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Bluebottle Posted Oct 30, 2019
I think all films should at the very least have subtitles available, as well as a few extras. As it is late October and, as I've mentioned, dark outside, I thought I'd watch some classic horrors. Yesterday watched Hammer's 'Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter' (1974), which is an entertaining film that sadly didn't do as well at the cinema as perhaps it should have done and was among Hammer's last (at least, of their 20th Century films). That had an extra purporting to be a documentary about vamps (female vampires) in Hammer's films but instead was 25 minutes of lengthy clips from films which have at least one female vampire in the scene somewhere, even if they don't actually do anything. Not quite what I'd call a documentary, which I would have liked to have included interviews with cast and crew at the very least.
There'll be more classic horror tonight and tomorrow. Nothing that would affect anyone or stop them from sleeping, though. Still I'd like to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is nothing new – back in the 1930s there was what I call the Universal Universe, in which all their horror characters could turn up in each other's sequels – many of which had 'House of' in the title.
Our wasn't so much confused as still expecting to be fed at the same time of day regardless of what number is on the clock, and very put out that things aren't happening as she expects.
Tomorrow I'll be off to the bike shop at nammettime as my bike keeps backfiring… Enjoy the flowcharts and meeting minutes. Can you do a flowchart for writing minutes?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Oct 31, 2019
"I think all films should at the very least have subtitles available, as well as a few extras."
Yes, I agree - that makes sense that things should be standardised so you go to the cinema for the better-than-house facilities, and get the DVD for the house facilities, subtitles and extras
"There'll be more classic horror tonight and tomorrow. Nothing that would affect anyone or stop them from sleeping, though."
Ah, that is annoying when 'documentaries' aren't what they sound like... Like that Goodish episode with the 'Dr WHO' DVD
I see the new Dave Gorman episodes are repeated on Wednesdays and Fridays, so not as I predicted.
I hope your bike is easily fixed - not sure what backfiring is, but it doesn't sound good... My car is still trying to be the Blackpool Illuminations - the Oil Warning Light came on yesterday, so I rang the dealer to ask what to do, and they said it means the car is asking to be serviced (presumably in the same way that the Tyre Warning Light meant the car was saying the weather was cold ) At least all the warning lights have been white so far - if they go amber, I will worry, but for now it should be fine.
I think my flowchart will apply to writing minutes - good point! One done so far today, and two more to do, and then I can get back to playing with diagrams I hope things are going well for you, and I'm sure you'll all enjoy half term weekend
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Oct 31, 2019
I say my bike's backfiring because of the loud CLACK! CLACK! noise it is frequently making.
Did I say how my previous chain snapped, and because of a lack of funds to temporarily fix it, I bought a new, cheap chain but without replacing the chain set? This was a cheap and nasty solution and really is a terrible idea as you have a new, tight chain trying to grip worn, loose cogs. This really doesn't work and whenever you exert more pressure than normal, the chain slips with a loud 'CLACK!' particularly when accelerating or ascending, which makes it difficult to gain momentum. A degree of slippage on the uphill is acceptable but it's been slipping almost non-stop now, even on the flat, so enough is enough.
Are you sure your car wouldn't rather be a twinkling ?
Last night I watched 'Frankenstein' (1931), which when it was made had an introduction warning viewers how it would be truly terrifying – the film is now rated 'U', which is quite apt as Universal is the studio that made it. Although my DVD is rated 15 because of the extras.
Well, must dash to a meeting – have a great weekend!
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 4, 2019
Ah, that isn't good about the backfiring slippage - I hope it was easily fixed.
A twinkling is what my car wants to be, yes!
I saw a couple of photos on that indicated you all had a good weekend I had a comparatively quiet weekend, but it was enjoyable as my sister paid a surprise visit, so we had a good catch up over lunch There were a few fireworks around, but not too close and not for too long, either as a very heavy fog descended (I could hardly see my over-the-road neighbour's house!) so I was very glad to be indoors. I expect tomorrow night will be noisier, if the local pub puts on a display...
I'm struggling to get motivated today, because more building work is taking place but I'll go outside for a bit shortly, for some fresh air and respite from construction noises... I hope everything is going well for you today
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 4, 2019
Today's a busy day, that's the joy of a day off. Particularly on h2g2, where I've got four days' NaJoPoMo to write, three entries in PeerReview to tweak as well as four days of normal h2g2ing to catch up and two entries to Scout with and to read before I even think of catching up with the first few days of other people's NaJoPoMo.
Alas fireworks got in the way of my parkrun plans – we'll be looking at fireworks in a couple of weeks, but I've not seen many so far this year. I saw a lot of puppets, which I've written one day's worth of experiences about.
