oldguy

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  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    In a public “scene”, people can legitimately wonder whether their physical safety might be threatened. They also had no say in witnessing it.

    No-one can feel in imminent physical danger from a youtube video. And the only people who see it are those who choose to click on a video labelled “Nazi dog” where the contents are advertised up-front.…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    The attempt at humour is this:

    The video maker regards “gas the Jews” as among the worst things one could say and regards Nazis as among the worst things to be.

    The humour is mixing Nazi slogans (totally abhorrent) with the actions of a cute little pug dog**, where the dog is of course oblivious to the meaning of the slogans. That…[Read more]

    • Yes, I understand that for some people it was humorous. As I thought was very clear from my post, it was not a “joke”. The distinction is nothing to do with subjective matters of taste, or lack thereoff. Just like John Cleese strutting about with an over-the-top nazi march was humour but was not a joke.

      You could argue training the dog is a s…[Read more]

      • In a public “scene”, people can legitimately wonder whether their physical safety might be threatened. They also had no say in witnessing it.

        No-one can feel in imminent physical danger from a youtube video. And the only people who see it are those who choose to click on a video labelled “Nazi dog” where the contents are advertised up-front.…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    “Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.”

    “Hate speech” is a very vague term, and if we accept that “free speech doesn’t include hate speech” then we’ve lost free speech because anyone can shut down any speech just by claiming that it is hateful to them.

    Indeed, that’s how the term “hate speech” functions these days, it’s the modern version of…[Read more]

    • I agree with the thrust of what you’re saying, but you’re being vague. What do you mean by the boundary of free speech? Do you mean what should be legal to say at all, or what should be accepted on youtube for anyone to access?

      I think that there is very little that should be illegal to say; but there are lots of public situations (and almost no…[Read more]

  • oldguy replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    In the video they say that they suspect some of it could be from when you break the seal of the lid to open it, as they are two different plastics and the lid type was found in the water too.

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    If stackoverflow is anything to go by then the future is doomed and will be ran by a bunch of pedantic boring nerds.

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I have believed since the 80s that when you eat has a lot to do with it. We are eating far too much too late in the evening – it’s a cultural change that needs a real kick. I put no weight on at all, in fact I couldn’t, until I had a long spell of working away and eating my main meal in the evenings.

    • Lifestyle can have a massive effect. I now work in an environment where I am in around 7am, take no breaks and end up getting home about 8pm. If I cook I am usually eating abut 9:30-10pm and taking in most of my calories for the day before heading off to bed an hour or two at most later. This is not having a good effect on my waistline.

  • oldguy posted an update 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Using propane Gas in cold weather? Does anyone have any handy hints for dealing with propane gas bottles in cold weather? Standard orange bottle which feeds to the hob but this evening has decided to stop working. Slowly fizzled out and gave up.

    A little online searching suggests that pouring some warm water over might sort it and I’ll give t…[Read more]

    • Usually propane is much better than butane in cold weather. Have you checked the regulator? It may have ice on it?

    • My gas came from propane cylinders for a couple of years on the narrowboat. I never had a problem with the supply even in the depths of winter when the canal froze over. I’d be surprised if it was the gas itself that was the issue.

    • Propane is used in preference to butane in cold weather specifically because it works better in the cold. It has a boiling point of -42C so will be be gaseous down to that temp and usable to within a few degress of it. It isn’t that cold is it

      I think the problem lies elsewhere, pouring hot water on the regulator would seem like a good place to start.

    • Cover the regulator with bubble wrap or something similar on cold nights. I pour warm water over the regulator if it doesn’t work but probably shouldn’t. A full bottle causes less problems than one that is low.

    • I’ve got the blue butane gas canister in my van and it stops working in the cold, I’m swapping the gas supply to cure that. Your gas shouldn’t be ‘freezing’ in UK temperatures, it sounds like it might have ran out.

    • Never had any issues with our propane freezing. As others have said, could be ice in the regulator/changeover valve.

      Obvious question: The bottles not empty is it?

