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  1. Carol the Dabbler

    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    I take it the Metro doesn't reach your area?
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    The Political Thread

    I've been thinking we might all be bald by then! Glad to know that VBS's crystal ball says otherwise.
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    The Political Thread

    This is the thread for ANY and ALL political discussion. Thank you. Sorry, I realize this actually belongs on the Cumberbatch News thread ;) but the polls have just closed in most of Indiana and in half of Kentucky, so the first returns should start coming in soon.
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    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    I must say that's one experience I've never had! There may have been one time when my airline seat didn't work properly (so I couldn't follow the required safety instructions), but they were able to switch me to another seat on the same flight.
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Nope, those were written in British as well. I am deeply puzzled! The show must have, by law, had American closed captioning. But come to think of it, that uses a special technology, so maybe there was no way to convert it to regular subtitles, and they had to start from scratch? In any case, it's kinda weird, hearing the dialog spoken with American accents while reading it in British spelling. I suppose we could just turn off the subtitles, but they do save us from this occasional scenario: Me: What'd he say? Alex: I couldn't understand it. Me: Can you back it up? [Alex backs it up and we listen more carefully.] Me: I still didn't understand him. Alex: Me either.
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    Recently watched movies

    OK, I finally get it -- you guys are just making up half of these movie titles, right?
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    The Political Thread

    Yes, thank goodness! The scene you're apparently thinking of is in "Great Game" (I think I've previously said Reichenbach, but Ariane DeVere just convinced me I'd been wrong): . But then in S4, John clearly *is* using "product" in his hair. I'm glad Sherlock will finally be able to bring him to his senses in S5.
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    The Dress (color perception)

    This is four or five years old, but I just now ran across it -- what are the colors is this dress: [source] The reason I'm asking is that some people see it as one color scheme, while other people see it as a very different scheme, and a few people see it as a third (or as other colors entirely). I've just looked at the photo on two monitors that are set for significantly different color renderings, and I see it the same regardless, so I don't think it's the monitor that influences my perception. I'm not gonna say yet how I see it, because I want to know how y'all see it. I was thinking of making this a poll, but then I didn't want to influence your range of choices. I urge you to form your opinion and word your description of the colors before you scroll down and read what others are saying. Please note that there are no wrong answers, as long as you're telling us your honest perception. Thank you!
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    The best price we found for the complete series (a couple hundred episodes) was a Region 2 (British / European) box set, which is very nice (and we have a region-free player). But there's one thing that kept puzzling me -- the English subtitles are spelled in British. Why not just use the original American subtitles? But then I realized that the show was filmed during the nineties, when closed captioning was becoming a legal requirement in the US, so most shows had it. The subtitles used for closed captioning are the kind referred to as subtitles for the deaf or hearing-impaired (i.e., they also include non-verbal audio info, such as "phone rings"). Our Home Improvement DVDs offer that sort of subtitles, and they also have speech-only English subtitles. So I'm guessing that the more extensive subtitles are the original American closed captioning (which would have been the only subtitles the show originally had), and the speech-only subtitles (which are the ones we've been turning on) were created later for the British / European market. Tonight I plan to test that hypothesis by watching with the "deaf" subtitles turned on, and see which brand of English they use.
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Tim and Jill called him Wilson, and the kids called him Mr. Wilson. (It finally came out that his full name was Wilson W. Wilson, Jr.)
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I agree regarding formal communication, where one is more likely to be taken seriously if one communicates using the "correct" forms. (I could still not bring myself to say "It is he," but neither would I say "It's him" in a formal setting -- I'd figure out some other way of saying it.) The most important thing, however, is to express one's ideas clearly.
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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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    Star Trek miscellany

    I just found that the site linked to above includes a good bit of cross-referencing, including a list of interviewees who talk about Star Trek, and for each of them, links to each segment of their interview that discuss the show. Looks like I missed quite a number of people, and have a good bit more viewing to look forward to. I recommend Herb Solow's segments in particular; he gives a number of insights into everything from the development of ST, to factors leading to the show's cancellation.
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    Star Trek miscellany

    There's another new Trek on the horizon, this time an animated comedy called Star Trek: Lower Decks, that focuses on the rank-and-file crew members of a low-profile ship. I didn't notice any mention of which specific Trekverse it'll be set in, but sounds like it could be fun. Unfortunately for some of us, it's being developed for CBS's ironically-named streaming service, All Access.
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    Star Trek miscellany

    That new animated comedy (ST: Lower Decks) is in production, with two seasons already authorized and a release date of roughly "whenever we're ready." Here's Wikipedia's overview. It's still intended for streaming, but if it's any good it'll hopefully be available on DVD after that. ****** I just stumbled across this site last night (scroll down that page to see the full list). It's a collection of in-depth interviews with people who were involved in the early days of television, including lengthy interviews with numerous people involved with the original Trek series. Unfortunately the project doesn't seem to have begun in time to include Gene Roddenberry, DeForest Kelley, or James Doohan, but it does have the following (in alphabetical order): Robert Butler (directed first pilot "The Cage") Alexander Courage (composed Trek theme & some episode music) Douglas S. Cramer (Paramount exec, oversaw Season 3) Harlan Ellison (wrote episode "City on the Edge of Forever") Dorothy "D.C." Fontana (story editor; wrote a number of episodes) George Clayton Johnson (wrote episode "The Man Trap") Robert Justman (heavily involved with both pilots and Seasons 1 and 2) Walter Koenig (played Ens. Chekov) Ricardo Montalban (played Kahn in episode "Space Seed") Diana Muldaur (guest star, "Return to Tomorrow" & "Is There in Truth no Beauty?") Nichelle Nichols (played Lt. Uhuru) Leonard Nimoy (played Mr. Spock) William Schallert (played Federation official Nilz Baris in "Trouble With Tribbles") William Shatner (played Captain James T. Kirk) Herbert F. Solow (Desilu exec; oversaw both pilots and Seasons 1 & 2) George Takei (played Lt. Sulu) Jane Wyatt (played Spock's mother Amanda in "Journey to Babel") I have not watched any of these interviews yet, but certainly intend to have a look. Please let me know if I've omitted any original-series Trek alumni who were interviewed.
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    Recently watched movies

