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  1. 5 points
    So I have a girlfriend now and last month we celebrated our 2 month anniversary, and when we were dating I had to tell people I met someone, including people who I hadn't came out to. I genuinely forgot the anxiety when coming out, some didn't believe me. But sometimes it was amusing, then I had a conversation that went like this: "I met someone." "That's nice, where does he live?" "What kind of job does he has?" Is he older or younger than you?" and then finally "What's his name?" So I answered each question without using a pronoun, but when I said a girl's name seeing the penny drop was just priceless.
  2. 4 points
    Maybe someone already said this and I misunderstood, but my interpretation of this scene: SHERLOCK: It’s not a pleasant thought, John, but I have this terrible feeling, from time to time, that we might all just be human. JOHN: Even you? SHERLOCK: No. Even you. ... is that Sherlock has seen how John has been beating himself up because he had thought about cheating on Mary. So he's pointing out that even though John is basically a good man, nobody's perfect, and that's OK.
  3. 4 points
    Felt kinda blue this morning and needed some cheering up. Went searching and found this, hope it brings you a little cheer too. Btw, that was his last donation because Australia prohibits them past a certain age, he's fine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Harrison_(blood_donor)
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    You can check if the fur is sticking out of a textile fabric or a skin. Also - if you burn it, it will smell of burned hair or plastic (hint, hint)
  7. 3 points
    This. What were the alternative interpretations? I will repeat myself, but S4 is imo about expectations one has towards oneself and, actually, wanting to be someone else. Mary wants to be a normal wife and mother, John wants to be the ideal husband, he thinks Mary thinks he is - and the moral compass for Sherlock. Sherlock wants to be Mycroft. Mycroft wants to be an iceberg. All of them fail miserably. Probably even Mrs Hudson, who wants to be "just a landlady". In that scene Sherlock tells John how unrealistic his expectations towards himself were. And he says "we" because he recognized his own limitations too. And above all it's a good, surprising pun. And Mofftisses would kill for a good pun.
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    Yes, I think he does / did look up to John that way. Which made it even harder for John when he found himself thinking, feeling and behaving differently. Imho, series 4 has many faults but what I love it for is the message that a person's worth and worthiness of love (in whatever form) doesn't / shouldn't all come from their abilities or achievements. Sherlock isn't only lovable because he's brilliant and John isn't only lovable because he's honorable. They have intrinsic value just as people and they learn to like each other just as people even if they're sometimes stupid or mean, as people are wont to be sometimes. I'm not saying there aren't limits and we should IRL forgive anything and everything all the time and stay friends with people who hurt us. If for you what John did crosses a line, even in fiction, that's really fine and understandable. For me, Sherlock's suicide charade, the two year absence and completely inappropriate behavior upon returning was already so appalling that I believe if they were real people, John shouldn't ever have let him into his life again. However, I can tolerate a lot more unhealthy shit on TV than IRL (and really like it there too to be quite honest), so in this case, I think it makes sense that John would have an extreme reaction sooner or later. And I'm not surprised it took the form of violence. Or that he was about to cut ties completely, even if it meant leaving Sherlock to die. It's unrealistic that their friendship can mend from all this incredible mess but what else is fiction for if not to make the impossible possible? I got the impression that Sherlock kind of knew that John needed to get a lot of anger and resentment out of his system and he kind of volunteered to be the punching bag. Maybe that was even his way of dealing with his own guilt. It's not exactly a strategy that I would recommend to actual living people but in this case - yeah, ok. Pass me the popcorn and the tissues. (Just for perspective, I am a person who enjoys the relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker too so... I'm clearly a bit messed up. But I swear I have wayyyy different standards for people IRL and I do think I can see real abuse and don't romanticise it. I had the good luck to grow up in a pretty happy home, have pretty decent friends and marry a very decent man, so I guess I can afford to enjoy F***ed up fiction. I'm aware that not everyone can or wants to and that's very understandable and ok!)
  11. 3 points
    Yah that's true. That lucky geezer. I would love to slam doors at people's faces and yell for them to check their IQ also, if that is not the restraining factor.
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    Della the cat with her patchwork family of biological and adopted children:
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    I tend to judge people by their actions. Not many people are total saints, but neither are they total devils. So criticise and praise where appropriate. On balance and obviously IMHO, Trump is the worse the US has had so far. But then I don't live there and am not American, so possibly my views count for little. The UK PM isn't much better.
  15. 3 points
    Who wouldn't be? Molly is incredibly lovable.
