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  2. Nope, the nearest Metro station is about 40 minutes from here … and unless you get there before 8 a.m., there's no parking. At least, during the week. I've used it a few times on the weekend, it's nice. There's another station a little further out where you can find parking at a nearby mall, but then you have to take a shuttle from the lot to the station, which adds another 20-30 minutes to your travel time. The upshot is … it's easier to stay home. 😞 The train's far more convenient, it just doesn't go very many places, or very often.
  3. Carol the Dabbler

    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    I take it the Metro doesn't reach your area?
  4. Carol the Dabbler

    The Political Thread

    I've been thinking we might all be bald by then! Glad to know that VBS's crystal ball says otherwise.
  5. Arcadia

    Recently watched movies

    I'd never heard of it either, but it looks pretty sweet...
  6. See why I don't travel? Seriously, it's stuff like this that makes me choose to drive my car 99.9% of the time. I've been planning to use the train to visit my brother, I may have to rethink this....
  7. Arcadia

    The Political Thread

    Whew! I was just assuming that by the time S5 came out, Watson would be bald. So relieved to know I'm wrong.....
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  9. Carol the Dabbler

    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    I must say that's one experience I've never had! There may have been one time when my airline seat didn't work properly (so I couldn't follow the required safety instructions), but they were able to switch me to another seat on the same flight.
  10. Carol the Dabbler

    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Nope, those were written in British as well. I am deeply puzzled! The show must have, by law, had American closed captioning. But come to think of it, that uses a special technology, so maybe there was no way to convert it to regular subtitles, and they had to start from scratch? In any case, it's kinda weird, hearing the dialog spoken with American accents while reading it in British spelling. I suppose we could just turn off the subtitles, but they do save us from this occasional scenario: Me: What'd he say? Alex: I couldn't understand it. Me: Can you back it up? [Alex backs it up and we listen more carefully.] Me: I still didn't understand him. Alex: Me either.
  11. Carol the Dabbler

    Recently watched movies

    OK, I finally get it -- you guys are just making up half of these movie titles, right?
  12. Van Buren Supernova

    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    These are frustrating, can certainly imagine myself going nuts in both situation. I am old-fashioned and would trust booking with real person too, so that's definitely a mess. Luckily, I think I have been luckier than you guys. My public transport experiences are not fun, sometime dangerous, but at least, I didn't have non-existent flight/train. I do remember not having my seat in couch between two countries, there was literally no seat, it was ripped off and empty. But it was funny and we found out early, so they re-booked me to another vehicle and we were on schedule. Another time we had two connecting flights, and the airline changed the schedule of those flights that resulted in almost overlapping, with only 30 minutes buffer time to make an international connecting flight. My request to change the flight time was met with them asking me to pay (for wanting to change flight!), so I had to march to their physical office, luckily they had one, bringing the print-out of their term and condition, that clearly stated passengers are required to check-in two hours prior and demanded them to explain how I could make it in 30 minute buffer between flights (not to mention delay or luggage), I got the change, but it still sucks because the returning flights were also changed, which cost us a day and made us cancel a destination we had booked and paid.
  13. Carol the Dabbler

    The Political Thread

    Yes, thank goodness! The scene you're apparently thinking of is in "Great Game" (I think I've previously said Reichenbach, but Ariane DeVere just convinced me I'd been wrong): . But then in S4, John clearly *is* using "product" in his hair. I'm glad Sherlock will finally be able to bring him to his senses in S5.
  14. Van Buren Supernova

    Recently watched movies

    That sounds very interesting, I wish we did that because I couldn't stand my Religion classes (We didn't lump it with philosophy, don't think we had one). It's the one I'm least interested in and never bothered to study because they made it so... uninspiring? dull? non reactive? What we did was just reading and remembering gospel, and there wasn't discussion to counter claim or even doubting God, and every explanation was not satisfying, just by the book or none at all. I could tell that even the teacher was bored. To topic, watched Peanut Butter Falcon, quite like it, although I had higher expectation. 7/10
  15. Van Buren Supernova

    The Dress (color perception)

    Of course! The top one, gah!!!! This shouldn't need to happen in short building!
  16. Van Buren Supernova

