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  1. 5 points
    Mycroft can learn a language in 1-2 days. Probably all Wikipedia is written by him.
  2. 5 points
    Currently on Shark Week (49 and I still get it like clockwork every four weeks ) and just stumbled over this, truer words never spoken:
  3. 4 points
    Guys, I'm getting so much writing done! I've been working on this particular story piecemeal for yeeears, and in the last few weeks I've almost quadrupled my content. The creative juices are flowing, the story has expanded, and I'm connecting dots that I was struggling to connect before. If this pace keeps up I could have this thing finished by the end of next year (unless it keeps getting bigger). There are only two problems: 1) I'm barely sleeping because my brain won't quiet down, and 2) My fingers aren't moving fast enough for my ideas. I'm trying to go as fast as possible because I know that eventually it'll taper off and things will go back to normal. But it's exciting to actually feel productive, lol.
  4. 4 points
    Oh dear, any chance some of you consider some demotion to be regular member? Calm down, this is the article I saw in internet that consist of video of women fighting for toilet paper, in Australia, a while ago. But indeed, I still see some in the store the last time I went out. The panic buying is not as bad here, most of the things are still in stock, but prices do go up. But if you really want to know, there are opportunities for you to get toilet paper. Even if you are not a police officer.
  5. 4 points
    This is making the rounds on Facebook:
  6. 3 points
    That contains a loooot of information. I have feeling that that is inevitable, in the future. I wouldn't be surprised if government find a way to get everyone's DNA information, to prevent/cure/preparation/other justifications for pandemic. To respond to Artemis's post (but I know almost nothing about Star Wars) and on topic and current situation, here is:
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    A lot of us Americans feel the same way. Where you live, are there more than two political parties that stand a chance of seeing their candidates elected? I think part of the problem here is that -- because of our "winner take all" system -- we tend at any given time to have only two parties with any chance of winning elections. And of course if there are only two presidential candidates (for example) to choose from, you're not likely to agree 100% (or even close) with either of them. So some people throw up their hands in dismay and simply don't vote -- and then the government claims that they're "apathetic." Some people vote for a minor party, knowing that they haven't a snowball's chance of winning, but at least they're more representative of that voter's beliefs. And most people, I think, don't so much vote FOR either major candidate, they vote AGAINST the one they dislike the most. Didn't use to be that bad, but certainly has been for the past twenty years, at least.
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    It's a fantasy novel aimed at kids 8 - 12. It starts out fairly light but moves into some darker, scarier scenes. It's difficult not to take it too far. Think a cross between The Graveyard Book and Oliver Twist but set in modern times.
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    I'm doing the same thing. I'm about 18,000 words or so from finishing a children's book I've been working on for a little over a year. I'll finish the first draft, set it aside for a couple of weeks and then go through the next draft. I hope to have it published before the end of the year. I'm also working on an urban-fantasy-horror novel aimed at adults. I'm writing this into notebooks rather than on my computer. At least it's keeping me busy even if nothing comes of it.
  13. 2 points
    Hadn't quite thought about it that way before! But I recognize what you're describing, so maybe yeah. I admit I haven't felt that way myself in quite awhile, makes me realize I need to make some changes. After I get some more sleep, though.
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    Let's suppose that I'm infected and I visit you. That does not mean that you're infected -- it simply means that you could be infected. And even if you are infected, it doesn't prove that you caught it from me; it could have been from a doorknob somewhere. Are they planning to put sensors on all doorknobs? I am quite frankly amazed by how well most people are behaving themselves, simply because the situation has been explained and they've been told to do (or not do) certain things. There will always be a few chuckleheads, but by and large the current system is working very well. Of course it's not perfect, but nothing in this world is perfect. If the tracking system proposed by that survey were actually implemented, it'd turn out to have loopholes, just like everything else, and it would cost a whole lot more than the current system. (Plus, as you seem to suspect, it could be used for all sorts of Orwellian purposes.)
  16. 2 points
    I yell at people about their stupidity, but I reserve it for my television so that in person I can hold back with infinite patience.
  17. 2 points
    That's probably true. However -- pretty soon, people start to believe it. So it doesn't matter whether it's literally true or not, if an awful lot of people sincerely believe that the "other side" is evil.
  18. 2 points
    Oh, trust me -- we're just as nutty in person!
  19. 2 points
    Yah, I have realised that for a while, that's why I could never leave. This is the place where I could be quite normal and there are arguably nutter-er people than me. I don't want to meet you guys in real life and ruin all this fantasy, man. Anyway, I'd be too shy to talk to you.
  20. 2 points
    Hey, what did I say about unknown factors? Even on previously conducted virus and experiment, there are always unknown factors. So obviously, it's gnome! P.S. Anyone knows how to edit a typo in a post without the knowledge of moderator? Asking for a friend.
  21. 2 points
    ^ Ditto to the both of you. All I can say is, it's nice at least to find so many "different" people here, all in one place. I don't get that anywhere else.
