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  1. 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.
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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)
  5. 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!)
  9. 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.
  10. 3 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)
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 2 points
    I like your answer, DK -- fans are just grown-up little kids! Hooray for us!
  17. 2 points
    You did precisely the right thing, Herlock. This question obviously belongs here in the Help & Assistance section. And other people are bound to have the same question, so it's best to post it where all can see the answer, or at least the best answer I can currently give. In response to your actual question, I have no idea why this is happening, other than it seems to have something to do with the new (as of a couple years ago) software. I don't recall this ever happening before that. But I believe I can help, at least in some cases, though I'm not certain exactly which problem you're talking about. In the case of quote boxes and spoiler boxes, there actually is text, it's merely invisible. You can make it visible by highlighting it as though you intended to copy it. This problem may be inherent to the dark theme, so you might be able to fix it by switching to the light theme. If you're talking about the post box itself, though, I'm not sure highlighting helps (I haven't seen that case very often). In any case, if you can link to one or more examples, I'll be glad to play with them. Also, please let me know which theme you're using, and what sort of device you're currently on. Thanks!
  18. 2 points
    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!
  19. 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!
  20. 2 points
    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?
  21. 1 point
    Very well said. Forgiveness is grace, which is undeserved favor--from God and from one another, to one another. Forgiveness is not an entitlement . . but actually the real power of forgiveness is in what granting it does for the giver, not the recipient. Forgiving those who have wronged us is more for our benefit than the person we give it to.
  22. 1 point
    I'm probably closest to Toby on this issue -- I tend to regard much of Sherlock as a metaphor (or is it allegory? I always get those two confused.) At any rate, I tend to see the show as a commentary on the world around us at least as much as I see it as a story about two men and their friendship. For instance, in this scene I see Sherlock gently chiding John (and himself) for expecting perfection of himself, but I also see it as the writer's way of reminding the world (aka, the viewers) that forgiveness is a virtue. Even if -- maybe even especially if -- it's not deserved. Personally, I think it's one of the most beautiful scenes in the whole series.
  23. 1 point
    Sadly, it's very real everywhere in the world, even in another context too, we see it happened with 'legal' people as well. What terrifies me is that what happened to , while it was relevant in the past, it's even more so now. (My take could be on spoiler territory) Actually, because I was feeling uncomfortable quite a bit about whole 5A's weak plot line I feel: 1.okay maybe with this we could get more unique and creative plot like some of previous seasons I really like and 2.This issss a very thin line, it would be so easy to mess whole thing up, and is this too early? It probably fits final season (6?) better, or maybe, I don't need to see him at all because it could get really weird. Having said that, I enjoyed whole season two with Her and that one episode with 'Him' (not sure season 1 or 2) so I would give it a chance, especially when it's half to go. (I hate musical, but if they give me another rendition of TE with Creep I'll be more on board. I don't remember being upset, actually crackled at TE's expression and liking the earlier season of 24 (season2 or 3??) I enjoy him and Amanediel (sp) getting back together in the screen. So, do tell us what do you want to scream about. P.S. Sorry my post format is a mess.
  24. 1 point
    Oh, it definitely still is. There are more and more people being forced into that situation, but you can bet they're facing shame and degradation from their family members and/or society at large. The interesting thing is that the notion of "failure to launch" is more or less an anomaly. For most of human history, in most cultures, families have shared a roof at all ages. Children only established their own space once they got married, and even that wasn't an absolute. Many families just stayed together, the elder helping with little children and the younger taking care of the elder. "Living with the parents" instead of "on one's own", especially as a young unmarried person, has only really been a mark of shame for the last 50 years or so. Interesting factoid for you: The word "wife" means "woman", and in more ancient times, boys were not considered "men" and girls were not "women" until they were married. So in traditional wedding vows, when the officiant says "I now pronounce you man and wife," they are essentially saying "I now pronounce you grown-ups."
  25. 1 point
    That possibility had never occurred to me, but that's a good point. Of course it won't be real mink or ermine or whatever, but it could nevertheless be some sort of cheap real fur dyed to look like something more expensive. As J.P. says, there are ways to tell. I wonder what the outcome would be if you complained to the vendor that their "faux" fur was actually real fur -- in other words, fake faux fur? Would you be taken seriously or laughed out of court, so to speak? I no longer buy fake fur unless it's very clearly fake, and preferably some non-fur color (e.g., pink or blue) as well.