Good to hear that you managed to have a good family time over the weekend. I'm assuming you didn't spot many birds in the thick fog blanket? Yesterday I went to the cinema and saw:
Unfortunately I've not got my bike back – I spent 25 minutes walking in the rain to the bike shop, only to discover it was closed So after walking back in the rain that was all nammet time gone with nothing to show for it but being soggy. Hopefully I'll be able to get it back after work tomorrow, as I don't want to miss choir but every day without the bike is £5 gone . I don't fancy walking to work this time of year.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 5, 2019
I see you're doing well with your catching up I look forward to catching up with your NaJoPoMo
For my NaJoPoMo, as with many things, I had an idea that sounded amusing in my head, but I don't think it looks like what it was supposed to be (some sort of Captain's Log Stardate 2019110x) and the text itself is boring Hooverville is difficult (I can write 100 words in 10 minutes, but 300 words takes an hour) and most of what I've been writing for that is boring, but I have had an occasional flash of inspiration, which is pleasing, and other people's writing is fascinating so far.
"I'm assuming you didn't spot many birds in the thick fog blanket?"
You assume correctly - I'm hoping the weather will be better this coming weekend, as it is a while since I added to my list, and November is a good month to see birds as they are out and about preparing for Winter
Oh no, sorry your bike is not yet ready and your first mission was unsuccessful - I hope all goes well tonight
I hope things are not too noisy for you all and tonight
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 5, 2019
I've written 3 NaJoPoMo entries and I remember remember we're on the 5th November, so I'm catching up, honest! I must admit that while I've read your NaJoPoMo posts, they've not been inviting replies so far – but who knows how that'll change. With one exception, I admit most of my posts from yesterday were shorter and more brusque than normal. Did you know that at the puppet workshops they were advising to keep sentences short and simple? I must admit that I do sometimes enjoy a bit of loquacious verbosity, particularly if you are contrasting one character with another who says comparatively little.
I'll have to go back to the bike resource centre today – leave at 4:30pm and dash there before they close at 5pm. The joy of cycling home on the 5th November along the river is that you get a great, panoramic view of any fireworks . We tend not to have many go off near where we live, so last year wasn't bothered by them. We'll see how she gets on. Is the pub near you?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 6, 2019
"I've written 3 NaJoPoMo entries and I remember remember we're on the 5th November, so I'm catching up, honest!"
Thank you for reading mine - there may be more to reply to as the month goes on, yes, so we shall see.
Yes, I can imagine short and simple sentences work well for puppet interactions. I also tend towards loquacious verbosity, partly since I did an exercise in German class to write a single sentence incorporating as many conjunctions as possible, and partly to incorporate logical devices, so I notice myself constructing "X, and/but Y, so Z" all the time... Character contrast indeed
I hope all went well at the bike resource centre and I hope you got to enjoy some good fireworks. I saw one massive firework when I was driving that made me jump, but it was OK. That's good that your area is quite quiet for
The pub near me is about 200 yards away as the flies, so I enjoyed their display from my window. My neighbours 20 yards away also set off some fireworks, and I enjoyed them less - the quiet fountain fireworks were pleasant at first, but then a massive screaming banger went off. It made me jump up in my chair, and my head nearly fell off as it tried to hide under the computer table but my neck managed to hold it OK The fireworks didn't go on too late, thankfully, so it was all quiet by 9pm.
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 6, 2019
I managed to get to the bicycle resource centre and collected my velocipede, which since being serviced and with a new, decent chain and chainset, not only am I able to cycle without backfiring, but I can also ascend hills again! You can really tell the difference, I seem to zoom along the roads now, gliding effortlessly. And no warning lights either – the only flashing lights are to let cars know I'm there. (I've also, for the first time, put a rear light on my helmet too).
Disappointingly I didn't see any fireworks on the way home yesterday. I heard one when I was at home, but was very disappointed that we locked the cat flap and kept her indoors. My wife went out but wanted to ensure stayed in. She spent all evening sat on the windowsill and dashed downstairs when my wife returned home around 10:30pm, dashing out the front door as soon as it was opened. We might get more over the weekend.
The firework highlight is, of course, the light switch on, which is Saturday week.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 7, 2019
Yay! Glad you got quality resources from the bicycle resource centre, and got the bike serviced, too. It is amazing what relatively small things make a big difference to the ability to glide effortlessly - eg I occasionally clean my front castors of fluff and hair and stuff that they pick up, and I can tell the difference after that. Even some components slightly out of alignment (such as castors, or chains and chainsets) cause energy to be wasted, so tweaking them leads to zooming!
That's a shame that you didn't see any fireworks on the way home, but a good idea to keep indoors just in case. Yes, good views of fireworks are much more likely at the Switch On event
I hope you didn't get too wet on the way to work this morning - there were flash floods around here again, and the cycle lanes were saturated... I managed to avoid the newly-formed lakes, as they weren't too large this time, and am hopeful they will have dissipated by 6pm.
