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About Carol the Dabbler

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    A Study In Pink
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    The Reichenbach Fall
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Sign of Three
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    The Abominable Bride

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  1. Photographs, posting and witchcraft!

    Onward to your questions: 1. Yes, if you store an image on (e.g.) Photobucket, you can display it on this forum, no matter how big it is (there are practical limits of course, but you won't encounter them). 2. Right again. Any capacity limits would be between you and (e.g.) Photobucket, and their smallest plan gives you 2 gigabytes (i.e., 1,000,000 kilobytes). For your purposes, that's infinite. 3. The best image-hosting site? I wish I knew. Right now I'm on Photobucket simply because I put my pictures on there back when it was free, and they finally came down to a reasonable fee. Some hosting sites don't want you to hotlink to them, so be careful about that. You might want to check out a site called TinyPic. It's free and as I recall it's easy to use. I haven't used it much, though, and it's owned by Photobucket (but I seriously doubt that they'd try any dumb stunts again). At least you could play around with it without paying anything. 4. No, you most definitely do not need a PhD in computer science. I have no PhDs whatsoever and no degrees in computer science either, and I manage. Some sites do have their quirks, of course. If you find yourself stumped, just come back here and tell us what you're having trouble with.
  2. Photographs, posting and witchcraft!

    OK, first off, Photobucket etc. are not apps, they're websites that you need to join, just as you joined this forum -- except that some of them charge a monthly or annual fee. Some of these image-hosting sites may want you to download their app if you're on a phone, but you're still dealing with the website. Next, the difference between what you've been doing and what you're now talking about doing is *where* the image is stored. The way you've been doing it (or attempting to do it) is called embedding -- the image is stored on the same website (such as this forum) that it's visible on. With third-party image hosting, the image resides on one website (e.g., Photobucket) but is visible on another (e.g., this forum) via a method called hot linking. The image looks like it's in your post, but it's actually on (e.g.) Photobucket. I'm gonna post this much, and continue below.
  3. Myers-Briggs personality types -- and quiz

    It occurs to me it's a bit odd that BBC Sherlock shows no chacteristics of a middle kid, seeing as how he supposedly was one for several years. Even if he was able to repress all conscious recollection of Eurus, it seems to me that he might nevertheless retain a trace of the middle-kid behavior.
  4. PhotoBucket news

    When viewed on their website, there's a footnote on the two non-free options: billed annually. So if you want 3rd-party hosting, $2.25/month or $27/year is the cheapest you can get (and 2 gig is *plenty* for me -- dunno how they calculate that to be 400 photos -- I get between 1,300 and 12,000, depending on size). That's not *too* big a price increase over the $19.99 that I'm paying this year, but I am beginning to feel like a lobster being lowered head-first into a pot of boiling water. However my payment receipt says that I will be billed $19.99 again next year. Does that constitute a binding contract?
  5. Myers-Briggs personality types -- and quiz

    That sounds exactly like Alex and me! OK, I'm starting to think you're correct about Sherlock -- he does make snap decisions, sometimes (often?) before fully thinking things through.
  6. Introverts, how is your day?

    Well, if your April and May have been anything like ours (snowstorms followed immediately by a never-ending heatwave), I'd blame the weather. But one thing I forgot to mention: hormone cream. When I was in the throes of menopause, I was seriously concerned that my heart palpitations might kill me. Then I discovered bio-identical progesterone cream. What a difference! Unlike the pills most doctors prescribe, it's the same molecule that the human body produces, so there are few if any side effects. It works like a patch, absorbs through the skin. Some (very few) doctors will give you a prescription for such a cream made to order by a compounding pharmacy, but I've had better results with the stuff sold without a prescription at some health-food stores. I still use it.
  7. Myers-Briggs personality types -- and quiz

    I'm opinionated even though I'm definitely a P (especially compared to Alex's J!). But even though I'm opinionated I don't generally place a value judgment on my opinions -- I don't say this is wrong, I just observe the way it is and say I prefer it the other way. Even if I really, really prefer it the other way, and will defend my position till convinced otherwise, I don't say the other way is wrong unless it's provably wrong -- and as a former math teacher, I have a very high standard for provability. So I don't think opinionated = J. I think Sherlock is more detached than that. He observes and deduces, but he rarely seems to pass judgment. Moriarty is merely a puzzle to be solved, at least until he blows up that old lady and all her neighbors -- and maybe even then he's merely a different puzzle. He does pass judgment on Magnussen and Smith -- but I kinda agree with him there.
  8. Shoot The Wall (A.k.a. The Rant Thread)

