The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 29)

Welcome to this week’s Musings!

This post is dedicated to my dad who today turns 92.  Not that he’ll read this of course and I won’t show him it either.  It’s hard enough dealing with all his bloody questions on how to use the mobile phone we bought him.  Anyway, happy birthday dad and see you for lunch in a few hours time.


TIM’s off to the Cinema!

Not the most riveting news I grant you but I thought some of you might be interest in what I am off to see.  Peter Jackson, the director chap behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films has made a WW1 documentary called “They Shall Not Grow Old”.  He has trawled the national archives and heaps of black and white film and produced a film documentary using original footage.  To quote from the link below – They Shall Not Grow Old utilizes cutting-edge technology to colorize historical footage and photos from WWI in 3D for the first time”.

You can see a trailer for it by accessing the link below.

The film is being shown simultaneously at various cinemas in the UK on Tuesday 16th October, I’m off to see it at Plymouth.  I suspect it will come out on DVD at some point in the future.

I wasn’t aware of this event until my friend John brought it to my attention and as one good deed deserves another I thought I’d make you folks aware in case some of you wanted to see it.

I’ll let you know what I thought of it in a future “Musing”.


The Battle of the Sexes

Not sure this article has anything to do with modelling specifically beyond the tenuous link of using the word “battle” in the title but I felt obliged to share with my mainly male audience the fact that the war being waged between the sexes is being won by the women.  The following (true story?) highlights how weak men have become and how ruthless women have.

You’ve been warned.

The CIA had an opening for an assassin.  After all the background checks, interviews and testing were done, there were three finalists; two men and a women.

For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.  “We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances.  Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair.  Kill her”.

The man said, ” You can’t be serious.  I could never shoot my wife”.  The agent said, “Then you are not the right man for the job.  Take your wife and go home.”

The second man was given the same instructions.  He took the gun and went into the room.  All was quiet for about 5 minutes. The man came out with tears in his eyes, “I tried, but I can’t kill my wife.”  The agent said, “You don’t have what it takes, so take your wife and go home”.

Finally, it was the woman’s turn.  She was given the same instructions to kill her husband.  She took the gun and went into the room.  Shots were heard one after another.  They heard screaming, crashing, and banging on the walls.  After a few minutes, all was quiet.

The door opened slowly, and there stood the women, wiping sweat from her brow.  “The gun was loaded with blanks”, she said.  “I had to kill him with the chair.”


Sorry, I only speak English 

It occurred to me the other day that as a non gamer half the time I haven’t got a clue what many of you are talking about.  There is a language out that there that many of you guys (and girls) speak that simply goes over my head.  Some of the terminology I did know and some I’ve picked up on thanks to Google but most of it continues to remain a mystery.

I guess the obvious question therefore is why am I bothering to follow many of the sites that I do?  Well the best I can offer is I can’t speak french but I do like french wine and cheese.  In other words I might not have a clue when it comes to some of the gaming words and phrases you use but it doesn’t prevent me from admiring the quality of the figures and boards that you put together.  Hopefully over time I’ll learn more, not withstanding my “old git” status.

In the meanwhile please feel free to adopt my approach when visiting abroad.  Just shout louder and louder in English until the person you are speaking to understands.


A Domestic Top Tip

A little trick I picked up while She Who Must Be obeyed was away that I felt I should share.

Are you tired of boiling water for pasta?  You are?  Then why not boil a few gallons of hot water up at the beginning of the week and freeze the rest for later!


This week TIM has been listening to …

Tina Turner.

I like a good few female singers but right now I cannot think of a better performer than her.  I believe this concert took place in 2000 and the whole event is available to listen and view on YouTube.  This track, Proud Mary, is one of my favorites.  It has a slow start but if it’s too slow for you then fast forward to about the 4 minute mark.  Personally I’d crank the volume right up.

The dancer on the right is Claire Turton.  Sadly we’ve never met otherwise I’m sure we would be an item by now.  She’s so hot she could melt my asbestos pants.


This week TIM has been watching…

Bugger all, I’ve been to busy.  But next week …


Until next time.





37 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 29)

  1. Haha, IRO obviously got his craziness from his Dad!

    Speaking a different language. I’ve been pretty used to that most of my life. Being in the tech field, it’s made even more clear. I’m pretty good at translating tech jargon to people, but you have to let me know if you’re not following along, and I need to provide some different examples. If you just sit there quietly nodding your head, I’ll miss the social cue of “I have no idea what you’re talking about and I don’t want to look dumb by asking a question!”.

    As for comments, I understand pretty much everything fellow hobbyists are discussing. I think it’s a bit tough, because most miniature hobbyists are self taught and don’t use the proper terminology. Just ask someone what “glazing” is, and you’ll get a variety of answers.

    Where I get lost, is in the humor and some of the words people use from different countries. There was a whole round of comments recently, maybe on IRO’s blog, and I just didn’t get any of it at all. No worries on that, and it actually gave me an idea that might develop into a tangent next week. 😉

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      1. I am the opposite end of the stick when I’m in meetings with the fiscal/business side. They use a lot of jargon that I don’t know, mainly acronyms. Problem is, they don’t seem very used to translating things, when I ask questions.

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      2. End of the day for middle management is checking email, and frantically writing that report that just got put on their docket at 8pm. Yep, don’t miss that crap at all.

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  2. All very relevant! And women are winning! My wife would claim to have no knowledge of physics or ballistics, but she understands perfectly that the frying pan goes way further with increased accuracy if she imparts spin to it! Wonder what she’s looking for in the kitchen drawer at this time of night . . .