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 7, 2019
There was definitely flooding along by the canal this morning where the river had burst its banks – my right foot got quite soaked so I ended up putting on my emergency socks and putting newspaper in my right shoe, so hopefully it'll dry out by the time I head home. I'll go the road way to make it easier to see where I'm going, to minimise the amount of canalside, but even the cambered bit near the bridge that they raised last year was affected. When I cycled to work after passing the flooded areas I passed a few pedestrians who were heading that way, but because the river meanders they couldn't see how underwater the path was ahead. So I tried to tell them that if they continued that way it'd be flooded but I just got glared at in return, although one lady said a rather stiff, 'Morning'.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 8, 2019
Wow, that isn't good - thank goodness for your emergency socks, and I hope your shoe wasn't too squelchy by the end of the day. The flooding hadn't got any better round here last night, but hadn't got too much worse, so that was acceptable. Today has been cold but bright so far so the drains are catching up.
That is fascinating that the pedestrians must have seen you not as a person but as a bicycle, so they couldn't hear what you were saying - I'm sure they worked out what you had said when they saw the flooding, though
I hope you have a good weekend. The weather doesn't look good for tomorrow, but that won't be too bad for me as I will go to a Resource Centre to resource Nutritional Resources for the week. I hope you get to go to parkrun and don't get too muddy. Sunday is potentially good for adding more bird species to my list
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 8, 2019
Fortunately my shoe had dried out by the end of the day. Today was probably the coldest day of the year so far – though most of the flood had gone there were a few puddles, one of which was turning slightly icy. If it gets any colder I'll have to stop wearing shorts and t-shirt.
Tonight I'm off to the cinema – hurray! – on my own - - but it'll give me something to write about on Monday.
Tomorrow my wife's away somewhere again, so I'm looking after the children again. Hopefully I'll get to enjoy a parkrun at last, though. The weather isn't expected to get wet until , at least.
Not been a good day at work so far – the Football Studies course discovered on Tuesday that they've been teaching the wrong module – this was uncovered when they've asked the students to hand in work today. They're now saying that this was my fault that they've been teaching the wrong module since September – which presumably means they never once bothered to look up their course online. When this came to light I rushed round frantically to get what they'd accidentally taught approved, validated and added to their course to allow the students to be able to do it without penalty, and this morning the Head of Subject has sent an e-mail round in which every point he makes is completely wrong, saying, '[the teaching had] a number of issues with Quercus data that has had significant impact on student experience, and has taken much staff time to resolve. It seems that FPP508 was modified / revalidated / changed to become FFP500. [No – they were supposed to each FPP508 but taught FPP500 instead] The course team and students were using FPP508 page on SOL where the learning content and assessment were correctly set up. The assessment name is incorrect in Quercus [No, it is correct – what was being taught was wrong]. It is very disappointing that these avoidable errors and inaccuracies in critical operational data have occurred and negatively impacted student experience right on an assessment submission point' – it wasn't an error in operational data, the tutors taught completely the wrong module! Which yes, is definitely an avoidable error and inaccuracy.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 12, 2019
I hope you managed to keep your feet dry this last couple of days - some nasty flooding around again.
I hope the situation at work managed to get sorted out - that was textbook how not to handle a problem
My weekend didn't go according to plan, as there was bad news... DadQ died suddenly - I still can't believe it... The family gathered and we all talked about nothing for hours and then we're getting the random stuff done in between being at work and doing random 'normal' things...
It's good to see you around in h2g2 - your NaJoPoMo is good to read.
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 12, 2019
I'm shocked and very sorry to hear the bad news indeed – my thoughts are certainly with you.
I never know what to say in these situations (while also knowing that it isn't as if a magical combination of words will actually make any real difference), but I thought I'd look up advice online. I quickly learnt:
The Worst Things to Say to Someone in Grief:
10. Be strong
9. He did what he came here to do and it was his time to go
8. I know how you feel
7. He was such a good person God wanted him to be with him
6. You can have another child
5. Aren't you over him yet? He has been dead for a while now
4. There is a reason for everything
3. He brought this on himself
2. He is in a better place
1. At least he lived a long life, many people die young
Number six definitely seems weird, and a lot more specific than the others. Another online list had very similar results but changed the sixth one for 'It could have been worse'. One comment that wasn't on either list but seems to be overused is something along the lines of 'keep fighting'. I never know what that is supposed to mean. Especially as I believe that violence doesn't solve problems.
Most of the online advice seems to assume that we live close by and so is based on things like help with errands particularly cooking dinners, taking for walks, being there, sharing silence and maintaining eye contact. Not sure that that really applies here.
So essentially all I can say as that I don't know or have any right words, but you know I care and am always happy to help if you need anything. Having a clumsy, distant friend's gotta be better than not having a clumsy, distant friend…? Not necessarily by much, but every little helps.
