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Title: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 19, 2020, 10:14:15 AM
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Since the Rev asked me to start a new thread, here we go. I had said to him about finishing the story I was doing on there up and then starting a new topic, so as promised here we are.

Tomorrow I can leave the house. Ya... Oh wait, I am an introvert. Dammit! I want another week stuck inside.

Kristi is watching Picard. I dabbled in the series a bit and it seemed ok. I figured I would watch the rest of it at some point in the future. Ash is having a terrible two's day and seeing how far he can push his boundaries. It isn't going well for him and we are having a lot of tears. We've been debating a lot recently over ownership of my chair in the mancave.

(https://i.imgur.com/zkY8jZ6.jpg)

The struggle is real.

At the moment, we are sitting downstairs though, and he is facinated with Dinosaur Train. I'll settle for him watching any of his shows that aren't Peppa Pig.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Paquita on March 19, 2020, 11:51:13 AM
That's a super cute picture!  Bat has been pretending to have a crisis in his bedroom only to make me put my laptop down (I'm working from home) and run in there and then he races past me to my room to smack all the buttons on the laptop, steal my phone or the remote and throw it down the laundry chute.  I'm on to him now.

So.. did that guy actually try to bury a suitcase full of ladies clothes in his front yard or was that all made up?

 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 19, 2020, 12:44:52 PM
I thought the part about the alien cyborg ninjas gave it away that it was just a story. :bouncegiggle:

Bonus points to both the Rev and Barri for noticing I'd just reworked 'Rear Window'.

I am watching an Argentinian horror film at the moment (shout out to Gabriel Knight there, but if it is terrible I am blaming you). Hmm, reading a synopsis of the film... ****SPOILER ALERT****I have never before considered sex as a way of exercising a demonic entity.

Based on Jack Nicholson in 'The Witches of Eastwick' it wouldn't work anyway.

Damn. I am out of beer. Why doesn't off licenses do home deliveries? Or how about an ice cream truck, only for adults going round with hard beverages? Hah! Imagine trying to get a business permit for that one.

I wonder if we could get Ash to stand still long enough for us to measure his height. Kind of doubt it. If he stretches out in his cot then I might have a chance of checking it while he sleeps.

It just occured to me that I've not watched The Witches of Eastwick since the glory days of VHS.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 19, 2020, 06:35:00 PM
i love that movie! one of the rare ones where i feel the movie is better than the book.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 19, 2020, 06:38:56 PM


Damn. I am out of beer. Why doesn't off licenses do home deliveries? Or how about an ice cream truck, only for adults going round with hard beverages? Hah! Imagine trying to get a business permit for that one.


You can't get beer delivered? We can! Hard liquor, too. Score one for the USA!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Newt on March 19, 2020, 06:53:28 PM
I have never before considered sex as a way of exercising a demonic entity.

Exercising?  Ask any succubus/incubus.
Exorcising?  Apparently not.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 19, 2020, 06:54:25 PM
We can get it delivered from supermarkets, but not off licenses or bars. At least I haven't came across any that offer that service.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Paquita on March 19, 2020, 09:06:55 PM
I thought the part about the alien cyborg ninjas gave it away that it was just a story. :bouncegiggle:


OK! I knew the rest of it was pretty much a story but I thought you were inspired by the guy actually burying the suitcase and just embellished from there.   I was getting the Rear Window reference, but it was also reminding be a bit of The 'Burbs.

P.S.  Hi Newt! 



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Allhallowsday on March 19, 2020, 09:15:19 PM
I have never before considered sex as a way of exercising a demonic entity.

Exercising?  Ask any succubus/incubus.
Exorcising?  Apparently not.
Nice to see you around, Newt


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 20, 2020, 03:53:51 AM
The British soldier who died alongside two American's in the recent rocket attack in Iraq has arrived back in the UK. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon was repatriated back to Brize Norton. She travelled a long way to do her duty and gave all she had, and all she ever could have.

Remember that if you are asked to stay inside for a few days and feel like grumbling about it.

Got out the house for the first time in a week today. It was just a trip to the local shop, but it was nice feeling the cold air on my skin. Kristi did insist though that I went back into the house and put some clothes on though before we went any further.

We are looking at heading into Elgin later. It will be interesting to see how the supermarkets are doing. We don't need much. The local shop was entirely out of milk. We still have a couple of cartons as well as powdered milk for emergencies, but I'd like to get some of the normal stuff for Ash.

We managed to get cheese and bread though and if we have that then we can make toasted cheese and if we can make toasted cheese then there is something right with the world.

Ash was on full-on terrible twos mode today. If I told him not to do something then he'd look around at me, put on a cheeky smile and keep on doing it. He spent a lot of time in his cot as a result. His happy smile would be replaced with some screaming and I'd leave him there for ten minutes or so.

Heard earlier that they have finally taken the decision to order all bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants have been to close. Everything is being done piecemeal though.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 21, 2020, 10:14:56 AM
Kristi is feeling bad about our food stock again. I've pointed out to her that all our food has been bought up over the past several years, it wasn't panic bought and it hasn't left anyone else without stuff. It is part of her religion to be prepared for a disaster and ok, we were thinking more along the lines of bad weather stopping supplies getting to shops or something, but it still works now. She was donating some long-life milk to one of the food bank charities which I am totally fine with. I think it surprised her though when she asked me about giving stuff to the people I worked with and I pointed out to her that they are on more or less the same money than me and could have prepared themselves.

Other peoples lack of preparedness is not my emergency. If they chose to spend their money on other things, well that is up to them.

I wouldn't see them and their kids going hungry, but I am not about to start doling out food parcels to the entire street either. Hopefully, I can keep talking to her and convince her that she hasn't done anything wrong.

Its Mothers Day tomorrow in the UK. Got cards posted off down to my mum. And holy crap, I just realised I haven't bought anything for Kristi from Ash. Having been stuck in the house kind of has that effect. Well, it is handy that she is sleeping just now. I can pop out to the shop and correct my error.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on March 21, 2020, 10:25:20 AM
Number one thing I admire about LDS: they try to be prepared!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 21, 2020, 10:52:03 AM
Ok, flowers, chocolates, card and fluffy toy have been bought. I feel a little bad about not having something more for her, but then again, getting out the house has been a no no until yesterday.

Having another fun day with Ash. He got upset when I wouldn't let him in our bedroom. Kristi had a sudden attack of tiredness so I sent her for a lie-down and he is just going to have to get used to that idea. He decided to sink his teeth into my nipple when I wouldn't let him go, so he is currently having a cry in his cot. When he calms down a bit I'll go retrieve him.

We have a whatsapp group for my office. The feeling seems to be that we will be going down to minimum manning. Two on days, one on nights. No idea what days I'll be working or anything, but hopefully I'll catch up on what has been happening this past week when I go back on Monday.

Discovered yesterday that the first person I know has lost someone to Covid. One of the officers on base mother has died. I always think death is such a waste. All that learning and experience just gone. My grandmother, for example, had seen two world wars and a pandemic that makes this one seem like a mild cold. She witnessed the rise and fall of the Nazi's, the end of the British empire, the moon landings, the fall of communism... and so many other events. And then all one day all those memories are just gone. As Roy Batty* said, "lost in time like tears in the rain."

When I got Ash up from his time out, he just wanted to be held. He must have lain against my shoulder, sobbing for a good 10 - 15 minutes. Most unlike him. And of course, since he has a runny nose I'd to change my tee shirt afterwards. When I was younger, so many of my female friends had lain their heads in the same place whenever they needed a shoulder to cry on that I was convinced they'd worn a comfortable groove in it. It is still available for use, but unless you are Kristi I now charge a fee.

Comfortable shoulders to cry on, don't grow on trees you know.

Finding it amusing that shops are only taking cards right now rather than cash. Any emergency based film I've ever watched people will only take cash or barter. Folks, you are doing the apocalypse all wrong. And where are the damn zombies anyway?


*Or at least Rutger Hauer said it. I now have an urge to rewatch 'Blind Fury'.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 21, 2020, 11:06:45 PM
kids sense our stress. ash is sensing kristi's, i think. please reiterate from me that she is NOT to feel guilty for being who she is and doing things the way she was raised to do them. i'm willing to share my' new england snowbound" food hoard in ceertain circumstances, but NOT from guilt. i have nothing to feel guilty about for being practical, and neither does she. i know it's part of her religion,but family first, always. give her my love. :thumbup: :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 22, 2020, 02:22:16 PM
Feeling much better than I did last night. Had a raging headache, anything touching my skin was extremely painful and I felt like I was burning up. Considered taking myself to the local hospital, but since I wasn’t collapsing or passing out I figured I’d be fine. Two of the guys from my office are in lockdown right now. I wonder if any of us will escape it before this is over. Some are gleefully taking time off work, others are more worried.

I’ll be back at work myself tomorrow. I wonder just how many across the camp will be off. Some English politician said that people should escape to the Highlands to avoid getting infected. One caravan park had to turn away a convoy of 30 vehicles as they just didn’t have enough room for everyone. Others have been pointing out, yes the area you are heading to has a low population density. This means it has very little in the way of medical facilities. One ambulance and one doctor covers that particular region, so if you do come up here and fall ill then you are f**ked. Doubtless the local shops equally lack the supplies for that many people suddenly turning up at this time of year. Summer and the tourist season is some way off.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 22, 2020, 04:28:35 PM
glad you're feeling better hon.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 22, 2020, 05:19:58 PM
Since Ross's laptop has went kaput, our planned return to D&D didn't happen this week. Instead me and Kristi finally got to play our delayed game of Bolt Action. Flamethrowers seemed to be the dominant weapon of the night, with my Flammpanzer wagon baking her commanding officer (Chest Puller no less. If Andrew was still posting here, no doubt he could tell you a lot about that man), and her White Scout Car when it made the ballsy move of driving straight down the main street of town in the face of a mortar team and a howitzer, while in return her squad of Engineers BBQ'd my CO (Oberleutnant Bob, his batman and his Kubelwagon). My troops quickly grabbed most of the available buildings and set up some pretty murderous fields of fire, forcing the Amerikaners to retreat to a safer position and await reinforcements. Alas, my Nebelwerfer failed to hit anything the entire match, so those Nebels are still out there... waiting. I did make a very silly move when I had my submachine gun squad jump out and spray her Scout Car with automatic fire, only to discover they couldn't cause any damage to it, but its been a while since I last played this game and I'd forgotten most of the rules.

So, Ellie, I am afraid I did not get the ass-kicking you wanted, but maybe next time. We are going to try and have a game a month. For the moment though, the jackbooted ubermen hold the village.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on March 22, 2020, 07:30:29 PM
Kristi needed a Popeye figure so the battle could've been over in a five-second theme song. Little spinning tornado of fists, Germans flying everywhere.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 23, 2020, 03:19:29 PM
Kristi needed a Popeye figure so the battle could've been over in a five-second theme song. Little spinning tornado of fists, Germans flying everywhere.

She did have Sgt Rock on her team if that counts for anything, but my sniper blew his head off. I may have to amend the rules of Rock-Paper-Scissors to indicate that Sniper, in fact, beats Rock.

This is from my facebook status today.

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When you were a child, did you ever dream about being a hero? Saving the world? For myself, I tended to prefer anti-heroes. Six year old me thought Quint from Jaws was way better than Superman.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because now you have your chance to fulfil those childhood fantasies and tick it off your bucket list.

All you have to do is nothing. Stay at home / socially isolate and you'll never know how many lives you might have saved, but you'll have contributed to saving them nonetheless. Even if you are not at risk, you might save the lives of people who are.

Quint remained my hero until the first time I saw Snake Plissken on TV.

People in the UK do not seem to be listening to the stay at home advice and the government is looking at emergency laws to force the issue. Yeah, watch Boris let go of those powers once he gets them. It'd be like Darth Sidious at the end of the Clone Wars.

So the beating heart of capitalism in the UK has, at least for the moment if not fully stopped then it is in critical condition. Not from the working masses as Marx predicted, but from that tiniest of living organisms (ok, you can argue on wither viruses are alive or not if you wish, but for the moment I am going with it), the germ.

How very H.G. Wells.

The other ones of these I've done have been British soldiers so far, and while there are a few more of them I'd like to cover, I thought I'd do some of the figures from the other nations involved first. This particular one was Hitler's favourite commando and although he never renounced naziism, rumour has it that he at one point worked for Mossad. It is rather a long article, but then again he had a much longer fighting career than most, continuing long after the end of the war. I have cut out a few bits to try and make it a bit shorter.

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Maniacs of the second world war.

Otto Skorzeny.

After the 1939 invasion of Poland, Skorzeny, then working as a civil engineer, volunteered for service in the German Air Force (the Luftwaffe), but was turned down because he was considered too tall at 1.92 metres (6 ft 4 in) and too old (31 years in 1939) for aircrew training.He then joined Hitler's bodyguard regiment, the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH).

Skorzeny took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union with the SS Division Das Reich and subsequently fought in several battles on the Eastern Front. In October 1941, he was in charge of a "technical section" of the German forces during the Battle of Moscow. His mission was to seize important buildings of the Communist Party, including the NKVD headquarters at Lubyanka, and the central telegraph office and other high priority facilities before they could be destroyed. He was also ordered to capture the sluices of the Moscow-Volga Canal because Hitler wanted to turn Moscow into a huge artificial lake by opening them. The missions were cancelled as the German forces failed to capture the Soviet capital.

In December 1942, Skorzeny was hit in the back of the head by shrapnel; he was evacuated to the rear for treatment. He was awarded the Iron Cross. While recuperating from his injuries he was given a staff role in Berlin, where he developed his ideas on unconventional commando warfare. Skorzeny's proposals were to develop units specialized in such warfare, including partisan-like fighting deep behind enemy lines, fighting in enemy uniform, sabotage attacks, etc. In April 1943 Skorzeny's name was put forward by Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the new head of the RSHA, and Skorzeny met with Walter Schellenberg, head of Amt VI, Ausland-SD (the SS foreign intelligence service department of the RSHA). Schellenberg charged Skorzeny with command of the schools organized to train operatives in sabotage, espionage, and paramilitary techniques. Skorzeny was appointed commander of the recently created Waffen Sonderverband z.b.V. Friedenthal stationed near Berlin (the unit was later renamed SS Jagdverband 502, and in November 1944 again to SS Combat Unit "Center", expanding ultimately to five battalions).

The unit's first mission was in mid-1943, Operation François. Skorzeny sent a group by parachute into Iran to make contact with the dissident mountain tribes to encourage them to sabotage Allied supplies of material being sent to the Soviet Union via the Trans-Iranian Railway. However, commitment among the rebel tribes was suspect, and Operation François was deemed a failure.

On the night between 24 and 25 July 1943, a few weeks after the Allied invasion of Sicily and bombing of Rome, the Italian Grand Council of Fascism voted a motion of no confidence (Ordine del Giorno Grandi) against Mussolini. On the same day, the king replaced him with Marshal Pietro Badoglio and had him arrested.

Hitler's common procedure was to give similar orders to competing organisations within the German military. So he ordered Skorzeny to track Mussolini, and simultaneously ordered the paratroop General Kurt Student to execute the liberation.

Mussolini was being transported around Italy by his captors (first to Ponza, then to La Maddalena, both small islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea). Intercepting a coded Italian radio message, Skorzeny used the reconnaissance provided by the agents and informants (counterfeit British bank notes with a face value of £100,000 forged under Operation Bernhard were used to help obtain information) of SS-Obersturmbannführer Herbert Kappler to determine that Mussolini was being imprisoned at Campo Imperatore Hotel, a ski resort at Campo Imperatore in Italy's Gran Sasso massif, high in the Apennine Mountains.

On 12 September 1943, Skorzeny and 16 SS troopers joined the Fallschirmjäger to rescue Mussolini in a high-risk glider mission. Ten DFS 230 gliders, each carrying nine soldiers and a pilot, towed by Henschel Hs 126 planes started between 13:05 and 13:10 from the Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome. The leader of the airborne operation, paratrooper-Oberleutnant Georg Freiherr von Berlepsch entered the first glider, Skorzeny and his SS troopers sat in the fourth and fifth glider. To gain height before crossing the close by Alban Hills the leading three glider-towing plane units flew an additional loop. All following units considered this manoeuvre unnecessary and preferred not to endanger the given time of arrival at the target. This led to the situation that Skozeny's two units arrived first over the target. Meanwhile, the valley station of the funicular railway leading to the Campo Imperatore was captured at 14:00 in a ground attack by two paratrooper companies led by Major Otto-Harald Mors, who was commander-in-chief of the whole raid. They also cut all telephone lines. At 14:05 the airborne commandos landed their ten DFS 230 gliders on the mountain near the hotel; only one crashed, causing injuries. The Fallschirmjäger and Skorzeny's special troopers overwhelmed Mussolini's captors (200 well-equipped Carabinieri guards) without a single shot being fired; this was also due to the fact that General Fernando Soleti [it] of the Polizia dell' Africa Italiana, who flew in with Skorzeny, told them to stand down. Skorzeny attacked the radio operator and his equipment and stormed into the hotel, being followed by his SS troopers and the paratroopers. Ten minutes after the beginning of the raid, Mussolini left the hotel, accompanied by the German soldiers. At 14:45 Major Mors accessed the Hotel via the funicular railway and introduced himself to Mussolini.

Subsequently, Mussolini was to be flown out by a meanwhile arrived Fieseler Fi 156 STOL plane. Although under the given circumstances the small plane was overloaded, Skorzeny insisted to accompany Mussolini, thus endangering the success of the mission. After an extremely dangerous but successful lift-off, they flew to Pratica di Mare. There they continued immediately, flying in a Heinkel He 111 to Vienna, where Mussolini stayed overnight at the Hotel Imperial. The next day he was flown to Munich and on September 14 he met Hitler at the Wolf's Lair Führer Headquarters near Rastenburg.

The landing at Campo Imperatore was in fact led by First Lieutenant Georg Freiherr von Berlepsch, commanded by Major Otto-Harald Mors and under orders from General Kurt Student, all Fallschirmjäger (German air force paratroop) officers; but Skorzeny stewarded the Italian leader right in front of the cameras. After a pro-SS propaganda coup at the behest of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Skorzeny and his Special Forces (SS-Sonderverband z. b. V. "Friedenthal") of the Waffen-SS were granted the majority of the credit for the operation.

"Operation Long Jump" was the alleged codename given to a plot to assassinate the "Big Three" (Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt) at the 1943 Tehran Conference. Hitler supposedly gave the command of the operation to Ernst Kaltenbrunner, chief of the RSHA, who, in turn, ceded the mission to Skorzeny. Knowledge of the whole scheme was presented to the Western Allies by Stalin's NKVD at the Tehran conference. The Soviets said they had learned about its existence from counter-espionage activities against German intelligence. Their agents had found out the Nazis knew the time and place of this meeting because they had cracked a US naval code. According to the NKVD, the assassination plot was foiled after they identified the German spies in Iran forcing Skorzeny to call off the mission due to inadequate intelligence.

Following Tehran, the story was treated with incredulity by the British and Americans who dismissed it as Soviet propaganda. Skorzeny supported this view by stating in his post-war memoirs that no such operation ever existed. He said the story about the plans being leaked to Soviet spy Nikolai Kuznetsov by an SS Sturmbannführer named Hans Ulrich von Ortel was a complete Soviet invention; Hans Ulrich von Ortel never existed. Skorzeny claimed his name was used only to add credibility to the story because the NKVD knew his renowned record as an SS commando would make the existence of such an operation more plausible.

In early 1944, Sonderverband z.b.V. Friedenthal was re-designated SS-Jäger-Bataillon 502 with Skorzeny staying on as commander. They were assigned to Operation Rösselsprung, known subsequently as the Raid on Drvar. Rösselsprung was a commando operation meant to capture the Yugoslav commander-in-chief, Marshal Josip Broz Tito, who had also recently been recognized by the Allies as the Yugoslav prime minister. Marshal Tito led the Yugoslav Partisan resistance army from his headquarters near the Bosnian town of Drvar, in the centre of a large area held by the Partisans.

Hitler knew Tito was receiving Allied support and was aware that either British or American troops might land in Dalmatia along the Adriatic coastline with support from the Partisans. Killing or capturing Tito would not only hinder this, it would give a badly needed boost to the morale of Axis forces engaged in occupied Yugoslavia. Skorzeny was involved in planning Rösselsprung and was intended to command it. However, he argued against implementation after he visited Zagreb and discovered that the operation had been compromised through the carelessness of German agents in the Nazi-affiliated Independent State of Croatia in occupied Yugoslav territory.

Rösselsprung was put into action nonetheless, but it was a complete disaster. The first wave of paratroopers, following heavy bombardment by the Luftwaffe, jumped between Tito's hideout in a cave and the town of Drvar; they landed on open ground and many were promptly shot by members of the Tito Escort Battalion, a unit numbering fewer than a hundred soldiers. The second wave of paratroopers missed their target and landed several miles out of town. Tito was gone long before paratroopers reached the cave; a trail at the back of the cave led to the railway tracks where Tito boarded a train that took him safely to Jajce. In the meantime, the Partisan 1st Brigade, from the 6th Lika Partisan Division, arrived after a twelve-mile (nineteen-kilometre) forced march and attacked the Waffen-SS paratroopers, inflicting heavy casualties.

n October 1944, Hitler sent Skorzeny to Hungary after receiving word that the Regent of Hungary, Admiral Miklós Horthy, was secretly negotiating with the Red Army. The surrender of Hungary would have cut off the million German troops still fighting in the Balkan peninsula.

Skorzeny, in a daring "snatch" codenamed Operation Panzerfaust (known as Operation Eisenfaust in Germany), kidnapped Horthy's son Miklós Horthy Jr. and forced his father to resign as head of state. A pro-Nazi government under dictator Ferenc Szálasi was then installed in Hungary. In April 1945, after German and Hungarian forces had already been driven out of Hungary, Szálasi and his Arrow Cross Party-based forces continued the fight in Austria and Slovakia. The success of the operation earned Skorzeny promotion to Obersturmbannführer.

As part of the German Ardennes offensive in late 1944 (Battle of the Bulge), Skorzeny's English-speaking troops were charged with infiltrating American lines disguised in American uniforms in order to produce confusion to support the German attack. For the campaign, Skorzeny was the commander of a composite unit, the 150th SS Panzer Brigade. As planned by Skorzeny, Operation Greif involved about two dozen German soldiers, most of them in captured American Jeeps and disguised in American uniforms, who would penetrate American lines in the early hours of the Battle of the Bulge to cause disorder and confusion. Skorzeny was well aware that under the Hague Convention of 1907, any of his men captured while wearing U.S. uniforms would be executed as spies and this possibility caused much discussion with Generaloberst Jodl and Field Marshal von Rundstedt.

A handful of his men were captured and spread a rumour that Skorzeny personally was leading a raid on Paris to kill or capture General Eisenhower, who was not amused by having to spend Christmas 1944 isolated for security reasons. Eisenhower retaliated by ordering an all-out manhunt for Skorzeny, with "Wanted" posters distributed throughout Allied-controlled territories featuring a detailed description and a photograph. In all, twenty-three of Skorzeny's men were captured behind American lines and eighteen were executed as spies for contravening the rules of war by wearing enemy uniforms.

Skorzeny spent January and February 1945 commanding regular troops as an acting major general, taking part in the defence of the German provinces of East Prussia and Pomerania, and at the Defence of Schwedt Bridgehead. On 17 March, he received orders to sabotage the last remaining intact bridge across the Rhine at Remagen following its capture by the Allies, but the bridge collapsed that same day, and the naval demolitions squad prepared instead unsuccessfully attacked a nearby Allied pontoon bridge between Kripp and Linz. Hitler awarded him one of Germany's highest military honours, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross.

Skorzeny was interned for two years before being tried as a war criminal at the Dachau trials in 1947 for allegedly violating the laws of war during the Battle of the Bulge. He and nine officers of the Panzerbrigade 150 were tried before a US Military Tribunal in Dachau on 18 August 1947. They faced charges of improper use of US military insignia, theft of US uniforms, and theft of Red Cross parcels from U.S. POWs. The trial lasted over three weeks. The charge of stealing Red Cross parcels was dropped for lack of evidence. Skorzeny admitted to ordering his men to wear US uniforms, but his defence argued that as long as enemy uniforms were discarded before combat started, such a tactic was a legitimate ruse de guerre.

On the final day of the trial, 9 September, F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas, a former British SOE agent, testified that he and his operatives wore German uniforms behind enemy lines; the Tribunal acquitted the ten defendants. The Tribunal drew a distinction between using enemy uniforms during combat and for other purposes including deception and were unable to prove that Skorzeny had given any orders to actually fight in U.S. uniforms.

Skorzeny was detained in an internment camp at Darmstadt awaiting the decision of a denazification court. On 27 July 1948 he escaped from the camp with the help of three former SS officers dressed in US Military Police uniforms who entered the camp and claimed that they had been ordered to take Skorzeny to Nuremberg for a legal hearing. Skorzeny afterwards maintained that the US authorities had aided his escape, and had supplied the uniform.

Skorzeny hid out at a farm in Bavaria which had been rented by Countess Ilse Lüthje, the niece of Hjalmar Schacht (Hitler's former finance minister), for around 18 months, during which time he was in contact with Reinhard Gehlen, and together with Hartmann Lauterbacher (former deputy head of the Hitler Youth) recruited for the Gehlen Organization. Skorzeny was photographed at a café on the Champs Elysées in Paris on 13 February 1950. The photo appeared in the French press the next day, causing him to move to Salzburg, where he met up with German veterans and also filed for divorce so that he could marry Ilse Lüthje.

Shortly afterwards, with the help of a Nansen passport issued by the Spanish government, he moved to Madrid, where he set up a small engineering business. On April 1950 the publication of Skorzeny's memoirs by the French newspaper Le Figaro caused 1500 communists to riot outside the journal's headquarters.

In 1952 Egypt was taken over by General Mohammed Naguib. Skorzeny was sent to Egypt the following year by former General Reinhard Gehlen (who was now working indirectly for the CIA) to act as Naguib's military advisor. Skorzeny recruited a staff made up of former SS and Wehrmacht officers to train the Egyptian army. Among these officers were former Wehrmacht generals Wilhelm Fahrmbacher and Oskar Munzel; the head of the Gestapo Department for Jewish Affairs in Poland Leopold Gleim; and Joachim Daemling, former chief of the Gestapo in Düsseldorf. In addition to training the army, Skorzeny also trained Arab volunteers in commando tactics for possible use against British troops stationed in the Suez Canal zone. Several Palestinian refugees also received commando training, and Skorzeny planned their raids into Israel via the Gaza Strip in 1953-1954. One of these Palestinians was Yasser Arafat.

He stayed on to serve as an adviser to Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The Israeli security and intelligence magazine Matara published an article in 1989 claiming that Skorzeny had been recruited by Mossad in 1963 to obtain information on German scientists who were working on an Egyptian project to develop rockets to be used against Israel. Reporting on the Matara story, the major Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot said that it had confirmed the story from their own senior Mossad source. Former Mossad head Isser Harel confirmed the story that former Nazis were recruited to provide intelligence on Arab countries.

Unnamed sources asserted Skorzeny was recruited after Mossad visited his home in Spain, where he expected that he would be assassinated. After undergoing instruction and training in the Mossad's facilities in Israel, the rumoured work for Mossad included assassinating German rocket scientist Heinz Krug who was working for the Egyptian government and mailing a letter bomb which killed five Egyptians at the Egyptian military rocket site Factory 333. He also allegedly supplied the names and addresses of German scientists working for Egypt and the names of European front companies supplying military hardware to Egypt.

No confirmed source can explain Skorzeny's motives for working with Israel, but he may have craved adventure and intrigue and feared assassination by Mossad. An article featured in Der Spiegel on 22 January 2018 raised doubts as to the involvement of Skorzeny in Krug's death, stating that Mossad boss Isser Harel ordered the murder.

Went into work today and my boss accused me of having broken self-isolation and told me I'd been spotted picking up Ash from the creche on Friday (I guess in the US that would be kindergarten?). I pointed out that Ash did not attend the creche. He did have a playgroup, but that was only on Mondays and had been cancelled a few weeks ago. I also straight away called Kristi, put her on speaker and said: "Can you tell everyone what days Ash attends playgroup and when he was last there."

That seemed to settle their hash down a bit. That is the second time I've been off ill and someone has accused me of that and I get a bit irked about it. Unfortunately, whoever has done it gets anonymity, otherwise I'd be having words with them. Angry, angry words.

Because my brother is has received an organ transplant and has to be on immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection, his work has told him to isolate for three months.

Lucky bastard. I wish I got to stay home in my man cave for three months.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on March 23, 2020, 04:39:25 PM
There are a lot of stories about Skorzeny's work for the Israelis floating around out there, and I've often thought if he had a change of heart and was trying to atone for his service to a terrible cause in Nazi Germany, good for him.

I've also thought if he was only working with the Israelis to save his own life and was willing to betray his former comrades to do it, well, then he belonged in the lowest circle of Hell.

Considering the tone of his funeral and the guest list, I am leaning toward him having done it all to save his own ass.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 23, 2020, 05:01:20 PM
Yeah, that is what I figure. Part of his work in South America appears to have been aimed at establishing a 4th reich. I could imagine Mossad threatening him to get him to work for them. I never heard of him at any time denouncing naziism. 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 23, 2020, 05:08:14 PM
Spent a few hours chatting with a friend from Denmark reassuring her that eventually the world will return to normal. She is around the same age as me, so I pointed out a whole bunch of the s**t we’d already been through and life had kept going and then broke out my special mental image that I only use in extreme cases of really needing to make someone smile.

Every time now she thinks of that image for the rest of her life she will find herself involuntarily smiling.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 24, 2020, 10:04:27 AM
So I went into work today and had decided to give them until lunchtime to do something before I asked a question loudly "So what are my rights if we the management don't allow us to practise social distancing and we then fall ill?"

Terry had been trying to find out some official direction, was getting nowhere and had decided that off his own authority he'd go down to minimum manning.

We were discussing this around 10:00 when Si walked in and announced that everyone non-essential was to go home. Terry said I was essential, but I talked him into letting me give the people who send me work my phone number. If they send something, then I'll go into work and do it. Otherwise, I will come in for two hours in the afternoon to do the normal daily tasks and then isolate the rest of the time.

Last night when I got home Kristi told me we were having friends round for dinner. They have a grandmother in hospital and they've been told that she doesn't have long left (non-Covid reasons), so they were stopping in to get fed on the way to go to the hospital. Anyway, we all had dinner together and gave them hugs before they left.

About five minutes after they left I said to Kristi "It has just occurred to me, that we just did an amazingly stupid thing."

"Yeah, but," she replied "They have a relative dying in hospital and won't be feeling like cooking for themselves.

"I don't disagree that it was a nice thing to do, but it was also bloody stupid of us. Two of the other members of the family who live in that house (who weren't at ours for the meal) are in isolation. We need to be smarter than this."

Anyway, it got into a bit of a circular debate at that point. It is easy to slip and forget though.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 24, 2020, 10:56:05 AM
i understand wanting to help friends, but yeah, it was stupid. but then, i was stupid yesterday too, and opened the door  to give deni her bread. SHE was smart and stepped back and told me to set the bag on the porch and close the door.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 24, 2020, 03:23:03 PM
So today when we were discussing shift rota's it was mentioned having Barry (my immediate boss), on shift to do my job and give me a break from doing all the cover while Joe is in quarantine. I said that I'd rather do it myself as I did not trust him to be able to do my job and I'd just end up with more work fixing things if he messed them up.

Afterwards, it occurred to me that, that was a pretty damning inditement by itself. I am sure I can handle two weeks working on my own. Hell, when we were establishing this post I manned it by myself for months so it is no real biggie.

It isn't a matter of disliking Barry. He is a nice enough guy, but he is playing the system. When his time in the mob ends he will not do well in civvy street. Then again, you can play the system there too, its just a different one. Certainly not one where you get to stay on a full wage.

Right now though, I am going to make the best I can of the extra time off this whole thing is giving me. Yes it is serious, and yes there are going to be some dark times to get through before it gets better, but here is the thing. Right now, it isn't. Enjoy life while you can, cause once its gone, that is it. Unless the Buddists are right there are no second chances there.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 25, 2020, 06:35:35 AM
First day of my minimal exposure working hours. Wither that is minimal expose to Covid, or work well I leave that up to you to decide. Certainly, I tried to balance work needs Vs risk, but you are always going to have that bias that wants not to be at work, but still get the money.

I had just gotten up around 8ish (oh the rare luxury of a mid-week lie in) when I got a text message from Joe. He lives at the far end of the street from us and his wife and one of his kids have Covid. He asked if I could pick up milk and bread for him as they were running short. Didn't expect the shop to have either of those and since Joe is a nice guy I was quite happy to go help out. I'd have even taken him some stuff out of our private stock (which I wouldn't do for everyone I work with), but the shop appeared to be almost fully stocked, so that was good. I wonder if the panic buying is over or did I just get lucky?

Anyway, dropped in a box of chocolates as a surprise for him and his family. Having the basics is all you need, but there is nothing wrong with a treat now and then. I was going to knock on his door and just leave the bag, but I started to feel paranoid that I'd gotten the wrong house, so I waited until I could see someone coming. Joe opened his window to let me know he'd pick the stuff up. He wanted to pay me (he'd put money in the frame of the other window), but I told him we could settle up once he was back at work. I may have to do some more supply runs for him in the future. Besides, money is a good way of transferring germs and my carefully horded supply of apocalypse money is mostly useless since people are only using cards at the moment.

I say mostly useless, but I could actually fill some socks with all those coins and use them to cosh anyone who tried to raid my supplies, or load them into a wrist-mounted catapult. A coin from one of them is surprisingly lethal. Especially if you clip the edges and file them down into sharper edges. The world could run out of bullets surprisingly quickly, but there will always be improvised weapons.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on March 25, 2020, 10:08:35 AM
Put a poisonous snake in a five-gallon bucket and threaten to toss it on anyone who comes near your stash. It's surprisingly intimidating to be faced with a viper being hurled at you.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 25, 2020, 05:31:59 PM
Making progress writing stuff with my extra free time. Not as much as I should be doing, but I am getting there slowly. And any progress is better than none I guess. Splitting my time between three separate stories and the D&D campaign of course does not help.

First world problems eh?

Spent the day playing with Ash. He loves it when I get down on all fours and growl, chasing him through the house. He'll giggle and run until he gets cornered, and then he'll run up to me, shove my head down and climb up onto my back so I let him ride around there until he jumps off. I guess it is the simple pleasures.

Having a chill out night tonight. Kristi had an urge to go watch Maverick so it's on now.

The police in the UK have the power to split up groups now. I wonder if they will start with Coldplay?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 26, 2020, 12:54:09 PM
Busy, busy days. I wonder what they are like?

Got Kristi a boxed set of Merrills Mauraders and using some of my time to paint them up. Got them based and the undercoat on. Still, the equipment & skin to go through. One unit isn't really enough to make an army, but I reckon her Marines will fit in for the rest just as well.

Ash and Kristi are taking a nap, so I am catching up on my quota of horror movies for the year. Got to go get ready for work soonish though. Everywhere seems quiet and empty now. If only I could have the world this way more often and it didn't take a pandemic.

The latest news in the UK is that the virus has claimed its youngest and oldest victims in the country, 18 and 102. Both had preexisting health conditions.

I have a good way of getting people wandering outside and breaking the whole self-isolation stuff. Walk up to them and cough. Just watch them panic and run home.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on March 26, 2020, 01:20:54 PM

I say mostly useless, but I could actually fill some socks with all those coins and use them to cosh anyone who tried to raid my supplies

 :buggedout: +  :bouncegiggle: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 27, 2020, 07:29:50 AM
So my bank card is a few days from its expiry date. A couple of weeks ago I went to a localish branch (I was out of town on a visit and check-in while I was there anyway) to check a new card was being sent out as normally they arrive a few weeks in advance. Generally, it isn't something I'd worry about, but since at the moment, most places are only taking card rather than cash I thought I should chase it up. The bank said it was on the system for me to be sent a new card, but this hadn't been done yet and wouldn't happen until at least mid-month. I was specifically told that no card as of yet had been sent out (something I considered important to note from an anti-fraud point).

Ok, I thought. That is potentially cutting it a bit fine, but I do have backup accounts that I can transfer money between so we still have access to my funds.

Called up their helpline today and got told that a card had been sent out in February. I said well I've not received it and when I checked up this is what I was told. So, my bank details have been out there floating around for over a month and I could have done something about this sooner if they'd told me this when I first asked. The card we do have has to be shut down now (which is stupid because we know the one we have is fine, it is the missing one that is the problem).

I should still be able to access the funds online, and still transfer them to another account, but I am standing by to find out on Tuesday when I get paid that the account is frozen or something until we get the new card, at which point I think I am going to grant myself the rare indulgence of actually losing my temper with someone. Normally I consider that reaction to be pointless and counter-productive but sometimes, it is worth it just to let off steam. Trouble is the nearest branch of that bank isn't the one I'd went to, to I'd be shouting at the wrong person and dealing with people has to suck for a job at the best of times.

Oh well, time to heard into work. Stay safe and healthy everyone.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 27, 2020, 03:52:22 PM
So last night there was this thing where at 20:00 everyone went to their front door, opened it and started clapping. It happened all over the country and it was to show thanks to all the healthcare professionals out there. Many people have filmed it and uploaded them online for the doctors, nurses and whoever else in the field so they can watch it and know they are being appreciated.

I like to think that goes out to all those fighting this pandemic and all the other medical conditions across the world, not just on our own shores. I know there will be those out there who say it is of no practical use, but sometimes even a little thank you can be a big morale boost and help keep you going when times are tough, so to all those out there saving lives, I'd just like to add my own personal thanks. Keep doing what you are doing guys and gals. Being awesome.

Things are still staying quite calm and stable around here. Joe's isolation will finish today, so should I fall ill now there is cover (well there was cover before for work, but Joe is a fellow specialist, whereas the other guys are trained in our stuff, but normally do a different job).

Ash is still merrily singing away in his cot. He has been there for over an hour now. When he gets upset, I'll go get him up for 10 minutes, put him back in his cot and he will settle down to sleep. Just the way he is.

Reading that some preacher who said that Covid-19 was all just mass hysteria has died of complications from it. I do not wish anyway to die of this disease (although there are plenty that I wouldn't shed any tears for if they did), but if anyone does die, then it would seem appropriate that people putting others in danger should be amongst them. I'd have to research more into the specifics of this guy and what he has said to count him as one of them though, and to be honest I doubt I will take the time to do that. Wither he was a good man or a bad man, google his name 10 years from now and doubtless, this is what he will be remembered for. Seems odd that a lifetime can boil down into a couple of tweets or posts. Then again, one particular politician (who I have never cared for myself, found him too oily), did once say something I've always agreed with. "Too many tweets makes a twat."


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 27, 2020, 09:41:25 PM
what was ash singing? just curious...
as for the preacher, may i just mention that ron paul called the whole thing a hoax, and his son rand has tested positive? karma is an amazing thing, and CAN happen in the present life... :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 28, 2020, 04:42:50 AM
Mostly he sings the letter 'E' in a variety of pitches and tones.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 28, 2020, 04:56:25 PM
well, that's not too bad then. when syd vicious was that age, hers the word you. she has always had a fabulous voice, but boy howdy that got annoying, lol!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 28, 2020, 05:05:13 PM
Watching a show you might like Barri if you haven't seen it already. It is called Nekrotronic and is an Australian sci-fi horror-comedy.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 29, 2020, 09:04:49 AM
We had another family walk today, staying away from other people and washing our hands when we got back in.

I am seeing a lot of stuff now being posted about looking after peoples mental health suddenly over the past day or so. I would imagine the old folks who are being told they need to stay indoors for 12 weeks will be most seriously affected there. I can't imagine many people not leaving their house for three months. Watched some news today. New York looks like it is coping with the aftermath of a major battle.

Gave my mum a call yesterday. Our Mothers Day cards finally arrived a week after we'd posted them. I know they said that the post would be running slow just now but that is a lot slower than we expected. Normally if I post something before 5 pm, I'd expect it to arrive the next day. Anyway, I let Ash gabble away on the phone to her. I know hearing his voice cheers her up. Then again, that isn't so surprising. He rarely sounds anything but happy himself.

Working on D&D stuff. I have the time to write and am hopefully getting plenty ahead of the group. Since I know what they will be doing for the next several sessions it makes it nice and easy to plot things out.

I've heard nothing on the news recently about South America or Russia. I wonder how they are doing currently?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on March 29, 2020, 05:27:48 PM
i think we've seen that, i'll ask the old guy.
some of my ebay friends have been posting pics of reno and vegas..it's positively eerie to see no lights, no cars, no people...apocalyptic is a good description.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 01, 2020, 07:28:38 AM
From the gradually lessening number of people (still 99% women), that I've had to chat to and help calm down it seems like people are adjusting. General reports seem to be that folks are mostly listening to the correct advice and that in the next couple of weeks the numbers of people getting infected in the UK should reflect that. They think they have successfully flattened the curve. Be interesting to see how that plays out and I have every hope that it has worked out.

Finally got to see 'Underwater'. Struck me as being a very standard horror film. Decent enough cast, but the movie wasn't engaging me and Kristen Stewart spends a fair chunk of the run time running around in the worlds least sexy underwear. She seems to display a single emotion for most of the movie, but its at least a different one from Twilight. TJ Miller plays pretty much the same character he plays in Deadpool. Tonight, Kristi wants to watch Tiger King. I've heard of the guy they made that show about. Doesn't really appeal to me, but if she wants to see it then I'll give it a go. I am still trying to summon the enthusiasm to watch Breaking Bad.

Had a Roxy Music kick yesterday. No idea why I suddenly wanted to listen to a whole bunch of their songs, but I went with it. Today, I am listening to 'Bad Magic', Motorhead's final album before Lemmy corked it. Although I've listened to other Motorhead stuff since he died I haven't listened to that album. There are a few times when you can hear his voice is weaker. The first time I saw Lemmy on stage was in '92. He just looked like he did when I saw him on TV in the early '80s. It wasn't until the last time I saw him live that he looked any different, but by Hel did he look older. He was having to cancel shows because of illness and I figured then he was on the way out, although he still died earlier than I expected. Or maybe I just hoped he'd last longer. I do miss going to see him play every November. Still 'Bad Magic' is an album you could slot into any time period of Motorhead's career and it would fit in well. Not that there was a huge variation in the kind of songs they put out. They knew what they wanted to play, what the fans wanted and they gave it to them.

Was chatting to the manager of the largest local shop. He was saying his employees are getting an extra £100 in their next wage as well as £50 to spend on stuff from the shop. Nice to see employers looking after their workers. His staff have been getting abuse from some customers when they can't get what they want and he has just started banning those people from coming in his store now. It seems to be people coming in from out of town that have been causing problems though. Hard to believe there are smaller and more remote towns around here than Lossiemouth.

Planning our next Bolt Action game. Going to give my Japanese a run out against Kristi's American's. Last time I played the Jap's I had real problems destroying her Sherman tank. I managed to disable its tracks so it couldn't move and I damaged the turret so it couldn't rotate, but the damn thing just wouldn't die. I do have some more troop options this time, but the Japanese really did not have a reliable tank killer. Whereas in Europe where the Sherman was only adequate thanks to the numbers, it was available in, in Asia it was a monster. Shame that the nature of island warfare meant it didn't see many tank on tank battles, because if it had, it would have been the god of the battlefield. Anyway, since the companies I normally order stuff from have shut down for the duration, I've ordered some terrain stuff. We have plenty of houses to fight urban warfare scenarios, but we lack things like trees (surprisingly expensive), hills, walls and hedges. The stuff I've ordered in will help address that a bit (no trees but I did order a river, MDF walls and stuff that I can make hedges from). Gives me some stuff I can work on since we won't exactly be travelling far in the current climate. I am going out to the next town on Saturday to buy some stuff and I am going to do my daily exercise while I am there and pop up to the cemetery. I like Lilly-Beth having fresh flowers regularly.

Prepping our next game of Bolt Action. While Kristi is getting used to the rules she is sticking to her American army, but this time I am going to field some Japanese against her. We'll be fighting a skirmish from the battle for Guadalcanal. Hmm. I used to play a computer simulation of that battle when I was a kid. Always played as the US Navy.

2nd Lieutenant. A mandatory choice here at this rank. Made him a veteran and had given him a bodyguard, but I later had to drop a few points to get under 1000 so he is now on his own, but he does have a submachine gun.

IJA Infantry squad. 12 men. Armed with an LMG this squad is the core of my firebase. They will pour rifle fire down on anyone out in the open. These are regular infantry/
IJA Infantry squad. 12 men. I gave this unit anti-tank grenades. Guess what their job is? The Japanese did not have a great choice of anti-tank weapons to play with. If Kristi brings a Sherman, then this is my best bet against it and not a good bet at that. I expect them to charge up the field Banzai style and true to most charges in the face of good defensive fire, die horribly. Still, this was a tactic used by the Japs. As a suicide squad, I've left them as regulars.
IJA Grenadiers 6 men. Early to mid-war, the Japanese equipped infantry squads with multiple light mortars. This squad will try to force the enemy out of any cover I want for myself and support the anti-tank squad. I want them to hopefully find a good spot at the start of the game and just not move from there for the rest of the game. These too are regular troops as mortars accuracy isn't affected by combat experience.

MMG. Another part of my anti-infantry arsenal. This army is going to be heavy on that. I made it a veteran unit as smaller sections normally get increased training.
Anti-Tank Rifle. Despite its name, this isn't much good against anything other than the lightest kinds of tanks. It is however perfectly fine for taking out other armoured vehicles like half-tracks, armoured cars, tankettes and the like. And if there are none of them in the enemy force then it makes an acceptable sniper unit.
Flamethrower. Capable of wiping out anything it hits, this is my other option should Kristi bring along a Sherman.
Sniper Team. For dealing with enemy officers, support weapon crews or just denting the enthusiasm of enemy infantry units who are trying to get places I don't want them to go. As is usual for my snipers, I took them as veterans.
Chi-Ha tank. Great for dealing with infantry but vulnerable to heavy machine guns and any gun bigger than that. I took this as a regular unit as I don't think Japanese tankers had a long life expectancy, but by this point in the war they would most likely have seen some action.
Type 92 70mm Infantry Gun. The lightest of light howitzers, this is more like a glorified light mortar than a true gun. Still, it fits in my overall plan.

Ok, so my LMG infantry squad, Grenadiers, MMG, Anti-Tank rifle, Snipers and howitzer are my firebase. My aim with them is to force the enemy infantry to stay back and pepper them with lead if they poke their heads out of cover. I don't want them to move much during the game (not at all if possible, but that rarely works out that way). The Chi-Ha is a mobile bunker. If I am pressed on any flank I'll have this rollover there and lay down a withering fire from its two MMG's. It does have a howitzer in its turret which does more damage than the 70mm. I must not however let myself get caught in a duel with any other vehicles with this tank. It just won't stand up to them. My officer will back up the anti-tank grenade squad and lend his short-ranged firepower on any banzai charges. If that squad gets near to any enemy armour, then I'll try an assault. Otherwise, I will just have to ignore any heavy armour opposing me and take any damage that comes my way from it.

Part of me hates playing as the Japanese because of their lack of decent equipment, however, it does make the game more of a challenge.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 02, 2020, 06:21:44 AM
Sitting with Ash while he goes on a rampage of Kaiju-like proportions and destroys the living room. Ah, the joys of our nightly tidy up after he goes to bed.

Windy weather today, although it is supposed to be nice over the weekend when the winds switch around and come up from the south instead of blowing from... well we normally have a choice between northern Canada, Siberia or the Arctic. All places famed for their warm weather.

