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by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 31, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Pro Ranks
Replies: 34
Views: 9896

Re: Apterous Pro Ranks

Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun Oct 30, 2022 11:05 pm I think rolling ratings changes every game, whereas pro ranks does one change at the end of the week based on all your games together. Probably other stuff too.
I know that much, but can't remember if it also uses Glicko like Pro Ranks.
by Ian Volante
Sun Oct 30, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Pro Ranks
Replies: 34
Views: 9896

Re: Apterous Pro Ranks

Is there somewhere on the site that describes how rolling ratings work? Some discussion after they were a bit rorted earlier, and I can't remember how they differ from Pro Ranks. Been a long time...
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 28, 2022 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361229

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Also if that happened there would be far fewer replies so would be easier to read them all anyway. Good idea. Probably one for the things that will never happen thread though :) I'm not a twatter user but wouldn't it be better if you could only see posts from followers or those you follow? No, beca...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 25, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Scottish words
Replies: 7
Views: 2082

Re: Scottish words

For some reason I'm reminded of Pheeona Haahlahm.
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 18, 2022 11:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: In Truss, Ye God's!!
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Re: In Truss, Ye God's!!

I suspect we already have a politics thread.
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 11, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is modern life bad for society
Replies: 10
Views: 858

Re: Is modern life bad for society

...and flirting is dying as the me too movement has made flirtatious behaviour a minefield. If the #metoo movement, which highlights sexual harassment and worse, is causing problems for you when you flirt, you maybe need to recalibrate how you go about it? As for the wider points, humans are adapti...
by Ian Volante
Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 31
Views: 12598

Re: No Shit Sherlock

I missed a term of school due to avoiding Judo in PE You got to do Judo in PE?! And you avoided it?!?! Had an evil big brother, so I'm phobic about being pinned to the floor. You can add swimming to that list What, you don't like swimming because of your big brother, or you don't like been pinned t...
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 28, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 277
Views: 54739

Re: AV: Yes or No?

I think he's scared of such a policy announcement being jumped all over by the press, as generally happens to any vaguely progressive radicalism. Whether he quietly actually would implement it anyway, I suspect maybe, but we shall see. This has been my primary voting issue in every election I've bee...
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 16, 2022 8:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Next Champion of Champions series
Replies: 197
Views: 32783

Re: Next Champion of Champions series

I'm disappointed not to get through the entire run of dodgy shirts. Also, I've got long blue hair now. Maybe this would be more interesting than all these geeky mathsy types.
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 14, 2022 11:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408863

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Sep 13, 2022 9:08 pm Ian Volante remains at 27th.
But now with power to add!
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 12, 2022 11:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408863

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

David Williams wrote: Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:53 am Seconded (76.22%). Though it's a completely different dataset. Your best time isn't necessarily your best age grade ranking.
Mine is a second off my fastest, but about 1% higher. Also, I note it was set on Christmas Day in Dublin, being on holiday clearly agreed with me that day.
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408863

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Ian Volante wrote: Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:25 am This is a formal request for age grade rankings as well as times, speaking as a bloke rapidly getting enveloped by middle age and thirty years away from his 5k PB.
My current best is 61.50%. I'm hoping to reach 60% again at some point later this year.
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408863

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

This is a formal request for age grade rankings as well as times, speaking as a bloke rapidly getting enveloped by middle age and thirty years away from his 5k PB.
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022
Replies: 63
Views: 4858

Re: Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:16 pm Too soon
Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:40 pm My weekends fucked was going to the football
Are we gatekeeping disrespect now?
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Next Champion of Champions series
Replies: 197
Views: 32783

Re: Next Champion of Champions series

I can confirm I'm a bit too far down the pecking order to have received an e-mail. A couple of series too many for me I suspect!
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 31, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Apple variety rankings
Replies: 17
Views: 1469

Re: Apple variety rankings

Oh, and a good crab apple is very satisfying.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 31, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Apple variety rankings
Replies: 17
Views: 1469

Re: Apple variety rankings

Pink Lady apples seem to veer between quite distinct, and a slightly nicer Golden Delicious. I usually buy them over Granny Smiths though. Granny Smiths of some decades ago were better than current ones though - much tarter.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 29, 2022 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794008

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:22 pm Why do sunglasses sometimes come with a picture of cars that looks clearer when viewed through the sunglasses? What does that mean? Is it supposed to demonstrate something about the glasses?
Sounds like they might be prescription sunglasses?
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 29, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Settlers of Catan
Replies: 17
Views: 1708

Re: Settlers of Catan

I quite enjoy it. Have played a reasonable version via Steam, but would be interested in playing in a more useful format.
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 26, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 95
Views: 38482

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Still working through Doom (2016). Fun, but tough.
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 25, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strikes
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: Strikes

Had a similar conversation with a friend yesterday. Don't know how it was before my time when there were strikes by minors and dockyard workers, etc., but normally the professions I hear about striking today are all quite well paid! Not well paid enough mind, and I do agree that teachers, train dri...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 24, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strikes
Replies: 21
Views: 1337