  16. 3 points
    I've always loved and appreciated Loo's care for the character of Molly. She really seems quite fond of her.
  17. 3 points
    How could we forget you!
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    If you have the kind of luck I do, right after you figure it out the site will be bought out by Photobucket.
  19. 3 points
    Okay, of all the threads on this forum, this is the one that obviously needs the most attention. *clears throat* What does a grape say when it is stepped on? Nothing, it just lets out a little wine. Where do animals go when their tails fall off? To the retail store. When Dad turned 65, he started running a mile a day to keep fit. He's 70 now and we have no idea where he is.
  20. 2 points
    A God...? Seriously, I think what he means is that he was raised to believe that he, as a Holmes, was inherently special and above us "ordinary mortals". Considering the frankly superhuman abilities of his siblings, that's understandable to a degree. But it led to him isolating himself and trying to adhere to unattainable standards that didn't allow for typical "human" mistakes and weaknesses. And because he liked John so much, he put him on a pedestal as well, not for his mental abilities obviously but for his character. Because a Holmes can't have "ordinary" friends of course. If he lets someone in like that, the person has to be part of the special club as well. And then John got trapped by expectations too (not just Sherlock's, also his own and Mary's), and when he did stuff that wasn't so great and good and upright or felt resentful, selfish, whatever, he fell into an existential crisis. I think what Sherlock is saying with that "even you" statement is, John, I have come to realize that it's actually ok to mess up like a normal human being once in a while and you know what, I still like you, just for yourself. And it's ok to not be ok and I'm not ok either. Something like that. I love that scene at the end of The Lying Detective.
  21. 2 points
    Seconded. Oh the luxury of being Sherlock.
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    Errrrrr...HOLD, hold on, who else is actually familiar with this??? Putting my shock aside, interesting stories Carol, although I barely know my living relatives, very confident that I could meet them on the street without recognizing them, let alone knowing how many offsprings they have. You guys are driving me nuts, I'm struggling with digital space problem, I have many 2T hard disks that are filled to the brim, I have probably four of them in my drawer now, and many at home. My phone is consider outstanding (at least when I first bought it at 64 + 128G of space, and it ran out). Now I am struggling daily to choose which one to delete. What am I doing you ask? The Hard disks are mainly for work, movie and pictures. Phone, totally pictures. Of what? DOGS! My dogs stray dogs, my dogs, dogs that I know, my dog, shelter that I visit, my dog, dogs, dogs, dogs!
  23. 2 points
    *sigh* That's one thing that really bugs me about some people's reactions to period TV shows, movies, and books, namely the attitude that such works must be respectful to one and all -- according to current standards! Showing a fairly accurate picture of the Victorian era allows Enola to react to it much as we might in her shoes -- in other words, she's not only the Holmes of this adventure, she's also the Watson through whose eyes we experience what might as well be a foreign territory. This enables us to learn something about history! I read recently that a children's book award that had originally been called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, after the author of Little House on the Prairie and its sequels, is now called something else. This is because the Little House books are now deemed racist, because certain minor white characters react to the local Indians in historically accurate (albeit considerably watered down) ways, and even though Pa Ingalls (one of the main characters) counters those attitudes by teaching his children to respect the people whose land this used to be. Renaming the award displays the same narrow-minded attitude that prettied up the TV series based (somewhat loosely) on those books. How are today's children to be aware of the amazing strides that society has made in the past two hundred years, if they are "protected" from how things used to be?
  24. 2 points
    I just finished an online class for my yearly training requirements. One of the essay questions we had to answer was: what kind of people do you believe are drawn to librarianship? Mostly I just summarized my paper.
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    I like your answer, DK -- fans are just grown-up little kids! Hooray for us!
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    I think children's librarianship attracts people who feel driven to encourage the passions of others. In the grown-up/adult section, most patrons just want to browse their books and be left - for the most part - alone in the stacks. Children sometimes want a little space, but often they just want someone to listen to them while they ramble on about something that excites them. Children's librarians listen, share our own experiences, and try to encourage our little patrons to find what they enjoy and revel in it. Fandom is the grown-up and not-so-grown-up version of this same thing. We share our own excitement and take time to enjoy the excitement of others. I don't know if that's true of all children's librarians, but most of my coworkers in the children's library have their own fandoms to follow: one is a die hard B-movie aficionado, another loves all things music and homesteading, and our teen librarian is into a little bit of everything from anime to Sherlock to Star Trek and beyond!
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    The Grinch incarnate. Not many festivals I do like!
