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  1. scottyboy

    Quick Questions

    In the same, but less flippant, vein of my post above: I'd be surprised if this didn't have some blowback for WWE, if the event's going ahead soon. (If anyone's not been reading the news: a Saudi hit squad -not even going to say allegedly - tortured and murdered an exiled Saudi dissident in their Turkish consulate; the Turks had better espionage/surveillance than the Saudis were presumably expecting and allegedly - more warranted here - have audio of the whole thing). Even the McMahon family's beloved Republicans are going apeshit (in Congress; White House is trying to find a way to say they don't give a fuck, not very successfully). A tangent, but also a quick question. edit: I just noticed Lemonade mentioned this above. Ahem.
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    Quick Questions

    Not the only list he's got with half the people on it dead...
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    Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. It's yet another 2-guys-explain-stuff podcast from How Stuff Works, but thus far pretty good (and better than the other presumed SYSK variations I ignored). One is a particle physicist at CERN and the other is the PHD comics cartoonist. So a bit like StarTalk (astrophysicist and comedian) but thus far it never deviates from physics (unlike StarTalk or Stuff to Blow Your Mind etc.), while staying light and accessible. Bet your enthralled already.
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    Worst gig you ever played.

    Nah, it was a James something (my handle is actually my middle name).
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    Worst gig you ever played.

    Ah, the Broch. Told (bitched about) this story on here before I'm sure, but: when I was a student a couple of police detectives (so no uniforms; my massive flatmate, who was playing playstation in the wee hours like a regular student, damn near attacked them) climbed through our window in the middle of the night (they rang the bell, but no sane person answers a doorbell in student accommodation in the dead of night). I was woken up by the whole thing, and the guy they were looking for shared a first name with me (and the first name was all I got). After several minutes of very confusing (to me) questions about abandoned cars and gods know what else, and them getting "uh, no" from me, they double checked the full name. Which wasn't me. (they then angrily told me to "wake up"; I replied "I just did", at a ludicrous time of their choosing). Anyway, the /coolstory is that the guy they were looking for (who previously lived there) was from the Broch. So I for one hold the place in high esteem.
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    Ab-mus memories

    Forgot all about Biz too, until I saw that. Seemed to know a few things about drums I recall, but, yeah, that final quoted post (I couldn't stomach more than the bookends...talking about the Sparkles thread; not the Smith hoax thread, which I do vaguely remember) was a yet a bit more weird (leaving aside the bit about the teenage girls, and their imagined mums, and if they'd been a bit older.... uh, yeah, "weird" doesn't quite cover that) than I recall. No idea who the man behind the avatar is /was though.Which I guess is a good thing.
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    Celebrity Dead Pool 2018

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/25/john-mccain-influential-us-senator-and-ex-presidential-candidate-dies-aged-81 McSlain...
  8. Total Guitar!? (OK, it's the poppier, easiest - for instruction purposes - end of guitar mags; although I'd say that's more impressive, given the genre, than ending up in Guitar Techniques brief, tiny flirtation with anything but tuition), but still. I recall there being various incarnations of up-and-comerspieces, most/all of which (bands) got nowhere big AKAIK.... but still if I got in there I wouldn't have chucked it, no. I think Sikth got mentioned multiple times (readers writing in raving about them; non-plussing the staff) without ever getting a photo, let alone a tab.
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    Celebrity Dead Pool 2018

    Someone tried to kill Nicholas Maduro the other day. I thought I'd had him on my team the last couple of years; seems he just stayed on the transfer target list. The sight of his bodyguard and military parade just fleeing past him on the podium and leaving him to fend for himself was pretty funny.
  10. OK. Morbid curiosity has overcome my horror: what is "snapping" exactly, medically speaking?
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    Pet Hates!

