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by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 25, 2023 7:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Your favourite Christmas song
Replies: 33
Views: 6392

Re: Your favourite Christmas song

Not on the list. December Song by George Michael.
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange things you used to believe as a child
Replies: 32
Views: 11108

Re: Strange things you used to believe as a child

That's how it's pronounced in our house. I don't understand how else it would be pronounced, I assume the 'correct' makes it sound like "tight least". Title-ist? I mean, I've not heard of it before this discussion. Ahh, that makes a modicum of sense. Confirms its an utterly shite name too.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 18, 2023 1:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Question of Sport Axed
Replies: 5
Views: 4481

Re: Question of Sport Axed

If they'd not tried to replace the element of the show that made it entertaining with 'entertainment', they might have had more success.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 18, 2023 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange things you used to believe as a child
Replies: 32
Views: 11108

Re: Strange things you used to believe as a child

Watching golf on the TV I'd occasionally see players sporting the brand 'Tit-leist', which I parsed similarly (second half rhyming with 'heist'). That's how it's pronounced in our house. I don't understand how else it would be pronounced, I assume the 'correct' makes it sound like "tight least...
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:12 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words You Would Have Thought...
Replies: 479
Views: 201839

Re: Words You Would Have Thought...

From Wikipedia: The phrase "span-new" meant as new as a freshly cut wood chip, such as those once used to make spoons. In a metaphor dating from at least 1300, something span-new was neat and unstained. Spic was added in the 16th century, as a "spick" (a spike or nail) was anothe...
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15876

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

I suspect that the basic reasoning is that it's beyond a reasonable effort (or impossible) for production to do the same background checks on overseas persons that they can do on Brits.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 06, 2023 12:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 383
Views: 203011

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Conor wrote: Tue Dec 05, 2023 1:33 pm given that high earners have already paid a lot of tax
God love em
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 05, 2023 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 383
Views: 203011

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Marc Meakin wrote: Sat Dec 02, 2023 10:46 am I get my hands dirty at work so will always wash before.
I know my member is clean and I do believe urine is sterile.
So this argument boils down to it being okay to have pissy hands that smell of piss because piss is sterile?
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 04, 2023 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 383
Views: 203011

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Creating more CGI and animated porn for the enjoyment of paedophiles would likely reduce offending and therefore be a good thing. This is basically training the brains of people who in theory might watch this stuff to associate child abuse with pleasure. I doubt this is a positive outcome for socie...
by Ian Volante
Thu Nov 30, 2023 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 383
Views: 203011

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

-It would be better for people to save having sex until after marriage (not that I will judge anyone who does not) I don't understand why enjoying a particularly fun activity, and fundamental biological function, should be avoided until committing to one person for life. It seems to me the equivale...
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 27, 2023 2:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Shuffling Algorithms
Replies: 15
Views: 10498

Re: Letter Shuffling Algorithms

Mark Deeks wrote: Sun Nov 26, 2023 6:14 pm Awkward rounds are the best rounds, anyway. Actual anagramming ability rather than memory tests.
I'm still smug about a Co-event final where I spotted ARCHAEAE (or was it ARCHAEAN?) and neither finalist did. So yes.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 22, 2023 12:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 383
Views: 203011

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Nov 21, 2023 9:06 pm Will Ferrell is not funny.
This is like saying the sky is blue.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 15, 2023 12:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1939490

Re: Politics in General

True, Clegg really sold his soul and his principles. He should have picked Gordon Brown As far as I'm aware, Brown hadn't even considered the possibility of a coalition, and effectively dismissed the possibility without consideration. Utterly stupid. The Lib Dems I think got blinded by the lure of ...
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 13, 2023 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318493

Re: What films have you watched lately?

The Expendables. Somewhat ridiculous, but fun. First time I'd seen Jason Statham in anything too. Seemed up to the rigours of the role.

Also, Terminator Dark Fate. Same as the others really, but I quite enjoyed it anyway.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 08, 2023 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 252
Views: 101136

Re: Joke Items

I think she means that it should be aeroplane mode.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 08, 2023 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361232

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark Deeks wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 10:35 am The Bakerloo line is so named as a portmanteau of Baker Street and Waterloo.
We have a winner!
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 06, 2023 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Does the sun have a surface, where there is a transition from low to high density quicker than usual, or is it a smooth gradient from empty space all the way to its core? The sun is a ball of plasma, so it doesn't have a solid surface. It does have an actual surface though; without going back to my...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 23, 2023 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361232

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I feel that some people need to look at the title of this thread, and maybe disappear off to the "interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious" thread.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 16, 2023 11:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 8:54 pm Is it only mammals that yawn?
Ive seen most mammals yawn at some point but not other species

Edit Giraffes don't yawn
Most vertebrates do apparently.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 16, 2023 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1962
Views: 1194989

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

My name is Paolo Barresi, I'm from Rome and I work at the Ministry of Culture of my country. I have always been a fan (and a champ) of “Paroliamo”, the Italian version of this game. At the moment, I hope I improve my English thanks to Countdown. I love cats, 70s music and science fiction. Words lon...
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 06, 2023 6:06 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Notifications
Replies: 12
Views: 7600

