reading that at university and really enjoyed it; very much my sort of thing. It made especially funny use of the protagonist's taste in music (all 80s AOR, which of course at the time I ...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3526

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Just finished American Psycho. A light-hearted romp through the life of a young white-collar worker.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday August 15th 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1773

Re: Spoilers For Monday August 15th 2016

I know it's only based on two series worth of data, but a near 25% better than average chance of getting a nine in the last letters selection, is still significant. I for one would like to see your workings.. I assume he means that if you look at the numbers in the first table (number of rounds wit...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday August 15th 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1773

Re: Spoilers For Monday August 15th 2016

Steven M. McCann wrote:I know it's only based on two series worth of data, but a near 25% better than average chance of getting a nine in the last letters selection, is still significant.
I for one would like to see your workings..
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 39555

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm not convinced by the format. Having the league bit just means that the final is always guaranteed to be a match-up we've already seen. And if they're going to spend all that time giving losing robots a chance to carry on, then they shouldn't have that quick elimination thing in the first round....
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 13746

Re: EU Referendum

So, the bookies made an arse of it then? I did think of chucking a few quid at leave after the Newcastle result. Wasn't it Sunderland? Nope! Newcastle only just voted remain when they were predicting an easy win. I managed to avoid a catastrophic night of gambling by jumping on 5-1 for Brexit at th...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 11
Views: 1592

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

It's also a really fucking intrusive app, and I've had to deselect all the options to make it less so. It is and always a clunky piece of shite, much like the Facebook app. If you don't like it don't use it. Stick it to Facebook by only using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp instead. But if someone send...