Avatar for starfish&coffee

starfish&coffee

Member since Jan 2009 • Last active Sep 2022

Most recent activity

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    The maximum value of the intervention being the size of the pay day loan you took out.

    And if the pay day loan was 10 grand you are actually being quite prudent if you manage to only blow 3,5 grand of that money on your next synth.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    I am reminded of a Current Projects thread on here ages ago. Some dude had stripped down a steel bike and ended up with what was essentially a single speed with no brakes.
    He thought the fixed gear riders on here would love it. He seemed to reason that the point of riding fixed was a kind of a dare, and if brakeless riders are cooler than those with a front brake, then his bike with neither front or rear brake would make him the coolest kid on the entire forum.
    When his new found tribe tried helpfully to explain that this was nuts he couldn't handle it and started spouting all kinds of shite.

    If someone can dig out the thread then I owe you one internets.

  • in Forums
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    at least I hopefully wont have to look at Germans holding up "open Nordstream 2 now" placards anymore.

    Quite the contrary I think, you'll see a lot more of it. From what I am reading they damaged Stream 1, but left Stream 2 intact. This could force Germany to go back on their decision to close Stream 2. Russia would score a win in that regard, and then get around to repairing Stream 1 in due time. The process or repairing isn't that different from building the pipe in the first place, expensive but perfectly doable.

    Edit: I am now reading that Stream 2 is damaged too. But with one leak, as opposed to two leaks in Stream 1.

  • in Forums
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    I can't find a link right now, but I recall a discussion where they argue that they can't "repair" the pipeline because the sanctions prevent them from getting hold of the exact spare parts needed.

    It's dumb as fuck, but it seems to me that FSB types consider this sort of thing to be the height of brilliance. Recall how their supposed reason to meet with Donald Trump Jr. was to discuss lifting the ban on foreign adoptions. At the time, regulating adoptions was the Russian counter move to the sanctions heaped upon them after the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

  • in Forums
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    Something occurred to me regarding that vid I linked to above where the sergeant (?) is telling the men to bring their own sleeping bags and med kits.

    This brings us back to the 19th and earlier centuries where it was your civic duty to turn up for service with a full kit sourced by your family. The upside was that the expense could pay for itself by taking loot with you back home. In War and Peace there's a brief mention of a German castle being plucked clean by the Russian army. So I am thinking that each Russian soldier told to bring their own sleeping bag will feel A LOT more entitled to loot, rape, treat civilians like slaves etc.

  • in Forums
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    My mate's brother did national service back in the early 2000s. A guy who enrolled with him snapped within weeks, shot up the TV room and barricaded himself with a machine gun and tons of ammo. They had to call in professional negotiators to talk him out of it etc.
    What they found out later was that the guy had dropped out of school in his early teens and had for several years been in and out of mental health institutions. However, there was no overlap between those health records and the lists the army used. Basically, the army just went by birth records and called in absolutely every male born in a certain year.

    One could imagine something similar happening in Russia right now. They are massively interfering in the lives of some very vulnerable people who, up until now, have only managed to cope thanks to little or no interaction with the outside world.

  • in Forums
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    asylum seekers

    Visa does not equal asylum and vice versa.

  • in Forums
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    I had a few of those belt buckles in the 90s. Ironic souvenirs you'd buy in former East Bloc countries. In terms of functionality they were shite.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for starfish&coffee

    Some big dude on Youtube suggested that a third weekly chest day could be centred around pause bench. I reckon I could do those and then throw in some resistance band deficit push ups. Make it into a 20 - 30 min living room session on Saturday afternoons.

    Thing is, how to I structure this? What do I want to do in terms of sets, reps and what time intervals in terms of rest/push/pause do I want to aim for? Thinking about it, I guess I could insert a pause in the push ups too?

Actions