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I think part of being a professional is showing up for events like this and pretending to care. You can always sneak out early after the spaghetti bridges are finished and nobody will blame you.

    Moaning about it to your manager can only have negative consequences and I would not do that unless these events start to become very frequent. Your…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Sounds like an ordeal to me but I hate going to the cinema anyway

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    We did this for our 40th a few years ago and it was fun. We caught the train from out local station where it stops to take on water. Then champagne breakfast (full English) on the way to Worchester, where we stopped. After breakfast the coffee kept coming.All along the route,on every bridge. in every field. people were there to spot the train. Had…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    I know, having to lecture and give tutorials with those pesky undergraduates, nightmare. Why have a career in academia when you could earn many more times salary in industry?

    • You’ve described a third of the job. Admin (ever increasing) and research also exist too. Long hours are common, and at the bottom end of the career ladder job security is non-existent, 9-24 month contracts are the norm. I have no personal experience of industry, so can’t comment – I’m sure others can. People have a career in academia because they…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    I’ll admit I didn’t fully read the article, I took it as wanting a reduction of their fees, not cash in pocket.
    I’d be wanting it, as a skint teenager, having to pay £9250 pa, when academics, with their cushy little jobs striking because their enormous pensions are under threat.

    • jack replied 3 months ago

      But they’re not paying. They’re building up a debt they may or may not have to repay. Some of the petitions show no understanding of this what so ever – eg https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-york-compensate-students-for-strike-action

      It’s not difficult. I would expect anyone at university to be able to understand it and to struc…[Read more]

    • I hope you’re joking. Even if academics had “enormous pensions”, if you had agreed to do a job and were told that you would be getting a certain pension scheme, then your employer turned around 6 months or twenty years down the line and told you you would get 10 grand less, in your old age than was agreed, you’d be pissed.

      Yes, it sucks for…[Read more]

      • I know, having to lecture and give tutorials with those pesky undergraduates, nightmare. Why have a career in academia when you could earn many more times salary in industry?

        • You’ve described a third of the job. Admin (ever increasing) and research also exist too. Long hours are common, and at the bottom end of the career ladder job security is non-existent, 9-24 month contracts are the norm. I have no personal experience of industry, so can’t comment – I’m sure others can. People have a career in academia because they…[Read more]

    • em replied 3 months ago

      It’s flawed maths. It’s as if the university is open 120 days a week… I have left the lab latest at 5AM and came in earliest at 7AM. Never mind weekends.

      It’s just as ridiculous as the petition asking for HMRC to refund all the tax paid due to Brexit*! I get that the strike is disruptive and attention-seeking, but it’s the point of the strike,…[Read more]

    • jack replied 3 months ago

      This might seem like pedantic hair splitting, and I am not intending to comment on the (un)suitability of student loans, but…

      Students demanding “their money back” show a typically poor understanding of the fees/loan system. They’ve not spent a penny – and some will never repay a penny of their “loan”. So no, they can’t get money “back” as a…[Read more]

      • The UCU has encouraged students to request a proportion of their fees to be returned.

        • jack replied 3 months ago

          Yes but they come from – and should be returned to – the student loans company. This is different to student led calls for “compensation”.

      • I’ll admit I didn’t fully read the article, I took it as wanting a reduction of their fees, not cash in pocket.
        I’d be wanting it, as a skint teenager, having to pay £9250 pa, when academics, with their cushy little jobs striking because their enormous pensions are under threat.

        • jack replied 3 months ago

          But they’re not paying. They’re building up a debt they may or may not have to repay. Some of the petitions show no understanding of this what so ever – eg https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-york-compensate-students-for-strike-action

          It’s not difficult. I would expect anyone at university to be able to understand it and to struc…[Read more]

        • I hope you’re joking. Even if academics had “enormous pensions”, if you had agreed to do a job and were told that you would be getting a certain pension scheme, then your employer turned around 6 months or twenty years down the line and told you you would get 10 grand less, in your old age than was agreed, you’d be pissed.

