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  2. Well strictly speaking, we do have this lovely "Other Versions" subforum: https://www.sherlockforum.com/forum/forum/35-other-versions/ so it's not BBC only. And we've always happily welcomed any Sherlock fan, whether they prefer BBC (Johnlock or PlatonicFriends flavour), Granada, or those who think Gene Wilder was killing it as Sigerson, for that matter. It's all good.
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  4. besleybean

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Well as this is a BBC Forum... Who cares?!
  5. Van Buren Supernova

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I have to disagree, I think it does have significant effect. The most efficient way to control supply is to control demand. Again, I'm talking about plastic bags though, as I'm more laser focused on the aftermath. And looking at the way mostly people behave, the most efficient control, unfortunately, is through banning. Most people wouldn't care or think twice about using excessive plastic, or wasting helium as long as they don't feel the inconvenience of cost, for example, or scarcity. By banning it, it automatically reduce demands. Without demands, supply would be cut, production would be cut. I'm afraid it's not the case at all. We could decide the last attempt to make use of plastic bag and give it multiple lives, it's true. But at the end, it's still plastic bag. Even if we reused and recycled them, it'd still end up somewhere you can't control. There are many landfills but they are questionable and simply not enough to cater our waste. Most likely the treatment and re-purposing of those only cover small percentage of actual waste. How do they get into ocean? I know some landfills could be uninhabited island, or they could be island of their own. Plastic bags could also travel from inland waterways, or wind. It's more likely that there are many ways that the plastic bag that you use, even when you are not living near the ocean, could end up at the ocean. Even when you dispose it responsibly. Certain months of the year, the pristine beach that I frequent would become a thrash site. The monsoon and strong wind would carry up a lot of garbage from I'm not sure where. When I meant a lot, it's a lot. Piles and piles of garbage, from tree trunks to mostly...plastics. I have comparison pictures somewhere. There could also be times when we sailed through a nice beautiful ocean and island, and suddenly find that we were in between streak of garbage floating on the ocean surface. It could come from neighboring island, it could be dumped from ship. The point is, unless you see it breaks down (I did have couple of so-called more environmental plastic bags that breaks down to pieces and dust after I used it to keep something for couple of years), plastic bags would end up somewhere.
  6. Carol the Dabbler

    The Political Thread

    Seems to me that in general it's a good thing for a law to represent the beliefs of the populace. Of course not everyone agrees, so "majority rules" is probably the best we can do. Otherwise, who is it that gets to decide what the laws will be, and gets to impose them on everyone else? My point regarding the EU was that it's about the same size as the US. Of course our states don't differ as much as the European countries do, but there are definitely regional differences here, so of course the laws will differ.
  7. Carol the Dabbler

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

    Yeah, heaven knows there are enough people who will abandon a pet when they're no fun anymore (I'm sure glad I'm not their grandma). But there are also a lot of people who, when their pet does something that inconveniences them, assume that the pet is merely "being naughty." If the dog poops on the carpet, it never occurs to them that it might be ill, they just scold it and put it outside. And if it's not used to being outside or being alone, it may wander off, maybe looking for other dogs. Then there are the people who simply fail to think things through. Like when their pet goes missing, even one they're very fond of, they'll say oh, when he gets hungry, he'll come home. And it never occurs to them go looking for their pet, or put up notices, or phone the local animal shelter (if there is one) to see if it has been turned in, or check the "Found" ads in the newspaper, or anything. I don't see this as cruel or even neglectful, mostly just ignorant (and probably the way they were brought up). Still very sad situation for their pet, though.
  8. Van Buren Supernova

    The Political Thread

    EU is not the suitable example for now, I suppose. But for what I've known, many others with states or at least geographically distinctive division mostly still exercising the same law throughout. There could be differences, but normally not major. But don't quote me on this, I probably get it wrong. Same-sex marriage and abortion are two things that stand out for me, same with medical drugs. If you can just go to another state to do so, what is the purpose of them being a law in respective state? And why they have the authority of imposing certain law in certain state? I'd say it'll leave the possibility of law being discriminative; depends on majority and beliefs of that said state. Isn't it scary?
  9. Van Buren Supernova