Going to try to find a film to watch tonight that I can't guess everything that is about to happen in. Kristi is doing a nightly update of all the local shops that are doing home deliveries and various other bits and pieces that are helpful for the local community, all on the local village FB page. A lot of people find it handy, but it takes a couple of hours to get all the info in and type it all up every night and by the time she'd finished she didn't feel like watching her tiger show, so we ended up just watching some B movies I came across. Someone sent her an article from Sky news that says the local council has asked if it can borrow a hanger to use as a temporary morgue should the local facilities get overwhelmed. No idea how true or not the story is, but she decided it wasn't something the local community would find useful to know.

Just looking at my book collection. I think I need to buy in some more horror novels. although part of the problem there is that I am very picky about my authors there. Sci-fi or action I'll pretty much give anyone a read, but I like my horror to be atmospheric. How the hell I ended up with 5 Shaun Hutson novels is beyond me. Got a full James Herbert & Lovecraft collection, a fair bit of Clive Barker, some Dean Koontz and after that it all kind of breaks down into authors I've tried one or two books of, or short story collections that were mostly either bought when I was a kid or were picked up for long train journeys. Only one Stephen King book and I haven't even read all of that one. Used to have a few of his. Wonder where they've went to over the years? I think comedy is the hardest genre to write in though. I've read very few books that had me laughing out loud all the way through. Terry Pratchett's The Light Fantastic did that, but afterwards, he moved more into social commentary and was never quite as good again.

After it taking a week for letters I posted to make it to the other side of Scotland, one of the packages I ordered from ebay went and turned up today. Well, we now have a river for our games. I am actually more hoping that one day we will get to role-play around a table once again and I can use all this stuff for it.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on April 02, 2020, 01:37:30 PM
you might try some of esther friesner's books for comedic fantasy, and she edited the chicks in chainmail series of short story collections, they're great too. :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 04, 2020, 02:40:11 AM
Up early this morning to deal with Ash and let Kristi get a lie-in. I went to put on some music on Youtube while I did some online reading, but he climbed up onto my lap and watched the music videos so intently. I ended up just letting him sit there, and we watched them together.

It's those little moments really.

Anyone else think that Eric Clapton is vastly overrated as a singer/songwriter/guitarist? I've always felt Mark Knopfler is superior to him in each of those departments.

Sometimes you'll meet a soldier who you just know is going to make it through a war and while they might be injured, there is no way they are going to be killed. Ancient Celt's described such people as having an aura, or battle light around them. I would imagine this guy was one of those men.

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Maniacs of World War 2.

Sgt Audie Murphy.

Murphy had always wanted to be a soldier. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he tried to enlist, but the Army, Navy and Marine Corps all turned him down for being underweight and underage. After his sister provided an affidavit that falsified his birth date by a year, he was accepted by the U.S. Army on 30 June 1942.After basic training at Camp Wolters, he was sent to Fort Meade for advanced infantry training. During basic training, he earned the Marksman Badge with Rifle Component Bar and Expert Badge with Bayonet Component Bar.

Murphy participated in the September 1943 mainland Salerno landing at Battipaglia. While on a scouting party along the Volturno River, he and two other soldiers were ambushed; German machine gun fire killed one soldier. Murphy and the other survivor responded by killing five Germans with hand grenades and machine gun fire. While taking part in the October Allied assault on the Volturno Line, near Mignano Monte Lungo Hill 193, he and his company repelled an attack by seven German soldiers, killing three and taking four prisoner. Murphy was promoted to sergeant on 13 December

He returned with the 3rd Division to Anzio, where they remained four months. Taking shelter from the weather in an abandoned farmhouse on 2 March, Murphy and his platoon killed the crew of a passing German tank. He then crawled out alone close enough to destroy the tank with rifle grenades, for which he received the Bronze Star with "V" device.

fter landing on Yellow Beach near Ramatuelle, Murphy's platoon was making its way through a vineyard when the men were attacked by German soldiers. He retrieved a machine gun that had been detached from the squad and returned fire at the German soldiers, killing two and wounding one. Two Germans exited a house about 100 yards (91 m) away and appeared to surrender; when Murphy's best friend responded, they shot and killed him. Murphy advanced alone on the house under direct fire. He killed six, wounded two and took 11 prisoner.

Murphy's first Purple Heart was for a heel wound received in a mortar shell blast on 15 September 1944 in northeastern France. His first Silver Star came after he killed four and wounded three at a German machine gun position on 2 October at L'Omet quarry in the Cleurie river valley. Three days later, Murphy crawled alone towards the Germans at L'Omet, carrying an SCR-536 radio and directing his men for an hour while the Germans fired directly at him. When his men finally took the hill, 15 Germans had been killed and 35 wounded. Murphy's actions earned him a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his Silver Star. He was awarded a battlefield commission to second lieutenant on 14 October, which elevated him to platoon leader.[59] While en route to Brouvelieures on 26 October, the 3rd Platoon of Company B was attacked by a German sniper group. Murphy captured two before being shot in the hip by a sniper; he returned fire and shot the sniper between the eyes. At the 3rd General Hospital at Aix-en-Provence, the removal of gangrene from the wound caused partial loss of his hip muscle and kept him out of combat until January. Murphy received his first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his Purple Heart for this injury.

The Colmar Pocket, 850 square miles (2,200 km2) in the Vosges Mountains, had been held by German troops since November 1944. On 14 January 1945, Murphy rejoined his platoon, which had been moved to the Colmar area in December. He moved with the 3rd Division on 24 January to the town of Holtzwihr, where they faced a strong German counterattack. He was wounded in both legs, for which he received a second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his Purple Heart. As the company awaited reinforcements on 26 January, he was made commander of Company B.

The Germans scored a direct hit on an M10 tank destroyer, setting it alight, forcing the crew to abandon it. Murphy ordered his men to retreat to positions in the woods, remaining alone at his post, shooting his M1 carbine and directing artillery fire via his field radio while the Germans aimed fire directly at his position. Murphy mounted the abandoned, burning tank destroyer and began firing its .50 caliber machine gun at the advancing Germans, killing a squad crawling through a ditch towards him. For an hour, Murphy stood on the flaming tank destroyer returning German fire from foot soldiers and advancing tanks, killing or wounding 50 Germans. He sustained a leg wound during his stand, and stopped only after he ran out of ammunition. Murphy rejoined his men, disregarding his own injury, and led them back to repel the Germans. He insisted on remaining with his men while his wounds were treated.

Murphy would go on to have a successful acting career but was troubled with post-traumatic mental health issues. Despite this, he did try and get assigned to a combat post during the Korean war.


Well, Ash has been eaten his breakfast and is now back in his bed. Did not seem ready to be awake. More than half tempted to go back to my bed myself.

I wonder if this is the worlds most uncomfortable looking music video. The singer looks like he has been dragged in off the street at gunpoint and been told to be in the video or get shot and is maybe having second thoughts about which option to take.

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpIduDaggVA#)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: indianasmith on April 04, 2020, 07:28:36 AM
Audie Murphy is our hometown hero!  Our local museum is named after him and exhibits his uniforms, medals, as well as a lot of his film memorabilia, and there is a 16 foot tall statue of him out front. 

The Museum is actually called the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum.  (It was originally the American Cotton Museum when I worked there, but when Murphy's family donated all his stuff, one of their stipulations was that the museum be renamed in his honor.)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 04, 2020, 08:28:19 AM
I did not know he was from your neck of the woods. Another place I'd need to visit if we ever make it to Texas.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: indianasmith on April 04, 2020, 07:10:18 PM
It's ten minutes from my house - so we'd have to have a good visit!!
I worked for that museum for a couple years, actually helped build the place they currently occupy.  It was a fun job.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 05, 2020, 11:27:41 AM
And the world continues its mass silence. Funny to think how much good everyone staying home is doing the rest of the world, just not us. Still, not to worry. Won't take us long to catch up on messing everything up again. Apparently, across the rest of the country, people aren't following the shut-in rules enough and tightening the rules is on the cards. I would imagine the cities are the problem.

Working on stuff for tonights game. Bandits, cultists, ghosts and families may (or may not) turn up tonight depending on where they go and how far they get. Hoping they will reach the lair of the next mini-big bad. It is always possible however that the group will run off on some completely random tangent. From talking with Ross I think he has finally figured out that going for a super high armour class will just cause him problems, but we shall see. I have no doubt he will be looking for some other way to make himself invulnerable.

Kristi and Ash are both sleeping. All is still. All is quiet. I am not going to complain. Alone time must be the hardest thing for people to get right now. I hate to think what this whole thing is going to do to the divorce rate worldwide. Or the murder rate.

Such is the world today.


Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ARenFVtPJs#)


Still, it is important to take your pleasures and breaks when you can. I wonder how much more people will appreciate their everyday freedoms when they get them back? Keeping your mental health up matters just as much as your physical health. One can seriously affect the other.

To keep my spirits flying high, I am currently watching the conspiracy theories on the web, something I watch now and again when I am in the mood. They take one slim strand of proof, which can vary in quality from being a proven fact to just plucked out of thin air and then build this entire belief system around it. It really is quite fascinating to watch it grow and develop it, pulling in extra strands that add to the mythology and reinforce their pre-existing belief until... well it is almost like a religion. Indeed, I could imagine the start of a religion growing in very much the same way. Some of them I think start off knowing they are talking bollocks but they keep talking it for so long and so in-depth that they come to accept it as fact and only occasionally remember it is all just a hoax. Others fall for it straight off. You have a few random assertations, back them up with a weak fact base and off you go.

What an odd species humans really are. With so much in the world to discover and believe in, so many choose to believe in any old pile of crap.

Oh well, catch you all later. I am off to do some spelunking in the Hollow Earth.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 07, 2020, 03:52:17 AM
Yesterday Kristi told me she wants some more tanks for her US army. Since she already has 4 Sherman's including one with a Calliope mount I figured I'd look at the lesser-known tanks like the Grant, Lee & Stuart. Maybe a Pershing for late war fun.

Going to get me a squadron of Chi-Ha's first though. Then I can get some transports and we can play the Tank Wars rules.

We are going to venture outside today for a walk around town. It is a nice day. Just a shame we can't do the things we would normally do, like take Ash to the swings. While he is still generally his usual happy self,we are seeing bouts of frustration from him which might be regular two-year-old stuff or might be him reacting to this sudden change in his lifestyle. Going to at least let him out of his buggy so he can walk around a bit. People around here are pretty good at maintaining a bit of social distancing, although heaven help anyone who in our current climes tries to randomly touch him. I hate that at the best of times never mind right now.

Thought I'd take some pictures of the east beach, so if you've been missing the out doors, just imagine yourself there.

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When this whole Covid-19 thing first hit the headlines at the tail end of last year, I watched its progress carefully. I saw it spread tentatively at first, and then growing like wildfire. And I waited. I waited to see what would be done. I looked for orders, for volunteer lists. I waited for signs that we were going to be ready to deal with it. I watched as some people declared that this was nothing, that the flu killed more people per year than this and with that they also declared they did not understand why this would be more of a problem. I saw those who thought this would all somehow magically disappear, not be a problem at all (well done there folks, you really hit that one out there park by the way). I watched for signs that plans had been put in place to deal with what was coming.

And I saw nothing. Not until after it had hit. Then all of a sudden there is movement, calls for volunteers, for people with 3D printers to make equipment, people to make protective clothing for hospitals. For over a month we sat there and did nothing. There were measures that could have been taken to limit its spread. Inconvenient ones to be sure, but ones that would have meant there was a lesser effect later on. Maybe behind the scenes, extra supplies were being bought in, but if they were nothing was being said publically. I am waiting on hearing the first "Lessons need to be learned," a phrase I have grown weary of hearing over the past twenty-odd years. It seems to mean yeah, this sounds a good thing to say while we don't actually do anything.

Perhaps it will be another 100 years before we see another pandemic like this one hits. Perhaps another will start next week. In either case, I do not see us preparing any more for the next one than we have for this one. I mentioned in a previous post that there had been a clap for the NHS event recently to say thanks. Tomorrow some people want to organise a clap for Boris Johnson, our sickly Prime Minister. The man who sat on his arse and did nothing and is now struck down with this virus. It isn't an evil thing looking to take down the bad people in the world. It isn't karma, it isn't justice. It is simply a thing and it doesn't care who it does or doesn't affect, but of all the people I could show my appreciation for, or give sympathy to he is pretty godsdamned far down my list. Yes, he has done some pretty good things now to help the country deal with it, yes I accept he isn't perfect and no-one is going to get everything right. I might go out for the clap for boris thing though. Not to clap, but to see who does. Maybe I'll glower at them when I pass them on the street. I am good at glowering.

Going to watch more Tiger King tonight. I am so disappointed that it wasn't a show about German WW2 tanks. Finally got Kristi's US jungle fighters painted up and the bases all sorted. Made up the hedges for our terrain collection today and am just waiting on them all drying.

Funny, I keep going to do a post without discussing Covid, but right now it just seems to be dominating everything in a way past events have not.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 09, 2020, 03:18:02 PM
Got outside of Lossiemouth for the first time in weeks.

All the way to the town 5 miles away.

Most of the shops (as expected) were closed. I went to one of the supermarkets to pick up some stuff. Outside the shop, they'd made walls out of shopping trollies to control access to the store. Didn't get much, but then again I wasn't looking for much either. In one of the shops I went into, one of the workers commented that nothing I'd picked up was exactly essential supplies. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "I can in for essential stuff, but you didn't have anything important."

They didn't reply to that. What I'd really been looking for was some PJ's for Ash. He's been taking his top off while he is in his cot and then waking up in the middle of the night because he is cold. I was hoping to find him a sleeping suit, or bodysuit that would clip at the bottom, but they had nothing in his size anywhere.

Think I have picked up too many eggs for Ash. Every time I've been to the local shop I've bought him one and he now has a substantial collection. Eostre has indeed blessed him this year with extra chocolate to make up for being stuck inside lol. I am so looking forward to being able to take him to the park again and take him to the swings.

Finally getting around to catching up on Supernatural. Running through season 14, although in truth I can't remember what the last episode I watched was.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 11, 2020, 04:26:58 PM
Do you have somewhere you consider to be your home? Regardless of where you go, it always feels special to return to this place?

I believe many people do, but it isn't something I've ever really felt myself. Throughout my life, I've moved an average of every 3 years. Going to see certain people feels like home, but a place not so much. Maybe this is just an extension of my inability to connect to vague symbols like flags or countries, or even something as nebulous as a religion. The other things I can at least prove exist, even if I feel no connection to them.

I've been posting a lot of videos and photos of Ash on facebook recently. People keep telling me that this cheers them up. I have no idea why my particular crotch Goblin should help the moods of others, but hey if it works then I am willing to participate. As long as no one requests anything weird like photos of him in the shower or something. I have the strange feeling that might actually get me angry.

I was picking out my daily selection of pills earlier. I no longer need to take my Allopurinol, but I have several months of supply. Metformin I am hoping to be coming off soon as my blood sugar has been heading in the right direction. Presumably the same applies to my Atorvastatin. Funny to think that I can turn up at a pharmacy say I need them and I get a three month supply that would cost people in the States hundreds if not thousands of dollars. You'd think as a species we'd have figured out looking after each other by now. I mean we've been kicking around 200,000 years. Yes, I know there are people who disagree on that, but tough. The proof is out there. Oh, and evolution is a thing. It is has been proven enough to no longer be a theory. If you want proof of it, just look at why so many people worldwide are staying indoors right now.

Intelligent design my f**king arse! The butthole is way too close to the VJ for that to have ever been a smart choice.

I was looking back through memories of the past years. Seven years ago today I was manually moving stuff into this house. That got me thinking about where I'd be right now if me and Kristi had gone with our original plan where I was going to quit my job and move to the US. Would I have been able to find a good job? Would we be struggling and panicking in case one of us fell ill and couldn't afford the basic healthcare? At work right now between P8's and Lightning II, we have a lot of people who have been over there recently and generally the opinion I've heard the most runs along the lines of "Thank f**k I don't have to go through the US health care system. I went through X experience over there and it was brutal." When I last over there (and oh does that feel so many years ago right now), my mother in law had gone in for a double knee replacement. I didn't think the system seemed bad (but then again I wasn't going through it personally), although I did get quite angry when Kristi had to go in for a bunch of tests and they couldn't find anything wrong and we got charged $1000 dollars for the privilege. She went to see a doctor when she got back to the UK and he identified what the problem was within 30 seconds. It took 2 to 3 years to sort out the payment. Not because the insurance company tried to avoid paying, but because the hospital just wouldn't take the damn money.

I think that fiasco has been sorted out, but I never received anything to say "Yup, money has been collected and all is sorted." For all I know they could just have decided it wasn't worth the effort to collect. Or they had an attack of a guilty conscience and decided since they had given such a p**s poor performance that they shouldn't charge for it. I have to admit though I consider that a fairly unlikely result.

Do you remember your first love? I doubt I will ever forget mine. I still remember exactly where I buried her.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 12, 2020, 01:57:45 PM
Got up with Ash this morning. I had hoped the whole family would get up together, but Kristi had a rough night so I'd gotten up about 7 and heard Ash singing in his cot an hour later. Got him out of bed, cooked breakfast (eggs seemed appropriate) and by the time they were ready Kristi was getting up anyway. Gave Ash his first chocolate egg (a pagan one, natch), which being a chocoholic he devoured in short order. I did decide to be semi-responsible though and limit him to one egg a day.

He has about a weeks supply if we stick to that. I remember having a lot more eggs than that as a kid, but since he is only two I am going to limit him and not let him gorge himself until he feels sick. He did crash quite quickly tonight and before his usual bedtime. I'd prepped him a bottle and he saw it, grabbed a dummy (he only gets them when he is going to bed now), and headed upstairs. I followed and he was trying to climb into his bed, so I put him in and checked on his 5 minutes later. Poor kid was passed out already. He had slept longer this morning than he usually does, but he didn't get a nap either.

I see Boris is out of the hospital. Part of me was hoping he'd die, more to see how the situation would play out rather than particularly wishing he was dead because I don't like him. Not that I do like him or anything. I definitely don't like how he was being made out to be some kind of hero given that his earlier inaction cost lives and nearly his own. You could argue he has paid for that, but I don't think so as we fast approach 10,000 deaths. Sadly no one will ever know how many people have really died from this as not everyone is being autopsied. I can't imagine there are the facilities to do everyone. We will also never know how many people have caught it since not everyone is being tested.

With Kristi not feeling great and Ander's reporting in that he was sick too, I've called off tonights game. Wouldn't be fair on Mary and Val, given what they are getting close to facing. They are about to encounter one of the more minor league bad guy groups, one of the fringe crazy groups, equivalent to the more right-wing conspiracy nut jobs I like to read posts from. On the one hand, it makes me laugh, but on the other it makes me despair a bit for the species.

If she is feeling better tomorrow Kristi wants to do our next Bolt Action game. Her marine force consists of:

1*1st lieutenant (veteran).
2*US Marine squads (5 men each, regular experience).
1*Medic (regular).
1*Forward Observer (regular).
1*Engineer Team (8 men, regular plus Flame Thrower).
1*Bazooka Team (regular).
1*MMG (regular).
1*Medium Mortar (regular plus spotter).
1*Sniper Team (regular).
1* M7 Priest (regular).
1*US Marine squad  (8 men, one submachine gun for the NCO).

The M7 is pretty much a tank with a howitzer instead of a cannon. That will be a big threat to my infantry, but my anti-tank rifle might be able to take care of it, and if not... well I have my grenade squad. The bazooka and the Engineer squad are the threats to what the Japanese laughingly called a tank. The Forward Observer will be an issue. He is my snipers priority target. The two five men squads shouldn't be hard to suppress with my larger infantry squads and my mortar unit. Fairly confident I can wheedle any units out of cover if they are being a problem.

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Maniacs of World War 2

Simo Häyhä - The White Death.


Simo Häyhä's involvement in the Winter War was very extraordinary. With his Mosin-Nagant M91 rifle, he would dress in white winter camouflage, and carry with him only a day’s worth of supplies and ammunition. While hiding out in the snow, he would then take out any Russian who entered his killing zone. Hayha preferred to use iron sights on his gun instead of scopes, as scopes had a tendency to glare in the sunlight and reveal his position. He would put snow in his mouth to hide his breath from being seen in the cold air. While he may sound like an ordinary sniper, this was far from the case: over the course of 100 days during the winter he racked up over 500 kills, earning him the nickname “The White Death”. The Soviets feared him so much that they mounted numerous counter-sniper and artillery attacks to get rid of him, all of which failed miserably. However, on March 6th, 1940, he was hit in the jaw by an explosive round from a counter-sniper. He fell into an 11-day coma, awakening on the day that the war ended.

Simo's kills were believed to have been split roughly evenly between those from his sniper rifle and his submachine gun. Estimates place his total number of kills at 542, although he himself said it was somewhere around 500. On one day he managed 25 kills, his highest total for a single day.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 14, 2020, 04:26:25 PM
You'd think that being mostly stuck in the house would make me glad to get out, even just to go to work, but no. The less I have to go there, the less I want to go there. It's a shame because years ago I used to love my job. Well, either way, I'll be heading in, in an hour or so. Letting Ash have a sleep just now and watching 'The Gingerdead Man' between now and leaving though.

Well, work was fun. Ended up working a bit later than usual to get everything cleared. One of the problems with us working half days every second week. If they keep giving me my full pay though I am not going to complain. Phoned one of the guys from work this morning just to check something and afterwards, my screen just went black. I couldn't get anything to come up. It was fully charged etc but was for all intents dead. Eventually, we tried calling it from another phone and it sprang back to life. I guess it is a software bug or something. Meh. I hate having mobile phones anyway. Maybe I should join the anti 5G mob and go destroy some mobile phone masts? I suspect there are several conditions the number of signals we have going through the air could be causing, but somehow I don't think Covid-19 is one of them. Got a friend of Kristi's who has made a post about how Covid-19 must be a bio-weapon designed to reduce the population. I have thus far resisted the urge to point out that it isn't very good at that, having a low death rate, plus the people it is killing are mostly the elderly who don't generally breed that much, so it won't don't do much to lower the growth rate for the population.

Besides, 9 months time I am thinking there is going to be a pretty substantial population boost. All those people stuck at home are going to find something to do to keep themselves amused...

Hopefully, the hospitals are getting some extra resources now that they can use to plan for that. I suspect not though. Right now I can't imagine there is much spare capacity to take on things like that.

We got a whole string of words at various times during the day from Ash. Wondering if he has decided he is going to start talking? My favourite is when he copies my impression of Randy Savage saying "OH YEAH!"


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on April 14, 2020, 07:04:28 PM
oh yay! i'm so looking forward to finding out what sort of accent he has!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 15, 2020, 03:03:08 PM
12 weeks of staying at home. Work is going to try and figure out a way to get me a work laptop so I can do some working from home. The trouble is that all the laptops assigned to my section have already been given out and I need access to a system that I can't get to from home. I need to be at work to get into it and 99% of what I do involves this other system.

Kinda limits what I can do.

Time to spend some quality time with Ash, make a dent in my to be read pile and put my feet up then.  :smile:

I can also get the garden done and the garage sorted. Or at least tell the person who messed it up that they will be sorting it out.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 16, 2020, 03:46:43 PM
So I got a phone call today saying that I might have been misinformed about having to stay home for twelve weeks, so I called the med-centre up and they said: "No, you are supposed to stay home, however, you can make the decision to come into work but it is then on your own head." I've made an appointment for a telephone call appointment with one of the base doctors and I'll get some professional advice before making a decision.

That's kind of a big one. First off my immediate thought is that no job is more important than my family, ergo I stay at home, but part of me wants to go back in and do the damn job they are paying me for.

Not a decision anyone else can make for me but it is a big one and requires a requisite amount of thought and consideration.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on April 16, 2020, 10:20:37 PM
i know i can't make the decision for you, little brother. but i CAN BEG  . PLEASE STAY HOME!!!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 17, 2020, 07:20:48 AM
I'll wait and see what the doctor says, Barri. Most of all what I want to find out right now is what it is they think I have that puts me at a higher risk of a more severe case of this, as I know other people with the same conditions as me who aren't on this list. Then based on what he tells me I'll sit down and think about the odds and take it from there.

If it's a case of they say "We are advising you not to work, but if you choose to and get sick then it's all on your own head" then I'll be staying home for the duration.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on April 17, 2020, 03:20:40 PM
don't be offended, buti hope they DO tell you at least that. and that you DO stay home. :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 22, 2020, 01:33:32 PM
Not posted about this for a little while as I was letting my temper cool down a bit. After being told that I had to stay at home (which hey, I was making the best of and trying to make light of, although I was worried about Kristi having to be the one going out all the time), I got told oops, that was a mistake. You are fine to go outside. Now, I accept people are under pressure, they have a lot to consider and this is just me blowing off a bit of steam, but telling me I had to stay at home put my wife at extra risk and she does have a number of health conditions which come down to her home state of Utah having air that at certain times of the year can best be described as crunchy.

I was also looking at spending a few hundred pounds on exercise gear that to be honest we don't really have the room for, not to mention the wasted money that would have involved.

Anyway, as soon as I was told I was ok to go outside we took a walk. It was for some essential stuff (Kristi's medications). Was a really nice, sunny day too.

Still thinking about getting a stand for my bike so I can go for a ride without having to leave the back door.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures from the walk.

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The 2 to 3 group charity that Kristi is on the board for has expanded its operations from a daycare to sorting out food packages and help for vulnerable people who can't get out to the shops. The community centre closed its doors as part of the social distancing and whatnot. Alas, that is where they kept their supplies, but luckily they were able to persuade one of the local churches (baptist) to let them use their building while they can't hold services. It has been a bit of an eyeopener for the churchgoers, some of whom were shocked to discover the level of poverty in the village, even in some cases amongst its own congregation. Indeed some of them are still in a bit of denial about the whole thing. That to me though is what religion should be about. Helping each other. All the bollocks about praising Jebus and so on can come later. Look after people first. Who knows, you might actually make more converts that way too than their current recruiting methods. Start earning the moral authority you claim but have rarely earned. Anyway, it is refreshing to see them helping out and I hope it leads to a change in ways.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 24, 2020, 04:11:28 AM
Kristi decided she wanted to watch a charity fundraising show combining two of the annual fundraisers, Children in Need and Comic Relief. Both of them are for worthy causes, but as she was to find out they sadly lack in actual entertainment value. I did make a donation to them but I normally do that anyway without undergoing the torture that is watching their show. Apparently in the US these shows have higher production values.

Anyway, she was watching it because Alfie Boe was going to be on it and she loves his singing. Turned out he was on screen for maybe 30 seconds.

Got a nice long walk in yesterday. Ash brought Kristi his jacket, and then he brought his reins through so we figured he was dropping enough of a subtle hint.

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That used to be the site of one of the local bars until it burned down. Supposed to be getting rebuilt, but as with all construction projects it has been delayed.


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Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on April 26, 2020, 06:37:11 PM
little man ash, and you 2, you spark my joy and gladden my heart. i hope you all know that. :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 28, 2020, 02:47:40 PM
We do our best. People keep telling me that seeing Ash's smile cheers them up so I've been making an effort to post pictures on FB semi-regularly of him. Found out yesterday my iphone will make videos of pictures of people and tried uploading one of him yesterday, but it wasn't getting online for some reason.

Life continues under the lockdown. Mentioned about the post Kristi does nightly updating the community on services that are available and discovered that the office all read it. They were surprised to find out it was her writing it for the community council.

I wonder if any people who were sent home from non-essential jobs are having a crisis about being deemed non-essential? So many humans do seem to just be here to do things because there are so damn many of us. That isn't meant as a criticism of those people, just a random wondering things will bring on a wave of the equivalent of mid-life crises or not. Something to wait and see in the future I guess.

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Maniacs of WW2

Lauri Törni (Larry Thorne).

During the battles at Lake Ladoga, Törni took part in the destruction of the encircled Soviet divisions in Lemetti.

His performance during these engagements was noticed by his commanders, and toward the end of the war, he was assigned to officer training where he was commissioned a Vänrikki (2nd lieutenant) in the reserves. After the Winter War, in June 1941, Törni went to Vienna, Austria for seven weeks of training with the Waffen-SS, and returned to Finland in July; as a Finnish officer, the Germans recognized him as an Untersturmführer. Most of Törni's reputation was based on his successful actions in the Continuation War (1941–44) between the Soviet Union and Finland. In 1943 a unit informally named Detachment Törni was created under his command. This was an infantry unit that penetrated deep behind enemy lines and soon enjoyed a reputation on both sides of the front for its combat effectiveness. One of Törni's men was future President of Finland Mauno Koivisto. Koivisto served in a reconnaissance company under Törni's command during the Battle of Ilomantsi, which was the final Finnish-Soviet engagement of the Continuation War during July and August 1944. Törni's unit inflicted such heavy casualties on Soviet units that the Soviet Army placed a bounty on his head of 3,000,000 Finnish marks. He was decorated with the Mannerheim Cross on 9 July 1944.

The September 1944 Moscow Armistice required Finland to remove German troops from its territory, resulting in the Lapland War; during this period, much of the Finnish Army was demobilized, including Törni, leaving him unemployed in November 1944. In January 1945, he was recruited by a pro-German resistance movement in Finland and left for saboteur training in Germany, and to organize resistance in case Finland was occupied by the Soviet Union. The training was prematurely ended in March, but as Törni could not secure transportation to Finland, he joined a German unit to fight Soviet troops near Schwerin, Germany. He surrendered to British troops in the last stages of World War II and eventually returned to Finland in June 1945 after escaping a British POW camp in Lübeck, Germany.

As his family had been evacuated from Karelia, Törni sought to rejoin them in Helsinki but was arrested by Valpo, the Finnish state police. After escaping, he was arrested a second time in April 1946, and tried for treason for having joined the German Army. After a trial from October to November, he received a 6-year sentence in January 1947. Imprisoned at the Turku provincial prison, Törni escaped in June, but was recaptured and sent to the Riihimäki State Prison. Finnish President Juho Paasikivi granted him a pardon in December 1948.

Törni then travelled on board a Swedish cargo ship as one of the crew. While it was in the Gulf of Mexico he jumped overboard and swam to shore, claiming political asylum. He was granted a permit of residence.

Törni joined the US Army in 1954 under the provisions of the Lodge-Philbin Act and adopted the name Larry Thorne. In the US Army, he was befriended by a group of Finnish-American officers who came to be known as "Marttinen's Men" (Marttisen miehet).

With their support, Thorne joined the US Army Special Forces. While in the Special Forces, he taught skiing, survival, mountaineering, and guerrilla tactics. In turn, he attended airborne school, and advanced in rank; attending Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1957.[20] He later received a commission and a promotion to captain in 1960. From 1958–1962 he served in the 10th Special Forces Group in West Germany at Bad Tölz, where he was second in command of a search and recovery mission high in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, which gained him a notable reputation.[21] When he was in Germany, he borrowed a car and briefly visited his relatives in Finland. In an episode of The Big Picture released in 1962 and composed of footage filmed in 1959, Thorne is shown as a lieutenant with the 10th Special Forces Group in the United States Army.

Deploying to South Vietnam in November 1963 to support Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces in the Vietnam War, Thorne and Special Forces Detachment A-734 were stationed in the Tịnh Biên District and assigned to operate Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) encampments at Châu Lăng and later Tịnh Biên.

During a fierce attack on the CIDG camp in Tịnh Biên, he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for valor during the battle. This attack would later be described by author Robin Moore in his book The Green Berets.

Thorne's second tour in Vietnam began in February 1965 with 5th Special Forces Group; he then transferred to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV–SOG), a classified US special operations unit focusing on unconventional warfare in Vietnam, as a military advisor.

On 18 October 1965, as part of the operation Shining Brass, Thorne was supervising the first clandestine mission to locate Viet Cong turnaround points along the Ho Chi Minh trail and destroy them with airstrikes. Two Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF) CH-34 helicopters launched from Kham Duc Special Forces Camp and rendezvoused with a United States Air Force Cessna O-1 Bird Dog Forward Air Controller in inclement weather in a mountainous area of Phước Sơn District, Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam, 25 miles (40 km) from Da Nang. While one CH-34 descended through a gap in the weather to drop off the 6-man team, the command CH-34 carrying Thorne and the O-1 loitered nearby, when the drop helicopter returned above the cloud cover both the CH-34 and the O-1 had disappeared. Rescue teams were unable to locate the crash site. Shortly after his disappearance, Thorne was promoted to the rank of major and posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

In 1999, Thorne's remains were found by a Finnish and Joint Task Force-Full Accounting team and repatriated to the United States following a Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport ceremony that included Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Ambassador Pete Peterson.

Formally identified in 2003, his remains were buried on 26 June 2003 at Arlington National Cemetery, section 60, tombstone 8136, along with the RVNAF casualties of the mission recovered at the crash site. He was memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 02E, Line 126. He was survived only by his fiancée, Marja Kops, who later married another man.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 30, 2020, 07:27:09 AM
Got called back into work last night. A mistake had been found and the people investigating it wanted to know if it was our fault or not. I looked into it, and as far as I can find nothing comes down to us.

Or at least me. I don't care about the rest.  :bouncegiggle:

Pretty sure they are safe too though. In fact, I think it is the people who have complained about the mistake that have made it. Boy, is that going to get them when they find out they've screwed themselves. Made a big order of WW2 stuff today. Getting my Brits a 3" Mortar carrier, a Churchill AVRE tank and a truck to carry some infantry. I need to get a few of the last off that list. For Kristi's Americans, I've ordered an HMG, heavy mortar and a LVT(A)-1 37mm AMTANK. Finally, my Japanese are getting some loving with a platoon of Chi-Ha's. Aiming towards playing a tank war scenario, but that mean's not only getting tanks but also having enough vehicles to transport any and all infantry around.

Been wondering about picking up a 3D printer to make my own vehicles. Going to do some research and see if it is practical and if it would save money in the long run. I think what will be the deciding factor will be the cost of the raw materials to make the stuff. If anyone has any experience of using one though feel free to give advice.

Looking forward to having next week off work. I even wanted to book one of my callout days as leave, but my line manager wouldn't let me. He said he'd cover that day.

Sounds great that doesn't it? Thing is that he doesn't know my job and if something goes wrong he'll need to call me and I plan on being drunk early doors that particular day.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 01, 2020, 04:14:16 PM
Went into work today expecting a fairly easy day as things had been slow this week.

Boy was I wrong.

Emails that had been sent yesterday at lunchtime with work for me didn't turn up until today, other work came in and our software suite wasn't working. When I tried to access Office it constantly froze up, none of the printers were coming online, my boss wanted some extra stuff doing... Normally on a Friday, we finish at 15:00. At 18:00 I turned the computer off, said I'd had enough and went home.

I've had four beers now and I am feeling like beer cans do not hold enough beers.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 02, 2020, 04:31:19 PM
In the last job I had before the one I am currently in, I was working in a factory. Initially, my contract was from mid-November until December. I figured it was a decent enough wage and I could do it to get money for presents. Over the first few weeks, they figured out who the good workers were and got rid of the others. Those who were leftover ended up having their contracts extended and the job lasted until 2 weeks before I was due to join up in early July.

I still remember the faces of the people I worked with, although mostly their names have been lost to the mists of time. There was the one guy I nicknamed the Mongolian Horseman, for no other reason than to see if people would call him it. They did. I worked beside all sorts of people from ex-soldiers, guys with university degrees, ex-R.A.F. policemen, junkies and more. We were all temp workers for an employment agency, while the people who worked in the factory already worked directly for the company. I don't know if you have ever worked in that kind of situation, but there is always a degree of enmity from some of the permanent staff towards the temps. We get a higher wage, but we don't get other benefits like sick or holiday pay. There was only one woman who had that attitude towards us in this particular place, and she was a loudmouth who wasn't afraid to voice her opinions so everyone could hear.

Mostly we ignored her. She'd say we were all lazy. Now, this woman was heavily overweight, while at this time I was up early in the morning to run a couple of miles, then cycle 7 miles to work, do a 12-hour shift and cycle home. I doubt she could have kept up with me for 10 seconds. Anyway, our shifts started and finished at different times from the permanent staff and we had different breaks. She was always accusing us of taking too long on our breaks and so on, which was bull. One particular break the permanent staff got happened to be at the same time as the end of our shift (our shifts rotated on a 2 week 12-hour cycle whereas they had a three-week 8-hour rotation), so I suggested to the guy I was working beside that we play a bit of a trick on her. We had a loud conversation about going off for our break, not mentioning it was really our home time and off we went.

Of course, when we didn't come back, she ran off to complain to one of the supervisors saying that we'd taken a longer break than we were allowed and been a bit humiliated when after shouting loudly enough for the entire factory floor to hear what she thought of us being told that we had completed our shift and went home on time. One of the other permanent staff told us the next day that she'd been livid about it, but for the remainder of my time working there, I never heard another word from that fat, bloated, b***h.

Of course, as with everywhere else, I've worked, the factory closed down after I'd quit. I occasionally wonder where she ended up. I suspect a lifetime of minimum wage jobs followed by an early death. Maybe she is still kicking around and done well for herself. Just one of those things I will know though for sure.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 02, 2020, 06:06:34 PM
my entire banguet team except for the captain was made up of long term temps, they ROCKED! and nobody got to mistreat them that was a regular company worker. i p**sed off ALOT a cafeteria people who came in for extra shifts, needless to say.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 03, 2020, 06:59:01 AM
Warning, this is going to be an extremely geeky post about WW2 stuff and wargaming. It is more just somewhere to put down a vague notion of a game I will most likely not get to play.

The set of WW2 rules we play (Bolt Action), is designed as primarily an infantry based game. You might have a tank in your force, but it is the grunts that really do the work. It does, however, have a variant called 'Tank Wars'.

So, this is for my British force since I have the most variety of vehicles for them out of the assorted armies we have. There are too many vehicles to put into one platoon, so I've split them between two, a light and a heavy platoon.

1st  Platoon (Light).

Command vehicle.
Humber Scout Car. Pintle-mounted LMG. Veteran. 108 points.
Bit risky putting my commander in a light tank, but I am going with a theme of fast and mobile for this force and it seems to fit. Besides, it looks cool. And if it was cool enough for J.O.E. in 'A Bridge To Far' then it is cool enough for me. I'd have this starting off the table, coming on later is a flanking manoeuvre and looking to suppress the enemy infantry accompanies by the Wasp ad the Cromwell. Someone commanding this force is going to have plenty of experience, so I am making him a veteran.

Mandatory vehicle 1.
Mortar Carrier. Inexperienced. 64 points.
A Bren Carrier converted to a self-propelled artillery vehicle with a 3" mortar mounted on it. This can move quickly enough to provide fire support where required. Mortars are inaccurate weapons and cannot be relied on, but if one is firing at a unit, then the unit is going to move fast rather than risk it zeroing in on them. I can use this to relieve pressure on any strategic locations. 3" mortars are not normally front line weapons, so I've made this crew inexperienced. I am not going to use this one as a flanking unit though. I want it on the table the whole game, popping shots off every turn.

Mandatory vehicle 2.
Wasp.. Regular. 100 points.
Another Bren (or Universal) Carrier variant, this time with a flame thrower built-in. Flame throwers are terrifying weapons and any crew caught using one are normally executed out of hand, Geneva convention rules be damned. Having this turn up on my opponents flank should cause him a bit of consternation.

Optional vehicle 1.
Cromwell tank. Medium anti-tank gun, 2 MMGs. Veteran 246 points.
The first decent British tank of the war, with armour and a weapon roughly equivalent to a Sherman or Panzer IV, but much, much faster (they were powered by aircraft engines. There is a story of 3 of these tanks being caught by surprise by a larger enemy force and being able to escape by driving at full speed and doing a Dukes of Hazard leap over a canal. Boy, that would have been something to see). The gun on this is a medium anti-tank weapon, so it will be good against normal vehicles and similar tanks but will struggle to penetrate the front armour of the German big cats. These tanks saw a lot of use as reconnaissance a lot towards the end of the war having the speed to go ahead of the main forces as well as having more firepower and protection than most such units should it get into trouble.

Optional vehicle 2. LRDG Armed Truck. 2 MMG. Veteran 54 points.
These improvised armed trucks were used by the Long Range Desert Group on their raids deep into enemy territory during the desert war and provided a little bit of fire support to the lightly armed raiders. The machine guns aren't going to penetrate armour but are going to help keep peoples heads down.

Mechanised Infantry.
Jeep. Unarmed. Inexperienced. 17 points.
1st Lieutenant plus 2 men. Sub-machine guns. 116 points.
A zippy little fire support/assault section able to quickly move to any threatened sections of the table and lend close fire support.

5x Bren (Universal) Carriers. 2 LMG's. 350 points.
4x Five Man Regular Infantry (Mid/Late War). Rifles & Anti-Tank Grenades. 240 points.
Forward Observer (Artillery).
The most widely manufactured fighting vehicle in history (I think over 100,000 of these were made). At the start of WW2 Britain led the way in the mechanisation of its army. This is a fairly small vehicle and can only carry 5 men, but counts as a recce vehicle (which means it has a special ability to retreat. The Italians should have bought this). I can use these to run up the battlefield and either deploy a small squad or keep the troops inside and have them fire off the two LMG's (if the troop's exit, the driver can only fire one gun). Since if I am using this army, my enemy is also going to be fielding a load of vehicles I've given the troops anti-tank grenades so they have a chance of destroying any enemy vehicles bothering them. The Forward Observer can call his arty strike and then just an LMG for the rest of the game giving me a very mobile fire support unit.

The idea with 1st Platoon is that they are the ones charging up the table, taking the fight to the enemy, or preferably, grabbing secure locations with some cover and forcing the enemy to take the fight to them. While it has a lot of light firepower they'd have problems dealing with heavier armour. That is where 2nd Platoon comes in.

2nd Platoon (Heavy).

Command Vehicle.
Churchill Tank Mk VII. Medium anti-tank gun, 2 MMG's. Regular. 435 points.
The Churchill is a beast. It was huge and very heavily armoured but had the disadvantage of being slow (it was designed to travel at the same speed as the infantry it would be accompanying) and lacking a gun to match its armour. It was well-liked by its crews and between the length of the machine and its engine it could deal with terrain that many of its contemporaries simply could not handle, which was especially useful in the fighting in Italy. It counts as a super-heavy tank and can thus shrug off most threats to it. It is debated wither the Churchill this tank was named after was the legendary Prime Minister or an earlier military leader.

Mandatory vehicle 1.Churchill AVRE. Heavy Howitzer, 2 MMG's. Regular. 290 points.
The engineering variant of the Churchill, this was designed to breach beach defences and other hardpoints. It fired a massive 18kg shell which travelled slowly enough to be seen and was nicknamed the Flying Dustbin. The armour on this is slightly lighter than the VII and the howitzer can only fire at short range, but what it hits, it destroys.

Mandatory vehicle 2.Sherman Firefly. Super-Heavy Anti-Tank Gun. 1 MMG. Veteran 345 points.
American doctrine said that tanks were for infantry support. Where American tanks encountered enemy tanks the idea was you would back off, call in Tank Destroyers and then let them deal with the threat. A lovely idea in practice, however, if aren't able to either get away or call in reinforcements then you have a problem. I don't consider that to have been a bad decision though, it was kind of dictated by the supply lines across the Atlantic and what was available. The British, however, decided to take what was arguable the best pure anti-tank gun of the war (the 17 pounder), and stick it into the turret of some of its Sherman's thus giving them some tank killing power of their own. Initially, every troop of 3 Sherman's would have one Firefly, but as more become available this altered to a 2 in 4 ratio. Sherman's were not popular with their crews being vulnerable to catching fire easily. They were nicknamed Ronsons (because they lit up first time, every time), but they had the advantage of being available in large numbers and were easily repairable (accounts of tanks being fixed up with patches welded over holes in the tank, and the Shermans then been given a new crew without the bloodstains from the previous crew being cleaned up are not uncommon) which when you are fighting a war on that scale is what was needed. Anyway, my Firefly will sit back and use its range to pick off opposing heavy tanks. Or any vehicle really. There isn't anything anyone can field at this time that doesn't need to fear that gun. I would imagine the most experienced crews possible would have been assigned this tank, so I've made the crew veteran.

Optional vehicle 1. LRDG Armed Truck. 1 MMG, 1 light anti-tank gun. Veteran. 94 points.
I've opted to switch out the second MMG on this one for a little bit of an anti-armour capability

Quad Tractor.. Inexperienced. 15 points.
QF-17-Pdr. Super-heavy anti-tank gun. Veteran. 288 points.
The Quad was an artillery tow that looked like a heavily armoured vehicle but wasn't. It is powerful enough to tow by second big tank killer, the QF-17. This is the same gun as was put in the Sherman Firefly and had been developed during the campaign in North Africa to deal with the next generation of heavily armoured German tanks. This will be towed to a good firing position on the first turn of the game and then used to pick off anything that dares show itself. I expect it to more be an area denial weapon as no one is going to want to risk being shot at by this and it isn't very mobile.

2*15cwt Truck. Inexperienced. 25 points.
2*Eight Man Regular Infantry (Mid/Late War). Rifles, LMG.
A couple of larger infantry units to provide a bit more staying power and a bit extra firepower just in case.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 04, 2020, 11:34:05 AM
Well, Boris has been really playing up his time with Covid-19. He's been saying how the doctors were giving him a 50/50 chance and so on. Can't help but think he is playing it up for the publicity since while he was sick it was made clear that he didn't require a ventilator. Not a medical expert though so I'll confess I could be, being harsh there. His government has been putting a spin on the numbers of PPE equipment delivered though. They were claiming a billion assets have been delivered, but they've started counting things like cleaning sprays, and individual gloves rather than pairs.

Decided to order to new desktop last night. The laptop I've been using really doesn't cut it for what I need it to do. Next month I can look at adding a 3D printer.

Have you seen the Lego-style video the Chinese have put out criticising the US governments Covid response? Read a bit about it, but I haven't bothered watching it.

Ended up getting a free Indian meal tonight. One of the local restaurants has been making free meals for people struggling with money. Normally they give a day or two's notice and that gives the team distributing the food time to assign it to the correct people, but today they just turned up with 50 meals and the volunteers couldn't find enough people to give the food to at short notice, so we ended up being given three of them. If it wasn't for the fact the food would have been binned I'd feel bad about it.

Ok, I am lying there, I wouldn't feel bad at all, but I'd be aware that I should.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on May 04, 2020, 12:17:47 PM
Well, Boris has been really playing up his time with Covid-19. He's been saying how the doctors were giving him a 50/50 chance and so on. Can't help but think he is playing it up for the publicity since while he was sick it was made clear that he didn't require a ventilator. Not a medical expert though so I'll confess I could be, being harsh there. His government has been putting a spin on the numbers of PPE equipment delivered though. They were claiming a billion assets have been delivered, but they've started counting things like cleaning sprays, and individual gloves rather than pairs.

Decided to order to new desktop last night. The laptop I've been using really doesn't cut it for what I need it to do. Next month I can look at adding a 3D printer.

Have you seen the Lego-style video the Chinese have put out criticising the US governments Covid response? Read a bit about it, but I haven't bothered watching it.

Ended up getting a free Indian meal tonight. One of the local restaurants has been making free meals for people struggling with money. Normally they give a day or two's notice and that gives the team distributing the food time to assign it to the correct people, but today they just turned up with 50 meals and the volunteers couldn't find enough people to give the food to at short notice, so we ended up being given three of them. If it wasn't for the fact the food would have been binned I'd feel bad about it.

Ok, I am lying there, I wouldn't feel bad at all, but I'd be aware that I should.



You openly serve your nation, therefore your nation owes you. Take whatever those you defend offer you. Others who do less would have taken it without a qualm.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 05, 2020, 02:29:43 PM
Well, today I got a message from Terry at work asking me to call him when I had a minute. Even though the text said it was nothing bad, I still always worry about these things.

I've been applying for various posts in the hope of remaining at Lossiemouth for the remainder of my career and so far I'd been turned down for them for various reasons. It doesn't help that they are short of people who are trained to do my job and the posts I've been applying for are what are called "off-trade" so manning have been saying "Nope, he can't be released from his trade to do this job." That is what happened with the job I really wanted, which would have involved a move down to Glasgow.

