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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #4140 on: October 15, 2021, 06:08:00 AM »
With the world-wide attention, it has probably been somewhat productive ...

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« Reply #4141 on: October 15, 2021, 10:06:26 AM »
The Oregon Zoo held its 23rd annual "Squishing of the Squash" on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szVrbGn0jxY

Watching elephants blowing pumpkins is so satisfying !  ;D

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« Reply #4142 on: October 15, 2021, 02:24:33 PM »
The Oregon Zoo held its 23rd annual "Squishing of the Squash" on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szVrbGn0jxY

Watching elephants blowing pumpkins is so satisfying !  ;D
lol  I wonder how much of it they actually eat?

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« Reply #4143 on: October 15, 2021, 04:14:03 PM »
lol  I wonder how much of it they actually eat?

As much as possible !  :D

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« Reply #4144 on: October 17, 2021, 11:03:28 AM »
Following blackface incident, Professor Bright Sheng takes step back from teaching SMTD composition course

Mr Sheng's offense?  Screening the 1965 version of Othello starring Laurence Olivier.
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« Reply #4145 on: October 17, 2021, 01:48:34 PM »
Wow. That student stepped straight out of David Mamet's Oleanna. Or some Fox hosts caricature of academia.

I'm offended that Sheng didn't defend the top shelf production and put the Anthony Hopkins version on next.

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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #4146 on: October 19, 2021, 06:17:10 AM »
Dropbox CEO: Pandemic caused ‘the death of the office as we’ve known it’

Acton MA-bred Drew Houston says the file storage service has cut its space by 80 percent worldwide.
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« Reply #4147 on: October 19, 2021, 06:33:00 AM »
Dropbox CEO: Pandemic caused ‘the death of the office as we’ve known it’

Acton MA-bred Drew Houston says the file storage service has cut its space by 80 percent worldwide.
Wow!  I wouldn't have thought that that would happen though.  Wouldn't people be using it possibly more if they are working from home--in order to communicate well with their coworkers?  Or has Zoom pretty much destroyed the need for it?

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« Reply #4148 on: October 19, 2021, 07:05:02 AM »
Wow!  I wouldn't have thought that that would happen though.  Wouldn't people be using it possibly more if they are working from home--in order to communicate well with their coworkers?  Or has Zoom pretty much destroyed the need for it?

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Great questions! I haven't talked lately with former officemates about the office, per se. I know that they moved to a different building, to reduce space and thus rent (in downtown Boston, a considerable expense)
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« Reply #4149 on: October 19, 2021, 07:11:49 AM »
Wow!  I wouldn't have thought that that would happen though.  Wouldn't people be using it possibly more if they are working from home--in order to communicate well with their coworkers?  Or has Zoom pretty much destroyed the need for it?

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I assume they mean they have cut their office space usage by 80%, due to staff working remotely. Dropbox's core business is providing cloud storage which is available to individuals, as well as corporations users. I assume they experienced increased business during the pandemic. Probably not to the extent that zoom did.

I use a personal dropbox account as backup for my personal computer data, and a business dropbox account to share file with co-workers. Both accounts were opened long before the pandemic.

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« Reply #4150 on: October 19, 2021, 09:46:56 AM »
I assume they mean they have cut their office space usage by 80%, due to staff working remotely. Dropbox's core business is providing cloud storage which is available to individuals, as well as corporations users. I assume they experienced increased business during the pandemic. Probably not to the extent that zoom did.

I use a personal dropbox account as backup for my personal computer data, and a business dropbox account to share file with co-workers. Both accounts were opened long before the pandemic.
Ah, yes, that would make more sense!

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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #4151 on: October 19, 2021, 02:10:52 PM »
Most Ridiculous News of the Day: 1967 Grateful Dead T-shirt sells for nearly $18,000 in record-breaking auction
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« Reply #4152 on: October 21, 2021, 11:31:06 AM »
Most Ridiculous News of the Day: 1967 Grateful Dead T-shirt sells for nearly $18,000 in record-breaking auction

Not even a nice one...  ::)

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« Reply #4153 on: October 21, 2021, 12:17:50 PM »
Not even a nice one...  ::)


As existential cognitive dissonance, this event handily outdoes Don Henley's "Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac ...."
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« Reply #4154 on: October 21, 2021, 01:08:25 PM »
As existential cognitive dissonance, this event handily outdoes Don Henley's "Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac ...."
:laugh:

Re not having that t-shirt to sell (or having had one in the past, then used it as a car rag):   "........Don't look back.  You can never look back."

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« Reply #4155 on: October 21, 2021, 01:16:57 PM »
:laugh:

Re not having that t-shirt to sell (or having had one in the past, then used it as a car rag):   "........Don't look back.  You can never look back."

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(* chortle *)
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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #4156 on: October 21, 2021, 01:59:16 PM »
Most Ridiculous News of the Day: 1967 Grateful Dead T-shirt sells for nearly $18,000 in record-breaking auction

A 45 year old relic in what seems to be like-new condition, I've heard stranger things. I wonder how you authenticate such a thing. I can imagine the buyer getting it home and finding a "Made in China" tag inside. :)

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« Reply #4157 on: October 24, 2021, 09:03:29 AM »
A 45 year old relic in what seems to be like-new condition, I've heard stranger things. I wonder how you authenticate such a thing. I can imagine the buyer getting it home and finding a "Made in China" tag inside. :)

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Separately:

Alec Baldwin didn’t know prop gun contained live ammunition, according to court documents.

Sure: why in blazes would a prop gun contain live ammo?!
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« Reply #4158 on: October 24, 2021, 09:49:56 AM »
Separately:

Alec Baldwin didn’t know prop gun contained live ammunition, according to court documents.

Sure: why in blazes would a prop gun contain live ammo?!
Karl,

I ran across this article a short while ago in which they suggest that 1) The young woman in charge of those props wasn't doing her job properly and state several incidences of her being careless, etc., and 2) The gun had allegedly been used by some folks on set for target practice (as in using real bullets) and that the real bullets had been kept in the same area as the blanks...and you can guess what happened from there!  :(  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10125557/Rust-assistant-director-Dave-Halls-blasted-gun-safety-lapses.html

There also were allegedly incidences of the assistant director not following proper safety protocols too.

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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #4159 on: November 01, 2021, 04:51:24 AM »
We may be competing with bots over the holidays...and in general too:  https://businessupside.com/2021/10/28/are-you-competing-with-bots-to-buy-gifts-this-christmas/

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