    Game of Thrones

    I guess my biggest problem with Bran is, I don't buy that they believe him. We are never shown why everyone buy his 'stories' and 3eyedraven stuff hook-line-and-sinker. Not once! Put it into comparison that a group of chosen characters put up an idiotic mission to go beyond the wall to retrieve zombie just to convince Cersei. For the ending and everything else, I probably don't mind the what, but the how ruins what I think of the what. So I don't believe my own judgement of the what anymore, if that makes sense. I can't justify it, so I won't try. (You think you are the only one who can say that, Jon Snow? ). I think I had too hard of a fall from ep 2 to 3, while previously I fractured my bones but keep walking this time it's exploded. No energy for sensible metaphor.
  10. Artemis

    Recently watched movies

    ^ Yep, this.
  11. Van Buren Supernova

    Recently watched movies

    I just hope that it'll regulated properly. For something as essential as medical related, she shouldn't able to get away as long as she did. And I'd think, if she allowed flexibility, things could turn out...better? For example, one of the engineer actually asked if they could make the machine bigger, it could solve some of the problems they have. The irony is, the amazing size is also one of the contributing factor to its success.
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  13. Carol the Dabbler

    Recently watched movies

    Somebody's bound to invent a real one sooner or later, though -- and might not have if the idea hadn't come to their attention via the fake one. Just consider the two-way wrist televisions in the old Dick Tracy comic strips -- sheer fantasy in the 1960's, but actually looks a bit clunky today.
  14. Carol the Dabbler

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Right, I suspect that most efforts to control post-consumer waste (such as the no-plastic-bags laws) are likely to have very little effect, either because they weren't thought through in the first place, or because people will circumvent them. But each of us has some control over what happens to our own stuff. If our plastic bags are reused or recycled, for example, they won't end up in the ocean. Come to think of it, how do they get into the ocean, anyhow? If it's due to litterbugs, then even throwing them away in a responsible manner should avoid that.
  15. Inge l-w

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Oh dear! Forties, here, and I actually got to Rathbone after the Granada series. Surely, you cannot have loved them all, there were highs and lows the size of hurricane waves!
  16. T.o.b.y

    Game of Thrones

    So, here are all the things I liked about the ending:
  17. Sorry, won't be responding elaborately this week. I'm on vacation and have WiFi with a hiccup. What I wanted to show in the first place is that what "seems" a solution don't have to be one. Banning cups, straws and bags may be the first step in the right direction - or just a cover for doing nothing about other aspects of the plastic problem. Because people usually don't look any further.
  18. Carol the Dabbler

    The Language (and travel) Thread

    You should try working with engineers. I know that I often use the wrong homonym, but like Arcadia, it's not because I don't know the difference. It's because once I start typing a word, my subconscious takes over. Anything that starts with "India" is likely to end up as "Indiana" or even "Indianapolis," for example, simply because I've already typed those names so often. I generally catch the errors when I proofread, though -- I hope!
  19. Sheerluck

    The Language (and travel) Thread

    Check out Grammarly.com.
  20. Carol the Dabbler

    The Political Thread

    Please bear in mind that our states are large, and that just our 48 contiguous states are about the size of Europe. In fact, each of our states was originally a separate colony and then a separate country loosely joined in a cooperative effort for a few years. Don't members of the EU still have their own laws regarding some things -- or not? We do have some federal laws (i.e., covering the entire country), but they cover things that can affect more than one state at a time, such as presidential elections, kidnappings, military service, etc. State laws cannot contradict federal laws. A citizen of any US state is bound by the laws of whatever state s/he is in at the moment. (So yes, if you're from a state that prohibits X, but you're currently in a state that allows it, you're perfectly free to engage in X.) Laws tend to be pretty similar from state to state, but there are some major exceptions, plus a large number of slight variations. Counties and cities within a state can have their own laws in addition, but they must not contradict the state laws. Also, states must recognize the validity of each other's contracts, including marriage. It's not nearly as confusing as you're imagining!
  21. besleybean

    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I work with teachers... I am constantly correcting their grammar and spelling.
  22. Van Buren Supernova

    The Political Thread

    On the side line, what is hard for me to understand, that in US, you seem to have different laws for different states. That is quite mind boggling to be honest, don't you think so? So, is it possible to do something that is prohibited in your state, in another state that allows it? Are you restricted as residence of particular state therefore have to follow whatever your origin's law? If not, what is the point of that as well? How does it work?
  23. Van Buren Supernova

