General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

32 Comments

  1. phantom snowflake

     /  December 17, 2017

    Dedicated to Don B.

    • Gezza

       /  December 17, 2017

      Try not to start a political scrap on this thread eh?

      • phantom snowflake

         /  December 17, 2017

        Ok, you have a point, I don’t always think things through adequately before posting but wasn’t intending to start a fight. (Not sure the issue is one of politics though.)

        • Gezza

           /  December 17, 2017

          Racism & politics are often inseparable these days.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  December 17, 2017

            For sure; I was thinking along the lines of “But te reo Māori is cultural, not political” (PG on RNZ, te reo Maori and Brash thread) but I seem to have unintentionally hijacked “General Chat” so I’ll stop there.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 17, 2017

    On the subject of crimes against humanity it is high time Microsoft was hauled before the World Court in the Hague.

    Having promised to upgrade the disk on a friend’s computer I set it going only to find Microsoft doing an interminable update on it with no indication of how long it will take and blatant lies about how far it has progressed. More than an hour later wanting to do other stuff in other places the swine are still promising multiple restarts which may or may not be automatic and still have no idea how long to go.

    I think a firing squad is too mercifully brief for their punishment. Several years chained in front of a blue screen of death is warranted.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 17, 2017

      Three hours later and it is still going and still lying through its teeth. And I’ve wasted the morning apart from a good croissant and coffee.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 17, 2017

    Finally lets me log in only to face the mocking “We have some updates for your computer. This might take several minutes.” Shoot the bastards, now. They’ve had enough time on this planet.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 17, 2017

      ‘Please do not turn off your computer’. They use Dog minutes, seven for one.

      The perpetually spinning circle for ‘sending’ is maddening,as one has to go out and start again and hope that the email has been sent.

      Windows 10 was a disaster when it was first out-it refused everyone’s cameras as it didn’t recognise such unknown brands as Nikon and Sanyo, and wouldn’t download photos. It did other stupid things, but I forget what these were. I changed back, but some unlucky people couldn’t.

      The worst thing was when they ‘overprotectively’ buggered up unknown numbers of hotmail accounts by locking them and making people jump through hoops in a futile effort to get them back. Codes were sent that were always one digit short, so not accepted. Emails were sent that would enable the user to open their email account….sent TO that account. People were asked for the email addresses of the last so many people they had emailed. We were occasionally able to go back in to the locked one and frantically sent everything we could to my husband’s new gmail before Microsoft realised what we were doing and shut the account down again.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  December 17, 2017

      This can happen when a machine hasn’t been updated for a while and you find you’re installing a large number of updates. What worked for me was manually installing one or two at a time beginning with the oldest

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  December 17, 2017

        No, it’s just a big update, C. Had another friend’s computer stuck looping on it last week. This one today wasn’t looping, just took 3 hrs plus to install it.

  4. Gezza

     /  December 17, 2017

    Yet another hot, humid, sunny day in North Welly. At least there’s a constant blustery norwester cooling it down outside to 32°C at the moment. 38° up in my roof cavity. Only thing is I don’t feel like working outside for long in this wind. It gets irritating after a while chasing after your hat & getting hit by leaves & twigs from the trees nearby.

    Just fed some of the ducks down at my eel spot, nice & cool & peaceful down there. Funny watching the two smallest “teenage” ducks go head down, tail up, dabbling, with their young mum clucking away to keep them a safe distance from the pooks and the big human. They’re still small enuf to know they need to stick close by her as they swim around.

    On the eel front, the stream still fills up with eels in the evening & in the morning, when the sun’s low. About 6 there last night, & 4 this morning. Elvis (probably actually Elvira) had got huge while I was away. Neighbour Shane has fed them every night from the top of the river bank.

    Elvira now seems to have moved out from under the stump. She & another big eel nearly the same size had a tussle last night. Tameiti checked it out this morning & has moved in.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  December 17, 2017

    It is true. Goats actually will eat ANYTHING!. I’ve finally found a nice shady spot for Pete, out of reach of any vehicles, clothing, or fruit trees 😀

    • patupaiarehe

       /  December 17, 2017

      This goat is seriously useful! I shut the gates a couple of hours ago, turned him loose,and he has trimmed all the bits beside the driveway, that I missed with the mower, before bedtime! I might ask his owners if he can stay for a couple more days 😀

      • Gezza

         /  December 17, 2017

        Does this handsome fella have a name?

