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Finnbar says: I used to know a guy who tattooed LOVE across his left knuckles, but didn't tattoo HATE on the other knuckles because he was right-handed and realised he couldn't finish. Ever run out of skills or inspiration halfway through a job?

(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 13:32)
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Gravity's Rainbow
I've started it many, many times over the years but jeez that is a hard book to read.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:34, 11 replies)
I once nearly answered a QOT
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:29, Reply)
Bought a new bathroom suite a year ago...
...with every intention of installing it. Everything new, even new tiles. I now have a bathroom with half of the tiles removed, and a full bathroom suite and tiles in my living room.

I'll get around to finishing it one day... Maybe next year.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:25, 5 replies)
most of you will probably scoff
but i potter about in Second Life a bit and have an inventory full of unfinished builds. By unfinished i mean 30 minute jobs like getting round to scripting the doors so they close, adding a passenger seat or making a version to fit the furry community. These include, but are no limited to:

Oil/Rockmilk rig
Steampunk monocycle
raft fortress
steam powered jetski
chainsaw pegleg
at least 10 airships
at least 5 submersibles
blah blah blah

all of which i could be selling. all of which sit on a server doing nothing.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:18, Reply)
Being a parent
I get a sinking feeling that I'll never be finished!
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:15, Reply)
Part pea...
I mentioned this in the good advice QOTW, but I have an uncle who saved up for a very long time to buy his dream classic car, an MG something or other, in 'lime flower' as I remember the colour, only a few made in that colour apparently. Easy to see why it was basically snot green.

Anyway, he pays a lot for the car, drives it twice then sticks it in the garage to restore it to concours condition. Strips it down to a bare shell, with the aim of having it shot blasted and resprayed. Only then does he decide to find out much all this will cost, namely thousands almost as much as the car itself.

He realises he can't afford it and ends up selling the car for about a quarter of what he paid for it as a DIY project. Muppet.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:04, Reply)
Those bloomin' pesky Jews

(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 20:04, 3 replies)
Clean washing
I don't leave dirty clothes on the floor, however over the last 4 months my clean washing has been piling up in a heap waiting to be put away (in front of my cupboard. I'll do it tomorrow (as I always say...)

Length - my clean washing pile is now 2m high x 2.5m wide.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 19:41, 7 replies)
I started
to give up smoking.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 19:35, Reply)
Effective Time Management
Dithering in a bookstore, I picked up a book entitled something like 'Effective Time Management' and started reading in a random chapter. The author discussed the absolute necessity of ridding your life of all reading materials that were not essential to your mission in life. No more comics; no more thrillers or trashy romances, no more magazines, and absolutely no more Web surfing (no more B3ta!) I took a close look at the book and thought "Well, I don't really need this book," put it back on the shelf, and meandered elsewhere.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 19:29, 3 replies)
My latest novel
I keep meaning to finish it, but stuff gets in the way.

George RR Martin.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 19:27, 3 replies)
I suck at gaming. And music.
I started Prince of Persia:Warrior Within (It was £3) and by dogged persistence and frequent recourse to the Walkthrough I managed to get to the final Boss fight. And promptly discovered that I have the reflexes of a slow-roasted hedgehog and the coordination of Ozzy Osbourne.
"Oh well", I thought "Sod it. Let's try The Two Thrones instead"
This time by dogged persistence and careful reading of the walkthrough I got to the Boss fight against the twin gimps. Which went about as well as you'd expect.
After a year of promising myself that "I'll have another go when I get time" I finally gave up, wiped the dust off the box and took it down CEX.

Also, owned a guitar for 10 years without ever progressing past the level of "What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it gives forth a sound".
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 19:15, 2 replies)
For as long as i can remember i have wanted to learn to play the piano.
I find a keyboard on eBay.

I find an idiots guide to piano learnin'.

I save up the funds.

OOPS! its the weekend and iv spent it all on beer again.

One day i WILL pull my finger out.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 19:02, Reply)
If you start a post about Candlejack
you can't finish it because he kidn-
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 18:58, 1 reply)
I once scored in the Razz in Liverpool. Very fit girl, up for a laugh and in an advance stage of drunkeness. We got completely signposted on cheap champagne; much to the detriment of Little Strump. Couldn't finish the job that evening; in fact, he wouldn't even stand up to start! Had a good go the following morning though...

I also really wish I'd bothered to finish a few video games before buying new ones, especially Ocarina of Time, GTA4 and Elite.

But on my second attempt, I did manage to finish the London Marathon last year! About 7 hours, but felt like a week to me
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 18:55, 1 reply)
Great unfinished software
A few years back I started work on three really fantastic pieces of software.