    The Political Thread

    Very spot-on question because John's hair actually gets an important scene. In episode one, John shows up with season 4's hairstyle (something that I, or we, think doesn't make sense). Then there is a rapid-fire parade of small cases and in between, his hair goes back to Season 1-3's, without explanation, more like goof. But it's not, and they explain it in episode 3, which as said previously, Sherlock has gone missing. John is very worried about Sherlock's safety, but he doesn't have anymore lead and stuck in finding Sherlock's whereabouts. In despair, he goes back to the location where Sherlock was last seen, a crime scene. While trying too find clue, any clue, John sees and hears Sherlock, remembering him in another crime scene, (just like the stair-well memory in... TEH?) reenacting the time when Sherlock made a big fuss about John's hair, complaining that John was leaving trace in the crime scene and went into rant about Aminomethyl Propanol and how he was trying to use new method but then some people don't seem to bother about crime scene contamination and so on so forth, prancing around - waving his hands wildly - messing his own hair and seemed oblivious about doing the very thing he complained about, while John and Lestrade exchanged look as long suffering partner. (Sidenote: I remember in early season, Sherlock commented that John was using hair product, that John retaliated as shampoo only, any of you remember which episode? I can't remember, gahhh. Anyway, that is one of the reasons why I find odd that Sherlock said nothing about John's hair in season 4, thankfully they will fix it in 5. This callback scene is apparently the reason why John abruptly changed back his hair in episode one, you really need to be Sherlock Holmes to make him do that, another T-shirt for Mary) Frustated, John freezes the Sherlock memory and yells at him to tell him to tell John where he is, and he notices the word Sherlock is mouthing, Crime Scene Contamination, and he then starts to look around with fresh eyes, that this very crime scene is both the crime scene for the last victim they investigated and the crime scene where Sherlock disappeared, and John should find new lead if he knows which clues belong to which crime scene. No more spoiler guys, be patient for year 2023. Get yourself together. Geez. And this is off topic!
  17. T.o.b.y

    Recently watched movies

    In Germany, we have these kinds of classes in high school because "religious education" is a thing in public school (you can choose to take philosophy instead if you are are worried that they are going to try and talk you into a faith but as far as I know, most kids just choose those classes based on which teachers they like better). My mother in law teaches it and I love reading some of the papers from her students.
  18. Arcadia

    Recently watched movies

    Interesting. I don't recall a course like that, mine were more the study of religious history and beliefs, and not debating them. I think I would have enjoyed the latter, though. There were some ethics classes mixed in there somewhere too, I remember I really enjoyed those. I just wish I could remember what I learned.
  19. Carol the Dabbler

    What other TV shows do you watch?

    The best price we found for the complete series (a couple hundred episodes) was a Region 2 (British / European) box set, which is very nice (and we have a region-free player). But there's one thing that kept puzzling me -- the English subtitles are spelled in British. Why not just use the original American subtitles? But then I realized that the show was filmed during the nineties, when closed captioning was becoming a legal requirement in the US, so most shows had it. The subtitles used for closed captioning are the kind referred to as subtitles for the deaf or hearing-impaired (i.e., they also include non-verbal audio info, such as "phone rings"). Our Home Improvement DVDs offer that sort of subtitles, and they also have speech-only English subtitles. So I'm guessing that the more extensive subtitles are the original American closed captioning (which would have been the only subtitles the show originally had), and the speech-only subtitles (which are the ones we've been turning on) were created later for the British / European market. Tonight I plan to test that hypothesis by watching with the "deaf" subtitles turned on, and see which brand of English they use.
  20. Artemis

    Recently watched movies

    I understood your question, but I can see how my answer didn’t make that obvious. This was already brought up, but I think that there are some absolutes. Some hurts are self-evident, and everyone knows that they’re hurtful, whether they argue about it or not. (I’m certainly guilty of playing Devil’s Advocate in this regard, for the sake of exploring logic.) Others can be legitimately debated, but not as many, in my opinion. I think the real debates come when you start discussing which hurtful things should be punishable by law, and which things you should leave alone and hope that people will be considerate and work it out themselves. I took some theology in college, but it didn’t seem all that definitive to me. Most of the classes and assigned papers were spent debating theological questions and varying interpretations of texts, including whether it benefits humanity or makes sense for God/gods/religion to exist at all. For instance, in my Philosophy and Religion class, we discussed and wrote a paper on the contradictory claim that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good. In light of all the suffering in the world (and various other factors I won’t spend time listing), the idea is that it would really only make logical sense for God to be 2 of the 3 things. Apparently theologians have been trying to reconcile this belief for centuries.
  21. The episode where Q was sentenced to become human as a punishment is one of my favorites, it was hilarious, lol.
  22. Carol the Dabbler

    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Tim and Jill called him Wilson, and the kids called him Mr. Wilson. (It finally came out that his full name was Wilson W. Wilson, Jr.)
  23. Carol the Dabbler

    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I agree regarding formal communication, where one is more likely to be taken seriously if one communicates using the "correct" forms. (I could still not bring myself to say "It is he," but neither would I say "It's him" in a formal setting -- I'd figure out some other way of saying it.) The most important thing, however, is to express one's ideas clearly.
  24. Arcadia

    What other TV shows do you watch?

    I always liked it too. Anyone remember the name of the neighbor? Y'know, the guy you never saw except his hat, because the fence was in the way.
  25. Arcadia

    The Language (and travel) Thread

    It's odd, perhaps … but I'm more inclined to favor the "rules" when it comes to spelling and grammar. At least, in formal communication. I guess I don't much care the rest of the time.
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