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  1. They say I'm not empathetic , but I will totally do this.
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  2. Here is my little rascal enjoying the morning
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  3. The library of all Sherlock scripts is now complete. I still wish they would put the Pilot online too. https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/tv-drama/sherlock/
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  4. Oh my. Vienna's tea. Never believed, water can have an influence on taste of tea or coffee, until I went to Vienna. You people could sell your tap-water. (Vienna ist the only City I know having fresh spring water supply - it's ice cold and de-li-cious.)
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  5. Ditto. The series shows the Queen at different ages, progressively older. Every two seasons there is a different actress playing her. Claire Foy was cast as a younger Elizabeth for seasons 1-2. Seasons 3-4 featured Olivia Colman. Both actresses have been perfect for the role in my opinion, but seasons 3-4 were my favorites thus far. Imelda Staunton will be taking over as an older Elizabeth in seasons 5-6. I think season 6 is supposed to be the last one. It's a very good show, if you have any interest I'd encourage you to watch it. I have virtually no interest in the royal family and I still think it's one of the better shows I've seen in recent years.
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  6. No, if you are living in society and have the potential to harm others. Covid vaccine is new, but vaccine science itself is not. There is something called herd immunity. Look back at our history dealing with pandemics and vaccines. Three years is too long, don't make it longer.
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  7. At first I thought you were disagreeing that Lara Pulver's Irene Adler was psychologically aberrant, but I see that you actually want to ramp her up from my diagnosis. I'm not well-versed enough in the distinctions between sociopathy and psychopathy, though I would consider the level of antisocial behaviors to be on a spectrum. In my opinion, Adler is a sociopath in a mutually advantageous arrangement with a psychopath--Moriarty. Irene is his handmaiden, very definitely his subordinate. She works for him. She gets him juicy information on the powerful men she sees to be used for his own nefarious purposes and in return she gets the protection which he can offer her from her powerful enemies. Her phone is her protection, for what's on it, but I'd wager Moriarty has duplicates of all that information. He protects her as long as she is a useful tool to him. Once she stops being useful or compromises his own operation . . she gets turned into shoes . . or allowed to be captured and beheaded by the Taliban who whoever. She was in that spot at the end of the episode because Moriarty had withdrawn his protection. At Christmas, when the dead doppelganger turned up in the morgue, Adler was still useful to M, still supplying information, and principally, still in communication with Sherlock Holmes. Irene had infiltrated herself with Sherlock . . on her boss's order. He lets her pretend that she's got autonomy but the fact that she's working with him shows that she's not a free agent. So when she needed to 'disappear', a convenient body that looked just like her was provided for the purpose. Don't we think it's more likely that Jim provided that body? I do. He made all the arrangements and got her out of London because she was still a useful asset. Frankly, this Adler isn't that smart to be an international criminal mastermind. She picked a pretty simple code for her phone in the end. Her feelings for Sherlock where her undoing in the end. If she were a true psychopath, she wouldn't have any feelings. She could fake some, but her pulse wouldn't have risen. The way it was explained to me is: Sociopaths are made, through early trauma but psychopaths are born that way. Their brains and limbic systems do not function like normal people's. They have no conscience, which is also shared by sociopaths, but they also do not experience any physical reactions to stress. They have no fear. Sociopaths can still experience being upset, they can be afraid or panic if things are not going according to their plans. They are slightly more human. Adler is a bad girl but she's a rank amateur when you stack her against psychos like Moriarty or CAM. She can dominate weak and needy men for money and thrills but she is the dominated one in the relationship with Moriarty. Hence that's why Sherlock saved her from being decapitated in Karachi. She'll get in with bad types again, so a smarter tactical move would have been to let her get executed. But Sherl likes her, despite the risk to himself. Which proves that he's not a psychopath, either. Moriarty blew out his own brains just to screw with Sherlock. We really didn't see that coming, but real psychos aren't attached to anything, even their own continued existences.
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  8. No, I just mean he's irresistible! 😍
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  9. Minimally! Consider that she was very "conveniently" able to find a corpse that matched her physical characteristics (other than her face) well enough to fool the Great Observer. My best (and only) guess is that she had encountered such a woman at some point in the past and had somehow kept her available ever since, just in case she ever needed to be "dead" -- at which point the nameless, faceless woman was sacrificed for Irene's convenience. Sounds more like a psychopath to me. In any case, as you say, not at all the honorable lady that ACD's Irene was.
