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    I've turned over a new leaf, all my recycling goes to landfill.

    And I make a special trip to the dump to make sure.

    In other news, I had a lovely doze at lunchtime.

    In other other news they're busy loading stuff onto that ship.

    I don't know a lot about ships but shouldn't you sort of load it evenly?

    So it doesn't break its back or sink or something?

    This thing is about 6 feet down at the stern at the moment.

    Oh, since I looked last they've started loading at the bow too.
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    Shopping done

    Despite fine weather all morning, and now, some rain managed to make it here just in time for my departure. It was in luck, for the bins had been emptied so I had to bring one in, giving it more opportunity to make me soggy

    And my defunct Bag for Life has been replaced. The nice lady who tends to the self-checkouts on Friday afternoons had to go in search of one as they didn't have any of the equivalent calibre there. She returned with one emblazoned in Lego-related imagery, Sainsbury's having some promotion or other on at the moment, and anxiously asked me if that was OK. So I must look like the kind of person who objects to being publicly associated with Lego; which I am not, and I assured her that would be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    In other other news they're busy loading stuff onto that ship.

    I don't know a lot about ships but shouldn't you sort of load it evenly?

    So it doesn't break its back or sink or something?

    This thing is about 6 feet down at the stern at the moment.

    Oh, since I looked last they've started loading at the bow too.
    I think that's mainly a concern when they're at sea - a heavy swell can be enough to make it snap if the load isn't evenly distributed, as it ends up with varying levels of support at different points along its length.

    Well, that's my theory, and my ancestors on both sides of the family worked on Liverpool docks so it's probably in the genes or something

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    On the now defuncti EPE magazine site, there was a south American chap who did this sort of thing for a living, as in calculating the loading of ships.

    However I got the impression that the ones he worked on were slightly bigger than the one we're discussing, seeing as you needed a bike to get from one end to the other.

    In other news, the eyetea dept have changed my password, thus successfully locking me out of any and all computers on campus, and out of any method of communicating this to them.

    Naturally enough, they didn't inform me of the new password before doing this.

    Where* do we get these people from?

    *At least one of them used to be an ex-Esteemed Customer before he got wise & buggered off somewhere else in Cardiff for more money.

    In other other news, SWMBO came home on the bus (a number 58) with me this afternoon, because she & another lady wished to go to the Neath Fair.

    Can't see the appeal myself, but that's what makes horse races.
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    Haddock and chips for dinner
    after a few beers with the lads
    Very nice too.
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    Tea was the usual Friday fare of M&S breaded haddock followed by stewed apple and custard.

    This evening's entertainment began with 1 minute and 30 seconds of "Hitch" with Will Smith,

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386588/

    which didn't appeal much,

    only to be replaced with "49th Parallel (1941)" with Eric Portman and Larry Olivier,

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033627/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    being the story of a group of German Uboatmen who are stranded in Canada when the nasty Canadian Airforce bombs the tulipe out of their U boat & they then attempt to reach then neutral America.

    By the time it was released in Septicland in 1942, they were already involved.

    <hiatus>

    Well I rather enjoyed that.

    It was Glynis Johns' first film.
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    Tonight's special was oak smoked gammon steak, egg, chips, and beans; and it was most toothsome

    It's been raining again. Still quite mild, though.

    It turns out OSM polygons are actually polygons with, possibly, holes represented by further polygons contained within. So I'll need to use SVG paths rather than SVG polygons to render them, and find out things like which winding rule to use

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    A couple of good films tonight. First: Dredd (2012), in which Judge Eponymous does what he does in MegaCity One. Cracking stuff; my physics-studying girlfriend back in the 1980s was into 2000AD comics so I was somewhat familiar with the character, but I don't think one has to be to enjoy this, as long as one's OK with shedloads of explosions and brutal violence in an utter hellscape

    In fact, it's quite similar in its setting (and brutal violence) to The Raid (2011),made a year before; though given the lead time on these things, and the fact that The Raid is Indonesian, I would assume that's just coincidence.

    And as Avon Barksdale from The Wire (aka Wood Harris) was in Dredd, though sadly reduced to henchman status, it seemed appropriate to watch one of those subtitleless films I've been saving up that features Stringer Bell (aka Idris Elba): The Take (2016), which for some reason is called Bastille Day (2016) on IMDb. More explosions and violence, but this time in Paris and in the present day, in what is basically a cross between a heist movie and a spy movie, with a touch of Harry in Your Pocket (1973) (a very good film) thrown in for good measure. It's worth a watch if you like that kind of thing, which I do.

    And to round things off I watched the first episode of Ripper Street, a BBC crime procedural from 2012, set in the East End shortly after the time of the Jack the Ripper murders. It seems a little overacted at times, as if they imagine Victorians actually spoke and behaved the way Victorian novels were written, rather than like us with slightly different slang; but maybe that's part of the conceit and I'm missing the point. Anyway, it was entertaining enough, and I daresay I'll get around to watching the rest of it as and when.

    Goodnight all

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