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  1. Sophelia

    Mental Wellbeing Thread

    Liffguard this sounds exactly the right thing to do (disclaimer: not a professional judgement, my opinion) - good on you for your heart leading you this way. It's great he is talking to friends and you are there for him. You could broach medical/professional support services as well*, but I'm sure this was the immediate and warm thing that he needed and will continue to benefit from, his friends rallying around and listening to him. * you could actually seek this out for yourself, as support for you dealing with this and advice on how to handle it (I once rang the Samaritans because I'd just spoken to a stranger moments before he killed himself by jumping off a bridge - and they said things which helped me)
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    How's Life thread

    *hugs* So sorry, must be absolutely devastating to hear that news. Look after yourself and gather those you love close.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    I like that too! Lany - have you seen this from twitter? (P.S. This isn't actually recommended - read the comments on why this isn't a good idea)
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    My next-door neighbour who is a builder by trade (he does renovations and refits e.g. of pubs and general odd jobs) claims that in London he can't get work in this area any more because it's being done by moonlighting illegal workers, or something like that. But he actually lives in the North so I'm not sure how much direct experience he has, or if it's word of mouth/rumour.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Thanks Lany and Xray - those are both really useful replies. I looked at the Nikon Coolpix P300 bridge camera in a shop because it has an astonishing x83 zoom, and also the B700 with the 60x zoom, but I think Lany is spot-on - with those really long zooms it's going to be very hard to keep the lens pointing steadily at anything - I found the P900 very difficult to control. Also picture quality not so good with those massive zooms - the ones which are supposed to be better for pics have more modest zoom ranges. It's interesting to hear the range that Xray's friends use*. I have an entry-level Canon DSLR with an old 75-300mm zoom (no image stabilisation and doesn't do wide aperture) which is pretty good considering it's about 25 years old (used to use it on my film camera so I think that means it actually goes effectively beyond 300mm though I don't totally understand that - however the picture quality is not that good at the extreme end of the zoom - or could be me wobbling maybe!). The 400mm lenses for Canon cameras are a bit out of my price range (especially those which allow wide aperture for low light photography) but I could look to save up for a second-hand one in the long-term. In the meantime it sounds like if I could find a good cheap bridge camera with zoom equivalent to around 400mm, I could practice with bigger zoom to see how I manage - I prefer not to carry a tripod though Lany's advice makes me think a monopod might be useful. The 400mm suggestion does correspond to the length I have found good bird pics on flickr - I'm not sure I have seen many good ones taken at a greater length. Interesting - and useful! Sophie * I was going to ask if you they're using full-frame DSLRs or crop-sensor but actually the web suggests crop-sensor types are better for zoom/wildlife/birding stuff - yay! So yeah - scrap that question - no worries.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Wow - you people have such amazing birds! I don;t know much about birds myself and am impressed with your dedication, identification skills and sharp eyes. I'm in the UK and have gradually become more interested in birds though my friend who I do photography with, who has infected me with her enthusiasm for birds - she has a bird feeder in her garden in quite a suburban area so she gets a huge variety and many of them next nearby, and she knows what they all are - whereas I'm more at the stage of if it isn't a sparrow, robin, blackbird, pigeon or gull (I love Xray's wording of 'saltwater assholes'!) it seems exotic to me! But because my eyesight is not great and they move so fast, I'm not very good at bird-spotting. Recently however we have been visiting the local Wetlands centre and also visiting parks with bird hides, so I am very gradually getting more bird exposure and growing enthusiasm. Here is a photo I took recently of a greater spotted woodpecker: I'm very envious of the bird-spotters who have massive long zoom camera lenses (well out of my price range) but I am considering getting a superzoom bridge camera so I can take better pictures of birds which are some way away from me. I wondered if anyone here combines the bird-spotting hobby with photography and if so what kind of camera kit you use.
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    Small things you hate

    Great thread idea! I also hate music that incorporates things that sound like sirens, phones, doorbells etc. - the number of times I have jumped up from my computer thinking someone is at the door, when it's just a random sound effect... Also hate open offices, not so much because they cause conflict, but because it's impossible to get any work done. Can't hear myself think. Bought some noise-cancelling headphones but they don't keep out the smell of someone else's soup or tuna. I'm sure I'd have loads of things to add to the thread, but the only thing I can think of just now (which probably gives away what I am craving!) is crushed ice in cocktails. I would like to be able to taste the full strength of my drink without having a handful of melting snow chucked into it, thank you.
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    Catalan thread continued

    As the previous thread was closed and some people might be wanting to follow the elections today, here's a new thread. I'm watching English language live feeds (because my Spanish is rubbish and I only know Catalan words for food): https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/dec/21/catalonia-voters-results-regional-election-spain-live https://www.bloomberg.com/news/live-blog/2017-12-19/catalan-regional-election-results Current predictions are that the independence parties will just scrape a majority, though that would be split between three parties... Sophie
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    Board Issues 4

    I am having the same problem as Pebs - much of the time but not all the time the forums are displaying in the left-hand side not in the main window (which is blank). I too use Firefox. It is intermittent so it's hard to know what's causing it, but it's really difficult to read anything that way. Sophie
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    Official Testing Thread

    The other thing I wanted to test was the option Click to configure post options, which I keep forgetting to click in case it mucks up my already-written post... *braces* *clicks* Oh OK, that wasn't too exciting after all (thought I might be able to set default font and so on), but it's just enable emoticons, sig, notification of replies, and the post icons.
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    Official Testing Thread

    Just want to test the new posting options, such as what happens when you change font colour or size or type and also test the new spoiler text: Now to see these other options... I've always liked horizontal rules, so let's have a couple of them and See if I can insert html: <table> <tr>AAAA</td><td>BBBB</td></td> </table> [/html] The other things were either baffling or scary (also seemed to invite you to type in a box which then tried to list it on the menu - a bug there). [acronym=Your mileage may vary]YMMV[/acronym]
  12. is daydreaming as usual.

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    ASOIAF Board Recipes

    This pinned thread is for the nominated people to post their recipes. No other posts please. For the concept, questions and discussion see the [url="http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?showtopic=35068"]ASOIAF Board Dinner Party thread[/url]. [b]Week 1, March 12 to March 18[/b] Raidne: Raidne's Deluxe Mac'n'Cheese Lany Cassandra: Super Delicious Chicken that kids love Terraprime: Fish stir fry with broccoli inspired by Korean cuisine [b]Week 2, March 19 to March 25[/b] Silverstar: Pasta Carbonara Sworn Sister: Chicken recipe Boiled Leather: Butternut squash soup [b]Week 3, March 26 to Apr 2[/b] HT Reddy: Chicken AutumnEvenings: Curried sweet potato and lentil "shepherd pie" Zabzy: Strawberry shortcake [/quote] Please could the nominated recipe providers post their recipes in this thread? Please wait until all the recipes from the weeks before you have been posted before posting yours. Inviting Raidne, Lany and Terra to post first.
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    Official Testing Thread

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    Official Testing Thread

    Admiring my new avatar - hopefully. Soph.