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  10. Too late to the debate? This is the one episode that shows Sherlock to be significantly less aware of his own feelings than he may believe - decoding the MoD email in under a minute and finding within seconds the code to Irene's phone, which has eluded him for days. The power of desire and jealousy respectively? Combined with an incredibly competitive spirit - isn't that why Mycroft is his arch nemesis? I think Mycroft captures it when he says Sherlock used to want to be a pirate. Sherlock probably finds more excitement, competition and as a result attraction? in Irene than in most encounters in his life. So in response to her move to belittle him, he hands over the code to her phone. Chess. Then adds 'Sorry about dinner'. Mate. But eventually he cools down? Sees that her last words to him were the only sincere ones - and btw why did he need to take her pulse? Why did he care to know what she felt? And whatever he feels for her - fascination, competitive spirit, attraction, God forbid - love? - preserving her is important enough. For a little hop somewhere south of Karachi...
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  11. Winnipeg and Anchorage, specifically. Highs in the 30's here. Everyone's excited for the "warmth", lol.
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  12. Herlock Sholmes, where my homie at? I just revisited our conversation about House from back in 2021 because I have started the series over again and have resolved to watch it straight through this time. My DVD player is temporarily out of commission so I'm watching on Amazon Prime. Hope it stays up until I get to the end. I don't think I ever finished (or even started) the final season. I have just returned to work after a week and half in quarantine due to a nasty eye infection. [....] Anyway, while I was laid up and feeling sorry for myself, I decided that I'd try to take my mind off it by watching stories of fictional people much sicker than me. I'm halfway through Season 1. I'd forgotten the very first case . . a kindergarten teacher with weird neurological symptoms. That was Robin Tunney. Being the first patient on House was a coup for her. I'd say it led directly to a juicy supporting role in Hollywoodland opposite Ben Affleck, which is were I first saw her and then on to her long-running stint as Detective Teresa Lisbon on another Sherlock Holmes-inspired drama, The Mentalist. Lisbon starts out as 'Lestrade' to Patrick Jane as his immediate supervisor in the California Bureau of Investigation, becomes a sort of Watson as his best (only) work friend . . eventually becoming 'The Woman' as the show ends with the Jane-Lisbon wedding. There's another show for you to add to your view list, Herl. Patrick Jane is an even more overt homage to Sherlock Holmes than Greg House is, helmed by another foreign-born actor who morphs so convincingly into an American it blows the mind. Simon Baker is of course, Australian and was, in his time, junior surf champion of the world, I believe. Simon cut his teeth (under the name, Simon Baker Denny, which is weird because his middle name is Lucas and there's no 'Denny' anywhere on his Wiki bio) on a small but pivotal and touching role in one of my all-time favorite films, L.A. Confidential. (1997) Only in his 20s at the time, he slayed the American presentation . .rock solid.
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  13. We talked a bit.
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  14. I remember water in DC tasted like a swimming pool. 🤢
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  15. Come to think of it, I once watched a half-grown Great Dane try to squeeze through a cat door. So OK!
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  16. That's a hunting dog, and going by those I knew, if an idea takes root in their single-minded brains, there's no stopping them. Saw one squeeze himself into a wicker basket belonging to (and sized for) a cat once just to spite said cat, so yes, I think the pooch above reached his position himself, with determination and patience (and possibly via the countertop to the right).
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  17. As a dog person, Martina, how likely do you think it is that the pooch got up there without human "assistance"?
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  18. Vienna's tap water comes from a protected mountain spring area that has been municipal property since imperial times. More info here, please ignore the tourist-y spin: https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/green-vienna/viennese-water-364316. And yes, it's protected by the city constitution - we're fiercely proud of our water and when a politician made noises about privatization, it didn't go across too well to put it mildly, and that provision was the result.
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  19. Good. I am guessing the same on Oliver as a middle name...not aware it was Grandad Moffat's name. @J.P. I think it was at a Sherlock event that Steven said to Benedict, that not every parent was thrilled when their son announced his attention to be an actor.
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  20. Never heard of a cucumber sandwich round here (then again, I was baffled by the fact that apparently there are bitter cucumbers so what do I know) though they are used as vegetable garnishing in other sandwiches (like, ham with radishes and cucumber). Similar with watercress, though I've also seen that one as the main sandwich ingredient, served with a bit of cream cheese.
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  21. Thin layer of butter. I think they take the rind off the cucumber, too.
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  22. Sometimes they get bitter at the end, but it's getting probably succesfully eliminated by breeding. I still test every one for the taste. https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/bitter-cucumber-taste-explanation/
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  23. "Never be so kind, you forget to be clever; Never be so clever, you forget to be kind. Never be so polite, you forget your power; Never wield such power, you forget to be polite." - Taylor Swift, "Marjorie"
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  24. Most probably it's Google's StreetView. (the orange human logo) Apple started it's own project recently, but their symbol is a binocular. BTW, if you want to virtually drive through Germany, it's the only way.
