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Title: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: kishnevi on July 08, 2016, 08:48:09 AM
taking off from this comment


"Also, it is worth noting that the President, whoever he or she may be, does nothing so grand as run the country."

- Todd: Reply #238 on Brexit thread (now shut down for the unforgivable crime that some of us were being digressive).

But if the president doesn't run the country, just what does he or she do?

The only offtopic posts in this thread will be those that are on-topic. >:D

Digress away, my friends!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Todd on July 08, 2016, 08:59:23 AM
Since I never buy from Starbucks (not really convenient for a lunchtime coffee, and don't need them elsewhere.  And I don't like how their coffee tastes, anyway.),  won't cost me more!



I don't mind if Starbucks raises prices.  It's not that much, and increasing minimum wages must be covered somehow.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Brian on July 08, 2016, 09:52:28 AM
Definitely going to be following Peter Doig's trial in Chicago with great interest. Truly bizarre that an artist is forced to prove he did not paint a painting.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on July 08, 2016, 10:35:40 AM
"What was the trouble?" Mr. Antolini asked me. "How'd you do in English? I'll show you the door in short order if you flunked English, you little ace composition writer."

"Oh, I passed English all right. It was mostly literature, though. I only wrote about two compositions the whole term," I said. "I flunked Oral Expression, though. They had this course you had to take, Oral Expression. That I flunked."

"Why?"

"Oh, I don't know." I didn't feel much like going into It. I was still feeling sort of dizzy or something, and I had a helluva headache all of a sudden. I really did. But you could tell he was interested, so I told him a little bit about it. "It's this course where each boy in class has to get up in class and make a speech. You know. Spontaneous and all. And if the boy digresses at all, you're supposed to yell 'Digression!' at him as fast as you can. It just about drove me crazy. I got an F in it."

"Why?"

"Oh, I don't know. That digression business got on my nerves. I don't know. The trouble with me is, I like it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all."

"You don't care to have somebody stick to the point when he tells you something?"

"Oh, sure! I like somebody to stick to the point and all. But I don't like them to stick too much to the point. I don't know. I guess I don't like it when somebody sticks to the point all the time. The boys that got the best marks in Oral Expression were the ones that stuck to the point all the time--I admit it. But there was this one boy, Richard Kinsella. He didn't stick to the point too much, and they were always yelling 'Digression!' at him. It was terrible, because in the first place, he was a very nervous guy--I mean he was a very nervous guy--and his lips were always shaking whenever it was his time to make a speech, and you could hardly hear him if you were sitting way in the back of the room. When his lips sort of quit shaking a little bit, though, I liked his speeches better than anybody else's. He practically flunked the course, though, too. He got a D plus because they kept yelling 'Digression!' at him all the time. For instance, he made this speech about this farm his father bought in Vermont. They kept yelling 'Digression!' at him the whole time he was making it, and this teacher, Mr. Vinson, gave him an F on it because he hadn't told what kind of animals and vegetables and stuff grew on the farm and all. What he did was, Richard Kinsella, he'd start telling you all about that stuff--then all of a sudden he'd start telling you about this letter his mother got from his uncle, and how his uncle got polio and all when he was forty-two years old, and how he wouldn't let anybody come to see him in the hospital because he didn't want anybody to see him with a brace on. It didn't have much to do with the farm--I admit it--but it was nice. It's nice when somebody tells you about their uncle. Especially when they start out telling you about their father's farm and then all of a sudden get more interested in their uncle. I mean it's dirty to keep yelling 'Digression!' at him when he's all nice and excited. I don't know. It's hard to explain." I didn't feel too much like trying, either. For one thing, I had this terrific headache all of a sudden. I wished to God old Mrs. Antolini would come in with the coffee. That's something that annoys hell out of me--I mean if somebody says the coffee's all ready and it isn't.

"Holden. . . One short, faintly stuffy, pedagogical question. Don't you think there's a time and place for everything? Don't you think if someone starts out to tell you about his father's farm, he should stick to his guns, then get around to telling you about his uncle's brace? Or, if his uncle's brace is such a provocative subject, shouldn't he have selected it in the first place as his subject--not the farm?"

I didn't feel much like thinking and answering and all. I had a headache and I felt lousy. I even had sort of a stomach-ache, if you want to know the truth.

"Yes--I don't know. I guess he should. I mean I guess he should've picked his uncle as a subject, instead of the farm, if that interested him most. But what I mean is, lots of time you don't know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most. I mean you can't help it sometimes. What I think is, you're supposed to leave somebody alone if he's at least being interesting and he's getting all excited about something. I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice."
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on July 08, 2016, 08:58:15 PM
I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 23, 2017, 09:24:23 AM
I remember the last several times I flew, but I do not remember the last time I flew, when both legs of the trip went smoothly, as scheduled.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on January 23, 2017, 09:47:18 AM

     One explanation for the extraordinary friendliness of the CowCat is supplied by the master, that it was raised by a dog from kittenhood and then raised the incumbent dog from puppyhood.

     I want someone to build me an amplifier that uses 7591a power tubes in a circuit popularized in the early to mid '60s, not long after the tube was introduced. The tube was designed for high power in a small package, to fit in the new stereo integrated amps of the day (Scott, Fisher, McIntosh and others). The path to improved design was then redirected towards transistors and the 7591a never got to where it ought to have gone for instrument amplification.

     Contrary to what you may have heard, you can watch UHD on a 1080p TV if you let the media player downshift. Find a free UHD video on YT, DL it don't stream it, load it onto a capable player and go. It takes a little research but it works. I use the Roku Ultra.

     
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mahlerian on January 23, 2017, 09:51:58 AM
Traffic lights play an important function in human society, which one might say is similar to that of dominant chords.  They function as temporary stopping points at times, and as places to be breezed through on the way to an immanent destination at others.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Maestro267 on January 23, 2017, 12:07:22 PM
Ah! Finally! A thread to express my one desire in life, to be transformed into a nice crunchy round biscuit with "Sweetmeal" written......Ohh! Digressive! OK!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 23, 2017, 12:08:49 PM
The occasional pocket of snow squall fakes one out, and one almost expects there to be accumulation.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on January 23, 2017, 12:30:07 PM

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Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 23, 2017, 03:39:44 PM
On the topic of digressions, is anyone a fan of Michel de Montaigne?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Florestan on January 23, 2017, 03:50:09 PM
On the topic of digressions, is anyone a fan of Michel de Montaigne?

Talk about diggressions....

When plague burst out at Bordeaux, the mayor, one Michel de Montaigne, quickly left the city. When plague burst out at Milan, the archbishop, one St. Charles Borromeo, quickly came back to the city.

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 24, 2017, 05:23:59 AM
Holy cats, Prokofiev's Paddy Wagon had drifted out to page 12—two pp. later than a Khrennikov thread, for mercy's sake.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on January 24, 2017, 12:30:09 PM
Talk about diggressions....

When plague burst out at Bordeaux, the mayor, one Michel de Montaigne, quickly left the city.

 ;D ;D ;D

     That's the coverage Bordeaux used then, a prevent defense. Take it up with the coaching staff.

     Nobody uses the 7199 phase inverter any more. You can use a Thing with the 6GH8A.

     (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6dYAAOSwFnFV~NGE/s-l500.jpg)

     Thing

     
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 25, 2017, 06:41:41 AM
It never really does trickle down, does it?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sef on January 25, 2017, 07:18:56 AM
It never really does trickle down, does it?
I beg to differ - as you get older it does seem to trickle down somewhat unexpectedly.  ;D
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost Sonata on January 25, 2017, 07:41:13 AM
In a 20th Century French poetry class I took long ago, we were reading La Pluie by Francis Ponge (btw, France has the best rain poems IN THE WORLD) and I pointed out that the word eau (water) while curiously absent from the poem, is subtly present in the fair number of words the poet used that have eau in them.  The professor stopped dead in his tracks, bouche ouverte, and stared at the text many minutes.  Then he began to pace.  The class looked curiously at me, then him, and back.  This went on for many long silent minutes.  "D'accord," he finally said and explained that he was ABD and that Ponge was his dissertation topic and his focus was on rideau (curtain) and réseau (network) in his poetry and that he would have to cite me in his dissertation.  Dunno if he actually did...

La pluie

    La pluie, dans la cour où je la regarde tomber, descend à des allures très diverses. Au centre c'est un fin rideau (ou réseau) discontinu, une chute implacable mais relativement lente de gouttes probablement assez légères, une précipitation sempiternelle sans vigueur, une fraction intense du météore pur. A peu de distance des murs de droite et de gauche tombent avec plus de bruit des gouttes plus lourdes, individuées. Ici elles semblent de la grosseur d'un grain de blé, là d'un pois, ailleurs presque d'une bille. Sur des tringles, sur les accoudoirs de la fenêtre la pluie court horizontalement tandis que sur la face inférieure des mêmes obstacles elle se suspend en berlingots convexes. Selon la surface entière d'un petit toit de zinc que le regard surplombe elle ruisselle en nappe très mince, moirée à cause de courants très variés par les imperceptibles ondulations et bosses de la couverture. De la gouttière attenante où elle coule avec la contention d'un ruisseau creux sans grande pente, elle choit tout à coup en un filet parfaitement vertical, assez grossièrement tressé, jusqu'au sol où elle se brise et rejaillit en aiguillettes brillantes.

    Chacune de ses formes a une allure particulière : il y répond un bruit particulier. Le tout vit avec intensité comme un mécanisme compliqué, aussi précis que hasardeux, comme une horlogerie dont le ressort est la pesanteur d'une masse donnée de vapeur en précipitation.

    La sonnerie au sol des filets verticaux, le glou-glou des gouttières, les minuscules coups de gong se multiplient et résonnent à la fois en un concert sans monotonie, non sans délicatesse.

    Lorsque le ressort s'est détendu, certains rouages quelque temps continuent à fonctionner, de plus en plus ralentis, puis toute la machinerie s'arrête. Alors si le soleil reparaît tout s'efface bientôt, le brillant appareil s'évapore : il a plu.

Francis Ponge - Le Parti pris des choses - 1942
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: snyprrr on January 27, 2017, 01:30:32 PM
Holy cats, Prokofiev's Paddy Wagon had drifted out to page 12—two pp. later than a Khrennikov thread, for mercy's sake.

that's wild stuff there man
Title: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 27, 2017, 03:03:02 PM
No pleasing some people.

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Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on January 27, 2017, 04:26:18 PM

     
No pleasing some people.





     It's all or nothing? Sorry, I don't digress.

     One day the two of us were riding in a car with my mother, it was the mid '80s, going through Porter Square by the Star Market and my mother says "Star is Rats spelled backwards". You can't buy that at any price.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 27, 2017, 07:23:53 PM
     
     It's all or nothing? Sorry, I don't digress.

     One day the two of us were riding in a car with my mother, it was the mid '80s, going through Porter Square by the Star Market and my mother says "Star is Rats spelled backwards". You can't buy that at any price.

What came first though? 'Star' or 'Rats'?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mahlerian on January 27, 2017, 07:42:51 PM
What came first though? 'Star' or 'Rats'?

Arts, clearly.

And before we start getting too far on-topic, I'd like to comment that I think this is the most hilarious page on Wikipedia, because of its utter pointlessness:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Warriors_(band)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 28, 2017, 12:03:08 AM
Arts, clearly.

And before we start getting too far on-topic, I'd like to comment that I think this is the most hilarious page on Wikipedia, because of its utter pointlessness:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Warriors_(band)
Well, that is just about the most boring thing I have ever begun to read.

Somehow its pointlessness reminds me of a youtube video I started to watch today but switched off due to its incomprehensibility:

https://www.youtube.com/v/3p10knivMRg&t=115s
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: SharpEleventh on January 28, 2017, 02:05:29 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off_topic

Quote
Off topic

In the context of mailing lists, discussion groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, newsgroups, and wikis a contribution is off-topic if it is not within the bounds of the current discussion, and on-topic if it is.

Even on very specialized forums and lists, off-topic posting is not necessarily frowned upon,[1] but a common netiquette convention is to mark a new off-topic posting or email by beginning it with "OT"[2] - for example in a forum discussing the Linux operating system someone might post: "OT: Wow, did you feel that earthquake?".

Posting off-topic messages to deliberately aggravate other members is a form of trolling.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mahlerian on January 30, 2017, 09:34:57 AM
The grass won't be greener on the other side if you use herbicide on your neighbors' lawns.  Just a thought.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 30, 2017, 09:47:13 AM
Should always proof before printing 20 copies.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: SharpEleventh on February 02, 2017, 03:33:21 AM
Arts, clearly.

And before we start getting too far on-topic, I'd like to comment that I think this is the most hilarious page on Wikipedia, because of its utter pointlessness:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Warriors_(band)

*blocks your path*

(http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/945/091/03e.jpg)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 02, 2017, 05:08:21 AM
The markets seem to have recovered sufficiently from the uncertainty all through the El Tupé campaign, that this is the best my retirement fund has done in a year.  Mind you, it has done little more than to recover the high point of that period . . . .
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 24, 2017, 09:06:29 AM
Quote
Woodstock was originally supposed to take place in Wallkill, Orange County, New York. However, the town board quickly passed a bill stating you must have permit in order to host any event over 5,000. A permit was applied for but was denied because the plan for the portable toilets were called inadequate. A dairy farmer in New York heard about the concert and its planning issues and offered up his farm for the event. Good thing, because the event saw a lot more than 5,000 people.

