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  • Well done @Grunfeld! That's £76,000 at today's prices :o 

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  • They've bought us some new tables and a some shelving at work. So now we have some communal shelves, and each of us has, junior school style, a shelf with our name on it to put stuff :)

    Tomorrow we're re-arranging the tables to maximise table-top space, and untangling loads of ethernet and mains cables from under the existing tables. I'll be wearing my scruffiest dirtiest clothes to go crawling under the tables. The dust down there has to be seen to be believed. But at the end of it I hope we will all have a better working environment
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  • Nitefly said:
    @tampaxboo - I am pleased that these things make you happy  =)

    thanks @Nitefly
    i'm not sure why (autism probably a part of it, maybe not all) but i have always found nature and science really consoling and comforting, as well as (obviously) intensely fascinating.
    i wonder if i get from it what people who are into religion (i'm atheist) get from their religions.

    there's always something more to learn to add on to what you already know, there's always some cutting edge theme that keeps things open and exciting. and it's a wonderful thing to get into if you are poor (i'm a bit poor) because even if you don't have shoes (ok i'm poor but i do have shoes) you have always got the moon and the sea and animals and nature to look at and dream and think about.
    these are like eternal riches every person on earth can access and wonder at and wonder about, if they want to take an interest. like a birthright for human kind. it’s very grounding.

    when i walk past a cat sitting on a garden wall i don't just think 'there's a cat on a wall', i feel a connection in a very deep way. we're mammals, so on that animal-animal level we have so much shared history and ancestory going back millions of years. but even on the basic atomic molecular level, every element in our body is either made from the dust of a long exploded star, or was forged on earth under heat and pressure from that basic original material. it's amazing.

    anyway, supermoon next week. i wish you a good one however you spend it.

    https://www.space.com/34515-supermoon-guide.html

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  • Nitefly said:
    @tampaxboo - I am pleased that these things make you happy  =)

    thanks @Nitefly
    i'm not sure why (autism probably a part of it, maybe not all) but i have always found nature and science really consoling and comforting, as well as (obviously) intensely fascinating.
    i wonder if i get from it what people who are into religion (i'm atheist) get from their religions.

    there's always something more to learn to add on to what you already know, there's always some cutting edge theme that keeps things open and exciting. and it's a wonderful thing to get into if you are poor (i'm a bit poor) because even if you don't have shoes (ok i'm poor but i do have shoes) you have always got the moon and the sea and animals and nature to look at and dream and think about.
    these are like eternal riches every person on earth can access and wonder at and wonder about, if they want to take an interest. like a birthright for human kind. it’s very grounding.

    when i walk past a cat sitting on a garden wall i don't just think 'there's a cat on a wall', i feel a connection in a very deep way. we're mammals, so on that animal-animal level we have so much shared history and ancestry going back millions of years. but even on the basic atomic molecular level, every element in our body is either made from the dust of a long exploded star, or was forged on earth under heat and pressure from that basic original material. it's amazing.

    anyway, supermoon next week. i wish you a good one however you spend it.

    https://www.space.com/34515-supermoon-guide.html

    i am the hired assassin... the specialist. i introduce myself to you... i'm a sadist.
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  • The Geminid meteor showers coming up soon 

    https://www.space.com/34921-geminid-meteor-shower-guide.html
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  • Im currently sitting in hospital waiting for my 5 year old to go into surgery.  Not particularly happy or smiley until you find out that the surgery is to extract a 'Googley Eye'  that she somehow managed to get stuck up her nose!

    Bloody kids! Don't know whether to laugh or cry.  
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  • tampaxbootampaxboo Frets: 486
    edited December 2017
    just finished watching the launch of the new galileo satellites (via an arianne rocket launched from africa).
    http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Watch_the_launch_of_Galileos_19_22

    launch livestream was a bit cloudy but still possible to see launch and ascent farily clearly. sexy thing.

    all three stages burned as intended (velocity up to 7km per second), engines cut and it is in the ballistic stage, eg momentum and gravity will slingshot/carrying it into a stable orbit 23km above earth over the next 3 hours. something to think about as you lay in bed tonight.

    don't know why but it just makes me childishly happy. a simple but pure pleasure.
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  • I knocked off from work this afternoon until the new year. Christmas has begun, so I've started on the bottle of Tullamore Dew in the whisky stash ... hoping to make it last as long as possible. Off to the pub in a moment or two :)

    A very happy Humbug to you all :)
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2689
    The Winter solstice was just over an hour ago.
    Tomorrow we get an extra 3 seconds of daylight.
    Summer's coming!