One is a music composition program. A bit like the classic Amiga Soundtracker, if you remember that. It's looking so good that I've already had a glowing full-page preview in a national magazine (true that) and people have already composed music for platform games using a beta version. It's actually mostly finished, I just need to complete the UI rejig I started on.

The second is a fantastic desktop publishing add-on that you bolt onto a certain popular wordprocessor. Can't fail. And the third is just fun - one of those old-school "demos" with whizzy effects, funky music, scrolling messages sending greetings to all my fellow coders, etc. etc.

I really ought to get on and finish them. After all, if I don't hurry up the bottom will drop out of the Amstrad CPC software market.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 18:38, Reply)
this exact thing happened to me just recently. It was actually very funny.

[finish this by Thursday]
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 17:52, Reply)
Another would-be author...
I started writing background histories for an online fantasy game* I was helping to create, and it gradually morphed into short stories, then medium stories, then a (large) book-sized book. It featured fast(ish, but still lumbering) zombies, and I finished it at just about the time when fast zombies became de rigueur, making me look like a cliched hack.

It's finished and online, which is something, and the couple of people who've read it seemed to approve - but I just can't be arsed to put in the effort of proofreading. Or slowing down the zombies.

Fuck you, Romero. Grr.

*Never finished the game, either, comes to think of it...
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(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 17:38, 1 reply)
I started sorting the ironing about two hour ago
...to be honest I can't face it any more and will probably leave it until my good lady gets home. I've done a bit. Honest. It's just that there's an awful lot of it. And she's better at this sort of thing. Even as I type this my dogs are looking at me with a disdainful, judgemental expression.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 17:24, Reply)
Well, I started this book....
But I never got round to finishing it.

Anne Frank
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 17:08, 2 replies)
I started
a post about how I 'Stuck it to the Man'. Needless to say...
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 17:00, Reply)
My BiL has a Triumph Spitfire in a lock-up a couple of miles away from the house, which he bought when he was in his 20s.
It gets further away with every child he fathers.

He's on four now.

He'll be 50 next year.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:39, 1 reply)
My Elonex One has been sat in bits for months now...
bought it 2nd hand, what an awful machine. 70 squids that cost me, now its only purpose is charging my MP3 player.
It'd take 10 minutes to screw the casing back on, but I just never got round to it.
Maybe I'll....nah, I'll do it later.

Edit: And a novel, but I'm getting there....slowly.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:31, Reply)
Not me
but someone I know fell asleep whilst receiving a blow job and it went all limp in his girlfriends mouth....nice
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:30, 8 replies)
Extreme pain is a good excuse!
Years ago I decided to knit a complicated cable-pattern sweater for the then Mr Quar.

I did the boring rib bits then started on the tricky part. Lots of complex counting, changing from one stich to another, holding some stitches on a separate cable needle and sliding them across...

As I felt I was doing really well, didn't seem to get confused or miss anything, I decided not to check how the knitting looked until I'd done about 4" deep of it, so I'd have a nice surprise when I saw how good it was.

After concentrating REALLY hard on the knitting for several hours, and starting to feel very uncomfortable sitting in one position for so long, apart from a few loo breaks, I eventually thought 'Right! This is it!' and held it up to the light.

Strangely, it didn't look anything like a skilfully-knitted sweater. It looked more like a shark-bitten fishing net - huge gaps and holes, joined by a few pathetic strands here and there.

Absolutely stunned, I sat and stared at it, for at least a full minute.
What the hell was going on?

I soon realised. Did I mention that I was 9-and-a-bit-months pregnant?
The discomfort I'd been feeling was actually labour pains. All the time I'd thought I was concentrating beautifully and getting it all right, I'd actually been twiddling the knitting needles and tying the wool in useless knots.

Junior was born a few hours later. The knitting hung around for a few years then went in the bin.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:29, Reply)
I think...
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut could answer that question right about now...
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:23, 2 replies)
I once failed to finish a wank
Only once though, mind.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:12, 5 replies)
Dragon's Den my arse
I have invented innumerable devices over the last seventeen years or so to make the world a better place including solutions to RO-RO capsizings without the need for reinforced baulkheads, cheap renewable energy generation, methods of child teaching etc all basically as result of my chronic insomnia and overactive brain. Unfortunately my daytime brain is a lazy, knackered bag of porridge and I have never followed the ideas through in fact seeing many of them arrive years later as someone else's brainwave. It really is quite dispiriting but all my own fault I suppose.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 16:09, Reply)

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