Or, bad thing, because the plan for portable toilets remained inadequate.

(As I continued to read:)

Quote
Woodstock was not planned very well. The promoters originally stated there were only going to be 50,000. However, they knew at least 250,000 would most likely show. Ultimately 400,000 people showed up. There were 3 toilets for every 10,000 concert goers.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mahlerian on March 24, 2017, 09:51:07 AM
deliquesce
[del-i-kwes]

verb (used without object), deliquesced, deliquescing.
1.
to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts.
2.
to melt away.
3.
Botany. to form many small divisions or branches.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2017, 11:47:19 AM
Tomato ketchup is an anti-carcinogenic food.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on March 25, 2017, 02:56:52 PM

     Nylon tapewound bass strings are brighter than flatwound strings but not as bright as roundwound strings.

     (http://i.imgur.com/DWVbWmb.jpg)

     
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 27, 2017, 06:09:01 AM
That video is such a cheat: those aren't really hydrogen molecules singing, at all.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 28, 2017, 11:19:06 AM
A wonderful, informative, hilarious, touching documentary about Viv Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

http://www.youtube.com/v/GP987mljouI
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 29, 2017, 03:36:29 AM
Three support-staff colleagues have left in the past ten days (and a fourth is on medical leave for four weeks).
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Monsieur Croche on April 01, 2017, 12:51:34 AM
     
     It's all or nothing? Sorry, I don't digress.

     One day the two of us were riding in a car with my mother, it was the mid '80s, going through Porter Square by the Star Market and my mother says "Star is Rats spelled backwards". You can't buy that at any price.

I know mums usually know best, but your mother did at that time fail to point out to you that beside the fact that "Star" is the palindrome of "Rats" (and vice verso) that both "Star" and "Rats" are anagrams for "Arts" (as pointed out by Mahlerian) and "Tsar."
Title: Against Intellectual Property
Post by: Monsieur Croche on April 01, 2017, 12:54:13 AM
Just wondering...
is the patent attorney N. Stephan Kinsella's book
Against Intellectual Property, uh, under Copyright?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Monsieur Croche on April 01, 2017, 01:35:12 AM
(http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/945/091/03e.jpg)

Ah, Monsieur's very long sword must be especially challenging for the Monsieur's tailor.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Monsieur Croche on April 01, 2017, 03:58:50 PM
I'll be Ingressive instead of Digressive, can I have a tip now?  ;)

If, when dressing, you button your shirt by starting with aligning either the top or bottom button to its parallel buttonhole, you will avoid the blunder of the asymmetrically buttoned shirt -- that is, unless the shirt is missing said top or bottom button.

You are welcome.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 05, 2017, 03:35:47 AM
When you read an expression like 59½ years of age, the tax code must be involved.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost Sonata on April 05, 2017, 04:26:51 AM
For many years I have wanted to undertake a serious study of the bounce that things take when they fall: bits of food, mint M&Ms, screws, bolts, nuts, friends, etc.  More often than not these head off in a direction that is decidedly counter-intuitive, indeed (it seems to me), deliberately, willfully so.  My study will determine once and for all that we live in an antagonistic, hostile world that opposes us in every thing. (Yes, I have observed some rare instances in which the concluding position of a fallen object is precisely where I expected it.  This, I am certain, is intended only to perplex us the more.  My study will resolve these issues and is likely to have far-ranging implications...). 
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: zamyrabyrd on April 08, 2017, 06:58:24 AM
For many years I have wanted to undertake a serious study of the bounce that things take when they fall: bits of food, mint M&Ms, screws, bolts, nuts, friends, etc.  More often than not these head off in a direction that is decidedly counter-intuitive, indeed (it seems to me), deliberately, willfully so.  My study will determine once and for all that we live in an antagonistic, hostile world that opposes us in everything.

I would like to know why things break in threes.
For instance while washing dishes, I dropped something that broke on the floor. Soon afterwards the cat knocked glass from a shelf and repeated her performance a couple days later.
There is also the phenomenon that tiny broken shards will appear weeks, if not months later.

ZB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Wendell_E on April 08, 2017, 08:18:53 AM

There is also the phenomenon that tiny broken shards will appear weeks, if not months later.

ZB

I found one of those this morning. I suspect the cat fished it from a spot I couldn't reach. But then, I always suspect the cat.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 08, 2017, 08:30:55 AM
I know a cat that is moving from Cleveland to Salem this weekend.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 08, 2017, 08:45:50 AM
There is also the phenomenon that tiny broken shards will appear weeks, if not months later.

I found one of those this morning.

My bare feet usually find them.

Sarge
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 09, 2017, 08:04:27 AM
"I'm not Italian, no, I'm a nude descending a staircase."
Title: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 13, 2017, 01:22:34 AM
"We'd like to offer you a complimentary upgrade from Coach, to Thrash Me If a Crewmember Requires My Seat."

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Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 15, 2017, 05:52:19 AM
"I do find it telling that when it's schoolchildren or Black Church-members who are shot we are told that it's just a lone madman, but when a Republican is shot it is the result of some political trend."
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on July 04, 2017, 11:43:01 AM
     When you take the big interstate highway into Massachusetts the signs have a little pilgrim hat:

     (http://marroa2018.weebly.com/uploads/2/6/2/0/26200284/9776120.jpg?266)

     We like to make jokes when the sign appears coming back from the family visit to Buffalo.

     "Abandon hope.....
 
     "In Massachusetts no one can hear you scream"
     
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 05, 2017, 08:55:52 AM
From a 1994 review (i.e., the year the film opened) of Cronos in the Washington Post:

‘Lipsky agrees with del Toro that “there is no emerging ‘New Mexican Cinema.’ Like Water for Chocolate succeeded the way it did because it was a great motion picture and a beautiful costume piece, aided and abetted by a best-selling book, that happened to incorporate into its fabric sex and food, which have always been very promotable themes.”’

Put like that, it explains why the little I watched of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia struck me as abhorrently cynical.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on July 05, 2017, 06:36:22 PM
New Philip Glass opera: "Christie on the Beach."
Title: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 06, 2017, 01:01:44 AM
This year's nominee for best appearance of a string instrument in a movie review:

“Cut to some years later, after del Toro has established himself as one of the hottest directors worldwide and Disney sold their Miramax label: viola! director's cut.”

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Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 06, 2017, 01:24:57 AM
New Philip Glass opera: "Christie on the Beach."

(* bites his tongue *)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on July 08, 2017, 07:41:51 AM
I have a gold tooth. There, I finally said it. One of my maxillary central incisors (upper front teeth) is gold.
My tooth was broken in a fight (not a boxing bout) when I was a young man and I believed the dentist when he assured me that gold was the way to go. Until very recently I considered getting it changed but I've now decided it's to stay. It's part of me. And my ex used to say "It makes you look like a pirate" but I think she was just trying to make me feel better about myself.
Title: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 08, 2017, 07:46:11 AM
"I'm still searchin' for a tooth of gold,
And I'm growin' old."

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Title: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 11, 2017, 01:15:38 AM
While he may not have written it himself, this comes courtesy of comedic genius Philip Proctor:

=====

A brunette goes into a doctor's office and tells the doctor that her body hurts wherever she touches it.

“Impossible,” says the doctor. “Show me.”

She takes her finger, presses it on her elbow, and screams in agony. She pushes her finger on her knee and screams, pushes her ankle and screams, and so it goes on; everywhere she touches makes her scream with pain.

The doctor says, “You're not really a brunette are you?”

She says, “No, I dyed my hair. I'm naturally blonde.”

“I thought so,” He says. “Your finger is broken.”

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Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on July 11, 2017, 02:05:16 AM
While he may not have written it himself, this comes courtesy of comedic genius Philip Proctor:

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A brunette goes into a doctor's office and tells the doctor that her body hurts wherever she touches it.

“Impossible,” says the doctor. “Show me.”

She takes her finger, presses it on her elbow, and screams in agony. She pushes her finger on her knee and screams, pushes her ankle and screams, and so it goes on; everywhere she touches makes her scream with pain.

The doctor says, “You're not really a brunette are you?”

She says, “No, I dyed my hair. I'm naturally blonde.”

“I thought so,” He says. “Your finger is broken.”

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk

I'd like to chortle at this, but that's your domain. So I'll try a chuckle (privately) and see how it goes.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 11, 2017, 02:40:01 AM
Be at liberty!
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Post by: zamyrabyrd on July 27, 2017, 11:56:13 PM
Divertimenti:

https://www.youtube.com/v/vPA31kvEUyY
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 28, 2017, 04:20:21 AM
I know that organist, I tell you.
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Post by: zamyrabyrd on July 28, 2017, 04:35:17 AM
I know that organist, I tell you.

The variations on the cell phone tune were interesting...

Since I was hooked into playing the organ at school and church, not so great and mostly without pedal, I did get a gig to play at a wedding at the age of 17.  This was a really big chunk to chew. I realized that my future depended on doing well as one builds up confidence from success, not failure. I was more or less terrified but it turned out OK in the end, and I didn't give up playing music. 

ZB

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 28, 2017, 08:16:54 AM
The variations on the cell phone tune were interesting...

Since I was hooked into playing the organ at school and church, not so great and mostly without pedal, I did get a gig to play at a wedding at the age of 17.  This was a really big chunk to chew. I realized that my future depended on doing well as one builds up confidence from success, not failure. I was more or less terrified but it turned out OK in the end, and I didn't give up playing music. 

ZB

Boldly and well done!


...but, we fail to digress   :laugh:
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Post by: drogulus on July 28, 2017, 09:10:37 AM

     I predict Tom Brady will not play for the Patriots after the coming season. The thing about Belichik is he's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes.......aw, I didn't mean that exactly, not black anyway. It's more like if you look into the abyss, the abyss will trade you to Cleveland.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: snyprrr on July 28, 2017, 09:51:40 AM
     I predict Tom Brady will not play for the Patriots after the coming season. The thing about Belichik is he's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes.......aw, I didn't mean that exactly, not black anyway. It's more like if you look into the abyss, the abyss will trade you to Cleveland.

I'm not going to say she made me so mad that I threw the phone, but it flew out of my shaking fist and smashed to the ground in pieces

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Post by: drogulus on July 28, 2017, 02:44:09 PM

     You know when you can't remember something and you know there's something you know but can't remember?

     You do?.....that's.......good......I forgot what I was going to say.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: zamyrabyrd on July 28, 2017, 06:15:26 PM
Boldly and well done!
...but, we fail to digress   :laugh:

My playing the organ was a temporary digression, not to be repeated...
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 29, 2017, 04:34:55 AM
My playing the organ was a temporary digression, not to be repeated...

The repetition of digression is not necessarily a bad thing.

Yikes, the neighbor has a noisy old rust-bucket.
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Post by: drogulus on July 30, 2017, 08:22:06 AM

     Texas is overrun by wild hogs. They have a top speed of 30 miles an hour.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 30, 2017, 10:44:47 AM
That's quicker than we can move on Storrow Drive, frequently.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 01, 2017, 04:08:19 AM
So in one of the extras, titled Sci-Fi Visionaries, there is part of a 1988 interview with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.  There is, undeniably, a great deal to his credit for having (in effect) created one of the enduring franchises of US Pop Culture.  Nothing of what he actually did or contributed, would I ever presume to try to take away from him.

But if he really believed that America waited for Star Trek in order that television shows could be “about something,” Mr Roddenberry was not paying attention.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 26, 2017, 02:45:29 PM
I still haven't brought myself to watch Blade Trinity.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on August 26, 2017, 03:11:52 PM
     
     (https://media-ncd.cmgdigital.com/photo/2017/04/27/7_Fun_Facts_about_Waffle_House_0_7900767_ver1.0_640_360.jpg)

     How Waffle House's hurricane response team prepares for disaster (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/waffle-houses-hurricane-response-team-prepares-disaster-184844452.html)

     
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 02, 2017, 03:42:48 PM
I miscounted, and have one lasagna noodle too many. Which, I suppose, is preferable to miscounting, and having one too few.
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Post by: drogulus on September 06, 2017, 12:19:23 PM

     (https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/S1nRK285MDqUh7k_LrgDGw--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/news.mashable/46c1f06f1a1e3f5316f397082e7bb796)

     A translucent lobster is all right with me.
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Post by: Ken B on September 06, 2017, 01:04:56 PM
I miscounted, and have one lasagna noodle too many. Which, I suppose, is preferable to miscounting, and having one too few.
Next time.
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on September 06, 2017, 01:11:18 PM
I still haven't brought myself to watch Blade Trinity.

I'm fairly certain I'll be going to my grave with the Blade Trinity sight unseen.

Sarge
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 06, 2017, 03:18:24 PM
I'm fairly certain I'll be going to my grave with the Blade Trinity sight unseen.

Sarge

To say this with the least macabre resonance possible, I think I may join you.
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Post by: drogulus on September 12, 2017, 08:24:46 AM

     I'm using black salt, putting my pink Himalayan salt away for now.

     (https://i2.wp.com/www.onegreenplanet.org/wp-content/uploads//2015/05/blacksalt.jpg?resize=384%2C258)

     What happened was I went to the supermarket looking for peppercorns and noticed they had black salt, which I'd never heard of. What was I supposed to do, pretend I didn't see it?
     