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9005
    Stairwell walls & ceiling painted. Hammond organ sold, so freeing up space in the hallway. Downstairs loo door fixed. Other downstairs doors painted.

    Progress!
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  • snakemanStoosnakemanStoo Frets: 1506
    Sprog one got an offer from her preferred uni.

    Just got to pass her A levels, some other stuff and she's there.
    PSN id : snakey33stoo
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9005
    Had a really nice pair of lambskin gloves, made by Nursey of Bungay (makers of sheepskin goods since the 1700s). Lost one on Monday (well, realised it was gone on Tuesday morning, figured it must be in the hallway at home, on my driveway, in the car, or on the street near the chippy). By Tuesday evening had concluded it was not in my property or my car so I wasn't likely to get it back: ordered another pair from Nursey's website. Thursday morning new pair arrived in the post but too small as I'd not used the size guide properly, so emailed Nursey saying I'd send small gloves back and could I exchange for medium please. Thursday evening was driving slowly past chippy and noticed something black on the doorstep of a house 2 down from the chippy. Stopped to investigate, turned out to be my glove, rather wet & a bit mucky but otherwise in one piece. Took it home to dry off overnight and although you can tell the lambskin has suffered a bit the gloves are still wearable so wore them this morning. At work, the mailman has just brought me another package from Nursey containing gloves of the right size. And I haven't even returned the others yet.
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2689
    edited February 20
    I was/ am a bit self-conscious of sharing this but it's a smiley story and this is the thread for smiley stories.  It's something my son Cameron did on Sunday morning.  He's 25 and he's leaving the UK soon.
    When he was little he loved bus books.
    Geeky bus books with lists of serial numbers in the back which he'd memorise... his teachers wondered for a while if he was on the autistic spectrum. And he loved travelling on buses with his Nan. It was their special thing.

    When he first became a bus driver one of his friends asked Cam if his autistic brother could look at the buses in the garage but as Cam was new he didn't feel he could organise it. A bit like Cam the lad was really into buses and his favourite day out is a visit to the London Transport Museum.

    Cam didn't forget and realised that he hasn't got long at the garage before he leaves for America. On Sunday morning he took Mark (not his real name), he's 21, around the garage. Cleared it with the bosses and went in on his day off.

    So he started with giving Mark a uniform, and a special driver's badge with his favourite number.
    Got him to do some paperwork...cos proper bus drivers have to do paperwork :-)

    Then they went to look at the buses.  And in the depot just happened to be Spirit of London -- which meant nothing to me but to a bus geek it's really special as it was rebuilt after the 7/7 bomb attacks. It was absolutely filthy so Cam took Mark on board, fired it up, and took them through the giant bus washer!

    Finished off with giving Mark a load of stickers and signs and memorabilia. Cam said Mark doesn't say much but his response to did you enjoy the morning was, "Better than the Transport Museum."
    Which isn't bad.

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9005
    Colleague at work told me he had an old laptop that he no longer had a use for, its batteries are knacked but it runs OK on mains juice, and there's no OS on the disk. He brought it in today.

    He downloaded a 32bit Ubuntu ISO and made me a bootable USB stick with it, so then I installed Ubuntu, persuaded Firefox to see the interweb, loaded the filestore tree of my latest s/w project from the company's server - and compiled it once I'd done an apt-get update and an apt-get install uuid-dev. Also got a nice pic of Sharon Corr for the wallpaper :)

    I'm almost sorted for doing some software at home =)
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5129
    Grunfeld said:
    I was/ am a bit self-conscious of sharing this but it's a smiley story and this is the thread for smiley stories.  It's something my son Cameron did on Sunday morning.  He's 25 and he's leaving the UK soon.
    When he was little he loved bus books.
    Geeky bus books with lists of serial numbers in the back which he'd memorise... his teachers wondered for a while if he was on the autistic spectrum. And he loved travelling on buses with his Nan. It was their special thing.

    When he first became a bus driver one of his friends asked Cam if his autistic brother could look at the buses in the garage but as Cam was new he didn't feel he could organise it. A bit like Cam the lad was really into buses and his favourite day out is a visit to the London Transport Museum.

    Cam didn't forget and realised that he hasn't got long at the garage before he leaves for America. On Sunday morning he took Mark (not his real name), he's 21, around the garage. Cleared it with the bosses and went in on his day off.