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    Could be. I'm pretty sure you're right about it going back farther in time, but not so sure about its current status. OK, the Collins Dictionary makes a bit of a distinction, and also shows "for ever" declining in use over time, but says either form is acceptable.
  29. 2 points
    A sad reflection of modern times... God forbid anybody should attempt a balanced, nuanced personal view! You just immediately get labelled and are therefore open to public ridicule. So the moderates keep quiet.
  30. 2 points
    It seems to me though that DT is unfortunately way worse than just a run of the mill "rubbish politician". Extreme individuals and parties like that cause great harm to our democratic systems imho because they're so polarizing that most of the nuance gets lost. It's no longer "hm, which of these options best represents my interests?" but "F***, must avoid getting THIS government (again) at all costs!" The danger is, to me, that all moderate positions from left to right get lumped together as one big "not extreme" block.
  31. 2 points
    I encounter that attitude a lot where I work. When we set out the guestbook for signing, we now have two separate pen holders, one for "used" pens and one for pens that haven't been touched. A few weeks back, an older gentleman loudly declared "I'm sick of this covid sh*t!" and deliberately grabbed a pen out of the "used" pens, just to express defiance. We have to enforce the mask rule with guests and many of them will go out of their way to make it as painful as possible. My dad has claustrophobia and claims he gets panicky with a mask on. I too struggle with it a bit, because I have been gagged in the past and it brings up a similar feeling at random times. Apart from that, it's a tolerable discomfort. Though I can't say I'm happy about being dictated to. Did anyone else see that study about the efficacy of cloth masks? "Penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%." I thought that was rather an interesting result. Calls into question the usefulness of the mask mandate, at least. I know I'm way late to this discussion, but the "Karen" video phenomenon is starting to disturb me a little. When did we decide that it's morally and socially acceptable to record private citizens on camera and post it online without their permission for the entire planet to ridicule? I get that it can be entertaining to watch adult tantrums, but that just makes it all the more disturbing. And to be honest, hassling, following and screaming at people who were minding their own business because they're not doing it the way you think they should be doing it seems almost as Kareny as the Karens being mocked. I donno, it just gives me an icky feeling. I'm not really okay with the idea of being recorded on principle, much less public shaming, especially on a global scale.
  32. 2 points
    Don't I know that feeling. *sigh* Our municipal elections are coming up, my absentee ballot arrived two days ago and has been lying around since, waiting for me to hold my nose and cast my note. I've been thinking wistfully of voting for the Beer Party (yes, they exist) and I don't even drink beer. Still, considering the US elections from an outsider's perspective, well I saw this today and had to think of you, @Carol the Dabbler
  33. 2 points
    Herl, After the discussion of the Enola Holmes film, I watched Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows again over the weekend. Still good! I have really warmed up to RDJ's Holmes. He is definitely not in the classic mold of Sherlocks of the past. Unrelentingly Extrovert and definitely not lanky and skinny. Holmes may be a pugilist in practice, but RDJ is built like one. He's got excellent Sherlock hair, and what I think makes him successful overall is that Holmes esprit of indefatigable self-confidence & enthusiasm for the game afoot. He tends to be very nasty to Mrs. Hudson, and she takes the exasperation to a new level . . I think we miss the maternal indulgence of her relationship with her troublesome tenant, and I do not recall Sherlock of canon every being intentionally rude. Demanding, yes, but he always makes it up to her. I think Mrs. H. has come 'round to accepting that life without SH living upstairs would be a lot more peaceful, but a lot more dull. The chess showdown with Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls is the highlight of that film, and for me, personally, I think it's the highlight of RDJ's performance as Holmes across both films. We've seen him have a great romp and chew the scenery and do the disguises with relish--but when it's just he and Moriarty in a room having a quiet, if malignant conversation, finally we see the gravitas and heroism of Sherlock Holmes, in his 'final sacrifice'. And unlike the story of Dr. Watson, he truly does go over the Falls with his adversary. No trickery here--he sees his duty through to the end. And then turns up in Watson's flat in his urban camouflage. Sherlock Holmes is, as ever, truly indestructible. But as RDJ plays that final scene, Sherlock Holmes has accepted that he is falling to his death--an acceptable price for taking Moriarty out. Jared Harris's Moriarty is, in my opinion, and absent any cinematic rendition of Michael Kurland's Moriarty, the most fully-realized Moriarty we have ever had on screen. He is bad to the core, but ultimately, views himself as a businessman. He's got zero desire for fame or recognition as a criminal mastermind--he just wants obscene sums of money profiting off death and destruction. As an Englishman, please offer your judgement on Mr. Downey's British accent. It sounds passable to me as a relatively posh accent but it could totally suck.