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 18, 2017, 06:26:54 AM
Yes, I would wear a T-shirt that reads Press and Hold for More Options
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 27, 2017, 06:51:29 AM
Well, then.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 02, 2017, 08:55:50 AM
From now to New Year’s: just a blur, just a blur.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on November 05, 2017, 02:38:57 PM

      I'm thinking about getting a Sony 4K Blu Ray player for my 4K MKV files. I do play some of them on my Roku which auto-downmixes them to 1080p for my TV. MKVs UHD or not with DTS soundtracks unfortunately won't play or pass through the audio on the Roku. I don't want to transcode a huge number of movies from DTS to DD, so I want something future proof that handles all soundtracks for 1080p and 2160p.

     I doubt I'll use the disc player at all, maybe just test it. It's the USB I want, with maybe the streaming, though the Roku covers that pretty well.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 06, 2017, 04:47:27 AM
I like herring, I just cannot stand them in a cream sauce.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: North Star on November 06, 2017, 05:05:00 AM
It's a while since I listened to Britten's recording of Albert Herring.
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Post by: Florestan on November 06, 2017, 07:16:34 AM
It's a while since I listened to Britten's recording of Albert Herring.

I've never ever listened to it (recording and work, that is). What am I missing? Am I really missing anything?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: North Star on November 06, 2017, 07:58:11 AM
I've never ever listened to it (recording and work, that is). What am I missing? Am I really missing anything?
This is getting dangerously off-topic. ;) It's a couple of years since I heard it, so can't really say much about the piece. It's not my favourite Britten opera (Peter Grimes, Turn of the Screw, A Death in Venice are the ones I like most) - but I like all of them.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 10, 2017, 04:17:54 AM
6 workdays remaining until my Thanksgiving break.

And three Triad concerts.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 18, 2018, 06:07:32 AM
Rhonda just asked me if I would mind holding for a minute.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 22, 2018, 07:02:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/oRLstHNRsdU
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on January 26, 2018, 06:40:24 AM
I'm considering changing my username to -

THE GREAT KRELL MACHINE
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 30, 2018, 07:09:42 AM
One of the queerest euphemisms in English, I think:  “strong language.”
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 02, 2018, 06:48:23 AM
Florida’s ban on ex-felons voting is unconstitutional and biased, federal judge rules (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/02/02/floridas-ban-on-ex-felons-voting-is-unconstitutional-and-biased-federal-judge-rules/?hpid=hp_hp-morning-mix_mm-voting%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9e1ba0f7243f)

Florida’s constitution automatically strips voting rights from anyone convicted of a felony, but governors can control how those rights get restored.

Under the current system, former felons must wait a minimum until five years after completing the full scope of their sentence, including probation and restitution, before they can seek re-enfranchisement. At that point they can appeal to the clemency board, a four-member panel headed by the governor. State rules give Scott, and Scott alone, “unfettered discretion to deny clemency at any time, for any reason.”

A number of factors can influence the clemency board’s decision, including drug and alcohol use as well as fuzzier elements such as “level of remorse.” In some cases, traffic tickets have been enough for the board to deny re-enfranchisement.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 05, 2018, 08:09:07 AM
I did not watch the game, and only learnt about this from a co-worker this morning:

http://www.youtube.com/v/3ILxrRlf3KY
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 06, 2018, 09:24:05 AM
Was Ghostbusters truly Rick Moranis's finest hour?
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Post by: bwv 1080 on February 06, 2018, 01:33:53 PM
Was Ghostbusters truly Rick Moranis's finest hour?

no way hoser

(http://www.mobygames.com/images/portraits/large/1226546427-00.jpg)
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Post by: LKB on February 07, 2018, 12:25:15 AM
Contrary to what one may read here and there online, and in certain works by respected naval historians, USS Alaska and USS Guam were NOT WWII battlecruisers.

Loading,

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2018, 06:24:21 AM
Was Ghostbusters truly Rick Moranis's finest hour?

Nope. He great as Dark Helmet in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs. Also, as another member mentioned, he was equally great in SCTV.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 12, 2018, 09:20:16 AM
“Who does your taxes?”
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 13, 2018, 10:51:26 AM
Overheard in the Valentine’s Day card queue:  “I struggle with the cheese factor.”
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Post by: LKB on February 13, 2018, 11:32:22 AM
The generosity of friends can evince a hitherto unsuspected depth of feeling.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 16, 2018, 10:02:05 AM
Pecuniary first appeared in English in the early 16th century and comes from the Latin word pecunia, which means "money." Both this root and Latin peculium, which means "private property," are related to the Latin noun for cattle, pecus.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 26, 2018, 04:38:41 AM
Took me a shade under ten minutes to flush out ancient and unnecessary voice-mail messages from the 'mailbox'.

No longer near my limit.

Party!
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2018, 04:01:25 AM
Hundreds of cheap umbrellas will meet their destruction in Boston today.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on March 02, 2018, 06:13:24 PM
Dozens of cheap umbrellas have been tested in the San Francisco bay area since yesterday. Most likely, all remain intact. 

:laugh:,

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 06, 2018, 05:48:14 AM
We’re happy as fish, and gorgeous as geese, and wonderfully clean in the morning.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on March 06, 2018, 07:41:30 AM
A perfectly-made omelet can be the high point of one's day.
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Post by: North Star on March 06, 2018, 08:56:19 AM
Life is a gift, if you live in the present.
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on March 06, 2018, 09:14:30 AM
Life is a gift, if you live in the present.

People who say that generally have no serious health problems and enough money.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: EddieRUKiddingVarese on March 08, 2018, 07:10:45 PM
The Tasmanian Tiger is not a tiger
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 09, 2018, 02:17:04 AM
Where can I go to get my poodle clipped in Needles?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on March 09, 2018, 08:12:21 AM
Where can I go to get my poodle clipped in Needles?

I should think the locality matter's less than:

A) finding a groomer willing to assume the risk

B) protecting your poodle adequately

And,

C) Accumulating enough needles.

 :D,

LKB

Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 09, 2018, 08:52:09 AM
So many spam phone calls these days.

(Not any comment on . . .

I should think the locality matter's less than:

A) finding a groomer willing to assume the risk

B) protecting your poodle adequately

And,

C) Accumulating enough needles.

 :D,

LKB



8)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 10, 2018, 06:50:06 AM
Publishers hated ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ Madeleine L’Engle never forgot the rejections.

The author of the beloved book — now a movie in wide release — frequently put the number of rejection letters she endured at 26. Her granddaughter said most of those dismissals were tossed into the trash. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/03/10/publishers-hated-a-wrinkle-in-time-madeleine-lengle-never-forgot-the-rejections/?utm_term=.25cf664b37e8)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 02, 2018, 02:23:27 AM
In some ways, I find it hard to believe that they let Roger Moore hold onto the role of James Bond for so bloody long.
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Post by: drogulus on April 02, 2018, 10:07:02 AM

     I watch Animal Planet sometimes. They had a zoo program on recently with an aardvark.

     (http://zoonooz.sandiegozoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/T17_0055_010.jpg)

     Aardvarks are quite common throughout much of Africa, feed on ants and termites, and are very OK. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 08, 2018, 05:52:12 AM
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on April 08, 2018, 06:58:41 AM
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be... fed.

 :laugh:,

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 08, 2018, 07:04:09 AM
. . . close to the pantry . . . .
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 09, 2018, 06:18:54 AM
Still no pleasing some people.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on April 11, 2018, 06:57:32 AM
Actually, scrambled eggs and toast do just fine for me.

 ;),

LKB
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 11, 2018, 06:59:00 AM
Sure as eggs is eggs.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 07, 2018, 08:19:27 AM
Today, I found a Charlie Card (a kind of debit card for MBTA fares) in my wallet.  I don’t know how long it has been there;  if I had known, I might have used it for Mark’s T rides, while he was in from Atlanta.  I then found myself (as a result of having moved myself there) on the Downtown Crossing concourse, and tapped the card at a fare machine;  I was advised that the card is inactive.  I might have been tempted simply to discard it, only the Charlie Card Store was right to hand, so I got in line.  Inactive though the card is, the agent was able to determine that I had $10.50 on’t;  so she issued me a fresh card with the full value.

It was almost like found money.
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Post by: LKB on May 10, 2018, 09:32:25 AM
Guy just got on the bus who is essentially a dead ringer for Mahler, even the glasses are right. Only the hairline is slightly wrong. He even has a European accent...

Whistled a few notes from Sym. No. 1 but he didn't react, oh well.

Reincarnated,

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 10, 2018, 09:45:49 AM
Mahler would come back, just to spite us . . . .
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 10, 2018, 09:46:19 AM
Today, I found a Charlie Card (a kind of debit card for MBTA fares) in my wallet.  I don’t know how long it has been there;  if I had known, I might have used it for Mark’s T rides, while he was in from Atlanta.  I then found myself (as a result of having moved myself there) on the Downtown Crossing concourse, and tapped the card at a fare machine;  I was advised that the card is inactive.  I might have been tempted simply to discard it, only the Charlie Card Store was right to hand, so I got in line.  Inactive though the card is, the agent was able to determine that I had $10.50 on’t;  so she issued me a fresh card with the full value.

It was almost like found money.

"Charlie Card" is a reference to the Kingston Trio song?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 10, 2018, 10:05:44 AM
The card was dubbed as an homage, yes.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 10, 2018, 10:09:05 AM
Whistled a few notes from Sym. No. 1 but he didn't react, oh well.

If you had it available on your mobile device, the best test would be to play a clip of the Karajan recording of his 6th symphony. If the stranger wrestled the phone from your hand, threw it to the floor and began stomping on it, shouting "that's not my music" it would be a clear tip off that the individual is indeed Mahler reincarnated. :)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: North Star on May 10, 2018, 11:07:33 AM
If you had it available on your mobile device, the best test would be to play a clip of the Karajan recording of his 6th symphony. If the stranger wrestled the phone from your hand, threw it to the floor and began stomping on it, shouting "that's not my music" it would be a clear tip off that the individual is indeed Mahler reincarnated. :)
Oh, you're being ridiculous! The real Mahler would never react like that - he would have no idea that the recording is supposedly of his symphony.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on May 10, 2018, 01:20:40 PM
Guy just got on the bus who is essentially a dead ringer for Mahler, even the glasses are right. Only the hairline is slightly wrong. He even has a European accent...

Whistled a few notes from Sym. No. 1 but he didn't react, oh well.

Reincarnated,

LKB

Guess he's not Hans Rott either.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on May 10, 2018, 06:59:56 PM
Mahler would come back, just to spite us . . . .

I don't know about that. I expect he'd rather spend the time revising his symphonies some more.

 :laugh:,

LKB
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 10, 2018, 07:08:43 PM
Sure as eggs is eggs.

Supper’s Ready!!! Only a true Genesis fan would know this. ;)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 11, 2018, 02:37:39 AM
Supper’s Ready!!! Only a true Genesis fan would know this. ;)

. . . and: Mr Nick (Tom Waits) in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus!  8)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: zamyrabyrd on May 11, 2018, 03:28:16 AM
Oh, you're being ridiculous! The real Mahler would never react like that - he would have no idea that the recording is supposedly of his symphony.

He would have no idea that the sound was coming from a small metal box.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 11, 2018, 03:58:20 AM
Whew, am I glad it's Friday.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on May 11, 2018, 06:29:51 AM
He would have no idea that how the sound was coming from a small metal box.

Fixed that for you.

  ;),

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 11, 2018, 06:42:33 AM
He would have no idea that the sound was coming from a small metal box.

If Mahler was reincarnated and walking the earth again he would no doubt have familiarized himself with the features of the modern world.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mahlerian on May 11, 2018, 06:42:57 AM
He would have no idea that the sound was coming from a small metal box.

He recorded a few piano rolls, and rudimentary sound recording technology already existed at the time, so it's not that far from his conception.  Now, the idea of modern information technology...that would be something else entirely!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: zamyrabyrd on May 11, 2018, 07:19:47 AM
He recorded a few piano rolls, and rudimentary sound recording technology already existed at the time, so it's not that far from his conception.  Now, the idea of modern information technology...that would be something else entirely!

I take most of it on faith, myself.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mahlerian on May 24, 2018, 05:01:57 AM
No, the "mere exposure effect" doesn't explain preferences you personally find baffling.  It's only relevant between otherwise neutral alternatives.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 24, 2018, 05:08:26 AM
I make no complaint about the difficulties which I face.  I just scratch my head over how easy certain well-placed idiots appear to have it.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mirror Image on May 24, 2018, 05:15:48 AM
When a lady remarked ‘How ridiculous!’ to me after I told her she couldn’t break in line, I just smiled. A line she, in fact, left for 10 minutes and tried to sneak back in. Not on my watch as I have already been waiting for 15 minutes!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on May 24, 2018, 05:26:14 AM
Well settled back in to my regular routine at the gym. And last Wednesday all my sworn enemies were there too - The Instagram Kid, Indoor Shades and Hat dick, ol' Betsy, King Leer, Lady Nohips, Bob - but as usual I just got to work.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mirror Image on May 24, 2018, 06:36:01 AM
Well settled back in to my regular routine at the gym. And last Wednesday all my sworn enemies were there too - The Instagram Kid, Indoor Shades and Hat dick, ol' Betsy, King Leer, Lady Nohips, Bob - but as usual I just got to work.

