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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: I am actually a complete idiot
« on: March 30, 2009, 12:36:35 PM »
This IS the bullshit section. Let the bullshit prevail!

Seconded.

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: And to think, we call him Stinky....
« on: March 18, 2009, 07:47:32 AM »
My only claim to fame on the UniS site is where I was at a wedding in Meulaboh, Aceh in Indonesia as part of my MSc.... Tropical sweat plus the beard - nice look I think

http://portal.surrey.ac.uk/portal/page?_pageid=822,356954&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL




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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: sewing machine?
« on: January 30, 2009, 03:43:27 PM »
I have my sister's sewing machine on my table, busy lining my bedroom curtain & making a bag out of calico pouches that my fresh coffee was sold in....

Is it just usmc people who sew things or do "normal" people have sewing machines hanging around too?

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: Housemate wanted
« on: January 27, 2009, 01:58:56 PM »
this is USMC - no cutlery needed for cheescake

(I speak with authority as a former Annual Dinner Ulitmate Dessert Champion. Choosing the cheesecake for the first round was key to my victory.)

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: jokes?
« on: December 11, 2008, 09:15:18 AM »
Prison vs Work

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer.



@ PRISON You spend the majority of your time in a 10X10 cell

@ WORK you spend the majority of your time
In an 6X6 cubicle /office

@ PRISON You get three meals a day fully paid for

@ WORK you get a break for one meal and
You have to pay for it

@ PRISON You get time off for good behavior


@ WORK you get more work for
Good behaviour

@ PRISON The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you

@ WORK You must often carry a security card
And open all the doors for yourself



@ PRISON You can watch TV and play games


@ WORK you could get fired for watching
TV and playing games

@ PRISON You get your own toilet


@ WORK you have to share the toilet with
Some people who pee on the seat



@ PRISON They allow your family and friends to visit


@ WORK you aren't even supposed to speak
To your family



@ PRISON All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required



@ WORK you get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners



@ PRISON You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out


@ WORK you spend most of your time wanting
To get out and go inside bars







Now get back to work. You're not getting paid to read jokes.

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I would have a go at filling in the questionaire but I am so confused on my ethnicity that I think I'd skew your results. (try Andre for similar confusion)

I am genetically British-Swedish-Canadian, brought up in Zulu culture in South Africa, then UniS then back to SA where I am now married to a Zulu girl who's father is from a Muslim Malawian/Tanzanian background. You think I'm confused, just wait till we have kids! Yesterday out of the 7 different people in our homegroup meeting at our flat there were 7 different ethnic groups/home languages represented.

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Geek Talk / Re: un-partitioning a hard drive
« on: November 26, 2008, 09:14:52 AM »
I partitioned my disk a few months ago. Best computer decision made for a long time. The OS crashed but I still have access to all the information I had on the computer as I am now just running a newer version of Kubuntu from the other partition.

GParted works fine, remember to run it off the live-cd or memory stick as otherwise you will not be able to do anything to the partition you are currently in.

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: Today I feel ____________ thread
« on: November 14, 2008, 11:18:13 AM »
Today I feel coffee

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: 2pt milk bottle?
« on: November 12, 2008, 08:15:40 AM »
still intrigued

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: 2pt milk bottle?
« on: November 10, 2008, 03:51:30 PM »
intriguing....

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Climbing Talk / Re: Indian Creek
« on: November 05, 2008, 09:00:20 AM »
Jez you rock!!!! :cheers: :thumright:

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Climbing Talk / Re: Indian Creek
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:01:53 PM »

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Climbing Talk / Re: Indian Creek
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:58:28 PM »

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Climbing Talk / Indian Creek
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:52:23 PM »

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Climbing Talk / Re: Stunning sport multipitch
« on: October 26, 2008, 12:16:43 PM »

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Climbing Talk / Re: Dying to climb?
« on: October 24, 2008, 01:16:03 PM »
stinky's premonitions of DEATH were hilarious in retrospect. We all needed hot drinks that evening.

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Climbing Talk / Re: Dying to climb?
« on: October 24, 2008, 11:46:22 AM »
this is a good idea:
When the abseil ropes are to be pulled down, check before the last person abseils that they will actually come down. If the rope is difficult to move, the abseil station should be extended. To remember which rope to pull, clip an extender from the harness to the rope to be pulled. This also helps sort out any twists.


Andre & Maybe Si had an epic where the abseil wouldn't come down on a big multipitch in Sardinia. The video of Si explaining what happened is still one of my favourites.

On the same trip I linked together two pitches on the abseil down a 250m long route and only got to the next belay position on rope stretch. Thankfully I had tied knots in the end of the rope :) Getting off the rope at the belay station was fun!

Then you and Stinky got benighted at the top of Andre & Si's epic route while leaving their radio at the base.... Good trip.

In the statistics of health & safety generally for every major incident there are a large number of near misses (I recall the figure 300) -

The point is learn from the near misses & epics you have, keep taking the precautions. Risk can be limited by good practice.

OK preach over.

The epics are what we remember most fondly - odd isn't it.

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: You know you're a climber when....
« on: October 23, 2008, 03:51:44 PM »
Somewhere there are photos of me leading a route in Tremadog in my pants. It was very breezy.

I think Lou had the pleasure of belaying me.

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: You know you're a climber when....
« on: October 21, 2008, 11:08:03 AM »
you don't like the mountain walking society.

do you not mean the Small hill near guildford walking society??

i think i meant to write the tea room near guildford are suppose to be hiking somewhere whats a mountain society

We took part in a good orienteering challenge with the walkers - but we beat them by such a huge margin it was embarrassing. We ran everywhere - they were kitted out in walking boots & rucksacks!

I also remember someone from the walking club asking how USMC managed to attract so many girls :) 

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