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

    I'd like to believe that, but sadly, circumstances points otherwise. One of it being this is the regular stretch of beach that me and many others go, we'd know if there is a new abandoned dog pretty soon (and sadly, it's really not uncommon). At least two of the acquaintances go there twice daily, walking the same path, and they would do something for the puppy as they always do (the things they do for strays restore my faith in goodness a lot). The puppy was barely able to walk, it's unlikely it's a run away. Again, sadly (!) most people in places that I live know the concept of pet as fun, cute companion. They 'forget' that they get sick, they grow up, they could have unwanted behaviour and they could be expensive. I get that there is a possibility that the owner couldn't afford the treatment, but pet is family. You'd expected to do everything you could in your power when you decide to have one. Even for the last resort, at least be there for them. We have seen so many examples of bad owners before, so it'd cloud my judgement, yes. I guess when I said there are people who restore my faith, there are many more who destroy it. Most time, not this one, I'm unable to do something to help and it's terrifying.
  24. Van Buren Supernova

    Game of Thrones

    The way I think of the ending are kind of ruined because of how or the lack of how they get there. So I don't think I can be objective anymore. But tbh, I feel very indifferent which is the phase that is probably worse than being annoyed or angry, good for me though. You are right, I want to believe the book will do a better job, but I'm worried that I might not care anymore, although I'd probably still be the first to get it. The thing of don't want to be spoiled, is very annoying but I'm cursed with that. So yah, I'd devour the book in hours, unless I have to plan my 78th birthday party when Winds of Winter finally out. OH who am I kidding, I never celebrate birthdays. Actually, I see almost everyone complains about this, but I'm with him on that. I think I'd do what he did, but the reason...uhm.. how can you live as someone you are not? And it's pretty hard to promise something you don't intend to keep, it'd undermine everything you do, and that is all he is. One thing about the ending.
  25. Van Buren Supernova

    Recently watched movies

    That's true. That's true. I'd try to explain why I thought what I said (in a very simple way) But it's been awhile, feel free to throw cake at me if I got something wrong or if I indeed misunderstood the documentary. Basically Elizabeth Holmes (nope, not another sister) was selling this idea of affordable medical check-up. It's some kind of amazing compact, very small machine that only needs a simple finger prick and just few drops of blood, unlike regular check-up that requires vial and vial of blood. It also produce speedy result. It's awesome idea, it'd help medical world a lot, it'd help people. The things is, the technology is not there yet. It's impossible to fit those algorithm and analytical sophistication or whatever needed to get check-up in that compact machine. It's impossible to get it from only few drops of blood. She kept selling the idea, believing on the idea and obtain millions of investment from it. That is an interesting view shared by one of people in the documentary about how people are more likely to think that it's okay to lie if it's for good cause. So allegedly (and proven and testified I believe) to get the check-up result that their machine can't handle (even those it can handle are questionable), they would revert to common way by using just regular lab and method, sometimes making excuses for the patient to draw more blood, sometimes..diluting the sample, the results are of course, are at big risk of being inaccurate. I don't think explanation is needed on why inaccurate result is very dangerous. Although she is very aware of the shortcoming, she continues to deny and believe that she does no wrong, and lies. Actually most of the footage in the documentary are real advertising footages that she or her company produced.
  26. Van Buren Supernova

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I think plastic is more harmful for the aftermath, but that's more on how they affect ocean and animal life for example. So maybe you are looking more into the impact for producing them while I'm looking at the actual physical product itself. But I do agree that one of the best way to help is to reduce consumerism. It is overwhelming and growing at a very scary rate. For example, I stayed in a place where it's more expensive to move a fridge than buying a new one when you change residence, same with the cost of repairing them and most appliances. I've always b*tched here before about how short-lasting is modern phone generation. Electronic wastes are terrifying. That's why I despise people who worship trend and owning new piece of technology just for the sake of flaunting without the actual ability or need to use it, that's why I despise brand that purposely create the needs for extra spare parts just for the sake of exclusiveness and style. Ah well, I'm guilty of owning too many stuff as well. I probably don't need 50% of my home's content. It's scary how fast stuffs could build up sometimes.
  27. Arcadia

    Recently watched movies

    Spoilsport.
  28. Arcadia

    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I had it on one of my first PCs, it didn't do a bad job, except that it was a bit too formal for my taste. Would have been perfect if I'd been writing term papers!
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