 :P That’s quite an impressive cast of villains. :)
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Post by: NikF on May 24, 2018, 06:53:23 AM
:P That’s quite an impressive cast of villains. :)

Ah, I can handle them easy. ;) Not a single one could fight their way on to the bench of even a third rate Batman knockoff. 8) ;D
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 25, 2018, 01:20:20 AM
It’s like Holiday Weekend Preview—the luxury of getting up an hour later because the office is already starting to down tools the Friday before.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on May 29, 2018, 12:59:29 AM
Anyway, this morning a woman approached and (awkwardly) asked me out. It's not a regular occurrence, but it does happen once in a while and in this case wasn't totally unexpected. I politely declined due to the fact I'm already discreetly carousing (is it possible to discreetly carouse?) with one of her colleagues, and even I'm not that greedy and/or stupid.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 31, 2018, 09:23:52 AM
Some while ago, I let my Hubway (the bicycle-on-demand service here in Boston) subscription lapse, because over a two- or three-week period, there were (pretty consistently) no bicycles available at one of the (relatively few) docks which I use regularly.  Repeated attempts at outreach to their customer service yielded no change, and the timing coincided with when my subscription was up for renewal.

Well, the Hubway has now rebranded as Bluebikes (with Mass General as a sponsor), and I have noticed many bikes in the dock at the Old State House when I get of the bus in the morning.  A promotional e-mail msg came in offering a $15 discount on the renewal, so I went ahead and decided to give it a fresh shot.

After all, I have this bicycle helmet sitting atop my file cabinet, which has done nothing but sit there for, what? one year, two years?

I'll start by hopping back on this afternoon . . . .
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 04, 2018, 07:38:36 AM
Today, 4 June 2018 at 12:30 PM the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Parade will form at Faneuil Hall (Congress & North Streets) and will march to the Boston Common for a Change of Command Ceremony. During the Change of Command Ceremony (between 1 - 2 PM), the group will fire military artillery which will result in loud booms.
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Post by: LKB on June 04, 2018, 07:42:16 AM
Today, 4 June 2018 at 12:30 PM the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Parade will form at Faneuil Hall (Congress & North Streets) and will march to the Boston Common for a Change of Command Ceremony. During the Change of Command Ceremony (between 1 - 2 PM), the group will fire military artillery which will result in loud booms.

... which could be recorded and, perhaps, used in a musical composition...

 8),

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 04, 2018, 08:56:43 AM
( Oot and with utmost respect, I offer the suggestion that perhaps you've been thinking of one thread and posting in another? This is six - letter words... )

You are right, and I am quite nearly ashamed . . . .
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 14, 2018, 08:08:17 AM
On BBC 2 - a discussion on censorship between Derek Hart, The Bishop of Woolwich, and a nude man.
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Post by: NikF on June 20, 2018, 02:37:31 AM
I've just been informed a piece of grip that had been borrowed from me has been destroyed in a fire. It's a pity, but when everything else that was lost in the same blaze is taken into account it puts it (all) further into perspective -


(https://i.imgur.com/UI06aZz.jpg)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-44509670


e: second in the same street over the past six months - https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2018/glasgows-pavilion-theatre-remain-closed-two-months-following-fire/
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Post by: Omicron9 on June 26, 2018, 07:34:37 AM
Has anyone seen my keys?
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 26, 2018, 07:55:26 AM
Nice sig!
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Post by: Omicron9 on June 26, 2018, 07:57:49 AM
Nice sig!

Thank you, Dr. Henning, but I clearly ordered a non-fat latte.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 26, 2018, 07:58:56 AM
You don't want the veal cutlet parm, then?
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Post by: LKB on June 26, 2018, 07:59:37 AM
Omicron 9, I'm sorry you have apparently lost track of your keys.  :(

( Mine are D Minor and its relative, F Major.   As l was lucky enough to be born with " absolute pitch ", l don't have to worry much about losing them... )

Good luck,

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Omicron9 on June 26, 2018, 08:10:24 AM
Omicron 9, I'm sorry you have apparently lost track of your keys.  :(

( Mine are D Minor and its relative, F Major.   As l was lucky enough to be born with " absolute pitch ", l don't have to worry much about losing them... )

Good luck,

LKB

Well-played, sir.  Well-played.

-09
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 26, 2018, 08:47:43 AM
I thought he said "absolute bitch."
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Omicron9 on June 26, 2018, 08:48:18 AM
I thought he said "absolute bitch."

No no; you're thinking of my ex.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 19, 2018, 04:26:02 AM
If you are beginning to doubt what I am saying, you are probably hallucinating.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Fv041-dAnqs
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on August 02, 2018, 09:08:02 AM
 
     Bozos debating Iginla belong in Hall of Lame (https://sports.yahoo.com/countdown-iginla-rangers-poile-magic-135245457.html?src=rss)

     Truly, there are such bozos.

     The Shift:

     https://www.youtube.com/v/Eq4097-iFdU

     (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 12, 2018, 07:52:29 AM
The Alewife garage is closed this weekend for repairs.  It may or may not reopen for tomorrow's commute.  With the ongoing "chance of rain," I should normally go to Alewife;  but I may need to chance the walk to the bus.  I've got a gustbuster, and waterproof boots . . . .
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 13, 2018, 05:23:59 AM
With my leave, my phone collects and uses interesting pieces of information, and as a result, astonished me this morning.

Google keeps a kind of stopwatch advisory of how much time I have to reach the bus I typically take in the morning;  this I find useful, but it did not astonish me.

This advisory includes a legend "Get to work by 6:15" . . . this did not astonish me.

The bus dropped me off at the Old State House (as usual) this morning, and I walked to the office, with arguably a longer-than-usual wait to cross Congress Street.  I enter the lobby of the building, pass through the trestle to the middle elevator bank, get on the elevator.  None of this is at all astonishing.

The elevators have little screens with rolling content, sometimes a byline of a news item, sometimes a picture someone took out his office window, sometimes a just plain ad.  None of that astonishes, either.

I do glance up at the screen once I get on the elevator, because perhaps half the time, there is a clock.  When I looked at the clock in the elevator this morning, it read 6:15.
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Post by: NikF on August 20, 2018, 05:26:30 AM
I make time to watch the short videos that are regularly posted by jazz guitarist  Jimmy Bruno  (https://www.jimmybruno.com/bio/)

http://www.youtube.com/v/LeqAT7rt4T4

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 20, 2018, 05:43:26 AM
It's Sunblock Week on Planet Henning.
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Post by: NikF on August 20, 2018, 06:03:45 AM
And why would that be?
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 20, 2018, 06:07:07 AM
Down in Florida.  Cracking performance of a piece of mine yesterday (will post to the HQ sometime soon), and now it's just a week of on-beach lolling.
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Post by: NikF on August 20, 2018, 06:14:41 AM
Down in Florida.  Cracking performance of a piece of mine yesterday (will post to the HQ sometime soon), and now it's just a week of on-beach lolling.

Ah, well, congrats on the performance. Yes, it's wise indeed to invest in using sunblock. Also, make sure you have your hat. And ice cream.
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Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 06:18:59 AM
now it's just a week of on-beach lolling.

Dolce farniente! La joie de vivre! La alegria de vivir!

Methinks it's no coincidence that there is no equivalent for the above in the Germanic / Anglo-Saxon world, with the possible exception of the Viennese Gemütlichkeit.  :laugh:

At least ye Americans you got this awful "time is money" which is the exact, utterly and irreconcilable opposite.   ;D  >:D :P
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 20, 2018, 06:19:28 AM

Ah, well, congrats on the performance. Yes, it's wise indeed to invest in using sunblock. Also, make sure you have your hat. And ice cream.

All, excellent advice!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 20, 2018, 06:20:15 AM
At least ye Americans you got this awful "time is money" which is the exact, utterly and irreconcilable opposite.   ;D >:D :P

Not my time, anyways!   0:)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 06:28:07 AM
Not my time, anyways!   0:)

 :D

I'm reminded of a joke.

An American billionaire (AB) relax on a Greek island beach. Alongside him, a poor Greek fisherman (PGF).

AB: Just why are youy that lazy?
PGF: What do you mean?
AB: I mean, you should wake up very early in the morning!
PGF: What for?
AB: Well, this way you would go at sea and catch more fish!
PGF: What for?
AB: Well, this way you'd be able to earn more money!
PGF: What for?
AB: Well, with all that money you'd be able to buy some boats and have other fishermen work for you!
PGF: What for?
AB: Well, they would all bring you money and this way you'd be able to enjoy your time here on the beach without having to worry about the future!
PGF: Well, that's exactly what I'm doing right now!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: drogulus on August 21, 2018, 11:15:22 AM

     Coming back from my annual trip to Buffalo I found myself wondering why it's still there.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 23, 2018, 02:51:34 AM
Thank God it hasn't gone elsewhere!
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Post by: Ken B on August 23, 2018, 06:31:46 AM
     Coming back from my annual trip to Buffalo I found myself wondering why it's still there.

Irv Weinstein. Four alarm fires, usually in Tonawanda. (Is Tonawanda some sort of arsonist training camp?) It's 11 o'clock, do you know where your children are?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on August 23, 2018, 07:46:36 AM
Thankfully they were able to rescue him without an episiotomy.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/student-gets-stuck-in-giant-stone-vagina-in-germany-20140623-zsiet.html (https://www.smh.com.au/world/student-gets-stuck-in-giant-stone-vagina-in-germany-20140623-zsiet.html)
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Post by: NikF on August 24, 2018, 02:39:04 AM
Thankfully they were able to rescue him without an episiotomy.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/student-gets-stuck-in-giant-stone-vagina-in-germany-20140623-zsiet.html (https://www.smh.com.au/world/student-gets-stuck-in-giant-stone-vagina-in-germany-20140623-zsiet.html)

So, ultimately it was a big flap over nothing?
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Post by: Ken B on August 24, 2018, 04:58:01 AM
So, ultimately it was a big flap over nothing?

A little bit of lube might have helped.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on August 24, 2018, 05:07:20 AM
A little bit of lube might have helped.

Yeah, especially when making such a fist of it.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on August 25, 2018, 06:07:29 AM
Contrary to what one may read here and there online, and in certain works by respected naval historians, USS Alaska and USS Guam were NOT WWII battlecruisers.

Loading,

LKB

     This is interesting:

     Gneisenau & Scharnhorst vs. Alaska & Guam (http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2686)

     
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Post by: NikF on August 25, 2018, 01:26:38 PM
The gym tonight. For a Saturday evening it was surprisingly busy but populated by the same stereotypes you can see at most other times. Nowadays my visits never last longer than 30 minutes (frequently not exceeding 25) and when there it's straight to it without wasting time on BS. So, no distractions, no need for a music player to help motivate, no mirror selfies, no pretending that rep 7.75 is just as a good as an actual locked out rep 8 etc. A nice lady slim in shorts over sweatpants (they're all nice when slim in shorts over sweatpants) complimented my current workout T-shirt in the passing. It's the first time I've worn it to the gym, but that only means in the T-shirt circle of life the next and final stage of a long evolution will see it torn up for rags.
Walking on the way home I forgot how much of the nighttime city centre now resembles the wild West. I can't think of anyone  or anything I'm intimidated by, but I'm glad my approach to fitness allows me to either 1) defend myself until the other guy can no longer defend himself, or 2) run away fast.
And now, I wait for an order of beef chow mein to arrive. The milk is already poured into a pint glass that has my initial written in the condensation.

e: they sent chicken chow mein by mistake.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 25, 2018, 01:56:59 PM
Contrary to what one may read here and there online, and in certain works by respected naval historians, USS Alaska and USS Guam were NOT WWII battlecruisers.

Loading,

LKB

     This is interesting:

     Gneisenau & Scharnhorst vs. Alaska & Guam (http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2686)

     

My father, aboard the attack transport USS Deuel (APA 160), saw the Alaska during the Okinawa invasion. He said it was the most beautiful ship he'd ever seen.

Sarge
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Post by: drogulus on August 25, 2018, 05:30:49 PM
My father, aboard the attack transport USS Deuel (APA 160), saw the Alaska during the Okinawa invasion. He said it was the most beautiful ship he'd ever seen.

Sarge

     The Alaska was really beautiful, slimmer and cleaner looking than the battleships. Here she is next to the Missouri

     (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/USS_Missouri_%28BB-63%29_and_USS_Alaska_%28CB-1%29_at_Norfolk%2C_Virginia%2C_1944.jpg/1024px-USS_Missouri_%28BB-63%29_and_USS_Alaska_%28CB-1%29_at_Norfolk%2C_Virginia%2C_1944.jpg)

     
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Post by: LKB on August 26, 2018, 07:57:08 AM
     The Alaska was really beautiful, slimmer and cleaner looking than the battleships. Here she is next to the Missouri

     (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/USS_Missouri_%28BB-63%29_and_USS_Alaska_%28CB-1%29_at_Norfolk%2C_Virginia%2C_1944.jpg/1024px-USS_Missouri_%28BB-63%29_and_USS_Alaska_%28CB-1%29_at_Norfolk%2C_Virginia%2C_1944.jpg)

   

A familiar photograph, which l always enjoy viewing... thanks drogulus.  ;)

I'm at work and am about to get busy, but I'll bbl to expound upon these two vessels a bit.