  26. 1 point
    The flying is almost always like "flying again", as if there was stored in the world of dreams waiting for me. Sometimes I suddenly realize it's a dream (several times in the last few years), but I also cannot control anything, but trying to look at things carefully. So maybe I'm just dreaming of having a lucid dream?
  27. 1 point
    I had inception level of dreaming about a week ago. I dreamt of something, say something nice happens at work, then woke up and knew it was just a dream. But then the nice thing happens again, and I woke up again it was just a dream. Was getting more conscious and check whether THIS one is a dream, convinced that it's not, and then woke up for real. Remember being quite irritated.
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    In general I agree. Of course there are times when that isn't practical. For example, I've been in situations where I desperately needed to rest but didn't want to fall asleep. So I'd lie down and use my phone -- check the forum, check email, look up stuff. Couldn't do that with a laptop (and I didn't have a tablet at the time). It was a big help in dealing with a stressful situation. And maybe some people are simply more comfortable using their phone. Whatever works for them is fine with me. HOWEVER if some perfectly ambulatory person is sitting on the couch doing computer-type stuff on their phone, all the while complaining that it's so much more awkward than it would be on their laptop, which is, as you say, on the other side of the room -- then I'm with you all the way!
  30. 1 point
    Amen. It drives me crazy when people try to do EVERYTHING on their phone when the laptop's SOOOOOO much more efficient, just because the laptop's on the other side of the room. Get up and walk, people!
  31. 1 point
    I've noticed some people are upset at the movie because they portray Mycroft as one of those "women should know their place" people. And are accusing this as woke Hollywood, ignoring that this is based on the first of a book series that began in 2006 or that this wasn't the first incarnation of Mycroft to have a similar attitude like Charles Gray's incarnation from Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series.
  32. 1 point
    Yes! That’s kind of where I was going in my response, but I couldn’t find the right words. You have summoned her!
  33. 1 point
    Yeah, that's what I meant as well ... in spite of Moftisses declarations that they feel free to pull from any source, etc., Moffat seems to feel Irene-as-love-interest is inviolable canon. Not a bad way to look at it, imo ... but I still root for Molly.
  34. 1 point
    Take it as easy as you can, and try to have some fun. You'll get through it. And then try to get more sleep.
  35. 1 point
    The President did a number of things wrong in his handling of the pandemic, but the Democrats get the luxury of saying that they would have handled it differently, without having to prove it. There is no knowing that a Democratic President would have done much different on some of the big issues. Mr. Trump has a handicap particular to him, though, which is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This makes him constitutionally incapable of admitting fault, admitting that he doesn't know everything or allowing anyone else to be 'the expert'. He cannot tolerate dissenting opinions, which he perceives as challenges to his authority. And he is obsessed with his image, and his idea of what makes a man or a leader comes out of a childhood and a lifetime steeped in toxic masculinity. Had he been able to put aside his ego enough to do two very simple things, he would have demonstrated more leadership and I'd be happier with him. 1. Listen to his advisors, including Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci and let them run the coronavirus briefings instead of him always butting in. 2. Modelled mask-wearing far sooner to his constituents and the American public in general and promoted the idea that 'Real men wear masks'. The so-called health experts have a hefty share of the blame for the confusion around masks. I'm looking at the CDC, Fauci & Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Had they pushed them much sooner, we may not have had to go to such restrictive lockdowns. It's too late; Pandora's box is open and there's no closing it. Covid, like flu, is with mankind forever. But had the President immediately and stoically embraced mask-wearing and promoted it to the American public and most especially his fan base, I do not think the issue would have become as politicized as it has. He has fueled t his fire by jeering at mask wearers, refusing to wear a mask, bullying his subordinates into not wearing masks--when he had a chance to display leadership, and he blew it.