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  25. Hi all, this includes a few pics of the flat upstairs. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9368549/Flat-Sherlock-Speedys-Sandwich-Bar-available-let-1-365-month.html As Beasleybean says “definitely not cheap.” That’s $1568 per month. £16k a year is less than many people earn in many parts of the UK. ps. That’s weird. The link is saying ‘site can’t be reached.’ I just googled it again and clicked again to find the same message. Yet 5 minutes ago it showed the whole article with photos.
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  26. I mean when I pluralise the noun 'house', I say 'howzez', which actually sounds like the verb 'to house'. Whereas Scots pronounces it more properly: house-ess. If we all just said, 'homes', I guess it would be easier. Ha! Another positive for Scots, is that I say they are the only people in GB who actually pronounce 'Shire' properly. I am from Yorkshire, but we say 'Yorkshur'. Southerners say 'Yorksheer'.
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  27. Ha. No, he just explained that it was his dad's car!
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  28. Google Earth? Dunno, However, this does remind me of an amusing story that my son told me. He teaches in a private school in quite a well off area of Italy. He was showing the kids Goggle Earth/street view and they found this house... the kids commented on what a cheap car we had on the drive!
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  29. A little blue car passed up on the highway yesterday, and the words painted on its door said something about Street View, which surely explains the odd contraption mounted on its roof: A bit later, the car moved back into the other lane and as we passed it I tried to get a side photo. Unfortunately by the time the shutter actually clicked, I missed getting the words, but did (barely) catch the little Street View man:
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  30. How does hand washing prevent you from spreading or inhaling droplets carried through the air?
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  31. Sounds adorable (and a bit demanding).
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  32. Game Of Tones.
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  33. This video has the IMDB ratings of every GOT episode mapped to a piano keyboard, which gives you a handy overview (well, over-sound) of how the show went in just 16 seconds:
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  34. Found this online.... There was an old man who lived by a forest. As he grew older and older, he started losing his hair, until one day, on his deathbed, he was completely bald. That day, he called his children to a meeting. He said, "Look at my hair. It used to be so magnificent, but it's completely gone now. My hair can't be saved. But look outside at the forest. It's such a lovely forest with so many trees, but sooner or later they'll all be cut down and this forest will look as bald as my hair." "What I want you to do..." the man continued. "Is, every time a tree is cut down or dies, plant a new one in my memory. Tell your descendants to do the same. It shall be our family's duty to keep this forest strong." And so they did. Each time the forest lost a tree, the children replanted one, and so did their children, and their children after them. And for centuries, the forest remained as lush and pretty as it once was, all because of one man and his re-seeding heirline.
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  35. I agree. Season 2 with 'Lila' was particularly good. The reason we love Dexter is because, apart from his homicidal tendencies, he tries to be a good citizen. When Lila was stealing lawn ornaments from people's yards, Dex was soo uncomfortable. He can plan a meticulous knife murder, dismemberment and body disposal but he would never be all right with stealing stuff from people's yards. Dexter is only a danger to murderers--to the innocent, particularly women & children, he is he ultimate bodyguard. After the shocking finale of Season 4 (and its outstanding guest villain) the show started to go downhill. Season 5 was moderately interesting, with Lumen (and Jonny Lee Miller as the villain) but after that I really struggled to like anything that was going on. "Dexter"'s strength was its ensemble cast and I don't think the new show can compete on that level, but it might be interesting to see 'Harrison' grown up.
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  36. A young farmer had a problem -- birds kept building their nests in his horse's mane. Having no idea how to deal with this, he turned to the old farmer next door for advice. "That's easy," the old fellow told him. "Just go down to the health-food store and get some brewer's yeast, and then rub some into your horse's mane." That didn't sound like it could do any harm, so the young farmer gave it a try. And sure enough, the birds stopped nesting in his horse's mane. He made a point of thanking his neighbor, then asked how he had known what to do. "Simple," he replied. "I just went by the old saying: 'Yeast is yeast, and nest is nest, and never the mane shall tweet.'"
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  37. You just pretend to hate pun, do you? Look at that masterpiece, you definitely don't beat around the bush with that one. I am stumped and pining for more!
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  38. 8 degrees F and dropping. According to my weather app it's warmer in Canada, Alaska, Russia... I think the only place colder tonight is Antarctica, lol.
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