Shivering me timbers,

LKB



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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 27, 2018, 05:09:29 AM
The Unshivering
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on August 28, 2018, 02:12:44 PM
I wear jeans. :o After not owning (or even renting? ;D ) any for a couple of decades, I went out and bought five pairs. All the same style - Levi 511, but in different colours - and even allowing for the fact I'm not tall, one pair has a waist size of 29" and the other four pairs are 28". Fashion tip: these look good and also cool when worn with a dark coloured fitted T-shirt that has a small printed logo stating 'Northern Ballet' over one side. Bonus: if it was a gift and so you didn't have to pay for it.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 28, 2018, 02:31:28 PM
I wear jeans. :o After not owning (or even renting? ;D ) any for a couple of decades, I went out and bought five pairs.

I suppose the pantshare concept never really ... took off.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on August 28, 2018, 02:41:01 PM
I suppose the pantshare concept never really ... took off.

*polite round of golf applause*

 ;D
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 29, 2018, 08:11:04 AM
Wait—what?
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Post by: Mahlerian on August 29, 2018, 08:26:22 AM
Ah, computers.

On another topic (because that's strongly encouraged 'round here), riots connected with sports events are an utter mystery to me.
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Post by: drogulus on August 29, 2018, 11:09:21 AM
Ah, computers.

On another topic (because that's strongly encouraged 'round here), riots connected with sports events are an utter mystery to me.

     There's no mystery, really. If you go to a fight you have to expect a hockey game will break out. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 30, 2018, 12:04:30 AM
With a bit of luck I should be able to retire in 7 years.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on September 02, 2018, 10:09:13 PM
Gym day and in particular a day of adding 1.25 kg/2.75 lbs to my bench, due to the fact that nowadays I only lift babby weights. So it'll be three sets of six reps, then next week 3x7 and so on until reaching 3x10, then adding 1.25 kg and back down to 3x6. The other exercises aren't due to have weight added for a few weeks yet. I still run and do 3x3 minute rounds on the heavy bag, but I'm definitely on the way to the pink plastic dumbbells.
Speaking of weight, bravo/brava to the posters I noticed in the recently bumped weight loss thread. It's healthy, wise and cool to take responsibility for your well being. Good stuff.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on September 02, 2018, 11:58:08 PM
With a bit of luck I should be able to retire in 7 years.

That's good.  8) Got any special plans in mind? Or are you not thinking that far ahead?

My own retirement came early. I'm not boasting when I say that, it's more just how things worked out. And I suppose it's not for everyone and it's certainly not making the most of things financially, but it suits my lifestyle. Here's my financial wizardry.  :laugh:

I used to live in the studio I worked in. That allowed me to save money which mostly went towards the deposit for a two room flat/apartment in a part of the city populated by university students, creative types (actors/actresses, dancers, writers, artists etc) and student nurses from the local teaching hospital. It was a cool area during cool times, in the mid 1980s. Many of the local shops had their windows full of adverts in the form of postcards -

'Single room in apartment to rent. Suit student. Shared bills. £xxx pcm.'

I looked at the rent and compared it with my mortgage, then told my boss I'd be moving back in to the studio. ;D A letting agency to took care of things and the flat started paying for itself. Eventually I bought another one and lived in it, then rented it out while I moved to London in a (failed) career move. In the end I never owned a lot of property and I know I could've made much more money, but I'm a simple man with simple needs.
A couple of years ago a relationship ended and I lost about half of it all. But I've still an income from the remaining properties. Problem is, a lot of letting agents are greedy and it's tough to find a good one who actually do what they're paid to do, but there are still a few who are honest and responsible.
So as long as I don't develop expensive habits and/or go on a reckless spree of marriages and divorces I'll be okay.

Anyway, I hope when the time comes you've a happy and fulfilling retirement. :)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 03, 2018, 02:12:05 AM
Thank 'ee!  (I do owe you a longer answer.)
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Post by: Capeditiea on September 03, 2018, 02:28:05 AM
I find all this fascinating. :D l

However i must decline, the last time i went with out my mp3 Player, i started hearing voices, i am sure a grouo of hoodlums were plotting on taking me into the back alley and run off with my socks. (i wasn't wearing any at the time.) So i gathered everything on the shopping list trying to not get mugged for my socks, i then left the store hoping they don't follow me. I continue walking home looking every which direction, i was stopped by a local police officer who suggested i looked suspicious. (it was at night around 3:00 or so.) after about a half hour of conversating with the dude, which i played it off that i had just woke up and some humans made me jump. :D we had a conversation. Moments later i finally made it safely to my room. :D
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on September 03, 2018, 06:52:48 AM
Thank 'ee!  (I do owe you a longer answer.)

Your welcome. Just concentrate on getting yourself over the finishing line in one piece.  8) 
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Post by: EddieRUKiddingVarese on September 05, 2018, 09:00:50 PM
Well, its better than freezing
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Post by: NikF on September 05, 2018, 11:16:07 PM
I bought my train ticket for London where next week is ladies fashion week. I won't be behind a camera (or in front of one, obviously ;D ) but it's a chance to catch up with a few people. I did that the last couple of years too, but this year feel more enthusiastic. Having said that, I've been wondering if this will be my last visit. That whole shebang has nothing to do with me now which means I've nothing to do.
Anyway, as ever time will be made for a listen to RVW Symphony No. 2 while down there.  8)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 05, 2018, 11:46:53 PM
I bought my train ticket for London where next week is ladies fashion week. I won't be behind a camera (or in front of one, obviously ;D ) but it's a chance to catch up with a few people. I did that the last couple of years too, but this year feel more enthusiastic. Having said that, I've been wondering if this will be my last visit. That whole shebang has nothing to do with me now which means I've nothing to do.
Anyway, as ever time will be made for a listen to RVW Symphony No. 2 while down there.  8)


Bene.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 05, 2018, 11:47:10 PM
The kettle's on.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on September 06, 2018, 03:50:02 AM
The kettle's on.

Don't know if it's for tea or coffee, but if the former and you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, hit me up and I'll brew you a cup that would clean and descale the shining whites of a Clydeside shipyard riveter.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 06, 2018, 03:57:53 AM
Will come a day when I am in that very neck, and I shall thee seek out.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on September 06, 2018, 04:13:16 AM
I sincerely look forward to it, Gospodin Karlushka.  :) But BTW, after reading back I wish my offer of a cup of tea did not sound so much like some sort of celtic left wing threat.  ;D
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 06, 2018, 04:49:02 AM
Danged activist tea-brewers!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: EddieRUKiddingVarese on September 06, 2018, 02:54:30 PM
If someone can not decide whether to have Tea or Coffee, I make them both in the same Cup............
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 07, 2018, 12:13:35 AM
Once upon a time, way back a long time ago, when the universe consisted of nothing more elaborate than . . . Mark Volman . . . .
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 10, 2018, 09:22:25 AM
Here's a severe digression:

http://www.youtube.com/v/qzv6EhE7Cbo
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 10, 2018, 09:24:56 AM
To be, yo.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on September 10, 2018, 04:25:04 PM
Is this knob too big?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on September 11, 2018, 04:14:46 AM
London is cool, which I find unsurprising because London is always cool.
So, settled in, fed and watered by dear friends, which means all is well in my small world.
A bonus: one of their pals dropped by late last night and on seeing my hands asked - 'gymnastics? Or aerialist?' Noticing callouses is one thing, but to note they're situated only below two fingers of each hand is astute.

(https://s8.postimg.cc/fb4w3f5t1/IMG_20180911_140237_993.jpg)

- as I said, I love London.  :)
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Post by: Draško on September 11, 2018, 06:03:04 AM
Noticing callouses is one thing, but to note they're situated only below two fingers of each hand is astute.

Ha, I've got them in exactly the same places. From pull up bar, I have an ancient one, just plain steel and coat of mostly peeled paint.
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Post by: NikF on September 11, 2018, 06:35:01 AM
Ha, I've got them in exactly the same places. From pull up bar, I have an ancient one, just plain steel and coat of mostly peeled paint.

That's so cool.  8) I wouldn't know where to begin when describing the short/long-term and aesthetic/physical benefits of it, but I'm well in to my 50s now and feel great through my core.
Anyway, keep it up - peeled paint bar, trapeze, scaffolding passed in the street, bus shelter roof,  branch of tree in the park - it's all good. Seriously, stick to it. Relatively small effort = huge reward.  Good stuff, mate.  :)
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Post by: bwv 1080 on September 11, 2018, 08:08:52 AM
Probably I am the last to hear this, but the Village Voice is now gone

http://gothamist.com/2018/08/31/village_voice_is_officially_dead.php (http://gothamist.com/2018/08/31/village_voice_is_officially_dead.php)
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Post by: Draško on September 11, 2018, 11:09:49 AM
That's so cool.  8) I wouldn't know where to begin when describing the short/long-term and aesthetic/physical benefits of it, but I'm well in to my 50s now and feel great through my core.
Anyway, keep it up - peeled paint bar, trapeze, scaffolding passed in the street, bus shelter roof,  branch of tree in the park - it's all good. Seriously, stick to it. Relatively small effort = huge reward.  Good stuff, mate.  :)

You're preaching to the choir. It's one of my favorite exercises, been doing them more or less regularly for about a decade. I've started regularly working out only in my 30s and as I always was way too lazy to go to the gym I devised an everyday 20-30 minutes routine of push ups, pull ups and sit ups and it's been working for me really nice in health/aesthetic/physical ways since. I'm now in my 40s and I can routinely pass for someone ten years younger and the back pain, which was one of the reasons I started working out in the first place, is a history now.  8)   
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Post by: NikF on September 11, 2018, 08:03:41 PM
You're preaching to the choir. It's one of my favorite exercises, been doing them more or less regularly for about a decade. I've started regularly working out only in my 30s and as I always was way too lazy to go to the gym I devised an everyday 20-30 minutes routine of push ups, pull ups and sit ups and it's been working for me really nice in health/aesthetic/physical ways since. I'm now in my 40s and I can routinely pass for someone ten years younger and the back pain, which was one of the reasons I started working out in the first place, is a history now.  8)   

Re: relief from your back pain, that's really great.  8)

I don't pass for younger, although in more ways than one my heart does.  :)

e: I'm going to add something here, at the risk of further preaching to the converted. At the age of 17 I started in a sport (amateur level) that stopped at the age of 34, and even then only because that was in the regulations at the time. But I kept training just as hard. It's only on entering my 50s that I finally accepted the fact that sometimes - even if not injured - my body needs a rest. So twice a year I take between 10-14 days off.

The overall benefits are huge, but even in specific ways - giving the niggling medial epicondylitis a complete rest - are worthwhile. So what I'm saying is, don't be afraid of taking time off your routine, even if you're feeling healthy and strong. It takes discipline to work out to the standard required and to do so for decades, but discipline also means taking a break and afterwards going back to it.
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Post by: Iota on September 12, 2018, 01:26:55 PM
Not quite sure where to put this, but on the off chance it may amuse some, here's some four part counterpoint with a (ahem) one part message .. nor am I even sure if one particular word in said message makes the transatlantic crossing successfully .. if not please don't ask me to explain.  :-X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZxCAqCUgug
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Draško on September 13, 2018, 01:55:36 AM
e: I'm going to add something here, at the risk of further preaching to the converted. At the age of 17 I started in a sport (amateur level) that stopped at the age of 34, and even then only because that was in the regulations at the time. But I kept training just as hard. It's only on entering my 50s that I finally accepted the fact that sometimes - even if not injured - my body needs a rest. So twice a year I take between 10-14 days off.

The overall benefits are huge, but even in specific ways - giving the niggling medial epicondylitis a complete rest - are worthwhile. So what I'm saying is, don't be afraid of taking time off your routine, even if you're feeling healthy and strong. It takes discipline to work out to the standard required and to do so for decades, but discipline also means taking a break and afterwards going back to it.

 8)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 13, 2018, 02:33:07 AM
Three bananas is about right for me.  I eat one a day, and if I buy three, the third is not overripe when I get around to it.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 26, 2018, 02:30:12 AM
Deadwood. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-smug-tut-tutter.html)
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Post by: LKB on September 26, 2018, 07:41:13 AM
Deadwood. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-smug-tut-tutter.html)

An apt description for my relationship status.

 ???,

LKB
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on September 26, 2018, 05:58:40 PM
tinworm
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Post by: Omicron9 on September 27, 2018, 01:28:15 AM
Is this knob too big?

Do we have a "That's what she said" thread?
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 27, 2018, 02:31:16 AM
When self-adhering bandages do not.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on October 09, 2018, 06:07:40 AM
Around this time of year my grandmother used to look out the scullery window and say that the little birds are putting their coats and hats on because it's getting cold. I've just had a look and all that can be seen is a seagull about the size of an ostrich. I wear a beanie/watchman's cap - black, no logo - when its cold (or when taking photos of people) however, it has developed a problem because it rides up my head until it's almost just balanced on top. That's especially annoying when I'm going for a run. The reason is the change in surface of my napper.

At some point between my early to mid 20s I started losing my hair and dealt with it by shaving my head, at first every two or three weeks then eventually once a week. A few ago months someone suggested I let it grow in. So for the first time in decades I have hair. About 90% of it is grey. Wow. Anyway, unprompted(!) I've had two different women run their fingers through it - I'd forgot what that felt like - and both asked if I was going to shave it again. If they thought it looked bad they would've said so. But apart from a few days of entertaining the idea of growing a beard to go along with it (I've never grown a beard/moustache before) I've plans to shave it off, if only because I imagine it's more of an intimidating look to huge mutant seagulls.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 09, 2018, 06:16:52 AM
Around this time of year my grandmother used to look out the scullery window and say that the little birds are putting their coats and hats on because it's getting cold. I've just had a look and all that can be seen is a seagull about the size of an ostrich. I wear a beanie/watchman's cap - black, no logo - when its cold (or when taking photos of people) however, it has developed a problem because it rides up my head until it's almost just balanced on top. That's especially annoying when I'm going for a run. The reason is the change in surface of my napper.

