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    Recently watched movies

    Not the most distinctive title -- but I assume you're referring to this one. Thanks for the warning!
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    GIF Your Mood

    Is life throwing you a few curve balls, Sheerluck?
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    Sherlock Holmes disguises

    Hello, Sco0T -- welcome to Sherlock Forum! You posted your question in the General Sherlock Holmes Discussion area, so I assume you're asking about the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I must admit that I'm no expert on those, but I do know that there were several stories where he did disguise himself, and it was sort of a standard joke that Watson never recognized him. In fact, if some obnoxious fellow was annoying Watson, you could just about bet that it was actually Holmes. I can't offhand name a story where Holmes used more than one, but he sometimes used some very elaborate disguises. One of the most complicated ones was in "The Empty House," where he came to Baker Street disguised as a hunchbacked old book seller. Watson still thought that Holmes had died in the waterfall at Reichenbach some years earlier, so when Holmes took off the disguise, Watson was so surprised that he fainted! There are several forum members who know a lot more about the original stories than I do, so you'll presumably get a far better answer to your actual question.
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    But Gaiman is English, isn't he? Odd that he wouldn't write about English Gods. OK, looked him up, and he now lives in the US, so maybe that explains it.
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    Martin Freeman News

    Yes, Ma'am! Unfortunately, this video doesn't seem to include the very end of the competition (and the teams were very close at last accounting). Does anyone happen to know who won?
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    Martin Freeman News

    Here's the place for random bits of news about Martin Freeman. From Radio Times: Cool. Hopefully that "mind blowing" scene will turn up on YouTube!
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    Superhero (Marvel, DC, etc.) news & discussion

    Oh good -- I'm not going nuts!
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    Superhero (Marvel, DC, etc.) news & discussion

    Did you delete that post, Artemis? I recall reading it, but don't see any sign of it now.
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    Episode 1.2, "The Blind Banker"

    Besleybean, I don't think Ms. Chan is criticizing the Sherlock writers. Sounds to me like she's mostly pointing out how different things were only nine or ten years ago, and that what's considered normal has changed tremendously in the interim. I must however admit to some personal bewilderment over the current move toward casting minority actors in historically-inaccurate roles. I'm all for open casting -- there's no reason to assume that a character of unspecified race is white -- but if it was stupid or wrong to cast Italians as American Indians or whites as Asians (as used to be commonly done), why is it now any more reasonable or correct to cast an Asian as a 16th century Scottish noblewoman?
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    Episode 1.2, "The Blind Banker"

    Gemma Chan (who is currently playing a blue-skinned alien in Captain Marvel) talks at some length in this interview about her first big role as Soo Lin Yao, and about how much change there has been in casting guidelines since then.
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    Martin Freeman News

    Martin Freeman will be the captain of one team in a Red-Nose Day version of University Challenge (portrayed in Starter for 10, it's the British version of College Bowl), which will air TOMORROW (Friday March 15th) at 10 pm on BBC2, for those of you who can pull that in. I don't recognize any of the other team members' names, but you can find the full list and more details here. Sounds fun and interesting -- if anyone happens to find this on YouTube, please post a link in this thread! Ode to Joy will be the very first film shown at this year's RiverRun film festival in Winston-Salem North Carolina, also coming right up on April 4th; more details (including ticket info) here. Freeman's sitcom Breeders will, like Fargo, be shown in (I assume) the US on FX. Info here. It's also being co-produced by Avalon TV and Sky. According to IMDb, it's still in post-production at the moment, so it'll presumably be a while before it airs anywhere.
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    Sherlock Holmes Chess Pieces

    My favorite of those is the one in the very first picture. It looks substantial and attractive, and assuming it's made of real stuff rather than plastic, those smooth, solid pieces should feel quite luxurious in the hand. Wonder what it goes for? As for the others, I suspect the prices reflect mostly bragging rights.
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    Recently watched movies

    Yeah, I agree. In fact, I think "humanoid" translates as literally "human-shaped" "human-like" or something along those lines. OK, checked with Wikipedia, and they agree too. Oddly enough, it says that the term was first applied (in 1870) to "indiginous peoples in areas colonized by Europeans." Interesting. That seems an awfully late date for that attitude to have been used in, presumably, a scientific publication (the article cites, but does not quote, the OED Online). They illustrate that article with a photo of a humanoid robot named ASIMO, which they claim (with a straight face) stands for Advanced Steps in Innovative MObility. So it's a mere coincidence that some guy who wrote a bunch of stories about robots just happened to have a vaguely similar name. But when they come out with the fifth rev of the robot, maybe they could call it ASIMO-V, huh? You've got a good point about the distinctions between ugly, scary, creepy, disturbing, etc. I do think those concepts are all related, but have no immediate idea what the umbrella term might be.
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    A Collector’s Lot

