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  1. @Pamela, agreed, I heard him in some video game (think it was Borderlands) and I thought that was John de Lancie at first, as well. @Carol the Dabbler , there's also a parody named The End of the Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe's cat (from Poetry for Cats by Henry N. Beard) : On a night quite unenchanting, when the rain was downward slanting, I awakened to the ranting of the man I catch mice for. Tipsy and a bit unshaven, in a tone I found quite craven, Poe was talking to a Raven perched above the chamber door. "Raven's very tasty," thought I, as I tiptoed o'er the floor, "There is nothing I like more". Soft upon the rug I treaded, calm and careful as I headed Towards his roost atop that dreaded bust of Pallas I deplore. While the bard and birdie chattered, I made sure that nothing clattered, Creaked, or snapped, or fell, or shattered, as I crossed the corridor; For his house is crammed with trinkets, curios and weird decor - Bric-a-brac and junk galore. Still the Raven never fluttered, standing stock-still as he uttered, In a voice that shrieked and sputtered, his two cents' worth - "Nevermore." While this dirge the birdbrain kept up, oh, so silently I crept up, Then I crouched and quickly leapt up, pouncing on the feathered bore. Soon he was a heap of plumage, and a little blood and gore- Only this and not much more. "Oooo!" my pickled poet cried out, "Pussycat, it's time I dried out! Never sat I in my hideout talking to a bird before. How I've wallowed in self-pity, while my gallant, valiant kitty Put an end to that damned ditty" - then I heard him start to snore. Back atop the door I clambered, eyed that statue I abhor, Jumped - and smashed it on the floor.
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  2. Had to dig up this thread because while most of you will know John de Lancie from Star Trek, this isn't Trek (unless you headcanon it as Q having fun) and to the best of my knowledge we don't have a Poe thread.
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  3. I'm guessing that Daddy is gray with a black muzzle, though!
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  4. I am updating my screen adaptation list, as I have found an adaptation of The Adventure of The Yellow Face. I would argue that the major overarching story line of Mary Morstan and John Watson in the third series of Sherlock is an Adaptation of Yellow Face. In this adaptation, the secret the wife (Mary) is hiding, instead of being a child of another race, is her past as an assassin. Also, rather than the husband (John) coming to Holmes with the case, it is Holmes who first becomes suspicious. His suspicions are first raised in the episode The Empty Hearse, when John is kidnapped, and a coded text message is sent to Mary, which she decrypts even before bringing the message to Holmes. Next in the episode The Sign of Three, her ability to rapidly recall a wedding guests room number, adds fodder to Holmes suspicions. Finally, in His Last Vow, Holmes surprises, mary garbed in an outfit intended to hide her identity, and holding a gun to Magnussen head, causing her to shoot him with expert precision to temporarily disable but not kill. While in hospital, Holmes plans a ruse to reveal Mary's secret to John, who has finally become suspicious upon finding his chair replaced in Baker Street, and a bottle of Mary's perfume sitting next to it. Holmes pulls off the ruse, revealing the real Mary to John. At a Christmas get together later, Mary gives John a thumb drive with the letter A.G.R.A on it, and tells him, the information on it will end their marriage. After thinking for a moment John throws the Thumbdrive into the fireplace, and tells Mary " the problems of your past are your past, the problems of your future are my privilege".
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  5. Sitting precisely next to the sign, though ...
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  6. Awww. Dogs can be so caring. Cats, on the other hand.....
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  7. Do you know this one?
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  8. Caya, that was utterly delightful! Added: Not sure a cat could actually take a raven, but am willing to suspend my disbelief.
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  9. Is anyone familiar with The Chosen's Quintus (played by Brandon Potter)? If I had only heard the voice, I would have sworn it was John DeLancie. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a relation.
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  10. Nicely done, Mr. de Lancie! That poem (or the mere thought of it) never fails to remind me of a parody from Mad magazine, my original copy of which was burned by my mother decades ago. Each time I think of that parody, I go looking for it -- and just now I finally found it (on this web page, though it seems to have become a "thing," available on several websites now): The Spaniel" by Edgar, Al, & Moe (From Mad Magazine) "Once upon a midnight cautious, while I pondered, weak and nauseous, Over some advertising copy I had wrote for Macy's store - While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a yapping, As of someone loudly yapping, yapping at my office door. 'Tis some client there,' I muttered,'yapping at my office door - only this and nothing more.' Then I felt my terror worsen, for my guest was not a person! In there stepped a cocker spaniel, naturally I jumped in fear. Tried to climb an oaken panel, ripping there my new grey flannel, But the spaniel merely stood there, speaking out with voice so clear - Speaking out like Jack Lescoulie, in a voice both loud and clear - Quoth the spaniel - 'Drink Blatz Beer!' How I marveled this ungainly dog who did commercials plainly; How he spoke the message clearly; selling points he underscored. For I could not help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet could mouth a slogan without sounding Slightly bored - Most announcers being human, can't help sounding slightly bored - Quoth the spaniel, 'Buy a Ford!' Thus this dog with voice like Murrow made my heavy brow unfurl; Thoughts of fortunes I could make now made me shake down to my knees. But the spaniel set me grieving then by turning tail and leaving. Naturally, I begged him tarry, crying out, 'Stay with me, please!' Chasing him along the hallway, crying out, 'Stay with me, please!' Quoth the spaniel, 'Eat Kraft Cheese!'" For those too young (or too not-American) to recall, Jack Lescoulie was a popular announcer and host, and Edward R. Murrow was a prominent newscaster. I think I just "got" the last line.
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  11. I caught the end of a "Celtic Thunder" performance on PBS, and this cute song about animals was on, which is now stuck in my head. I'm pretty sure my dog does not appreciate me clapping his paws together whenever I get to that part, but he's taking it like a champ.
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  12. I saw in one of the DVD extras that Edward Hardwicke had to memorize all his "reading from the newspaper" dialogue since he couldn't read without his glasses.
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  13. The Trekverse has lost another star -- Nichol Nichols (the original Uhura) passed on a couple of days ago. Here are her obituary on Variety's website: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/nichelle-nichols-dead-star-trek-the-original-series-1235330159/ and also reactions from some of her costars et al.: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/nichelle-nichols-dies-reactions-tributes-star-trek-1235330185/ Ms. Nichols had been dealing with dementia for several years, so I assume that's what caused her death, either directly or indirectly.
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  14. Alex just saw a TV ad for artificial Christmas trees. On July 13th. Five months and 12 days before Christmas.
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  15. I thought each mosquito bit only once -- guess I was wrong! Or else you managed to shoo her away each time before she'd drunk her fill. Here are some reasons why mosquitos prefer some people over others (from health/medical/scientific sites online): * They prefer type O blood over B, and B over A (though this may vary by species of mosquito), but in any case: * They prefer people whose blood type is revealed by a substance secreted into their sweat * The more carbon dioxide a person exhales, the more easily a mosquito can find them * They are attracted to hot and/or sweaty people (and some people's sweat attracts them more than other's) * They are attracted to dark clothing colors, especially black, so pastels and white are safest * They're attracted to people who've recently drunk beer.
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  16. I'm a mosquito magnet! They will chew on me mercilessly. And if I don't get medicine on me immediately I swell up and itch for days. I usually carry a Benadryl stick with me especially when I might be outdoors. One got in the house a few weeks ago and before I could kill it I had at least eight welts.
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