        • patupaiarehe

           /  December 17, 2017

          As I told you yesterday G, his name is Pete. The little girl who ‘owns’ him wanted to call him ‘Tinkerbell’, or something girly like that. Her father told her that was a silly name to give to a boy, so she decided upon Pete. 😀

          • Gezza

             /  December 17, 2017

            Ah … sorry, I forgot. It was late. And I see you did call him Pete above.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  December 17, 2017

              He is ‘a very useful engine’, G. The perfect compromise between a cat & a dog. Very entertaining to watch, but not so ‘needy’ that he jumps & drools all over you. He eats a lot (but his food is free), shits a lot (in the form of small hard pellets, rather than a smelly fat log that sticks to one’s jandal), and makes random loud ‘bleats’, that my kids find hilarious! The perfect pet… 😀

            • Gezza

               /  December 17, 2017

              Ah yes. This is Bluey, my lawn moa, from my kitchen window this afternoon. My waterbirds & eels are ideal pets too. You can go away on holiday and they just take care of themselves.

              Bluey’s a sweetie around me, but he’s really aggressive with the ducks and eels. He got a right bollocking for monstering the teen ducklings yesterday & was better-behaved down in te awa iti today. He doesn’t like being told off.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  December 17, 2017

              My folks have a couple of ‘pesky pukes’ at their place, who have figured out how to open the chicken feeder. Dad was going to buy an air rifle, but I have convinced him that a trap is cheaper. I have also assured him that I will treat any ‘prisoners’ who are ‘transferred into my custody’ humanely 😉 He likes this idea as much as his grandchildren do…

            • Gezza

               /  December 17, 2017

              I had to slam on the brakes in Al’s Audi heading into Russell when I stayed at his place out in the wilderness. A pook mum & her half size chick just stood in the middle of the bloody road, looking at me, before meandering off down into the nearby inlet. Northland pukekos are thick.
              Mine are clever. They’ve had two years of education from me & it shows.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  December 17, 2017

              There’s much more ‘hooch’ growing ‘up north’ than in Porirua G (well outdoor stuff anyway). Being herbivores, it is entirely possible that their diet was partially responsible… 😉

            • Gezza

               /  December 17, 2017

              😀
              (Actually, they’re omnivores, patu. They eat small live fauna as well as flora.)

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 17, 2017

              Yep, our pukes are definitely uneducated vs traffic up here and a lot don’t survive their first learning experience which keeps the hawks in food. Contrast the pukes in the Waitemata I used to pass every day on the motorway and never saw any go anywhere near the roadways. Don’t think it’s diet, just poor parenting.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  December 17, 2017

              Thank you G. I have learned something today. Well actually, I have learned a lot today, mainly about what NOT to leave a goat tethered within reach of 😀

            • Gezza

               /  December 17, 2017

              I’ve never before seen so many pipits, Al. They were everywhere up in the comparative wilderness at your cabins, far more numerous than sparrows, but they’re supposedly quite rare.

              I’ve also never before stayed anywhere where you can hear so many ruru calling at the same time at night – there were five of them. Also a kiwi or two shrieking in the darkness. Lovely spot you’ve got there.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 18, 2017

              Planted out a whole bunch of bromeliads along the path to the loo today, G. Mrs Al had been trying to kill them by leaving them baking in the sun on our lawn for months unplanted but they refused to die. She claims she had been watering them but I’m dubious though I have to admit some of them seem to have sprouted pups in the process.. Hopefully they’ll survive the summer with their feet in the ground now.

            • Gezza

               /  December 18, 2017

              (Mrs Al ❤️ doesn’t give a toss whether you believe her or not – you know it!)

          • phantom snowflake

             /  December 17, 2017

            Hi Patu, you heard the latest APC single?
            Blessed are the rich
            May we labor, deliver them more

            • patupaiarehe

               /  December 17, 2017

              Will have a listen tomorrow PS, the kids are all on holiday now, and one of them has pinched my headset

  6. robertguyton

     /  December 17, 2017

    [Deleted from general chat]

  7. Love Leon Bridges.

    A modern day Sam Cooke