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  1. karam

    What are You Watching? [2024] Please Rate 1-5

    Finished “Fool me once”. Not bad, not great, 3-5. Very convoluted story which, again, gets resolved very fast in the end. Some less than plausible sequences.
  2. karam

    I'm Bloody Livid: Amazon Refuse to Sell Me a Set of Kitchen Knives.

    I am not a knife buff, but I know and like to keep knives sharp. One of the best knives we have at home was bought in a Sainsbury's in Birmingham ~25 years ago, and another was bought in IKEA again around Birmingham, ~20 years ago. These knives I took with me from the UK to Greece and now...
  3. karam

    I'm Bloody Livid: Amazon Refuse to Sell Me a Set of Kitchen Knives.

    True, but still light years better than the rest of the planet.
  4. karam

    Does Smoking Change Taste of Food?

    Not sure about piping because I am not a piper, when my nose pipes are blocked I certainly lose the sense of taste. Smoking a pipe has probably blunted my sense of taste over time, but nothing like cigarettes did.
  5. karam

    Aging and Cellaring Tobacco

    As @sablebrush52 has said about a thousand times, ageing doesn't improve tobaccos, it changes them. I have had sublime aged tobacco, and others which were 10 times better right out the tin.
  6. karam

    Jim's SPC Plum Pudding Special Reserve Robusto Review.

    Thanks for the review Jim! I wondered if you consider pipe tobacco to be more nuanced overall than cigars, purely on the basis of pipe blends usually having more constituents and additives than cigars. This is not meant to be a "are pipes better than cigars" in the least! One can't really make...
  7. karam

    Cigar TAD 2024!

    Got a few to take advantage of a 20% sale, and before they go extinct. Nice packaging from this shop too, it’s my first order but will get more.
  8. karam

    I Am Now A Professor!

    Congratulations!
  9. karam

    Honey Cured Pipes?!?

    Yeah same here, I don't know what that crap they put in new Petersons is, but it was a gunky plastic mess which really did taste AWFUL. I reamed the pipe to bare wood and it was fine going forward. As to soaking the whole stummel in honey sounds like bullshit to me, won't do anything other...
  10. karam

    I Have An Interview

    Eh, a lot less money at stake in academia, it's more about prestige. I don't believe there've been anywhere near the level of scandals in academia. Still, rotten people there too, they're supposed to be teachers and educators and most can't stand the idea of students or teaching and moan all day...
  11. karam

    What are You Watching? [2024] Please Rate 1-5

    3 Body Problem update: finished it last night, first five episodes are great: on point pacing, world building, story arc. We were glued to the screen. Last three episodes feel rushed, the pacing is totally out of whack, and the storyline becomes completely unrealistic (even if it is extreme...
  12. karam

    I Have An Interview

    Good luck! Yes I can relate, i gave up on trying to make it in academia 10 years ago, turned over to the dark side of the private sector. You really need champions to both score a position and bring/get your own funding. Playing the game is probably more important than being a good scientist...
  13. karam

    What are You Watching? [2024] Please Rate 1-5

    Interesting, we started watching it 2 nights ago and so far it's the first series in a LONG time which holds our attention, will finish it tonight. I will then get the books. Side note: very accurate representation of the brutal "struggle sessions" during the Cultural Revolution in China. I...
  14. karam

    What are You Watching? [2024] Please Rate 1-5

    Dunno if I am being nitpicky, maybe I am but I've become sensitive to series which lay out several great arcs, each of which could be THE arc of the whole series, and then fail to develop any of them properly.
  15. karam

    What are You Watching? [2024] Please Rate 1-5

    Yeah it got boring, bloated, too many loose threads coming together clumsily at the end.
  16. karam

    Your Most Heavenly Tin Notes

    Pfeifen Huber Virginia Golden Flake - if this was available as a perfume I'd buy it Dunhill Nightcap - when cracking the tin I got goosebumps 1794 Flake
  17. karam

    Briar chew toys for dogs?!

    I actually considered it but the chunks cost 20 euros whereas I'd bought pre-drilled stummels for that price, plus I don't have my tools here.
  18. karam

    Briar chew toys for dogs?!

    LOL yeah exactly, my dog is big too, wouldn't get to even gnaw anything, two bites and the pipe is gone... What a stupid idea, really! What's next, making leather chew toys look like shoes?
  19. karam

    Briar chew toys for dogs?!

    Saw this yesterday in a German pet shop, then googled and apparently it's a thing in the UK too (example). Feels like an insult, though I am aware that these are the unusable roots most likely. They were smoothened, probably by sandblast.