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Health & Fitness / Re: Concentration gone to hell under lockdown
« Last post by ian on Today at 08:37:07 pm »
I struggled at school, in part because I came from no great tradition of thinking and academic achievement, my parents left school at the first opportunity (in my father's case, a couple of years before it was legally advisable), but my brain doesn't work with a conventional lesson structure. I'm not going to pay attention for an hour. I work on a scale of minutes. I just assumed I was stupid and no one disagreed with my self-diagnosis. I also couldn't see anything because I needed jam-jar glasses but wasn't going to ask for them because it was better to be stupid than look stupid. So much of my childhood was blurry and dim in every which way.

I remember being grabbed by a teacher on the eve of comprehensive school. "You can't see, can you?" Sure, said I, used to bluffing it. "What's written on the board?" Normally, I'd have copied from someone else, but it was just me and I was so obviously caught. Anyway, that meant they dragged my parents to school (who also hadn't noticed) and earned me precisely the NHS specs of a telescopic prescription that anyone teetering on their teenage years feared more than anything else.

But anyway, I owe another teacher once at comprehensive school who took an interest in my apparent stupidity and knocked some sense of potential achievement into me. That and the fact I was always curious about stuff and spent my weekly paper round money on something called the Joy of Knowledge, a weekly encyclopaedia, each issue of which I consumed, and a library card that was perpetually maxed out. Anyway, I got a degree, a PhD, several years knocking out some top-notch molecular genetics. My younger sister got a couple of GCSEs and her daughter has all the intellectual curiosity of a rock and, currently, a career in the unemployment industry (not entirely her fault, she was doing some kind of childcare course that didn't survive its intersection with the current pandemic).

I'm not sure where we draw the line between people having individual needs and people having some form of pathology. Drawing the line sometimes seems wrong. I'm eternally thankful for the attentions of a few people and I understand how much of my life was luck (and honestly this is what royally fucks me off about the entitled, privately educated people, who never have to contemplate that so much of everything is circumstance).
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Health & Fitness / Re: Concentration gone to hell under lockdown
« Last post by Mike J on Today at 08:32:07 pm »
My attention has definitely got worse, the worst example is in work meetings, due to sitting at a desk instead of in a meeting room with other participants.  I stop paying attention quite a lot.

To be honest that’s nothing new. If you ever worked from home in the last twenty years and dialled into a conference call. About 99% of the time you didn’t really need to be there. They’d be in jokes if a group was in a meeting room that you wouldn’t quite pick up. You’d put yourself on mute whilst you did something more productive whilst kind of listening for anything relevant. Most meetings are badly run even before people are remote. It’s hard to concentrate when meetings aren’t focused and you’ve got a ton of stuff to do.

Despite having had a laptop for 5 years plus, have never had the "approval" to wfh before now  ::-)
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Health & Fitness / Re: Concentration gone to hell under lockdown
« Last post by FifeingEejit on Today at 08:27:25 pm »
Sorry what?
I was to busy playing with my hair.


Although writing that did just help me find the Stig tub that contains my SD card which lives in the pile of stuff infront of my keyboard (recently cleaned, see WFH Rejig thread) that I was looking for 30 minutes ago to put the SD card out of the Dead Sansa Clip.

I maintain that a bike is the ultimate fidget spinner.
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by orraloon on Today at 08:27:03 pm »
Lifted  ~  Lighthouse Family
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The Pub / Re: what I have learned today.
« Last post by andytheflyer on Today at 08:24:56 pm »
  If only for my weekly fix of Suzie......

I think that belongs in the "You know you're middle aged when..." thread  ;)
;D ;D ;D
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by spesh on Today at 08:22:22 pm »
Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith
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Clothing / Re: Dissent 133 multi-layer cycling gloves
« Last post by Flite on Today at 08:19:23 pm »
I've spent loads of money and now have two drawers of gloves that promised much but still didn't keep my hands warm.  I now realise that mitts are the only answer, keeping your fingers together instead of in separate little tubes. I'm currently using Buffalo mitts and rate them highly. Warm but flexible enough to use brakes/gears. They are not fully waterproof, which is an advantage as my hands don't get damp from working hard uphill then freeze going down. For proper North Pennine winter weather, I will equip the bike with HotPogs (best brand of pogies/bar mitts I have found). And I may well wear the buffalo mitts inside :) I do have Reynaulds and increasing problems with arthritis in my hands.
When I had to bike to and from school every day in the 50/60s, the best we found was sheepskin mitts from the Army and Navy stores - good enough on icy roads with fixed wheel and only one brake to worry about. 
What goes around comes around....
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OT Gallery / Re: Irrelevant signs
« Last post by FifeingEejit on Today at 08:13:22 pm »
I haven't got a picture, however quite a common sign is 'No road markings'.  Well obviously, if you're travelling along a newly repaired road and there are no white lines is it not obvious that there are no road markings'?  What is the naffing point of these signs?
Perhaps even more puzzling, is the sign on the A93 approaching Braemar from the east.
"No Double Centre Lines" 
I guess the inference is that there should be but we've not got round to painting them yet? The sign has been there for years though.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@57.0033468,-3.3441836,3a,54.8y,271.57h,85.33t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srdeY74FO9vTFOZaFCgdZhA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

I have on a number of occasions wondered if that sign means:
1. Please Don't overtake even though it's not illegal in any way and there's reasonable enough sight lines for a bit to get past the tourists crawling at 25mph
Or 2. FFS Overtake the tourists crawling at 25mph because they're shitting themselves on this "narrow" road, if you don't do it now then you'll need to wait until the Friarton.

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(we were driving from Vancouver to Nelson)

This is half the problem. Since Vancouver doesn't really get snow, many people are not using snow tires.
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Health & Fitness / Re: Concentration gone to hell under lockdown
« Last post by Lightning Phil on Today at 08:04:50 pm »
My attention has definitely got worse, the worst example is in work meetings, due to sitting at a desk instead of in a meeting room with other participants.  I stop paying attention quite a lot.

To be honest that’s nothing new. If you ever worked from home in the last twenty years and dialled into a conference call. About 99% of the time you didn’t really need to be there. They’d be in jokes if a group was in a meeting room that you wouldn’t quite pick up. You’d put yourself on mute whilst you did something more productive whilst kind of listening for anything relevant. Most meetings are badly run even before people are remote. It’s hard to concentrate when meetings aren’t focused and you’ve got a ton of stuff to do.
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