I miss being able to jump on a train to Glasgow and go shopping there. Although not as much since The Dragon & George (my favourite D&D type store) closed down. I was always pretty sure that the guy who ran it, Tom was in fact an avatar of Nyarlathotep. Especially because he always denied it.

Anyway, the phone call was because Terry had received word on the last job I had applied for. He told me about the message he had been sent as to the success or failure of my application. Bearing in mind that this was pretty much my last chance to remain at Lossiemouth where I have been based my entire career or have to move elsewhere, it is pretty important to us. Especially Kristi who wants to remain in Lossiemouth, and if I am entirely honest I don't want Ash growing up with an English accent. Besides, there are a lot of advantages to being north of the border (since Scotland got its own parliament, the land border has moved south as some towns in the border region have asked to move under Scottish jurisdiction so they must be doing something right).

Having some beers now, to either celebrate or commiserate. I am not going to say which just because I think Barri will want to know the answer.

I can't imagine anyone else would, but if anyone does have a burning need to know, PM and I'll reply. Unless I don't like you, in which case I won't.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 05, 2020, 06:28:49 PM
my darling butthead, you are far more transparent then you think, at least to SOME of us, lol! congratulations!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 06, 2020, 02:51:22 AM
I guess not as much as you might think since I didn't get the job.  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 07, 2020, 05:12:18 AM
Got woken up this morning sometime after 3 with Ash screaming. Went and got him out of his cot, but couldn't seem to calm him down. It isn't the first time he has woken up like that. We have wondered if he is having night terrors, but it could be any number of things. I was going to get up with him, but he wanted his mum and Kristi ended up having to get out of bed. He did eventually settle down and go back to sleep (and indeed is still currently sleeping as as his mum). It could be he is teething again. He doesn't cry much with that and certainly has never kept us awake all night with it. These days when he wakes up, he insists on having a shower and brushing his teeth.

Means I can get up, have a beer for breakfast and put on my rarely played original pressing of 'Ace of Spades'. I've long wanted a tattoo on my right shoulder. Ever since I got one on my left shoulder in fact. Think I've finally settled on the design. Suspect I'll need to save up for a while though. Getting it done the way I want is going to be expensive.

Decided not to run any more games of D&D until I get my new PC, which is due to be delivered on Monday. Not a top of the range computer like I used to buy, buy
but then again I don't play the kind of online games I used to play any more that need that kind of rig.

Ash is up now. He seems to have stopped his habit of challenging me whenever I tell him not to do something. No doubt there is more of that to come and this is just a temporary respite.

Looking at the news. Money seems determined to get the world moving again regardless of the true cost to come. Meanwhile Spain is seeing a spike in cases of Covid-19 after loosening restrictions. Capitalism really isn't really set up to deal with this kind of thing.

Got my first rebate on ebay. I'd ordered something and the seller said he'd posted it but it never arrived. With everything that is going on I gave them a couple extra weeks for the item to turn up. When I contacted him (or her) I got no reply, so ebay contacted them and got no reply either. Wondering if I should give my first negative feedback now.

Wonder what joys work will have for me on Monday. I have the next step to work out. I am already now overdue moving jobs. On the other hand, moves have been put on hold while Covid is running around so I have no idea when I will move.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 07, 2020, 04:31:54 PM
you really didn't get it? well that just BLOWS. did they tell you why?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 08, 2020, 08:27:23 AM
Actually, I did get the job which should mean that I will be finishing my career at Lossiemouth.   :bouncegiggle:

My boss has to decide when he can let me go as we have 4 people from the office all going on deployments or being posting out all at the same time so it might be August before I move.

Went on a nice long walk around Lossiemouth yesterday, including taking Ash down onto the beach for the first time (my first time with him on the beach, Kristi has had him there before). Since no one is playing golf at the moment, we were able to safely cut across the local golf course (there are no trespassing laws in Scotland, but they do have a couple of paths for the public to take across the course anyway, if you don't mind taking the risk of being hit by a stray ball). It occurred to me that a golf course is a huge waste of space used by only a few people. I've heard the line about golf being a waste of a good walk attributed to many different people, but whoever said it first, I agree with them. It would make a great park. We did once come across a bunch of drunk Canadians playing gold at midnight when we were out on one of our late night / early morning walks, back before we had Ash.

Anyway, here are some photos from the walk.


(https://i.imgur.com/fO6prSk.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/9HkDPhm.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/5bccDEW.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/jTyU9Zl.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/lNvYa0k.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/cbQybrH.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/VDfLARs.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/NM1OOez.jpg)


Spent the night drinking a beg of Werewolf beer all to myself and then this morning a present turned up from my brother. A dozen bottles of beer.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 08, 2020, 06:26:47 PM
deep sigh....WHY do all the men i know and love feel the need to mess with my head? and WHY am i so gullible? but hey, i WAS right, i know you rather well, butthead!  :cheers:
* and yes, i know you all do it because i AM gullible and actually think you're serious occasionally, lol!*


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 09, 2020, 03:39:33 AM
Barri, last night I had someone sneak into your house and write gullible on the ceiling above where you are now sitting.

...5
...4
...3
...2
...1

Did you just look up?  :bouncegiggle: You know you want to.

Clouds have come in. We had some very light rain last night. I know this because it took us until 22:00 last night to get Ash to settle down and go to sleep so we took him out for a walk. Hoping we get a little bit more and then perhaps I can get a chance to dig up the garden. Right now the ground is baked hard and I don't care enough about the garden to fight that battle.

We are running low on some of our supplies and are discussing venturing forth into Elgin to restock. Kristi has said because I've not been out for a while I can go if I want. I don't think she realises just how well I can adapt to not leaving the house. Give me music I like and something good to read and I am can hunker down to outlast any apocalyptic scenario happily. Kristi wanted to watch the V-E celebrations last night. Mostly consisted of video calls with surviving veterans and some women in WW2 RAF uniforms singing songs from back then. The uniform really hasn't changed much since then.

So once again I've had a birthday and do my annual "How the hell did I make it this far?" thinking. Really, I didn't think I'd see 30. Getting out of the town I grew up in helped. Pretty sure I'd be long since dead if I hadn't. What a s**thole. I know at least 3 guys my age who didn't make it to their mid-20's. One set himself alight one night when he was bored, drugs and alcohol took the other two. One of them put himself in a coma for a bit and gave himself brain damage, following one cocktail of illicit substances, and then a few months later finished the job. None of them were what I'd call shining examples of humanity though and I've shed no tears for them. I never really kept track of anyone I was at school with, so I have no idea how the majority fared. I suspect most of the boys I went to school with have had lengthy prison careers though.

Stupid bastards. Some of them were fairly intelligent, they just got caught up in gang fights. One of them hit someone in the back of the head hard enough with a golf club, or two by four that his eye was knocked out of its socket. I think he was left blinded and paralyzed.

Ah, the joys of growing up in a village where the factory that had for generations provided 100% employment was shutting down. So glad I wasn't born there and that I don't stay there anymore. If it wasn't for family living there, I'd never go back. Nowhere is perfect, but that place was just miserable.

My new desktop arrived. It comes with a remote control and lights. I am not sure how they improve its performance, but hey ho. Now I get the fun and games of installing programs and downloading updates. But I can actually do stuff now when it is all sorted. It wasn't supposed to arrive until Monday, but I am not going to complain about that.

On something of a Fields of the Nephilm kick today. They are a band that I wish I'd been into when I was younger. I was aware they existed, but I never really heard of of their music back then.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 10, 2020, 05:39:38 AM
Did not get a good sleep last night. Got a pair of seagulls attempting to nest in the front garden and they kept waking me up. The ones over here are somewhat larger than the ones Kristi is used to back in Utah, and when they lay eggs they will get very territorial and I can't have them attacking Ash when he leaves the house. I've been destroying the nest, but I've not managed to catch the birds in it yet and scare them off. Might have to put something down that will persuade them to move on.

Then again if I dig up the garden today, that might persuade them to move on. Will have to see if the ground is soft enough to be dug up after the past couple of days rain.

Well, I went to dig up the garden and it started snowing quite heavily. That was unexpected. Might cause a change in my plans.  :bluesad:

Hell, everytime I go outside today we are having different weather, either snow, rain or a freezing cold wind.

Oh and we can now add hailstones to that list. I've given up for the day. It looks like a nice day out there, but the instant you step outside the weather ambushes you.

Trying to keep Ash occupied at the moment while Kristi cooks. I went looking for a cartoon to stick on the TV, but the only thing I have up here is Akira, so he is being introduced to that. Looking forward to seeing how this computer does on tonights game. Looking forward to seeing how the group does against tonights big bad.

Tried running a bath for Kristi tonight, while she and Ash were finishing dinner downstairs. He slipped upstairs and saw the bath running, so now it is his bath lol. He loves playing in water. I think am going to need to cut his baths and showers down though. He has had 3 today now. Still he is tired, and it helps keep him awake until bedtime. He has stopped napping around noon and wants a lie down around about 15:00. If we let him have that then it's sometime between 20:00 and 22:00 before we can get him to sleep.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 10, 2020, 07:09:07 PM
never mess with a weather witch, sweet butthead, lol! seriously though, that sounds like may in new england( or kansas) with the wild changes. As for the ceiling, no point in looking up, i broke my glasses months ago, can't see that far.
   happy about your new puter! i'm thinking about getting a new desktop for curtis's bday in november, his is almost 10 years old and miles broke the tray for cds about a month before he died. he needs a cd burner.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 11, 2020, 12:12:10 AM
Most computers nowadays no longer seem to have a disk drive, so you might need to look for a plug in one. My new computer doesn't even have a slot for an integral one.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 11, 2020, 06:40:12 AM
A slightly late present arrived today, including a photo of me with slightly more hair.


(https://i.imgur.com/57geZU3.jpg)

Now I can listen to 'Diggy Diggy Hole' on my record player. Today was my first day back in work since getting my move confirmed. No date yet, but I expect around August, although I am happy enough to wave my 90 days notice. It isn't like I am going to have to move down to England (although I will have to do a 3 month course down at Coningsby at some point).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 13, 2020, 05:29:45 AM
We were feeling lazy today for making food, so we took a walk to the local shop. I went in, got a couple of sandwiches (wearing a face covering), and we went home. Kristi picked a chicken and stuffing one out of the selection and I had a BLT. She said it wasn't quite right. The taste and texture were... off. Turned out in small letters on the packaging was that it was a vegetarian substitute.

Won't be buying that brand again then.

I was listening to some random music earlier. Got a bit of Ozzy, 'You can't kill rock and roll'. The lyrics made me think of the people who are still in denial over Covid-19, or just don't realise how much worse it could get. Then again, it's not the first time that I've seen people being willing to sacrifice other people for their own beliefs. Hell, maybe we should just let it all go to s**t and see who left alive at the end. Let the old folks die and if the suggestions that this is causing long term damage to kids' major organs, well that is something they'll have to deal with as they grow up.

Being sarcastic there for anyone who didn't realise. Don't care what your business or job is if you aren't essential then your job isn't worth someone else's life or health.

When I left work today, I slapped some hand gel on and was applying it while I strolled home. I was going over a grassy path and my wedding ring shot off my finger and somewhere into the long grass. Luckily I managed to find it fairly quickly. When death comes, you can take it serenely, you can go fighting all the way, you can beg and plead, but a man who goes home without a wedding ring is going to find out which one of those is going to find out which one he gets pretty damn quickly.  :teddyr:

I remember my old physics teacher, Mr. Beresford telling our class that a modern nuclear reactor's safety features meant that a meltdown couldn't happen in less than 48 hours and that there was a lot you could do in 48 hours to stop it.

Always figured what I could do was get outside  :thumbup: distance. He was one of the better teachers I had at school though. Nice old guy. Must have been close to retirement when I had him. I hope he had a good life.

Do you have anything that irrationally offends you? For me, it is being bought grey clothing. I absolutely hate it. It doesn't matter what kind of clothing it is, if you buy me that I will not be a happy man. When we first got married Kristi took it upon herself to start buying me clothes, most of which I disliked, but I grinned and bore it. Even when she bought me a grey fleece jacket, I kept quiet. It wasn't until we were having a conversation with friends and she said: "Oh, I buy all of Alex's clothes now and I do a good job of it." After that, I had a private conversation with here where I as nicely as possible asked her to stop buying me clothes. Anyway, these days she generally only gets me tee-shirts and those ones she does pick out things I like there.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 13, 2020, 04:05:25 PM
things that irrationally offend me? yup. when people call me back without listening to the voicemail i left. i don't know why that annoys me, but it really does.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Paquita on May 13, 2020, 10:00:43 PM
A slightly late present arrived today, including a photo of me with slightly more hair.


(https://i.imgur.com/57geZU3.jpg)

Now I can listen to 'Diggy Diggy Hole' on my record player. Today was my first day back in work since getting my move confirmed. No date yet, but I expect around August, although I am happy enough to wave my 90 days notice. It isn't like I am going to have to move down to England (although I will have to do a 3 month course down at Coningsby at some point).

YES!!  We love Diggy Diggy Hole in this house!



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 14, 2020, 03:41:26 PM
The weather has turned. I guess the summer is over and we are back on winter already.

Listening to my favourite Alice Cooper album (Hey Stoopid!), although to industrial sound of 'Brutal Planet' comes close to topping the '80's power metal sound of 'Hey Stoopid!' in my book. Damn, but I am a sucker for a grinding guitar riff. Throw in a nilhistic tune and I am all yours.


I found out tonight I am the only person in the world who has collected a 28mm German army, but doesn't have a Puma. In historical terms, it isn't a vehicle they made a lot of (about 100), but pretty much every army features one as they are very effective for their points.

Except mine anyway.

Tonight is the last night of late night flying which I am not going to complain about. A take off at half past midnight is still as loud as one during the day unfortunately.

Looking at the news. It is amazing that while in other eras people have stood up and fought against all sorts of great threats, while in this one, we in our self-entitled world can't even stay at home to help others. Mind you, apparently when our Prime Bumbler, Mr Johnson announced that kids would be going back to schools in the summer, parents and teachers have turned around and told him to p**s off, and that their kids are not going to be used as guinea pigs. In the other countries of the union the administrations are saying "Nope, we won't be lifting the restrictions."

Then again, perhaps this will be the end of Johnson's political career. The man was funny when he was on 'Have I Got News For You', but dammit, that joke just isn't funny anymore. Not that I can see any of his possible successors being much better. The best I can say for them is that they might have a bit more dignity.

Never thought I'd miss politicians at least pretending to have that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 15, 2020, 01:18:15 PM
A slightly late present arrived today, including a photo of me with slightly more hair.


(https://i.imgur.com/57geZU3.jpg)

Now I can listen to 'Diggy Diggy Hole' on my record player. Today was my first day back in work since getting my move confirmed. No date yet, but I expect around August, although I am happy enough to wave my 90 days notice. It isn't like I am going to have to move down to England (although I will have to do a 3 month course down at Coningsby at some point).

YES!!  We love Diggy Diggy Hole in this house!



Do you have a preferred version? I think Wind Rose's is fantastic, especially if you watch it with the video.

Another weekend has rolled around. Still got no idea when I switch posts, only that it should be some time in August at the earliest. In many ways, it doesn't matter. Just by getting this posting, I have what I need. The starting date is more or less, immaterial. It would be nice to have a firm date in place none the less.

For some reason I've been having an urge to find a copy of Dune 2 and complete it as all three factions. I remember I'd completed it on two of them back when it came out. No idea which ones, although I'd be surprised if I didn't start as Harkonian.

Kristi decided to sign up for Disney+. Had a look at all its movies and they didn't have anything I don't already have and fancied watching. Was hoping they'd have Fox's films up, but maybe they are saving them for a seperate service?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 16, 2020, 04:34:39 AM
Designing a trap-filled mansion for the D&D group to get caught up. Although the area the house is in, is a magical, extra-dimension space, the traps themselves I am planning on making mundane (ie non-magical). The first one involves the hallway they will enter into. It has a stone floor and is dominated by a statue in the middle, with a table with a note in front of it. Both in front and behind the statue are two rugs, while a number of different sized urns are scattered around and the walls are covered in paintings. Light is provided by a couple of braziers which will cast a dull light around the room, but no light source brought in by the party will work. In one corner lies a mummified body (this is a red herring, but I am expecting the party to be very suspicious of that).

The idea is that someone will walk over to the desk to read the note and find out that the rug is covering up a pit filled with acid. Each of the urns are sealed up, but are made from a weak and crumbly clay. Any rough treatment, including big, flashy spells will cause them to shatter and release a poisonous gas into the room. There are no secret passages behind these paintings, but they are coated with a potent toxin, so examining them closely will cause issues for anyone not wearing gloves, or who later touches either themselves or someone else if they are wearing gloves.

Should they actually get to read the note, all it says is "Welcome to the Murder House. There are no cunning riddles here, no puzzles to solve, only death. Time does not pass here, but you shall."

If anyone has any idea for traps I can include later on, go ahead and suggest them. I have lots of ideas already, but I have many, many rooms to fill with multiple traps.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Paquita on May 16, 2020, 01:59:37 PM
Do you have a preferred version? I think Wind Rose's is fantastic, especially if you watch it with the video.


I didn't know there were other versions besides mine: "Diggy Diggy Eye", "Licky Licky Face", and my fav "Slurpy Slurpy Butt".. don't get any ideas, those last two are about my dogs.

Your murder mansion sounds infuriating.  I already feel like quitting and storming off and I'm not even playing.  Another reason I can't play D&D :).
 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 16, 2020, 11:51:36 PM
okay. so. i've tried very hard to find a more polite way to say this....and i've also tried to find" his" name, just so you know...
  when i saw the brother book, i literally shouted" OMG, ALEX LOOKED JUST LIKE WHATSHISNAME FROM ANOTHER WORLD!" and i showed it to curtis. who said" oh. my GOD, HE DOES!!!" and neither of us can remember his name or character's name!!! i WILL find it, just because i was SUCH a freakout! seriously, i hope you aren't insulted... but you DO look just like him back then... :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 17, 2020, 01:30:10 AM
This is the version I was talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34CZjsEI1yU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34CZjsEI1yU#)

Its on the album I am holding in the above photo.

That is something I haven't seen so, but I doubt I'd be insulted either way lol. I tried looking it up and found a tv show, movies and a computer game all with that title, so not 100% sure which one you are refering to. I am guessing the tv show though.

Via email, ER is currently playing through the Murder House. She is still in the first room, but has survived a dip in the acid bath.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 17, 2020, 05:03:41 PM
yes, it was a long running soap opera that was one of the first things curtis and i discovered we had in common besides punk rock.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 18, 2020, 04:33:31 PM
With us on reduced hours, occasionally a backlog will build up at work. I went in today to help clear the small one that is building up at the moment, only to discover my opposite number had went home early.

Guess who decided just to go back home too then. Might be that Joe is working mornings instead of afternoons, but since I haven't done this particular task for a couple of years I had planned on him reminding me what the right procedure actually is.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 19, 2020, 01:52:32 PM
Not slept much for the past three days. Kristi says I look exhausted, but mostly I am feeling fine. I did try sleeping yesterday evening, but Kristi was in a Zoom call, and when she is doing the phone, skype or whatever she seems to think she has to shout instead of using an indoors voice and everytime I dropped off, she woke me back up.

I at least got an hour or two last night. Ash woke up at 5 this morning. Kristi got up with him, so I did get to just lie in bed and rest. Should be enough to get me through the day.

We had a nice long walk through the town, what Kristi calls the Lossie Loop. Picked up some stuff at the local butchers for breakfast and headed home. Ash walked most of it, but towards the end he did want to be carried, so he finished up on my shoulders. It tired him out enough that he went for a nap when we got back home. I only let him sleep until 12 though. Any later and he is up at night until 20:00 or later.

Still no word on when I start my new job. Funny, but when I joined up I figured they could have me for up to 3 wars and then I'd be out. They are on number 5 now. We always seem to have someone to fight. I wonder who will be next?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 20, 2020, 02:18:00 PM
Getting a new oven fitted on Friday, so I decided to give the old one a cleanout to make the job a bit more pleasant for whoever comes to take the old one away and fit the new one.

Funny that they spent about £250,000 training me up to work on electronic systems on aeroplanes, and yet we are not allowed to change our own ovens. Or change a lightbulb for that matter. But they do expect us to do the gardening, something for which I have had zero training.

Ever wondered about Medusa's pubic hair? I mean were they snakes too?

Saw these figures. Might have to buy them, although I'd never be able to paint them quite as good as this.


(https://i.imgur.com/B3FmLR3.jpg)


Playing Battletech at the moment. The AI seems ok except for two things. One: 60-foot tall robots can run through each other with no collisions and Two: No matter how badly outnumbered or damaged my opponents are they neither surrender nor attempt to retreat. I can have 4 medium 'Mechs strip all the weapons off of a light 'Mech and surround it and still, my opponent will fight on. Makes me think of the Black Knight from The Holy Grail.

So Kristi had kept on mentioning she wanted a swing for Ash in the back garden. I said yes, because well I generally indulge her in these things. What has turned up sits fours kids on its various parts. She'd gotten some spikes that need to be driven about 18 inches into the ground to secure it.

Did I mention in a previous post that this is the stoniest ground I have ever come across? After a couple of hours, I'd gotten down about 8 inches for one leg and a large pile of stones that I'd had to dig out of the ground by hand. Oh well, at least the set is all built up.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 21, 2020, 02:46:50 PM
So I went into a conference call today as Joe was busy and I said I'd cover the meeting for him. Someone down south had found out that we get another section to fill in some details on the jobs they do, in an online form. They also have to put some details online for other people but we don't have access to that. It takes about a minute to fill in the details, so why someone half the country away cared is beyond me, but anyway.

By the time the call was finished, not only are we going to keep doing things the way we were before, but our process has been identified as best practice and the base down south is going to adopt our procedures. Makes me laugh though. We had seven people in the call ranging from my rank up to chiefs and warrant officers just to decide that. Still, at least it was only a 20-minute call. I was expecting a minimum of an hour.

I miss the days when I used to have wild and wacky adventures. Sure, I nearly died a couple of times, but still. It's amazing just how alive you can feel at those times.

Ash continues to surprise us by generally behaving. I was expecting the terrible 2's to be much more challenging. When he is tired he will bring us a bottle and attempt to open the fridge so we can fill it with milk for him and then go upstairs and try to climb in his cot. His teething is continuing at the moment, so we do get occasional tears. Last night he woke up about 21:00 crying. We had just finished building his swing out the back door, so I distracted him by putting him in it. That kid does love his swings. Gave him some stuff to soothe his mouth and then put him back in his cot and off he went straight back to sleep.

Funny how Queensryche's 'Revolution Calling' seems a lot more relevant nowadays than it did back when it first came out. Now there is a band who lost greatness. Shame they were never able to replicate the heights of 'Operation: Mindcrime' or 'Empire'. I found a lot of their later stuff painful to listen to. Oh well.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 21, 2020, 04:31:25 PM
you'll get the fearsome fours instead, i'll bet, like in my family. and they can speak clearly by then, it's terrifying.
  those stones would make a lovely rock garden....*running, while hoping kristi sees this* :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 22, 2020, 12:44:19 PM
Made it to another weekend and the rest of the world can go f**k itself.

Right now it feels like a game of Monopoly, where another player owns all the houses on the street and I am just trying to land on the safe spaces. Joe's wife has been exposed to Covid-19 again and has to go for testing. She should have the answer tomorrow. I guess we'll also know if you can catch this thing twice.

People are complaining that online services are editing the stuff you watch. Hah, score one for those of us who still prefer buying physical media. One less layer of interference on what you watch.

Playing around on Battletech just now. Enjoying the game mostly. I do wish my callsign wasn't BJ-1 though. I feel it dents my credibility as a merc. Now, were I playing a game where I was a rentboy then I'd be sorted.

The Scottish government has laid out its roadmap to getting to the new normal. Funny, I thought this was the new normal and what we wanted to do was get back to the old normal. Garden centres and golf courses will be reopening in the first wave. Since neither of those pursuits interest me, it makes no difference to me. I did come to some conclussions about the kinds of people who play golf though while watching them from a nearby bar, playing in the middle of a thunderstorm.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 22, 2020, 01:56:38 PM
they play in snowstorms here too.
some of the sailors who were positive on the USS roosevelt have recontracted the virus, according to the news. :bluesad:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 22, 2020, 02:03:49 PM
Oh, it isn't official yet but I've been given my starting date for my new posting.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 23, 2020, 12:32:54 PM
We had a toddler who just couldn't sleep last night. There was a bit of a storm going on outside and we think the wind kept waking him up.

This is why I shut our double glazed windows, while someone else in the house has a habit of leaving them open...

Heh, in truth I like having the windows open. The trouble is, in the winter it is too damn cold while for the rest of the year you have seagulls screaming all damn night long. Frickin' rats with wings. Them and pigeons. Those are exceptions in my general appreciation for the animal kingdom.

Curiously, winged insects also (pun not intended) bug me. too. Normally the noise they make.

Anyway, we finally got him to sleep about half nine. Kristi got to doze as well, and both of them slept until the early afternoon. I figured I should wake them up at that point so they could sleep tonight.

Outside is miserable still. All wet and windy. I've given up on the idea of digging up the front garden. The rocky layer just beneath the surface would be more effort than I feel like making. Still going to have to dig through it in the backyard though to anchor the swing set in place. Still the wee man loves his swings and since we can't take him to the ones in the local parks, it gives us something we can go outside with him and have fun with.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 23, 2020, 03:17:20 PM
very good on the date for the new post. now you can make solid plans.
  i'm with you all the way on flying things, except for bats. i like bats. seagulls,pigeons, geese and crows are true lifelong enemies, for sure. and doves. i HATE doves. we had them in the trees at my parents house, the constant cooing was maddening!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 24, 2020, 04:20:47 AM
I had a memory come up today on facebook from a few years back. Some extremists had just driven a car into the back of a soldier, then jumped out the car and cut the guys head off with a meat cleaver. I was pointing out the man telling us that we were still to travel to and from work in uniform was surrounded by bodyguards and lived in a street that had a big iron fence preventing the general public from entering (that would be David Cameron, the effing twat that he is). We have a different person in his old house now, but while we are now being told only to leave our house for everyone's good, they are now attempting to justify any time any of their political ilk decides to go travelling around the country. Some have had decent reasons (although normal people in the same situation using the same reasons would not get them off from having to pay a fine), others less so.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Trying listening to some new bands. Thought I'd found one that I'd like called 'Ghost', but on extended listening, their songs are just too repetitive. Kind of sounds a bit like a pop version of a black metal band. Still, they have a couple of songs that will go on my playlist, but I don't think I'll be buying their albums or seeing them live. Shame.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 24, 2020, 01:49:12 PM
So in the game of Battletech, I am playing, you can have up to a team of four people piloting giant robots on the battlefield. One of my pilots, with the codename Dixie has been with me since the start of the game. She went through a period of being an alcoholic, cleaned herself up and with a bit of support. She became an inspiration to her fellow mech pilots and was a top-notch pilot. Unfortunately, she was killed when her mech was blown up. At one point, they had a random encounter where she'd come to me and confessed she was worried about when her name would end up on the memorial wall and needed a pep talk.

Funny how you can get attached to something that doesn't exist.

Normally when it is a players birthday, I give them a free level in D&D. Just had to tell Ross he can't have one this year as I have already given him four free levels (every time you die, you are supposed to go back down to halfway between the previous level and your current one. Mary was 9th level when she died, but I let Ross create an 11th level character so he could keep up with the rest of the group, and I didn't take a level off him the last time his character died). Besides, giving him an extra level at the moment would put him ahead of Tina and caught up with Kristi which I don't think would be fair.

Not that he'd stay there for long. He is bound to die quite quickly again and lose the level, but still.

I wonder how North Korea is doing these days? I'd say I'd hadn't heard anything from the stupid haired leader for a while, but there are so many of them in the world right now people would be wondering which one? Funny how in the first half of the 20th-century dictators often had stupid hair or crappy 'taches. Or in Mussolini's case a giant head.

Good job they shot him. I have the feeling if they'd tried to hang him, his centre of gravity would have meant his head would be pointing down. Not that the man was a lightweight. Hell, when he was rescued by the German's his bulk almost was too much for the aeroplane to take off.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 26, 2020, 09:52:09 PM
HEY! WATCH THE GIANT HEAD REMARKS!   :thumbdown: there's a reason i call curtis punkinhead, you know!!  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 27, 2020, 12:36:09 AM
HEY! WATCH THE GIANT HEAD REMARKS!   :thumbdown: there's a reason i call curtis punkinhead, you know!!  :tongueout:


Because he is a demon of revenge?

(https://i.imgur.com/XWtOSf6.jpg)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 27, 2020, 04:21:24 PM
After how many weeks of half days and now being back on full days, work is really dragging. It doesn't help that my enthusiasm is gone for the job.

Mind you, it has been gone since November. I just want to go start my new role.

Quote
Maniacs of World War 2: Simone Segouin.

In 1944, when she was only 18 years old, she joined the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans – a combat group made up of militant communists and French nationalists. Her father served in the Great War and he was a great inspiration for her to join the resistance. She was known by her nom de guerre Nicole Minet.

She was given a new name and false identity papers; this was supposed to protect her family if she was captured by the Germans. Now, “Nicole Minet” was from Channel port of Dunkirk. The Germans bombed the port at the beginning of the war, so it was hard for them to check her details.

Soon, she was trained to use weapons and participated in more dangerous missions than stealing a bike from the Germans. It didn’t take long for her to start blowing up bridges and even assisting in capturing German soldiers. She was involved in armed actions against enemy convoys and trains, attacks against enemy detachments, and other acts of sabotage.

She fell in love with Roland Boursier, who was commander of the Thivars Operation. They met in the countryside of her village. Roland asked her to be a runner for him, taking messages back to the Resistance group.

Later, he asked her to join them, and she said that she would be happy to do it.

The French newspaper Independent Eure-et-Loir described her as  “one of the purest fighters of heroic French Resistance who prepared the way for the Liberation”.

They spotted her eating a baguette smeared with jam, her machine gun by her side, wearing an FTP armband. She said to the journalists that she was there in order to provide security for De Gaulle.

She helped to liberate Chartres, and then she linked up with France’s 2nd Armoured division, which was headed to Paris in order to liberate it. Paris was still a battle zone and Simone became part of it.

Simone killed two Germans in the fighting and also had assisted in capturing 25 German prisoners of war during the fall of Chartres.

When the war was over, she was awarded the prestigious Croix de Guerre and she was promoted to lieutenant. Women made up just 10% of The Resistance, but their presence helped force a shift in the way their gender was treated. For example, women voted for the first time in France in the local elections in 1945, and later in the national elections too.

Simone went on to become a paediatric nurse in Chartres, where her wartime exploits made her hugely popular. A street in Courville-sur-Eure was named for her.






Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 28, 2020, 04:19:14 PM
The day started out all grim and grey, but very humid. By the time I finished work it was a gorgeous day. I decided we'd get dinner delivered and have a night off cooking, washing dishes and so on. It was such a nice evening we decided to take a stroll outside afterwards. The sunsets recently have been stunning. Right now it is looking like it is going to be a long, hot summer. No doubt that will bring problems of its own, but for now things are good and we are enjoying life.

It is important at times like these to remember the beauty in the world and enjoy it. Hell, that is important at any time, but especially right now.

From tomorrow restrictions will start to slowly be lifted in Scotland. The government north of the border seems to be getting lots of praise both internally and internationally on how it has dealt with the pandemic so far. Compared to how things are being handled south of the border which is dominated by the PM's closest advisor (who helped write the rules), flaunting them. His actions and the subsequent response from Boris have led to a lessening of trust in the government and its advice. Police have been reporting an increase in people breaking the rules on staying home with no doubt people thinking, well if it is good enough for him, then its good enough for us.

Regrettable, but understandable in the circumstances.

I got an email today about applying for an extension of service. Not something I overly want to do, but with the world economy pretty much in cardiac arrest a steady job and guaranteed income isn't something to be sniffed at either. I can always pull the ejection seat if things recover quickly. My boss reckons they'll offer me a 4-year extension. I am not going for any golden handcuffs on it though. I want the freedom to get out when I've had enough. If I stay in until I am 54 then I'd have spent half my life in the one job and for what ever reason that is not something I want.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 30, 2020, 05:01:20 PM
After spending yesterday in a very hot office I was just tired for the rest of the day. Crashed out about 22:00ish. It did mean though that I was back up by 04:00. Ash joined me a couple of hours later and Kristi is getting to enjoy a lie-in. Ash is watching Scooby-Doo.

It is a scorching hot day outside, the kind we should only have at the height of summer. Mind you, a couple of weeks ago we had snow. Got another ant invasion, much smaller so far than in previous years, but I've taken the usual steps to stop them coming in the house. A local fast food place was doing a hog roast in the park today, so we popped along to it for a bite and to enjoy the weather. Nice to see that people were keeping the required distances. Be nice when this is all over though. Not that I want to mix with people, but I do like being able to go out when and where I want.

We are watching the space launch. not something that overly interests me, but Kristi likes that kind of thing. To me, it is just too much like my day job lol. Hope it all goes well and everything. I wonder what those G forces feel like though. That has got to be better than any rollercoaster out there.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on May 30, 2020, 09:56:03 PM
since i am curious bear, i have to ask, what are the usual precautions against an ant invasion?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 01, 2020, 03:07:04 AM
Putting ant powder down on the entry routes, making sure no food is left sitting out. Stuff like that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 01, 2020, 06:01:43 PM
So trump was (according to reports), secreted away in a bunker while riots went on outside and left shaken.

Having seen something of the security around one of his predecessors I highly doubt the White House was ever in any danger. Not saying the story is true or untrue, it could have been a purely precautionary measure. If he was left shaken by the experience than that is going to be a bad thing just from how he will react to being afraid. He will use increased force, which I suspect will lead to further violence.

A government really shouldn't be afraid of its people and neither should a people be afraid of their government.

People tend to strike out against what they fear. They might live under it for a while, but eventually, they will get tired of being afraid and try and remove the source.

On the government's side you also run the risk that the people you send in to use force will refuse. It was the final nail in the coffin of the Tsars when the military sided with the people rather than its leadership for example. Not that I am expecting to see the US government overthrown in a bloody revolution any time soon.

Oh well, it has just hit the witching hour here. I am off to go and dabble in dark powers that men was not meant to meddle with.

What else would you do with them after all?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 02, 2020, 08:43:24 AM
Got a decent days weather for digging today so the third post hole has now been dug for Ash’s swing set. This one had less stones, although they were larger ones than the two previous. It started raining or I’d have got the forth dug out. Still, it is stable enough now.

Still Ash loves it and that makes it worth it.

Found a couple of adaptations of Lovecraft’s ‘The terrible old man’ on Amazon. Watching one of them atm. Clearly an amateur effort, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be any good.

Kristi has gotten a 25% pay raise and it’s been backdated four months so she has a bit of money to spend. Going to encourage her to get something for herself with it.

Watching the news again this morning. Well at least it wasn’t all Pandemic news I guess. That’s about the only good thing I can say about it. Well a peaceful protest was tried and they were told taking a knee was disrespectful and they were ignored. There was time to do something and nothing was done with it. Now you have the consequence. Looks like they are going to deal with the symptoms and not the cause. What has happened before, will happen again.

It truly is the doom of men that they forget.

For us though, life continues as close to normal as it can be, and it is good. Me and Ash are watching some Thomas the Tank Engine. The narrator died a few days ago. I wonder if the joy of kids watching the shows he worked on would be any consolation to him? There are worse legacies one could leave.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 04, 2020, 02:11:07 PM
We had a plumber and joiner round to look at the en-suite bathroom floor. Turns out the shower, toilet and whole damn floor needs replaced. Oh, and the main bathroom needs work too.

Glad I don't have to pay for the repairs.

In other news, I've had official notification that I've gotten the post at Lossiemouth I applied for. I think Kristi won't be quite as happy with it as she is now once I start getting sent away. I mean right off there is the 3-month course in England to consider. Doubtless, I'll get that whenever the next major football tournament is on. Every time I get sent on a course there is a football tournament on and England get absolutely hammered in it. The last time was a world cup where the pundits declared that they wouldn't win it, but they were good enough to make the semi-finals.

Yeah, they lost two games (can't remember who against), and drew one match against that powerhouse nation of international football, the USA.

I wouldn't mind either way, but I don't care about football. It bores the hell out of me. But when it is on, it is all most people will talk about.

Working my way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Only really watched the first season when it came out and then only caught the occasional episode thereafter.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 04, 2020, 11:11:30 PM
willow's story over a couple of seasons will choke you up, you're a great deal more empathic than you usually are willing to admit.
  larger rocks? BETTER ROCK GARDEN! *running*


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 06, 2020, 02:48:10 AM
Just remember Barri, I can watch the end of Armageddon without getting choked up.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 06, 2020, 05:30:22 PM
Woohoo, the stuff I ordered at the start of last week so I'd have something to do this week finally turned up.

Nice timing there. Two days left before and I go back to work and all.

The local council decided to try and stop people from crossing over the broken bridge to the east beach. Folks were able to slip through the old barricade too easily. The new one... well here is a picture of it.


(https://i.imgur.com/1JY54o0.jpg)


My first thought was "Game of Thrones". I wonder if this one will work?

A few years back when many countries swung to the right politically speaking, I thought a lot of people would be in for a rough ride. Not in the way that things have gone, but in the reaction to world events. Situations I would have expected such governments to be able to handle really seem to be totally out of their ability to control. It isn't that these things couldn't to some degree be managed, but instead that the talent, skill or whatever term is most appropriate just isn't there. Many countries are drowning in the ignorance of their leaders. You could sit back and blame those in charge, but at the end of the day, ordinary people voted for these figures, be it in the UK, Brasil, the US, Turkey or where ever so it is their fault for voting for such people. Normally, with them in power, I'd be thinking "Oh well, at least the economy will recover quickly", but right now I have my doubts about their competence to handle what is generally their core strength.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 08, 2020, 02:21:03 PM
trump needs those barriers in his fear wall.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 10, 2020, 02:25:28 PM
It has been a frustrating week. One of those ones when you feel like you are fighting against those higher up the chain because they've given you a job to do, but then get in the way of it actually getting done.

It was having 18 months of days like that, that about 12 years ago convinced me that my future did not lie with this employer and that I did not want to get promoted any further.

12 years later and here I am still working for them.

Decided f**k it, I am having a beer or two tonight to chill out. And some bad movies of course.

I submitted the paperwork for extending my contract. Not something I overly want to do, but it does give me a safety net and I want Ash to grow up seeing me having a job, not sitting on my arse living off benefits. I'd like to set a better example than that. I can always drop in my PVR later if I want to get out once I've completed 22 years.

Ash's obsession with Scooby-Doo continues and is coming in handy. When I need to do something and he wants to be climbing over me I can stick it on for an episode and get whatever I need done out of the way, like having a shave, hanging a picture or whatever. He is sitting on my knee watching the first season as I type this.

I saw a post this morning pointing out that there isn't a single white guy in the bible. I'd have to say I don't think that is quite true. After all, you have Roman's in it.

Yup, the bad guys.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 12, 2020, 02:45:50 PM
sometimes my nephew in law reminds me of you. my grand nephew had brain decompression surgery for chiari malformation( he's doing well so far) and has a huge scar on the back of his head with staples that have to stay there for years. trev, his dad, got a tattoo with the same scar and staples in support. my first thought was" alex would do that too." :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 12, 2020, 02:49:49 PM
Yeah, I'd do things like that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 13, 2020, 11:24:10 AM
So last night I woke up in the middle of the night with some pretty heavy stomach pains. All in all it was a rough night.

This morning I find this...


(https://i.imgur.com/vnXK1Se.jpg)


Well, that explains a lot. Not the book itself. Frankly, it reads like stereo instructions.

I do know the reason for the pains though. I hadn't taken my meds for a couple of days and restarting them is always a bad night. You'd think I'd remember to take them and avoid going through this drama, but apparantly not.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 14, 2020, 03:53:26 PM
The weekend is just about over. The weather has been cloudy and wet, but its been fun. Except for Ash waking up at 4am these days.

That part is less fun.

Kristi is watching a cartoon from her childhood. I've heard of Gargoyles before but never watched it. Seems to have been a retirement home for Star Trek actors judging from the voices. I do like that plot elements carry from one episode to another in it.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 14, 2020, 05:55:23 PM
where did she find the gargoyles cartoon? i loved that show!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 15, 2020, 02:06:41 AM
It is on Disney+, all three seasons.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 15, 2020, 02:15:21 PM
Went out shopping today into Elgin. I believe other than walking to the local shop, work or strolling around Lossiemouth, this is the first time I've been out of the house since just before easter.

Been thinking that out of all the people I know who have died that I miss my gran the most. She went in 2000, just as I was about to finish my training. By that point in her life, she was ready to go. She was practically blind, had lost her sense of taste and so on. She knew what was coming and was ready for it. I remember after she'd died though thinking about how much a waste it was of all the slowly garnered experience and knowledge.

But such is life. It ends all too soon and is organised badly. Blame god or evolution, whichever one happens to float your boat more. I've seen a few people who have been ready to die. Tends to be those around them that are never ready for the experience.

Trying a Sith warrior in Star Wars The Old Republic. Apparently, I make a good Sith. Leastways, I want to kill most of my instructors seconds after meeting them. Even got to kill one of them.

Started painting up my Time Bandits figures. Wish I could make these ones look as good as they did on the website selling them, but oh well.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 17, 2020, 04:25:59 PM
Ever heard the thing about every man having two wolves inside of them? One is good and one is evil and throughout your life they battle each other.

The idea is you are supposed to ask "Which one wins?" To which the answer is "The one you feed."

Quite aside from the point that many people are quite incapable of telling which wolf is which, there is one other point. A wolf is quite capable of feeding itself. It doesn't need you to feed it. Evil people are generally quite incapable of realising what they are. Maybe good people are the same. You'd have to ask someone good about that one I guess. Quite often those who think of themselves as being bad people are just too stupid or ignorant to realise they aren't bad people. Or maybe it is just easier to think of themselves that way than admit to themselves what they really are.

Bloody wannabes. Come back when you have completely f**ked up someone's life who isn't you. Sitting on your arse whining doesn't make you evil. Pathetic maybe, but not evil. b***hy, nasty or just unpleasant to be around and many similar descriptions, certainly. Strangely, as much as I might take pleasure in taking really bad people down I can respect them to a degree. I'll also spend some time taking down the wannabe's but that is more of just keeping in practise for dealing with the real thing.

Ash is currently in his cot. He is talking to himself in a deep growly voice and then giggling hysterically. I am minded of various demonic possession movies.

Oh, and China and India are currently shooting at each other for the first time in 45 years. 20 soldiers dead so far.

I was looking at buying some models and on one particular tank, part of the description read thusly:
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The traditional form of the tank, including the unique suspension system with multiple small road wheels has been faithfully reproduced. In addition, the kit comes with figures which depict a commander, gunner, driver, and a farmer.

I was not previously aware that farmers were a standard part of a tanks crew. Maybe he is being run over by it or something?



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 17, 2020, 06:24:43 PM
ask rance, tanks and tank models are his specialty. being a tank jockey runs in his family.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 18, 2020, 09:08:22 AM
The company that owns Dungeons & Dragons has just announced that they are going to redo Orcs and Drow (Dark Elfs) to be more culturally sensitive.

In the words of Mugato "I feel like I am taking crazy pills."

Am I going to turn up to gaming sessions where we solve problems by getting everyone to sit around a campfire and discuss their issues? Tear down any statues of Tolkien (if there are any), because he repressed Orcs and Goblins?

I really can't decide right now wither I detest the far left or far-right just now. Must be a hell of a view of the world, when your head is jammed so far and so tightly up your own arse.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 18, 2020, 03:30:41 PM
One of the guys I D&D with has asked me to do a background of an empire for him. I had a bit of a conversation with him to get what sort of thing he wanted, which was fairly sketchy details to be honest. I've sent him my initial work and he loves it. Nice to know my work hasn't been wasted. This is what I've given him so far, and a map he gave me for the capital city. He wanted a Roman theme to it, which I've tried to do, but mixed in with other influences from the places it has absorbed into its borders. The Elf's are going to have something of a Byzantian flavour though just to mix it up a little bit further and make it seem very cosmopolitan. The gods I just grabbed from the campaign  I am working on at the moment, while the Guild of Sellswords etc is something I've used in a few of my creations.



(https://i.imgur.com/9s**tlM.jpg)




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A Rough guide to Byantus.
 


Introduction.  

The ancient empire of Byantus has stood as a bulwark of civilisation for over 800 years. Once its legions trod the earth, conquering all foes. Now, it is its merchants and diplomats who increase its holdings. By trading with other nations and making ever stronger alliances until a political union is formed, they have welcomed as many new nations as provinces with open arms as they did by main force. Such unions also have the benefit of not having to rebuild shattered nations after a lengthy war.  

The secret to the success of Byantus has been its adaptability. As new cultures have joined (even those defeated in wars), they have been allowed to keep their own distinctive identity, rather than trying to force them to adopt the ways of the empire. As a result, it is a hodgepodge of many faiths and cultural practices. Over time they tend to blend into the Imperial culture anyway. The rulers of Byantus are patient and content to let these things happen gradually, having learned painful lessons in a number of rebellions and civil wars. It is these internal conflicts that have done more to shape the modern nation than any other single factor.  

The Empire once had an Emperor and a hereditary line of rulers; however, their increase of power grew in locked step with cruelty, decadence and incompetence. This was the driving force between the nearly 50 years of civil wars that threatened to destroy the empire between the second and third centuries of its existence. It emerged in its current state following the death of the last claimant to the throne in a battle that saw the original capital reduced to rubble. A triumvirate of leaders led the victorious side, and thus it has been ever since. Three people (the empire does not discriminate between male and female, there have been many leaders from both genders), chosen by popular vote serve. Proconsul Militant is primarily responsible for the security of the empire, while the Proconsul Spiritual has in their portfolio the care of the Empires people, be that religiously, medically or whatever. Finally, the Proconsul Temporal is responsible for the treasury and foreign relations. Each of the Proconsuls has a secondary responsibility for their fellow's portfolio, should one fall ill or otherwise be unable to fulfil their duties, until such time as a replacement can be organised. The Proconsul Militant is the back up for the Proconsul Temporal, Temporal is the stand in for the Spiritual, and Spiritual would take Militant’s place.  

In theory any citizen of the empire (of good standing), can become a Proconsul. However, in practice it takes a lot of money and influence to win an election and successful candidates to tend to come from a comparatively small pool of wealthy families. There have however been exceptions over the centuries. Individuals who have rose to meet some challenge and been swept into power on a wave of popular acclaim.  

The capital city of Byantus is a wonder of the world. It is not the original capital, instead having been constructed specifically for the purpose of governing the empire. The original capital city was destroyed during the last battles of the civil wars that ended the line of emperors and empresses that had ruled or misruled the empire for its first three hundred years. It is however regarded as a holy site and its remains are a common pilgrimage site as it was here that the first empress is said to have transcended her human origins and took her rightful place amongst the gods.  

Byantus has reached its peak as an empire. Its remaining neighbours to the north and south are too powerful and independent to be conquered easily, and to attack one would invite invasion from the other. Therefore, an uneasy peace exists. Sytheria (its northern neighbour), and Parthi (its southern neighbour) hate each other quite passionately and would gladly go to war with each other (or Byantus itself), but to do so requires marching through its territory.

