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MusicTurner

With the world-wide attention, it has probably been somewhat productive ...

mabuse

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

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: mabuse 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
lol  I wonder how much of it they actually eat?

PD

mabuse


Todd

The universe is change; life is opinion. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

People would rather believe than know - E.O. Wilson

The dollar is our currency, but it's your problem - US Treasury Secretary John Connally to European Finance Ministers, 1971

SimonNZ

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.

k a rl h e nn i ng

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.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng 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.
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?

PD

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 19, 2021, 06:33:00 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?

PD

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)
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Spotted Horses

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 19, 2021, 06:33:00 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?

PD

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.

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Spotted Horses on October 19, 2021, 07:11:49 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!

PD

k a rl h e nn i ng

Most Ridiculous News of the Day: 1967 Grateful Dead T-shirt sells for nearly $18,000 in record-breaking auction
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

mabuse

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng 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

Not even a nice one...  ::)

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: mabuse on October 21, 2021, 11:31:06 AM
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 ...."
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 21, 2021, 12:17:50 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."

PD

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 21, 2021, 01:08:25 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."

PD

(* chortle *)
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Spotted Horses

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng 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

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. :)

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: Spotted Horses on October 21, 2021, 01:59:16 PM
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. :)

(* chortle *)

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 Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 24, 2021, 09:03:29 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.

PD

Pohjolas Daughter