          Yes, it sucks for…[Read more]

          • I know, having to lecture and give tutorials with those pesky undergraduates, nightmare. Why have a career in academia when you could earn many more times salary in industry?

            • You’ve described a third of the job. Admin (ever increasing) and research also exist too. Long hours are common, and at the bottom end of the career ladder job security is non-existent, 9-24 month contracts are the norm. I have no personal experience of industry, so can’t comment – I’m sure others can. People have a career in academia because they…[Read more]

      • Ali replied 3 months ago

        I paid for my annual southern rail season ticket with a credit card.

        When they were on strike I got a refund.

        I got the money, not my credit card company.

        • jack replied 3 months ago

          Jolly good. As you paid for it, that’s only fair.

          “I got the money, not my credit card company.”

          Yes, but you owed the money to your credit card and short of bankruptcy you will have to repay it generally within months. Not so for student loans – many students will never repay a single penny of their loans as they will go on to earn below t…[Read more]

          • Ali replied 3 months ago

            A student has paid for their course in the same way as anyone else who’s taken a loan to pay for something.

            The terms of that loan might be ridiculous, or counter intuitive or frankly nonsensical, but it’s debt.

            I was merely pointing out, using the only comparison I could think of, how it is entirely possible that students could get that money…[Read more]

            • jack replied 3 months ago

              Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

              Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I…[Read more]

      • When our kid graduates in a few years time with a £60,000 debt at the age of 22, accruing interest at 6.1%, of course she won’t have to pay it off if she doesn’t earn more than £25,000 pa for the next 30 years.

        Then when she does exceed the limit, that’s money she can’t put into her pension, and she’ll be paying more tax as a higher earner.

        • jack replied 3 months ago

          I’m sorry, but what you’ve written is (a) not clear to me and (b) doesn’t apparently address my point that a student who repays £0.00 before their loan is written off does not pay anything for their degree and therefore isn’t eligible for a “refund”.

          My simple point is that a “refund” to the student is not justifiable as some students will ne…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Is the word a derivation of “lode”?

    • Ah! That looks very likely.

      Thanks

      The Industrial South East! It seems to have peaked during the Napoleonic Wars when the heavily wooded areas we know today were completely stripped of trees to provide timber for shipbuilding, and charcoal for the furnaces that smelted the iron used in ships, gun and weapon manufacture. Some of Turner’s…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    I’ve just had a quote for our lights. 5 of them £500+vat. That’s replacement low energy bulbs about £40 each.

    The main cost is travelling to site and use of a high lift. Previously we’ve done a couple of lamps ourselves off a ladder but even the one of us who is a builder and does roofs doesn’t want to go up again.

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    You would think but the police are very petty. Here’s a true story from a couple years back when I had some one park on my driveway.

    1) I put a polite note to the guy behind his wipers. He screwed it up and threw it at my front door.

    2) Asked him nicely.

    3) Wrote “Do not park here”on his windscreen. Two police arrived and said they were…[Read more]

  • oldguy replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    One of my daughters is a physio who has been trained to do acupuncture, and has taught me to do it for my osteoarthritis in my big toes. Does seem to help for a short time. She uses it mainly for back pain in conjunction with other work. Some research from 2017…[Read more]

  • oldguy replied to the topic Rotator Cuff tear…. in the forum Health 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Repetitive movements (whilst applying even the slightest pressure to the arm/shoulder) really set me up for pain for days. I also wake up most nights in pain when I have turned on to my side in my sleep. Fortunately I can get back to sleep pretty quickly once I have adjusted my position.

    @cam Yes, the arm up high is a nightmare! The chiropractor…[Read more]

  • oldguy started the topic Rotator Cuff tear…. in the forum Health 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Anyone else had this injury? How long did it take to mend?

  • I agree with your sentiment about the phrase…..it is loaded with inference. If it said something like ‘here to help you find work’ it would be different….

    Yes, you ‘can’ work infers to me a George Osborne type of image.

    Good luck getting yourself sorted….

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