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  3. Oh you crazy kids! I think most every work field and hobby has it’s own specialised jargon as well as “technical” terms though, if you think about. Where IT stuff is a bit different, though is that it straddles so many different industries and workplaces. While I manage my workplace’s IT, my tech knowledge isn’t a patch on my actual techs’. But since I also work in the “main” part of the organisation, we have our own jargon there, so I get to occasionally see the same blank looks in our techs’ faces and explain to them what the other staff want (and why). And also why an idea that seems awesome to a tech isn’t always the best option for the rest of the workplace.

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    1. Yea you’re right everywhere has it’s own language and if you spend time with those talking it then over time you get to pick it up. Reminds me of something me and a couple of mates used to do many, many years ago which was to abbreviate things and occasionally add the letters FG in front. For example we might say “we need an FGC for that job mate”. More often than not the person would go away having noted that an FGC was required but never ask what one was. Occasionally we would be asked or receive a follow up call at which point we would happily tell them that, in the case of this example, an FGC was a “Fucking Great Computer!”.

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    2. Yea, it’s getting ‘worse’ in IT. Used to be that you could pretty much do all the things. But just looking at all knowledge to run a modern web site nowadays is crazy making. Which means that a backend web developer will have their own language of technical terms, separate from someone who does Windows desktop support, and so on.

      I’m somewhere in the middle. I have my own areas of expertise, but also still deal with customers directly. So, I’m not the super specialized tech guy that thinks there is nothing wrong with patching the server during the busiest period of time of year. I kind of like that, as I get to see both worlds and translate between the two.

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      1. Yeah. “Please don’t bring the wifi down in the middle of the day. Do it at the end of the day when (most) people are gone.” (even though a bunch will still be working).

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      2. Hehe. I’ve been privy to a few bad choices. Wish I could remember the worst of them, but most probably revolve around buying into an application suite or services without doing proper research and asking the right questions. Then you end up with someone devoted full-time to managing a crappy application that they hate, and will probably make their life so bad, that they leave the organization. How’d I get stuck on this topic, haha?!

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  4. Saw lovely Tina opening for the Stones in 1982 AND singing “Proud Mary” with them later in the show. Awesome.

    Language wise, it was always said that we Americans and you Brits are two countries separated by a common language…

    As for the gaming terms, I get lost sometime as well. Among most popular stuff are offerings from Games Workshop (GW) which from paints (which I buy) to different gaming universes (with their own “codexes” that change every few years to maximize profits – that I don’t buy). Not that I begrudge profits (I am a capitalist!), but marketing schemes that companies use to treat their customers shabbily really turn me off. Our good friend Azazel has commented quite ably about this issue. But I also wish that GW would at least name their paints more reasonably.

    You of course love history, and many of us are gamers to try recreate history (this includes me Star Ducks notwithstanding…). Your dioramas are great, and I would only be so happy to help you with understanding any terms I use in my blog that seem arcane!

    And somebody get TIM into a game!

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    1. Lucky you, I’ve never managed to see her live yet and probably won’t get to do so now. Great lady. Great performer.

      The language thing I just find interesting and I like the differences between English, US English and Australian English. The differences help to make us the nationalities which we are and long may that continue. We are just lucky that it makes it so much easier to communicate. The key of course is to ask when something is new and not understood.

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  5. Just watched that video. Not my favorite song, because of the repetition. But man, she must be over 60 years old at this point, and has as much energy as our toddler! Don’t know how she managed. The song ‘Better be Good to Me’ springs to mind, as one of my more favorite songs of hers, but she’s done a ton, that I’m also forgetting right now.

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  6. Did you know that Tina Turner taught Mick Jagger how to dance/move on stage? True. Did you also know that in my early teens I would gaze at Dad’s Tina Turners LP covers? Amazing legs for an older lady.

    That Jackson doco sounds great. Can you please do a review after seeing it?!

    Re different languages. Im almost in the same boat my friend. You see as much as I love Warhammer and all that jazz I’ve never played a proper table top war game. My mates and I pretty much make it up as we go along. I’d like to learn it but need a very patient Kung Fu master to be my teacher and guide. SO a lot of the stuff I read on our fellow bloggers blogs make little to no sense to me. However I enjoy their deliveries and, of course, the minis. I also like the passion behind it. Take PETE for example. His huge world war map games baffle me but the way he writes about them has me wanting to join in and have a go.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way at all but your work is a lot simpler to follow and takes me back to why I paint anything in the first place.

    Here’s another fact for you. Boiled eggs are my favourite way to eat eggs and YES I cut my bread or toast into soldiers to dip into the eggs. Why is this relevant to anything you’ve said in this post? Well you mentioned boiled water and my brain went straight to boiled eggs. If it wasn’t for the fact that I just ate a pie and a Yo-Yo (no not the toy) is probably be inclined to boil some eggs. I bloody love eggs.

    I’ve been watching SUITS. Not bad.

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    1. No I didn’t know that about Tina and Mick. As for the album covers please don’t tell me you were in the bathroom at the time!

      Yeah will keep you posted on the documentary. If not next week’s Musings then the one after.

      Nice to know I’m not alone regarding the gamer talk. Some of their stuff is amazing and I’ve gotten a few ideas from what they do. As for Pete and his maps, amazing.

      As for me, I’ll continue to keep my posts simple just for you! 😉

      Eggs? I’m an “over easy guy” or am I think of something else?

      Not seen suits but those I know who have think it’s great. Another thing for me to watch when I hang up my brushes.

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      1. My wife is an old fashioned country girl who has old fashioned values. I truely believe I found the last of her kind. That’s why I keep her chained to the oven with the ironing board close by. I’m not a monster after all.

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      2. I’m beginning to think Mrs IRO might just be old and was simply greatful to have someone around to do the garden. My wife wants a new watch for her birthday apparently even though there isn’t anything wrong with the clock on the cooker!

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