    You're literally describing toddlers in a classroom. One decides they're dying of thirst or going to piss themselves (and in this case, they really might piss themselves, so saying "no" is the greater evil), and as one goes out the rest all decide they need to go out, too. Pet hate.
  12. I have a cousin who apparently ruptured a testicle playing indoor 5-a-side. He was in goal and stopped a blasted shot with his crotch (doubt he had time to do much else). Sounds fun. I'd assume if you end up in hospital and under supervision, they'd just get you smashed on painkillers and/or sedatives if you can't actually lie still.
  13. Worst momentary pain... also bike-related (it was everyone's fault; third world FUBAR), someone clipped me at speed (I was stationary in an argument with someone), knocked the bike clean from under me, but also mashed my foot and leg against it in the process (it was hugely swollen for a bit; but the serious pain died pretty quickly; but couldn't see clearly while in the process of it doing so). I had a tooth abscess that flared up in Japan, and when the piss weak antibiotics didn't work she just slashed it open with a scalpel and sent me home, to come back in a couple of days. The anaesthetic wore off walking back, the pain pulsed with each step and I started seeing stars. They have a thing for kiddy-dose medication and "gambatte" (endure. No medication. No sleeping outside the office), but again it faded. I have an IBD and sometimes the inflammatory pain can be dizzying and puke-inducing. And the underrated classic of slipping on a wet tiled floor, going full Mr Bean horizontal and landing on a fan and then the on hard tiles. On my bony arse and funny bone. That really did hurt, whimpering and seeing stars like the above (I was also already pretty ill and on painkillers, hence why I managed that... so all that was what got through my painkiller haze). Those were all pretty much the same level, and none of them are even broken bone territory, and the thing is that they faded on their own. The really bad ones were pressure from infections, as above. Once was a (different) tooth abscess: eye tooth, face blew up to grapefruit size overnight, was crying and couldn't sit still. My mum was a cancer patient at the time and gave me some lightweight opoids. Which didn't do anything. But after about the third dose... Other two times were what turned out to be bile duct infections, for which I ended up in hospital and my gallbladder, ultimately in the bin. The thing with those types of pain is that they are (or start) on the verge of unbearable agony, and probably the right side, but they just get worse. I'd put up with that pain for 10 minutes no problem, or at least take it over being slammed against tiled flooring repeatedly for 10 minutes. But the above ones fade then go away, on their own; the others get worse as the pressure grows, while a doctor is telling you it sounds like bad indigestion; through a second time when you're puking bile in front of him (then in an ambulance and then in front of nurses) and being told that the more you vomit the more dehydrated you get, and the worse the pain will get. So keep drinking in between vomiting. Lovely. Best injury related funny anecdote I've heard was from AGFW and involved a ruptured bum-grape. I don't think I could retell it like he did, though...
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    Pet Hates!

    The Magic Numbers is the name of a book I teach to 6 year olds. No, wait. That's Number Magic.
  15. scottyboy

    2017/18 Football Season Thread

    I don't think it is (or was) just parochial commentary, although I imagine that would get on any neutral's tits (I don't watch Premier League games, or non-English language World Cup football, so Scotland and England are about the only examples I have; and I'm not neutral there). The expectation (that we're been talking about here) that England were perennial favourites and the total bewilderment whenever they didn't win the World Cup was just asking for the schadenfreude, IMO. There's a quote on Wikipedia from a player talking about England's "God-given right to win the World Cup". I can't figure out whether he said that with a straight face or whether he was complaining about the fans' expectations: a casual reading of Wiki throws up quotes throughout World Cup history of players/managers being amazed they didn't win, angry at their fans for being amazed they didn't win, and the taunts that followed players around for the rest of their careers for having "lost the World Cup". There's also the fact that alongside all this, England fans were still smashing up foreign cities into the late '90s. The coverage may (may) have been over-sensationalised, but all else being equal, England were always the worst for this, in the 20th Century at least. Speaking of sensationalism: before the Internet really became a daily (hourly, minute..uh..ly) fixture of everyone's news and entertainment diet (so including the latter 90's and earlier noughties that I'm thinking about), aside from the few terrestrial TV channels if you didn't have sky, you at least had to walk past blaring tabloid headlines. So all the crap about each England team being the second coming and the manager/goalkeeper/Beckham being the antichrist after they went out, was probably amplified by them. Forget '66, those guys were bringing up World War II. (most of this comes from some legit academic bit I read: http://www.sirc.org/publik/fvexec.html (I don't think the '66 thing is a myth either, but turns out watching some highlights on Youtube won't give you much of a representative picture of media coverage, only heard one mention. I did see that 4-4-2 magazine thinks an England quarter final shootout exit is the best game in the history of the World Cup and that someone gave Frank Lampard an interview on why "England's Golden Generation failed"). And. Someone's gotta say it: there is a large slice of the Scottish population who have a genuine antipathy towards England. Some of it is rational(ised) by the (arguably legitimate) feeling that another the populace country decides in large part how their country is run, and in opposition to their own choices. Other cases it's just inherited "fuck the English basterts FREEDOM bs"; but if those idiots could read, they'd probably formulate the same arguments. Anyone like that is probably latently hoping England does badly at sports; and if there's bombastic media coverage about how great England is, how (not if) they're going to win, and some amazing butthurt when they don't - they're going to be bombastic in their opposition to the England team and gleeful in their shadenfreude.