Thursday too

#  A note to readers, especially Distant Relative – two things.

Firstly, you may have seen the caravan brochure snippet as a post. I usually open and schedule a new post in a ‘slot’, giving it a name and then plan to return to beef the post up later, as material comes in and call it by the name day [as above].

However, if something happens, e.g. a bad night, being ill etc., it doesn’t get done and goes out as the sole topic. Most people feel there are way too many topics [from my previous asking of various people] and the problem at N.O. has always been how to keep the number of posts down to manageable levels.

This, in turn, has meant posts at 6, 8.30, 11, 13:30, 16 and 18 [six posts], which is not only too many for you but is heavy on the site back end and clashes with RL commitments I’d sooner do without but they’re there.  For now, I’m going to reduce it to maximum five.

Regarding Distant Relative, I might be quite wrong but methinks I may have offended with the redheaded jibes some days back. I always see such things as banter and that egregious post in orange with all the ginger pics was under the heading ‘humour’ or should have been stated as such. See, there’s a testimonial I once received which went:

The Higham fellow is a pathetic, sick individual. He embodies every bit of superstitious belief, ritual, taboo, violence, viciousness, exploitation, and ignorance of any creed known to man. What an ignorant philistine he is. Imprecate vocabulary always is.

I quite liked that. Methought as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb and I set out, in a Wallace and Gromit. Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged or Don Quixote way, to fulfil each charge in there. As far as redheads go, I’ve no real opinion either way but any chance at putting something prejudiced, without discrimination as to what it is – and I’m in there.

The things yours truly does take seriously are the ones returned to over and over and there are two of those coming up later. So DR and any other regular reader – it really wasn’t personal, sorry.

# Just the thing for your coffee table:

vintage-caravan-brochures

Messy Nessy:

There’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” about the kind of person who owns a caravan, isn’t there? So you would expect the sales brochures for a caravan to be a little more … let’s say colourful than your average marketing material. In fact, they’re kind of a blast. I’ve spent just about my whole afternoon trawling through an online caravan museum– my new happy place. 

Yes?

# Haiku notes: “HIV infections in Russia reach record-high and account for almost two-thirds of new cases in Europe,” which gives one pause in thinking of going back and meeting old flames again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-hiv-cases-europe-record-high-two-thirds-stats-a7520246.html

# We’re now coming into the era of atomated warfare:

But the boats really set sail when it comes to relaying information to their human overlords—and to each other. During this latest demonstration, when an unknown vessel approached, they collaboratively determined which of them would approach the ship, determine whether it was harmless or suspicious, and pass the info along.

While the Navy didn’t elaborate on the specifics of how its autonomous vessels would identify and engage an intruder, multiple strategies could be in play: cross-checking the vessels visually against databases of boat types to help flag them as hostile or friendly, syncing up maneuvers to block a boat’s path toward the protected ship and nudge it out of the area (that’s the “swarming” functionality), communicating with human security forces, and presumably even physically engaging the targeted ship if it doesn’t alter its course.

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

7 comments for “Thursday too

  1. Lord T
    January 12, 2017 at 13:23

    Comments are that you post too much? So your response is to post less often but merge articles together and then increase the number of merged articles. I think you are putting too much emphasis on the posting component of the statement.

    It is your blog post as many times as you want but I will make this one comment. If the post title is not of interest to me or the title is ambiguous but the visible text is not of interest I won’t read any more. I may miss out, and undoubtably do, on articles I would be interested in and would comment on but I just can’t be bothered reading all the stuff I have no interest in to get to a link that does interest me.

    So, my opinion, again, is that you should post how often you want, make each post a stand alone article and the title relevant for the article then people can pick and choose what they want to read.

  2. Harry J
    January 12, 2017 at 13:53

    I agree with Lord T. I tend to read most of your articles but there are the odd one or two I pass over. That’s exactly how it should be.

  3. January 12, 2017 at 13:56

    which gives one pause in thinking of going back and meeting old flames again:

    HIV in Russia is mostly down to the prisons and/or drug use. If your old flames are exposed to either drugs or prisoners, it’s probably a good idea to stay well clear anyway!

    • January 12, 2017 at 14:53

      Thanks, boys.

    • Chuckles
      January 12, 2017 at 15:45

      Tim, I suspect that it is ‘reporting of cases’ that have increased, rather than ‘cases’.
      It’s just the usual suspects shilling for money, and trying to hide the fact that in Russia, as the ‘worst’ case they’re talking about 0.06% of the population as a ‘crisis’.

  4. Distant Relative
    January 12, 2017 at 14:11

    “Regarding Distant Relative, I might be quite wrong but methinks I may have offended with the redheaded jibes some days back.”

    You are wrong.

    I have just scrolled back to see which orange post you were referring to. I did skim the précis the other day and saw this
    “it’s just that when someone says I can’t do something,” and assumed someone must’ve contacted you privately with an objection. Now it seems you are referring to me as telling you what to post?? Under the first ginger post I left what I thought was a tongue-in-cheek comment with a link to Tim Minchin’s “Only a ginger can call another ginger “Ginger” (aka Prejudice). Seems there was a misunderstanding and my attempt at humour fell on stony ground. Ho hum! It happens 🙁

    It’s your blog so post how and what you like. It’s up to the reader imo to pick and chose what interests him/her as others have already stated.

    To show there’s no hard feelings Sir, I respectfully dedicate this ode to you. http://pamayres.com/index.php/2011/08/oh-i-wish-id-looked-after-me-teeth/

    😀 Toodle-pip!

  5. January 12, 2017 at 14:44

    Now it seems you are referring to me as telling you what to post??

    No, it was to no one in particular, I just said it to justify doing the post. I thought it might have been misinterpreted, it wasn’t, all’s well and there are only a few hours left to snog a ginger.

    Seems there was a misunderstanding and my attempt at humour fell on stony ground. Ho hum! It happens

    Taken as humour and good it was too – have included it in the current post.

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