    Wouldn't that be great! I used to work with a fellow who could just about do that. One day he was talking about someone in another department but I didn't recognize the name. So he just whisked his pencil over a piece of paper and said You know -- that guy. And I did! I do wonder how my dreams would hold up under scrutiny, though.
  9. The "Hijacked Thread" Thread

    Funny thing -- I never heard the radio show, but adored the book and TV show. Didn't see the movie in the theater because i assumed it was just a remake of the TV show and I think remakes are generally no improvement over the original. But after seeing a couple seasons of Sherlock, I wanted to see what else Martin Freeman had done, so along with some other things I got the Hitchhiker movie. My first reaction wasn't just that it wasn't any better -- I loathed it! Not Freeman's performance, mind you, basically the script. The DVD had a commentary track, so we watched that, and it helped a little. For one thing, I had assumed that the changes had been made after Douglas Adams's death, behind his back as it were, but learned that they had actually been his idea. I still didn't like them too much, but at least I no longer resented them. We watched the movie again, and that time it wasn't too bad. Then I said hey we've never watched the DVD of that wonderful TV show, so we got that out. And you know what? We weren't impressed. I think I had liked the book and TV show because they were so fresh and novel at the time. Then I was comparing the movie to my thirty-year-old recollection of my reaction to them. And of course it came up short because the idea was no longer fresh and new. In fact it was thirty years old. And of course the TV show was no longer fresh and new either. (I have a feeling that I'd still find the book as delightful as ever -- but I'm a little hesitant to test that hypothesis!) After rewatching both versions again later on, I would say that they each have their good and bad points. Of course the TV show suffers from its early-BBC production values. I like both Arthur Dents, though they're very different. (I do wish they hadn't given MF that red hair and dark-green bathrobe, though -- they make him look awful.) I prefer the TV Ford Prefect and the movie -- oh, what's his name? -- Ford's cousin. And of course just love Bill Nighy's Slartybartfast. I would prefer the TV robot suit with Alan Rickman's voice from the movie.
  10. Myers-Briggs personality types -- and quiz

    Why do you say that? Just curious -- my first inclination would be P, but not sure I could back it up.
  11. Myers-Briggs personality types -- and quiz

    Excellent points. I have only a couple of quibbles: I assume the reason he mentioned his experience with women specifically was that he was in the midst of giving his opinion of a woman, the "refined and sensitive" Miss Morstan. It would hardly make sense to compare her with the men he'd known, especially not in an era when men and women inhabited two different worlds. But it's also clear that the dear doctor is smitten, so I can't quibble very much with you on this point! I think membership in such clubs was considerably less unusual back then. I get the impression that if you were a gentleman (in the social-stratum sense), you joined a club, just as routinely as a man today has a favorite football team. And if you were a professional man, say a doctor, you were apparently also expected to apply to the club that doctors of a certain standing belonged to. The clubs were, in modern terms, at least as much for networking as for socializing. The clubs also served somewhat the same purpose as a man's den did a few decades ago when men had dens. They were basically a place to get away from women, so you could read the newspaper in peace and quiet. At least that's my impression from novels and movies. I have never actually been a Victorian gentleman!
  12. Myers-Briggs personality types -- and quiz

    @Camper, I think I agree with you about the original Watson being an outgoing introvert. That would make a lot of sense for a general practitioner -- he needs to have a good "bedside manner" with his patients, yet maintain a professional detachment. He's their doctor, not their friend. However, I must (once more) state that the whole "three continents" thing seems to have been blown out of proportion. What Watson actually says (regarding Mary Morstan in "Sign of the Four") is "In an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature." That is the one quote that everyone holds up as evidence -- nay, as proof! -- that Watson was a playboy, and yet it says nothing of the kind. The "three continents" surely refers to his experience as a military doctor, during which time he must have worked with any number of nurses, both in his professional capacity and (after his injury) as a patient. He presumably also spent some time out and about in town, and thus met some of the local women in the markets, and may even have treated a few of them in the military hospital. While it is, of course, entirely possible that he also availed himself of some rather more personal services, there is no evidence of it -- nor would there be, of course, since Watson was above all else a Victorian gentleman.
  13. A Collector’s Lot

    Speak for yourself! I very much enjoy listening to him talk, with or without Reaction Faces (which I also enjoy very much). I suspect you've been reading too many tabloids. They're always ready to make a mountain out of a pinch of dust.
  14. Introverts, how is your day?

    British vest = American tank-top, I believe. Yes, there comes a point where further disrobing becomes problematic. I find electric fans to be helpful. Likewise sitting down with a glass of cool water. And taking my footwear off altogether.
  15. Which Sherlock Villain Character Are You?

    Welcome back, Herseydennvar! Just another post or two and you won't need to wait; your posts will be visible immediately without waiting for moderator approval. I have combined your quiz threads.

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