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    Morning.

    Grey.

    Dark.

    Dank.

    Dreary.

    Sunless.

    Warmish at 17.7 deg in here.

    1009 mBar, in Hg, 56% RH.

    Friday apparently, if it's not then I've put the washing on by mistake.

    Smalls in the WM.

    Smalls out of the WM and into the TD.

    Shirts in the WM.

    Last thing about octopuses at 09:45.

    It's put me off calamari.

    <hiatus>

    Walk walked. Quite close out there but it stayed "dry" as in it didn't rain on me.

    Smalls out of the TD and airing in the front bedroom.

    Shirts out of the WM and into the TD.

    Cottons in the WM on the shirts setting bumped to 60 deg to save an hour and a quarter.

    Shirts out of the TD.

    Lunch: scrambled egg and poached tomato on Morrisons sunflower and pumpkin seed toast, bramble jelly sandwich on same, red pippy corner yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Cottons out of the WM and into the TD.

    Shirts roughly iRoned and hanging on the back bedroom picture rails to air.

    Sun's out.

    Entertainment: Engineering Disasters S2 E8: ore carrier sank in the great lakes, the wonderful 737 nosediving due to control valve sticking, obviously Boeing getting their hands in for the 737 Max nosedive.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium...ptember%201960.

    Oil tank split: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland_oil_spill

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_IV


    Pager outage. Caused by ?tin whiskers? in the satellite control processor.

    https://nepp.nasa.gov/whisker/refere...r-shutdown.pdf

    Oddly a problem that wasn't so bad before they took the lead out of solder.

    Engineering Disasters S2 E9.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Sansinena

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyline_Towers_collapse


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Edmund_Fitzgerald

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Creek_flood


    Coal tip dam flood.

    https://www.nola.com/news/traffic/ar...e410753bd.html

    Grain silo dust explosion.

    Rosemont arena roof collapse.

    Trucking Hell S2 E10

    Tea: Tesco breaded haddock cod, some tinned peach slices, a yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: "Discovering Robert Shaw".

    Thing about MI6.

    And now, and in colour: The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC4.

    No sign of Whispering Bob Harris yet.

    And, with that, he appears.

    Never knew that Annie Nightingale presented it after he left.

    Stone me. It's a loooooong time ago.

    Ah that's why I never knew that: the advent of punk & the departure of Whispering Bob.

    Annie being replaced by some non entities I've never heard of, having given up watching it when Bob left.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 14 May 2021, 21:32.
    When the fun stops, STOP.

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      Temperature 12.9 °C
      Relative humidity 66%
      Pressure 973 hPa

      Rain expected over lunch, but otherwise sunny and clear. Very nice. Might even get to 15.

      My wife and I now have appointments for both vaccine jabs.
      Down with racism. Long live miscegenation!

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        Scotch broth and wholemeal bread for lunch

        And the bin folk have worked their magic, so a recycling bin has been trundled inwards

        Though the way they and the black bin people had, between them, left bins blocking the entire pavement left something to be desired

        I straightened them out a bit, so at least pushchair and wheelchair users can now get past without having to go into the roadway to get around the parked cars

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          Originally posted by NickFitz View Post

          I saw that recently. It certainly explains all those films with Bruce Willis featured prominently on the cover art but which turn out to have him in there for approximately two minutes, somewhere off in the distance with his back to the camera
          There's an opportunity to not watch one or more of those this evening.

          "10 Minutes Gone (2019)" (3.6*) and "First Kill (2017)" (5* must be a real cracker) on Sony Movies.
          Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 14 May 2021, 15:01.
          When the fun stops, STOP.

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            Just completed an intense few hours of writing tests and fixing corner case bugs, and I think I'm ready to let this thing I've been working on for a few weeks go forward, to possibly even be put into production. So I've rewarded myself with activation of the teapot for a nice cup of tea

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              Evening all

              I was a bit hungover this morning so didn't get up all that early and then we went out and about to do chores (to the tip, drop a picture off at the framers, to B&Q, to a builders merchants to look at slabs, to IKEA to join the slowest returns queue known to man). My first time to Paisley! I get to visit all the good places in Scotland.

              It's been dry and warm enough but overcast with no breeze to speak of. Currently 12 degrees. There's rain forecast overnight and the barometer has dropped to 1007 mBar.

              Today's Kantar diary fact is:
              Dr Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination to 8 year-old James Phipps 1796

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                Right, I've definitely knocked off for the week now

                GitHub Actions are quite amazing when you think about it. You just say "When anybody submits some changes you should fire up a server, install all this software on it, run these hundreds of tests, and when they're done just throw it away again" - and it does, and only takes about three minutes from start to finish

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                  Tea has been roast gammon, chips, beans and fried eggs. Lovely stuff, though it may well cause MyFitnessPal's calorie counter to roll over back to zero

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                    Dinner was burgers and dirty fries delivered by some chap who can't read instructions. All very tasty though.

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                      Busy again here tonight. If I might just interject…

                      Tonight's Major Motion Picture Premiere was Inferno (2016) which achieved the remarkable feat of being not just worse but considerably worse than the first two. I think the secret behind these is to base the story around vague references to a context (Dante in this case) which rather dim people (who are, after all, in the majority, given that our society gauges people relative to those who are quite gifted) know is respected by clever and intellectual people, with just enough (often wrong) explication to make them think they understand that context in sufficient depth to have followed the (badly-constructed and very loose) plot, and therefore they themselves must be clever and intellectual. They aren't, and it's a very bad film - but a very clever, if non-intellectual, way of making a mass-market audience think they're clever

                      Frankly, I wanted to kill it after the first twelve minutes (I checked the time) and many more times throughout, and only watched it to the end so I wouldn't, some time in the future, think "I never finished that, I should give it another chance" and subject myself to it again

                      So onwards! To something Now In 4K and what better excuse could there be, if one needs an excuse, to rewatch Speed (1994) which is… well, you know what it is, and if you don't, you'll enjoy finding out. Always worth a watch even in SD, so 4K is just the icing on the cake and a good excuse

                      I should have gone to sleep then, but instead I watched a couple of episodes of The Shield because it's a show that benefits from one not being in a fit state, as one is then in the same state as many of the protagonists: S3E8 Cracking Ice (TV Episode 2004) and S3E9 Slipknot (TV Episode 2004). As always with this show, the only people who end up looking good are… well, there aren't any

                      Goodnight all

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