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  1. 7 points
    Yes, count me in as one. I used to think that I'm the one at wrong, but I think I have stopped doing that, since I could see that others are not exactly right-er. Eventually I distance myself from many people, since I suppose it's better, they don't enjoy my companionship because I'm not what they want me to be anyway and feel much happier. It's difficult for family though, I guess staying apart helps. Actually staying apart helps with A LOT of my relationships. It's a filter and strainer as well, those who survive my very infrequent affection are the keepers. I think that could be one of the reason why we are here. Nothing seems to strange or different here. All nutters.
  2. 4 points
    Forgive me if I answer this with Sondheim first (the song in question starts around 4:40 if I goofed that link up): I can't think of any major decision in my life that I haven't second-guessed at some point. Hardest, imo, was coming to the conclusion and accepting that I'd probably do most things the same, even knowing how some turned out. But I don't fret about any of them - there's just one life, and we do the best we can. There may be Martinas in parallel universes who took different decisions and now live lives radically different from mine, but I'm okay with my place in this one.
  3. 4 points
    Because the Witcher wasn't supposed to be pretty. People were closing doors, dogs barked and cats hissed seeing him. Scarred, sinewy, with a nasty smile. Cavil is a big puppy, not a monster killer. And his wig comes from a totally different fairytale, as people say in my country.
  4. 4 points
    Since it's been awhile since I posted something in this thread so in compensation here is some spam
  5. 4 points
    I think that it's partially a result of us having so much access to so much more information than we can even process that it seems incredibly hard to determine what is actually true and what isn't. People filter. And because it's absolutely impossible to verify everything for yourself, you always have to rely on trust at some point. And there seems to be growing distrust in established authorities and experts, be they political, scientific, media, etc. Once a person has settled down inside their own little bubble where life makes sense, it's incredibly hard to reach them there. They are quite literally in another reality. That's why, for example, I think it doesn't matter one bit what investigations do or do not find out about Trump; those people who would believe it would never vote for him anyway and his supporters wouldn't believe any evidence, no matter how sound. I am not saying that the above mentioned distrust is unwarranted, btw. I went to university long enough to catch more than a glimpse at the ugly side of the scientific community. I am far from happy with the work of most politicians and whenever I have read a media report about something I witnessed first hand I have always been shocked at the inaccuracy of the information. What I don't understand, however, is why people who won't believe, say, BBC news, think that something they read on Facebook is more credible. Where does this idea come from that because one source is wrong another must be right? It's all a muddle. Which Dickens character says that? Darn, I have to get back to reading my classics, it's escaped my mind.
  6. 3 points
    Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune?
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  8. 3 points
    Funny this topic coming up. I've used several pieces of software including Ulysses, but have never found the 'perfect' thing for me. At the moment I'm using a combination of OneNote and Word. OneNote is very good for outlining, notes, and drafting. The notes can be moved and arranged as I see fit and anything I write can be exported to Word perfectly. I'm planning a blog and it seems like Word/OneNote will become my unified writing tool for the foreseeable.
  9. 3 points
    Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Americans! And Happy Thursday everyone else!
  10. 3 points
    It reminded me a bit of Hitchhiker's Guide in its overall feel, if you've seen that. Maybe a little less ridiculous and over the top, but similar feel to it.
  11. 3 points
    I think the point is to understand ourselves better, to realize that just because we're different doesn't mean we're wrong (or they're wrong), just that we have a different way of looking at things -- which is good, because having more than one viewpoint helps us consider a variety of options. I never thought I was intimidating at all, but I've been told that a time or two. One of my college roommates claimed that the first thing I ever said to her was "I sure hope you don't like to study with the radio on."
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  13. 3 points
    After trying and don't understand the other video hostings, it's easier that I just make a new email account for Youtube uploading, weird name to keep it just here. Sorry about the resolution, somehow I think it got converted or the original is not good, only took this from camera phone. This is about one-third of the watch, the rest, as said, I wanted to enjoy it with my eyes. I tried to put the video in spoiler box but doesn't seem to work. update: it works!