The weather's not been too bad this week compared to last, definitely colder, though. The shorts & shirt days are definitely numbered now. And we've had a few more e-mails from the fellow, but my manager's manager's manager has told us to ignore him as he likes to spout nonsense, and just let him get it out of his system and forget about it.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 12, 2019
Thank you shock indeed
"Having a clumsy, distant friend's gotta be better than not having a clumsy, distant friend…?"
It certainly is I am so very glad you are there to 'listen' via the online medium - much appreciated.
I haven't spoken to many people yet, but I certainly played 'what not to say' bingo after D passed - sort of funny, but definitely not funny at the same time, especially the number 6-esque "you can get another partner" - how people think saying that will help someone is beyond me
I changed into winter trousers today as the office was actually cold yesterday rather than the usual sauna temperature - it was a bit warmer in there today, but I was still glad of warm trousers. The roads were very bad with floods, though - my boss was stuck in the same traffic as I was so we arrived in the office at the same time and managed to catch up with our work together. That's good that the situation with the fellow is being managed at high level - very mean of the fellow to try to take it out on you when you did so much work to sort the problem out.
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 13, 2019
If you ever want anyone to 'listen' with their eyes, then yes, that's me here.
I hope you're not going to be bombarded with too many unhelpful comments, even if most of the time you might have to remember that people mean well, even when they something daft like 'just snap out of it'…
The journeys to and from work are getting colder but it isn’t too bad when I get going, it is just a tad cold when I start off. Being a tad cold is a bit like being a tadpole, only less amphibious. And without a tail. So not like a tadpole at all, really.
The fun part of the journey to work and back is of course cycling home in the dark and being unable to see things like potholes (potholes share very little in common with tadpoles, true fact) or fallen branches after a particularly windy day, which makes for often unexpectedly bumpy rides.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 14, 2019
We knew dad had had a cough for a couple of weeks, but it turned out it was a chest infection and it spread to his heart... I think/hope that is a rare occurrence...
Yes, people generally mean well so it is OK.
"Being a tad cold is a bit like being a tadpole, only less amphibious"
Yes! Glad you're managing to keep warm when you get going, and I hope you don't have too many problems with potholes and other obstacles in the dark... How far does your front light beam extend?
Another random question - do you use talcum powder? I haven't for years, but I wonder if it is still a good thing to help with getting properly dry.
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Nov 15, 2019
Definitely a shock under those circumstances, especially when it seemed to come from something so minor that no-one would normally think twice about.
My main bike light is a Cateye volt 200xc – I know because it is right in front of me; I charge it from my work PC every couple of days. I can't see how far it claims to light up, but it has a main beam of 200 lumens. It depends on how you define 'light up' I suppose – a reflective road sign that's far along the road will be easily lit up by it – this really stands out on flashing mode when there are about four or five signs flashing along into the distance. As far as how far is lit at a reasonable light, well that's harder to say. The trouble is that potholes are the same colour as the road and it is harder to tell shadows etc – I tend to keep my full beam for the areas of total darkness rather than the roads, making me more likely to fall down a hole in a well-lit area.
I don't use talcum powder myself, but the children do. They seem to think it helps them dry off – but they tend to walk into the lounge, stand in front of the fire and cover the floor with talcum powder when drying after a wash, despite my attempts to use a . Whereas I dry and dress in the bathroom instead. I'm not convinced it is particularly useful and there are occasional scare headlines.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 18, 2019
"Definitely a shock under those circumstances, especially when it seemed to come from something so minor that no-one would normally think twice about. "
Yes, that is true, so it is unusual occurrence that couldn't have been predicted, even though in retrospect might feel as though somehow should have been able to guess...
We've opened up the scoring on 'what not to say bingo' - I went to the monthly charity lunch and the majority of people were very understanding, but I did get one 2. Still surreal, though - like I was going around and people were saying to me, "Sorry you've just gone mad", and I was thinking, "I haven't just gone mad - I went mad 5 years ago, and I've just gone a bit more mad now"
My sister and i looked after my mum at the weekend, though, so it was as good as possible - I made sure mum got some resources from the nutrition resource centre, and then we all went on a little tour of A771509 Gladstone's Library.
Ah, that is interesting about the bike light - I didn't know there was a full beam as well as a dipped beam. Tricky with potholes being the same colour as the road, yes. Not like reflective signs which do light up impressively from a distance.
Also interesting about the talcum powder, thank you - I am in agreement with you that it is not particularly useful, so I have been making more of an effort to use to get properly dry to fix the problem with the upper leg (thankfully not a problem with the "upper leg"). Good to know your children 'dry, dry, dry' although that is funny that they like to cascade the talc around rather than keeping it localised with a
I hope you all had a good weekend to celebrate your wife's round number birthday
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