  34. 2 points
    I agree. Mr. Holmes is a bit of an exotic creature, so he needs a somewhat exotic name. But the doctor is our down-to-earth connection, the guy who does his best to explain the oddities he encounters, so he needs a nice, common, down-to-earth name -- and you couldn't do much better than John Watson.
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    Life isn’t all woe after all😄 I just ordered Dr Thorndyke Investigates from Amazon which is a collection of a few of the short stories. With postage it was £7.28 but apparently I’m in credit from vouchers I received at Christmas so my book is costing me nothing. Happy days
  36. 2 points
    Probably because they are farmers and intimately attuned to where the sun is? My father was an Air Force navigator in his youth and had an unerring sense of directionality. I get flummoxed by maps because I do not do well with converting 2-D lines on a paper to 3-D spaces in the physical world. I was always really bad at it, which is why I thank God for GPS. Your remark reminds me of a favorite exchange in The Last of the Mohicans: Hawkeye: opines that he and his companions propose to winter in Kantucky. Maj. Heyward: There is a war on! How is it that you are headed west? H: I stand facing north, and then, real subtle like, I turn left.
  37. 2 points
    (and yes, this is true: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4857272/Wildlife-centre-uses-blue-IKEA-bags-carry-swans.html )
  38. 2 points
    Right, and his area of expertise is a very small niche. I didn't just mean online stuff though, I was also talking about basic operations within the Windows system and such. It surprises me sometimes when he hasn't learned how to do something just by way of using the computer. It's hard to say with much specificity. Everything just runs so smoothly on it. It's a nice experience. I very rarely have an issue to address, whereas with other brands I'd run into some kind of glitch or error every few months. It's super fast, intuitive, and easily customizable to my liking. (I don't know if customizing features are the same across Windows or particular to a brand, but apparently Arcadia is unable to manipulate touchpad settings on her HP, while I can on my Lenovo.) There's a support app called Lenovo Vantage that gives me an overview of information pertinent to my computer and offers relevant updates, and the Lenovo website is generally very helpful and navigable too. It's aesthetically pleasing as well, the display is beautiful and I love the design and feel of the keyboard. The only thing I don't like about it is that, because it's the kind of laptop that can convert to a tablet, they put the speakers on the bottom with the assumption that it would be standing up instead of laying flat. It's fine when resting on a desk, but when on my lap (as it usually is), the sound gets a bit muffled. On the flipside, they're still the best speakers I've ever had on a laptop, so that almost makes up for it. I usually listen to music with headphones anyway, so it's not too much of a problem. It's the one thing I would change, though. But like I said, we'll see how it stands up to the test of time. I've had this laptop for some time but only been using it heavily for about a year, so I hesitate to commend it too soon. And some of this could simply come down to the fact that I'm using a newer computer that can handle newer tech better than my old HP hunk.
  39. 2 points
    Well, Irene is the official love interest from the original Sherlock Holmes stories so in that sense it's true. In BBC Sherlock I think it makes sense that Irene is the closest thing to a love interest that Sherlock will ever have because I just can't picture him settling down into a regular relationship with anyone. It just seems so out of character for me. I can't quite imagine him sleeping with Irene either when they meet, my head canon is they just play some insanely dangerous cat and mouse game with vaguely sexual elements and then each go their own way until the next year or so. He's clearly very attracted to her but I can't imagine Sherlock Holmes making time for a basic shag in some hotel room. That would be way too ordinary for either of them. As for Molly, I love Molly and I love her friendship with Sherlock but when it comes to romantic relationships, I think she deserves more than what I think he could give. The only person I emotially "ship" Sherlock with is John but I don't give a damn if they go to bed (personally don't believe they do or want to but still understand why other fans see this differently...). I am probably the rare person who is perfectly happy with the way things are at the end of the series! 😄
  40. 2 points
    Yes indeed, it's possibly my favorite episode. And I loved the device of Ghost Mary. One thing I like about this episode is, in spite of the amount of time they spend on Sherlock, it's really a John-centric episode, and I always felt he'd gone a bit missing starting with Season 3. I know a lot of people don't like what they reveal about John, but I'm okay with it. Gives him depth. I think Eurus took the gun along "knowing" it would lure Sherlock into her game. She had to convince him that "Faith" needed him. If it hadn't worked, she would have created a new personality and tried something else. But I agree, she was genuinely surprised to find he was "nice". After all, for 20-30 years all she had to go on was Mycroft. That might be enough to make anyone homicidal.