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    That would also mean that Mrs. Hudson isn't a Maiden fan. I find that very disheartening.
  16. 3 points
    I don’t know if anyone has heard of John Dickson Carr? He was an American writer who wrote a biography of Doyle. He was also a writer of classic era crime fiction specialising I guess in the classic locked room-type mysteries. In fact his story The Hollow Man was voted the best locked room mystery ever. He wrote 22 stories using his hero Sir Henry Merrivale (under the pen name Carter Dickson) and 23 stories starring his most famous creation Dr Gideon Fell. These were written between 1933 and 1967. Carr died in 1977. Id always meant to check out Carr’s stories (having only read his biography of Doyle and his famous collection of Holmes pastiches called The Exploits Of Sherlock Holmes, written with Adrian Conan Doyle) Last week I bought Carr’s first Gideon Fell book Hag’s Nook. Let’s just say that I’ll be looking for more. This isn’t a long book 150+ pages but the plot is great, it’s well written Imo, it’s certainly atmospheric and Fell is a great character. He’s a large chap that wears a cape, walks on two sticks and is writing his magnum opus about the history of English drinking habits. Like Nero Wolfe and Morse, Fell likes his beer. Ive also just listened to two Gideon Fell radio plays on YouTube starring English actor Donald Sinden as Fell. Definitely worth checking out. Definitely the kind of book for a wintry night and a glass of something medicinal.👍
  17. 3 points
    If I want Canon, I read Canon.... Mark and Steven can do what thy like with their show. I never fell for Johnlock. A beautiful, loving male friendship works for me.
  18. 3 points
    Hmm. When my face is mashed into a car door I have the courtesy to allow someone else to do it.
  19. 3 points
    Any other example? I don't know about the fallout with George, I think if he is still in the pictures, a lot of funny plots could be avoided. Green Book is great, yes. I suppose they would come into similar conclusion, as Caya said, the showrunners know the bullet points of the whole story. But the books would get there in much more sophisticated and well-deserved ways. Sadly, I'm starting to think the A.I would take over the world before I finally see it in the bookstore. Anyway, ep 5, penultimate episode. I stupidly spent hours to type in this, but can't help it. 😣 This is the longest post I have ever done. Ever! Sorry. At first, I thought I have nothing to say for this episode, as I had kind of given up, because again the show creators don't give a piss about the importance of process and characters. That they decide to burn years of hard work, their own, by delivering mediocre at best to terrible at most, for the sake of finishing it, or perhaps fan service to "new" fans. I can't understand them, because they themselves were hardcore fans, who fell in love with the series with the same reason as me, and multiple people who are yelling at YouTube now, who studied the dog-eared book trying to imagine a way to bring all these written words to the screen and actually given a chance to do so. So, as for many, and my personal experience, one of the surest way to destroy your faith in something is to work on it, knowing the industry that would then reveal their ugly sides you have never seen and realize it's a nope for you. So for them, do they have work fatigue? Which I could understand that for a decade that's all they do, but there are different challenges that I'm sure GoT creation is never boring and stagnant and they have obligation to put efforts, decent efforts. Not minimum effort that seriously make me doubt that they are qualified. So I watched ep 5 expecting they would screw up, they did. Why they did I had sort of touching them in previous rant. I said I expected, sadly it's true. Too bad because I think there are ways to make it less horrible even if they are using the same structures which I would try to do? I hope I won't take too long to explain and my writing is not too ridden with too many errors. (Spoiler: it takes too long and there must be plethora of grammatical errors)
  20. 3 points
    Tsk tsk, I am more open than you J.P. I find younger, older than me, same age as me, people who disagree with me, people who wear sunglass indoor, and people who breath too loud annoying.
  21. 3 points
    It's a pest free and mostly waterproof cupboard, good for keeping important stuff. I can remember Viggo Mortensen was mentioning keeping his manuscripts (or were those letters?) in a fridge for exactly the same reason.