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    Yes it does. I don’t think I would ever have downloaded 6,000 images from Photobucket individually, lol. I’d have to wait for all those ads to load every time, and... ugh. I don’t like .webp personally because, not only do the files take up more space, but when I want to view one I have saved on my computer, it opens in a web browser instead of a traditional photo viewer. This is cumbersome and time-consuming, especially if I want to quickly page through images, and it also causes my computer to lag (opening/loading and closing a browser over and over again will do that, especially if it’s Chrome). I find it incredibly frustrating. Many websites are now turning to the .webp format for their hosted images. Tumblr, for instance, is almost exclusively using .webp as the default for their GIFs. But linking is different. For example, when I link a Tumblr GIF to a post on this forum, the address extension usually appears as .gifv (which, for now, I can change to a .gif by simply removing the ‘v’). This will save as a .webp. So linking works the same either way, but if I want to save a .gifv image to my computer, it saves as a .webp. Yesterday I came across a .jpg that saved as a .webp. So all that to say, if all you want to do is link to the forum from another website, it’s fine, because the link address maintains the file extensions we are used to. If you wanted to save the images, you might find that what you thought was a .jpg will only save as a .webp (always an unpleasant surprise, for me). I’ve not attempted to upload and directly insert a photo with a .webp extension, so I’m not sure how/if that will work. I have my doubts.
  24. 2 points
    If you need a distraction: Arwel is posting tons of never seen BTS pictures from Sherlock, Dracula and Dr Who. I love this guy. https://www.instagram.com/arwelwjones/
  25. 2 points
    All the more reason to expose kids to many different influences, imo, so they can learn to think for themselves. Although it's easy for me to say that ... whether through genetics or upbringing, I was never interested in some of the more questionable "influences", such as drugs or cigarettes. I know that's the kind of thing many parents are worried about, as well as sexual lenience, in the public schools. Still seems to me it's up to them to teach their kids how to resist certain influences, but again -- easy for me to say. I do have a lot of sympathy for parents these days, seems like it's awfully hard to raise decent kids in our culture. I know some who have done it, though.
  26. 2 points
    VBS, oligodynamic effect does not apply to viruses. Actually, COVID9 can survive longer on metal than in textiles. And yes, I was surprised too.
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    Obsolete or not designed to be repairable, I agree.
  29. 2 points
    Can only speak for myself, of course, but kids in homogeneous peer groups are missing out, imo. I was in that situation myself as a teen - I should perhaps explain that Austria has this unfortunate school system that separates kids after fourth grade, a bit like the old British system of grammar and secondary modern schools, only we still have them, with only a handful of comprehensives. So suburban me went to a so-called AHS school (think grammar school) with classmates from mostly similar backgrounds (lower middle to middle class families, reasonably educated, moderately liberal, mostly white, with a handful of second-gen migrant kids who were already born here and spoke German flawlessly). I was already in my first year at uni when I had closer contact to folks my age who (the other common choice round here) finished school at 15 then started vocational training - and only because of my hobby, pen&paper roleplaying, which attracted a wild mix of nerds. What an eye-opener that was ... meeting people with different lives, different problems, different political affiliations, different worldviews (yet united by our love of geekdom ). I don't have kids, but if I had any, I'd want them to meet (and hopefully befriend) all kinds of kids in their formative years. Rich, poor, local, migrant, liberal, conservative, how can you learn from and/or empathize with someone who's just a distant idea to you?
  30. 2 points
    Rainbow cat! (stained glass window )
  31. 1 point
    I think I've just found it. Apparently it is called "Graupel".
  32. 1 point
    I have some friends in Cleveland that just posted on Facebook about some odd snow-like precipitation.
  33. 1 point
    YAYYY!!!! Whoot whoot, keep it up, girl! Sometimes a little creativity is worth the loss of sleep. But don't overdo it.
  34. 1 point
    I watched "The Rise of Skywalker" again, and liked it much better this time than I did the first time (now that I know what to be disappointed about). My original issues with it haven't really changed, but I can more or less forget them now and just enjoy the rest of the movie.
  35. 1 point
    You mean an ID chip, like we can have implanted in our pets? Gah, I hope not! Federal ID cards, yeah, it's just about come to that already.
  36. 1 point
    Respect for philosophical differences, yes. Believing the political conservative agenda leads to respect for people who are different ... not so much.
  37. 1 point
    Thank goodness some sites have better manners. I just signed up with something (Imgur?) where the settings page does give me the "newest" option, as well as a handful of others (which I don't recall, because I just about always prefer newest). And by the way, I'm probably misinterpreting what you said, but I don't think "top posts" makes any attempt to cater to the individual member's preferences, it merely ranks the most popular posts overall. Bleh.
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    I don't know what EXACTLY they were testing, so it's hard to say. But still, the self-disinfecting metallic surfaces don't apply to COVID19. Probably to other viruses too. AFAIK the oligodynamic effect is slowing the metabolism of bacteria. Viruses don't have any metabolism. German Wikipedia says the effect is not very reliable and the mechanism is still not understood very well.
  40. 1 point
    Alternatively, you can copy/paste the image location of the picture in a new tab (or drag it to a new tab, as I described in the Cover Photo thread). It appears without the watermark there when I do it, regardless what browser I'm using.