    So he started with giving Mark a uniform, and a special driver's badge with his favourite number.
    Got him to do some paperwork...cos proper bus drivers have to do paperwork :-)

    Then they went to look at the buses.  And in the depot just happened to be Spirit of London -- which meant nothing to me but to a bus geek it's really special as it was rebuilt after the 7/7 bomb attacks. It was absolutely filthy so Cam took Mark on board, fired it up, and took them through the giant bus washer!

    Finished off with giving Mark a load of stickers and signs and memorabilia. Cam said Mark doesn't say much but his response to did you enjoy the morning was, "Better than the Transport Museum."
    Which isn't bad.
    What a great story !   :)
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  • oafoaf Frets: 166
    @Grunfeld said:
    Finished off with giving Mark a load of stickers and signs and memorabilia. Cam said Mark doesn't say much but his response to did you enjoy the morning was, "Better than the Transport Museum."
    Which isn't bad.
    Excellent story. You must have done something right! ;)
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  • snakemanStoosnakemanStoo Frets: 1506
    Just got my 1st kyu (full brown belt) in karate.
     
    Even more impressive given that I knackered my right ankle again about 3 weeks ago and so standing still hurts, never mind all the fancy stuff I had to do tonight.  So lets hear it for painkillers!
    PSN id : snakey33stoo
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7607
    @Grunfeld That story made me so happy :)

    As for me... nothing much to share, just that it's been a nice day with lovely weather, I got the windows open and loads of fresh air in, played some guitar (stuff I wanted to play rather than stuff I needed to, for the first time in a while) and have just had a nice dinner and a big glass of wine. Now I'm gonna switch the Xbox on and play Forza Motorsport for a little while. Smiles all round :)
    - "I'm going to write a very stiff letter. A VERY stiff letter. On cardboard."
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  • clare_bearclare_bear Frets: 45
    So, I'm hoping to get back to playing a bit, and upon checking in here (first rung on the getting back to guitar ladder!), I find "my" smiley thread still alive! That has made me smile! That and the wonderful story from @Grunfeld - great job raising a superb young man. 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9443
    So, I'm hoping to get back to playing a bit, and upon checking in here (first rung on the getting back to guitar ladder!), I find "my" smiley thread still alive! That has made me smile! That and the wonderful story from @Grunfeld - great job raising a superb young man. 
    Hello!!

    Long time no see!
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  • clare_bearclare_bear Frets: 45
    So, I'm hoping to get back to playing a bit, and upon checking in here (first rung on the getting back to guitar ladder!), I find "my" smiley thread still alive! That has made me smile! That and the wonderful story from @Grunfeld - great job raising a superb young man. 
    Hello!!

    Long time no see!
    Indeed! Hopefully I can find time to stick around.
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  • underdogunderdog Frets: 5633
    Now that's a blast from the past, welcome back.
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  • clare_bearclare_bear Frets: 45
    underdog said:
    Now that's a blast from the past, welcome back.
    You're making me feel old  ;)
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  • speshul91speshul91 Frets: 1299
    After almost 6 months I've finally got an appointment for counselling. 
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2588
    There's a new DAMNED album out today. A rare occasion indeed.
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2588
    speshul91 said:
    After almost 6 months I've finally got an appointment for counselling. 
    Good news mate and the very best of luck with it.
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2124
    So, I'm hoping to get back to playing a bit, and upon checking in here (first rung on the getting back to guitar ladder!), I find "my" smiley thread still alive! That has made me smile! That and the wonderful story from @Grunfeld - great job raising a superb young man. 
    Wow, is that really you?!  Welcome back!!

    I trust you and the rest of the bear family are all well?

    Grown most uncommonly fat!
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13762
    Ms Bear! Grand to see you. Your legacy is powerful. :)

    My happy post is perhaps a little bittersweet; my dear old mum made it out of hospital and into the hospice yesterday but was a bit tuckered out for visitors. Went to see her today and the place is lovely; much quieter and more restful, and she's in clothes rather than a horrible hospital gown. Still not long for this world but a lot more dignified. 
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11920
    edited April 13
    Well, blow me down! Welcome back, @clare_bear ; :)

    My smiley, happy moment today is that the doc actually has a concrete plan for fixing my insomnia. Sure, it involves a month of constant sleeping tablet use, but...I'm willing to give it a shot, because at least he seems interested in solving the problem rather than getting me off the appointment list.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • speshul91speshul91 Frets: 1299
    Deadman said:
    speshul91 said:
    After almost 6 months I've finally got an appointment for counselling. 
    Good news mate and the very best of luck with it.
    Thanks man, it's going to be a long and bumpy road to travel. 
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