 In recent years the empire had been suffering financially. The costs of maintaining its standing armies, not to mention the costs of retaining the Honourable Guild of Sell Swords, Mercenaries & Free Lances was rapidly draining the Imperial treasury and without fresh conquests to bring in more wealth the empire had started to stagnate. The soldiers were growing dangerously bored with no campaigns being fought (and no loot from defeated enemies). The decision was taken to stand down the land forces of the empire and instead require each city to raise and equip a militia out of its citizens who would be trained and deployed as a purely defensive force. Every city would become a fortified holdout designed to withstand a siege while mercenaries and adventurers from the Guild would strike at the enemy armies in hit and run attacks designed to drain their strength. Wither this plan will work in practice is yet to be tested, but it has allowed the finances of the empire to recover and rebuild. This plan is known as Manius Reforms after the Proconsul who proposed them.

  

Proconsuls and voting.  

The leaders of the empire are the Proconsuls. These are elected positions and held for 10 years. Two of these positions, the Proconsul Militant and Proconsul Spiritual rarely change hands outside of the death or retirement of the current incumbent. A Proconsul Militant who is losing a war will normally step down (sometimes with a helping, or even pushing hand), but the Proconsul Spiritual tends to be able to hold their position regardless of popularity. The position as being anointed by the gods carried a lot of weight with the generally religious population of the empire and a vote against such a person is to take a stand against the gods themselves.  

In theory all members of the empire are able to vote. In practice though, as proof of identity is required to vote it is limited to those who hold lands, possess a trade or are noble born. The majority of the population who work on farms owned by nobles and rich merchants have no such luxuries. This situation has never been addressed more out of a lack of understanding that most people simply do not possess any of the requirements to prove they can vote rather than anything out of malice or a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise the many. Still, while it has its faults it is still a more representative form of government that many of its contempories.  

The Proconsul’s themselves are normally addressed by the second part of their title, Militant, Spiritual or Temporal occasionally with the appellation Lord or Lady, with the full title only being used for formal business.  

Each of the Proconsuls has a uniform. Once elected to their position they are never seen in public in any other guise. The ceremonial costumes are however rarely worn for day to day business, a gradual change from the original days of the founding of the Triumvirate when once elected, the holder would only ever wear his outfit and their true face would  

The Proconsul Militant wears the silver scale armour and black tabard worn by the city militia, although with a red stripe along the edge to indicate his rank. A heavy iron mask said to be the image of the founder of the empire. Both items are of course enchanted. The armour's purpose is functional, dating back to when the Proconsul would lead his armies on the battlefield. The mask however is more designed with increasing the authority of the wearer (Charisma bonus, increases the range the speaker can be heard from, gives people within range a morale bonus similar to Bless spell or Heroism? Picturing something along the lines of a Greek actors mask here). The Proconsul Militant normally comes from one of the human merchant families, although they are often younger sons and daughters who made their names as adventurers, rather than those who inherited wealth (and are better suited to the role of Proconsul or occasionally one of the Dwarven clans who supply the rest of the empire with much of its higher quality weapons, armour and other sundry equipment. The Mask itself is the original one, passed from Proconsul to Proconsul. In theory the armour is also the original artefact, however it has been repaired many times, altered to fit the body shape of the office holder and even altered to fit in with fashions and technological advancements. The current holder is Layonx Manius, a veteran adventurer who was originally a member of the Honourable Guild of Sell Swords, Mercenaries & Free Lances. He led the defence of the northern city of Calaxtos when it came under siege from the barbarian tribes of Orcs common to the mountains and was instrumental in the disbanding of the Imperial army, replacing it with the Citizen Militia, backed up by the Guild. He is a tall, muscular man in his 50’s who still trains regularly and inspects the Militia on a regular basis. Those who meet him unmasked are often surprised by his youthful appearance and intelligence. He has dark hair, kept cut short and a well-trimmed beard and stands around 180cm tall.  

The Proconsul Spiritual as befits the figurehead of all (recognised) faiths wears the costume of a high priest/priestess, with an exquisitely carved ivory face mask. The outfit contains elements from most of the major religions present throughout the empire and has been altered as gods rise and fall in the pantheon. Unlike the Proconsul Militant, this outfit has been remade and replaced an uncountable amount of times. At times, this has left the official outfit looking quite bizarre. Designing and creating one is a hotly contested honour amongst the capital's tailors and seamstresses with some candidates going as far as murdering the competition. The current outfit is a glittering, silvery affair and emits a aura of serene calm. As with the Militant’s mask, the Spiritual’s one is enchanted to increase the charisma of the wearer.  

  

The empire has a very open policy towards other faiths, as long as they cause no harm or threat to the empire. The power the Proconsul Spiritual wields is subtle, and this often causes it to be overlooked but it is power nonetheless. The Elf’s in particular appreciate this kind of position and the majority of Proconsul Spirituals have come from them. The current holder, the Lady Athanasia Kerularia is believed by all to be an Elf belonging to one of the medium sized houses, however unknown to even her fellow Proconsul’s she is in truth a Silver dragon. Her motives in infiltrating the empire in this way are for the GM to decide. She appears as a female elf of average height with long silver hair showing the first signs of aging, but still attractive and a face of serene wisdom. She is famed for her insights into even the most complicated situation and her understanding of the citizens of the empire. While her fellow Proconsuls tend to be respected, feared or hated depending on your views, the Lady as she is commonly called is more adored and venerated by the populace. It would surprise most of the empire if they were aware of this Proconsul’s harder edge. She is responsible for the persecution of any prescribed cults (especially the followers of Titan) and is the driving force behind the Imperial witch hunters who hunt down the followers of the darker gods. She is also responsible for the continued secret funding of the empires secret police, something her co-rulers believe disbanded many decades ago. While she has curbed the worst excesses of both groups and attempted to focus them against certain groups, innocent people along with the guilty still go missing in the middle of the night without trial to face torture and execution.  

The final Proconsul primarily represents the wealthy merchants that are the lifeblood of the empire. The Proconsul Temporal, while he has other responsibilities is the front man for the trading houses and spends more time arguing against any form of taxes and looking after the interests of himself and the wealthy elite of the empire than the other areas of his duty. Fortunately for the empire, he is good at his job and when finances are required for some expensive project, his fellow Proconsuls are able to outvote him when they overlap portfolios, such as funds for the training of the Citizen Militia. This position has never been occupied by anyone who isn’t either human or dwarven. The Elf’s have little interest in direct matters of making money, preferring to keep such matters at arm’s length, while the financial muscle of the trading houses is more than sufficient to keep any upstarts from the other races from taking the position. Little unites the individual Trading Houses, but a direct threat to their position from an outsider, or even a potential threat does like nothing else. The Proconsul Temporal supplies their own outfit (normally very expensive clothes and jewellery), but as with the other two positions there is a face mask, made of gold and inlayed with jewels. The current Lord Temporal, Craasus of House Terrigan is a portly man who tends to wear clothes designed to make him look larger. Dark furs are a particular favourite (picturing something along the lines of Henry the 8th here). His mask, rather than increasing the personal appeal of the wearer, works instead to make anyone hearing the speaker more gullible and agreeable to what they hear (temporary penalty to Wisdom on a failed Will roll). If a Lord Temporal dies in office, he is buried with his mask of office and new one is cast.  

  

  

The Gods.  

  

The empire itself has a fairly small pantheon of gods, which expands and contracts over time. New gods have been added and slowly absorbed into the worship of others or taken positions as minor deities under the central core of gods.  

  

  

Rumanious – Lawful Good. The Ruler. The central goddess of the empire, Rumanious was the queen who carved her way through her neighbours and became the first empress. Following her death, she was elevated to the position of patron goddess of the empire. While the man himself was something of a brutal warlord who subjugated many other countries and enslaved their peoples, in the long years since his death he has come to represent a more idealised paragon who brought the light of civilisation to the savage nations that surrounded and threatened his kingdom. A temple to her exists in every settlement of any size in the empire and most homes have at the very least small shrine dedicated to her. She is the most popular god for paladins to follow, as well as magistrates and teachers as he is seen as having been a righteous woman who fought for right as well as bringing justice and learning to those she defeated. Initially her title was The Empress, but with the fall of the Imperial family this was changed and an emphasis was put on her two brothers who served as generals to present the image that the empire has always been ruled by a trio. The brothers, Regen and Ataxus occupy a position roughly to the holy ghost in Christianity, often mentioned but not worshipped directly as such. His temples are imposing buildings, meant to impress and intimidate. They often serve multiple purposes being courthouses, libraries and even barracks in some places.  

  

Carolious - Neutral Good. The Nurse. Caroliousian followers are the healers of the empire. They are beloved and harming one is met with the severest punishments the local magistrate can think of. She is in particular the patron of expectant mothers. Her temples are hospices where anyone, rich or poor can come and seek care. Branches of the faith also operate poor houses, orphanages as well as care homes for the elderly. There are always more in need than the faithful can attend to, but they do their best. Carolious was originally an Elvish deity, but her worship has spread across racial boundaries to all races of the empire.  

  

Dice - Chaotic Good. The Gambler, The Laughing Rogue. Dice is the lord of fate and chance. All those who live by their luck tend to pray to him, but it is usual to make some form of devotion to him before starting any risky endeavour. He is a somewhat rakish figure. No two statues of him ever depict exactly the same features, but he normally wears stylish clothes and a cloak and is always smiling. The main element in many games of chance take their name from him. He is an especial favourite of all manner of rogue types and bards. Thieves Guilds tend to have their own private temples to him, hidden away from public eyes and entirely separate from the official clergy. Dice's portfolio does not include sending people bad luck, that is more Bal’s domain.

  

Tirris - Lawful Evil. The Dark Lord, Tirris is the single most powerful of the evil gods. His followers are expected to follow a code of unbending loyalty. The core belief of his faith is that the strong rule the weak and might makes right. Worshipers are expected to work hard and work their way up any organisation they are a member of. Several times followers of Tirris have occupied the Lord Militant’s position. Such occasions have been marked by an increased militarism within the empire and wars to expand its borders. Interestingly worship of Tirris is not proscribed and he has many fortress-like temples in cities throughout the empire. His followers' discipline is viewed as helpful to the empire and cult maintains a private army that has on more than one occasion brought victory to Byantiusan forces and even saved the empire from destruction. There is a schism between the followers of Tirris within the empire, and the main sect in the northern neighbouring state

  

Titan. Chaotic Evil. Not actually a single god, but instead a horde of demonic entities of varying strength from no more powerful than a mortal up to demi-god status. The Titan are beings dedicated to mindless destruction. A world ruled by the Titan would be one of endless slaughter. They fight against each other as much as they seek to take over the mortal world. Such beings are said to have ruled the cosmos before the coming of the true gods and were banished to the realm of Dis where they rage and plot their return. The mortal realm lives in dread of one of them gathering enough power and followers to lead them on an unholy campaign against the mortal realm. The main efforts of the internal intelligence agents and witch hunters of the empire are directed at rooting out cults of Titan followers, of which there are a surprising number. The more powerful Titan are able to grant power to their followers in return for their efforts in helping them return. Cults dedicated to the Titan tend to be short lived. The sudden rash of murders in an area is a sure sign that one has arisen and tend to bring Imperial retribution down very quickly. The few that do manage to last any length of time though  

  

Lurgh. Neutral Good. The Sky Father. Lurgh is an imported god. One of the first obstacles to Rumanious’s plans of conquest were the western hill tribes, and even after they were defeated in open battle, they continued to plague the occupiers with guerrilla attacks. It took many decades to pacify the region and part of the later efforts to achieve this involved the empire adopting the gods of the hill tribes. Lurgh is one of those who survives in regular worship. His purvey is everything that can see the sky and his blessings touch all good creatures. Many of his followers believe that as a logical extension of this, creatures who dwell in darkness and avoid his blessing must be evil and thus seek to exterminate all such creatures.

  

Daen. Neutral Good. The Earth Mother. The wife of Lurgh, she is prayed to by farmers and those who make their living off the land. Her worship is closely tied to that of Lurgh and the pair share most of their temples.

  

Bal. Neutral Evil. Bal is the god of murderers and assassins. He sends curses and ill-fortune to plague the world and revels in the suffering of mortals. Warlocks of an evil inclination often have him as their patron and evil doers of an independent mind will follow him rather than the binding worship of Tirris. His worship is outlawed, but as his followers are more subtle than those of the Titan, they are harder to root out.

 

Mithran. Neutral. The war god. Mithran watches over professional soldiers. His is the purview of strategy and tactics. He appreciates that war must happen but is against unnecessary suffering or prolonging conflict any more than is needed. Those who wantonly engage in torture or kill innocents are not welcome in his temples.

 

Other gods are worshipped in specific areas of the empire, but followers of these gods can be found everywhere within its borders, and in some cases outside of them too.

 

Locations of note.

Captial. The administrative centre of the empire, Capital is a bustling city of around 150,000 people. It is the largest city in the known world, something only possible due to the excellent roads the empire has and its organisation. Food, tribute and trade goods flow here from all over Byantus. Much of the city reflects the wealth that brings, and a deliberate attempt has been made to avoid the overcrowding and unhealthy conditions that exist in so many other cities, however peasants thinking to make their fortune find their way to Captial and get no further than the deprived area known locally as Scurvytown. Still the city fathers do their best. Clean water is supplied by a network of fountains throughout the city limits and when the shanties grow too close together the city watch is sent in to clear the worst of it, pulling down buildings to prevent any fires from ravaging the city, or the sorts of conditions that can see a plague spread like wildfire. Such actions doubtless seem harsh to those evicted from their rude dwellings but are viewed as vital to prevent a much worse tragedy.

 

When Capital was first planned out, it was foreseen that the city would grow rapidly and unusually no plan was made to build a wall around the entire city. Only the core (which is now referred to as Old Town) is protected in such a manner. Since the dissolution of the standing armies that had been bankrupting the empire and the formation of the Citizen Militia, it was planned that the city would now have a wall built around it that the militia could man in times of war. The Proconsul Temporal however has demurred and resisted any attempts to raise any additional funds for this. Having been relieved of the burden of paying taxes to maintain the army, he is in no hurry to restore any costs. The Lady Spiritual could step in and break the tie but for her own reasons has remained silent on the matter.

 

Old Town.

 

The heart of the empire, this contains all the major administrative buildings that govern the wide swathe of territory that makes up Byantus. The whole of Old Town is protected by a mighty wall. In previous times a full garrison was stationed in each of the towers situated around the walls. Every tower was designed to be an impenetrable fortress in its own right. A second, smaller wall surrounds the three palaces of the Proconsuls. The vast majority of Imperial citizens never get to see any of Old Town. One must have a good reason to pass through its gates. PC’s are unlikely to see inside this area unless they find themselves accused of treason or facing some other charge that would require a trial in front of the Senate rather than facing justice at the Hall of Justice elsewhere in the city, or are very well connected. Even foreign dignitaries are not generally allowed to see the Old Town as the Triumvirate are loathe to let outsiders gauge its defences.

 

Of especial note is the Senate building (number 1 on the map), where the day to day running of the empire is organised. The Senate itself does not make many major decisions, these instead falling to the Proconsuls, but they arrange the practicalities and details of any commandment issued from the Proconsuls. Each of the Proconsuls has their own palace as an official residence. Building 2 is the Temporal Palace, Building 3 is the God House where the Lady Spiritual holds court and finally, the fortress-like building 4 is the seat of the Lord Militant. Should both the outer and inner walls be breached, this is designed to be a last holdout and is simply referred to as The Keep. Houses in this area belong to the nobles and wealthiest men and dwarves of the empire and each seeks to outdo his neighbour in its splendour. Elf’s tend more to stick clannishly to the Eastern District or Elftown as it is known throughout the rest of the city. I imagine most of the building here being constructed very much in a classical Greek / Roman style, lots of statues and columns.

 

Merchant Town.

 

The buildings here are only slightly less impressive than those of the Old Town. This is not so much a residential area, but is instead devoted to the business of well, business. The Merchant Houses have their headquarters here, as well as the more powerful guilds including the Honourable Guild of Sell Swords, Mercenaries & Free Lances (building 3) and the Fraternal Brotherhood of Arcane Mastery (the wizards guild to the common folks, building 6). Both these organisations may be of interest to a group of adventurers and are presented in more detail later. The Merchants supply their own watch, which is paid more than the regular watch (a point of some contention between the two groups) and is often accused by the common folk of turning a blind eye to certain business practices. With the warehouse and dock areas nearby rumour has it that many smuggled goods find their way here for storage until their buyer comes to collect. Such tales are dismissed as the envy of the poor against their betters by the rich and the city fathers turn a blind eye to a certain level of smuggling rather than risk going against the powerful Merchant Houses. Indeed, many of the city fathers are members of a Merchant House. PC’s with a taste for operating in the grayer areas of the law, are liable to find plenty of work here and find themselves abandoned by their patrons should they be caught. Merchant town’s buildings are very much an imitation of Old Town, but often with exotic twists from far off lands that very much give it, its own unique character.

 

Temple District.

 

Each of the (acceptable) major gods has a temple here as well as ones to various minor gods throughout the empire. The largest temple to Rumanious is of course here, constructed from stones taken from the ruined remains of the old Imperial Palace. Unofficially, no temple is allowed to be larger than the one to Rumanious and mysterious accidents, including fires or the collapse of entire buildings have prevented any attempt to outdo her temple. Some say this is the wrath of the patron deity of the empire, others suspect a more mundane cause. There is no single architectural style or theme to this part of town. Each temple will very much have its own design based on its god and the region it originated from.  

The shared temple (Building 1) to Lurgh and Daen for example is a massive wood and earth hall, very much in the style of the ancient hill tribes even though their modern descendants have otherwise abandoned such designs in favour of more modern buildings.  

Building 2 is possibly the temple to Dice, depending on who you ask. Some people consider it nothing more than a gambling and bawdy house. Still, for those with money to burn it is always open and always welcoming. The clerics are supposed to make sure that the games and the... escorts are clean, although the house wins more often than it loses. If anyone asks about this the priests tend to simply shrug their shoulders and point out they do follow the god of luck afterall. Imagine this place as a medieval Las Vegas.

Sitting (or more accurately looming) opposite each other are the fortress-like temples to Mithran and Tirris (Buildings 3 & 8 respectively), both of whom serve as walled garrisons as well as places of worship. Both religions are somewhat resentful and suspicious of the other and are always on the lookout for ways to diminish the worship of the other. Groups of adventurers often make handy catspaws in these plans, with or without their knowledge.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 18, 2020, 03:36:46 PM
Hmm, for some reason I can't get the map to come up. Oh well, never mind.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 21, 2020, 07:11:31 AM
Sat and watched some of the Soltice being live-streamed from Stonehenge last night. Also watched the sun going down here just the same, if a little bit later. One of the factors of being further north. Even at midnight it still wasn't dark last night, just twilight.

Continuing to work my way through watching Buffy. Still not got up to the point where I'd actually watched it, like 20 years ago.

Still think Willow is the hottest woman on that show.

Especially Evil Willow...

Fathers Day here. Ash got me a bottle of whisky and Kristi made an awesome breakfast. I see trump protestors bought loads of tickets for his rally and didn't turn up. Personally I'd have let his supporters get them, attend and then see how they handle the resulting outbreaks, but then again doubtless if they had, it would only have led to the infection of people who didn't attend too and whatnot. Not exactly fair to punish the innocent for the sins of the stupid.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 21, 2020, 07:10:27 PM
that's a BIG part of why we did it, to protect people. but i gotta say, it was an absolute BLAST to punk the cheeto!  :cheers:
  willow is curtis's fave too, he still has a crush on her.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 23, 2020, 02:13:16 PM
Training Max up to do my job when I've gone. I have this week and two others to go, then two weeks off and one week back in work.

My care level is hovering over zero but not by much.

Scotland has a different tax regime from England. Some ranks in my job pay less tax and some pay more. To keep things fair, anyone stationed in Scotland gets a tax rebate for what they have to pay over those stationed elsewhere, which we get paid next month. Everyone was having a look at their pay statements to see how much they were getting and we discovered that 1) Stresshead Jim is on the wrong tax band and 2) although both of us are at the highest pay band for our job, I get paid more than he does. On the one hand, this has him wound up because he is now worried he owes a huge amount of money to the taxman. On the other hand, he is now p**sed because he thinks he is being underpaid. I do actually know the reason why there is a gap in what we earn, but I decided not to mention it. Terry eventually pointed out the reason, but until that point, I amused myself greatly by winding Jim up.

Heh heh heh.

It is time to buy myself a new computer chair. My current one has started to wobble a bit, thanks to Ash climbing up one side all the time. My previous one (a chair which I loved), got broke because Kristi kept on coming over to me and leaning on one side of it. I asked her several times to stop, but that's women for you. Anyway, I've picked my next one out and I'll order it on payday. Not going to mention anything about it as if I do I get presented with a list of dozens of whatever I want to buy to look through, or Kristi will go looking at things online and keep saying "How about this one?" I kinda like to take my time and look through these things at my own pace. It's nice that she wants to help and I appreciate the effort, but it just isn't how I like to shop. Hell, just getting me to buy things online in the first place is a major advance.

Life was all so much simpler when I refused to do any of the online stuff, didn't have a credit card, debt and was pretty much untrackable. Even my mobile phone was pay as you go. I miss not being to trackable.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 23, 2020, 08:19:58 PM
women are SUPPOSED to lean on their men. or their men's chairs, lol! her punishment shall be the daily beer sacrifice for a week, once i send her the shrine, how's that?  :teddyr: :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 24, 2020, 01:36:27 AM
When I mentioned last night that I'd had a look and picked out the chair I wanted, Kristi mentioned she'd picked out a bunch of chairs for me to look at. I am glad I just went ahead a picked one. Did go through a few. Found one I really liked, but the company had a lot of bad reviews online for customer service so decided not to get that one.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 24, 2020, 01:27:27 PM
I checked my to-do list for today. At the very top, it said "Torment Barri."

Mischief managed there I think. I'll have to wait and see though. If I haven't then I will just have to come up with something even worse.

Training Max up is going better than expected. He had been going really slowly, so I put him under a little bit of pressure to get things done today (I deliberately kept it light though), and he managed to get the work done and caught up with the backlog that had grown in the past couple of days. I was happy enough with his progress that I could afford to send him home early today.

Something I've been wondering about recently. In my job violence is always a possibility. When I am on guard duty or deployed and most likely to be involved in such a situation prior to starting the stint and every three months afterwards we do various briefs and tests where it is drummed into us that you use the absolute minimum level of force required to get the job done. If you believe there is a threat to human life and there is no other reasonable way to prevent it, then you can shoot someone. We do judgemental assessments where you are put in various situations and you have to pick the right course of action and you'll keep doing them until you get enough right answers. You know though even if you shoot someone and it is entirely justified, you are still going to be investigated by the police. During training we undergo a course in ethics and morality.

Now here is my question, surely the police in the States have some similar training? Don't get me wrong, it isn't the exact same rules every time. They are tailored to where we are being sent, what the threat level is, local laws, the laws of armed conflict and so on, but I can't imagine the police get taught these lessons any less than we do in any modern, first world country.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 24, 2020, 05:15:09 PM
don't make me sic kitty and katz on you, butthead!  :tongueout:
  seriously though. yes, cops DO go through training, but in many places, not nearly enough. the BIGGEST problems are the fact that the police union protects bad cops, and the good ones who speak out get treated as pariahs and usually lose their jobs.
  another problem is the fact that most departments DON'T check on a cop's past " indiscretions" before they hire them. and the reason for that is the whole union situation that covers the past up with" self investigations" and wiping their records clean. and again, if anyone speaks out, THEY are the bad guy when they AREN'T.
  while i ran the catering kitchen, i sat in on MANY training classes that i cooked for, and got to know many cops. frankly, i was horrified by some of the blatant racism i hard, but i was far more horrified with hearing the people who spoke out against that kind of talk being told to shut up, mostly by the senior officers. and i'm not talking JUST white cops either, some of the black ones were just as bad.
  things ARE changing here in doodah, thanks to chief ramsay, but it still goes on in the sheriff's department and among the staties too. my governor is trying to fix it, and i hope she can....
 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 24, 2020, 05:21:28 PM
I checked my to-do list for today. At the very top, it said "Torment Barri."


Now here is my question, surely the police in the States have some similar training? Don't get me wrong, it isn't the exact same rules every time. They are tailored to where we are being sent, what the threat level is, local laws, the laws of armed conflict and so on, but I can't imagine the police get taught these lessons any less than we do in any modern, first world country.

Police here are regulated at the local level so some do, some don't, depending on what training the jurisdiction provides. You would think de-escalation techniques would be standard, but they aren't taught everywhere.

https://www.apmreports.org/story/2017/05/05/police-de-escalation-training (https://www.apmreports.org/story/2017/05/05/police-de-escalation-training)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 25, 2020, 12:46:59 PM
Went into work this morning and discovered the nightshift had decided to move all the desks around so more people can work in the office without breaking social distancing.

All good so far.

Thing is that the some people can't get out from their desks, we don't have wide enough fire lanes and the backs of seats are being knocked out by the backs of our chairs banging against them. Stresshead Jim who can't handle change looked like he was going to have one of his episodes. He didn't speak a word all morning, just sat slumped in his chair (and yet he is in the same job as me. Seriously if you can't handle things being moved around should you be in this job?). I did keep an eye on him, but he perked up in the afternoon. Our boss, Terry was seriously p**sed off that they'd moved things around without asking anyone else about it and was talking about making them work the weekend to put everything back (I doubt he will but man, was he raging about it first thing).

Sent out an instruction today and I guess it is a lot of work to carry this one out as I got a reply from one of the sections saying they acknowledged receipt and noted with some relief that it did not apply to any of their aircraft.

I sent another email back saying "I hate to tell you this mate, but they've already up issued an ATL for this instruction and its going fleet wide. I am just about to send it out. :D"

I then waited 15 minutes and sent another email saying "That may have been a wind-up... or was it?".

I got a phone call immediately and the guy I'd emailed (Dave) was calling me a git because he'd already passed the email onto his management and would now have to go round and tell them it wasn't real.

Wasn't quite as much fun doing that as winding Jim up this afternoon though. Since he seemed to have gotten over his earlier shock, I figured he could stand to be tormented some more.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 25, 2020, 07:33:29 PM
you ARE a git sometimes...but i love you anyway. :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 26, 2020, 06:52:15 PM
It has been a hot and sweaty week. And not in a good way either. My offer to extend my contract finally came through. They've offered me just enough time to take me up to five years left rather than the four Terry thought they'd offer me. This is something of a relief. I do not want to end up stuck in this job, too afraid to leave it and work in civvy street like many of my co-workers.

Five weeks left in post and then I move on. Two of those I am on leave for. The other three I am training up two guys to replace me. I am taking that to mean I am so damn good at my job they need that many people to do it when I go.

As to how I will be as a computer programmer... well that remains to be seen.

Training Max on new instructions has went better than expected. I haven't been able to do any cancellations with him, but I am going to go in on nights next week and give him a few hours training there. As much as I am tempted to not train these guys up and let some people stew in the mess they've made themselves, that would also mean I'd make things harder for people who don't deserve it.

And if you are reading this and thinking "Hey! You punish me and I haven't done anything!" Yes you have. You have been a very bad person, that is why I torment you and don't make me tell everyone all the details.  :bouncegiggle: :twirl: :drink:



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 27, 2020, 03:27:03 PM
 :bouncegiggle: :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 28, 2020, 09:49:49 AM
Listening to a podcast of some REH, while laughing at an idiot who can't get anything right. At this point, it is just providing a medium level of amusement.

Up early this morning, it is too hot to keep the windows open and the seagulls are noisy.

Damn, but I hate seagulls. Were they and pigeons to disappear entirely from the world I would not shed any tears.

Ash had been moving around when I got out of bed, but he seems to have dropped off back to sleep so I am just leaving him to sleep as long as he will. Its been a rough few days with him, lots of tears for no reason we can tell. Lots of possible reasons but no way to tell for sure. Doesn't seem to be teething though.

Going to have a clean up of the man cave today (and indeed through next week). See what stuff I can get rid of. I want to rebuild my Death Star, but that is going to need some space to live in.

I did hope to go out today, take a walk down to the harbour and get everyone ice creams, but the weather is not playing along with that idea. Heavy rain all day so far. It is supposed to get better through the week though, and I am putting off the laundry until then.

I've started watching Horror Hotel. The hostess isn't quite Elvira, but there are some decent movies on there too, and many that I haven't seen before as well as some old favourites.

Has it occurred to anyone else that Jurassic Park is just a remake of The Killer Shrews?




Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on June 28, 2020, 02:16:43 PM
horror hotel? tell me more!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 28, 2020, 02:42:08 PM
If you have a Roku, her channel is on there and free to watch.

http://horrorhotel.net/home.html (http://horrorhotel.net/home.html) is the website. I find Lil' Zombie irritating. She has an annual convention relatively close to you (in Ohio), its a lot closer to you than it is to me.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 30, 2020, 03:56:09 AM
Rough night last night. Ash seemed to be screaming at the top of his lungs for much of it. It wasn't his I am in pain scream, although once it was because there was a cat up at the kitchen window. Kristi had gotten up with him first as she'd had a nap during the day, but I wasn't really getting any sleep either so I got up to come help. Cuddled him for a bit and then tried him in bed and off he went to sleep like there was nothing wrong.

We did plan on going out into Elgin shopping today (first time we have done that since the whole Covid stuff kicked off). No idea what time Kristi and Ash will sleep to today, but I am just going to leave them to it. Well, in Ash's case at least until 12. If he sleeps after midday then he won't settle down until some time between 21:00 and midnight. Feeling somewhat tired myself but since it is daylight, my brain will outright refuse to let me sleep.

I would much rather cuddle up in bed with Kristi and go to sleep right now given the option.

Clicked on the news this morning, people are complaining that the government hasn't done anything to hit certain parts of the population hit by the lockdown. Always going to be someone gets left out or left behind, unfortunately.

I should sort out some breakfast I guess.

We all took a trip into Elgin today. The first time we've had a family outing outside Lossiemouth for 4 months. Our local geek store has just reopened after expanding its floor space. It is still nowhere near the size of the ones in Utah, but at least if you have two people in it then it isn't overcrowded. Picked up a new version of Munchkin. I got £140 tax rebate in this months wage and used that to get a new computer chair along with more WW2 stuff online. Figured I could spend the last of it on stuff from the shop though.

Had word that there has been a few confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the camp. It is civilian contractors rather than military staff. I'll be popping into work to train Max up some more tomorrow night, so it will be interesting to see what if any, changes that makes.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 30, 2020, 06:57:26 PM
So here I am. It is approaching midnight. I am drinking JD & coke because it is loaded with sugar and will help keep me awake.

That would be because Ash is awake, and if he is awake then either Kristi is awake or I am awake. Tonight is my turn to do even more sleep deprived. Still, he sleeps better than most parents get to experience.

It is more the amount of s**t in the world right now that bothers me more than anything. I can take a look at any amount of situations across the world and ask WTF? Even more so than I could in previous years. I remember when Bush Jnr was president and thinking that there was no way any president could possibly have a worse reputation worldwide than this guy. Noone could claim more and achieve less.

Yeah, America kind of had a "Hold my beer" moment there.

I could look at Russia and Putin's masculinity issues, N. Korea and its leader's god complex which frankly I wouldn't give a s**t about if they didn't have nuclear weapons. I could look at China and that they have a dictator in the mould of Mao Zedong and where that is going to go. In the old days of the empire (for all its faults), I can say that they would never have allowed another country to interfere with sea lanes in this way. Now, China is powerful, modern and able to steal tech from any country in the world and it does nothing. Hell, even mere regional powers like Lran can have a worldwide reach thanks to the world wide web.

The environmental battles I tried to fight as a teenager seem like small change compared to the challenges the world faces nowadays. Hell someone my age has survived the cold war, half a dozen pandemics (if you think Covid is bad you should just think about what the world would be like if some of the other diseases which have threatened to spread had actually managed it, like Ebola).

Sometimes I think the only reason I still drink alcohol is for a temporary escape from what is going on in the world. It might just be a coping mechanism and if I could step away from everything going on and not have to worry about it, then it would be a crutch I would no longer need. I often like the taste of alcohol, but I've never particularly cared for being drunk itself.

Besides, I have never overly cared for drunk me. He isn't someone I get one well with or even like. Drunk me can be fun and can be very honest in ways that sometimes people need to hear, but he can also be very hurtful to others, whiney and just not care about other people. Things that are minor complaints in the day to day grind become major issues and yet sometimes I need that to just let go of things. Why I can't let go of them without it, well you can decide for yourself the reasons for that. Nothing is ever as simple as a single reason though. If only life we as simple as a game of D&D or an episode of Supernatural or even Buffy. I'll even settle for Dr Who where all you have to do is defeat some bad guy inside the run time of an episode run time and the world is good until next week.

As a kid, I used to wonder why in Star Trek they just didn't skip Wednesdays from 18:00 to 18:30 when all the problems in the universe would choose to strike. Either the original series or TNG would have found life much easier if everyone had gone into suspended animation for half an hour every week.

Damn but I feel tired. When I was younger I tried to solve everyone's problems and eventually I switched to just trying to help with the problems of the people I cared about. Right now I feel the way I did when everyone else's issues just overwhelmed. You can't win a war by retreating all the time though. Yeah sometimes you need to let the enemy wear himself down, but sooner or later you have to go on the defensive.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on July 01, 2020, 01:19:53 AM
i get it. please take care of yourself, sweet butthead. i worry, you know. you make me crazy and you love to torture/tease me. and i love you for that, it takes a nice BIG set of brassies to mess with an elder witch.  :cheers:  be well, my darlings.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 03, 2020, 12:49:33 AM
I think I've been watching too much Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Last night I had a dream where I was married to her and she was cheating on me some guy, who turned out to be a homunculus made from spare bits of leftover Diet Coke cans.

I've had stranger dreams than that.

Besides, there is no way I'd settle for Buffy, while that sexy minx Willow was around. Especially evil vampire Willow. Now, there is a woman who could make a happy man very old.

This weekend lockdown rules change in England. Well except for that one place where they have had to put the town into quarantine following a big outbreak. In Scotland, from Monday you'll have to wear masks in shops. I find the masks uncomfortable to wear and irritating, but if it saves someone else's life, then I'll wear one and just grin and bear it.

Got Ash up early yesterday and kept him up a bit later than he is used to, but it worked and he slept through the night. I am going to wake him up at 7 am every morning now instead of letting him sleep until he wakes up himself. Took him out a walk yesterday. My plan had been to stop at the various playgrounds on the way to the harbour and let him play in them, then get him an ice cream and head home. Alas, the first park is still locked up, the second one was filled with kids playing. When we got to the harbour, the shop I had wanted to go to wasn't open. I got him an empire biscuit from the local bakery instead and he seemed happy with that.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 03, 2020, 04:58:15 AM
Eight years ago today was not a good day on base. The day started out perfectly normally, but as it progressed an op was called that none of us had ever heard of before. Then we heard, two of our Tornado's had collided over the north sea. Three out of the four crew died in the crash. I was later to be involved in packing away the personal effects of one of the crew, which was... well lets just say I got well and truly drunk that weekend. Packing away most of his stuff was fine, although I really wanted to put some music on to break the silence, but when you got to something that must have meant something to the owner, like wedding invitations or a little lego figure of a pilot it reminded you that this had been a real person.

Not much in my job has an effect on me, but that was one of two times when it has.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 05, 2020, 03:06:55 AM
With yesterday being the 4th and knowing that Kristi wanted to watch it, I thought I'd stick on Hamilton. Turned out to be a mistake. Neither of us enjoyed the music. In my case, that was what I expected. I had thought Kristi would like it though. She asked me to put it off. But hey, if it is your kind of thing then more power to you. If not, well maybe you'll like this adaptation more.


Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNEdEDbhTQw#)


This morning I got woken up by Ash screaming his I am not happy and want attention scream. Took him into bed with us since I didn't feel like getting up at that time. He lay still enough but did not go back to sleep. It did seem he was tired though. Kristi got up to go to the toilet and decided to try putting him in his cot. Unfortunately, he did not agree with this policy and leaned out over the edge to try and grab his mum, overbalanced and fell out. I heard the bang of him hitting the floor, had jumped out of bed and was heading through to his room before he ever started crying. His cot is on the lowest setting. I guess I could drill out some new holes and lower it a little bit more, but not by much or he'd be able to slip out the bottom. Admittedly this would be better than him climbing out over the top and falling quite as far. He has a big red mark on his forehead, but it hasn't bruised or swollen up, his pupils are dilated or different sizes, no straw coloured liquid running from either ear and he is neither dizzy nor throwing up so I am going to guess he hasn't taken any serious damage. I'll keep an eye on him though.

Bought a Panzer I from a supplier I haven't bought any tanks from before. Trying to decide if they really were that small or the scale is out of whack. The grey vehicle in the middle is the Panzer 1

(https://i.imgur.com/mAK3hDv.jpg)

And here it is sitting beside a Tiger.

(https://i.imgur.com/IMOHCLM.jpg)

Hell, it is even smaller than the tiddly little Japanese tanks.

When I was younger, we had an election back when Johnny Major was the PM. His government was viewed as a lame duck, dead in the water and all it needed was the life support switching off because there was no hope of bringing it back. Every few weeks we'd have a new scandal engulfing them and they just limped from disaster to disaster. All the polls had his party heading for a heavy loss and no one believed they could possibly win the next election.

The day after the election, lo and behold, Johnny Major was still in power. The excuse the pollsters came up for getting it wrong (and to be honest here I do not understand why they bother coming up with excuses any more because they rarely call it right), was that people, when questioned, had been too ashamed to admit to supporting such a disastrous government. I've always thought it was important to note that they didn't change who they were voting for, regardless of how much of a laughing stock they had become, no matter how much they'd gotten wrong. They still voted for them, because most people do not change who they vote for. Doesn't matter if the candidate/party is right or wrong if they've done good or bad the great mass of people will still continue to support that party they've supported all their life.

They didn't vote for who they thought could do the best job.

Most of the time I just try to pick the least worst party that still has a chance of, if not winning, then at least presenting an effective opposition. That's a big reason why I didn't switch back to the Labour party in the last election as an example. I felt they were too riven with internal strife to either govern or at least oppose effectively. At that point it didn't matter to me what the said their policies would be, I didn't feel they would have any chance to implement any of them until they stopped fighting each other.

My new computer chair has arrived. It is taller, wider and the seat higher off the ground than my previous one. I think I am going to like it more, although I'd hoped the smaller armrests would be too small for Ash to climb through. No such luck there.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 07, 2020, 03:36:21 PM
Today I built a stone bridge, bunker, pub, house, boat house (including a jetty and a couple of boats), a barn, and an ordinary house.

Meanwhile, the two guys who are replacing my shower and toilet have been working for two days and still aren't finished yet.

Seeesh.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 08, 2020, 03:03:01 PM
My "Do not give a f**kometer" is reaching unheard of heights. Someone at work is going to cause a lot of problems at work and it was being discussed. When I was expected to contribute to the conversation I would happily reply "I am not going to be here to deal with it, I don't care."

This phrase was repeated several times during the conversation.

At one point I got up out of my seat, walked over to Kev and started rubbing his shoulder. When he asked what the hell I was doing I said "Rubbing it in that I am not going to be here to deal with this s**t."

Decided to back a post-apocalyptic roleplaying game someone is working on. I normally do not back first time projects, but this was only £30. If it falls through I can afford to lose it. For the level of the pledge I've provided I get to have a name in the credits. Figuring I'll put Ash's name in, only I'll do his full-length name.

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Maniacs of WW2.

Frankly, I enjoyed the war. The totally crazy story of Victoria Cross hero who tore off his own fingers, lost an eye, was shot in the head & still went back for more



Some men are just born for war and are never truly happy outside of it.

Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart is one such person. Born in Belgium, he shuttled back and forth between there and England. He attended boarding school in England. From there, he went on to college, although not for long. On October 11, 1899, ongoing tensions between the Dutch and the British in South Africa exploded with the Second Boer War.

Although barely 20, Wiart dropped out of school to join the British Army. He claimed to be 25 and enlisted under the name “Trooper Carton.” He was shot in the stomach and groin and sent back to England. That was when his family found out he had become a dropout, and his father was not happy.

Wiart held no grudge against the Dutch. He claimed if the British had not taken him, he would have fought for the other side.

He later joined the Second Imperial Light Horse and was sent back to South Africa. By September 1901 he was a second lieutenant in the 4th Dragoon Guards. With the Dutch defeat in May 1902, Wiart spent some time in India before he was sent back to South Africa in 1904. Two years later, he became a naturalized British subject.

Wiart held no grudge against the Dutch. He claimed if the British had not taken him, he would have fought for the other side.

He later joined the Second Imperial Light Horse and was sent back to South Africa. By September 1901 he was a second lieutenant in the 4th Dragoon Guards. With the Dutch defeat in May 1902, Wiart spent some time in India before he was sent back to South Africa in 1904. Two years later, he became a naturalized British subject.

During the Second Battle of Ypres (April to May 1915), his left hand was mangled by an artillery barrage. The doctor insisted he could save some of it, but Wiart could not wait – two fingers gave him so much pain he bit them off. Bowing to the inevitable, doctors at Shield’s amputated the entire hand.

It was during the Battle of the Somme he got the Victoria Cross; Britain’s highest military award. Wiart was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 4th Dragoon Guards, Gloucestershire Regiment at La Boiselle. From July 2 to 3, 1916, he held his ground despite the loss of three other battalion commanders; as well as part of his skull and ankle.

It did not end there. He was also shot in the hip at the Battle of Passchendaele (July to November 1917).  What remained of his left ear was shot of at the Battle of Arras (April to May 1917), and he was shot in the leg at the Battle of Cambrai (November to December 1918).

Despite everything, he later said, “Frankly, I enjoyed the war.”

He then became second-in-command of the British-Poland Military Mission. One of his jobs was to broker peace between the Poles and everyone else during the Polish-Soviet War, the Polish-Ukrainian War, Polish-Lithuanian War, and the Czech-Polish Border Conflicts.

The Mission failed. Worse, his plane crashed in Lithuania where he became a guest at one of their prisons. Later released, he pleaded with Churchill (then Secretary of State for War) to help the Poles.

In August 1920, he was returning to Warsaw when his train was attacked by the Red Russian cavalry, resulting in a gun battle. Although he fell off the train, he did get back on again with no serious injuries, so Shield’s must have missed him.

Wiart retired from the military as a Major General in December 1922 to a country estate in Poland close to the Soviet border. Until WWII broke out.

The joint German-Soviet invasion of Poland forced him to lead the Mission he had retired from to neutral Romania. Along the way, a German plane killed one of his staff; leaving him miraculously unscathed.

Romania was not safe either, so he returned to Britain and active service, becoming an Acting Major-General in November 1939. In April 1940, he led an Anglo-French attack on the Norwegian town of Nasmos where his plane was shot at by a German aircraft. Their ultimate goal was Trondheim, but they had to retreat.

He was sent to Northern Ireland to prepare for a German attack on May 5, 1940 – his 60th birthday. It was only then it was realized he was too old. He was made the head of the British-Yugoslavian Military Mission on April 5, 1941, but never made it.

His plane crashed, and instead, he became a guest of the Italians. He tried escaping several times and got away once before they caught him eight days later. He was finally released in August 1943 when the Italians switched sides to join the Allies.

By October, he had become Churchill’s personal representative to China where he met Mao; whom he did not like. He much preferred Chiang Kai-shek who offered him a job with his government. Wiart was now 66, so he finally retired in October 1947 as a Lieutenant-General.

On his way back to Britain, he stopped by Rangoon, Burma where he fell and broke his back. During the operation, Shield’s doctors took out some shrapnel that had been there from previous skirmishes.

Typically, he survived and spent his remaining years in Ireland where he truly retired on June 5, 1963, at the age of 83.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 09, 2020, 04:57:04 PM
At some point in their lives, everyone reaches the moment when they have lived more days than they have left. Shame we have no way of knowing where our half past life moment is. Would people spend their days differently if they knew how much time they had left, or would they still spend them just as unwisely as they do now?

Playing Fallout 3 again and trying once more to do something I've never managed to achieve in any previous playthrough. Get into the broken off part of Rivet City. Actually found the way in this time. I just need to max out my lockpicking skill now to get through a damn locked door.

Ash decided he was ready for bed tonight. I was sitting with him and Kristi in the living room and he came over, took my hand and pulled until I stood up. He then took me into the kitchen and gave me one of his bottles. After I'd filled it with milk he took my hand again and went upstairs where he tried to climb into his cot.

Not going to complain about that. I do wish we could get him to work on words though.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 10, 2020, 05:51:21 PM
It has been an emotionally exhausting day today, and for reasons, I will no doubt discuss in a later post. There are a couple of things going on, both of which will most likely turn out to be ok (90%+), but we still need to do various things and find out more and then figure out what the next step is from there. Kristi is going to have to stay home for the next couple of weeks, but I still going to go down and visit my family for a few days and take Ash with me. The things I need to sort out I can do via phone and it doesn't matter if I am here or not, but she is going to need to stay local alas.

I've been listening to audiobooks of old Conan stories recently. Moving onto ones written by other authors at the moment.

I know I still have another week in work to go, but it felt like my last real day today.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 13, 2020, 03:22:28 PM
Off to see the family tomorrow. It's been a long time since we were last able to get together. Long time to be wearing a mask for the train journey down, but that is the way things have to be alas.

Had a game of Bolt Action with Kristi last night. She is starting to get the hang of it. She had a big ass howitzer that for the start of the game she was trying to take my tank out with, and failing. Then she tried firing at one of my infantry units and started doing some serious damage with it. It was a simple meeting engagement scenario, and by that point, I had wiped out 4 of her units to the loss of only one of mine. I was sweeping her American's off the board until she managed to call in an airstrike which wiped out my light mortars and paralyzed the centre of my army (they all decided to keep their heads down. I did manage to recover and my flanks kept advancing. Still won, but her skills are improving and I can see her giving me a serious challenge in the future. My tank and sniper unit both spent the entire game failing to hit or kill anything. That was a bit frustrating.

I wonder if Kayne West will campaign under the slogan "Yes We Kayne!"?

Ash is refusing to sleep. He is going to be a little bear tomorrow. Oh yay!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on July 13, 2020, 09:15:22 PM
i hope everything turns out well, dear heart....


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 15, 2020, 02:05:36 AM
Against my better judgement I let myself get dragged into an argument on a science page. There aren’t many times you’ll see christians, muslims and buddists all agreeing. The subject was evolution. I ended up going head to head with one guy who believes that everything on earth is designed for humans and everything is beneficial to them and that is why we are here while dinosaurs aren’t. I asked what about diseases, parasites, hurricanes, poisons and so on. His answer was that this weeded out the weaker people and made the race as a whole stronger. That made me laugh as I pointed out that this was evolution. I also pointed out that the age of the dinosaurs lasted a whole lot longer than we’ve been on the earth and we are yet to prove ourselves able to last as long as them. I suppose I could have also pointed out that we still do have creatures from back then still alive, or that I could make an argument that an equal argument that the world was designed for rats, cockroaches or any number of other species that outnumber humans and prosper regardless of our hostility towards them.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 17, 2020, 01:59:05 PM
Nice to see someone who deserves it being knighted today. Makes a change from the ones who get it for being rich and famous.

Think Ash had a sugar high today. Spent several hours being a climbing frame for him. Then he crashed and crashed hard.

I was randomly reading various webpages. Came across one with expats from the US talking about their home country vs their new one. While they had a lot of accounts, it was hardly enough to be conclusive. I only read the page to compare it to Kristi’s views. All of them said that things were better overseas, with the primary reason being affordable healthcare. That I more or less expected. Second was people being fed up with the politics and the final mossy commonly mentioned reason was not having to live in fear of guns. Most of the people also expressed surprise about how much wider their view of the world had became since they’d moved. All of them said though that they wouldn’t give up their US citizenship. From what Kristi has said I guess she’d agree on the healthcare, guns and citizenship, although she has decided to go for full U.K. citizenship. In an uncertain world it doesn’t seem like a bad option. Personally I’d favour Canadian or Australian passports. I like the big, wide open spaces they have.

It has been wet weather down here. Not really been able to do much, but we’ve got to see each other and my mum has got a chance to spend time with Ash. She taught him how to jump in puddles (a Corbett family tradition).