Re: Notifications

Ah thanks, I thought I'd been through all the options, but didn't seem to spot that lot.
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 05, 2023 8:59 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Notifications
Replies: 12
Views: 7600

Re: Notifications

In the last day or so, comments on my watched topics in this forum have been triggering an e-mail to me. This hasn't happened in years, and I can't seem to stop it happening. What did I do?
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 29, 2023 12:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 467
Views: 280623

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Paul Worsley wrote: Tue Sep 26, 2023 9:21 am David McCallum 1933-2023 RIP
Paul Worsley wrote: Thu Sep 28, 2023 12:20 pm Sir Michael Gambon...82
Got something against Gambon?
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 28, 2023 11:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 80463

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Swimming faced a similar problem: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/full-body-swimsuit-now-banned-professional-swimmers/story?id=9437780 There's also the javelin redesigns that reduced the potential distance one could be thrown, although they reset the records at the same time. This was at least part...
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 28, 2023 11:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 80463

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Yeah everyone should run bare-footed a-la Zola Budd Well yes. Some people think that these new shoes are somehow "cheating", but unless you ban all shoes, then where do you draw the line? How good does a shoe need to be before it "artificially" aids your performance? I suppose t...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 19, 2023 11:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trial by media (Russell Brand etc.)
Replies: 19
Views: 2520

Re: Trial by media (Russell Brand etc.)

The Whatsapp group mentioned above certainly isn't just to talk about Brand by the sound of it. It's necessary in other groups too where wronguns continue to prey. Where bad/criminal behaviour can be dismissed by perpetrators with more power as consensual, or due to drunkenness, misunderstandings, &...
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 14, 2023 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 252
Views: 101136

Re: Joke Items

Graeme Cole wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2023 11:56 pm "Click and collect". What's the point of it? Who's using it?
I occasionally use it for DIY stuff when I'd otherwise probably spend half an hour searching for the right type of paint and the right size of screws.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 14, 2023 12:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown In Edinburgh (COEDI) - Saturday 7th October 2023
Replies: 9
Views: 9524

Re: Countdown In Edinburgh (COEDI) - Saturday 7th October 2023

Again, I'll be at the other end of the country on this particular weekend.
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 04, 2023 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Now you are older what do you find yourself doing that your teenage self wouldn't do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Now you are older what do you find yourself doing that your teenage self wouldn't do?

Staying in instead of going to the pub. Eating asian food. Can't think of much else.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 28, 2023 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 80463

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

The podium shots are really weird by the way. Only showing the winner rather than a proper shot of all three and it has this weird sponsor background rather than just being out in the open in the stadium. Really horrible to look at. I was quite happy that the medals were handed out immediately afte...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 22, 2023 12:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote: Mon Aug 21, 2023 7:48 pm Last one for now.
Are subtitles on TV shows generated by AI?
I think it's a mix of computer voice recognition and stenographers, I don't know if any of the software in use would count as AI, but I assume there are learning models used.
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 22, 2023 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote: Mon Aug 21, 2023 7:31 pm Another thermal related question.
Warm water freezes faster than cool water, why?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpemba_effect
This appears to be the answer but I'm still confused
I don't see anything conclusively presented there as the answer.
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 22, 2023 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318493

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Rambo III the other day, again late night telly. Amused at an American film with the Afghans as the goodies. Predictable bollocks, but Stallone excels in running towards the camera as something explodes in the middle distance behind him.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 21, 2023 12:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown ELO Ratings
Replies: 26
Views: 7965

Re: Countdown ELO Ratings

No thoughts of bumping up the K factor for finals games?
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 21, 2023 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 80463

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Oh yeah, I'd get rid of hurdles too. One problem with multi-discipline events is that it's completely arbitrary which events you include so how much weight you give to different skills. Also they're all clearly athletes that couldn't quite make it at any particular event. So best overall athlete by...
by Ian Volante
Sat Aug 19, 2023 11:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 80463

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Yes, and the new tech which flashes up the result as they cross the line is shite. Much worse that it used to be. I suspect AI is to blame.
by Ian Volante
Sat Aug 19, 2023 11:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I'll be honest, I still don't really get it. It's like when they say that molecules (or atoms or whichever it is) are made up of electrons or whatever orbiting nucleuses through magnetism, meaning they are mostly just loads of empty space. How can everything be made up of mostly empty space! And wh...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 18, 2023 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote: Fri Aug 18, 2023 12:24 pm If certain insects that find their way into your kitchen are prone to instant drowning as soon as they come into contact with a drop of water, why don't whole species go extinct when it rains?
They hide in dry places, and raindrops push them out of the way as they fall.
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 18, 2023 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Also, in addition to all apparently being made of empty space with the occasional magnetic lump in it, how can basically everything - from the shorts I am wearing right now to the pencil on the table over there to the table itself to the bit of wood that just hit the window - all be made of carbon?...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 18, 2023 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I'll be honest, I still don't really get it. It's like when they say that molecules (or atoms or whichever it is) are made up of electrons or whatever orbiting nucleuses through magnetism, meaning they are mostly just loads of empty space. How can everything be made up of mostly empty space! And wh...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 17, 2023 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361232