    That'd be one heck of a bargain on the Ferrari!
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    Recently watched movies

    I haven't seen this movie, and I'm not sure what your definition of "humanoid" is, but it's my impression that it's generally easier to make an alien ugly if they're humanoid. That's because the ugliest ones are usually those who strike us as looking "wrong" -- which means they're close to looking human, but not quite. I don't go to the movies frequently, but for example there's Voldemort, who looks pretty normal except that his nose is missing. I dunno if that makes him ugly, exactly, but I find him hard to look at. I think that we're generally more turned off by someone who's *almost* like us than we are by someone who's totally different, whether the difference is in looks or beliefs. We (perhaps subconsciously) feel like they got it almost right (i.e., almost like me), so why can't they just shape up?
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    Superhero (Marvel, DC, etc.) news & discussion

    Are the TV series going to star the same actors as the movies?
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    This is the place to ask your language-related questions! (What is "a queue for the loo"? Does Reichenbach really mean "rich brook" in German?) Your questions don't have to be Sherlock-related, or about the English language -- any language-related question is welcome here! This is also the place to post your language-related discoveries and other comments. (So that's what John meant by "pants"! Beware of "quite" -- it's really quite confusing!) And again, any language-related comment is welcome. I'm starting this thread mostly so that I'll have a place to ask questions. I'll do my best to answer some questions too, but everyone's help will be appreciated!
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    The WTF Thread

    Nope, never heard of them before. But thank goodness they don't grow around here! According to Wikipedia, they're native to the Caribbean area.
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    The WTF Thread

    Didn't know where to post this, so decided we need a new thread for life's weirdities. Alex was looking out the kitchen window the other day and noticed something odd sticking out of our lawn. I went out to investigate and found an arrow. Our first guess was that it might have come from the people next door (about 100 yards/meters away), but although we often see (and hear) them doing target practice with their rifle, we have never, ever seen them with a bow. Besides, this isn't a target arrow (those have plain conical tips); it's clearly some sort of hunting arrow, though I've not been able to find anything like it online. The tip is about an inch long and shaped something like a trident with the middle prong shorter than the other two. It's very sharp. Plus it could not have been shot at a target. I found it sticking straight up out of the lawn, into which the point had embedded itself several inches. So it had fallen more or less straight down from a significant height, meaning it had been shot *up* (rather than across as in target practice). So it could have come from significantly further away than next door. This leaves me with two theories: 1) Some yahoo shot it into the sky just for kicks, the way some people will fire a gun into the air in the apparent belief that the bullet/arrow will reach its apex and then evaporate. Or 2) someone was shooting at a bird, probably a large one such as a goose or duck, judging by the size of that arrow tip; in which case the good news is, they missed. Oh, I suppose it could have been 3) somebody walked into our yard and jabbed the arrow into the ground, but that seems least likely. We're currently chalking this up as a fluke, but if it happens again we may consider calling the sheriff. Dunno whether they'd be able to do a blessed thing, but it sure wouldn't hurt to give them the information.
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    GIF Your Mood

    Somebody once said that saving daylight by changing the clocks is like making a candle longer by cutting an inch off one end and gluing it on the other.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    If you're in the US (but not in the sensible states of Hawaii and Arizona), don't forget to observe the quaint ritual of setting your clocks forward an hour.
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    Help with the new look Sherlock Forum!

    Thanks for reminding me -- that fooled me a few times too, so I should have mentioned it. The pop-up won't be visible after you navigate to an index page, but once you arrive in the new thread, it'll magically reappear. I guess the reason is that you can't post a quote on an index page, only on a thread page.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Long, yeah, but it needed to be long, and I'm glad you answered. Also glad to hear that you're doing OK. Please keep up posted! (And give our regards to your ex-colleagues next time you're out to dinner with them. )
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    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    This is odd, because we have both systems of nuts and bolts over here, so you need to be careful that you have the right type of wrench for a specific job. I think the metric ones are used mostly on foreign cars. Sorry, I meant to respond to that part earlier. Now back to your regularly-scheduled cute critters.
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    A Collector’s Lot

    Nope, just a sitty thing. Lemme see if I can find it online -- OK, here it is. The angle is adjustable from "lying down" (as shown) to "sitting up" and anywhere between, simply by pushing the upper part. The effect is similar to a recliner, but in my opinion it has two major advantages: 1. There are no mechanical parts that could either break or (more importantly in our house) pinch an unsuspecting cat. 2. There's a built-in knee angle to prevent back strain. We'd want different upholstery, but at those prices never mind!
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