The lockdown is cautiously being lifted. Scotland managed 7 days with no Covid related deaths. I wonder if people will remember the shops that tried to profiteer on hand sanitiser, the ones that abandoned their workers and which ones did their best to held their community out. There are a few local businesses that have gained or lost our patronage based on their actions. The local cinema that decided it was going to ignore recommendations and stay open until it was forcibly closed and then started posting 5G conspiracy theories on its webpage has definitely lost our custom.

Early start tomorrow. Mind you, I had an early start this morning when Ash woke up crying at 4 am. I took him into bed with me. He pulled the quilt up over his head and went to sleep until half seven. Unfortunately I was stuck awake. It was unusual for him to go to sleep beside us. Then again, Kristi doesn’t let him burrow under the covers.

The newest Fantastic Four movie is on the tv. Not watched it before.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on July 18, 2020, 01:10:38 AM
i think i want to find a nice cave house somewhere that has a frontipiece for windows...with shutters that look like the mountain.   i'm starting to feel the need to hide for awhile... i hate that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 18, 2020, 01:35:48 AM
Many people all over the world are showing they are indeed a special breed right now Barri. Unfortunately it’s the ones making things worse who shout the loudest and get the most attention. From what I hear Twitter is especially full of them.

Today is apparently the anniversary of the first known spree killing in the US. It was carried out using an axe rather than a gun and the perpetrator was later found dead, although no one knows who killed him.

Watching Saturday morning tv whole we wait until it’s time to go home. I never liked the cheaper looking animated shows as a kid, and that is all there seems to be on now.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 21, 2020, 04:57:57 PM
Continuing to try and work my way through all the seasons of Buffy.

Man, but does the music in that show date the 90's or what?

In an odd kind of mood where I am hungry, but I just am not feeling like eating anything. Lovely weather here. Hoping the family all quit napping soon so we can all go out and enjoy some of it.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 22, 2020, 04:05:21 PM
I've been playing a variety of games on my phone. At the moment I am terraforming Mars. Its a game without conflict, so not my usual kind of thing. It is interesting trying to balance all the various elements required to make the planet livable.

If we can't balance our own eco-system I am not sure we could ever manage to balance another one. Hell, climate scientists are still stumbling over what the effects are of what we've done so far. This summer was supposed to be the hottest ever, but they haven't learned from the incorrect predictions about the rising sea levels in the '90s that it isn't as simple as polar ice melts and sea levels go up. So far it seems to be more extreme weather events becoming more common, making parts of the planet less hospitable for us. I've seen our weather patterns change in my lifetime and yet there are still those obtuse enough to deny it is happening.

Not sure if I find that more funny or tragic.

I've been hearing people worrying about the rapid decline of Covid-19 anti-bodies leaving people vulnerable to reinfection recently. Much like the eco-system, it is more complicated than people think. If this is something you are worried about, or if you just like science, try reading this http://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/could-covid-19-immunity-really-disappear-months/614377/ (http://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/could-covid-19-immunity-really-disappear-months/614377/). Or just pretend you saw a meme or tweet that said it's going to be ok and you believed it. Will save you reading through the whole thing and from what I see in the world, it is how many people seem to get their 'facts'.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 24, 2020, 03:10:57 PM
Just got some good news. Kristi had a bit of a scare and had to go into hospital, but having been checked out we can confirm that she doesn't have cancer. We didn't think she did have, but she had some of the symptoms and the local doctor wanted her checked out just to be on the safe side. Still, it is one less thing to worry about.

She and our friend Karen have gone up to Aberdeen hospital today. Somehow on the way back they've gotten a bit lost of have ended up at Primark. Woman + woman = clothes shopping it seems.  :bouncegiggle:

Amazing how life has thrown up so many ways for it to end. Very few of them are pleasant ways to go either. Another kick in the face of the idea that everything was created by a benevolent deity. I'll give him plus points for cats (although if they weren't so cute looking people would realise what vicious bastards the little furballs really are), but on the other hand, he or she missed out dragons which is a really big mistake in my book.

Speaking of cats, in a few weeks we'll be getting a new one. There are a bunch of newborn kittens and we've bought one of them. It is still too young to be picked up yet. I always feel bad taking a kitten away from its family, but such is the way the world works.

Feeling much more relaxed now Kristi is home safe. She is in a bit of pain from the tests and doubtless will be for a few days, but she is going to be fine.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on July 24, 2020, 04:42:42 PM
THANK YOU HIGHER POWERS! i'm SO glad she's okay, AND that you're getting a kitty!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 27, 2020, 01:28:36 AM
Back to work today. All I have to do is make it through 5 days and I am out of there.

Don't particularly feel like doing even that little.

I am glad I am heading off to a new job as work hours return to normal. I think it will make things easier mentally. Hoping to be mostly watching the new guys working and just assisting them if they get stuck, but we shall see how it goes. Couldn't get to a decent sleep last night. Wasn't feeling worried or having the Sunday night blues that so many of my co-workers seem to suffer from, but tiredness just wasn't there. I dozed a little and that will be enough to get me through. On the plus side, normally when you go on leave normally you come back to find you've been stiffed with whatever random extra duties come up like guard. With a week left I should hopefully be immune to that.

Saw some artwork where horror films had been mixed up with Disney cartoons. My favourite is Cinderella crossed with Carrie.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 28, 2020, 03:05:31 PM
Finished all the paperwork for clearing from my workplace today. Much earlier than I had expected, but it is all good. I am now not allowed to work at my work. All I can do for the rest of the week is give training and advice. Work did come in while I was in the office alone. I sat there and watched it, before ignoring it and leaving it for the nightshift to complete. I doubt he will, but if I am in by myself tomorrow then it will be waiting for them again and again until we get to the end of the week and I won't be there anymore.

It isn't a matter of not being willing to do the work. Legally I no longer have the authority for it. Were I do to do it, I'd be committing a criminal offence.

I'll take some cakes in on Friday for everyone. Not decided if they'll be spiked with laxatives or not yet.  :bouncegiggle:

Looking forward to my new job. It has been what nine years in various offices in that building. Be nice to have a different view out of the window. Of course, it is nice to just have a view out of any window. The new building I will be working in at least also has windows. I know it quite well. Six years ago I'd to organise shipping 22 tonnes of paperwork out of it.

Will I miss anyone from my old work? Anyone I might is generally also leaving shortly. It has been around a decade since I last worked with anyone I hung around with outside of work hours. They were good days working with Scott and Baldy.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 29, 2020, 03:47:27 PM
Tonight I have an amazing non-sleeping toddler who refuses to sleep. He had been incredibly tired all day with lots of tears, but wouldn't take a nap. Now he is just happy and full of beans.

Training Dave more today. I have a week to train him in every eventuality that only comes up once in a blue moon. By the time one of these scenarios does occur he isn't going to remember what I've told him. On the plus side, after being in the role for over a year, my immediate boss actually did some of the work we need him to do, and managed to do it without any mistakes.

Civilisation is safe then.

Joe and Dave will both be competent enough though, they just lack some experience. Max... well Max is a really nice guy who tries hard and I have a lot of time for him. I guess it will be enough. Dave keeps asking me if I approve of things he wants to change and I keep saying to him that I am not really a stakeholder in the processes anymore. I can tell you if something has been tried before, and if it failed why it failed, but they have to change the processes to what works for them. I do not own the way we work and I am not going to be offended if they alter it when I am gone.

I really wish Ash would sleep tonight. It is over five hours past his bedtime.

Increasingly, this year is feeling like we are all trapped in some Sims type game and someone keeps putting in mods for various disasters. At least the Murder Wasps seem to have disappeared. For the moment anyway. Got to say, 20 years into this millenia I am not impressed so far. I liked the major issues we had in the last one more.

Plus the music was better.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 30, 2020, 04:24:26 PM
Found out today that Dave's name is actually Derek.

Since I finish up tomorrow I am not sure if there is any point to remembering that. On the plus side, it does save me from having to think about another Dave nickname.

It's been warm and wet this week. Tomorrow though is supposed to be in the high 20's (that's Celcius for you folks in countries that still cling on to Fahrenheit).

I was looking a game of HH Holmes Murder Hotel. Apparently the idea is you explore it, trying to find proof of his crimes with the man himself hunts you down. Not decided if I like the idea or not.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 01, 2020, 01:52:07 AM
It is half six in the morning and all is quiet. It is much cooler today after we had the hottest day of the year so far yesterday. I love these peaceful times. Soon the rest of the house will wake up and I love spending time with them too, but right now is my time.

So my nine years in EOS came to an end yesterday. Apparently they had a whip-round for me, but they put Barry in charge of picking up a leaving present, so I might get that at some unspecified point in the future and I might not. I didn't really feel any care about it. There are some good people working there, but no one I will overly miss. Anyone I would is leaving around the same time anyway.

I've switched from buying figures for wargaming to collecting up some terrain to make the battlefield more interesting. For some reason model trees are hideously expensive so I haven't picked up any of them yet. I do have plenty of assorted buildings, walls, hedges and a river (as well as a bridge to go over it). Ordered some hills yesterday.

Had the latest pair of missionaries around for dinner last night. One is from Layton in Utah, the other from Houston, Texas. I found them hard to make conversation with, but I did my best if only for Kristi's sake.

Planning on heading into Elgin today and visiting the cemetery. This year has not been conducive to popping over there regularly.

Hmm, I should add some Transvision Vamp to my playlist. They had a couple of ok songs for forgettable pop music. Mostly though I guess it is because Wendy James looked hot. It would make a lighter change to the Powerwolf (terrible name), and Sabaton I've been listening to recently.

Oh well, I guess I should grab some breakfast and do stuff like get clothes on.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on August 01, 2020, 02:40:14 PM
what's a whip-round? congrats on a happy ending leading into a new beginning, my friend!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 01, 2020, 02:43:41 PM
That's when they do a collection to get someone a leaving present. Ironically, normally it is me who has to organise them (although when someone who will only be referred to as "The miserable b***h" left I refused to do one for her as all she'd ever done was complain about everything.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 03, 2020, 03:14:29 PM
If a government declared it was mandatory to breathe, would some people refuse on the basis that it is their right as an idiot not to?

Rhetorical question there. Pretty sure the answer is yes.

I had my first "day" in my new job today. Turned up at 08:00. Apparently the rule is that if you have no work to do then you go home. I was out of there just after 10:00 and I don't need to go back in until Wednesday. I cannot complain about those hours.

It also takes me a few minutes less to walk to work each day, so I can stay in bed slightly later in the mornings. Extra cuddle time should never be refused. I guess I should be upset that it gives me less time to think about stuff, but these days that might be a good thing. Besides, I enjoyed that more when my thoughts were darker. These days my meanderings seem to be pink, fluffy and saccharine sweet.

Comparatively.

Trying to put on something to watch on the TV, but I have music playing and damn good tunes keep coming on.  Right now I have
Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EWqTym2cQU&list=LLqFSELbmlq-_cwRPCu5fmIg&index=717#)
and there is just no way I can put that song off. I also can't listen to it without thinking of that scene in 'Shoot 'Em Up' with the skydiving fight.

Damn, but that movie is fun and has a great soundtrack.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on August 03, 2020, 04:57:01 PM
 ^ AC/DC! You the man!  :cheers:
And Bon Scott at that!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on August 04, 2020, 09:18:02 PM
"comparatively" bwahahahaaaa! :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 06, 2020, 03:38:38 PM
Have another one RC.


Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4uwi5cUyco&list=LLqFSELbmlq-_cwRPCu5fmIg&index=4&t=0s#)


I got into work this morning. The guy training me said "I have a hangover, so just check your emails and if there is nothing important there, then just go home."

Fair enough. Was a lovely warm day today, so when I got home Kristi suggested we head into Inverness for the day. When I was last down visiting my mum she gave Ash £100 to spend on toys, so we went around a few toy shops today with him and spent about £60 of that (two Paw Patrol cars (Rubble and Zoom for anyone who is familiar with the show) with accompanying pups and dinosaurs), a box of 10 Hot Wheels cars and a track for them), all on cars and car related things. We figured out what we wanted to get him for xmas and I picked up another present for Kristi as well as deciding what her big present is going to be. Ash did not want to walk today, preferring instead to be carried. Putting that down to the heat (it was supposed to be 19 degrees today, turned out to be 27 degrees instead).

In contrast to the other places I have been recently, almost everyone was wearing masks in Inverness, even while outside. Aberdeen on the other hand has went back into lockdown after an outbreak centred on one of the pubs in the city. Honestly, I can't help but think that places serving alcohol should be the last to reopen. Drunk people do not socially distance.

We had a walk along the River Ness and took some photos.

(https://i.imgur.com/77U2DBf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/P73rS7O.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dcVr8pW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wXdXpAZ.jpg)

By the time we got back home Ash was just done. We fed him, gave him a cool shower and he collapsed into bed, sleeping within minutes.

If only we could do that to him every day.  :bouncegiggle:

We should have a short day tomorrow again, if not quite as short as todays was lol.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 07, 2020, 01:28:31 PM
As it turned out today was just as short as yesterday.

The weather started out really nice, but as the day went on it cooled down and we got some rain. Not an entirely bad thing as the heat can be quite oppressive.

This has been the easiest first week in any job I have ever done. I don't imagine it will stay this way though.

I am not often happy with my paint jobs on models, but this DAK (Deutsches Afrikakorps) command group seem to have worked out well.
Its a medic, officer, radio operator and a dogsbody type guy.

(https://i.imgur.com/l6RuzFX.jpg)

I have a bunch of infantry I am getting a friend to paint up professionally. When I get them back we'll be doing some African desert fights with the LRDG (forerunner to the SAS).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on August 08, 2020, 02:25:08 PM
that bridge is gorgeous, any idea on the age? it must be awesome to live in a place with so much amazing architecture...i love my little city on the prairie, but there's nothing here that even hits 200 years old.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 08, 2020, 03:05:02 PM
Those bridges are in Inverness city centre and aren't too old. I'd guess no more than 50 years but most likely a lot more recent.  It gets lit up in all different neon colours at night.


(https://i.imgur.com/0Ao6i6Y.jpg)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on August 09, 2020, 05:56:19 PM
interesting that they're that "young", they remind me of some of the bridges in new england that are 300ish now.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 12, 2020, 01:38:42 PM
If you are really interested, I'll find you some pictures of seriously old bridges.

Picked up our new kitten today. Kristi had tasked me with coming up with a name. Since it is a patchwork of colours, I first thought of naming it Franky (for Frankensteins Monster), but since the cat is female I decided to go with Elsa, after Elsa Lancaster. Speaking of Elsa Lancaster, I was today years old when I found out she was in Mary Poppins.

The new job is going ok. Working with a couple of boardgame geeks so I think I might fit in well there. I tend to get on better with smaller groups and there only being 3 of us in there definitely counts for that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 15, 2020, 01:53:23 PM
I suggested we go out for a walk early this afternoon. The weather this morning had been pretty sucky so we'd abandoned plans to head into town. We took a meandering wander and ended up having a late lunch at one of the harbour cafes. Might have even picked up a little bit of sunburn while we were eating outside, but not enough to really notice.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 17, 2020, 03:07:26 PM
Ah, the joys of parenting a child with an endless supply of energy.

Ash hasn't quite completely adapted to the newest addition to the family. The kitten managed to get into his room at 4 or 5 am over the weekend. Ash woke up and was not impressed to find it curled up and sleeping on his pillow. Other times he laughs and giggles as he chases Elsa all over the living and dining rooms. Other times he doesn't want the cat anywhere near him. Kristi's lap has become a battleground, which has currently settled into a cold war with one on each knee and woe betide anyone who trespasses even slightly on the other's territory.

I have been distracting both of them from using Kristi as a climbing frame as much as I can.

Well not quite as much as I can. Sometimes it is just too funny to interfere with.

The weather has been rapidly cycling between being too warm to be comfortable and being much cooler and wetter. We even had a couple of rare thunderstorms.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on August 18, 2020, 04:34:10 PM
i would greatly appreciate old bridge pictures, thank you!
i remember when the twins were around 2, stacy got a kitten and they were NOT happy campers because of the lap thing. needless to say, it was already a battleground between THEM anyway. stacy put her foot down and said that her lap was cat territory only, until the kitten( she's SO original, her name was kitter, lol!) was as big as  the girls. they fell for it, lol!
  when i came up for the summer, i was informed that they sat on each side of me because they were" too grown" for my lap, and i was NOT to pet kitter ever, " she's spoiled by mom already!". and i did NOT pet her. she just rode around on my shoulder, lol!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 20, 2020, 01:02:19 AM
Ah, the darkness. How I love to lie in it and just enjoy a silent world for a while.

When the seagulls shut the f-up anyway.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 22, 2020, 02:48:45 PM
Saw on the news about the weather in the Gulf of Mexico. Hope anyone for the affected area stays safe and the hurricanes don’t go all 2020 and form a superstorm or anything.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 23, 2020, 04:38:57 PM
Still working our way through season 5 of Lucifer. 3 episodes to go. Watching it, I do not get the impression that they ever intended this to be the final season. Maybe I am just being suspicious there.

I wonder how the decision to pay all that money for sports and have to cancel a ton of other shows so they can afford it is working out for them this year?

Ash and Elsa are learning to play together. He spent a good 45 minutes last night running up and down the living room while carrying a ball on a stick with her chasing after him and he was laughing his ass off the entire time.

Not sure if he has forgiven her though for the night he woke up and found her sleeping on his pillow. Caused a lot of trauma that one.

Keep thinking that in Galaxy of Terror the wrong guy won. Ranger faced his fear and defeated it, which to me beats never having to come up against it in the first place. Fear is a strange thing. Those who don't listen to it at all put themselves in more danger. Those who let it overcome them moreso. The slim area in between where it is a great survival tool, such a hard place to find and stay in but well worth the effort. Oh well.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 25, 2020, 07:20:53 AM
For Barri. And well anyone else who has an interest in bridges.

The Forth (Rail) Bridge.

So-called because it bridges the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland. This isn't exactly ancient (1890). When it was constructed it was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, which it remained for 30 years and is still the second-longest such design in the world and was the first major structure in the UK to be built from steel. If you ask about bridges in Scotland, the chances are this is the one people will think of first.


(https://i.imgur.com/FfiRnZn.jpg)


Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Completed in 1901 the Glenfinnan Viaduct was longest mass concrete viaduct in Britain. This viaduct is featured in the Harry Potter series and features 21 graceful arches.


(https://i.imgur.com/Vd3f1a2.jpg)


Clachan Bridge.


(https://i.imgur.com/gE15Ow4.jpg)

Dating from 1792, this bridge spans the Clachan Sound which opens into the Atlantic and is referred to as the bridge over the Atlantic.


Brig o'Doon.


(https://i.imgur.com/1aR1KDD.jpg)


Made famous in Burn's 'Tam o'Shanter', the bridge was built sometime in the 1400's.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on August 26, 2020, 02:13:13 PM
oh thank you, those are BEAUTIFUL! i think the clachan is my favorite, although the forth, the cantilevered one is BRILLIANT architecture :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 26, 2020, 02:42:16 PM
You should come over and visit sometime and we'll take you to a few of them.

One of my new co-workers seems to be something of a trump fan and a conspiracy theory. We were all having a political conversation today that roamed all over world politics. He kept telling me to google some claim or another of his, and all the results I would get would be from fact-checkers debunking his claims (one, just as an example was that Clinton had given North Korea nuclear technology).

Anyway, we spent the morning tearing his most of his claims to pieces. Those we didn't, it was more of a case of we didn't bother researching them.  He isn't a bad guy, but some of the things he believes in... Well, at least he isn't a flat earther. Nor is he daft enough to think that just making some random statement or giving us a link to a half-arsed website is going to blow our minds. Still, people who do things like that are always useful for the comedy value.

We had a big meltdown from Ash tonight. We were sitting in the dining room having our dinner when Elsa tried to come through the door. Ash reached over to shut the door to stop her coming in, but caught her paw in the door. He might not have meant to hurt her, but I didn't want him thinking this was ok either, so he got sat on my lap. For a child who must always constantly be in motion, this is a hellish punishment. Normally, he gets a timeout like this of between 2 to 5 minutes. He ended up with at least half an hour. I had been going to let him down, but Elsa jumped up beside us and he tried to push her away. The whole time he was crying his tantrum cry and struggling to get free. What can I say, I am more stubborn than a 2-year-old.

Within moments of him being set free, he was fine again though.

Back to conspiracy theories, I did come across this page randomly. I thought some of our more faith-based members might be interested in it, although I don't believe that Christians are particularly susceptible to conspiracy theories when compared to any other section of society.

http://instrumentofmercy.com/2020/05/07/why-your-christian-friends-and-family-members-are-so-easily-fooled-by-conspiracy-theories/ (http://instrumentofmercy.com/2020/05/07/why-your-christian-friends-and-family-members-are-so-easily-fooled-by-conspiracy-theories/)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 31, 2020, 04:08:48 PM
In theory, I am practising coding right now. At least, I have installed the version of the computer language we use at work, and I have the program open to type. I even have my coursebook open beside me.

Yup, that's about the limit of my enthusiasm tonight. Ash has been very full on this weekend, as we'd expect from a little boy. It's almost 21:00 and he still isn't sleeping. I think he is fading though.

It was the last day of eating out for half price today. We decided to pop out for lunch. Might as well. By the sounds of it the autumn budget is going to hit ordinary rather than businesses, or even sharing the burden equally. Since our corporate tax rates are already below the international average I can't help but feel it is about time they paid their way. Still, this is what happens when you vote for a party on the right.

Making my way through season 2 of The Umbrella Academy. It isn't holding me the way the first season did, but I will stick with it for the moment.

I see far right protesters attempted to storm the German parliment. The more things change... The world does seem to be in a bad place at the moment. I wonder if we'll see it get better in our life times?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 02, 2020, 04:05:37 PM
Over the past few days and weeks, I've been checking in on various friends from around the world, making sure they are all ok yadda, yadda. The ones from the US have mentioned the exact same phrase, that they were embarrassed to be American. I've heard this exact same phrase from multiple people, spread over the country. Then I saw a study on the news that said the exact same thing, same phraseology. Wondering if this was something that was said on a national program or something. No one is using any alternative words, like ashamed and I am just curious if this has a common source.

Watched 'Bright' again tonight. Still can't figure out the hate for it. It is a shame it didn't have cybernetics in it too though, then we could have had a Shadowrun movie.

Managed to get a group together for a new D&D game. This time we'll be playing in person rather than online. One of the guys I work with and his wife want to play. I also have Kristi, Garry and three other potential players. I've started writing the new campaign out.. I'll give them a starting adventure, a couple of adventure hooks and let them go. Hopefully though, someone else will want to GM soon and I can get back to playing.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 04, 2020, 08:50:51 AM
I was reading an article on Qanon. It was dealing with a bunch of their claims and how they were debunked. One of them, all they wrote was "We didn't even have to debunk this one."

Never actually looked at any of their stuff directly, all my exposure to them has been second or third hand. I wonder if their stuff is as ridiculous as it sounds, or is it more impressive first hand?

Suspect I already know the answer to that question.

Work has finally started on the high-speed line they want to build between the north of England and London. The idea behind it is that people will no longer need to commute to London and can work in the north. My bet is that all it will do is extend the range for people commuting too and from London. Not saying it is a bad (or for that matter) good project, but I do very much doubt it will achieve its stated objective. Apparently it is the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, and doubtless at least during its construction, it will provide many jobs. Maybe sometimes that is enough.

Started playing the mobile app version of Eve (Eve Echoes). I had wanted to play the full online game, but by the time I'd finished with other MMO's I reckoned the game had been going for too long and any new player was just going to get nuked by the more experienced ones. I'll see how this version goes. Between writing stories and RPG's my play time is fairly limited so I am not sure how long or how much I'll play.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on September 04, 2020, 08:41:09 PM
Over the past few days and weeks, I've been checking in on various friends from around the world, making sure they are all ok yadda, yadda. The ones from the US have mentioned the exact same phrase, that they were embarrassed to be American.

I'm not ashamed to be an American, but I am ashamed of many Americans.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 06, 2020, 07:42:10 AM
Mostly, the embarrassment seemed to stem from their countries current place internationally with how Covid-19 is going, although I was more curious about everyone using the same phrase rather than what they were worried about.

Nice day outside today, so we took a stroll. Partially through this was to try and tire Ash out a bit so he'd nap. He didn't go to sleep last night until nearly 23:00. We had Garry round for a visit. He is going to be joining in my new D&D campaign, playing an evil cleric. He's always wanted to play a necromancer and figures he might actually get there this time. Currently, I have 6 people wanting to play, which is about as large as I want the group to get. It is entirely possible that we might have another 2 to 4 people wanting to play. If they all want to join in, I'd have to look at setting up a second game.

What I have so far is Garry (very experienced roleplayer who I've known for years), Roger (brother of my friend Bruce. Not met him before. He says he's played loads of D&D before), Shelly (Roger's wife, no idea on her experience level), Kristi (been playing D&D for 2 years), Mark (one of my co-workers. Never roleplayed before) and his wife Emma who equally has never played before.

Kristi is playing a Dwarf warrior, so she'll be the pain bearer, while Garry is going to have to stand back and avoid combat. He got some higher than average scores that all went into his mental abilities to improve his spell casting, and then he got some rather poor rolls that went into his physical attributes. He may struggle to land any spell that requires a to-hit roll. There are ways to get around that though. Unfortunately, as his god is evil (his actual character alignment at the moment is Lawful Neutral, which more or less means you obey the rules wither they are right or wrong), he can't access healing magic. Hopefully one of the other party members will be a healer. I have decided to throw in a complication there.

Often in fantasy literature, spells cast by priests is ok 'cos that comes from the gods, whereas wizardly magic is suspicious and gets you thrown on a bonfire. In this game, I've decided to switch that around. Although churches approve of their clerics using magic, the common folk see it as more of a blasphemy, misusing the power of a deity for their own purposes. Will be interesting to see if the party use some healing magic on some wounded villager, only to be accused of a crime against the gods.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on September 06, 2020, 10:20:42 AM
Nice switch on clerics and magic.

Back in the day I only tried playing D&D once, in 1996, MTG was more my thing, but I did enjoy reading the game books, and one thing I did notice in the ..."old" (?) system at least was clerics were so modeled on Medieval Christianity as to be seriously restricted. They could not shed blood so had to use blunt weapons being a big example. (Probably this has been changed, I haven't read a rulebook in a long time.) I remember thinking clerics could be part of many cosmologies and the rules should be more flexible. Maybe your cleric was an animist or part of a fire-worshipping cult, and the rules would be different. In fact I tried to push against that rule by saying I wanted to play a cleric who came from a desert cult and fought with a thorn-studded club made from a poison tree, only to be told clerics couldn't use poison, and I thought well why the bloody Jones not? It wasn't as if the D&D rule police were listening in, waiting to come kick in the door and drag me out by my hair for violating their game.

I'm also told the game evolved to be more about storytelling and less about dice rolling, which I'd see as an improvement, since I, with my high school know-it-all condescension, kept telling the guys playing the game that night that if they thought about what they were doing, it was all about mathematical probability expressed through random number generation.

To which one of them accurately replied: "What isn't about that?"

(I was being a little mean to them.)

Have fun with your new campaign! Based on your past settings I'm sure it'll be cool as heck.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 06, 2020, 11:42:48 AM
Currently clerics (while still vaguely based on western Christianity*) can use a lot more weapons. Faerun, where I have set my game, has a polytheistic society. Indeed it has a book of gods 220 pages long, and that doesn't cover all of them, just the big ones. Each god has his own favoured weapon, some of which are blunt, some edged, but their followers are under no obligation to use their gods favoured weapon. As long as you picked a god that didn't have a problem with poisons (Besheba in the Faerun for example, Talona or Lovitar), I'd have so let you use that character. Sounds like to me that you had something very characterful there that would have added to the feel of a game.

Plus it would have been really funny if you'd fumbled an attack and poisoned yourself.

Initially, with D&D I am told Gygax wanted the game played exactly as he wrote it with no modifications of the rules (yeah, like that was ever going to happen), although as he aged he mellowed on the idea. When roleplaying started, it was about a bunch of adventurers going down into a cave, beating a random assortment of creatures who served no other purpose other than to be there to be killed. Nowadays, dungeons are a bit more nuanced. They often include a miniature eco-system (just how do those 200 odd Orcs get fed, where do their weapons and armour come from? What about the female and baby Orcs).

Very recently, Wizards of the Coast announced they are going to be redeveloping Orcs and Drow to make them more inclusive. No longer will they be generic bad guys, but in the interests of not being racist, they will no longer be bad guys but are going to be as deep and morally complex as any other race.

I feel like pointing out that these are not real species. Maybe smacking them with a mace would be a bit more appropriate. When the left gets on its high horse, they irritate me just as much as the right does with their (self) righteousness.

Anyway, yes the game is more about role-playing now as a pose to 'roll' playing.


*When it comes to monks though, they are very firmly entrenched in the eastern traditions of the aesthetic martial artist. No one gets to play the kind with the shaven circle on top of their noggins.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on September 06, 2020, 11:55:24 AM
Over the past few days and weeks, I've been checking in on various friends from around the world, making sure they are all ok yadda, yadda. The ones from the US have mentioned the exact same phrase, that they were embarrassed to be American.

I'm not ashamed to be an American, but I am ashamed of many Americans.

I'm proud to be an American. But when we f**k up, boy do we f**k up!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 07, 2020, 05:33:51 PM
Roger and his wife Shelly came round tonight to make up their characters. Roger's dad used to work for the diplomatic core, and his kids were born in Zimbabwe. They've just moved to the area recently.

Anyway, Roger has went for a Halfling Rogue and Shelly a Half-Elven Cleric of one of the nature deities. Garry has decided he doesn't want to play an evil cleric anymore, so I am expecting a Swashbuckler type fighter from him now.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on September 08, 2020, 02:19:22 AM
Roger and his wife Shelly came round tonight to make up their characters. Roger's dad used to work for the diplomatic core, and his kids were born in Zimbabwe. They've just moved to the area recently.

Anyway, Roger has went for a Halfling Rogue and Shelly a Half-Elven Cleric of one of the nature deities. Garry has decided he doesn't want to play an evil cleric anymore, so I am expecting a Swashbuckler type fighter from him now.

I was also born in Zimbabwe (had another name then).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on September 08, 2020, 02:20:30 AM
I'm on Skype now: not sure how it works but if you type in Trevor Moses, you'll find the pic of some idiot behind a film camera. That's me.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 08, 2020, 02:29:27 AM
Ok, I think I found your profile and have sent you a message.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 08, 2020, 12:33:03 PM
Ash was running a very slight temperature yesterday, which resulted in me being sent home from work for a couple of days to make sure he doesn't have Covid. He was a little out of sorts yesterday morning but soon bounced back to being his usual self. I've been checking his temperature today, all seems to be normal there and he is acting his normal self. Tried putting him down for a nap this afternoon, but he is just sitting in his cot singing.

Hearing that some guy killed himself and the video is on Tiktok. If anyone out there has kids that use it, they might want to keep them off it for a bit. The company is trying to take the video down, but I guess people being people, it keeps getting uploaded. Never use the service myself and haven't seen it. Don't particularly plan on going looking for it, but it seems to be getting snuck into other videos. I'm told it starts with a brown-haired man sitting at a desk. I wonder if the story is true, or is someone trying to get people to go looking for the video? Sadly one is as likely as the other, although I this one seems to be genuine.

Garry messaged me, he wants to switch from playing a necromancer to a swashbuckler. This is not unexpected. Garry really only likes to play one of two types of character. He refuses to play paladins or bards completely (except for one time he was set up with a pre-generated character's campaign. Strangely enough, his usual terrible luck vanished while he was playing a paladin. He still gets taunted about that one now and again.

Well, after a day of checking Ash's temperature he seems to be fine and work is happy enough for me to return tomorrow. Not going to complain about 2 days off free with no one actually unwell.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 09, 2020, 01:55:22 PM
We had a heavy rain today. Heaviest I've seen since the Aberdeen incident that killed my last iPod. The walk home from work takes 20 minutes. I was soaked through before I'd done a quarter of that. On the other hand, it was a half-day, and I'll take getting soaked in return for getting home early any day.

Watching CM Punk's horror film on Netflix at the moment. I missed his entire run on wrestling, so he doesn't have any nostalgic associations for me. The film is somewhat slow-moving, I guess it is supposed to build tension, but it might be a little too slow. Only halfway through so a way to go yet. His acting isn't fantastic, but I've seen worse.

Signed up for a course in programming today. If I complete it, I'll get given £300. Think I'll use that to buy my 3D printer, so that's my encouragement to actually do it. There are a few other courses I can sign up for and get similar amounts. Might just do them in my spare time, although some of them cost something to start.

Saw another kid has been shot in the states (Utah) by the police, although this one has survived. I'd love to know exactly what terms of engagement they operate under. Quite often it seems if I was to shoot an enemy combatant under the same situation I'd be committing a war crime, never mind a child. I'd have to know more about the situations though to really make a proper judgement. Hopefully, the kid will recover. No idea on the colour of his skin either in this case or if that will lead to further protests, but if you have to shoot a 13-year-old kid multiple times to stop them, that has to be one hell of a life or death situation right? Kid running at you with a chainsaw or something?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 09, 2020, 02:30:44 PM
The movie got better towards the end even if it had a couple of plot holes.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 11, 2020, 04:28:40 PM
Catching up with some old friends. Most of my female friends are feminists and I like to send them a message every once in a while to check they are ok if they've been quiet for a while.

The one I used this time was:

"The first time I saw you, I thought you must have fallen from heaven.

Do you often get mistaken for Satan?"

Works every time. They all seem to be doing well enough.

Having some Doom Bars tonight. Kick back, have some beers and chill out time. Although the morning wasn't great, the weather improved in the afternoon and evening. Took Ash out for a walk and let him play on the swings. That kid loves his swings and chutes. Mind you, I rarely met a kid that hasn't.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 12, 2020, 10:19:05 AM
Ended up chatting with Helena long into the night yesterday until she fell asleep. She's just had a second little girl. After knowing me for over a decade it came as a complete surprise to her to find out that she doesn't actually know my real name, and the one I have is just one that I've been using for 30 years. Never had my name officially changed.

Rough night with Ash once again. He got up about 01:00 and Kristi got up with him. I sent her back to bed at 5ish (although she didn't get there until Ash went down). Was around 07:00 before he finally settled and got back up at 11:00.

We are all really tired and in strung-out shape. Heh, not really. I just like that movie.

Printing out a PDF of a book I already own, but a friend has on load and I am pretty sure he's managed to lose it in the several years he's had it. Expecting the printer to run out of ink halfway through or something. If it does, I may get... irritated.

So we've had new rules brought in about the maximum group size and number of households that can get together. This impacts somewhat on my upcoming D&D campaign as I'd have had a total of 7 people from 3 households playing and the new rules dictate a maximum of 6 people from between 2 households. In Scotland, this doesn't include under 12's while in England it does. I've decided to split the party in two and run a pair of separate, but linked games on alternate weeks. It will be more work for me to write up two separate adventures and as soon as the restrictions are lifted I'll look combining the two groups into one. Politicians are getting angsty about the new limitations saying people should be free to decide what level of risk they are willing to take. That's the problem though, you aren't just deciding how much risk you are willing to take. Some people are forced by simple economics to take risks they wouldn't pick if they had the choice. You are also deciding how much risk other people are going to be taking. Traditionally though the tories have endorsed policies of laissez-faire, unless it stops rich people getting richer. They get right in about things if that is happening.

I wonder why that is? (insert emoji for sarcasm).

It occurred to me that Graham has been responsible for more deaths amongst my roleplaying characters than any other player I ever gamed alongside. Graham was the first husband of my friend Claire, who is now married to Bruce and has two kids but identifies as being a man. Bruce is also the brother of Roger, one of the new people to playing D&D with us. I can't remember the characters name, but I remember I was playing a paladin and we were trying to save a village from a goblinoid invasion. Something minor happened and he decided to come in and wake my character up from his sleep rather than deal with it himself, half an hour before I'd have been able to claim a full nights rest, regain some health and have all my spells back. The village then came under attack and I died saving the settlement from a rather angry ogre. My most infamous character was called Lelandra and she was a rogue/fighter/ranger/cleric (we only had two players when we'd started that campaign and I had to cover a lot of bases). She was also fairly heartless in certain ways. When one of the team was brought back from the dead, but was naked she simply walked to the nearest settlement in the middle of the night, knocked on someone's door and slit their throat when they answered and then stole their shoes for the naked man. Anyway, we were fighting a dragon and rather than face it, Graham's mighty Dwarf warrior turned around and ran away. This left me facing a very powerful dragon on my own (can't remember where the other party members were at this point). My talents were all in sneaking up behind something and carving it up. I could have killed the dragon if he'd hung around to distract it, but one on one in a stand-up fight I made a handy dragon snack. He would later on in an entirely separate campaign repeat the same trick with a Dwarven Defender (a class known for stoically fighting on no matter what the odds and dying where they stand rather than retreating), which was the end of Gurt the Half-Orc barbarian.

Still, we remained friends until he accused me of having an affair with his wife. Never mind that they lived 20 miles away from Lossiemouth, neither me nor Claire could drive and there were no buses between our villages. I mean if we'd been really determined we could have had an affair, but I never found her attractive (or him as he now is). They were married and divorced before a year had passed.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on September 12, 2020, 11:34:20 AM
^ Why do I find this funny as hell?  :question: :bouncegiggle:

"Still, we remained friends until he accused me of having an affair with his wife. Never mind that they lived 20 miles away from Lossiemouth, neither me nor Claire could drive and there were no buses between our villages. I mean if we'd been really determined we could have had an affair, but I never found her attractive (or him as he now is). They were married and divorced before a year had passed."


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 12, 2020, 12:07:10 PM
Glad you like it. It is funny now, but it wasn't back then. Graham worked for the same people I did and told all his other friends I was sleeping with his wife. This caused me problems for years.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on September 12, 2020, 12:09:16 PM
^ I didn't mean to laugh at your misfortune,...but that is funny!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 12, 2020, 12:16:37 PM
It's all good RC, I wasn't taking offence.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 14, 2020, 02:06:58 PM
Went into work for my annual assessment. Got the usual "Look I know you've said you don't want to be promoted, but you could go far if you wanted" type speech. I was even told I am wasting my potential. I disagree there. I want to keep my potential, so I've hidden it away somewhere where no one else can get to use it. Just feels like I am one wasting my time because I don't care enough to write out what my objectives are for the year ahead, keep a diary of all the really good stuff I've done and so forth. Then my bosses have to waste their time writing up and commenting on all this stuff.

Besides, the way promotion works, they only stop promoting you when you get to a level where you are no longer good at your job, or you've ran out of ranks to go up.

Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of the day we discovered we'd lost Lilly-Beth. Guess that is easier to deal with now we have Ash. Not that he replaces her or anything. After I finish work on Friday, we'll head out the cemetery. for whatever reason, I like to give her fresh flowers regularly. It wasn't until the 18th though that she was born. This week is never going to be a fun one to get through.

Sometimes I really wish I could believe in a god so I could be angry with him. Then again, that is hardly the only thing he (or she) would owe us a few explanations on.

Got another American friend wanting to move to the area (I think this is the 3rd one). She has an advantage that she was born in the UK to American parents and has a passport for both countries, thus meaning she doesn't have to go through all the citizenship stuff Kristi had to endure. She's an ex-(US) marine. I wonder how she'll get on the with US naval personnel going to be stationed here. Anyway, she is looking at moving here in about 3 years time. Hey Indy, if you re-enlist you could get posted to Scotland. She has decided that she'll need to make a monthly (or more) call to Kristi to organise things for coming over. I believe the pair of them are nattering away on the phone at the moment.

Hopefully, they will all learn to drive on the left side of the road.

I've seen that 'Fade to Gray' is on Shudder. I've been wanting to watch that one again for a while. I might just sign up for a week or something so I can.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 18, 2020, 04:34:59 PM
Well, today marks the fifth anniversary of us losing Lilly-Beth. When I finished at work we took out a trip out to the cemetery to put fresh flowers down, The grave beside hers has a small fence around it, which prevents the grass from getting cut. I find this irritating, but I take a heavy-duty pair of scissors out with us so I can cut it and tidy it up a bit. That grave looks like it doesn't get visitors very often if ever, and I suppose I could just remove the wire fence and the chances seem to be that no one would notice, but it doesn't take long to sort it out.

Miss you baby girl.

(https://i.imgur.com/J1Llzc3.jpg)


It was a nice, warm day today. The weather forecasters talked about it being the last gasp of summer. I think it is going to be a bad winter and not because of snow, rain, storms or any other such phenomenon. It is looking like we might be heading for a second lock down.

I wonder if the country can afford it.

I like what Indonesia is doing with anti-maskers. Apparantly, they don't have enough grave diggers to cope with the increased death rate, so people who don't wear masks get made to help dig graves for those who die of Covid. Not that I expect it to change their minds. Some people are a bit too much like the population of High Brazil...

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY-HOYTz-rs#)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 19, 2020, 10:41:11 AM
Our warm weather week seems to have come to an end on a cloudy day. We had planned a walk along the beach if it was a nice day but not really the weather for it. Shame as a nice long walk would have been really good. Oh well.

Asmodee are doing a sale on Steam for a lot of their board game adaptations. Picked up a few of the ones I've been wanting to play for a while. I mean, if I am going to pay somewhere upwards of £100 for a physical game it is worth paying £5 to see if it is any good or not first.

The first chapter is complete for my D&D game next week. I've made it pretty tough. Perhaps too tough? Oh well, I guess I'll see if everyone dies on the first big fight or not. Now I have two weeks to finish the first adventure for group 2 and the second for group 1.

I'll be glad when we can gather in the one group again.

I wonder if there is an alternative universe where Blaze Bailey went on to be bigger with Iron Maiden than Bruce Dickenson ever was?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 20, 2020, 08:13:06 AM
The Westminster government has decided to fine people who fail to safe isolate when required up to £10,000 (or people who prevent others from self-isolating) along with financial help for those who have to isolate. I think they should go more along the lines of Indonesia. Don't think the virus is real? Fine, you can help deal with the bodies. After all, if it isn't a thing you have nothing to worry about.

I see someone tried mailing Ricin to trump. Not that I like the guy, but I really don't think that is the way to go. Too high a chance of getting the wrong person, and besides, I know a few presidents have been assassinated, but I am sure all his mail will be checked long before it gets anywhere near him.

On a side note, I find it interesting that only one serving British PM has ever been assassinated. Given the whole empire thing, the IRA and various other things, I'd have expected that to be higher. The one that was killed, was by some businessman who blamed the government for his debt.

Randomly started thinking about women from my past, I guess brought on from a comment in another thread. I've slept with girls from Scotland (only the one from my native country), Ireland, England (never managed Wales although I did try with one Welsh girl, she just wasn't interested, and there was a Welsh girl who was interested in me, but I failed to pick up on this. I did at least have sex with a girl in Wales, even if she wasn't Welsh), Germany, Denmark, one I am not sure if she was Swedish or Norwegian, a girl from Trans-Moldovia (so I am not sure if that counts as Moldovia or Russian. She was pro-Russia. Hmm thinking about it, she might have been Ukrainian and the Trans-Moldavian was a different girl who I didn't sleep with), China, Brazil and the USA. Apologies to the ghostly memories of any other nationalities I've either forgotten about or even not known what country they were from. Or the ones whose names I never found out.

Of all of them though, roughly half the women were English. I lived in England for less than 3 years, and the only girl I slept with during that time was Irish. Almost none of these initial encounters took place in the home country of any of the women involved, and none of them were older than me (unless they lied about their ages, which is possible, but wouldn't bother me as this isn't something that was ever deliberate). I did miss out on adding Canada to that list (didn't realise she was coming on to me), definately Norway (I'd just got involved with Kristi and she was married to a friend so a double no there), Finland (actually a man rather than a woman. He even tried proposing to me. I said I'd think about it and never got back to him).

There have been all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours and a wide assortment of what each of them prefer in the bedroom. Two I would rate as having been boring (fairs fair though, they might have thought the same of me). Both of them were told this (one during the act itself, I hadn't particularly wanted to be with her, it was kind of hate/hate sex which looking back is odd, even if it made sense at the time, the other during an arguement after we'd split up. She started a fight one night and did her level best to hurt my feelings. The more she tried, the more I laughed and the angrier she got until eventually, having ran out of things to say, she switched to just obscenities and screamed "F you". I smiled and replied "Been there, done that and honey, you ain't that good". Had we had this arguement the night before or the night after, I would have just let her rant and rave, but she happened to pick the night inbetween that caught me in exactly the wrong mood). Only one girl I found was substantially different in any notable way to all the others (strangely, the one mentioned above about the arguement).

That I know of, I've failed to realise a girl from Canada, four from England, one from Scotland were coming on to me as well as maybe a dozen others whose country of origin I genuinely have no idea of. I've had 3 gay men come on to me (including the one who proposed), and although I've been complimented, I've not been interested. There was of course the one lesbian (who it took me until after midnight to realise she was wanting sex).

Although I've only really used the internet in the last 15 years, around half the girls I've mentioned above were originally met online and none on any kind of dating app (all from gaming). I did try a dating app for a few months when I decided to get back into relationships, but didn't find anyone who was interested in me and I would be interested in, in return. Besides, I then met Kristi so I cancelled it. Hopefully I deleted my profile. Hmm, that's something I should check if I can remember the name of the website. Or if not hopefully its been removed since I haven't logged into it, in what 10 years I guess. It was supposed to be one that catered to people who like the same music as me, but I found it was just the sort of people I guess you'd find on any such website. Mind you, I guess the chances of bumping into someone in the street who starts to berate me for not replying to their messages is fairly low.

Of all these ladies, I have only kept in touch with two of them. There is one more I wish I had kept in touch with, and two that I often wonder what they are doing now, and they are both the ones I found boring.

What all this makes me consider, is just how small the world has become, even before the net.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on September 20, 2020, 12:56:06 PM
The Westminster government has decided to fine people who fail to safe isolate when required up to £10,000 (or people who prevent others from self-isolating) along with financial help for those who have to isolate. I think they should go more along the lines of Indonesia. Don't think the virus is real? Fine, you can help deal with the bodies. After all, if it isn't a thing you have nothing to worry about.

I see someone tried mailing Ricin to trump. Not that I like the guy, but I really don't think that is the way to go. Too high a chance of getting the wrong person, and besides, I know a few presidents have been assassinated, but I am sure all his mail will be checked long before it gets anywhere near him.

On a side note, I find it interesting that only one serving British PM has ever been assassinated. Given the whole empire thing, the IRA and various other things, I'd have expected that to be higher. The one that was killed, was by some businessman who blamed the government for his debt.

Randomly started thinking about women from my past, I guess brought on from a comment in another thread. I've slept with girls from Scotland (only the one from my native country), Ireland, England (never managed Wales although I did try with one Welsh girl, she just wasn't interested, and there was a Welsh girl who was interested in me, but I failed to pick up on this. I did at least have sex with a girl in Wales, even if she wasn't Welsh), Germany, Denmark, one I am not sure if she was Swedish or Norwegian, a girl from Trans-Moldovia (so I am not sure if that counts as Moldovia or Russian. She was pro-Russia. Hmm thinking about it, she might have been Ukrainian and the Trans-Moldavian was a different girl who I didn't sleep with), China, Brazil and the USA. Apologies to the ghostly memories of any other nationalities I've either forgotten about or even not known what country they were from. Or the ones whose names I never found out.

Of all of them though, roughly half the women were English. I lived in England for less than 3 years, and the only girl I slept with during that time was Irish. Almost none of these initial encounters took place in the home country of any of the women involved, and none of them were older than me (unless they lied about their ages, which is possible, but wouldn't bother me as this isn't something that was ever deliberate). I did miss out on adding Canada to that list (didn't realise she was coming on to me), definately Norway (I'd just got involved with Kristi and she was married to a friend so a double no there), Finland (actually a man rather than a woman. He even tried proposing to me. I said I'd think about it and never got back to him).