    Yes. For example, "You have it; I want it; therefore you should give it to me." And the person I mentioned above seems utterly bewildered if you don't immediately hand it over. Of course I have no idea whether the bewilderment is real or merely an act they put on in order to get what they want. As far as I've ever been able to tell, this person is all facade (though I don't see how that could literally be true).
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    Recently watched movies

    You definitely have a point there. I know someone who is presumably no serial killer (I don't think they have the stomach for it), but does nevertheless take advantage of friends and family, wanting frequent sympathy for their "bad luck" (meaning they screwed up again) and also wanting to be supported financially because their "bad luck" cost them yet another job. They seem to consider all of this special treatment to be perfectly reasonable, and in fact owed to them, and will attempt to shame or emotionally blackmail friends / family who refuse to be taken advantage of yet again. But since they're not doing anything really illegal, nor have they quite ruined any lives, I would say they haven't quite crossed the line. I think this type of sociopath is (fortunately, I guess) far more common than the serial-killer type.
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    The Political Thread

    That sounds absolutely wonderful, VBS -- I can hardly wait till they show it over here! P.S.: If it's not a spoiler, can you tell how John is doing his hair?
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    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    Nope, Indianapolis, where I got on the train. The lovely old concourse, which used to be ticket windows and such, has been uhh, remodeled to accommodate restaurant stalls, like the mall food courts. I understand there are still some trains coming through downstairs, but it's not a real train station any more, it's just a place where a few trains stop now and then.
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    Oh, I think it's right. But then I think written English should reflect how English is actually spoken, and don't much care about how it "should" be written (or spoken, for that matter). But your first example is what we were taught was correct (if I had any idea which box my old grammar books were in, I'd give you some quotes). Of course that was a number of years ago, so the grammar police may have given up on that particular "rule" by now. Lemme check. Oh, good -- current usage seems to be favoring the apostrophe-s form, with the just-apostrophe form listed as an alternative. I'd say go by how you'd pronounce it. If there's a really long word with a lot of s's and/or z's, including one on the end, you might find yourself avoiding an extra one.
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    Recently watched movies

    I think it's OK to be a psychopath. After all, if the psychiatrists are right, those people can't help being what they are. But I do think they need to conform to the same laws as the rest of us, even if they sometimes don't see the point. Oh, good, it's finally coming to the theaters. I don't much care for all the shouting and drum-beating in that trailer, and Rotten Tomatoes is barely lukewarm for it, but I may want to see it anyhow, probably on DVD.
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Alex and I are currently watching Home Improvement (on DVD). We had watched back in the 90s when it was on the air, and had enjoyed it, but had not remembered just how funny it is. For those not familiar with the show, it's about the host of a local cable show ("Tool Time") and his wife and their three boys. The male / female differences are played up (for comic effect, of course), but they ring true. And each of the seven main characters is individually detailed and delightful.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I think it's a good idea to treat everyone with respect, and everyone above a certain age as simply fellow human beings. (That "certain age" depends on the individual -- I know a very mature young man of eight, for example.) And I'm not just talking about dealing with young folks, either. Several times while chatting with younger adults, I have been taken aback by a comment that indicates they're categorizing me as "someone Mom's age" rather than as a fellow adult. I feel marginalized. Of course I am about their mother's age, and I certainly wouldn't mind questions about what things were like before they were born -- but I'm not treating them like children, and I'd appreciate them not treating me like an "old lady" either.
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    Recently watched movies

    OK, I hadn't thought of those people, perhaps because (as you say) they're mercifully so rare. I assume they would be classified as psychopaths, meaning that they lack any concept of good / evil, in which case can their actions be classified according to that spectrum? Their behavior toward their fellow humans might be considered analogous to a scientist's behavior toward lab rats -- not that I condone either one, but the latter is generally accepted as normal. I'm more comfortable with that belief myself, by and large. I don't think there's any point in tailoring one's worldview to include psychopaths.
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    Shoot the Wall (A.K.A. The Rant Thread)

    I have no idea how un/reliable the passenger service is in these parts, because there's not enough of it to draw any conclusions from. I think there used to be more. The first time I traveled to Boston, I took a train, and I recall leaving Indianapolis in the daytime. I have no idea whether there was more than one train a day to Boston then, but Union Station was still a busy train station, whereas nowadays it's mostly a food court. There are still trains in around here, but the vast majority are only for freight. There definitely used to be a light rail system ("the Interurban") in central Indiana, but they tore up the tracks in the late 1930's (ironically just before WWII brought gas rationing, which would have dramatically increased train travel if there'd been any trains left). But the train companies (who had to build and maintain their own tracks) just couldn't compete with the bus companies (who used roads built and maintained by the government). Plus the auto industry apparently pulled some shenanigans (as depicted in Who Framed Roger Rabbit). I must say I love the train service in the UK. You can go just about anywhere via train, at just about any time of day (and in cases where there isn't a train, there's bus service). It isn't particularly cheap (but neither is owning/renting a car).
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