At some point between my early to mid 20s I started losing my hair and dealt with it by shaving my head, at first every two or three weeks then eventually once a week. A few ago months someone suggested I let it grow in. So for the first time in decades I have hair. About 90% of it is grey. Wow. Anyway, unprompted(!) I've had two different women run their fingers through it - I'd forgot what that felt like - and both asked if I was going to shave it again. If they thought it looked bad they would've said so. But apart from a few days of entertaining the idea of growing a beard to go along with it (I've never grown a beard/moustache before) I've plans to shave it off, if only because I imagine it's more of an intimidating look to huge mutant seagulls.

Coexist?  8)
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Post by: NikF on October 09, 2018, 06:34:33 AM
Coexist?  8)

It's to your credit that I wouldn't expect any other sort of reply from you. :) But this thing appeared to be like a practical effect from a deleted scene in Jurassic Park - and so if it comes down to it I wouldn't hesitate to get the first punch in. ;D
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 09, 2018, 07:07:57 AM
It's to your credit that I wouldn't expect any other sort of reply from you. :) But this thing appeared to be like a practical effect from a deleted scene in Jurassic Park - and so if it comes down to it I wouldn't hesitate to get the first punch in. ;D

I am for you, lad.
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 09, 2018, 08:35:00 PM
Just call me Judy
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 10, 2018, 02:48:27 AM
Solid, Jackson.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 10, 2018, 04:36:11 AM
Macoun apples in October.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 15, 2018, 04:31:44 AM
Oh, those helpful algorithms!

Quote
You may have meant to search for fat endears.
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 16, 2018, 06:06:44 PM
Trump and his involvement in Brexit and what about the Russians also............. and do dictators like Digital or Analog systems

Do you think we need a Thread on this  :)
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Post by: listener on October 19, 2018, 12:15:55 PM
Oh, those helpful algorithms!
Aren't those units of measurement of global warning frequencies?

We are having civic elections tomorrow, an unusually large number of candidates including one for mayor who invites us to consider as a plus an interest in discovering if breathing through your nipples can result in their glowing in the dark.
https://vancouver.ca/your-government/candidates-mayor.aspx
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 21, 2018, 07:47:02 PM
a light year is faster than a parsec
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on October 22, 2018, 01:37:34 PM
a light year is faster than a parsec

? Both are units of distance and are neither fast nor slow.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 23, 2018, 03:19:12 AM
What is the capital of Assyria?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 23, 2018, 04:38:55 PM
Up and down like the..............
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 24, 2018, 01:24:42 AM
Quid Malmborg in Plano.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Rosalba on October 24, 2018, 01:55:04 AM
In and out the dusky bluebells - who'll be the leader?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 24, 2018, 03:52:05 AM
On balance, I think Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods has been a good thing.
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Post by: Rosalba on October 24, 2018, 07:21:59 AM
Wherever ye gan, ye find a Geordie.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 24, 2018, 04:16:54 PM
Not Back'O'Burke
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Post by: Rosalba on October 25, 2018, 01:14:19 AM
Violet is predicted to be the big shade this autumn so choose some items in that colour for your staple wardrobe. 
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 25, 2018, 01:18:25 AM
Ask your doctor if going abroad naked is right for you.
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Post by: pjme on October 25, 2018, 02:13:07 AM
(https://www.france.tv/image/vignette_16x9/800/450/w/6/5/7d6da1db-php4hi56w.png)

A really fun & nicely silly  program on French TV.

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Post by: Rosalba on October 25, 2018, 02:42:57 AM
In preparation for Operation Overlord, the BBC had signalled to the French Resistance that the opening lines of the 1866 Verlaine poem "Chanson d'Automne" were to indicate the start of D-Day operations.
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Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on October 25, 2018, 07:58:57 AM
On balance, I think Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods has been a good thing.

It is particularly worthwhile if you have amazon prime and an amazon prime credit card. There are discounts for prime members and 5% cash back for WF purchases. :)

On the other hand, Amazon taking over then entire retail economy may have some downside. :(
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 25, 2018, 08:01:59 AM
On the other hand, Amazon taking over then entire retail economy may have some downside. :(

What could go wrong?  ;)
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 25, 2018, 03:02:36 PM
Coconuts make a liquid investment
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Rosalba on October 26, 2018, 03:35:01 AM
What can they know of England who only England know?
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 26, 2018, 03:36:28 AM
There may yet be hope.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF on October 26, 2018, 01:38:01 PM
Back on the trapeze on a regular basis. If I keep working and improving there's perhaps the faintest chance they'll let me train as a catcher - which is my desire - but I accept my age is against me. Fair enough. No problem.
But also, the bonus is that on the way home I'm feeling both physically and emotionally even better than usual, including thoughts of 'Regardless, I still want to run away with the circus'.  ;D
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Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on November 05, 2018, 01:56:19 PM
I submitted my vote-by-mail ballot today.
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Post by: Ken B on November 05, 2018, 02:48:14 PM
I submitted my vote-by-mail ballot today.
I wonder how long before is the only use left for snail mail.
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Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on November 05, 2018, 02:52:20 PM
I wonder how long before is the only use left for snail mail.

Actually I hand delivered my ballot to the country clerk's office, which happens to be half a mile from where I live. The polling place is literally across the street, but I'd likely have to wait on line, and it doesn't open until I'm already due at work.
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on November 06, 2018, 04:08:29 PM
I got a Carrier pigeon to vote for me
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on November 06, 2018, 05:54:24 PM
I got a Carrier pigeon to vote for me
Wow. I'm not sure even Cato was around when Carrier Pigeons voted.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: JBS on November 06, 2018, 05:56:01 PM
Back on the trapeze on a regular basis. If I keep working and improving there's perhaps the faintest chance they'll let me train as a catcher - which is my desire - but I accept my age is against me. Fair enough. No problem.
But also, the bonus is that on the way home I'm feeling both physically and emotionally even better than usual, including thoughts of 'Regardless, I still want to run away with the circus'.  ;D

It is always good to be young enough to want to run away with the circus.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on November 06, 2018, 07:55:33 PM
Wow. I'm not sure even Cato was around when Carrier Pigeons voted.

It has added benefits 1. I don't need to turn up to vote and
2. It can also deposit my displeasure on my least favoured candidate........
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Post by: NikF on November 19, 2018, 07:22:15 AM
It is always good to be young enough to want to run away with the circus.

Sorry, mate. I've just noticed this reply.
I'll always be young enough to run away with the circus. At least, that's the plan. Having said that, I'm absent from the Grand Volant until late January due to carpal tunnel surgery, but it's a small price to pay in exchange for being able to fly.

Anyway, stuff: the local yoga studio has opened the city's first 'Happy Cafe' and I received an invite to a 'Gleeful Group Meet'. I politely declined, without admitting I'd rather gnaw clean through the healthy carpal ligament in my other hand.

Speaking of pain, my best friend/former studio assistant/arch nemesis has split up with his beautiful girlfriend. In the time they were together he grew a beard and became a vegetarian. Last night his call contained the information that he's coming to Scotland, has shaved his beard off, and wants to go to a restaurant for a steak. I agreed to join him if I can have someone help me cut my own steak. I'll do my best to stop him sending a photo of a sirloin to his still vegetarian now ex.

Speaking of models, it's funny how even years later being asked "You seen this?" and shown a recent print ad featuring a familiar face can surprise someone who is never surprised by anything. An aside: the reason for shooting fashion with long (200mm+) lenses and in black and white? It helps remove distractions. At f/4 the background becomes a blur. In black and white it removes blue in the eyes and red painted lips. And the focal length pulls and pushes and compresses the depth of facial features so all that's left is a series of lines on a flat surface. Those marks tell you what you need to know about about shape and proportion and symmetry and combine to say 'Isn't nature wonderful?' And at heart, it is.

Speaking of photography, I bought a new camera. It's a Nikon - 8xx? - and if it helps me do what I want I'll by a second as backup. That's all there's to say about it because anything more than a passing comment about photography equipment is uninteresting. But it fits snuggly into the existing spaces cut out the foam inserts in the Pelican flightcases, which I'll add are vegetarian friendly due to not being made from actual Pelicans. 

Speaking of being enabled to tell stories, I'm thinking of Jacques Tati and of Pierre Etaix and isn't there a third name that should follow? Perhaps an Italian? More exactly, a filmmaker working visually, almost silently, punctuating the gags with bursts of sound effects? I'm asking because I can't find a reason not to develop one of a handful of ideas that have been kicking around for years. I know I can do it, but can I do it to the point where I'll submit it to a local short film competition/festival in 2020? Or perhaps more realistically, 2021. Yes.
I'll add this; one winter while leaving Moscow behind courtesy of the Trans-Siberian, from a bunk in a third class carriage I looked up and watched a book reading beautiful little woman sitting at a table for two, where she was joined by what turned out to be a travelling salesman carrying a large sack. Off the top of my head I think I can tell it all in six or seven minutes. But does that include laugh time?

Speaking of time, it has taken longer to write this than expected. I've a recent dating story I could add, but I'm not in the mood. Instead, it's time for the adventure that's shaving left-handed.

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Post by: drogulus on December 04, 2018, 04:37:37 PM

     Satanic Sculpture Installed At Illinois Statehouse, Just In Time For The Holidays (https://www.npr.org/2018/12/04/673422143/satanic-sculpture-installed-at-illinois-statehouse-just-in-time-for-the-holidays?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news)

     The separation of Satan and state is a bedrock principle for me. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on December 04, 2018, 04:46:55 PM
Speaking of photography, I bought a new camera. It's a Nikon - 8xx? - and if it helps me do what I want I'll by a second as backup. That's all there's to say about it because anything more than a passing comment about photography equipment is uninteresting. But it fits snuggly into the existing spaces cut out the foam inserts in the Pelican flightcases, which I'll add are vegetarian friendly due to not being made from actual Pelicans.

Speaking of equipment, I've really enjoyed this lens for my Canon DSLR.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61IoO1hyj3L._SL1500_.jpg)

Fixed focal length lens, 24mm, which, on my APS-C body, is the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a full frame camera.

Some give it the nickname of the pancake lens. Gives the camera the appearance of a snub-nose pistol. :) Sort of like using a smartphone camera, except you get to control the focus, aperture and shutter speed and can control depth of field.

I've got zoom lenses that cover the same focal length, but the big barrel draws attention and having a zoom lens makes you lazy in composing a photo. Anyway, it's fun.
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Post by: NikF on December 20, 2018, 05:38:29 AM
Speaking of equipment, I've really enjoyed this lens for my Canon DSLR.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61IoO1hyj3L._SL1500_.jpg)

Fixed focal length lens, 24mm, which, on my APS-C body, is the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a full frame camera.

Some give it the nickname of the pancake lens. Gives the camera the appearance of a snub-nose pistol. :) Sort of like using a smartphone camera, except you get to control the focus, aperture and shutter speed and can control depth of field.

I've got zoom lenses that cover the same focal length, but the big barrel draws attention and having a zoom lens makes you lazy in composing a photo. Anyway, it's fun.

Sorry, mate, if I'd seen your post I'd have extended the courtesy of a reply long before now.
But yeah, IMHO 35mm (or equivalent) focal length - in my experience that's 'the world's your oyster".
Iindeed 'it's fun', and if you sit your girl on a park bench and shoot the length it can appear almost 24mm. Conversely, shoot on  camera axis without getting too close and it can be flattering.
Again, '"It's fun" - enjoy it.  :)
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Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on December 20, 2018, 12:30:30 PM
Sorry, mate, if I'd seen your post I'd have extended the courtesy of a reply long before now.
But yeah, IMHO 35mm (or equivalent) focal length - in my experience that's 'the world's your oyster".
Iindeed 'it's fun', and if you sit your girl on a park bench and shoot the length it can appear almost 24mm. Conversely, shoot on  camera axis without getting too close and it can be flattering.
Again, '"It's fun" - enjoy it.  :)

No worries. I started as a "serious" amateur photographer back in the 70's, and I realize I miss the old fixed focal length lenses that were so widely used those days.  With a zoom lens it is tempting to become lazy. With a fixed focus lens you have to walk a lot more to frame a photo and it forces you to look at things from different angles.

This was my favorite piece of glass back in the day.

(https://www.keh.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1800x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/2/1/213943-2136076_01_1.jpg)

With that and my Tri-X I was never bored.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on December 24, 2018, 11:41:20 AM
For 10 years I've been using Apple products, I think that is coming to an end. I've reconciled myself to Windows 10.
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Post by: NikF on January 11, 2019, 08:49:32 AM
No worries. I started as a "serious" amateur photographer back in the 70's, and I realize I miss the old fixed focal length lenses that were so widely used those days.  With a zoom lens it is tempting to become lazy. With a fixed focus lens you have to walk a lot more to frame a photo and it forces you to look at things from different angles.

This was my favorite piece of glass back in the day.

(https://www.keh.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1800x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/2/1/213943-2136076_01_1.jpg)

With that and my Tri-X I was never bored.

Again, a late reply...