There have been all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours and a wide assortment of what each of them prefer in the bedroom. Two I would rate as having been boring (fairs fair though, they might have thought the same of me). Both of them were told this (one during the act itself, I hadn't particularly wanted to be with her, it was kind of hate/hate sex which looking back is odd, even if it made sense at the time, the other during an arguement after we'd split up. She started a fight one night and did her level best to hurt my feelings. The more she tried, the more I laughed and the angrier she got until eventually, having ran out of things to say, she switched to just obscenities and screamed "F you". I smiled and replied "Been there, done that and honey, you ain't that good". Had we had this arguement the night before or the night after, I would have just let her rant and rave, but she happened to pick the night inbetween that caught me in exactly the wrong mood). Only one girl I found was substantially different in any notable way to all the others (strangely, the one mentioned above about the arguement).

That I know of, I've failed to realise a girl from Canada, four from England, one from Scotland were coming on to me as well as maybe a dozen others whose country of origin I genuinely have no idea of. I've had 3 gay men come on to me (including the one who proposed), and although I've been complimented, I've not been interested. There was of course the one lesbian (who it took me until after midnight to realise she was wanting sex).

Although I've only really used the internet in the last 15 years, around half the girls I've mentioned above were originally met online and none on any kind of dating app (all from gaming). I did try a dating app for a few months when I decided to get back into relationships, but didn't find anyone who was interested in me and I would be interested in, in return. Besides, I then met Kristi so I cancelled it. Hopefully I deleted my profile. Hmm, that's something I should check if I can remember the name of the website. Or if not hopefully its been removed since I haven't logged into it, in what 10 years I guess. It was supposed to be one that catered to people who like the same music as me, but I found it was just the sort of people I guess you'd find on any such website. Mind you, I guess the chances of bumping into someone in the street who starts to berate me for not replying to their messages is fairly low.

Of all these ladies, I have only kept in touch with two of them. There is one more I wish I had kept in touch with, and two that I often wonder what they are doing now, and they are both the ones I found boring.

What all this makes me consider, is just how small the world has become, even before the net.

Holy hell, dude! lolololololol

Oh, me.

I'm having a good weekend, hope you are too.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on September 21, 2020, 04:07:14 PM
PS: when you say the man "proposed" to you, he was proposing a physical encounter, or he was proposing to buy the cow to get the milk, ring on your finger and joint-filing on your taxes?


No one's ever offered me marriage just to get sex. I'm jealous.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 21, 2020, 04:52:25 PM
It was a full get down and one knee and propose marriage. He did strike me as a rather lonely person though.

Finally got Ash to say his name before. Much like walking, it is something he seems to be fully capable of. He just isn't doing it because he doesn't seem to feel the need to. With the walking, there was no gradual progression. One day he was crawling around. The next, he was tottering around on his feet. He has learned a lot of words and phrases, which he'll use for a few days and then just stop.

He also went three days without pooping. Boy, did he make up for it today though.

Backed another kickstarter today. It is a game by a guy called Sandy Peterson who is something of a legend in the gaming world, both for paper roleplaying games (Call of Cthulhu) and for the computer games he has been involved in (pretty sure and Civilization & Doom both have places on his resume). He's turned his hand to board games and I wanted to back a previous one (Cthulhu Wars), but Kristi talked me out of backing it immediately and waiting. I then missed the chance to back it, so this time I jumped right in there. The game I am planning on being a present for Kristi's xmas 2021 (should come out next October).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on September 22, 2020, 12:24:31 AM
The Westminster government has decided to fine people who fail to safe isolate when required up to £10,000 (or people who prevent others from self-isolating) along with financial help for those who have to isolate. I think they should go more along the lines of Indonesia. Don't think the virus is real? Fine, you can help deal with the bodies. After all, if it isn't a thing you have nothing to worry about.

I see someone tried mailing Ricin to trump. Not that I like the guy, but I really don't think that is the way to go. Too high a chance of getting the wrong person, and besides, I know a few presidents have been assassinated, but I am sure all his mail will be checked long before it gets anywhere near him.

On a side note, I find it interesting that only one serving British PM has ever been assassinated. Given the whole empire thing, the IRA and various other things, I'd have expected that to be higher. The one that was killed, was by some businessman who blamed the government for his debt.

Randomly started thinking about women from my past, I guess brought on from a comment in another thread. I've slept with girls from Scotland (only the one from my native country), Ireland, England (never managed Wales although I did try with one Welsh girl, she just wasn't interested, and there was a Welsh girl who was interested in me, but I failed to pick up on this. I did at least have sex with a girl in Wales, even if she wasn't Welsh), Germany, Denmark, one I am not sure if she was Swedish or Norwegian, a girl from Trans-Moldovia (so I am not sure if that counts as Moldovia or Russian. She was pro-Russia. Hmm thinking about it, she might have been Ukrainian and the Trans-Moldavian was a different girl who I didn't sleep with), China, Brazil and the USA. Apologies to the ghostly memories of any other nationalities I've either forgotten about or even not known what country they were from. Or the ones whose names I never found out.

Of all of them though, roughly half the women were English. I lived in England for less than 3 years, and the only girl I slept with during that time was Irish. Almost none of these initial encounters took place in the home country of any of the women involved, and none of them were older than me (unless they lied about their ages, which is possible, but wouldn't bother me as this isn't something that was ever deliberate). I did miss out on adding Canada to that list (didn't realise she was coming on to me), definately Norway (I'd just got involved with Kristi and she was married to a friend so a double no there), Finland (actually a man rather than a woman. He even tried proposing to me. I said I'd think about it and never got back to him).

There have been all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours and a wide assortment of what each of them prefer in the bedroom. Two I would rate as having been boring (fairs fair though, they might have thought the same of me). Both of them were told this (one during the act itself, I hadn't particularly wanted to be with her, it was kind of hate/hate sex which looking back is odd, even if it made sense at the time, the other during an arguement after we'd split up. She started a fight one night and did her level best to hurt my feelings. The more she tried, the more I laughed and the angrier she got until eventually, having ran out of things to say, she switched to just obscenities and screamed "F you". I smiled and replied "Been there, done that and honey, you ain't that good". Had we had this arguement the night before or the night after, I would have just let her rant and rave, but she happened to pick the night inbetween that caught me in exactly the wrong mood). Only one girl I found was substantially different in any notable way to all the others (strangely, the one mentioned above about the arguement).

That I know of, I've failed to realise a girl from Canada, four from England, one from Scotland were coming on to me as well as maybe a dozen others whose country of origin I genuinely have no idea of. I've had 3 gay men come on to me (including the one who proposed), and although I've been complimented, I've not been interested. There was of course the one lesbian (who it took me until after midnight to realise she was wanting sex).

Although I've only really used the internet in the last 15 years, around half the girls I've mentioned above were originally met online and none on any kind of dating app (all from gaming). I did try a dating app for a few months when I decided to get back into relationships, but didn't find anyone who was interested in me and I would be interested in, in return. Besides, I then met Kristi so I cancelled it. Hopefully I deleted my profile. Hmm, that's something I should check if I can remember the name of the website. Or if not hopefully its been removed since I haven't logged into it, in what 10 years I guess. It was supposed to be one that catered to people who like the same music as me, but I found it was just the sort of people I guess you'd find on any such website. Mind you, I guess the chances of bumping into someone in the street who starts to berate me for not replying to their messages is fairly low.

Of all these ladies, I have only kept in touch with two of them. There is one more I wish I had kept in touch with, and two that I often wonder what they are doing now, and they are both the ones I found boring.

What all this makes me consider, is just how small the world has become, even before the net.



and there's the OTHER women. like me. that see you as the rotten little butthead brother they didn't have growing up. and appreciate you for being that now, even when i want to throttle you. i DO love you just for being you. and i want to throttle you for the exact same reason , which makes you a sibling in my heart. :)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 22, 2020, 01:26:36 AM
I've seen one issue dominate the news for weeks or months before. I don't think I've ever seen a single issue dominate the news for as long and for as much as Covid-19 has, without some other event overtaking it even if only temporarily. Today, 1/3 of the musicians union have apparently announced they plan on quitting the industry for good due to the financial hardship they are now going through. Best of luck on finding a job in another area at the moment. I am expecting to hear stricter rules being imposed across Scotland from either tomorrow or Thursday. Since they reopened bars the infection rate has been climbing. Drunk people don't really socially isolate. We are currently heading towards 50,000 infections per day by the middle of next month and an extra 200 deaths per day shortly afterwards.

Happy autumn everyone. Time to go running through piles of crunchy leaves. It is getting dark in the evening again. I love this time of year.

As expected, Covid restrictions have been increased again. We still aren't back on the full lockdown we experienced during the spring, but it is enough that I am going to have to delay starting my D&D game. Irksome, but when it comes to saving someone's life hardly a price anyone should complain about paying.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 24, 2020, 02:55:23 PM
Work has descended from me learning new stuff, to me and my boss talking about the random topic of the day. Yesterday it was martial arts (he is an instructor in a couple of different disciplines), today it was fantasy authors (my favourite is between David Gemmell and Raymond Fiest, although tomorrow it could be different authors. REH often features on that list or Fritz Lieber).

I just went to pet Elsa. She wasn't expecting it and jumped a good 8 inches in the air.

Kristi told me yesterday that I already knew what she was going to get me for an xmas present. I said I'd no idea, but made a couple of guesses. Judging from the look she gave me, I guessed exactly right on both. Somehow I am now in the doghouse over randomly guessing something that I was already supposed to know.

Not quite sure how that works. I'll put it down as women logic.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 25, 2020, 02:59:29 PM
The joy of work being over and done with for another week.

I might even do a happy dance.

Hmm, a policeman was shot inside a police station in England. They've got the guy who did it (or possibly girl I guess, I haven't seen). They are rare enough here that such crimes always make the national news.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on September 25, 2020, 06:10:53 PM
The joy of work being over and done with for another week.

I might even do a happy dance.



I hear ya on the dancing. Two weeks for me. Enjoy, sir, enjoy.  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 26, 2020, 11:46:43 AM
So one of the groups I am in posts a lot of really funny stuff up as well as a lot of interesting science-based discussions. The one problem with it is, the group is a real bunch of men haters. I mean even the other guys in it hate men.

I am so struggling not to drop my theory of why women are all crazy in there just to see their reactions.

Pretty sure that would be an insta-kick.

I wonder if anyone makes spring loaded coffins. Imagine the surprise some poor future archaeologist would get.

Catching up on The Boys. I've not watched the past couple of episodes so I could do a binge watch. Funny how it seems to be a metaphor for politics right now.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on September 26, 2020, 06:20:39 PM
i need to catch up too, i think i'm 2 episodes behind. i got hooked on" the block", an aussie renovation competition and went to binge city for weeks, lol! the closed captions are a riot, poor curtis is like" WTH is  park tree?" "me-"honey, scott actually said parquetry, those floors you liked". him-"OOHHH!!!!! how do you understand these people when the CC people dont?" i cracked up!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 27, 2020, 03:26:20 PM
Sadly the weekend is drawing to a close, and work looms in the morning. Still, it has been a good weekend and a relaxing one.

Except for the days. Ash tends to be running around like a little dervish during those hours and always touching something he shouldn't be. Tell him off and he giggles like we are playing a game with him.

Kristi managed to find where this game was hiding in one of our cupboards.

(https://i.imgur.com/iD4d0PS.jpg)

We get to make our own B-movies again!

Rewatching season 1 of The Expanse before watching season 2. Its been a long time since I last saw it and I've forgotten much of what the show was actually about. Still, I remember enjoying it.

Time to go iron uniform. The things I do for my underworked and overpaid job (although I'd like to point out that were I working a different role in my job, I'd be overworked and underpaid. I just happened to get lucky with my choice of posting).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 29, 2020, 06:33:30 AM
Heading up to the hospital today for them to see how much Ash’s hand has improved. Nice day for the journey. Hopefully it will be decent weather up there, as when it is raining Aberdeen is about the most depressing city in the world to be in. It’s all the granite buildings. There is some wonderful architecture there but man is it ever the wrong colour.

Got a message from my old work place saying the boss changed a couple of sentences on my assessment and can I log in and confirm if I am happy with them right away. Well, no I can’t. I am on a bloody train not at work. There is always stuff like this. You do a report, your higher up reads it and because he prefers it written a different way you have to change this part and that part. Means the same damn thing, just someone thinks writing it another way sounds better.

In the end if the day though it comes down to what the final person reading it thinks, not any of the intermediaries. I once spoke to someone who’d been an assessor on our promotion boards. He told me that they didn’t even read the comments parts, they just look at the scores at the side.

Whole lot of needless bother if you don’t care. Still we do love our red tape (that’s the royal we).



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 30, 2020, 02:20:22 PM
Spent most of yesterday in Aberdeen. Ash had a checkup on his hand. The docs have said yup he is going to need surgery. They want to wait until he is old enough to be able to do the physio exercises that will be required afterwards, but before he goes to school so we've to come back in a year.

My 2nd Reporting Officer finished his input to my assessment today, so got briefed with that. Took longer to walk over than to read through it lol (there is a maximum of 500 or 750 characters, can never remember which). It was all good stuff. Apparantly I am a stalwart.

Ordered some more figures today for D&D. One of them is perfect for who Kristi wants to play, although this may change as she has went into meltdown after discovering that making up new characters can be fun. I have no idea how many characters she has rolled up now, but she has twice had to print out more stacks of sheets after using up all the ones I had spare.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 01, 2020, 03:25:29 PM
Was supposed to go driving today at work, but the guy I was supposed to be driving was doing a course and the car I was supposed to be driving, someone else had taken anyway. I wouldn't complain, but I will now be driving tomorrow afternoon when I should have finished work and enjoying the start of my weekend.

Oh well, as long as I get paid either way I do not care. Got two backdated pay rise, which amounted to an extra £800 (a bit over $1000). Of course, the taxman takes a chunk out of that (about half). What they give with one hand is waiting to be taken off with the other.

My pro-trump workmate, Mark was telling me about how some independent group of journalists had uncovered massive voter fraud in the US operating under Project Veritas. I thought that sounded familiar although I couldn't place the name. A little bit of research led to the guy that had founded that group and his long history of faked news. Not the first time in the short time I've been working there that Mark has given me some supposidly earth shattering news only for it to fall to pieces at the slightest investigation.

Then again, he is hardly the only person doing that and they all seem to support the same guy.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 03, 2020, 03:08:10 PM
Went out shopping for a few xmas presents today. The plan was to give Kristi a break and take Ash out for the day and I figured I might as well get some shopping done while she couldn't see what I am buying. Ash picked out a present for her and I got a couple of extra bits and pieces. I also popped into our local games store with the firm intention of buying exactly the figures I needed for my D&D game.

Yeah, that might not have went exactly to plan. I now have a figure of a gorilla that would be about 20 feet high that I somehow need to figure out a way to fit into my game of subterfuge and intrigue. I've not started painting him yet, although I have been working on the base. Alongside him are a couple of other figures just to give you an idea of the scale.


(https://i.imgur.com/eh849ms.jpg)


I'd make a stop motion movie if the figures could be moved. More of a Mighty Joe Young than a King Kong though.

 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 05, 2020, 05:30:57 PM
It seems odd at the moment for the country not be really be engaged in a war. Oh sure we are doing stuff over in Syria still, but it isn't like we have people on the ground. Everything is done from a distance.

Which I guess is the easiest way to kill people anyway. There is a good reason why the mortar was so deadly in WW2.

Anyway, we are almost always fighting somewhere in the world. I can't imagine it will be too long before we get officially involved in some place or another (and that is only counting the regular stuff, never mind what special forces or the intelligence services get up to). When I signed up, I figured 3 wars and I'd be done. We are now on what, 5 I think. I wonder what direction number 6 will come from? Can't help but think if anyone was going to hit Iran or North Korea it would have happened by now. Rarely seems to be the one you expect it from though.

For a while now I've been considering the pro's and con's of counting serious cyber attacks as an act of war. That all depends how well you can track them back to source though, but since some of those strikes can do more damage to a national economy than a bombing raid I think nations should start taking a tougher line on them.

Oh well, that's one for the politicians to decide anyway.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 07, 2020, 03:15:31 PM
Rumour has it that the casting for the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series involves being prepared to be naked in group situations.

Not sure I remember any orgy scenes in LotR or The Hobbit. Maybe Silmarilion though. Never did finish that book.

Speaking of books, I finished the final novel by my favourite author. Alas it was something of a disappointment. Towards the end you find out who one of the people living in luxary, but as a prisoner in a castle is, and at that point it lost me, which is a shame as it was holding my interest well up until that point.

Oh well, time to start another new novel.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 09, 2020, 04:21:51 PM
So I think I've picked up/ordered/got in my head everything I need to get Kristi for this year's Saturnalia. Her big present is going to be a computer, although she vacillates between a desktop or laptop (one of the things in my head, I'll be ordering it next month). My boss is a leatherworker, so I've commissioned a cover for her Kindle with an appropriate Harry Potter theme from him, a couple of American tanks for her WW2 army (Sherman Crocodile and a Stuart), a Highlander board game (which I doubt she'll play but she loved the look of), one of the Ticket to Ride games, a Nightmare before Xmas carousel (which if it arrives in time might become a Samhain gift instead), Harry Potter snowglobe. I also commissioned a professionally painted figure for her to use in the next D&D campaign, although when it arrived I decided I'd need to do some work on it, so I've based it and added to the paint job (which irritates me given how much I'd to pay for it, won't be using that guy again). I am also going to get her a Harry Potter train thing.

Normally I'd get her tickets for us to go to something (she likes presents that make memories and involve going to do/see something rather than possessions, but with the whole pandemic thing there isn't any guarantee that we'd get to go to anything and given how many years these things have taken to run there course historically (even if modern medicine comes up with a cure tomorrow, it will still take time to get out there). She did say she'd like to take a trip out to the isle of Arran for her birthday. I used to go there a lot for hillwalking, cannoing and sailing. Even took a tent over a few times with a friend and went camping on it for some long weekends. Lovely place to visit if you like that kind of thing. Some good sites of bronze age forts too. I went to school with a guy whose ancestors had been the last people to be banished from the island for sheep stealing. Wonder what ever happened to Eric? In addition to being a descendent he also played lead guitar in a rock band. Pretty sure he never made it as a muscian. He passed up on too many opportunities and I don't think was ever that dedicated. Last time I seen him he was playing in a jazz outfit and working as a postman.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on October 09, 2020, 11:46:09 PM
you're a really good hubby, as well as a good dad, alex. and a good friend, even if you do torture me any chance you get.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 10, 2020, 02:57:57 PM
Kristi's family has a tradition of giving christmas ornaments on the day after Thanksgiving. Decided to join in this year and make one for my good lady wife. Not all the parts have arrived, and I am still painting up the stuff that has made it, but here is what I have so far. The Dwarf Santa model is about 20mm tall (two-thirds of an inch for those parts of the world still stuck on metric). I would have paid for it to be done professionally and look much better, but after the last figure, I bought her that way turned out to be a disappointment I figured I'd just do it myself.

Anyway, waiting on the stuff I've used for the snow to dry, then I'll stick some matt varnish over the top and glue the figures on. I've ordered a tiny tree that can be added on and I'm currently looking for something I can make small boxes out of to use as presents around the tree. Just found some tiny presents the right size and have ordered them online.

Not that any of my projects ever grow in size and even the simplest end up being monstrous monoliths or anything. Since it is a D&D thing, I've also found a pair of tiny green dice which are currently being undercoated white so I can then slap some pink paint on them, and then add them on too.

Might need a bigger base. I wish I had a better idea on the footprint of the tree.

Anyway, this is what it looks like so far.

(https://i.imgur.com/M1SvOz6.jpg)

The elf seems to be a mouse. I am not sure what kind of creature santa is, but he has large round ears and a tail, but a human face. Brown Jenkin possibly?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 13, 2020, 03:56:52 PM
Found a larger base for the diorama, so redid it. The presents arrived today, so now I just need to wait for the tree to arrive, figure out a way to stick it onto the snow (the (base is covered in PVA glue wih bicarb and glitter. Not the most solid and stable surface to try to stick things on), then put some varnish over the whole thing.

(https://i.imgur.com/lI8AvMW.jpg)



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 14, 2020, 01:50:55 PM
The morning started with Elsa chewing on my Achilles tendon.

Set the tone for the rest of the day really.

Had my long-delayed med board finally today. I had hoped that they would upgrade me fully and for a while that looked like a possibility, but the fact that I can't run for more than 7 minutes any more prevented a return to full service. I guess I should take that as a good thing as it means I won't get sent anywhere, where I am expected to dodge incoming explosives on a daily basis, but still, that is what they pay me to do and I feel frustrated about it. Common sense should kick in at some point and say "Fine with that, and anyway I have a wife and child to look after."

Anyway, the recommendation from the doctor is to keep me in the service, but it goes to an employment tribunal now and I'll hear back from them sometime in the next six months.

Once (if) I make it to the 22-year point I really don't care. I've got my instant pension, no waiting to retirement age and ultimately that is what I want out of my service. I've never been interested in flags (to the best of my knowledge no flag ever stopped a bullet from a gun), speeches (if wars could be fought with grand speeches, the earth would be the centre of an enormous galactic empire, and besides those giving them rarely seems to put themselves in the kind of danger they want you to put yourself in) or medals (all fine and dandy if you like to show off, just look at a North Korean military parade or any other nation that hands out medals like candy at Hallowe'en).

When I was younger, the most popular radio station in the UK had a segment where the DJ (his name was Simon Bates) would read out some listeners tragic, but generally inspirational story. I only recall one of those stories, and even then they are pretty vague memories. He'd read out the story while Nino Rota's Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet played in the background. Some woman had, had a really tough upbringing. I suspect she'd been abused by her parents or some similiar thing, and then went onto be in various abusive relationships until eventually she fell in love with what was her perfect man. They got married and she'd never been happier. One day she discovers she is pregnant and is waiting at home to tell her husband when he gets home from work. Only the husband never comes home. Instead the police come to her door and tell her he died in a car crash. Over 30 years on I still wonder about the woman in that story, how she got on bringing up her child, did she fall in love again and so forth.

Funny the little things that stick in your mind like that. This is the theme that would play in the background.

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCmUWNUzaqo#)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 17, 2020, 01:03:35 PM
Looks like the saga of getting a new bridge built down on the east beach has moved forward judging by this article.

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/2559853/project-to-replace-popular-moray-bridge-will-be-special-trip-back-to-region-for-contractor/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social (http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/2559853/project-to-replace-popular-moray-bridge-will-be-special-trip-back-to-region-for-contractor/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social)

It will be nice to stroll along the beach again. I am looking forward to taking Ash along there when he is older to see the old WW2 bunkers. It has some of the best-preserved WW2 coastal defences in the country.

Kristi has went out shopping with her friend Karen today. She (Karen), is currently hating the whole meme thing going on with her name. She isn't that kind of person but that isn't going to stop me tormenting her about it.

Just one more thing to add to Kristi's decoration. I've ordered something I can use as a reindeer.

(https://i.imgur.com/8xaXMF9.jpg)

One of Kristi's associates was being buried today. They could only have 20 people at the funeral, and while she might have respected Mike for the things he did for the community, I don't think she particularly liked him. Me, I thought he was an a-hole, but then again I only met him once. Anyway, she is attending a Zoom wake for him at the moment since she couldn't go to the service itself. Since I didn't care for him I don't think I should attend. I am sure he'll have enough friends and family to mourn for him without me regardless.

I see New Zealand's premier won an increased left wing majority in their elections. I wonder if it is the first sign of a more away from the swing to the right wing the world seemed to undergo 5 or so years ago. One result isn't enough to draw a conclussion from but it will be interesting to see how other elections go over the course of the next year. I would have expected such a counter movement to take longer to take place, but those types of government seem to have been those most unable to deal with the pandemic.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 22, 2020, 02:58:10 PM
you're a really good hubby, as well as a good dad, alex. and a good friend, even if you do torture me any chance you get.  :cheers:

Oh, Alex, don't let her sideswipe be misunderstood, she's just kidding with you.  She has written sideswipes to me often, pretending she was kidding.  Strangely, though, I thought she felt this forum was "...no longer worth much time to me anymore..." 



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 22, 2020, 03:34:40 PM
Found an old Hammer film I haven't seen before (or at least if I have, I don't recall it). Happily spending the evening watching it.

My workmate keeps giving me "shocking" news stories to check out. Unfortunately for him he quotes Project Veritas as a reliable news source and I am well aware of that organisation, how they operate and how often the reporter who founded the organisation has been caught out. His latest thing was yesterday telling me that Joe Biden's son is supposed to have left a laptop with tens of thousands of pictures of him torturing kids. Could be true, but I am going to go with standard issue smear campaign. Not even going to try and fact check his stuff any more. Any independent fact checking site I use that doesn't agree with his world view is automatically dismissed as "must be funded by the democrats".

Been thinking for a while that I need to buy him a tin hat with some of the stuff he's came out with. Isn't a bad guy, but wow is he aggressively gullible. Still, it is unusual to meet someone who follows American politics this closely. He has bet £200 on trump to win the election at odds of 2 to 1.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 22, 2020, 03:39:00 PM
you're a really good hubby, as well as a good dad, alex. and a good friend, even if you do torture me any chance you get.  :cheers:

Oh, Alex, don't let her sideswipe be misunderstood, she's just kidding with you.  She has written sideswipes to me often, pretending she was kidding.  Strangely, though, I thought she felt this forum was "...no longer worth much time to me anymore..." 



Oh, I know. I do torture her a lot. I believe Barri did say that she'd only be coming here for my posts on this thread though if I recall.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 22, 2020, 05:32:21 PM
you're a really good hubby, as well as a good dad, alex. and a good friend, even if you do torture me any chance you get.  :cheers:
Oh, Alex, don't let her sideswipe be misunderstood, she's just kidding with you.  She has written sideswipes to me often, pretending she was kidding.  Strangely, though, I thought she felt this forum was "...no longer worth much time to me anymore..." 
Oh, I know. I do torture her a lot. I believe Barri did say that she'd only be coming here for my posts on this thread though if I recall.

I admire loyalty maybe above everything.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 23, 2020, 01:34:50 PM
Watching a live performance of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. He didn’t do bad there really. Make an album and them make a living out of it for the rest of his life. It is one of only a handful of concept albums I enjoy listening to. To me, for a concept album to work 1) the songs have to tell a coherent story and 2) the individual songs need to be listenable to their own as decent songs. Judas Priest’s take on Nostradamus was a big failure for me on the second point there, while Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son fails on the first. Queensryche did well to meld both with Operation Mindcrime. Just don’t ask about the sequel... It was a shame Alice Cooper’s The Last Temptation flopped as I thought it was a good album. Oh well.





Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on October 24, 2020, 02:56:57 PM
i have to agree on the judas priest album. i liked it as a whole story, but there's no star stand alone song there. haven't heard the others in years, i'll have to pull them up on youtube.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 26, 2020, 04:30:32 PM
Watched Wolf Creek 2 tonight. Couldn't help but think when the guy in his jeep was being chased by the articulated truck, why not just hit the brakes and turn around. By the time he'd gotten that monster turned around, you'd be well away. Then again several things about car chases in movies tend to make me think why the hell would you do that?

I'd taken the day off work today. Originally I should have been travelling back from Glasgow today after seeing Ozzy play on Sunday night, but that has been postponed until 2022.

Hopefully, he'll last that long. He isn't exactly young any more. 28 years since I last got to see him perform.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on October 27, 2020, 09:05:04 PM
40 for me.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 28, 2020, 03:43:53 PM
You could always book a holiday for 2022. The rest of the world might not be shunning the US by then.

I guess that in a large degree depends on wither a man who is power is an international laughing stock or not.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 29, 2020, 03:43:24 PM
Ordered Kristi a new desktop PC as an early Saturnalia present. It should arrive Saturday. We did plan on popping up to Inverness to do some shopping that day, but if I finish work early enough then we'll just go tomorrow. If not, then I guess we can wait until next week. I have Ash's big present to pick up from there as well as a couple of smaller ones for Kristi.

Then that is all the immediate family bought for and most of the wider family that we get stuff for. Easy mode this year. Hell, I've even bought my first present for next year lol.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 31, 2020, 04:06:45 AM
So I finished work early yesterday and we immediately headed out to Inverness. I picked up the last of the things I wanted for Kristi as well as some extra impulse buys for her, like a giant stuffed D20 for her (it's about the size of a regular football).

While we were out they decided to deliver Kristi's computer a day early. Now I either have to head out to Elgin to pick it up, or she has to arrange redelivery and wait until Monday for it to pitch up.

While we were out I saw a Soviet tank that Kristi had asked if I'd wanted for my army some years ago. Despite saying yes, and dropping hints about it each year following I still hadn't been bought this vehicle, so I picked up the box and slipped it into where Kristi is storing my presents. She did spot it there and is slightly confused as she doesn't remember buying it for me. I am just keeping quiet there. Full credit to her for spotting it right away though lol.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 04, 2020, 08:13:01 AM
So its election day in the US and they seem to be trying to decide who has won. Either one guy or the other *shrug*. The only reason I have an interest anymore is down to the Paris agreement. Beyond that, wouldn't care who was in the top seat right now. Kristi is a lot more concerned over the outcome than I am, but then again she is a US citizen so that is to be expected.

My QAnon workmate came in today declaring that trump had won it by a landslide and has continued to hold that view no matter how close it seems to be. For myself, I prefer to wait until a winner is officially announced. He stayed up all night to watch the results coming in. Hell, I won't even do that for my own countries elections, never mind anyone elses. The rest of the people in work seem slightly bemused by his obsession.

Anyway, we are going out today for a meal. Political shennigans can play out as they will and be damned.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 05, 2020, 06:06:30 AM
So, Kristi was up in pain last night. It took until 5 am this morning before she got to sleep under heavy medication. We know what the problem is and it's being dealt with, but I figured I should take a couple of days off work to look after her. I had to pop into work first thing though to book a couple of days off work (and check that was ok with my boss ofc).

For the short time I was in work I found out an interesting amount of info from my workmate mentioned in the previous post.

Apparently the US department of homeland security has secretly put a radioactive isotope in each and every ballot paper that identifies each individual voter.

I don't know US law very well, but being able to identify individuals from their voting papers after they have voted like that seems potentially dodgy.

Anyway, they are about to reveal a huge level of voter fraud being perpatrated by the democrats when all these papers turn up without their radioactive tracker.

Hmm, I wonder how many of these radioactive trackers one would have to be exposed to before you have potential health risks? I wouldn't like to be a counter, or involved in the delivery of the ballots.

Anyway, the revalations are going to start a revolution that brings down democracies all over the world as it is revealed how corrupt they really are.

I just thought before civilisation collapses I'd give you all my best wishes and recommend you find a good place to watch the fall of the west. Me, I am off to the hills. They aren't any safer than the lowlands, but I figure I'll get a better view of it all from there. May you all find a way to survive and prosper in the upcoming apocalypse.

Of course, there is always the alternative theory that he is talking a load of bollocks.

I know which one my money is on.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 06, 2020, 11:24:34 AM
If trump loses (and I have no idea if he has, hasn’t or if spontaneous combustion has taken the lot of them), will people spent the next 150 odd years displaying trump2020 flags. I mean the confederacy only lasted 4 years...


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on November 06, 2020, 02:37:16 PM
no , they'll get new ones that say trump 2024.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 08, 2020, 10:58:57 AM
It is a very grim looking day out there today with a lot of heavy, grey clouds. We took a walk down to the harbour front regardless. Kristi had suggested, since we couldn't do the usual Rememberence Day stuff, that people paint up a rock and we put them on the side of a mound near the war memorial. The whole community has really jumped on board. She'd been hoping for 240 rocks (one for each name on the memorial). They've went way beyond that.

(https://i.imgur.com/6nUQdUx.jpg)

They have decided to do this every year and are looking for somewhere to display the stones permanently. Rather proud of her for starting a new tradition.


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Post by: chefzombie on November 08, 2020, 03:14:25 PM
that's wonderful! could they maybe be epoxies on to the base of the memorial?


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Post by: Alex on November 10, 2020, 11:11:12 AM
Possibly. The community council is discussing things with local council.

This is the war memorial in Lossie.

(https://i.imgur.com/CImhuC4.jpg)


Two of the guys in work are having a bet over the US election and wither or not any fraudulent voting will be uncovered. Or is it wither covid is now going to suddenly and magically disappear now that the election is over? One of them. I sort of half, vaguely paid attention. Either way there is a can of coke at stake over who is right.


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Post by: RCMerchant on November 12, 2020, 07:53:44 PM
If trump loses (and I have no idea if he has, hasn’t or if spontaneous combustion has taken the lot of them), will people spent the next 150 odd years displaying trump2020 flags. I mean the confederacy only lasted 4 years...

 :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle:

(https://i.imgur.com/g2ZpFaf.gif) (https://lunapic.com)


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Post by: Alex on November 13, 2020, 06:16:10 PM
Feels like it has been a long, tiring week even though it hasn't.

It is the weekend now though and time to chill out. I see the head of the department of homeland security in the states has said the election was free and fair. So much for Mark's radioactive ballots conspiracy theory then I guess. The highest-ranking officer in the American forces has said they will defend the constitution and don't swear loyalty to a tyrant.

I am told the Chinese have a curse. May you live in interesting times.

Some behind the scenes fighting seems to be going on in UK politics. Two of the PM's closest advisors have quit in recent days. I haven't heard of one of the guys, but the other one is as greasy as any politician with the bonus points that he is unelected. He also has been very close to buffoon boris for many years and I bet he knows where a lot of skeletons are buried. It will be interesting to see what he says in the future.



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Post by: Alex on November 14, 2020, 03:21:16 PM
Been messing around on the Classic version of World of Warcraft. Since I did it when the game was new I know a lot more this time about what to do than I did last time. I've got 45 gold at level 27, which is a fair bit. I need to have 100 by level 40 to buy a horse so I don't need to run everywhere and I am well on track to make that.

No idea if I will play all the way to level 60 or not again or just be done with a month of reminiscing.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 15, 2020, 03:14:06 PM
It seems that the swing in politics across the world to the right that happened 5 or so years ago is assuredly in reverse. Countries which just a few years ago took a turn in that direction now appear to be swinging back the other way. This is something I thought would happen, although I pictured it happening ten years to a generation down the line, not the next round of elections. Even countries that stayed in the centre-ground or were left-wing leaning, have moved further to the left. Wither or not another world event will stop this swing, much as covid has stopped the right movement by exposing the traditional weakness of the right (or even increase it), remains to be seen.

Someone said to me recently that the left-wing acknowledges it has its lunatic fringe and tries to hide it, while the right-wingers actively try and pander to their lunatics to get their votes. Based on recent events, I'd find it hard to argue against that.

It is looking increasingly likely that our very own bumbling boris has been on the wrong side of some political manoverings. Still not heard any rumours about what exactly caused his two closest advisors to suddenly up and quit. Then again, I am happy enough that the one whose name I know is gone. He was a schemer on the level of Peter Mandalson, back in Tony Blair's day and I'll warrant that like Mandalson, his downfall was due to his own hubris. Then again, it does seem that if they don't die first, all political careers end in disgrace sooner or later. Mind you, some of them find disgrace after death...

Ash is suddenly skin and bones and eating all he can get his hands on. That'll be a growth spurt then.


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Post by: chefzombie on November 15, 2020, 08:31:11 PM
i think he's gonna be tall and skinny like your brother, but with kristi's eyes and your chin. :cheers:


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Post by: Alex on November 17, 2020, 03:04:50 PM
I am hoping he will be taller than me, but with my broad shoulders, although me and Stewart have occasionally thought that somehow our children have been switched given their builds.

At the moment I am trying to write a brief for a 15-minute talk I have to do tomorrow. Doing it on the defensive aids suite that Tornado's used to carry. I am doing a course on being trained to train other people. Been doing that for decades without training, but now everyone needs to be trained to do that. Well, it is three days out of the office so I am not going to complain about that.

Watching a TV document about so-called cursed movies. I am not convinced there is any such thing. Willing to bet that if you look at any movie that people involved will have some degree of tragedy.


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Post by: chefzombie on November 18, 2020, 12:16:35 AM
i can understand that, little rocketboy IS built like you, lol!
  the cursed movie thing, is it on tubi? there's a bunch of short things on youtube, but i'd like to see a full doc on it. i agree with you, though, it's not the movie.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 18, 2020, 01:17:08 AM
i can understand that, little rocketboy IS built like you, lol!
  the cursed movie thing, is it on tubi? there's a bunch of short things on youtube, but i'd like to see a full doc on it. i agree with you, though, it's not the movie.

It is on Shudder.


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Post by: chefzombie on November 18, 2020, 03:24:19 AM
poot. i guess i'll look into the free trial then.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 18, 2020, 07:28:05 AM
I've been really wanting to watch a film that is only available on Shudder (Blood Vessel) and then another popped up on my radar (The Hallow) that piqued my interest, so I've taken the free trial. They have more stuff available on Shudder than they had when I looked at it back at the start of lockdown, but still not quite enough to keep me as a regular subscriber.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 18, 2020, 03:15:42 PM
As part of my training to train people course, I'd to give a theory lecture today. I did it on the defensive aids suite on the Panavia Tornado (GR4 variant). Since my audience consisted of 2 chefs, a steward and two suppliers I'd to go light on the deep technical details (I hesitate to use the phrase dumbing down as that would indicate they are less intelligent. This isn't true, they just have training in other areas from me. The chefs for example know what temperature to heat milk in to kill an enzyme that would kill the yeast in a cake mix and stops it rising). Anyway, I think I managed to avoid completely losing them in the physics of the whole thing, except at the part where I had to explain how we achieve broad-spectrum interference. After it was all finished I was told that I sounded really confident and intelligent.

Hah! I practically live by the motto, bulls**t baffles brains and bluffing my way through things work-wise. I've managed 19 1/2 years of that so far. Only another three and a half to go. Or maybe five and a half. I think I will struggle to stay in past my 22-year point. I am entitled to my pension at that stage. It won't get any higher if I stay in longer, but I won't start getting it until I am out of the job. It feels like if I stay in I am doing myself out of money I am otherwise entitled to. It really will come down to how the economy is doing when I am coming up to my leaving point. I am daring to be optimistic that things will recover quickly after Covid and the Brexit won't be the disaster that common sense would indicate and that I might still see my hope of being out before I turn 50 come true.

Anyway, tomorrow I am doing a lesson on how to correctly wire up a UK plug. Compared to the ones you have in the US for example, ours are over-engineered monsters. Then again, our mains supply runs on 240 volts, while in the US they have a comparatively anaemic 110 volt supply if my memory serves me correctly. A UK plug may be the only thing more painful than lego to stand on.


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Post by: chefzombie on November 18, 2020, 11:40:57 PM
110 for a regular wall plug, like for your computer, and 220 for stuff like fridges,stoves and AC's. my beloved FIL who bought me my freezer made a point of it being 110 so i could move it if i wanted to do that.
* watch tonight's colbert if you can, it's a riot! *


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 20, 2020, 05:06:48 PM
So one of the cabinet ministers that runs a department of behalf of the Prime Minister (he of the expanded waistline), was investigated and found to have breached the ministerial code of conduct by bullying his staff. Normally, this leads to the minister in question resigning. This time the PM has decided nope, she didn't break the rules. So his man in charge of doing these investigations has quit instead. She was fired in a previous role with the government for getting up to some hijinks with Israel.

Afraid I am unable to watch that, although I have been getting a lot of amusement recently from watching that Rudy Gulliani bloke. Wasn't he the one who came out of the September 11th attacks looking like he could be a future president or something? My how he has fallen. Always a shame to see that. I can respect his loyalty to what seems to be increasingly a lost cause.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on November 21, 2020, 01:07:54 AM
yes, he's that guy. but he was still sane back then. his son, and  trump's son, have tested positive for covid, which is what happens when you refuse to take any kind of precautions. i have no sympathy, since they have the money to get priority treatment, unlike the majority of americans.
   i know i sound harsh, but my friend's son, younger than you, is now on a ventilator.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 21, 2020, 02:04:39 AM
Well, Biden has a Covid team, while trumps team has Covid.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on November 23, 2020, 01:45:31 AM
and now sidney has been tossed straight under the bus. i hope she has a decent amount of savings, since it isn't likely she'll work again. and the trumpkins in georgia are threatening to destroy the GOP and asking for a boycott of the january runoffs. the stupidity there never ceases to amaze me. it shouldn't by now, but it still does.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 24, 2020, 02:35:58 AM
China is sending a mission to the moon today. I wonder when any other countries are going to try and compete with them or if space is meekly going to be given over to them? I know several other nations have space programs and that both the US and the old Soviet Union have done more than China, but with the rate they are achieving things I can see them moving into the lead there. I wonder if a base on the moon or man landing on Mars will happen first. Wouldn't that be something to see, someone actually landing on another planet.

Just don't send Matt Damon. Pretty sure the cost of rescuing him in his various films would have bankrupted several nations.  :bouncegiggle:

From what I am hearing Barri, it sounds like trump is starting to realise he has lost the fight and is accepting that a transistion of power needs to begin. Maybe his hand is being forced by events outside of his control. I would imagine since no evidence of the large scale electoral fraud he claimed has been presented that he is pinning his hopes on the electorial college doing something.

Back home Boris is facing a rebellion within his own party who are tiring of the restrictions. Seeing him struggle to do the right thing and facing people fighting against that is sort of funny in a karmic way. If it wasn't for the people who will die as a result I would be happy to see him squirm in this situation. Looks like they are going to loosen the rules over the festive period, mostly because they fear people will just ignore the rules anyway.

Funny how the less I am at work, the more onerous the time I do have to spend there feels. Oh well, I should get to it and remember it is only four hours.


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Post by: RCMerchant on November 24, 2020, 02:41:17 AM
^ It's like I been holding my breath underwater for 4 years.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on November 25, 2020, 09:14:42 AM
China is sending a mission to the moon today. I wonder when any other countries are going to try and compete with them or if space is meekly going to be given over to them? I know several other nations have space programs and that both the US and the old Soviet Union have done more than China, but with the rate they are achieving things I can see them moving into the lead there. I wonder if a base on the moon or man landing on Mars will happen first. Wouldn't that be something to see, someone actually landing on another planet.

Just don't send Matt Damon. Pretty sure the cost of rescuing him in his various films would have bankrupted several nations.  :bouncegiggle:

From what I am hearing Barri, it sounds like trump is starting to realise he has lost the fight and is accepting that a transistion of power needs to begin. Maybe his hand is being forced by events outside of his control. I would imagine since no evidence of the large scale electoral fraud he claimed has been presented that he is pinning his hopes on the electorial college doing something.

Back home Boris is facing a rebellion within his own party who are tiring of the restrictions. Seeing him struggle to do the right thing and facing people fighting against that is sort of funny in a karmic way. If it wasn't for the people who will die as a result I would be happy to see him squirm in this situation. Looks like they are going to loosen the rules over the festive period, mostly because they fear people will just ignore the rules anyway.

Funny how the less I am at work, the more onerous the time I do have to spend there feels. Oh well, I should get to it and remember it is only four hours.

now he's trying to get states to change their laws and their electors so that only republicans would be voting in the college, FOR HIM. NOT gonna happen.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 29, 2020, 12:37:05 PM
Many years ago (teenager / early 20's), I used to run a lot. My routine was 5 days a week I'd get up and go out at 4 am then run until 8 am. Then I'd get in the house, get cleaned up, changed and head off to school/work/college. On a Thursday and Friday, I'd do another run in the evenings for two to three hours. I'd take Wednesdays and Saturdays as rest days. After a couple of years of doing that I started running wearing boots to build up my legs further.

When I took my current job, I no longer had the time (or to be honest, by that age the inclination) to go out running quite that much and in all weathers.

Anyway, about 12 years ago I started to get pains in my feet when I was running, especially if I did my favourite run from my room to the lighthouse which was around a 10km run (6 miles, for anyone in the dark ages). I could still run in it, but I'd be in agony for 3 days and unable to walk. I went to the med centre about it and they referred to a civvy pediatrist. He treated my feet so I wasn't in constant pain, and got it down to a manageable level but told me I'd never really be able to run again.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and when I told a doctor about this, he sounded somewhat surprised and told me that this wasn't how my condition worked. With the right treatment, it can be fully cured unless I had deformed bones or something. Anyway, I've got myself a referral to the station physio and he has had a look at my feet. The initial prognosis is that yeah I can build back up to being able to run again.

At the moment I am concentrating on the get running part of that, not the specialist who told me I couldn't. Got some exercises to do that are the kind of positions that we are not allowed to keep prisoners in for long periods.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on November 29, 2020, 06:39:33 PM
Although I've never been able to grasp the joy of running, i'm really happy for you! i hope this can lessen the pain even more and give you that joy back. :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 30, 2020, 10:43:49 AM
I got into running as a big FU to one of our physical education teachers at school. I was told I was running in an interschool competition, then I wasn't on the team, then I was and then I wasn't again. On the day of the contest, I was told I was on the team (400-meter relay race as I recall), but when I couldn't get home to get my running kit the teacher decided to scream in my face about it. After that, I took it up just so I could compete against my school as an independent runner and to show her that I could beat anyone she could train. Even today I hold P.E. staff in contempt (with one exception), an opinion that has only strengthened the more I've had to deal with them.

Started playing classic World of Warcraft. I am completely ignoring the new expansion that came out last week and playing as close to the original game as I can get. Hit level 40 at the weekend which means instead of running everywhere I could pick up a mount and ride around in comparative style. Kristi is playing too. Because I've done this game before and know what I am doing I am making a lot of money (not the richest player in the game type money, but more than enough for my needs). As a result, it looks like I'll be funding Kristi's mount. We've formed a regular 5 man group for doing dungeons and I've been giving the others hints and tips on how to make money but they are still lagging behind quite badly. This means that either I can go anywhere quickly, but then have to wait for them to catch up with me, or I pay for their mounts too, which would stretch my in-game finances. 500 gold is a lot in classic. Besides, one of our group does seem to be a fairly selfish individual and I am not sure I want to pay for a mount for him too, so I guess I can cut that down to 400. Strangely enough, he is the one who would need the help the most.

Ash has a head cold atm which he has shared with his mum. She didn't get much sleep last night and I figured what the hell, I have plenty of leave so I booked the week off work to spend some time with them.

Doubtless, by the end of the week I'll be sharing in that cold.

My older brother got back from Saudi and we met up at the weekend. He was saying that there has been a lot of scandal within the higher up Saudi's and what happens is they load them onto the back of a Herc, go for a flight and whoever has p**sed off the wrong person gets dropped off in the desert. The Herc doesn't land to drop them off and they don't give them a parachute either.

Aren't you glad we have such wonderful allies in the middle east?



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Post by: Alex on December 02, 2020, 03:45:53 AM
Not exactly sure how this happened, but yesterday I noticed that Elsa wasn't hanging around me constantly looking for attention. After a while I went looking for her and discovered her sitting on our bed, with the last four inches or so of her tail stripped down to the bone. I got her out to the vets right away. They are going to have to amputate about half the tail, but she'll survive. I found where the skin and fur were lying, but there was no blood around or anything to indicate how the injury happened. My best guess is that it got trapped in the kitchen door, but I am not sure that explains the entire thing being off. I mean it looked like the tail had been skinned. I left her overnight in the vets. Her and Ash normally play a lot and he wouldn't understand why he can't. Waiting on a phone call from the vets once she has recovered from the operation so I can go out and collect the poor mite.

Of course, the vet immediately brought up the subject of having her spayed while she was out there. I don't believe in giving animals unnecessary medical procedures just for the convenience of the owners. Don't even get me started on people who get their cats declawed. Anyone doing that should have their fingers broken and cut off at the last joint just so they know what they are putting their animals through.

