Mike w

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  • Mike w replied to the topic Sticks and stones… in the forum General Chat 1 week, 2 days ago

    There’s a time and a place; leave the comedy to the comedians!

    Perhaps part of the reason some political clowns can get attention for this sort of thing is that the comedians have recently through various means, been effectively forced to avoid certain legally allowable topics. That was never going to happen without an ugly backlash.

  • Probably stating the obvious but protect your outlets and your emotional health too. Don’t let their position pull you down.

    The first principle of first aid is to not put yourself at risk or you create two casualties and then cant help them.

  • We had 3 cats, one of them bought in a large rat, I was at work when my wife discovered said rat in the kitchen. She locked the cats in the kitchen with the rat and went out. Several hours latter she returned to find all 3 cats on the kitchen table and the rat in control of the rest of the kitchen.

    When I returned home I was sent in as rat catcher / killer. After several unsuccesssful attempts on its life, the rat got into the cooker – in the insulation around the oven. At this point, I solved the problem by disconecting the cooker, carrying it outside and unscrewing the side panels. The rat ran off…

  • In South Leeds we got 3 labour candidates with about 2.5k votes each.

    The next highest were the 3 indipendents (who I voted for) with 1.2k votes each.

    Torys and greens only got 2 to 300 votes each in the most part.

    Hopefully the independents can keep up the momentum for next time and might win something. All 3 of them are far more active in the community that the mainstream guys.

  • Mike w replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    What are the criteria? Why are Tesco so terrible?

  • It was a race though so perhaps risks were taken that wouldn’t been today – although there was a big chance of egg in the face

  • Searching the internet seems to suggest that moving the car with a trolley jack under the rear wheels, just far enough for it to no longer bother you, would be a mild enough an action for you to not actually be charged with anything ultimately, if no damage is caused.

    Which isn’t the legal solution you were after, but it might be a solution…:)

  • Mike w posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I understand your point and yes, there are a lot of idiots out there spouting toxic crap but if you make people afraid to express themselves through fear of legal sanction then they just retreat to the internet, their likeminded friends or their extremist churches. The end result is that their views are reinforced instead of challenged and they never get their noses rubbed in the fact that normal folk find such people ridiculous and their views abhorrent.

  • Mike w posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    “if the universe began with the big bang, and nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, the suggestion that galaxies are receeding to quickly for their light to reach us to me implies that they are traveling faster than light…”

    They are traveling faster than light away from us in the sense that (increase in separation)/(increase in time) gives a value greater than the speed of light.

    But, that’s not a problem. The statement “nothing can travel faster than light” is more pedantically stated as “no thing can travel from one location in space to another location in space at faster than light”.

    In the above scenario the galaxies are not moving from one region of space to another, they are stationary within their local bit of space, but the space between them is expanding.

  • Mike w posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Don’t know the model, but if it has an ecu have you disconnected the battery recently? Could be a coked throttle body and the computer has reset. Just saying because I’ve recently had something similar in my 05 avensis. Or a lambda sensor – They can be sporadic when it comes to throwing error codes.

  • Mike w posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    That is a tragedy. I’m not sure you could have done more and well done for trying.

    Ive had a dog tragedy myself in different circumstances and it’s traumatic hence your feelings of guilt.

    Go and see them. There will be tears but that’s what life’s about. The longer you leave it the harder it is.

  • Mike w replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 5 months ago

    Most likely the plastic is coming from the bottle manufacturing, filling and transportation process.

    Larger particles will most likely just pass through you, although getting stuck in the gut is a possibility. It’s the smaller fragments that are more of a concern and the potential for them to somehow have an increased bioavailability.

    I wonder if plastic will end up being the tobacco or asbestos of our time.

  • Mike w posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    We seem to have two issues here.

    One is being a Luddite. I would suggest you go look at all the jobs that have been created in the tech sector. This fear of tech taking people’s jobs shows the same short sightedness of the machine breakers of the textile mills. Just because some jobs becomes redundant, doesn’t mean new jobs aren’t being created all the time. If this wasn’t true, we would not have progressed as a species at all.

    I think the second point is the Big Brother question. Yes this is scary and we should be keeping an eye on this. However, as we live in the UK we are far better off than a number of countries, and I would suggest that technology is far prevalent and advanced here.

    I would also point out that the gathering of big data is incredibly useful for a number of…[Read more]

    • I’m firmly on the side of seeing technology as a net benefit (surgery without anaesthesia anyone?) but I have to disagree with your sentiment.

      When we moved from the industrial age into a largely service-based economy, humans were heavily displaced by machines in manual jobs, but we still had our cognitive skills with which to create new jobs and generally stay superior to the machines. I’ve never ‘lifted a finger’ in my 20 years post-uni career (did a few manual jobs at college) but have used my brain to have quite decent career in a jobs that never even existed before the late 90s.

      The next wave will be machines/software that are far superior to humans in cognitive skills – better drivers, better advertising writers, better lawyers, better doctors. Even better computer…[Read more]

  • Mike w replied to the topic Cataract Surgery in the forum Health 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Dad had his done this year. Was driving after a few days. I had to chaperone him from the hospital but in all honesty he was fine.

    Two oddities.
    – His eyesight suddenly went a bit weird for about a week about a fortnight after the op and then went back to normal as quickly as it happened.
    – The opticians made a hash of his new glasses prescription. Multiple attempts to fix it. This may be a dad thing though.

    All good now though, he thought the results were great.