  22. 3 points
    Not to keep bashing the TJLC movement, but I just saw a thing (here) that summed it up nicely: someone did an analysis of the wedding scene, claiming that Sherlock was filmed constantly blocking our view of Mary, which meant that the filmmakers were saying that the wedding was between Sherlock and John. So someone else went in and cherry-picked all the scenes where Sherlock was blocking John … ergo, the wedding was between Sherlock and Mary! Except this person's conclusion was … it doesn't mean anything, it's just what happens when you film someone walking around. And that's how I view most of the TJLC theories … they present only the evidence that supports their conclusion, and ignore or deny anything that doesn't. But that's people for you, I guess.
  23. 3 points
    The sound animals make, in different languages. By James Chapman. [Link]
  24. 3 points
    Yes; I've just started watching all of the JEREMY BRETT as SHERLOCK HOLMES episodes (in chronological order of release date) again; and how wonderful they were!!
  25. 2 points
    I would say the people expecting you to respond are the rude ones, then. Unless it's a genuine emergency or work related, your time is your own.
  26. 2 points
    I think I might prefer "What if Superman were (except for his superpowers) a fairly typical human being, warts and all? (Sort of like Peter Falk's description of Columbo as a perfectly average fellow, except that he's the world's greatest detective.) That would interest me a whole lot more than the gory version!
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    My best guess is that they're not intended to be random, but either the manufacturer doesn't know much English or their customers don't either. (Though it's my understanding that a lot of Japanese high-school students study English.) I seem to recall that Dave Barry (in his book Dave Barry Does Japan) quotes some that appear to be actual sentences in search of a meaning (though I can't seem to find the right chapter just now). But I should talk -- I used to have an Asian-style straw hat with some Chinese words on it, and for all I know, it said "Ignorant Round-Eye."
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    I hijacked and feel obligated to bring it back. Stumbled across this, 80-signs-youre-an-intj Although it supposes to represent one Mbti, I think you would find something you could relate with. And it's full of Sherlock gifs! I relate to almost all, but personal favorit that is more specific is: You keep expectations low and downgrade accordingly I can't stress how much I'd be happier if I stop expecting people to be good at what they are supposed to be good at. I think I have mellowed, but apparently I am still abrasive to many, especially strangers in professional settings. It's surprising to see how many actually 'run' away, when I had already tried to tone it down. It annoys me greatly that they though doing a decent job is too much to ask when it's what they should be competent at. More: You are blunt when you respect someone and sharper when you do not. You can be cruel to those you perceive as imbecile or wilfully ignorant. Your history is kinda mysterious, and it's bloody staying that way. Small talk is endurance sport. You can pass for charismatic, it eventually wears down with your patience. You avoid deepening relationship without good reason.
  31. 2 points
    Interesting conversation! Although I do feel impelled to point out that my question was "is psychopathic behavior okay if society came to consider it as normal behavior" and not "is it okay to be a psychopath." But it sounds like we've basically reached a consensus, anyway, which is ... it's okay to be anything as long as you don't hurt people. Of course, then you could argue about what is and isn't hurtful … (Philosophy, the ultimate rabbit-hole...…) (Actually, my minor was "Philosophy and Religion" … the first was all about never finding a definitive answer, and the second was all about accepting a definitive answer. It's amazing I survived to graduation. )
  32. 2 points
    Oh I am sure we could rectify that situation! 😈
  33. 2 points
    Callooh callay! I was just wondering the other day where you'd gotten to. (Now I know!) Alas, "Irongeppetto" is the best I can rustle up.... (apparently RDJ is/was to be in a Pinocchio movie?)
  34. 2 points
    I love gardening, so relaxing, so zen. I've had a really stressful full-on day but when I can come home and spend my evening digging through compost everything is okay. :) Spent Monday evening out jogging followed by looking for grass snakes and slow worms. Found 4 slow worms, 2 grass snakes and a newt larvae... which is a LOT cuter than it sounds. :D
  35. 2 points
    Unfortunately, no, that's not how Moftiss did it, though they came closer in the first series. Admittedly, though, it's easier with Good Omens because the two guys in question aren't even guys, strictly speaking, and therefore the question of whether they even have any sexuality as commonly understood is open to interpretation. But that's exactly the point, that "open to interpretation" bit. Nobody in Good Omens, say, ever indignantly states that they're not gay, or gay for that matter. They are clearly shown to care a lot for each other, and just what that means is left for the viewer to decide.