Bastards. If you aren't prepared to accept what pets do and deal with it, then you shouldn't have them.

Most of the group I am levelling within World of Warcraft hit 40 last night while I got there on Sunday night. I did give a couple of them enough money to get their mounts (they weren't hugely short) and them travelling at the same speed as me makes my life easier. I'll hit level 42 today and in the meantime, I am farming for herbs to sell in the auction house to make up for the money I've handed out. Be damned if I'll fund their epic mounts though. That is way above my earning potential. The only one who hasn't hit 40 is the whiny member of our group and his constant whinging has left me disinclined to help him out with a handout. I got fed up of listening to him last night and just logged out of voice chat so I didn't have to hear it any more. Got enough real things to worry about with my mother-in-law and her husband having trouble breathing with Covid, Else at the vets, Kristi and Ash being ill, an aunt who fell over, broke her arm and was stuck there for 9 hours before anyone found her and all the other problems that everyone has swirling around in daily life.


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Post by: chefzombie on December 05, 2020, 09:51:46 PM
for the record, i am completely against declawing. also for the record, she SHOULD be spayed unless you are willing to raise every litter she has, and deal with the health issues that come with unspayed female cats. and deal with her in heat, and the resulting toms gathering that could be harmful to your family. it IS necessary.
  and now i'll shut up. for now.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on December 05, 2020, 09:52:26 PM
no i won't, i forgot to say that i hope she's okay.


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Post by: Alex on December 06, 2020, 02:49:20 AM
She seems to be happy to be a housecat (which to be honest, I'd prefer. I had hoped Dagon would be a housecat, but he was too adventurous and was never going to be kept inside all the time). I've had cats most of my life and I've only had one spayed, and that was because she had quite a bad case of cancer. She survived though and went on to live until the pretty old age (for a cat) of 18.

Got the last of the xmas shopping done last night. The local shopping mall had a fayre on with lots of local crafters selling at pop up shop type stalls. Sign of the times just how many empty lots there are in it for them to do that. When I was a kid I remember local retailers complaining about supermarkets and malls putting them out of business. Now it is their turn with the internet putting those who fail to adapt and evolve to the new market model who fall by the wayside. Three major high street retailers have collapsed in the last week in the UK as part of that. You could argue that it is Covid that killed them, but they were on the way out anyway and Covid was just the final nail on outlets that were going bankrupt sooner or later.

It seems to be the mid-range clothing retailers that struggle the most. The ones doing really expensive clothes, well their customers aren't as affected by the ups and downs of the economy and have a comfortable pad against such tides of misfortune. The cheaper outlets there will always be a market for, but the ones who try to place themselves in the center-ground have it tough.

Ain't that always the way though?



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 12, 2020, 05:09:23 PM
One more week of work to go and then the holidays. When we go back in the new year it is a return to normal working hours, but hey I've enjoyed the last 9 months of extra time off and am not going to complain about that.

Been wondering recently how much things will change when we get back to what we'll call normal. Some scientists are saying that facemasks will have to become a permanent thing, although the politician standing beside him (boris the incompetent) recoiled at that idea as doubtless he would at the suggestion that it will take 2 years to get to even that point.

I doubt those in charge will let those sorts of precautions be taken.

Brexit finally becomes a practical reality in a few weeks and it is not looking good for a trade deal. I wonder how people will react to the inevitable price rises? If you are a currency speculator then expect the £ to crash on the 1st of Jan should the no-deal situation continue.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 14, 2020, 01:22:10 PM
Got treated to more conspiracy theories today. One involved an F-16 that had crashed in Maine. Apparently, although F-16s are normally two seat aircraft. but this one only had one crew on board and there was an earthquake that rated a 3 on the scale so the plane must have dropped a bomb and that caused the earthquake and their is all sorts of funny stuff going on.

Yeah, unless its a trainer version, an F-16 has but a single aircrew on board.

Three more days of work to go and then the holidays, presents and all that jazz. It will be a welcome end to this year for most I'd imagine. I am not going to complain about the bonus time home with my family I've had for myself. The people we've known who have caught covid appear to have recovered.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 16, 2020, 09:59:07 AM
‘Tis the day before christmas leave begins and all throughout the building no one wants to be here.

Only one in the office at the moment. In theory I am here to answer the phones. If they ring I plan on pretending to be a Chinese laundry service. Listening to music on my phone and typing this on it at the same time. Let’s be glad they moved away from rotary dial phones. Imagine trying to type using a wheel with every letter of the alphabet, not to mention numbers and symbols.

Messaging Kristi too. Elsa is out at her final vets appointment. Yay for a £400 bill for pet treatments. Still, it makes me appreciate our socialised healthcare. Can’t imagine the extra stress having to come up with money for medical treatments must cause people on top of the fact they are already ill.

Apparently (according to my local conspiracy theorist), the USA is currently under martial law. Doubtless if you are from there you can see tanks on the streets and the military are on every street corner, enforcing a curfew. Also, trump is going to be the last president of the US. The office is about to be abolished and replaced by some other titled leader.

I look forward to seeing this all play out as the world is consumed in the fire of a thousand bloody revolutions as people discover how their leaders have lied to them and rise up against them

The word fruitcake springs to mind.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Zapranoth on December 16, 2020, 12:39:05 PM
I assume Elsa is a cat.   Cats are tricksy, tricksy when it comes to being sick.  My cat (Nico, a male American ragdoll) got a foot injury last year.   No idea how, he's an indoor cat, but he had some sort of foreign body lodged in one toe in a hind foot.

So it abscessed, and it was probably a couple of days before I noticed, because he started sleeping in weird out of the way places.  He slept on my youngest's upper (unused) bunk bed, and was out of line of sight for much of two days.  I finally noticed that he was doing it and hauled him down and examined him and found the problem.  He got off with antibiotics and a toe amputation and is none the worse for it, but it was a good reminder to keep an eye on him and if he goes under the radar for a day, to find him and figure it out.

The Dumpster Fire is pouting and doing nothing, and the Senate is pondering actually doing some work toward financial relief, and in my part of the US (the state of Washington on the west coast) we're starting the first round of covid vaccinations (mostly the Pfizer).  I'm still waiting on official word as to where / when it'll be for me.    Only 71% of the med staff (includes MA's, support staff, non-doctors) said that they definitely would take the vaccine on the survey.  f**king blows my mind.  Probably the number that will take it is going to be higher than 71%, so perhaps I just need to abide.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 16, 2020, 01:25:52 PM
Glad your cat survived.

45 returned from being relegated to the comedy pages in UK newspapers during the election but has since returned there, or faded away entirely. Oh, another claim from my workmate is that trump will be the last president of the US. There is about to be some revolution and you'll be replacing it with some other figurehead.

Something to look forward to then?

Around 36% of people are saying they won't get the vaccination which puts the whole herd immunity part in jeopardy in the UK. Some places are saying unless you can prove you have had the vaccination though, that they will refuse you entry. Fair enough in my book. It is your right to refuse to take it, but don't expect the rest of the world to suffer because you are an idiot.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Zapranoth on December 16, 2020, 05:36:22 PM
I wish you all the best in the UK.  Hopefully there, and here, enough reasonable people will get the vaccine and take basic measures to get us all back on our feet again.

I scored an Xbox Series X today!  Managed to order one online and have confirmation that it is beginning to ship.  Huzzah!  It's the only toy I've really coveted this season.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 16, 2020, 05:37:53 PM
Congrats and enjoy it, even if Playstations are clearly the superior product.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Zapranoth on December 16, 2020, 06:54:35 PM
Congrats and enjoy it, even if Playstations are clearly the superior product.  :bouncegiggle:

My only regret is Ghost of Tsushima.  Otherwise, no f**ks given.  :)   

Sure gonna suck if the next Elder Scrolls game goes Xbox-exclusive; I hope they don't do that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 17, 2020, 01:17:33 AM
Congrats and enjoy it, even if Playstations are clearly the superior product.  :bouncegiggle:

My only regret is Ghost of Tsushima.  Otherwise, no f**ks given.  :)   

Sure gonna suck if the next Elder Scrolls game goes Xbox-exclusive; I hope they don't do that.

I'd be surprised if they did that, but stranger things have happened before.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 17, 2020, 08:57:23 AM
Only 71% of the med staff (includes MA's, support staff, non-doctors) said that they definitely would take the vaccine on the survey.  f**king blows my mind.  Probably the number that will take it is going to be higher than 71%, so perhaps I just need to abide.

That is shockingly low.  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 17, 2020, 09:34:17 AM
I know in the UK a lot of people have serious doubts over the length of time the vaccines have been tested for. I have explained that all the relevant tests have been ran, they just did them all at the same time instead of one after the other, but I can understand peoples hesitation there I guess.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 18, 2020, 02:08:46 AM
My warcraft renaissance continues. Currently sitting at level 55 and aiming to be max level (60 in classic) in time for next Saturday so I can go on a raid with the guild. We were doing a group mission the other day and a very rare epic item dropped (the items are colour coded for rarity and power, grey is useless items that you can at least sell, white I can't remember the name for, but they are very much like greys, green is a common magic item, blues are rare and purples are epics. There are also legendary (orange) items, but they involve a serious amount of work to get). Anyway, the item has a 0.01% drop chance. I won the roll for it, so I've put it up on the auction house. Went for a bit over 1700 gold which I have split with the people I was adventuring with and one other guy who normally parties with us, but was having a bad day that day and didn't join.

Anyway, we all ended up getting 270 gold out of the sale, which is a fairly substantial boost to anyone's cash in classic. An epic mount (100% ride speed boost) sets you back 1000 gold. Hopefully, people will put their bonus towards that. I am halfway to being able to afford mine currently.

I was hoping the whole family would get a long lie in this morning. The previous two mornings Ash had slept in until 10ish which is unusual. This morning (my first one off work), he woke up at 5 am crying. I was going to get up with him, but Kristi said she would. Half an hour later I wasn't getting back to sleep so I just got up to join them. I was getting myself sorted when I heard Kristi shout at Ash, followed by the cat getting shouted at, so I abandoned my normal morning rituals and went downstairs. Gave Kristi a hug, then put Ash back in his cot and persuaded Kristi to go back to bed for a bit. Of course, since I am awake, I am staying awake and therefore here I am typing.

How is your morning going?

Have a song that could be about an existential crisis, but isn't.

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYb_nqU_43w&list=LLqFSELbmlq-_cwRPCu5fmIg&index=170#)

Hoping to get out to the cemetery today. We picked up a wreath for Lilly-Beth and I'd like to place it sooner rather than later, but that is going to be weather dependent. The air has been seriously cold around here and when Kristi and Ash have been out the air has not reacted well to the colds they have.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 21, 2020, 05:43:45 AM
Cemetary visit is now happening today. Kristi is out delivering some cookies to various neighbours and when she gets back I am going to head out.

Still keeping to my plan of a level per night in Warcraft. The people who said it wasn't possible have now accepted that actually, you can do it if you know what you are doing, which is a shame because their doubt was a major driving factor in me doing it lol.

Painting up a ship that is about 3 feet long. I started with a brown undercoat (because its a wooden sailing ship), but the first can of spray paint ran out before I was even half done. I guess I'll be picking up more spray paint while I am out then (assuming everything isn't in lockdown already). Everyone was told that they would relax the restrictions over the festive period, allow people to meet up with families and so on (all against scientific advice). Then yesterday it was announced that we were going into a lockdown. While I don't disagree with them doing that, telling people it would be fine to meet up and then snatching that away from them is a much crueller blow. I think there is going to be a lot more rule-breaking than if they'd just said we'd be in lockdown from the start. We are also getting cut off as a country due to the new strain of Covid that is spreading much faster than the original version. They seem to think the vaccine will still work against the new strain, or at least that there is a good chance of it. Going to be hellish if it doesn't, or it mutates again.

So much for my conspiracy theorist co-workers claim that as the new year approached Covid would just slowly disappear (all part of a plot to depose the trumpeter, so after the election it wouldn't be needed).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 23, 2020, 05:49:49 PM
This morning, I hit level 60 in classic World of Warcraft. This is the highest level you can get at the moment. This evening I was asked to be an officer in the guild, leading and organising 20 to 40 man raids.

I really wanted to avoid that and just be a regular player, but for some reason, I said yes.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on December 24, 2020, 12:08:09 AM
well of course you did, it's who you ARE. leader, protector, chief yeller, scottish guido, all that stuff. merry christmas!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 27, 2020, 07:58:03 AM
Managed to get some interest yesterday from Ash in his presents. It was certainly better than last years screaming when we brought him his stuff. His favourites seemed to be his very own mini armchair and a Paw Patrol play tent. After that, it would be all his Hot Wheels cars. Must have gotten at least 30 from different play sets and things.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on December 27, 2020, 05:23:16 PM
the pic of him in his chair with his footstool is adorable! i'm still in FB jail, so couldn't comment.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on December 31, 2020, 12:41:40 AM
The final day of the year rolls around. I certainly seem to be awake early enough to see the most of it.

I see the Oxford vaccine has now been approved for use in the UK. I must admit, given the choice that will be the one I'd want to get. It isn't because it was made in the UK, or even because I know lots about vaccines. I just like it more from what I've read about how it was developed. Not that I am expecting a choice and I'll be happy to get whichever one is available ultimately.

Got out of bed about half three this morning. I was just feeling too hot to sleep. Watched a bad Chinese movie (Croczilla) and caught up a little on the news. A Brexit deal was signed, not quite at the last minute but close enough. Part of me wanted no deal just to let people see what they had really voted for and get what they thought they wanted. I haven't looked at the detail of the deal, or hell even the banner headlines, but I suspect it is a decent one and something that the EU will come to regret. After all, if we can leave and have a good deal then why should anyone else stay in the union?

I hope everyone has a happy new year and a good celebration. May the next one be less troublesome (and I'll drink to that).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on January 02, 2021, 02:29:29 PM
my final sacrifice to make 2020 go away was whacking off my ponytail. seems to be working so far. :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on January 02, 2021, 10:25:29 PM
Ash has finally decided to go to sleep. Yay!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on January 05, 2021, 05:28:35 PM
The head of the Scottish government has made it clear that trump will not be allowed to visit his golf courses here during lockdown after rumours that he was planning on visiting his course at Turnberry during the upcoming inauguration.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on January 07, 2021, 05:05:28 PM
I went on my first 40 man raid since returning to Warcraft last night. It was a run to a place called Molten Core. It was a decent enough run, nothing overly memorable. I did get a couple of new pieces of loot, one of which I did not want. It leads to getting a really great staff for priests, but I had that one on my previous priest and I wanted something different for this alt.

I was on the run with a few other people from the guild, our guild master (or mistress I guess) from the Netherlands, few other people from across Europe were on the run. Towards the end, I decided to find an online news channel that covers news from the US and see how Biden's confirmation vote had gone or was going given the expected delays.

At this point, it seems the protesters had only just started storming (I think?) the senate building. Apologies if it is called something else, but my delvings into American politics haven't taken me that far into it and if I am entirely honest, most of the buildings I know of in Washington beyond the White House comes down to Fallout 3.

I mentioned to the others in guild about what was happening. None of them had heard about it up to that point. It generated half an hour to an hour of chat with reactions ranging from sympathy for anyone who wasn't a protestor through to laughing at trump and his supporters through to contempt for the whole US. No one had any sympathy for the protestors though. My own feelings on it was that yeah it was bad, but the media were blowing it out of proportion. The October Revolution it was not. In the short term my guess is the protesters have done more damage than good to their cause. Some people who did support trump and had been taken in by him are going to be turned off by seeing what happens when you pander to the extremes of politics the way I've seen the republican party doing for quite some years now. This could be a chance for the moderates to step up and grab control of their party, although only time will tell if they can or will.

We spent the night talking to friends and relatives over in the US. Most were anti-trump before this, some had voted for trump and have decided they have made a huge mistake. Only two were openly still supporting him, although there was a third I think was keeping quiet. Some were talking about leaving the US, feeling like it is no longer the country they thought they knew. I imagine those feelings are just shock though and will return to more normal in a few days.

Providing nothing else kicks off.

Hope everyone over there stays safe.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: chefzombie on January 08, 2021, 06:32:13 PM
although we could, we aren't leaving our country. we're taking it back. the trumpkins can leave and take that fat bastard, his spawn and his  varied bimbos with them. i hope they enjoy living in the dictatorship they want, but it ain't gonna be in MY america, not even my deep red state. not happenin'. sanity will reign, and the RWNJ's can leave. good riddance.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on January 08, 2021, 08:14:31 PM
Seems many of trumps last remaining allies are abandoning him as in the last days of his power, his empire of lies crumbles under the weight of his own hubris like so many would-be dictators before him have done. Someone said to me they thought he would be remembered as the worst president in US history.

I think he'll be lucky to rate that high.

Is it the end of trumps political career? Maybe. With his fragile ego, he might not want to risk facing the humiliation of defeat again. Wouldn't be surprised to see someone else from his family step into the ring though.

But that is all things to watch for in the future as the endless cycle of doing the same s**t over and over again, repeating the same mistakes but expecting a different outcome continues to dog the human species.

Some have said that's the definition of insanity in an individual. What does it say about an entire race?

A poll showed that if an election was held in the UK, the current ruling party would not only lose, but the PM himself would lose his seat. This isn't something I've ever seen before. The PM always represents one of the safest available seats. Still, bumbling boris has time still yet to turn that around. The deal he has signed with Europe seems to please nobody (as if anyone could come up with a practical deal that would), and some European businesses are now refusing to deal with the UK because of the extra paperwork and fees required. The deal is legally unstable and could easily fall apart. Well boris, you fought, backstabbed and scrambled your way to the top of the pile. Hope you are enjoying that view right now. Might be remembered as the man who screwed the UK, but hey, you'll be remembered. Thats the important thing right?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on January 21, 2021, 08:04:37 AM
The storm battering the southern end of the country is hitting here too, abet somewhat muted compared to the full thing elsewhere. I need to pop out for some things from the local shop.

Did something I've never done before and watched the US inauguration if for no other reason than the check the previous one had been chucked out. I had expected to hear of some level of trouble, if not at Washington then from trumpers elsewhere. If they have then it hasn't made the international news. They did interview the leader of some militia who declared this was the end on the union and showed how he was prepping for war. He yelled "Yeehaw!" and fired off a gun, managing to accidentally start a fire.

Sounds about right from what I've observed so far. A bunch of clowns playing with fire.

After disappearing almost totally from the news, the US is back in. I will be interested to see if after all the excitement of a new president fades if the coverage from the US will also fade or if it will continue, jumping to other topics? In many ways, I find it indicative of a countries soft power which in the States case plummeted during trump's time in office. I wonder how much goodwill his successor will be extended?

Took a walkout in the rain. It wasn't as bad as it sounds, but still wasn't a great day to be outside. I remember when I used to not really care about the weather and would be out in all sorts. Guess all this office work has made me soft. I did order a new pair of trainers for running in (at nearly £100 and have to be shipped from Denmark and won't arrive until the 28th thanks to brexit). Looking forward to getting out there and running once more, even if I have to start on a running machine.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on January 23, 2021, 03:32:59 PM
Had to go out driving yesterday. This left me feeling uncomfortable for the rest of the day.

Work computers ran slowly and we gave up on what we were trying to do by 14:30 and went home instead. I see QAnon seems to be falling apart. Shame its influence still lingers. There are enough idiots out there who will still believe that crap.

I went through all my books and got rid of a load of ones that I am never going to read. Generally, ones that other people have bought me. Kristi keeps picking me up cheesy sci-fi novels despite the fact that I don't read a huge amount of sci-fi and what I do read I tend to pick carefully in a narrow range that avoids lurid covered pot pulp but stops short of Asimov or Frank Herbert. They all went off to a new home with an old man who suffers from dementia but loves reading. Seemed like a good destination for them. Otherwise, it would have been in the charity box at the local shop.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 02, 2021, 10:36:49 AM
Properly working from home today and actually going to do something rather than the vague stuff I've been doing while covid keeps the office shut.

The Kent variant of Covid appears to be mutating yet again. Hopefully not into a form the vaccine won't work against.

Kind of wonder what trump is doing now. Other than the occasional headline saying his legal position has just gotten worse, either from new charges or his team quitting. Kind of the level of coverage we were getting from the US prior to the election. Now it has mostly vanished. The other big thing in the UK news was the short lived argument with Europe over Covid-19 vaccines with them first threatening to limit exports of it from the EU, and then demanding a share of the UK's vaccines followed up with a sharp climbdown after an attempt to use the Northern Ireland part of the agreement in a way that wasn't within the rules. From what I can see it looks like the EU has lost this round. Given how soon this was though after the trade agreement between us and them being signed it does not bode well for the future. Voters on the ground in Europe will not be happy their leaders did not secure them a better supply and will be resentful that we have it. Pretty sure an agreement could have been reached that made both sides look good.

Oh well.

I wonder if the conflict in Ukraine will be resolved anytime soon? I'd imagine not while Putin is in power. Despite the protests in Russia, I can't see him being out of power anytime soon. Still, it is good to know there is a protest movement there and they do not seem to be afraid of being arrested. Still there is a good argument for the west having done much to aggravate Russian fears of the west, bending agreements with word play and Ukraine itself hasn't been 100% innocent either. It had options and had made promises that it didn't keep prior to trouble kicking off there. Maybe that was just playing into Putin's hands.





Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 10, 2021, 07:18:38 AM
Getting lots of snow at the moment. Its unusual, but not unheard of. Normally the heat from the gulf stream stops it from hanging around too long.

Then again, they do say climate change is causing the Gulf Stream to shift southwards so this could be a taste of things to come.

Got Ash to take to hospital today so they can check his hearing. Pretty confident they don't need to, that boy can hear a packet of chocolates being opened from the opposite end of the house and comes running.

I've been offered a regular test for covid to see if I have got or had it, but not shown symptoms. Took me about half a second to consider it and say hell yes.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 17, 2021, 11:12:00 AM
We are having warm weather today after our freakish snow of recent weeks. My guess is that Feb will be nice weather and then we'll have a cold snap come March and April. Still, we got our daily walk outside while the warmer weather lasts and I've even got around to hanging laundry up on the line instead of using the drier. All we can do right now is make the best of the lockdown. Right now the tiny demon is playing his piano and singing along. Kristi is upstairs writing out some minutes, so I am taking the time to let Ash just play. No cartoons on, no parent amusing him, just letting him play himself. He seems happy enough. I am just trying to avoid the problems other parents are having with kids getting attachment issues. We do some stuff together and then get him to play on his own.

I had my first bi-weekly Covid-19 test yesterday. Can't say that sticking a cotton bud down my throat and then up my nose was overly pleasant, but if it helps track things then I can live with the mild, short-lived discomfort.

Rewatching The Almighty Johnson's. It's a show that got 3 seasons and should maybe have gotten one more, but they did at least manage to wrap everything up in the time they did have.

The news has announced prince Phillip has been taken to hospital. I find it hard to care in this case, there are nicer people out there who are more deserving of my support. New super courts are being built to cope with the backlog of cases built up over lockdown and the government is fighting with itself over how to come out of lockdown.

Got a friend over in the US whose wife has had a baby. Not sure what is wrong, but the child is going to be requiring some sort of operation and is seriously ill? Understandably, they have been too occupied to let everyone know exactly what is happening and I would go prying. They've started a go fund me campaign to raise money for the operation. How the hell can you have a system where this isn't dealt with and doesn't require charity? We have made a donation to it, and will be making a larger one come payday. I just hope they are able to treat her successfully. They've made over half the target they are aiming for since it was set up yesterday and I take that as an encouraging sign.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on February 17, 2021, 03:40:09 PM
Agreed, you'd think the wealthiest country in the world could take care of its children. Adults, whatever, but children? There ought to be funding for that. It's a disgrace. I wonder if the US cut all foreign aid that'd pay the health insurance of those under eighteen?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: indianasmith on February 17, 2021, 09:48:39 PM
Agreed, you'd think the wealthiest country in the world could take care of its children. Adults, whatever, but children? There ought to be funding for that. It's a disgrace. I wonder if the US cut all foreign aid that'd pay the health insurance of those under eighteen?

Considering that foreign aid is less than 1% of the Federal budget, I doubt it. 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on February 17, 2021, 11:23:20 PM
Agreed, you'd think the wealthiest country in the world could take care of its children. Adults, whatever, but children? There ought to be funding for that. It's a disgrace. I wonder if the US cut all foreign aid that'd pay the health insurance of those under eighteen?

Considering that foreign aid is less than 1% of the Federal budget, I doubt it.  


That'd work out to around $600.00 annually per child (counting only US citizens, not foreign citizens resident in the US) and if used for a health insurance program, that actually could possibly be enough to make a difference in a child's life.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: indianasmith on February 18, 2021, 10:28:47 PM
True, but there are better places we could make cuts.
Just like the memes raving about how we need to slash Congressional salaries and pensions and such - There are a total of 535 members of Congress at a time, perhaps half that many or less who have served long enough to merit a pension (they DON'T get a pension after one term, that's an internet myth).  Cut it to nothing and it's maybe 1/10 of .001% of the Federal Budget.  Of course, these folks would be perfectly happy to pay the folks who run our country minimum wage; their hatred of elected officials is what's driving the meme, not any desire for real budget reform.

But foreign aid and congressional salaries are convenient whipping boys; if you want to cut budgets, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the military are the biggest single expenditures every year - by hundreds of billions of dollars!

That being said, I'm ready for socialized medicine.  My wife and I pay $1200 a month for insurance, just for the two of us, and when she broke her arm we still had to pay $5000 out of pocket to take care of our "deductible".   What the HECK is the point of having insurance if you still have to wipe out most of your bank account over  a simple injury?

Wow, that meandered a lot.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 19, 2021, 03:22:55 PM
My own view is that the first duty of any government should be looking after its people. If it isn't doing that then it is failing.

Got a phone call earlier. I am in the next group of people to be offered a Covid vaccination. The military doctors recommend getting it, although I have no idea which of the vaccines it is we are being offered. Having read a bit on how they were developed, I do have one I rather get but in the end of the day, I'll take whichever one I am offered.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 21, 2021, 07:26:41 AM
Starting a new D&D campaign tonight with some of the people I play Warcraft with. Most of them have never played before, but Kristi is playing so there is at least some experience. Giving them a basic dungeon bash to start with and see how it goes from there.

Back at work tomorrow for our one week of the month where we need to be in the office.

Urgh.

The less I am at work, the more I don't want to be there at all lol. Going back to full time is going to be tough after this past year, although it will be nice to get back to the old normal at some point.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 26, 2021, 06:30:00 AM
Anyone else finding the more free time they have, the less they are getting done?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on February 26, 2021, 07:39:05 AM
What is this mysterious "free time" of which you write?   :wink:
The other day I told someone, "You don't get much done when you're not doing anything."


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on February 28, 2021, 04:51:30 AM
For my new D&D game I am going to have the party climb down ropes into a big hole in the ground. I've been doing a map for this online, and have tried several different designs, but no matter what I try the result looks like a giant anus. We had a lot of fun in the last session and we've had another player join, so we are a full group of six people. Everyone had a lot of fun with the first session, so I'll see what we can do to keep that up.

Our unseasonably good weather is continuing. I am still expecting a cold snap though before winter is truly over and then a weak summer. Looking outside, it would seem to be a summers day, but look carefully at the grass and you can see it was frosty last night and outside isn't as warm as it looks.

Watching assorted free bad movies on Amazon at the moment. Not a lot seems to be appealing to me though. I did watch a documentary about my favourite Nile crocodile, Gustav when they attempted to capture him.

Still awaiting word on when I can go get my vaccine. Kristi has had her offer. Not worried about waiting for it or anything, but more curious about how long it will take. It will come in its own time. After all the arguing about vaccine distribution with Europe, it seems mainland Europeans don't want the AstraZenica one, preferring to wait for one of the more locally made ones, do the degree where vaccines are having to be dumped after going out of date.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 05, 2021, 07:11:39 AM
The end of another working week with no work dawns. Woohoo!

It's Ash's birthday on Tuesday. Hard to believe that he is three years old already. Has it really been that long?

Wow.

Moving his bedtime back half an hour seems to have sorted the problems we were having with him not sleeping through the night. Mostly anyway. He did wake up about 1 this morning, but this is rare, whereas before it had started happening every damn night.

It is going to be a musical birthday. So far he has a piano, banjo and a drum kit (we got him two of those). He has a little plastic guitar and as soon as he saw it he picked it up, started strumming and singing. It has become one of his favourite toys. Kristi is baking a cake for him. I've picked him up aa load of Scoobie-Doo DVD's since he loves those cartoons, but I am going to have to go into town at the weekend and pick him up a toy or two. He doesn't need any, but it feels wrong not to be giving him something he can play with.

Watching a lot of films that are somewhere between horror and drama this week. Not a deliberate thing, but it hasn't been bad either. Caught some decent films that would otherwise have escaped my notice. One of them was made using practical effects that were created for the The Thing prequel and then abandoned when they decided to go with CGI instead. Having seen The Thing, I think they made a bad mistake switching to computer effects myself. Then again, I doubt they were aiming for a film that would have quite the longevity or cult status that John Carpenter's version has maintained.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 10, 2021, 04:22:53 AM
The government is bringing in new laws to force manufacturers to make household goods longer lasts and easier to repair. About damn time. When I was studying electronics, as part of the course we were taught how to design items to fail after a certain number of years.

Ash seemed to enjoy his birthday yesterday. Pretty sure he had no idea that it was any different from any other day, but he enjoyed playing with his new toys. He's got a piano, drum, guitar, harmonica, flute and various other musical items as well as yet another train set and some other toys. He just bounced between what he was playing with.

Fallout continues over Harry and Meghan... *yawn*. I remember hearing a lot of complaints long before they announced they were leaving the UK from other people about how she treated them with claims of bullying and he is the guy who turned up to a fancy dress party in a nazi uniform. They also said they were leaving so they could have a life outside the spotlight. Yeah right, going to call bollocks on that one.

The rest of the family is sleeping. The last few nights we've ended up having quite late nights although since I am using some time off work. That alas ends today and tomorrow I am back on call.

Raiding has finally started paying off for me in World of Warcraft. After not making much progress in gearing up, suddenly last night I won a lot of new gear as did quite a few others in the guild. Still not as into the game as I was first time around, but it is the people you play with that make an online game and I have a mostly good bunch.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 12, 2021, 05:09:50 PM
I was sitting downstairs yesterday while Ash was upstairs in the shower. Kristi shouted my name with a panicked tone of voice I had never heard from her before. I ran up the stairs and into the bathroom. My first thought was that blood was pouring from Ash's mouth. He was covered in it. After a couple of seconds though I could see it was running out of a gash in his forehead. When Kristi had gone to get him out of the shower, he'd thrown a tantrum and slammed his head off of the wall.

We did our best to clean up the blood, but as tends to be the case with head wounds, there was a lot of it. I could see the injury was deep enough to potentially need stitches or glued. Took him out to the local A&E where they put some strips to close the wound and a plaster to stop him picking at them. At first they wanted to keep him in for a couple of hours for observation and gave him a private room. He immediately climbed up on the bed, lay down on it and started doing the cutest fake snore.

After a while, they ran some tests on him and decided they didn't need to keep him in and let us take him home. I know the signs to look for in a head injury anyway and could get him back out there quickly if needed.

Anyway, after I got him home he was back to his usual self. The bandage is to stay on for four days. I can't imagine this will be the last time I have to take him to A&E with some injury, he really is 100% little boy.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: ER on March 13, 2021, 08:05:57 AM
Scary account, Alex. I'm glad your boy is going to be all right. Now if he has a scar from this this, be sure he knows to make up a good story about how he acquired it, so he can impress women with it someday.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 14, 2021, 06:00:42 AM
The plaster comes off tomorrow and we'll have a better idea of the damage. I'd imagine at his age though the wound will heal and hopefully not leave a mark.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 20, 2021, 10:40:32 AM
Today has been a good day for getting rid of irritating things and it has put a big old smile on my face.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on March 31, 2021, 11:19:52 AM
So that's me had my first Covid-19 vaccine jab today.

Not dead yet.

No side effects of any kind, not even the usual slight pain after getting any injection. I have no doubt they will come in time though. Got paracetamol in the medicine cabinet already and I've done my bit to get the country back up and running as well as protecting number one (by which I mean my son. I don't overly care for people who think that number should be themselves. Strikes me as being somewhere between pure selfishness and downright cowardly. I find patriotism to be a nebulous concept at best, but not getting the jab would seem to fit into the unpatriotic side of things if anything does, other than y'know treason type stuff).

Anyway, I digress.

Kristi wants to watch the new Godzilla Vs Kong movie tomorrow. I am more interested in the Synder cut Justice League. Not that I am a huge fan of Synder, it is more out of curiosity than anything else. I've heard either it is great or it sucks. Not much in the way of the middle of the road reviews-wise.





Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 01, 2021, 11:41:11 AM
Ordered a model of a monster I've had my eye on for a while.

This is what it looks like when other people paint it up.

(https://i.imgur.com/Qf3EXgI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PcOYYHw.jpg)

I won't be able to make it look as good as that alas, but I figured it would be good for when we can play D&D around a tabletop once again. It is supposed to represent Father Dagon from the Lovecraft universe. Not how I've pictured him when I read the stories, but it works.

Went out to the park today with Kristi and Ash along with another woman from our street and her daughter (who is Ash's age). They've been playing out. They played together for several hours in the unseasonably warm weather. It was good to see him interacting with another child. I hope things open up again soon and he can get back to mixing with others.

Still no side effects from my jab.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 05, 2021, 08:27:43 AM
The cold snap I've been predicting for a while seems to have hit today. We woke up to high winds and snow outside. I was hoping for nicer weather today so we could all go out for a nice long walk, but the high winds have put paid to that idea.

Hope everyone had a good zombie Jesus day yesterday. I am still limiting Ash to one egg per day this year. Next year I figure he will be old enough to eat himself sick, but for the moment I'll ration his chocolate intake. He has managed to climb out of his cot and we've had a couple of nights where it has turned into a battle of wills of us putting him in his bed and him clambering back out. I am determined we will win this battle though. The alternative would be much more painful.

I appear to have had zero initial side effects from my Covid jab. Studies are showing at least some of the vaccines are providing a level of protection from the varients too. So much for those who immediately claimed they were useless against them. Not that I imagine being proved wrong will make any difference to them, they'll just move onto other claims. I wonder if they ever stop to consider why people don't listen to them after they've been found to be wrong for the umpteenth time? Certainly doesn't seem so. Oh well, not my problem.

Got one of the guys I play Warcraft with into listening to Conan audiobooks. He was complaining he never had time to read so I linked whatever I'd been listening to, to him. Just so happened to be a Conan story and now he is looking for more to listen to.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 07, 2021, 03:31:30 PM
Well, Ash is now using his potty. We've been working on potty training in fits and starts, but he has recently taken to using it himself even going so far as to take his pull-ups off so he can pee.  Now if I can just get him to do it sitting down instead of standing up. Kristi wants to move onto toilet training, but I want to get him using the potty correctly first rather than push him onto the next thing.

The cold snap continues. We had something of a blizzard yesterday although the snowstorms here really do not compare to what we had when I lived further inland as a child. Still, we have had some impressive ocean storms in this region that make up for it somewhat.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 09, 2021, 12:48:48 PM
Heard earlier that prince Phillip has died.

Meh. My biggest worry there is that I might have to line the funeral route or something. By all accounts, he was a nasty old bastard. I am sure his family loved him though. I'd offer them my sympathy but I don't seem to have any to spare. Plenty of other people more deserving. The fallout from his grandson's interview has continued longer than I thought it would. PR-wise it sounds like the interview went down better in the US than the UK. Then again stories about her bullying staff members and so forth had been heard before they left the UK, and the press has been full of stories pointing out the inconsistencies in their story. I haven't watched it and don't plan on and other than noting for people who claim to want privacy and away from royal life they are certainly doing all they can to court publicity and cash in on their titles (which they could give up at any time they so chose).

I have an urge to watch Flash Gordon. One that I think I am going to indulge myself on.
 


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 24, 2021, 05:13:20 PM
Took a chance and bought some tickets for a concert in December. Here is hoping the whole virus thing lets it take place. Got the usual crew of motley companions I meet up with for these things interested, plus working on a few more. Anyway, we'll be going to see Alestorm with Gloryhammer and Aether Realm in support. I like the first two of those, but Aether Realm, while sounding like the diet coke of death metal are still more death metal than I care for. The growly vocals puts me off.

Got issued a laptop by work for doing work at home. Wouldn't you just know it though, the damn thing won't connect to my home internet.

Such a shame.

No doubt tech support will get it sorted out, but until then I am a free man. Not overly in love with the idea of having such a device at home. I am concerned about how that affects my work/life balance.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 27, 2021, 04:11:19 AM
So the country is starting to come out of lockdown. Non-essential shops got to reopen yesterday. I am expecting this to last for the summer and have the feeling that come winter we’ll have another wave and go back under lockdown again.

Hoping I am wrong there, but the world is full of idiots who think the virus isn’t a thing.

Although stories have it that our ‘beloved’ prime minister has said he’d rather see dead bodies stacked high than go into a lockdown. Not proven wither he did or not and I suspect it never will be. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did say it. He strikes me as being that self-centred.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on April 28, 2021, 03:03:35 PM
I got word back from my med board review this afternoon. Both the doctors and my trade manager have recommended me staying on in my job.

I guess that's a relief right?

I would have been annoyed if I'd been kicked out this close to qualifying for my pension, but part of me would be so glad just to be over and done with it all.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 01, 2021, 04:02:24 PM
Dragged the family out to Elgin this morning. We went out, had a nice breakfast and then picked up some flowers for Lilly. It was a good walk. Kristi picked up several new pairs of trainers for her increased exercise routine and I headed off to the local geekstore. Since my birthday is coming up soonish, I dropped a subtle hint about how much I wanted the Kraken model. I then picked out some other models and some paints for my monthly allowance on such things lol. We were planning a trip down to Glasgow at the end of the month, but with Covid restrictions remaining in place where we live it doesn't look like that will happen.

I also picked up Willy's Wonderland, a Nic Cage film I've been wanting to watch for a while now.

It was interesting just to get out and interact with people again. Kristi spoke to lots of people. I mostly just hung around wishing we were still back in lockdown. Still with a couple of outbreaks and this region currently having the highest infection rate in Scotland that is a wish that could easily come true.

I am going to try tanking Molten Core on my paladin tonight (not the main tank, one of the off tanks). Not something I'd overly planned on as pala tanks are a bit weak in classic. This is more aimed at when the retro servers move on to The Burning Crusade. I've ended up tanking quite a lot though so I decided I fancied trying a raid.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 02, 2021, 02:33:09 AM
So I did the Molten Core run last night. As the other tanks were a lot better equipped and more experienced on tanking than me I didn't get to do much, but I did win all the plate healing gear that dropped. No use to me for tanking, but hey it was free loot. Shame none of the tanking gear I could have used dropped, but hey ho.

We had something happen in D&D that hadn't happened before in over 30 years of gaming. One character turned around and just straight-up murdered another party member. No particular reason behind it. The pair were alone in a room, and he hit her with his axe. No provocation, or arguments between these pair. Thanks to the aid of some magical questioning the party knows that it was murder, despite an attempt to lie about what happened and has more or less accepted a promise from the killer not to misbehave again or else!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 04, 2021, 02:49:42 PM
Just heard that my immediate boss at work is now a father for the second time, so big congratulations to him and his family.

I have one less kickstarter to keep track of as my gnomes turned up today. Of course, another project I am backing has released something else I'd like to back (and just to be even more awkward, it is a more expensive one (I class anything over roughly £75/$100 as expensive ones, often more because of the shipping costs involved). So far I've backed 9 projects on there, 4 of which I've received. No campaigns thus far have failed to deliver (and I don't know for sure, but my guess is that if they fail you lose the money you've put into it), and I would imagine if that happens it will doubtless dent my enthusiasm for the platform.

And of course all the figures will now add to my pile of unpainted figures I need to work on.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 07, 2021, 09:46:11 AM
Trying to avoid being called into work today (either you know the reason why I want to not work today or you don't, its not really important though). Yeah, so far I've been in twice.

I should be sitting back, drinking a slow but steady stream of alcoholic beverages.

Got the new Rob Zombie album as well as Alice Coopers one (both on vinyl) and one of the Batman cartoon movies. After the one where Catwoman ripped his clothes off and made the beast with two backs, I am waiting until Ash goes to bed before I risk putting this one on. Especially since it is rated 15+. Where is the bloody postman, I want more packages!

The election results are slowly dribbling in. Looks like the tories (spit!) did well in England while the SNP has held Scotland, much as things were before really. It is still early days though and everything could change. My prediction is that the SNP will win overall in Scotland, although with a reduced margin from the last election. They did really well the last time and it's going to be hard to keep those numbers up.

Decided to binge-watch The X-Files. Never watched them all before. I did find out that what I thought was the first episode (the one with the stretchy liver eating bloke) wasn't the first episode after all. It was something I only watched intermittently back in the day. Monster of the week shows rarely do it for me and while the X-Files did have its longer-term plotline, it just didn't grab me as much as say Supernatural did. Maybe because Supernatural also had an element of fun that was somewhat missing from the older show.

I was thinking today about the first time I told a girlfriend that I loved her. I had just walked out of the toilet of the house I was living in and she grabbed me and told me she loved me. I said the same back to her, but the problem was I was lying. I wanted to love her, but I think I knew at that point it wasn't going to work out even as I was still trying to find a way to fix things. Looking back I have no idea why I was trying to. True she was an attractive girl (although where most women have curves, she more had straight lines. I could have used her as a reversible ironing board as she was basically flat, but oh man do I love a girl with dark eyes and hair to match and her body shape should never be the deciding factor in a relationship anyway). She liked to gossip where I don't care, she wanted to stay inside and play Warcraft, whereas (while I liked playing WoW too), She wanted me to dress and look a certain way so I'd fit in more, I wanted to wear clothes that say "Hey, I don't fit in". I wanted to sometimes take a break and do something else like go outside. I couldn't even base a short term relationship on sex because I found it to be boring with her.

No idea why I kept on trying as long as I did, but it was something of a relief when she dumped me one night. Later on, I did find out that she'd expected me to do what she'd wanted in an attempt to win her back. I really shouldn't have let things go as long as they did. Shame my first I love you was wasted and meaningless, but hey ho. Then again the first time I had sex it was with someone I didn't particularly care about either. I just did it because it was offered and she was a mixture of attractive and exotic. Neither of us expected anything other than sex out of that night. Still, things have changed on that front and these days I get to do things differently with someone I do care about.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on May 07, 2021, 10:26:27 AM
Trying to avoid being called into work today (either you know the reason why I want to not work today or you don't, its not really important though). Yeah, so far I've been in twice..

Happy birthday  :cheers:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 10, 2021, 10:36:03 AM
The results of the election in Scotland left the SNP one seat short of an outright majority, but with the Greens also having a pro-independence stance it does leave a majority of seats for it. So what happens now?

Well, Bojo the fat & incompetent down in London is saying that there will not be a second referendum on independence. The SNP are saying they have the legal power to hold one without a say-so from Westminster. I wonder who is right?

Me, I just want out of this s**tshow.

We've 'upgraded' our internet so it should give us the performance we were supposed to be getting before we upgraded. We now have a stronger wifi signal throughout the house. Here is the rub though, signal strength was not the issue. It was the upload/download speeds. Not convinced this will solve anything and that we won't have to just go and do what I wanted to do in the first place (move the connection upstairs and go hard wired), but we shall see.




Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 14, 2021, 03:38:26 PM
Once again the weekend approaches and I find myself unable to take full advantage of it.

I am so ready for all this covid crap to be over, although I don't see it ending any time soon alas. Will the hoarding of vaccines in a small number of countries prove to be counter-productive when the have-nots develop new strains that the current vaccines don't work against? Well, that depends on if one appears before we share the wealth. My money is on new varients sweeping the world. Just have to hope they get less dangerous, or even stay at the same threat level.

Assuming the weather isn't absolutely terrible tomorrow, I'll go out with Kristi and Ash for a long walk around town, maybe paint some more models up and make a stab at the front garden. If the weather is decent I'll dig out the hover mower (or as my American friends refer to it "the magic lawnmower"), if not then I'll hack it down with the strimmer. I hate gardening, but its starting to look like a jungle and I need to keep it in some kind of order. Then it'll be weedkiller time and plant some new grass seeds.

Blergh, I'd rather concrete over it. There is no fence around the front garden so it isn't like I can even just let Ash go out and play there without watching him all the time to make sure he doesn't wander out onto the road. Shame half the backyard is half wasted space with the slope on it.





Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on May 29, 2021, 03:52:51 AM
Got the first xmas present bought and ordered stuff to make Kristi a festive diorama. Going with a street scene from A Christmas Carol this year, but again using 28mm figures. Giving myself plenty of time to work on it this time around. Not that I was short of time last year, but I want to make sure I do as good a job as I possibly can.

Took our first trip away from the local area yesterday. Went all the way up to Inverness, once a trip we'd take every month or two. It was a nice sunny day and we had a good time. Being a US taxpayer, Kristi had received her stimulus check (and after making sure that she was entitled to it) so we went out and stimulated the economy a bit. We did buy some stuff that was made by a US company, so I like to think that its went to its intended purpose.

Not had too much sleep the past couple of days. I could tell it was getting to me this morning. Kristi wanted to talk, just making conversation I guess but I just wanted to be left alone and she got me on grumpy mode. I got out the house for a couple of hours, but I got to thinking about Lilly-Beth and my mood really did not improve until I got back home. I did manage to get another couple of presents for Kristi. Question is, can I wait the six months between now and when I am supposed to give her them?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 01, 2021, 09:54:39 AM
The scorching weather continues. We are all rocking a nice tan, except for Kristi who just goes straight to the burn stage. You'd think someone from a desert would cope better with the Scottish summer.

Tonight is the final night of classic Warcraft as it moves on into The Burning Crusade era. Last time that happened I was in a relationship where my partner had decided she could live off my money, not do any housework or look for a job. Every day when I came home I got to listen to her tell me how I wasn't doing enough or that she was out of my league, or she'd talk about one of her five main topics of conversation '(Warcraft', 'Immigrants Are Bad'*, 'Gossip', 'Bad Things That Had Happened To Her' and 'How Much I Suck At Relationships').

This time I am going into TBC in a relationship with someone who loves and supports me and who I hope I love and support just as much. Got the feeling that this time it will be a lot more of an enjoyable experience than the first time around.

*And this from someone who wanted to move to Australia.

We went for a long walk yesterday. When we were down the harbour I saw some guy holding up an elderly man and he looked like he was struggling. Turned out the old man's knees had just given out. Anyway, between us we carried the man back to his house (which was pretty close by). It was a shame that no one else had offered to help the old man.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 07, 2021, 02:28:45 PM
One of the guys I've been playing WoW with is having a hell of a bad year. He's lost all his father figure type relations and friends, I've had two periods in my life when lots of people around me were dying, one when I was 27, the other when I was 42. I'd have expected those to happen closer to twenty years apart as a generational thing, but apparently, life doesn't like to run things in orderly, predictable cycles. I hope he finds the strength within to get through it all. He seems a nice guy as far as I can tell from the internet interactions we've had.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 09, 2021, 04:36:14 PM
We have been having a run of warm weather. I wonder if we will see water shortages in England again this year if it continues? Today we are having a nice break with some rainy weather.

Kristi has been looking a bit frazzled recently so if the weather improves tomorrow I'll take the little guy out for the day, give her a break. She is just worried about everything and nothing right now.

Watching AEW again tonight. They seem to be taking on a lot of guys and girls. Everytime the WWE lets someone go, I wonder if they will turn up there.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 13, 2021, 10:41:27 AM
Glorious weather for a Sunday. Slight waste of a good day with everything being closed today, but it does mean that everyone gets a chance to enjoy it. I remember as a kid always thinking that Sundays were the crappiest day of the week because all the shops and places where you could go do something fun were always closed and the TV was filled with dull as ditchwater religious shows like Songs of Praise.