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

"Honk if you like X" bumper stickers are not supposed to illicit fans of X to honk. It's a private joke for the driver that if they make someone mad enough to honk at them they can console themselves that the person isn't mad at them but just really likes X. Not sure I've ever seen someth...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 17, 2023 11:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote: Thu Aug 17, 2023 9:33 am What actually is/happens in a black hole? How can there just be nothing?
A lot of this was beyond my undergrad, but it is theorised that black holes, via Hawking radiation, re-emit the information that they swallowed in the past place, and eventually evaporate. Due to quantum.
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 15, 2023 12:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown ELO Ratings
Replies: 26
Views: 7965

Re: Countdown ELO Ratings

What rating do you give randoms who turn up on telly with no form? 1000?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 31, 2023 11:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 295
Views: 110104

Re: Music

All YouTube videos are available in YouTube music, which is the streaming service I happen to subscribe to. If you like anything niche then that's the obvious choice. The sound quality is often not great admittedly. Were these versions easy to download as opposed to stream? As far as I can remember...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 27, 2023 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 295
Views: 110104

Re: Music

1. Could you provide examples of music that isn't available to stream? I would have thought it would be extremely niche by now. And there is vastly more music available to stream than buy physically or download (I'm including YouTube here). I made a playlist on Deezer recently of an old dance compi...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 27, 2023 12:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why, when your voice gets louder, does it also go higher? Mine doesn't generally as far as I'm aware, but maybe that's with some self-taught projection practice in the context of pub quiz presenting. I suppose if you shout, it's maybe easier on the larynx to go to a higher register to deal with the...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 26, 2023 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 295
Views: 110104

Re: Music

1. Could you provide examples of music that isn't available to stream? I would have thought it would be extremely niche by now. And there is vastly more music available to stream than buy physically or download (I'm including YouTube here). I made a playlist on Deezer recently of an old dance compi...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 26, 2023 11:42 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Welcome to Fabulous... Co:Vegas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2338

Re: Welcome to Fabulous... Co:Vegas?

Johnny Canuck wrote: Tue Jul 25, 2023 9:18 pm Also, what's the current opinion regarding the 14-round format? Is it cool? Or is it anathema like Mariah after she did Glitter?
Surely she was much older than his other victims though.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 24, 2023 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 295
Views: 110104

Re: Music

OK, if you take 7 members of one family, get them to pick 8 songs each, then pick a few more between you to get it up to 64 and then do a knockout voting tournament, which song do you think wins? It may surprise you, but the answer is Instant Crush by Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas (from Th...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 24, 2023 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 136
Views: 45278

Re: TENNIS

The men's final was on another planet from the women's. I've thought that a good way of stepping the women's matches up a notch (as a possible precursor to five-set matches) would be to move them to four set matches. First to three, but a champions tie-break if it reaches 2-2. I would absolutely lo...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 17, 2023 11:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 784
Views: 715857

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Watched 'What Remains' over the weekend. It was quite surprising given the set-up, and turned out to be reasonably entertaining.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 17, 2023 11:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 136
Views: 45278

Re: TENNIS

Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun Jul 16, 2023 5:55 pm The men's final was on another planet from the women's.
I've thought that a good way of stepping the women's matches up a notch (as a possible precursor to five-set matches) would be to move them to four set matches. First to three, but a champions tie-break if it reaches 2-2.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 12, 2023 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Threads app by Instagram
Replies: 12
Views: 2112

Re: Threads app by Instagram

Is it accessible without an Insta account? "Threads currently isn't available to everyone. To create a profile on Threads, you'll need to sign in with your Instagram account. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can create one. You can create one profile on Threads for each Instagram ac...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 11, 2023 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Threads app by Instagram
Replies: 12
Views: 2112

Re: Threads app by Instagram

Is it accessible without an Insta account?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 03, 2023 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I've also seen various bits of research pointing out that drivers are more careful around cyclists without helmets on. As usual, it's a balance of risk. A helmet's almost always helpful if you crash, but as mentioned elsewhere, it may affect the risk level you put up with. As for helmet promotion, a...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 29, 2023 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

why did evolution make mossie/midgie/other annoying insect bites itch? I'd be happy enough for mossies to feed off me if it didn't itch like a bastard afterwards. Must make them much more likely to get killed/swatted Depends on the person. Mossie and midge bites don't bother me at all, but black fl...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 29, 2023 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 794022

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote: Thu Jun 29, 2023 10:06 am Per AP style, you write out numbers up to and including nine, then use numbers for 10 and upwards.
Unless they start a sentence, then words for any number.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 26, 2023 12:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361232

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

This definitely niche I only learned this week that "amygdala hijack" is a thing that scam artists and charlatans like mediums play on to phish for gullable people to fall for their scams Do we then need a thread for things you just found out that weren't at all obvious in the first place?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 26, 2023 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 80463

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

New parkrun record! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-66010152 That's some parkrun debut. (There are some miserable feckers on twitter - "I thought parkrun was about participation not speed" etc... - it is, but there's still a record and it just got broken!) It's a perfect course for...