  36. 2 points
    ^ Same. I actually don't think Facebook is responsible for that; but what is, I couldn't tell you. I just know that I was noticing it long before Facebook. Whether social media has made it worse, or if it's just always been like that, I don't know either. I've had several of those. I tend to end up in a "free therapist" role in relationships, where I'm basically just a sounding board for someone's latest woes when they can't talk to their other friends. I've grown somewhat accustomed to it, and I'm actually glad that people feel like their problems are safe with me; but it's very one-sided, and fickle. When I had troubles, or they weren’t having troubles, they had no time for me. Their only interest in me was as a vent. Those people gradually disappeared and aren't part of my life anymore, and in recent years I'm a lot less open to people who show signs of using me like that, because I want a real friendship. Hence, I'm alone. I think what's missing in a lot of friendships these days is trust. Many people have several friends they spend time with and go do things with, but how many of those friends would they say they trust and feel like they can count on? Probably not many.
  37. 2 points
    I remember I used to look at my extrovert colleague and have difficulty understanding her. So this girl at work came to my table on her first day, striking conversation (we come from the same country in foreign land), and she tagged along for lunch since then and I'm now 'her friend'. She called me everyday to talk about herself, and when I tried to make it more enjoyable for me by sharing my stories as well, it didn't go more than a minute. She tried to introduce everyone she knew to me, tried to include me in every outing, and as much efforts 14that she made, I always had this resistance because I had never feel close to her, not at all. Up to the points when I had to blankly reject knowing more of her friends, most of the time she brought them to our office lunch, outings, in situations where we couldn't say no. But when she visited the country I was staying after I moved to another job, I rejected her visit with yet another strangers and she really resented me after that. Her treatment with me is not special (the socializing effort), because she did it everybody. So I remember summing her up with one sentence A friend to everyone is a friend to noone. She was never my friend, regardless how she felt about it. I bet she barely knew anything about me.
  38. 2 points
    Clearly, a future @Pseudonym travelled into the past. Gathered the copies. Placed them in your mum's garden. Returned to the future and is now reading the ensuing chaos in this thread in the archives with great mirth. Fiendishly subtle.
  39. 2 points
    Husband and I were at the Phil Collins concert yesterday, which was fantastic, only now I've got Follow You Follow Me stuck on repeat in my head.
  40. 2 points
    Wha..what? Unsolicited blabbering, and lately lack of ability to retain short-term memory and I think I have started to forget which stories I have told and haven't. Gasp, am I the person I'm always ranting about??!! 😲 Holy smoke, I must be unbearable. Mmmm mmm *stroking invisible beard* I see where you are coming from.. (Read: I think you are nuts )
  41. 2 points
    Alex and I just rewatched Stranger than Fiction, and liked it even better than the first time. It's got a terrific cast, so even if you think you don't like Will Ferrell (because of the buffoons he usually plays), you might want to check this out for Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Linda Hunt, et al. Briefly, Ferrell plays a man who starts hearing his life being narrated inside his head, and realizes that he's living a book as it's being written. Judging by some hints dropped by the unseen author, he fears that the story will soon end in his death, so he resolves to learn the identity of the author and convince her not to finish the book. I guess you could call it a suspenseful dramedy.
  42. 2 points
    Tonight Alex and I saw the biggest darn rainbow we'd ever seen. It occurred shortly before sunset, which presumably accounted for the top of it being around 50 degrees above the horizon (i.e., more than halfway to the top of the sky). The entire arc was bright and visible (plus we could see portions of a very dim outer rainbow). I just stood there enjoying it till it started to fade. I took some photos too, but there was of course no way to get the entire thing in one shot, and I'm not sure I'd be able to do an accurate paste-up on anything with such a plain background.