  41. 1 point
    I read that too -- something like three days on stainless steel, but only about a day on cardboard. Odd.
  42. 1 point
    Ohh, that must be the difference. I've been on my laptop (also Firefox). Checked on mobile (Safari), don't see the watermark. Thanks for figuring that out!
  43. 1 point
    Yeah, I have a pretty low give-a-damn threshhold, which is why I hardly ever watch or read the news. All I generally need to know is the headlines, and it's pretty hard to avoid seeing those. In this era of the sound bite, the rest is largely blather anyhow. Analogously, I know some vegetarians who will watch every new video that documents the horrors of meat, but I don't see the point. I know I'm gonna be in basic agreement with their conclusions anyhow, so why subject myself to the (literally) gory details? If I'm curious about certain details (of any topic), I just search the internet. Right now I have the Indiana executive orders main page bookmarked so I can check it every few days for new stuff.
  44. 1 point
    . Looks like I spoke too soon! I'm tempted to write them pointing out that I'm paid up till May, so would they please honor their contract with me -- but why bother trying to reason with these people? They apparently follow whatever whim strikes them. As if I needed convincing, this is the *very* last straw! So much for that idea! I was finally able to get logged in the other day, though, so I can presumably download my photos directly from their website, which I'll make a point of doing by May. At least they haven't blurred my photos (thank heaven for small favors!), so no great rush copying the photos into my new Imgur account. .
  45. 1 point
    I would. Well, they were only 6 and 8 at the time, I doubt if their friends mentioned politics. Seriously, I have no idea how liberal or conservative the families in question were. I just noticed they were interchangeable, in an area where diversity (of all kinds) is more common than weeds. I don't think that would have been the case if they had been attending school; for example, kids of mixed races hanging out together are a common sight in town (which is a five minute walk from the schools, which is why I assume that's where they met.) So, the answer is ... I imagine I would be as concerned, since politics wasn't a conscious factor in my thinking. But unconciously, who knows. Very different from my experience! Because we moved so often, and even spent a few years out of the country, I think I was exposed to about every demographic there is before I was thirteen. I admit I didn't value the experience at the time. But I do now. When I moved to this area, I was amazed by how insular so many people were. (Even the liberal ones!) I'm sure a lot of factors go into that; for one thing, I was used to living in a college town; it was a cultural mecca compared to this area. At least, at the time. Our proximity to DC is starting to change this area significantly. The exploding population = more diversity = demand for more diverse activities/attitudes/policies. It suits me, but I see how fearful the "old timers" are ... partly because this is their first exposure to it. I can't help but think if they'd been exposed to more diversity when they were younger, they'd be more comfortable with it now. To be fair, I'm sure most of them went to public school; there just wasn't much diversity to be had back then! But there is now, and I can't help but think most kids would benefit from it.
  46. 1 point
    Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is the show Patricia Routledge did after Keeping Up Appearances. In it Routledge plays newly oap Hetty Wainthropp. She takes a job at the post office where she stumbles upon a murder. She then sets herself up as a detective and solves the murder and a few other small mysteries as well. A very young Dominic Monaghan is recruited to be her assistant. It's a fairly charming mystery series. It has no resemblance to Ab-Fab whatsoever.
  47. 1 point
    Here in Indiana (and I assume in other states as well), the kids have to follow pretty much the same curriculum as the public schools, using approved text books, and they have to pass tests at the end of the year. Some parents are obviously more knowledgeable than others, but the same was true of my teachers and I managed to learn anyhow by reading the textbooks. Basically, if kids are motivated, they'll learn, and if they're not, they won't. Same here in Virginia. My nephew's wife home-schooled their kids, the requirements were pretty strict. And most of the home-schooled kids I've met struck me as pretty well-educated. I get a few of them in my art classes (because that's something their moms can't teach). They're fine. The home-schoolers that I know belong to home-school organizations that provide group experiences -- not as often as regular schools, obviously, but on a regular basis. And the kids seem well adjusted, as well as more knowledgeable than a lot of public-school grads. Again, same here. Still ... I worry that they are not being exposed to a broader array of people. My nephew's kids had friends ... who were all white, middle-class, and Catholic, just like them. When I was in public school, several of my best friends were either ethnically, religiously and/or economically quite different from myself. I've always treasured that aspect of my school experience. I think you gave good advice. I agree.
  48. 1 point
    Here in Indiana (and I assume in other states as well), the kids have to follow pretty much the same curriculum as the public schools, using approved text books, and they have to pass tests at the end of the year. Some parents are obviously more knowledgeable than others, but the same was true of my teachers and I managed to learn anyhow by reading the textbooks. Basically, if kids are motivated, they'll learn, and if they're not, they won't. The home-schoolers that I know belong to home-school organizations that provide group experiences -- not as often as regular schools, obviously, but on a regular basis. And the kids seem well adjusted, as well as more knowledgeable than a lot of public-school grads. I think you gave good advice.
  49. 1 point
    My sister somehow missed it too. "I'm so excited about the next season of Sherlock" says I. "Huh? But he's dead!" says my sis. Apparently she didn't watch it to the end. That was one I wanted to see, glad to hear it's a keeper.
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