We make the most of what's available at any given moment. Even now with plugins and filters we've never (yet!) reached far beyond recreating the experience of old emulsions and dev. processes. Still, the older I get the more I appreciate (as opposed to 'the more I understand') that less is more. The medium is relatively unimportant.
Anyway, if/when you shoot something you like with that 24mm on your DSLR, do post it/hit me up. I'm always interested in how others see stuff.
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Post by: Rosalba on January 14, 2019, 07:31:10 AM
Today is the first day of the rest of my life - yes, I do remember that I said that yesterday...
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Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on January 30, 2019, 02:33:59 PM
I decided not to participate further in another classical music web site, after getting tired of seeing threads with titles along the lines of "why is atonal/modern music so ugly" appear almost daily, it seems. Just tedious.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Florestan on March 13, 2019, 01:32:45 AM
I decided not to participate further in another classical music web site, after getting tired of seeing threads with titles along the lines of "why is atonal/modern music so ugly" appear almost daily, it seems. Just tedious.

Is it the same site with threads like "Is X the most underrated composer ever?", "Mozart: God or Garbage?" and "Liszt vs. Verdi"?
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Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 14, 2019, 11:46:08 PM
Forty dead. Incomprehensible.
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Post by: Ken B on March 18, 2019, 06:24:03 PM
According to a new law it is a crime in Russia to insult that twat Putin. You can no longer make jokes about his tiny penis, or his penchant for screwing hedgehogs with it.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 18, 2019, 06:55:32 PM
According to a new law it is a crime in Russia to insult that twat Putin. You can no longer make jokes about his tiny penis, or his penchant for screwing hedgehogs with it.

I know one American who will be envious
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 18, 2019, 08:10:07 PM
I know one American who will be envious
About the law, or about the hedgehog?  ;)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: LKB on March 19, 2019, 11:39:05 AM
About the law, or about the hedgehog?  ;)

Probably both, though after servicing Vladimir orally for so long, he can probably incorporate the rest into his fantasies ( the real reason, perhaps, for all of that " executive time " ).

 ???,

LKB
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 11:43:51 AM
I use the Starbucks loyalty program because I can order a coffee using their app and pick it up on the way to work (saving time), and a side benefit is that I accumulate bonus points that allow me to get a free coffee every week or two.

I got an email notice that "exciting updates are coming" to the rewards program. The principal exciting update is that I have to accumulate more points before I can redeem them for a free coffee.

Apparently they think I am an idiot.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 19, 2019, 12:15:20 PM
I use the Starbucks loyalty program because I can order a coffee using their app and pick it up on the way to work (saving time), and a side benefit is that I accumulate bonus points that allow me to get a free coffee every week or two.

I got an email notice that "exciting updates are coming" to the rewards program. The principal exciting update is that I have to accumulate more points before I can redeem them for a free coffee.

Apparently they think I am an idiot.
I would say you proved that by drinking their coffee!  ;) :P  :laugh:

Seriously their coffee is bad. My theory is they burn the beans in order to nudge you to the expensive espresso drinks.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 12:30:19 PM
I would say you proved that by drinking their coffee!  ;) :P  :laugh:

Seriously their coffee is bad. My theory is they burn the beans in order to nudge you to the expensive espresso drinks.

I see no reason to go to Starbucks to get a brewed coffee drink. I can make that at home.

Their espresso drinks are mediocre. I can name half-a-dozen coffee shops in my neighborhood with better espresso drinks. But in those places with better espresso I have to stand on line, wait while a bunch of pretentious individuals make mindless chatter with the barista, make mindless chatter with the barista, order, pay, wait for my drink to be prepared, then leave. With Starbucks I order in my driveway using the app, I walk in to Starbucks, grab the drink and walk out. It saves me 15 minutes. I spend that 15 minutes saved listening to Mozart, which more than makes up for the less-than-exceptional espresso.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 01:10:09 PM
For the last forty years I've made espresso at home, roasting my own beans as well.  But last year my machine's pump died.  The part costs less than $100 but taking the machine apart an installing it is very complicated and I am certain I will screw it up (there are no espresso service repair shops in Tennessee I'd trust, and I don't want to ship it off to New Jersey).  So, I am thinking of buying a new machine.  I may upgrade my roaster at the same time. 

I've been living without espresso for months.  We will be moving in a couple of months so it may end up becoming a rather expensive house warming gift to myself.  Well, my wife also likes espresso, too - so she may indulge me.

 ;)

What machine did you have? The automatic machines cost a king's ransom, but the non-automated ones are a more reasonable.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 02:00:55 PM
That, I'd call super-fancy. In the past I used an old Gaggia, which they now call "The "Classic." "The Classic" being a euphemism for "The Old Obsolete One." Of course, true authentic espresso should be pressed out with a hand-activated cylinder. HIP espresso. :)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 19, 2019, 02:07:21 PM
I use the Starbucks loyalty program because I can order a coffee using their app and pick it up on the way to work (saving time), and a side benefit is that I accumulate bonus points that allow me to get a free coffee every week or two.

I got an email notice that "exciting updates are coming" to the rewards program. The principal exciting update is that I have to accumulate more points before I can redeem them for a free coffee.

Apparently they think I am an idiot.


That doesn't excite you?!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 02:11:31 PM
That doesn't excite you?!

In a way it does. Not in a good way...
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on March 19, 2019, 02:23:17 PM
Anyone hear about Andrew Yang?

I watched the entire Joe Rogan podcast with him. Interesting stuff, but is there a good argument against his plan of action? I would like to know... and if not, is there a better plan? Because it seems like he's the only one concerned with actually doing something, and also he's a rare candidate that doesn't have this sort of egoistic fakeness to his character. Automation might not affect me much since I'm kind of a part of the industry that would be most involved contributing to it, but living in a country where the employment rate is 50% and all the negative stuff that comes along with it is very undesirable.

But I would like to know if there's convincing evidence that his plan would/wouldn't be a complete disaster...

(thinking this is appropriate for the Digressive thread, meaning "be digressive"/convince me he's wrong)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 02:25:29 PM
My first good machine was that Gaggia Classic.  I used it for a long time before upgrading to the Expobar.  I've also had these stove top makers, like this one:

(https://target.scene7.com/is/image/Target/GUEST_7ea2a2ff-ad07-49b5-83f6-f77a13492b46?wid=488&hei=488&fmt=webp)

And one I bought on 8th Avenue for $10 that I'd just seen at MoMA back in the mid-80s

(https://media.fds.fi/product_image/500/_18_Alessi__iso.jpg)

One of your pictures it not coming up for me.  I have this one, the Bialetti
[now I see it, same one as mine.]

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/710c9s4e4WL._SY355_.jpg)

It's a concentrated coffee, but I wouldn't call it espresso.

My relatives in the Bronx used to use something that looked like this, which made what they called "black coffee."

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/P1cAAOSwBahU28y0/s-l640.jpg)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 19, 2019, 08:25:43 PM
Bully boy Boulez https://www.newstatesman.com/node/150961 (https://www.newstatesman.com/node/150961)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 19, 2019, 10:04:27 PM
Bully boy Boulez https://www.newstatesman.com/node/150961 (https://www.newstatesman.com/node/150961)

How long has he been dead? Brings to mind Trump's obsession with McCain. :)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 25, 2019, 06:33:53 AM
I am discovering that music described as of the period Fin de siècle really appeals to me.

 8)
Does the siècle matter, or will and fin do?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on March 27, 2019, 06:25:54 AM

     I need an electric screwdriver.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on March 27, 2019, 06:35:33 AM
     I need an electric screwdriver.

You want one in order to attach one of those adapters that enables quick and easy winding on of guitar strings, don't you?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on March 27, 2019, 07:26:01 AM
I've just bought one year's full membership at the boxing gym (not boxing club) I recently started using. At my age I've no plans to spar again, but the general kind of vibe that goes with the facilities is an increasingly rare pleasure.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on March 27, 2019, 09:12:46 AM
You want one in order to attach one of those adapters that enables quick and easy winding on of guitar strings, don't you?

     No, I want one to take the back panel off my cabs to change speakers. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 27, 2019, 09:14:37 AM
     No, I want one to take the back panel off my cabs to change speakers. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)

You don't have an electric drill? I have one with variable speed and works just fine for driving or removing the occasional screw.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 27, 2019, 09:16:51 AM
This puréed squash is surprisingly sweet
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on March 27, 2019, 09:19:17 AM
     No, I want one to take the back panel off my cabs to change speakers. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)

Ah, close but no cigar.  And if it's your new Fane speaker - enjoy!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on March 28, 2019, 10:21:26 AM

     I know from deep personal experience that there is such a thing as "horse girl energy". My niece has it.

     

     
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on March 28, 2019, 11:57:46 AM
Last night I dreamed that I was in a cafeteria and happened to be sitting next to Jussie Smollett. Needless to say, I was extremely uncomfortable and wanted to run away.  :-X
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 28, 2019, 12:45:14 PM
Did he offer to pay you to dump your coke over his head while yelling racial epithets?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 28, 2019, 12:48:46 PM
Man, do you ever need better dreams.

Tip: Linda Evangelista.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 28, 2019, 12:58:37 PM
Man, do you ever need better dreams.

Tip: Linda Evangelista.

Better yet, Cheryl Tiegs.

Sarge
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 28, 2019, 01:00:39 PM
Better yet, Cheryl Tiegs.

Sarge

He's starting at Jussie Smollett ... You climb the Matterhorn before you try Mt Everest.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on March 28, 2019, 01:31:11 PM
She has to be in a comic book...
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on March 28, 2019, 05:26:55 PM
Looked up those two women (their younger pictures, to be fair), and nope. Not impressed.

Ok, here's my tastes: Marzia Bisognin.

The looks, the voice, the personality... so feminine it's like looking into another universe.  ???

As for Jussie Smollett, he didn't bribe me into anything in my dream, or talk to me at all. But IRL I just heard that he claims the Nigerian dudes he worked with were wearing whiteface, so maybe that explains it so he's innocent all along!  :o
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 28, 2019, 06:09:32 PM
Butch, apparently

(https://i.pinimg.com/236x/9f/b8/e4/9fb8e473f3465bf4321a8723529129c0--sports-illustrated-models-doe-eyes.jpg)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on March 28, 2019, 06:21:27 PM
Ok, that picture is pretty good, but it's hard to see the younger pictures amidst all of the old lady pictures of her.




Marzia:

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0035/6755/0579/products/me_palette_1440x.jpg?v=1537371305)

 0:)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on March 28, 2019, 11:08:32 PM
Butch, apparently

(https://i.pinimg.com/236x/9f/b8/e4/9fb8e473f3465bf4321a8723529129c0--sports-illustrated-models-doe-eyes.jpg)

 :laugh:
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 29, 2019, 12:56:15 PM
Ik ben geen banaan
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on March 30, 2019, 05:21:49 AM
Why does YouTube regularly suggest stuff like '6 BEST Exercises For Men Over 50 (MUST WATCH!)' to me? Don't answer that.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on March 30, 2019, 12:17:50 PM
Why does YouTube regularly suggest stuff like '6 BEST Exercises For Men Over 50 (MUST WATCH!)' to me? Don't answer that.
Because everyone ignores what men over 50 tell to do.  :D
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on March 30, 2019, 12:19:49 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on April 01, 2019, 12:19:01 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/c4Y9PMNv/IMG-20190401-210545-670.jpg)

It's that time of year again when I start reducing my bodyweight. 5' 8" and this morning 162 lbs (73.5 kg?) although I'm aiming for about 150 lbs (68 kg) or so. Having said that, the numbers are only a guide and how I feel and how my clothes fit is more important.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 01, 2019, 12:22:48 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/c4Y9PMNv/IMG-20190401-210545-670.jpg)

It's that time of year again when I start reducing my bodyweight. 5' 8" and this morning 162 lbs (73.5 kg?) although I'm aiming for about 150 lbs (68 kg) or so. Having said that, the numbers are only a guide and how I feel and how my clothes fit is more important.
And yet as we all know the real goal is to get those clothes off.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: NikF4 on April 01, 2019, 12:32:24 PM
And yet as we all know the real goal is to get those clothes off.

There are worse hobbies I could have.

fake edit: but yeah, you're right.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 01, 2019, 12:48:34 PM
(https://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/bg032719dAPR20190327034510.jpg)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 02, 2019, 11:43:00 AM

     What happened to liverwurst?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 05, 2019, 08:59:38 PM
Getting into Harvard. https://mobile.twitter.com/MattPStout/status/1113894367863934982?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1113894367863934982&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpjmedia.com%2Fblog%2Fliveblogevent%2Flive-blog-223%2Fentry-257329%2F

If you are disturbed by inequality you should want to abolish the Ivy League. This is not as hard as it sounds. Tax their endowments. You can put a lot of students through community college or Michigan State with $1B per year taxed from Harvard alone.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 06, 2019, 06:12:17 AM
Getting into Harvard. https://mobile.twitter.com/MattPStout/status/1113894367863934982?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1113894367863934982&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpjmedia.com%2Fblog%2Fliveblogevent%2Flive-blog-223%2Fentry-257329%2F

If you are disturbed by inequality you should want to abolish the Ivy League. This is not as hard as it sounds. Tax their endowments. You can put a lot of students through community college or Michigan State with $1B per year taxed from Harvard alone.