Re: Strikes

It's often the only power a worker has to force their bosses not to be a bastard to them. Why do you think US companies are so strongly against unions? It's the only thing that stops them using the workforce as disposal automatons rather than treating them as people who might actually have health, d...
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 08, 2022 11:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

I’m talking about the flat rate of £400 for everyone and the £150 for most people. Take 2p off the base rate of income tax for the 22-23 financial year and reverse the NI increase. That’s a better way of supporting people. (I personally would simplify the tax system by abolishing NI and Council Tax...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Edinburgh (CO:EDI) - Saturday 15th October 2022
Replies: 46
Views: 13175

Re: Countdown in Edinburgh (COEDI) - Saturday 15th October 2022

As well as Oriam (which is way out to the west of the city), there are Edinburgh, Portobello, Holyrood Park (quite new), but all similarly a few miles from the venue.
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794008

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do tins of coconut milk not have ringpulls like every other canned good since the start of the 21st century... I hate those bloody ringpulls on tins. Quite apart from requiring some force to open them fully, they leave a lip on the tin which means that all the juice doesn't come out. And they g...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Commonwealth Games
Replies: 14
Views: 1487

Re: Commonwealth Games

Once Upon a Time it was countries with the Queen as Head of state or should I put this on the things I've just realised Membership nowadays requires adhering to the Harare Principles (or something like that I think), and is nowt to do with having been a colony/dominion in the past. See Mozambique f...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794008

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do tins of coconut milk not have ringpulls like every other canned good since the start of the 21st century... I hate those bloody ringpulls on tins. Quite apart from requiring some force to open them fully, they leave a lip on the tin which means that all the juice doesn't come out. And they g...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 27, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235926

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Women's football is more interesting to watch than the men's. There I've said it. This might be unfair, as I don't watch much football; but my general impression of elite team sport is that at the very highest level, optimal play can render a contest into a bore-fest of tactical manoeuvring, wherea...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361229

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Been listening to Radio 2. Was a bit confused to hear an interview with Gilbert and Sullivan, and they were playing a load of music that didn't sound like the normal operettas. Turns out, it's Gilbert O'Sullivan and he is an entirely different (and crucially, living) artist. Big fan of him in the 7...
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361229

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Gavin Chipper wrote: Fri Jul 22, 2022 11:17 am
Marc Meakin wrote: Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:20 am
Gavin Chipper wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 9:57 pm Wham! and George Michael did two completely different songs, both called Freedom.
Also Robbie Williams
Yeah, but Wham! basically is George Michael.
I suspect Andrew might have something to say about that.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 21, 2022 7:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

A tax cut would have been better than the energy bills rebate and NI hike hits the wrong audience at the wrong time. This reads oddly to me. It gives me the impression that you'd prefer a tax cut as a performative measure rather than a rebate that has more chance of reaching the people who need it ...
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 15, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

I've some sympathy with reducing the role of the state. However, the state has a powerful position, especially at the moment, in smoothing turbulent economic waters. To my mind, there's way too much rhetoric, and very little cogent policy-making, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Personal...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 14, 2022 7:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Jul 14, 2022 6:35 am Maybe she should have used Slipknot instead as the tories greatest hits ruined things for the working class socialists.
Are socialists particularly into early noughties metal?
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 13, 2022 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

A tax cut would have been better than the energy bills rebate and NI hike hits the wrong audience at the wrong time. This reads oddly to me. It gives me the impression that you'd prefer a tax cut as a performative measure rather than a rebate that has more chance of reaching the people who need it ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 12, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Wordle
Replies: 81
Views: 16218

Re: Wordle

Wordle and Quordle reasonably often, same as a few months ago.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 921
Views: 509128

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Johnny Canuck wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 12:16 am Whatever conglomerate puts these all over Facebook.
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Can't you block them? I've never seen this at all.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganism Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 13079

Re: Veganism Discussion

Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:49 pm I guess only radical vegans would boycott Glasto like Morrissey
Erm, he's played there at least three times.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you were crap at as a kid
Replies: 12
Views: 1052

Re: Things you were crap at as a kid

Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:23 pm Yeah, most people can't juggle. It takes a particular effort to learn and most people don't do it.
Meh, I'm not great at it, but it took me five minutes to grasp the basics.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganism Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 13079

Re: Veganism Discussion

Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:45 pm Just to play Devils avacado.
I wondo how many vegans are going to Glastonbury knowing full well this is the site of a working dairy farm?
The devil's really struggling for peril this week.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 20, 2022 11:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown words spotted in real life
Replies: 122
Views: 62391

Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

Not sure if a quiz counts, but Pat Gibson successfully answered 'matamata' against us last night. You must have had some pretty bad selections to be getting that word. The selection of questions on South American fauna that nobody apart from Pat Gibson had heard of was the problem I suspect...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown words spotted in real life
Replies: 122
Views: 62391

Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

Not sure if a quiz counts, but Pat Gibson successfully answered 'matamata' against us last night.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 13, 2022 11:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 155
Views: 54702

Re: Trade Secrets

It's a good idea and probably would have been really useful a few years back. I think mostly these days they keep a small cache of adverts they can show when the connection to the server fails. But yeah, will still work with some. Works perfectly on the Scrabble app as long as you turn it off after...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganism Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 13079

Re: Veganism Discussion

Callum Todd wrote: Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:45 am Interesting story in the meat vs. faux-meat environmentalism space, with allusion to 'greenwashing'.
There's a reasonable chance they're correct in their claims, but they're idiots in not having done the work and in using weasel words instead.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 01, 2022 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Spare parts
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: Spare parts

So the answer to my original question seems to be "because it's difficult surgery" https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/14bk64/why_cant_we_transplant_limbs/c7c08ro/ I've not read that link (sorry), but it seems to me that it would be much easier to add a hand to an arm that alread...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 01, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Putin/Russia invading Ukraine
Replies: 19
Views: 2324

Re: Putin/Russia invading Ukraine

At what point does it become irresponsible to continue with this defence? The rest of the world have made it clear they're not going to join in this war because they're too scared of Russia and what Putin might do, and Ukraine's military might is nothing compared to Russia's. So if Russia decide to...
by Ian Volante
Mon May 30, 2022 12:08 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Is Deal or No Deal an example of Monty Hall?
Replies: 4
Views: 7310

Re: Is Deal or No Deal an example of Monty Hall?

And that's the thread. Not quite ... an alternative explanation: The essence of the Monty Hall problem (& supposed paradox) is that the quiz master knows which box the prize is in. Once he reveals this knowledge (by opening doors) all boxes/doors are not equally likely any more. However in &quo...
by Ian Volante
Mon May 30, 2022 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Spare parts
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: Spare parts

Callum Todd wrote: Fri May 27, 2022 5:47 pm Not sure I understand the premise. Do potatoes have an usually high quantity of DNA?
Not sure about spuds specifically, but some plants have vast amounts of genetic material, sometimes caused by reduplication of their genome.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 30, 2022 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 95
Views: 38482

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

The main character in Kokotoni Wilf looked kind of religious. Not Jesus, but thought it was worth a mention for elimination purposes. Somewhere between an angel and a butterfly I'd say. Not sure what the design intention was, but a nice little game, that. I've still not made much progress with it.
by Ian Volante
Wed May 25, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

Also what is the point in there being a price cap if it just goes up with energy prices anyway ? The logic was that people that didn't change supplier over long periods were being screwed by annual increases being applied which were effectively loyalty penalties. A separate issue to the cost of the...
by Ian Volante
Mon May 23, 2022 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 2138

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Rhys Benjamin wrote: Fri May 20, 2022 5:58 pm Sam Ryder has narrowly lost to Harry Styles for this week’s #1, which confirms what I’ve been saying for a while: UK chart performance is a barometer for our Eurovision performance.
I suspect it's the other way round.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 23, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 55
Views: 39820

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Gavin Chipper wrote: Sat May 21, 2022 4:20 pm Never heard of.

Looks like he's a stand-in member of ZZ Top. Hmm.
Permanent.
by Ian Volante
Sat May 21, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 55
Views: 39820

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Elwood Francis.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 16, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How do you watch your TV these days?
Replies: 2
Views: 426

Re: How do you watch your TV these days?

If I don't watch or listen to something live, I'm unlikely to watch it at all.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Elon Musk and Twitter
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Elon Musk and Twitter

He can crow all he likes about free speech, it doesn't make him immune to libel/slander laws, which are a decent part of the basis for content management in the first place.
by Ian Volante
Thu Apr 14, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Pig-Headed Man
Replies: 56
Views: 5724

Re: Pig-Headed Man

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote: Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:58 am If you think that was a party I would hate to go to one of yours!
I don't think the quality of the party was defined in statute.
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 04, 2022 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 921
Views: 509128

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Elliott Mellor wrote: Sat Apr 02, 2022 6:02 pm People who say "x years young!" when talking about a person's birthday. It does not even make sense, and just sounds really ridiculous.
Meh, just the use of an antonym for effect. There's probably a linguistic term for this, but I don't know what it is.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 21, 2022 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318492

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched The Guard again for Paddy's Day. An excellent little film, silly, funny occasionally quite surprising. The only down sid eis that Don Cheadle doesn't attempt a cockney accent.
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 16, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 784
Views: 715843

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Matt Morrison wrote: Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:34 pm Euphoria. Not sure what I expected
A mild rush of endorphines?
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 14, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939429

Re: Politics in General

When did TikTok become "acceptable"? When it was first getting big, there was a lot of controversy abut it being this scary Chinese product that the Chinese government were presumably using to spy on everyone. Now it's everywhere, and you get the BBC going on about these viral TikTok vide...