  36. 1 point
    I hope you don't mind if I respond to this too. I can understand how it looks at a glance, but presenting complex and nuanced issues that way is vastly oversimplifying. It's hard for me to explain, so I hope it's okay if I just quote some posts from this discussion thread of the picture. (There are plenty of varying perspectives and more debate if you're ever inclined to read through some of the reddit threads about it.) I don't know if it will clarify enough, but maybe it will give you an idea of why there is so much dissension around these issues and how it's not quite so cut-and-dried. Personally it's hard for me to say there's a clear right or wrong here. ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
  37. 1 point
    This is not going to be a popular opinion! I actually get a tad frustrated at people constantly giving politicians such a hard time. It seems to me that other groups get let off far too easily.
  38. 1 point
    Della the cat with her patchwork family of biological and adopted children:
  39. 1 point
    The Grinch incarnate. Not many festivals I do like!
  40. 1 point
    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.
  41. 1 point
    True. Despite my software background, I'm kind of in the same boat regarding personal computers, so I ask my IT Guy (AKA Hubby). Yes, phoning their help department would be a good idea. Alex did tell me how to get on their email list, though, so I'll post the info in case anyone else would like to do so: Sign Up for Dell Email Updates Dell Technologies and its group of companies would love to stay in touch to hear about your needs and to keep you updated on products, services, solutions, exclusive offers and special events. And here's the link: https://www.dell.com/preferences/signup/?c=us&l=en&s=dhs He says those offers sometimes include good laptops for around two hundred dollars.
  42. 1 point
    If you have the kind of luck I do, right after you figure it out the site will be bought out by Photobucket.
  43. 1 point
    It's from The Dying Detective and Sherlock means cos of his Asperger's, he's not considered 'normal'.
  44. 1 point
    That's why, around here at least, they're also measuring what is called Übersterblichkeit in German, excess mortality, namely, how many more people have died in the last month than in the same month during the years before, on average and compared to population size. With Covid-19 being the main difference to those years, that yields a pretty solid ballpark estimate. As for people still believing that Covid-19 is a big conspiracy or whatever, I'm with Patton Oswalt there:
  45. 1 point
    Re: the dying from COVID vs. dying with COVID: If you die in a car accident, it doesn't matter that your heart was too weak to deal with the blood loss, or if broken bones caused fat embolism, or if your brain swelled in your crushed skull until the blood stopped to circulate. You die because you were in a car accident, no matter how your health was before. You would still be alive without that accident. The same is for Corona imo. BTW, the more we know about the virus, the darker it gets. It does not only wreaks havoc in your system if you were seriously ill. There is also long term damage - to your heart, your blood vessels, your kidneys, even to your brain, and that also applies to people who were hardly sick, or even not sick at all. I'm afraid we are in deep trouble.
  46. 1 point
    Well, that opinion leads them to disregard and endanger others, that is my problem. Personally, I think not all opinion can be respected or understandable, there are harmless and there are dangerous and distructive opinion, there are very questionable opinion built on some messy theories regardless of evidence. It must be a hellish world for them when all news in the world is broadcasting something fake and they are forced to do things, what a victim. It must be maddening that the earth is not a disk and they wonder why people prefer to be injected with dangerous substance and why polio is back. My original post is to say that I don't have energy to reason with those opinion and I still don't. I could but it would drive me to a wall and make me more irratable that my usual self, which is in template is already annoying I suppose, and also it requires me to care to enlighten them but there is limit to what I could do patiently. Maximum? Nope, I really don't think so. But I am not a scientist or someone in medical field or anything so I leave it at that. Not contradicting your theory, but on the side line it is exactly one of the problem, there are certain people more at risk for complication and permanent damage from their existing underlying condition or other reasons that make it fatal, it's not equal. Most people with the virus would probably only experience some mild effect, but they could go around and infect others who might not.
  47. 1 point
    They will surely ask why thousands and thousands of people went on vacation as soon as it wasn't forbidden.
  48. 1 point
    Carol, blood tests are currently only used to see if people have antibodies against the virus, meaning their immune system has had contact with it at some point. To test for a current infection with the potential to pass the virus on to others, you do indeed take a swab from the pharynx, which you reach by either sticking the probe really far into the patient's nose or touching the inside of the throat through the mouth. It's unpleasant but usually not painful and certainly does not involve touching any part of the brain.
  49. 1 point
    Actually trying to post on topic for once... I have just acquired my new school diary and it is a frankly alarming shade of pink.
  50. 1 point
    Congrats! Keep going and you'd be able to have 'Potatoes on The Laptop' rank in no time!
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