     You don't put people through college with a tax, you put them through college with a spend. As Stephanie K says, money doesn't grow on rich people. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/tongue.gif)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 11, 2019, 10:31:32 AM
Why you shouldn't marry.
Check out 5:46.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LA6JD7RVJY
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: geralmar on April 12, 2019, 08:58:21 PM

Cat watching horror movie.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_kgRFHaNo-Y
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 13, 2019, 02:37:08 PM

    I paid my taxes today. Carlton, my tax guy, is lots of fun. He laughs at my jokes.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 14, 2019, 07:39:44 AM
Was Will Smith there, too?  Tell him I said hi. 8)

(my most fun tax experience was when, in the middle of our tax session, the H&R Block's manager's dog (a lab) came up to me in the office and wanted to play. It was about ready to fly around the place when I called his name lol).

Speaking of celebrities, I dreamed that I know Elon Musk well, thinking about the fact that I had been friends with him at least the last ten years. Actually, when I woke up, I was so convinced just a few minutes ago that I was surprised that I didn't know him at all. The reason why I dreamed about him was that I spent part of yesterday catching up to the anime that he likes.

Sooooo much better than dreaming about Jussie Smollett...
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on April 16, 2019, 08:40:42 AM
My fear that Amazon will take over the world is slightly assuaged when I find that their advertising AI thinks I will be interested in titles such as "The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the World."

:)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 16, 2019, 09:37:43 AM
My fear that Amazon will take over the world is slightly assuaged when I find that their advertising AI thinks I will be interested in titles such as "The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the World."

:)

     Amazon recommended a book for me, Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems by L Randall Wray. Therefore, Amazon has already taken over the world. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 16, 2019, 03:30:01 PM
https://www.voterstudygroup.org/publications/2016-elections/political-divisions-in-2016-and-beyond
(https://www.voterstudygroup.org/assets/i/uploads/reports/Graphs-Charts/1101/figure2_drutman_e4aabc39aab12644609701bbacdff252.png)

Bottom left = identitarian left
Bottom right = identitarian "alt-right"

Wait, the alt-right is supposed to be a "threat?"  ::)

Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 17, 2019, 03:24:18 AM
https://www.voterstudygroup.org/publications/2016-elections/political-divisions-in-2016-and-beyond
(https://www.voterstudygroup.org/assets/i/uploads/reports/Graphs-Charts/1101/figure2_drutman_e4aabc39aab12644609701bbacdff252.png)

Bottom left = identitarian left
Bottom right = identitarian "alt-right"

Wait, the alt-right is supposed to be a "threat?"  ::)



     By threat do you mean to vote or to kill?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 17, 2019, 07:00:17 AM
     By threat do you mean to vote or to kill?
Well, just voting would be considered a threat, I don't know about killing.  :P

The point is that the chart shows that Trump voters are a bit all over the place, many are even liberal but just don't want to play the identity politics game.

And the biggest point is that it shows the politically correct people (the lower left cluster) are fighting ghosts when it comes to talking about Neo-Nazis and alt-right- they are almost non-existent. It's almost as if they need an enemy and are trying to bait anyone who isn't playing the identity politics game by calling them Nazis all the time... well, that is exactly what's going on.


For anyone not getting it,
lower left = politically correct liberal
lower right = fascist, nationalists, possibly neo-Nazis, etc.

(btw i didn't vote in 2016).
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on April 17, 2019, 07:23:27 AM
For anyone not getting it,
lower left = politically correct liberal
lower right = fascist, nationalists, possibly neo-Nazis, etc.

You think that neo-Nazis are socially liberal? The lower right is "libertarian." The chart does not lend it self to representing the alt-right, with is not really distinguished by economic or social "liberalism" vs "conservatism" so much as by xenophobia, racism and the conspiracy-theorist mindset.

Quote
(btw i didn't vote in 2016).

Why am I not surprised.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 17, 2019, 08:58:20 AM
You think that neo-Nazis are socially liberal? The lower right is "libertarian." The chart does not lend it self to representing the alt-right, with is not really distinguished by economic or social "liberalism" vs "conservatism" so much as by xenophobia, racism and the conspiracy-theorist mindset.
I think it's labeled in a confusing way.

I could be interpreting it wrong, but the way I see it is alt-right and PC culture is just two sides of the same coin, being identity politics itself, but then again, that could be a misinterpretation.

Actually, the more I read the page, the less sense the vertical definition makes.  :-X


Why am I not surprised.
I mean, anyone who voted last election either voted for a douche or a turd sandwich, so I don't get why anyone would be proud of that.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on April 17, 2019, 09:18:15 AM
I could be interpreting it wrong, but the way I see it is alt-right and PC culture is just two sides of the same coin, being identity politics itself, but then again, that could be a misinterpretation.

Anything can be taken to absurd extremes.

People have identities. People have not been treated the same in the United States based on these identities. That is a fact that did not have to be invented. The alt-right thinks that only people of a certain identity are proper citizens of the U.S., and they march in the streets of Charleston chanting "Jews will not replace us" and other racist slogans. What is derisively referred to as "PC culture" posits that all identities are deserving of respect and equal treatment. Maybe they are two sides of the same coin, as democracy and tyranny are two sides of the same coin. The two sides of the coin are not morally equivalent.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 17, 2019, 09:44:22 AM
Anything can be taken to absurd extremes.

People have identities. People have not been treated the same in the United States based on these identities. That is a fact that did not have to be invented. The alt-right thinks that only people of a certain identity are proper citizens of the U.S., and they march in the streets of Charleston chanting "Jews will not replace us" and other racist slogans. What is derisively referred to as "PC culture" posits that all identities are deserving of respect and equal treatment. Maybe they are two sides of the same coin, as democracy and tyranny are two sides of the same coin. The two sides of the coin are not morally equivalent.
Yeah, that is a waaaaay overly naive view of PC culture.

Either you aren't informed enough about that side or you are one of them. If the former, we can still talk, but if the latter, it's probably going to be impossible based on my past observations/experiences.  :-\
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 17, 2019, 10:01:02 AM
You think that neo-Nazis are socially liberal? The lower right is "libertarian." The chart does not lend it self to representing the alt-right, with is not really distinguished by economic or social "liberalism" vs "conservatism" so much as by xenophobia, racism and the conspiracy-theorist mindset.

Why am I not surprised.


     The chart is an illustration of what divides the voters and on some issues unites them. It doesn't distinguish the alt right as a voting bloc.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on April 17, 2019, 10:05:32 AM
Yeah, that is a waaaaay overly naive view of PC culture.

Either you aren't informed enough about that side or you are one of them. If the former, we can still talk, but if the latter, it's probably going to be impossible based on my past observations/experiences.  :-\

Yes, I believe people have a right to define their own identities and are deserving of a basic level of respect. If that makes it impossible to talk to me, so be it. You are alt-right now, I take it?
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 17, 2019, 03:08:36 PM
Yes, I believe people have a right to define their own identities and are deserving of a basic level of respect. If that makes it impossible to talk to me, so be it. You are alt-right now, I take it?
I am anti-identitarian politics. That means I don't like the alt-right or the SJWs. Identity politics is not about individuals, it's all about the group. That is precisely what I despise. Of course, some level of that is needed, but the focus should always be on the individual and maximizing everyone's freedom and choices while not at the expense of others.

One problem with the identitarian left is the insistence on supporting every one of the "out-groups." But it is impossible- by supporting every out-group, you will only be supporting the most aggressive out-group, because that is the one that will prevail.

You want a society that is majority Muslim and also supports gay rights at the same time? Good luck. What about a large entitlement program and open borders? Good luck.

It's either a complete lack of understanding reality or the implications of one's actions, or both.

I don't know where you fit, but I would probably be more on the bottom left side if I didn't have any basic understanding of reality.

     The chart is an illustration of what divides the voters and on some issues unites them. It doesn't distinguish the alt right as a voting bloc.
The way I interpreted it (as well as the youtube video where I originally found it) was that it basically represents that, even if it isn't labeled as that. But looking at the explanations more, I'm not 100% sure now, since the descriptions are a bit all over the place for the vertical dimension.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 17, 2019, 03:19:08 PM
Yes, I believe people have a right to define their own identities and are deserving of a basic level of respect. If that makes it impossible to talk to me, so be it. You are alt-right now, I take it?
His point, as you well know unless you are playing dumb, is that that is not an accurate characterization of PC culture. Jussie Smollett is.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 17, 2019, 04:50:06 PM
His point, as you well know unless you are playing dumb, is that that is not an accurate characterization of PC culture. Jussie Smollett is.
Don't bring him up, you may end up with a dream about him like I did.  :P

(btw, that guy is most likely a psycho/sociopath... apart from the lies and such, if you look at his eyes there's a creepy emptiness to them)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: JBS on April 17, 2019, 05:06:36 PM
Hold on here!  As the person who founded this thread,I note this discussion is not digressing! Therefore this topic is not ontopic anymore!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on April 18, 2019, 08:12:53 AM
His point, as you well know unless you are playing dumb, is that that is not an accurate characterization of PC culture. Jussie Smollett is.

What an insight! I am thunderstruck. The scales have fallen from my eyes. Of course Jussie Smollett is representative of mainstream Democrat PC Culture. I just looked up the statistics and sure enough, 75% of crime in the U.S. consists of borderline sociopath black homosexual actors staging phony hate crimes on themselves. And I just found a tweet from Barack Obama expressing outrage that Smollett didn't receive the hate crime from MAGA hat wearing bigots he was entitled to and had to pay for it out of his own money! Nancy Pelosi has just proposed a tax deduction for staged hate crime payments. Long overdue, if you ask me.

On, the digression. I just read that Mueller report notes that one reason the obstruction of justice charge is complicated is that Trump kept trying to obstruct justice but his staff kept refusing to carry out his orders.

In Trump Universe, that is exoneration.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 18, 2019, 09:16:54 AM
What an insight! I am thunderstruck. The scales have fallen from my eyes. Of course Jussie Smollett is representative of mainstream Democrat PC Culture. I just looked up the statistics and sure enough, 75% of crime in the U.S. consists of borderline sociopath black homosexual actors staging phony hate crimes on themselves. And I just found a tweet from Barack Obama expressing outrage that Smollett didn't receive the hate crime from MAGA hat wearing bigots he was entitled to and had to pay for it out of his own money! Nancy Pelosi has just proposed a tax deduction for staged hate crime payments. Long overdue, if you ask me.

On, the digression. I just read that Mueller report notes that one reason the obstruction of justice charge is complicated is that Trump kept trying to obstruct justice but his staff kept refusing to carry out his orders.

In Trump Universe, that is exoneration.
Ah. You weren’t playing dumb.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 18, 2019, 01:11:27 PM
Hold on here!  As the person who founded this thread,I note this discussion is not digressing! Therefore this topic is not ontopic anymore!

I support the move for compliance
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 18, 2019, 01:13:32 PM
We / I have a new parakeet. And he's a handsome chap.

(I, because the ladies don't come back home until May)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 18, 2019, 01:51:38 PM
Looks like I will be moving to San Antonio. Right now they are trying to allocate me for May 6... 

Definitely one of the top places (along with any city in Texas) that seems to me among the top places to live in the US. And the weather is more what I'm used to, as well.

We / I have a new parakeet. And he's a handsome chap.

(I, because the ladies don't come back home until May)
Teach it to play clarinet.   :P
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 18, 2019, 02:59:21 PM
Looks like I will be moving to San Antonio. Right now they are trying to allocate me for May 6... 

Definitely one of the top places (along with any city in Texas) that seems to me among the top places to live in the US. And the weather is more what I'm used to, as well.
Teach it to play clarinet.   :P

Good luck with the move!
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: greg on April 18, 2019, 03:32:21 PM
Good luck with the move!
Thanks, man.  :)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 18, 2019, 04:53:13 PM
Looks like I will be moving to San Antonio. Right now they are trying to allocate me for May 6... 

Definitely one of the top places (along with any city in Texas) that seems to me among the top places to live in the US. And the weather is more what I'm used to, as well.

Sounds good. Wear sunscreen.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Mirror Image on April 18, 2019, 06:22:50 PM
Looks like I will be moving to San Antonio. Right now they are trying to allocate me for May 6... 

Definitely one of the top places (along with any city in Texas) that seems to me among the top places to live in the US. And the weather is more what I'm used to, as well.
Teach it to play clarinet.   :P

Very good to hear, Greg. Good luck with the move. Yeah, the weather should be more to your liking for sure. ;)
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 19, 2019, 04:11:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/jYKpuIKKj2U
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 19, 2019, 05:59:06 AM

     I'm thinking about adding the Criterion Channel (https://www.criterionchannel.com/) to my Roku.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 19, 2019, 07:41:40 AM
     I'm thinking about adding the Criterion Channel (https://www.criterionchannel.com/) to my Roku.
If that were available here it would tempt me. My local library happily enough has over 200 Criterion movies.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: drogulus on April 19, 2019, 09:00:27 AM
If that were available here it would tempt me. My local library happily enough has over 200 Criterion movies.

     The Criterion Channel to launch in Canada on April 8 (https://nowtoronto.com/movies/features/criterion-channel-canada-launch-april/)

     They have more than 1,000 titles available now, so it's not limited to Criterion.
Title: Re: The Thread for Those Who Wish to be Digressive
Post by: Ken B on April 19, 2019, 10:08:02 AM
     The Criterion Channel to launch in Canada on April 8 (https://nowtoronto.com/movies/features/criterion-channel-canada-launch-april/)

     They have more than 1,000 titles available now, so it's not limited to Criterion.
Wow, thanks. I will have to look into that. It’s not an option yet on my list of TV apps (I just looked). Maybe streaming and chromecast ...