  43. 2 points
    As someone who has autism, I find the existence of anti vaxers appalling. There is nothing more horrifying to know that some people are willing to risk the live and safety of their kids and others just because they are convinced having autism is the worst thing to happen to their child. Anyway, two weird things happened to me: one was a grown woman asking me why the sky was blue, the other was a random kid giving me a hug, apparently I resemble someone he knows.
  44. 2 points
    We have a freezer in the basement that I unplugged … no reason to have that much frozen food in the house, in my opinion. I use it as extra shelf space. Booooo………………. They've installed Alexa in the classroom where I teach. She has a natural voice and talks in full sentences too. I still hate her.
  45. 2 points
    I am glad you decide to have cat again! In case it's been too long, this is to remind you that they are drama queens. And very inappropriate. Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?
  46. 2 points
    I remember liking the book even better. But that was at a time when it was fun to see icons like Sherlock Holmes being somewhat inverted. I don't know if I would like it now. You should probably give Iron Man a try, Carol, if you haven't already. It's worth it just to watch Downey. Imo.
  47. 2 points
    In a society as large and complex as ours, I regretfully suspect that we do need politicians -- even though the inevitable downside is that they won't all behave in a manner we would consider sensible.
  48. 2 points
    As you said, John didn't choose Mary because she was "dangerous." She was then passing for "normal," and he chose that. He was likewise smitten with Dr. Sarah Sawyer, apparently a very wholesome woman. So even though the Moftisses claim that he's "attracted to danger," their own story lines don't bear them out. We do see John become a darker character from His Last Vow onwards -- but considering what he's going through, how many people would retain a positive outlook? I don't necessarily think the writers changed their minds, though. Their concept of "fooling" the audience bears a very close resemblance to my concept of lying. Sure, they throw a few feeble "clues" around, but that only shows that they're planning all along to pull the rug out from under us later on.
  49. 2 points
    It is, I believe, essential a love story between Tolkien and his wife Edith with bits of war and Middle-Earth references added at points.
  50. 2 points
    Fewer and fewer educated Japanese women are opting to pursue the traditional Japanese feminine track of marriage well before 30 and the replacement quota of 2 children. These educated women are opting instead to continue working or pursue graduate degrees and spend their disposable income and vacations enjoying foreign or domestic travel. They are getting their consciousness raised in the way their American sisters did in the 1970s, and the fossilized patriarchal Japanese system is getting a shake-up. In 2018, along comes 'Miss Sherlock', and she and Wato are perhaps a reflection of their changing society--two highly-educated and accomplished women who are making their own career paths completely free of dependency on a male figure, be it husband or father. Even 5 years ago, a show like Miss Sherlock probably wouldn't have gotten an airing in its home country because it would have been deemed too progressive . . there is even a whiff of homoerotic tension between them. A 'Sherlock' is always going to be out of the mainstream of his or her society, being that much more brilliant than an average person . .but Miss Sherlock and Wato aren't as off-kilter as they would have been not all that long ago. 'The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world', as the saying goes . . Japanese women are going to be asserting their power by the opposite, I think--by choosing not to reproduce and perpetuate an archaic system where old men make all the decisions for them while they stay at home in the kitchen. As the current regime of elderly politicians and captains of industry die off, Japan will be forced to promote promising women to positions of authority and make more meaningful work opportunities available to their highly educated female workforce. They are sweating over who is going to take care of a rapidly aging population, with so few children relative to the senior population. There are going to be growing pains, but I think it will ultimately be for the good. I lived there from 1990 - 96 and I met many wonderful, smart women during my time there. But I felt at times like I was trapped in an Asian version of Pleasantville . . the calendar said it was the 1990s, but based on the roles for women, I could have just as easily been in 1972 or 1952 . . with better transportation and fewer kimonos. The professional women I knew tended to be unmarried, because that seemed to be the only way for a female to retain an identity of her own. Felt a bit Kafkaesque, to be honest. In my opinion, Japanese women are smarter than the men are but they are just starting to have a voice in their own society. Apart from any social commentary which may or may not have been intended by its creators, Miss Sherlock looks like it's fun.
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