  41. 2 points
    Even a 2 TB drive strikes me as a reasonable approximation to infinity. (But then I remember when a 5 meg hard drive was big, so don't mind me.)
  42. 2 points
    I believe that's the theory, yes.
  43. 2 points
    Sherlock Holmes does seem to have become a citizen of the world, doesn't he? In addition to this film, there have been non-English-language television series made in Russia, Japan, and presumably a number of other countries (and in the Japanese series, he's a she). As for martial arts, even though Conan Doyle's Holmes was an expert in "baritsu," it does seem odd to see him featured in a martial-arts film (as opposed to a detective film where he occasionally uses martial arts as one of his tools). I found a review by one David Vineyard. He doesn't understand Chinese any more than I do, but he describes a good bit of the action.
  44. 2 points
    BITE. YOUR. TONGUE!!!!!
  45. 2 points
    I've only ever liked a handful of Katy Perry's songs, but this description of her latest album "Smile" kind of makes me want to download the whole thing.
  46. 2 points
    Never too early to get that pre-lighted Christmas tree . . . No, I am not ready for Christmas. I am never ready for Christmas the week of, and I'm still salty about Facebook jamming Halloween memes down my throat, which began approximately a month ago. According to my 'Memories', I was complaining about the identical thing at the exact same time last year, so I'm not imagining the patterns of those sneaky algorithms. Apparently I can't program the algorithm to 'I hate Halloween and all commercial holidays; LEAVE ME ALONE'. Fall and winter holidays are certainly going to look different this year . . no trick-or-treat; no community parties, concerts, holiday musicals, packed malls, packed church services . . No wonder the stores are desperate for people to at least buy Christmas trees. I know three people who have had COVID and recovered. One was a frequent air traveler/convention speaker, and she got it early, in April; one is a nurse working on a COVID unit and one is a long-haul trucker. The last needed to be hospitalized for 4-5 days on oxygen. Ages range from the late forties to the late fifties. No prior conditions. At least two of them are regular exercisers. One's a vegetarian. The other, a long-distance runner who trains constantly. I know anecdotally of a person connected to my nephew's school--the spouse of an administrator--who died back in April--he was 50 years old. There's no rhyme or reason with this. Some patients in their 90s/100+ are walking out of hospitals. Other young adults of 20, 30 . .incredibly fit . .do not survive. With schools opening back up at all levels, I think we are on the precipice of a second wave. It is certainly not a hoax, but I wonder if the enforced shut-down of so much of the economy is going to have proved to be in vain, pretty much, rendering damage that will last for decades. We've all grown up hearing about the terrible travails of the Great Depression, and that's essentially where we are with our widespread unemployment and people going hungry and becoming homeless because they have no income. When my county went on lockdown in mid March, we had something like 14 cases and 1 death due to Covid. Now we are up to 1300 cases and 53 deaths. Draconian lockdown measures didn't actually work, and in any case the American public was not going to stand for more. How bad will it have to get in Jan. - Feb. to face that spectre again? All the elected officials know that COVID is the kyptonite issue. Governors/mayors who attempt to enforce restrictions are committing political suicide, and they are aware of it. Germs don't do politics, and this virus is opportunistically exploiting our political divide for its own survival. As Ned Stark says, "Winter is coming". We are in this for the long haul. I have not seen my 83-year-old mother since February. She has not hugged her grandkids since then, either, though she sees them occasionally. She can't go to church; bell choir and bible studies are cancelled; she rarely goes out anywhere. She was complaining about having to wear the mask when getting groceries--30 minutes,every 2-3 weeks. I am working full time and have to wear the mask for hours every day and get temperature monitored. I exist in a perpetual state of dry mouth. Que sera, sera. Stay healthy, everyone!
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    Carol, I suspect you tend to assume that most people are reasonable and sane like you. I would like to think the same and I usually try to stick to this approach as well but over the last few years, I have had to learn (reluctantly) that there comes a point where I have to draw the line. And what to do about those who try to replace knowledge with belief? Like "but I believe the earth is flat and I have a right to that belief". Um, yeah, sure you do, go right ahead, but don't expect me to dignify this belief with a serious discussion. I'm perfectly willing to discuss evidence and data and sources and probabilities, but just "I believe" - what am I supposed to do with that?
  49. 2 points
    Ugh, it would be hard to differentiate a real life, and instagram life for example. Meawhile,
  50. 2 points
    Congrats! Keep going and you'd be able to have 'Potatoes on The Laptop' rank in no time!
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