Bloody Thora Hird and Harry Secombe.

No wonder I rejected Christianity after a childhood being bored to tears with that crap every week with an extra dose of Sunday school and church on top.

Had some nice long walks outside this week. Kristi was tired yesterday so me and Ash took a long stroll through town and down to the harbour (via several playparks of course). I love just watching him play and have fun. He certainly loves to run. Going to say he gets that from me.

We've been watching some old WCW stuff recently, from the start of Nitro. Been feeling the whole NWO angle has been overplayed already. I only really watched it towards the end of the Monday night wars when WCW was desperately throwing everything at the wall in the hope that something will stick. Interesting watching Hogan in talk segments making sure no one else gets too much talk time compared to him. They also seem to have a pretty small pool of wrestlers compared to what I saw much later. I find it interesting to watch the evolution between those times though,


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 20, 2021, 03:04:48 AM
Today in the UK is Father's Day. Kristi and Ash have bought me a load of stuff, most of which Kristi has already given me as she gets over-excited about giving presents and can't wait to give them. Yesterday I got a couple of books. One was by Heinz Guderian (pretty much the father of modern tank warfare, he was a major proponent of the whole Blitzkrieg idea (although the German's did not call it that. Certainly not initially, I believe that term actually came from an American journalist). I had expected an ex-army officer I know to possibly recognise the name, but I was surprised when I mentioned in Warcraft that she'd gotten me it and quite a few people had heard of him. You are pretty much talking about a guy who should be as famous  (or infamous?) as Rommel.

Of course, it should never be forgotten that these people were, regardless of what they may have achieved, on the wrong side. It is one thing to acknowledge what they did do and to study it from a historical perspective. It is quite another to glorify them. Studying history is something of a waste of time if you cannot put things into historical perspective.

Anyway, the second book was a coffee table on the history of tanks. Kristi mistook my surprise at her getting me these for disappointment which couldn't be further from the truth. It is surprising to me though that this is the first time this book has been translated into English. Guderian was an acknowledged master of tank warfare and was a popular lecturer on the subject post-war. His work should be required reading for military students in the same way that The Art of War (pfft, Sun Tzu, more like Captain Bloody Obvious) is.

Anyway, I started reading it last night, interrupting the other books I am reading partly because well I wanted to, and partly because I wanted to reassure Kristi that I was indeed happy with her present.

Heading out today for a car boot sale (if you don't get them in the US, think of a yard sale, only for lots of people rather than just one household selling stuff). Not expecting to find anything, but you never know.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on June 30, 2021, 05:37:56 PM
More free money came my way this week and we are expecting more by the end of next month. The money I got was specifically given for me to spend, but I've shared it with Kristi. Used some of it to get D&D stuff, order a new laptop as well as some WW2 things and some model paints.

Something had happened that really p**sed me off in my WoW guild. I made it clear to the other officers that if this situation happened again, I'd quit the guild. None of them replied to my post in the officer forum about it and a few weeks later a similar thing happened, so I said "f**k this." and quit. This seems to have come as something of a surprise to them. Since then I've had a lot of people from the guild ask me to come back. I've made myself available to help out if people are stuck. Anyway, tonight Kristi told them I was missing the guild (ok so that is true), that I wished I hadn't left the way I had and so on. I'd to message one of the other officers and say what she has said was wrong and that I'd do the exact same thing if put the same situation again.

If I did feel like going back, her doing that has just hardened my heart against it. She made it sound as if I was making a crawling apology instead of how I am really feeling



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 04, 2021, 04:08:39 PM
Lots more guild drama kicked off since I last posted. Despite my attempts to leave the game and not be involved in what was going on it seems it was not to be. My old GM seems to really hate me for leaving. Not entirely sure why, but then again her mental health hasn't been great and that might be part of it.

Waiting on my new laptop arriving. Shame my old one is completely kaput or I'd have sent it to Trevor just as a backup since his computers seem to burn out on a regular basis.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on July 05, 2021, 06:30:56 AM
Waiting on my new laptop arriving. Shame my old one is completely kaput or I'd have sent it to Trevor just as a backup since his computers seem to burn out on a regular basis.

Aww, thanks.

Henry Cavill and Tom Cruise borrowed my last one to use in Mission Impossible: Fallout and we all know what that PC was used for  :buggedout: :wink:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 05, 2021, 01:46:15 PM
Waiting on my new laptop arriving. Shame my old one is completely kaput or I'd have sent it to Trevor just as a backup since his computers seem to burn out on a regular basis.

Aww, thanks.

Henry Cavill and Tom Cruise borrowed my last one to use in Mission Impossible: Fallout and we all know what that PC was used for  :buggedout: :wink:

Lol I haven't actually watched that one.

Been watching a lot of the SCP videos that they've been putting out. For anyone unfamiliar with SCP, it's a bit like the Twilight Zone, or maybe the Friday the Thirteenth TV series might be more accurate.

Yesterday marked my 20th year in uniform, and I have the option of leaving in two years, or staying on for an additional two beyond that. My heart says leave, but my head says its a well paying, reasonably secure job. Still, the exit process is currently a year-long process so I have just under 12 months to consider my options before I would pull the plug. Leaving any earlier would mean I didn't get my pension right away. That would very much defeat the whole purpose of me joining up. I'd had enough action and adventure before I ever signed up. Medals seem a poor reward for risking one's life (nearly died, going to have life-long trauma? Here have a lump of tin with a nice ribbon. Then again, some countries hand out such things for so much less). Serving queen and country? Hah, try checking out how any government in the world treats its service personal when the chips are down. Sadly if you aren't using them then you can be sure they are using you. My favourite (not exactly the right term), is what happened to the sailors who had fought at the Battle of Trafalgar, but if you check your history, you'll find many such shameful betrayals of a nations servicemen and women.

Mind you, such treatment is hardly limited to those in uniform. Maybe I am biased, but it does seem like a greater sin though when it is conducted against those who serve.

Speaking of medals, the entire NHS has been awarded the George Cross it was announced today. Guessing everyone who works for it and who has in the 70 odd years since it was decided that hey providing health care for all would be a good idea isn't going to be given their own gong (those bits of metal 'ain't free after all). Hopefully, they'll all get something out of it.

Working my way very slowly down a bottle of Apple flavoured Jack Daniels. Tastes nice. It doesn't have the bite to it that I like as a good drink burns its way down your throat, but its still good.






Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on July 06, 2021, 07:06:47 AM
Waiting on my new laptop arriving. Shame my old one is completely kaput or I'd have sent it to Trevor just as a backup since his computers seem to burn out on a regular basis.

Aww, thanks.

Henry Cavill and Tom Cruise borrowed my last one to use in Mission Impossible: Fallout and we all know what that PC was used for  :buggedout: :wink:

Lol I haven't actually watched that one.


Henry Cavill clonks a bad guy on the head with my PC:  :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 07, 2021, 11:53:49 AM
Still finding that the more time I have, the less I am able to do with it. Writing has ground to a complete halt. Luckily my D&D group does a lot of roleplaying and doesn't go very quickly through what I've got written down (plus I've been doing some stuff off the cuff).

I've been having a small problem with flies in one room of the house. It isn't one with food in or anything I would have thought would attract such insects (indeed it is the laundry room). Possibly they are coming in through a vent or something, but every time I've gone in the room I've found between 2 to 4 such creatures and quite large specimens at that.

I really hate flies. Over the past three days I've killed I would guess 20 to 30 of them. Going to drag out the washing machine and tumble drier and see if there is something behind them that is bringing them in. Until then I have a spray that will deal with them.

Honestly, pretty much any living thing that annoys me has wings (seagulls, pigeons, moths, flies, crane flies, and wasps). The frequency of encountering them does seem to have dropped off today so I am hoping either I've killed them off or whatever was bringing them in is gone.

Some football game is on tonight. The news is filled with it (that's proper football by the way, where you use your feet to kick the ball, the clue is in the name there). Trying to find out what else is happening in the world as football of any type really doesn't interest me. After two hours of getting nothing but it, I am giving up on trying to hear about anything going on anywhere else in the world.





Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 14, 2021, 05:52:59 AM
So at the weekend, Kristi decided to pop down with Ash to visit my mum and sister. As I was expected a package to be delivered Thursday and couldn't be sure I wouldn't get called into work so she was going to have to come home on Wednesday. It was to be delivered by FedEx which is a company I've never dealt with before, but yesterday (Tuesday), I got another email from them telling me that my parcel would be delivered today (Thursday 15th).

Ok, so that is a bit of a mixed message there. Wasn't quite sure if it was going to pitch up yesterday or tomorrow. It ended up arriving just after 17:00 yesterday (box wasn't in the best of conditions, being half-open but as far as I can tell all the contents were inside). Anyway, I phoned Kristi to let her know that there was no need for her to rush back home and she could stay away for another few days if she wanted.

I am not sure if this is the normal level of service people expect from FedEx or not, but they wouldn't be my first choice when it comes to shipping stuff to people. Not my last choice either (MyHermes seems to have a very bad rep and my experience of them consists of a man turning up at the door around 7 in the morning with a whole load of packages stuffed haphazardly into the back of a car and being handed a very beaten up looking box, so currently they would be my last choice of shipper).

Anyway, I have my Kickstarter (it is for building up dungeons in D&D), consisting of lots of tiles, walls and bits to scatter around your dungeon. This was their second edition of bits and I've also backed the third edition (which is a town and sewer set), but due to space considerations, I think I may have to drop out of backing any future projects of theirs sadly. It is good quality stuff, not easily broken. With it, I am now going to look at starting a round table group for roleplaying games again. I've painted up a lot of figures for use in a game over lockdown and I might as well use them.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 16, 2021, 03:49:27 AM
Got woken up by Ash climbing into our bed about 1 this morning. Got woken up again at 4ish when he started throwing up. He hasn't really stopped since then and that is just how the rest of the morning went. He has certain situations he prefers to go to either me or Kristi for. If he is a little bit upset, then it is Kristi he will go to. If he is in pain then its me who gets him, so he was coming to me for lots of hugs today. When I picked him up and help him, he threw up all over my freshly ironed uniform and then went to sleep while I was holding him.

Not much else I could do but stand there and hold him really at that point.

Anyway, after that, I carried him upstairs and put him in mine and Kristi's bed to sleep. He got up once to go to the toilet and be sick again and then went back to bed for more sleep. He doesn't seem to be able to keep anything down for more than a few minutes. On the journey home yesterday the air con on the train failed for the last 45-minute stretch and on a hot day, those places become a hotbox. Kristi made sure he had plenty to drink, but it still isn't fun being somewhere that overheated. I am figuring him not being well is connected to that.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 20, 2021, 04:11:18 AM
So yesterday I paid off my credit card. It's the first time since I got married that I've been completely debt-free. It gives us an extra £700 a month to spend on whatever we want. All through my life I'd always been careful not to get into debt, but that also meant I didn't show up on credit checks so I figured when I got married I'd have to take out some just in case I went to buy a house or finance a car or whatever.

Feels good though.

Ash seemed to recover quickly from his stomach bug. By the afternoon he was back to running about and being his usual self. He won a raffle for a kids climbing frame/slide which is now built up in the backyard. By next year he'll be too big for it, but I am sure he'll love playing on it over the summer. I've taken to sitting in the dining room to work, where I can watch him through the glass doors while he runs about and plays.

Next month he starts playschool (or kindergarten if you are in the states I believe). Who said he could grow up so fast? I remember putting him in his cot for the first time and both me and Kristi thinking it looked way too big for him, so we put his baby box* inside and laid him down inside that in the cot, or when I put him in his buggy for the first time and he seemed too tiny and lost.

We still have a buggy for him, but I couldn't tell you the last time we actually used it. He loves to walk and run too much.

All that has me thinking about when I first held him as he was struggling to open his eyes (so yeah, he got to see me before he got to see his mum which is a shame, but Kristi was still on the operating table being sewn back up).

Really, it is the simple things that make life worth living.

Managed to sort out a round the table D&D group, and as an added bonus someone else is going to DM it. Thinking about a cross classed rogue/wizard which is something I've never played before.

There is a bank holiday at the end of next month and a museum in Edinburgh is doing an exhibition of Ray Harryhausen's work so we are going to travel down to see it. Originally we'd been going to see it as part of a trip to the Edinburgh military tattoo, but that has been cancelled again this year, so this is our new plan. Carrying on the money for the tickets to put towards going next year and we have some friends from the US who want to come join us there, so we are going to buy them tickets too. Going by the lengths of previous pandemics, we should be coming out of this one by then.

Let's just hope nothing else comes along in the meantime eh?

*Based on a Scandinavian project (Finland I think started it), the Scottish government gives every new parent the option of receiving a pretty large box filled with assorted supplies appropriate for a new child, clothes, nappies, thermometer, toys and so forth. The bottom of the box is lined with a mattress and it can also be used as a baby bed. The countries that do this have a lower rate of infant cot death, although studies have yet to prove or disprove a link between the two despite some rather lurid headlines.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 22, 2021, 03:23:19 AM
Yesterday we got a bonus day off work. They were putting on an airshow and everyone got the day off work so we could watch it.

Fair enough, but I've seen dozens of those things and we used the day to go out elsewhere instead.

We decided to jump a train to Inverness. When we left the house it was cloudy and rain threatened but we gambled on the day clearing up and left the house in shorts and tee-shirts. Called that one right though, by the time we got to our destination it was all glorious sunshine. I figured either I was going to be buying sunscreen or new outfits when we got off the train.

Did an open-top bus tour around the city which if I am entirely honest about I was disappointed in. They missed out a lot of the history (ie made no mention of the biggest things in the cities history, preferring a somewhat more twee summary of when a few locations were built). I've done a few other tours with the same company in other cities and this one is my least favourite, but on the other hand, Kristi enjoyed it and Ash, well he just loved being in the open-top bus. They do run two different tours, the red bus one (which we did), and a blue bus one. I wonder if the blue one deals more with the aftermath of the

Picked up a copy of a board game I've wanted to play for several years (Carcassone) and took Ash to the local big toy shop (Smyths). He had absolutely no interest in any of the toys though, preferring to make his own amusement by sprinting off any time he managed to slip out of daddy's hand and judging from the big smile on his face had a great time making daddy chase after him. We ate out and had a meal that was passable (I had a Chicken Tikka Massala, which Ash decided the rice from looked better than his pizza (fair shout, it looked like a frozen pizza that had been cooked in a microwave), so he ate that part of my dinner.

We decided to get some professional photos done of Ash. Spent over £100 getting them and to my mind there weren't enough pictures for what we paid, but I've never done this before and don't know what the going rates are. Anyway, they were some really cute pictures and that is what matters. It's what we will look back on and remember in years to come. I'll put up some of the shots later.

It was around 18:00 before we got back so it was a long day out. Gave Ash a quick shower and a snack before putting him to bed. It was nice that he was tired out enough by the day that he just went straight to sleep and didn't get up until half six this morning (even if Kristi would have liked a longer lie in lol).

This was a good day. We should all remember days like this and always hold them dear.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 27, 2021, 04:14:06 AM
A study has arisen that says civilisation as we know it is headed for a collapse (either by 2040, or in the 2040s, I can't remember the exact date). It listed the various societal traits, combined them with the predicted increasing demands on the planet earth's natural resources, and said this is the point where it all becomes unsustainable. By itself, there isn't anything new or unique there. We've had a lot of similar reports over the years. So why mention this one? Well, it was written in 1972 and while I haven't read the study myself apparently the predictions it has made about what would be happening over time have come true. It offers hope and says that if we change now, then we can do it in a relatively painless way and save the world. Since nothing was done we are now at the stage where making such changes would be ruinously expensive and even then might be too late.

The actual reason I mention this is because whenever I see a devastating flood, a drought, or whatever people seem to be asking "Why didn't science predict this and warn us?" Well, they've been warning you for at least half a century. They just weren't listened to, like Cassandra warning of a dire future but doomed never to be believed until it was too late.

Oh well, better get watching plenty of bad movies while they can still make them then. I wonder what countries will be strong enough to survive such a fall and lead the rebuilding. Civilisations have risen and fallen throughout history, but that has been a localised thing. I find it difficult to grasp the concept of a global meltdown where everything falls down. Then again, if I break it down into smaller chunks, countries being battered by increasingly extreme weather events, food, and freshwater become more limited... it becomes easier to understand. Is it inevitable? Honestly, that is an answer I don't have. Climate science has never been an area I've studied as much as other subjects. I'll do what I normally do and follow the science on the subject rather than believe people who think watching a YouTube video counts as research or that their gut feeling somehow trumps 20 years of education and experience. Not that the experts always get things right, but if we listen to the Karens (and whatever the hell the male equivalent is) I am pretty damn sure we are f**ked.

The newspapers here are predicting shortages in the shops due to the numbers of people having to isolate and brexit. The trouble is that as soon as you start making headlines like that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. People will rush out and panic buy which then causes shortages (much like the whole toilet paper issue at the start of the pandemic. I mean WTF, out of everything you could panic buy toilet roll became the item of choice?

Maybe the collapse of civilisation would be a good thing. Perhaps next time we can have a system without those people?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 27, 2021, 07:52:09 AM
This is the article you're referencing: https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3xw3x/new-research-vindicates-1972-mit-prediction-that-society-will-collapse-soon (https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3xw3x/new-research-vindicates-1972-mit-prediction-that-society-will-collapse-soon)

It may be a little alarmist. From reading it, it sounds more like its predicting an end to the massive economic expansion the world has experienced for centuries than a societal collapse. Of course an economic "collapse" could and probably would have cascading secondary consequences that might be called "societal collapse," but a model would have trouble specifying what they might be.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on July 27, 2021, 10:44:46 AM
Yeah...economic collapse is how Hitler came into power.
He convinced folks he was the only one who could fix it.
Sound familiar?
 It's also how Roosevelt became President 4 times. Because he had actual plans for how the  government can do what it's here for. Work for it's tax money.
It could go either way, I reckon.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on July 28, 2021, 03:27:13 AM
I find it odd how this many people actually want that kind of collapse to happen, well that isn't the part about it I find odd. It is that the people who want it to happen are the ones in the worst position to actually deal with (or in some cases just survive) it. For anyone interested in the background behind the various types of collapses, the Wikipedia article on them isn't a bad primer.

Had a nice thunderstorm last night just as I went to bed. Listened to the rain pouring down for a while before drifting off into sleep. The rain is continuing this morning. The cooling effect on the air is a most welcome thing.

Pretty sure I am going to get soaked through walking home though.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 04, 2021, 09:05:36 AM
We've been watching a lot of AEW wrestling lately as well as older WCW stuff. As WWE shed's performers, they seem to be hoovering them up, not to mention using talent that is... uhm, past their sell-by date (but still good to see these older wrestlers again in a nostalgic way). It does remind me somewhat of the old Monday night wars (although as Vince McMahon pointed out AEW has nowhere near their viewers back then).

Then again, as I understand it neither does the WWE.

Warm and wet weather today, but the dark grey clouds promise more rain to come.  Kristi is out at a meeting at the moment. Hopefully, she can avoid the heavier showers. This leaves me and Ash with him running around while I try to do some computer programming. He does not make it easy to concentrate, to say the least lol.

When I am not working on programming I am working on D&D. As well as my regular Friday night game I am writing a one-shot adventure for people who are going to be playing soon after a long break to reintroduce them to the rules before we start a new game with one of the DMing.

Reminds me, I need to work on their character sheets as I am just going to give them pregenerated ones for this adventure. Not something I would normally do, but for a one session game it would take longer to generate everyone's character on the night than it would to play the game.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 08, 2021, 02:04:15 AM
Spending the weekend in Aberdeen. Ash has a hospital appointment first thing on Monday morning (too early to get a train), and there is a train strike on Sunday so we headed up on Saturday. Delays on the line meant it was nearly 16:00 before we got into town so by the time we'd got to our hotel room and dropped our luggage off we didn't have a lot of time to get around the shops before things closed.

Still I did manage to find an entirely new games shop, visit another one (which was having a big sale on so I had to buy a new board game) and then pick up a couple of DVDs. My nephew lives in the town, so he joined us in the hotel bar and then we went out for a few drinks since Kristi and Ash were going back to the room. Ended up back at his place for a game of Cards Against Humanity.

Meeting up with my older brother and his wife for breakfast this morning (along with Cameron and Jess). Since I couldn't get tomorrow off work I'll need to get a bus home (damn train strike, the bus is a long journey but Kristi did pick me up a series of comics to read on the way called Miskatonic).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 15, 2021, 09:40:20 AM
When I saw on the news about a mass shooting in the south of England a couple of days ago, I messaged a friend who lives down there to make sure she and her family were all ok. She wasn't aware of what was happening. I took that as a good sign (for her anyway). She messaged me back last night to say that she wants friends with one of the women and the three-year-old girl who was shot.

Since then I've been trying to think of something comforting to say in return. What can you say when 5 lives have been snuffed out by some trump supporting incel with a shotgun? What a freaking loser.

Got a surprise when I saw on the news this morning that the Afgan government was preparing to surrender to the Taliban. How many lives were wasted in kicking them out? If they weren't willing to see the job done properly, they shouldn't have sent us in, in the first place.

Had Cameron and Jess visit yesterday and played some board and card games with them (Block Mania, Monty Python Fluxx and Disney Munchkin). In the first one I managed to keep my block standing while the four of us sent our troops to attack each others, right up until the last turn where someone set a fire in my basement power room. The fire caused the room to collapse which set off a chain reaction that ended up collapsing my entire building. Oh well, there is always next time.

Got the back garden sorted out today as well as dealing with the compost heap. Had to put aftershave on my hands to get rid of the smell of it off them though. Urgh. Got a friend coming up from England to visit for a couple of days. He is doing a tour of Scotland on his motorbike. The weather is looking a bit grim for biking, but hopefully he'll have a good time regardless.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 22, 2021, 08:12:51 AM
The Cinema Club has opened back up as part of the whole easing of Covid restrictions. Supposed to be showing The Sound of Metal, which sounds like a snoozefest type movie, so I am currently watching Monster Hunter in the hope that no one is going to turn up to watch the proper film.

It is 14:00 now which is the official start time. No one else here.  :smile:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 28, 2021, 01:30:56 PM
Finally managed to get to see the Ray Harryhausen exhibition today. Here are a few photos from it.

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Never seen an Oscar in real life before.
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I'd love to have one of these for my D&D games.
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FRom an abandoned attempt to make War of the Worlds.
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Poor Mighty Joe Young has seen better days.
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Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 28, 2021, 01:34:46 PM
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Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 28, 2021, 01:39:03 PM
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Think this is my favourite.
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Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 28, 2021, 01:42:32 PM
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Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 28, 2021, 01:45:04 PM
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Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on August 28, 2021, 11:34:24 PM
I would still watch any of these 100 times over (knowing the time and effort that went into making them) above any of the CGI crap we have today.  :thumbup: :thumbup:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on August 28, 2021, 11:36:20 PM
Finally managed to get to see the Ray Harryhausen exhibition today. Here are a few photos from it.

(https://i.imgur.com/gZHdpFM.jpg)


Yo Alex, where did you get a pic of my (almost) mother in law?  :wink:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 31, 2021, 10:35:19 AM
Got up this morning, really wishing I could just stay in bed and ignore the world outside. I just did not want to go to work.

Went in and discovered I had the day off.
...
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...

Anyway, I painted up this little guy.

(https://i.imgur.com/V3xBdry.jpg)

Because, well who doesn't need a Leprechaun with a chainsaw?


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on August 31, 2021, 10:35:46 AM
Ok, so that picture is a little bigger than I planned.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 06, 2021, 07:04:39 AM
Got into work for what is our busiest week out of the (lunar) month only to find everyone else is either isolating due to Covid or is on leave and I am doing everything ourselves.

Then I got the news that Ash needed to get a Covid test. I am fine as long as that doesn't come back positive, if it does then I need to go into isolation too and we have no one to man the office.

Yeah, that would be a problem right there.

Oh well, we will just have to cross that bridge if and when we come to it.

We've had a burning hot toddler decide to join us in bed sometime around 2 to 4 every night since the weekend. It's a fever, but it is on the low end of things so we are keeping a close eye on him.

Finding watching the worldwide (well in the first world anyway), wave of people quitting their jobs. Will it lead to higher wages as employers try to recruit/hang on to workers? During the Black Plague, wages shot up thanks to the shortage of labour so it isn't exactly the same situation but as long as you didn't actually catch it, the Plague was good for the ordinary people in that way (I am not suggesting we should unleash a pandemic of those proportions simply to get a wage increase).

Mind you I wonder if those who have made it quite clear they don't care about the numbers that have died due to Covid thus far would have any different an opinion on something far more lethal? Sadly I doubt it. When you are talking about the numbers of people dying, the numbers become a bit meaningless. If your immediate friends and family are affected, then that is a tragedy. Someone telling you say 800,000, or a third of the population have died is a bit harder to process and actually translate into something relatable even if we can recognise it as a bad thing. If you don't care about one such number, why should you care if it is slightly or hugely greater?

From the sounds of the weather reports, we are getting our last week of summer weather this week. We will have to do our best to ensure we enjoy the sunshine while we have it.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 09, 2021, 08:23:57 AM
Picked up a board game called Nemesis. It's pretty much Aliens without the IP. Anyway, I saw this figure and just had to pick it up to use in the game.

(https://i.imgur.com/t3qf8gC.jpg)

Unfortunately, the white undercoat didn't go on evenly and went all crumbly, so the final product wasn't as smooth as I had hoped, but it is about as close to the suits from Alien as I can make them. I am nowhere near talented to get them looking like (https://i.imgur.com/IF9my97.jpg).

Hell, even if I was, I doubt I'd spend the extra time it would take.

Anyway, this is one of the Aliens. Shorter head, a pair of scythe-like limbs over the shoulders and twin tails, but I think you can see where the inspiration came from...

(http://]https://i.imgur.com/PqIXf2y.jpg)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 14, 2021, 06:56:05 AM
I was listening to some Midnight Oil today. They were singing a song about white men coming and taking everything from the natives.

The irony of a bunch of white guys singing from the perspective of the natives about white guys taking everything from people of a different skin tone was not lost on me. You'd think they'd have some sort of representation on the band from the minority they are supporting.

Maybe it's just me and I don't understand the modern world.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 15, 2021, 10:48:18 AM
Got this week off work, because well every year this particular week brings up bad memories. It helps being home to support Kristi and to be supported by her.

It has also given me the chance to take Ash to nursery and pick him up. He's been doing well there, so I've been picking us up ice-creams as a reward to eat as we walk home. I am convinced he isn't enjoying nursery. When we are walking to it, he goes much slower than he normally does and when I've picked him up, he runs over to get picked up by me, normally hanging onto my side which isn't how he normally likes me to pick him up. He won't let me put him down until the building is out of sight and he has a big scowl on his face.

Well, he might be moving to a different one next month anyway. We shall have to see how that goes and if it happens, if he enjoys it more than his current place. The teachers keep giving me good reports on him and his development. He does need to work on sharing, but that is something he hasn't had much chance to engage in, being an only child and not being able to socialise as much with all the Covid restrictions.

Since it is the middle of the Battle of Britain anniversary, I thought I'd post these up.

(https://i.imgur.com/5rMbVSc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/I6ek9uB.jpg)

Shame these never mention the ground crew that were lost during the battle, but there you go.

Started rebuilding the Lego figures wall. I started this when Kristi first found out she was having a baby girl. I collected all the figures I could of women in different jobs as I wanted her to see every day that she could be any of these things if she wanted, or more. It’s been updated for Ash and had quite a few more random figures added over time, and knocked down a couple of times in accidents and I need to get more figures for it, but it is there.

(https://i.imgur.com/s3a9WAg.jpg)

My wallet was missing for a week or so. Tried everywhere I would normally put it, then anywhere it might occasionally be, searched all through the house and at work, asked at the local shops and whatnot. No sign of it anywhere. By a process of elimination (and a bit of luck), I found myself checking through our outside bin, where I found it lying.

I am going to put that one down to my child's habit of cleaning up. It is great when he finishes a sweet or bottle of blackcurrant juice and bins it. Not so good when he puts his dinner plate in the bin or one of his cups, or just decides to tidy up other random stuff.

Like my wallet. Figuring he put it in the bin in the mancave and when that got emptied, it wasn't noticed.

I'll be scrubbing my hands a lot tonight before they feel really clean, but at least I no longer have to go out to the bank tomorrow and report my cards missing, and pay for a new drivers license etc.

We are going to a concert in December, so I figured I'd pick up some tee shirts for the pair of us. Having a big chest, I figured I'd order myself a large mans, while I got Kristi and extra-large female one. The shirts arrived yesterday. The large man's is way too big for me (it does fit Kristi though), while the extra-large female cut would perhaps fit a skinny supermodel type, although it might be a bit too small for them.

Gave Kristi my tee-shirt. I figure my little sister who is fairly petite might fit the female one and I'll just order a medium-sized one.

Ah the joys of trying to give bands you like a little extra financial support.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 24, 2021, 04:28:47 PM
Just finished my Friday night D&D session. The group split themselves up to investigate different buildings. Two of the party were attacked by a swarm of ghostly rats which drained their strength rather than doing normal damage. It was also an opponent meant to be an easy fight for an entire party. Two members of the party however is a much tougher battle. It was the parties two front-rank fighters, but the magical attack of the rats crippled their fighting ability and where we left off, one had run off while the other is down to 2 points of strength left. The rats automatically hit and do d6 points of damage, so unless they roll a one on their next attack, they will kill him.

It was nice to finish on a cliffhanger.

I have said to the player to grab me for a bit before the next game and we can roll up a backup character just in case.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on September 28, 2021, 02:45:11 PM
Played a (board) game of Space Hulk tonight. I doubt I've played it since the late '80s but it was a decent enough game. It is basically Aliens. You have heavily armoured and armed humans (but slow), up against lightning-fast aliens who have no ranged weapons, but generally, tear the humans to pieces if they make it into melee. We played the quick introductory mission. Really thought for a couple of turns, Kristi was going to win, but once her flamer ran out of fuel I was able to overrun her position.

Anyway, she said she'd enjoyed the game and could see us playing it again.

Going to try and finish out xmas shopping this weekend (less than three months to go folks!). We'll jump on a train to Inverness and see what we can get. Of course, I'll have to go through my secret stash of presents I've already bought so I ensure I don't go buying multiple presents for the same people.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on September 29, 2021, 02:05:33 PM
I was listening to some Midnight Oil today. They were singing a song about white men coming and taking everything from the natives.

The irony of a bunch of white guys singing from the perspective of the natives about white guys taking everything from people of a different skin tone was not lost on me. You'd think they'd have some sort of representation on the band from the minority they are supporting.

Maybe it's just me and I don't understand the modern world.


They were very controversial in their views on apartheid South Africa too: they were supposedly against this country and its' policies but they - like many others - still allowed their music to be sold here.  :question:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 13, 2021, 04:21:11 AM
Kristi had a rough night with Ash last night. As soon as I got home, I suggested she go off to bed and I took over looking after the little guy. After getting rid of one virus, he picked up another so it has just been endless fun and much washing of snot covered clothes.

I think Kristi has accepted me quitting my job in 2023. No doubt she is worried about it. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have concerns myself. I'd like to be out before I am 50 though. I'd like to be out before we get caught up in a war with China and quite frankly, with the way the US ended Afghanistan, I would not feel happy going to war on their behalf again knowing that they might again make a peace with the enemy without consulting any of their allies that had joined them, or discussed the drawdown options with. That isn't to say I am happy with my own government's performance (far from it), but when someone else asks you to go to war on their behalf, you should not announce you are abandoning the field and leave them.

One of my aunts died on Sunday. She'd been ill for a long time and the doctors wanted to move her into a hospice when her current stay in hospital was over. She was refusing to go to one, but it was not a good sign when I heard that. Still, I was thinking of things happening in terms of months and her departing after a few days was a shock. Out of all my aunts, I'd say she was the kindest one. I used to torment her because as a young girl she'd snuck in to see The Tingler and been terrified by it, so of course, I used to suggest we watch it.

The last time I saw her was two years ago when my mum was in the hospital. She was very fond of Ash, so we'd sent her some copies of the pictures we got taken professionally of Ash recently, and two days ago she'd commented on Facebook about a picture of Ash going everywhere with his guitar. She died at 02:30 this morning, her husband and youngest son by her side. I guess that isn't a bad way to leave. With all the Covid restrictions I am not sure I'll be able to get down for the funeral, but I am hoping to. Kristi doesn't want us to take Ash. I doubt he'd know what was going on if we do, but I am also not a fan of hiding these things from children. My younger brother does that with his son thinking he is protecting him from the cruel side of life until he is ready. I don't think you prepare people to deal with life by hiding them from it myself and what happens when you have a situation you can't hide from them? Life decides when they are ready to deal with these things, not us.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 16, 2021, 12:01:48 PM
Ever thought U2 should have just packed up and stayed home after doing The Joshua Tree? They made some decent music afterwards, but nothing (to my mind anyway) anywhere near as good. No the only bad that said all they really had to say in one album, but kept on churning music out afterwards (looking at you here Saxon).

It has been something of a struggle, but summer has finally given way to full-on autumn. Crispy leaves lie on the ground and much wetter weather has arrived. I like this time of year. With all the shortages going on (combination of brexit (cheers f**kwits), and Covid) have meant that full supplies are not getting to the shops. We also have something of a manufactured fuel shortage and higher gas (as in the gas that is used to heat homes, and not the liquid that you use to fuel cars which they refer to as gas in the states) prices meaning it is going to be a hard winter for many. We are in a good position ourselves to weather it. We'd just locked our energy price down for the next two years (this is driving a lot of the smaller suppliers out of business due to people on fixed prices and the sudden increase in gas prices. We are with one of the bigger companies (I think the biggest)), but if they went under, we'd have to accept another company at a much higher price. The government has said they are not going to step in to save companies with bad business plans.

Bloody well didn't stop them when the banks were at risk.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 18, 2021, 12:27:20 PM
Went out and picked up my new glasses today. Combine that with a quick hospital appointment for my regular check-up and that is a whole afternoon off work.

I felt like being mean and cruel to someone, so I told them that under no circumstances should they ever watch the Dungeons & Dragons movie. He downloaded it last night.

Someone once asked me how I manage to keep my friends for so long. I told him keeping the bodies cool and well-salted is essential.

We picked up some presents for Ash today. A guitar stand and a piano stand. He won't let him take him into a toy shop, but just walk near a music store and oh boy! Thinking I am not going to be wrapping the piano stand though.



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on October 18, 2021, 01:03:17 PM
I felt like being mean and cruel to someone, so I told them that under no circumstances should they ever watch the Dungeons & Dragons movie. He downloaded it last night.

Someone once asked me how I manage to keep my friends for so long. I told him keeping the bodies cool and well-salted is essential.

 :buggedout: +  :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 24, 2021, 04:04:45 AM
I think that is all of Kristi's Christmas presents bought in, although I am still waiting on one arriving that is being shipped from a woman in the Ukraine. We've ordered a bike for Ash well in advance since there have already been warnings of shortages of presents in the shops come Yule-time, so I am glad we've had a bit of forward planning going on and started buying quite early on in the year. I still need to buy him some toys, but the problem is that he already has more than he can play with.

I guess it is a sign of consumerism that I feel a need to still buy him stuff regardless.

We will do our usual thing of buying a couple of presents for needy families, put some food in the food banks and so forth. I really need to get better about remembering to do that more. Normally the donation bins are as you leaving the shop and I forget about it most of the time until I see them.

In the D&D campaign, I am running, one of the characters was captured by some ghouls. The group had a certain amount of time to rescue him with three different possible fates. Alas, the party managed to find him quite quickly, so I didn't get to use my prewritten 'death' scene.

Quote
“Opening the door, you find yourself entering a room seemingly designed with some sort of ritual in mind. Arcane symbols cover the walls, and a large circle has been drawn on the floor. Blood and gore are splashed all over the floor and walls. In the middle of the room, you can see what was once a living creature. It lies in a pool of its own blood and vital fluids. Much of the lower chest has been eaten away below the ribs. Guts spill out of the holes and lie strewn over the ground. The lower jaw has been ripped off and only a stub of the tongue remains. One of the eyes has been ripped out of the socket and the left arm has been chewed down to the bone. With a shock, you recognise Xora’s robes. Then a greater shock hits you as the terrible remains cough, bubbles of blood erupting from the ruined throat. He lifts one hand shakily, reaching for you. The one good eye flicks open, staring at you, pleading for something he can no longer use words to articulate.”

Shame, I thought the imagery would be rather effective in a part of the game designed to have a horror atmosphere.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on October 24, 2021, 04:11:57 AM


Someone once asked me how I manage to keep my friends for so long. I told him keeping the bodies cool and well-salted is essential.





 Vinegar is more fun because it makes the bones rubbery!


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 25, 2021, 05:57:59 AM


Someone once asked me how I manage to keep my friends for so long. I told him keeping the bodies cool and well-salted is essential.





 Vinegar is more fun because it makes the bones rubbery!

Lol, I have not heard that one before.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: RCMerchant on October 25, 2021, 10:14:53 AM
 ^ Take a turkey wishbone and soak it in vinegar for a week. It will not break. It turns to rubber.
I've tried it.

http://youtu.be/vTL-C4vc0XY (http://youtu.be/vTL-C4vc0XY)


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 26, 2021, 04:08:26 PM
Feels odd that it will be 2022 soon. Still trying to adjust to 2020 here.

It is a slow week at work, but we have the pre-knowledge that next week is going to be a pain. It is our busy week of the month and things always go wrong with it.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on October 30, 2021, 11:41:50 AM
Getting a babysitter in tonight so me and Kristi can go have a night out.

It has been so long since we had one of them with just the pair of us I've almost forgotten what it is like. Originally it was to be an '80's themed night, but they've changed it to a movie night. Either way, my outfit works for both.

Being an introvert by nature part of me wants to just stay at home, but Kristi is a much more sociable creature than I so I'll force myself to go. I know if I do make the effort and leave the house then we'll have a good time. It is just getting over the initial inertia that is the issue.

The weather outside is very wet and autumnal. Some very minor flooding in a few places, so I'll make sure Kristi's feet stay dry. Last night in D&D I was getting unimpressed looks at the way I described her feet sinking into deep mud and filling her boots (wet feet are a pet hate of hers). I can't say I am a big fan of them myself, but from my days working out doors, not to mention when I used to go hillwalking, canoeing and sailing I am more or less used to it.

Can't say it is something I'd ever learn to enjoy though. If the internet has taught us nothing else though, it is that everything has his own kink and doubtless somewhere out there, there is a website devoted to it.  :question:

For anyone familiar with Hawkwind, Stacia has been popping up a lot in conversation. Nothing deliberate, just several different chats have had her mentioned. Last month for some reason it was Israel that kept popping up, although not in conversation with the one person I know who'd I'd expect to bring that up.

Oh well, best go get my glad rags and dancing shoes on.

Have a good Saturday night all.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 02, 2021, 06:36:32 AM
The night out turned out to be a fancy dress night.

Shame no one thought to tell me, I'd so have went as Ro-Man. As it was I went in jeans and a nice tee-shirt. If anyone had asked me where my costume was my plan was to take my shirt off and say I was here as Jon Moxley.

Although he wishes he had shoulders as broad as mine.

Ash continues his streak of illnesses, this time with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, which I have never encountered before. His lower mandible is covered is small blisters, but they haven't spread to the other places it says they can crop up yet. I have taken a couple of days off just to look after him.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 06, 2021, 04:33:53 PM
So Ash got all democratic with his virus and now we all have a bit. Currently, I have a face full of blisters (including up my nose which is really great), that has spread up the back of my head, down my shoulders, back and stomach.

If it gets me time off work then fine. Otherwise... well not so fine.

We finally got to take Ash out for his first trick or treating. Still stocked about that. We were going to dress him up as Miguel from Coco, but he did not want the face paint on. Luckily we had planned ahead there and had a skeleton costume to dress him up in.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 08, 2021, 09:49:39 AM
Since the carol singers and what not I ordered back in May still have not arrived, I figured I should come up with an alternative plan for making an xmas diorama for Kristi this year. I quickly ordered a Dwarf santa with an axe, a Mr Claus handing out hot drinks and sweets and a Krampus figure that arrived this morning. It isn't as elaborate as my original plan, but it will have to do I guess. I've chucked in a small tree. I've been filing the base off the Krampus to fit into the street scene I'd prepared and my desk has so much white powder piled on it, it looks like it belongs to Tony Montoya.

Watching an old TV show that has been redone called Starhunter. Hadn't seen it before it had its update so I have no idea if this is a good thing or not.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 14, 2021, 01:28:21 PM
I gave up on Starhunter about halfway through the season. I was having problems telling the difference between the characters with French accents. For some reason I found that irritating enough that it put me off watching anymore and I switched it off mid-episode.

Remembrance Sunday this week. I had volunteered for it, but having spent the past week sick I was unable to join in. We did go watch the parade through town, tolerated the speech and so forth. Ash wasn't enjoying it though. It might have been the crowds, or the noise of the band, but whatever it was, something was upsetting him so we left a couple of minutes early and went to a nearby cafe for breakfast/lunch.

He'd get a lot more upset after we got home and decided to cut his hair.

Watched a bit of the AEW PPV last night. I'll catch the rest of it tonight. Darby Allen vs MJF was interesting, although perhaps overly choreographed. It seemed like a better opening match than I've seen on WWE the last few times I bothered to watch that (paid for both nights of Wrestlemania, watched most of the first night, none of the second. Not tuned in since). From what I've seen people seem to be rating the rest of it quite highly.

My nights seem to be split between raiding in WoW (2 nights a week), and playing D&D (3 nights a week). In the Friday night game that I am running the party are currently on a side quest to hunt down a swamp monster that has been terrorising local traders and even attacked a settlement. They are somewhat annoyed that a convoy of Hobbits is accompanying them (the leader wants to have the creatures head stuffed and mounted as a tourist attraction). In the Saturday night game I am playing a somewhat selfish (read evil) rogue. While I am not backstabbing the party, I have been putting other party members in potentially dangerous positions, keeping any items of loot I discover that I consider to be of more use to me than other people. We are in the middle of a dungeon complex and had just got our way past a trap when one of the party members decided to set the trap off, just to see what it did. We are now stuck in a deep pool will a horde of demonic leeches. My plan is to cut the guy who set the trap off and then escape while the leeches feed on him. For the final game, I am playing a wizard who was brought up in a Magocracy. He is rather naive about the world outside and doesn't quite understand that the lives o non-wizards have value. Possibly he might learn that on his adventures, but we shall see.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 18, 2021, 05:28:30 PM
Writing a session up for the next D&D game. The party are travelling through a dense swamp and are being attacked by the natives (a tribe of Lizardmen). They are going to be worn down in a series of ambushes and traps. For the traps, I am taking a lot of inspiration from things like Southern Comfort and all those cannibal movies I watched back in the late '70s/ early '80's.

Just goes to show all that time wasn't wasted after all.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Trevor on November 20, 2021, 12:24:04 PM
. I've been filing the base off the Krampus to fit into the street scene I'd prepared and my desk has so much white powder piled on it, it looks like it belongs to Tony Montoya.

 :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle:



Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 23, 2021, 07:22:08 AM
The figures I had originally ordered back in May turned up finally last week. This morning I got an apology from the company, which I am fine with. If they hadn't responded, I doubt I'd have ordered from them again.

Anyway, I have made a start on next years diorama, which will be the one I had planned on giving her this year. It will be a good bit bigger than my two previous efforts.

This was the first one, just a hamster in a Santa outfit and a mouse elf with anything else i could find that looked vaguely like it might work.

(https://i.imgur.com/FXI6uye.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/qPFix0d.jpg)

Followed by Krampus and Santa arguing over the fate of two children and Mrs Claus trying to calm things down with cookies and hot chocolate.

Scrooge meets the Ghost of Xmas Future (using a model of a Plague Doctor dressed as Santa that I liked when I saw it). Giving it a Dickensian theme.

(https://i.imgur.com/UnI5EGy.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/f3AVrM3.jpg)

The second one is Scrooge and Tiny Tim, the morning after his night with the ghosts. This is the one with the most to be added to it, some of which I am waiting for and other bits I'll have to look out for, I had some leftover figures so I've  done a street scene with a vendor selling roast chestnuts (wonder if they are any good, never tried them?). It isn't quite finished. Will need another coat of paint and then a varnish to protect them.

(https://i.imgur.com/vQ8AID9.jpg)

Now if I could just find a 28mm model of a goose or turkey, ready to be cooked...


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 26, 2021, 02:20:02 PM
So tonight in D&D the party face, not the BBEG (Big Bad End Guy), but certainly a BBG. Or in this case a crocodile. They have spent the past few sessions trudging through a swamp trying to hunt down a legendary beast. They have faced traps inspired by movies like Southern Comfort and the Cannibal films of the '70s and '80s, not to mention ambushes from poison using Lizardmen that has drained their strength. So far their attacks have been using hit and run tactics, leaving them worn down and frustrated, but tonight they have the chance to get their hands on a foe they can battle hand to hand (or weapon to teeth I guess?). The croc (who I have named Gustave after the man-eating crocodile of African lore) isn't actually as tough a fight as the group are expecting. What is going to make life a bit harder for them is that their guide worships the croc as the God of the River and during the fight will turn on them (he is roughly speaking as powerful as any single party member). The reason they've had such a hard time with the Lizardmen is that he asked them to attack the group (and not because they looted a holy shrine like the party thinks). He does however know these swamps very well and can use the terrain to his advantage (not to mention where he will choose to attack them from with his bow, he will be surrounded by man-eating plants for example).

If the party notices a cave on the map they can also find a fair-sized treasure horde from Gustave's victims. My money is on them missing it.


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 28, 2021, 05:55:37 AM
It is a rather windy and rainy day today. We'd popped into the cafe on camp for a team breakfast and it was a little bit blowy. By the time we'd finished and were heading back, it was a full-blown storm that caused us to struggle to make headway walking into the wind. We got soaked through too. Kristi sent me a video from the marina. One of the boats down there had been flipped onto its side, and that was without the sails up.

Helped a little with the shelter they'd set up for people without power or heating. They've set up a generator in the town hall. We gave them a loan of a DVD player to keep the kids amused. One of the local cafe's is providing soup for them today. Getting all sorts of random requests like someone looking for a oil heater to keep new born puppies warm. Fortunately our part of town wasn't affected.

So in last nights game of D&D, the party realised that the reason they kept on walking into traps in the swamp wasn't that their guide was useless. It was because he was actively leading them into them.

Of course, they only realised this when they were fighting a big bad, and he put two arrows through the chest of one of the party members, killing him. (hadn't meant that to happen, but sometimes the dice just work that way. Unfortunately, he was also the person who would have benefitted the most from the gear the guide was carrying, including his rather lethal bow but what are you gonna do?).

Still, it was gratifying that the party were taken completely by surprise with this heel turn. I could practically hear the jaws dropping over voice comms when he killed the party ranger. We were still talking about the game two or three hours after it ended (and only stopped because it was way after midnight and toddlers have no mercy when it comes to waking up early).


Title: Re: Alex's even longer post thread.
Post by: Alex on November 29, 2021, 05:54:10 AM
The storm has died off, but the clean up is going to go on for quite some time. In the middle of trying to coordinate the village response to it while it was at its height, Kristi was getting messaged, asking if she could go fix someone's fence.

Yeah, because while we are trying to sort out vital support for the community, we are going to go out in the high wind and driving rain to fix your bloody fence.

I did feel more for the people who were looking for an oil-filled heater to keep their newborn pups warm.

It was quite pleasant and quiet walking into work this morning. Had to step around the odd blown down fence. I didn't see any of the usual trampolines lying anywhere they shouldn't be. Normally every time it gets windy, anyone who hasn't secured theirs down properly discovers that as far as the wind is concerned goes, a trampoline is just a sail.