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  1. I thought Abu was the monkey in "Aladdin."
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    Interesting quotations (on any subject)

    So I got curious and looked up "logic"; here's part of the Merriam-Webster definition "a science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration...." Now, inference … isn't that an interesting word? That implies a bit of intuitive thinking right there, doesn't it? To infer something is not the same, to me, as to know something … it requires a certain leap of faith. So logic itself could be described as, in some way, a function of insight. Dizzy yet?
  3. Aw, I wouldn't worry … I bet it still has plenty of meaning for those who believe in its message. And I like hearing it … it's pretty, and easy to sing along with. I don't think you really have to know the "meaning" of a song to appreciate it. And I'm willing to bet that if the "mockers" heard it being sung solo on a street corner, they wouldn't think anything about it one way or another. They might even leave a tip if the busker's any good. It's the people who think they can change the world that they're contemptuous of, even if they aren't singing. The song's just a convenient symbol to describe those people, imo.
  4. We had an incident in Virginia a few years ago when the attorney general took offense at the state seal -- which depicts the goddess Virtus with one breast bared. He had a version made which covered her up. As I recall, he was pretty roundly mocked himself, which is possibly the biggest difference between then and now.
  5. Maybe. But it seems to me it's more the act of getting together and singing that's being mocked, not the song itself. It could be another song … "Get Together" by the Youngbloods, for example, which I remember was used at protests back in the day … and people still mocked the protesters. "Kumbaya" is a more universally known song, though … if you reference it, more people are likely to know the kind of thing you're mocking. Or so it seems to me. I might agree, except that Kumbaya isn't an idealistic song, exactly. When I was at church camp, back in my teens, the song was considered a prayer invoking God's presence, or at least that was my impression. ...…...The negative comments quoted in that NPR article were mostly about people supposedly thinking they could solve the world's problems by "joining hands and singing Kumbaya." That sounds to me like an accusation of naivety rather than idealism. Maybe naivety is a better word for what I mean. Although it's my perception that those-who-mock equate the two … to be idealistic is to be naïve. (Which I disagree with, to some extent, but that's another matter.) I think that's very possible. I don't have a clue what the song is "about," I just know groups of people who gather for a common cause tend to sing it. Well, the chorus. Seems like there's ever only 1-2 people who sing (or know) the bits in between. No, you're cynical to think that.
  6. Not because I actually disagree, but just to be argumentative ... but those who painted the Virgin Mary cannot possibly have known whether she exposed her breasts in public, not having been alive themselves at the time. I think that's more of an artistic convention than an attempt at veracity. Also I think there's less anxiety about viewing a painting of a nude than there is about viewing a real nude, if you see what I mean. Although … too lazy to look it up, but I'm willing to bet there's been more than one attempt (successful?) to ban nude paintings from public view, too. I think the key word in Carol's comment, though, is "proper" Victorian ladies … meaning, gentry. Pretty sure poor, untitled women weren't considered as "proper" at all. (Or even as human, possibly.) (Still aren't, come to think of it. Look how we treat immigrants these days.) Either way, I don't think the issue is whether women should breastfeed, but whether it's okay for them to do it in the public eye. It's been a long time since I read any Dickens, but it's my impression his women largely stayed indoors … ? Having said all that, I utterly defend a woman's right to breastfeed in public. As long as I don't have to see anything.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I miss Dave Barry's column, it was always the highlight of the week.
  8. Personally, I was hoping Moftiss would finally see the error of their ways and focus on the women of Sherlock. Eurus Holmes and Dr. Hooper meet, are weirdly attracted to one another, move in to 221C Baker St. and start a crime-solving agency. Occasionally they recruit the aid of the boys upstairs, but mostly they just consult with Mrs. H and the ghost of Mary. Sally Donovan makes a guest appearance but doesn't really have much to do.....
  9. I didn't realize this was a thing, but after reading that article, I recognize the tone of mockery. I don't think they're making fun of the song, though, they're making fun of the people who sing it, aren't they? Making fun of idealism. Revealing their own cynicism in the process. Cynicism is big, now, and I admit it's easy for me to understand why.
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    Star Trek Beyond ... and beyond

    Something else to add to my list of things to watch, I see...…
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    Interesting quotations (on any subject)

    Or BBC's PR department.
  12. I wish I could see this!
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    Martin Freeman News

    So it's based on a true story, then? Never mind, I just looked it up. It does sound interesting. I wonder if I'll ever find time for this backlog of videos I keep hearing about.....
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    Star Trek Beyond ... and beyond

    Some things are just magic that can't be recaptured again. There was something about that original set of Star Trek characters that just worked. The first set of Star Wars movies was the same way. Fairport Convention was never the same after Sandy Denny left. Etc.
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    Recently watched movies

    Huh. I don't remember it ever being a thing, anywhere, until about a year ago. At the multiplexes only, so far. I guess that's why it annoys me so much; why fix a thing that ain't broke? Ah, progress......
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    Introverts, how is your day?

    Hopefully it'll be easier where you are. I genuinely think the problem in this area is that most people (quite sensibly) want tech jobs, of which there are plenty and more to come. Why settle for 12 hours a day of sweat and dirt when you can make twice as much in half the time sitting quietly in a clean, air-conditioned building? It takes a special someone to prefer working with their hands, and we just don't have enough of them.
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    Interesting quotations (on any subject)

    I have too many other things I need to learn, so acquiring an extra four methods for navigating my laptop is rather low on my list. Besides, I am, at best, only a middling typist. The chance that I would strike the wrong key is rather high.
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    GIF Your Mood

    Good point. I find it's much harder to be "up" on a dreary, rainy day. Whereas right now it's bright and beautiful, and I'm pretty upbeat even though I'm suffering from a lousy cold. But I love snowstorms, they make me high as a kite. Go figure.
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    Star Trek Beyond ... and beyond

    If by reboots you mean the Chris Pine versions, I loved the first two, hated the third one (I don't remember a thing about it either, except that I didn't like it.) I don't have any trouble thinking of them as two different universes, if you see what I mean, so they both feel like Trek to me, just from a different viewpoint. If I had to choose between the original series or the reboot movies, I'd choose the original series, for much the reason you give. But … if I had to choose between the original movies or the reboot movies … I'd choose the latter. I think the reboots captured the spirit of adventure and wonder the original series gave me. Watching the original movies was more like an obligation (apart from Wrath, which was great) to see the story through to its end, rather than any appreciation of the works themselves. At any rate, if another reboot of the original came along … yeah, I'd watch it. But a spin-off like Next Generation … not so much interest there, simply because none of the ones they've done ever brought me the same pleasure as the original. I wanted to like Next Generation, I really did! I tried so hard. I watched every episode, year after year, almost until the very end. I admired Patrick Stewart as an actor. Data was kind of fun. But the only storyline I remember being genuinely moved by was when Picard was captured by the Borg, and the fallout from that in some of the following episodes. The rest of the time … even at the time, I found the new version awfully preachy. I just tried to ignore that aspect at the time and watched anyway, but when I see repeats now, I can seldom force myself to sit all the way through them. DS9 I could never get into (boring! Where's the space battles! And if I never see another Ferengi I will be very happy.) Voyager wasn't bad, I stuck with it to the end. Enterprise, I think I saw 1.5 episodes and gave up. The ten or so minutes I saw of the latest version … meh. But bring back Kirk and Co., and I'll be there.
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    Sherlock Trivia Quiz -1

    I guess. 😛 I woke up in the middle of the night a few days ago with a sore throat which quickly transformed into a sinus infection (which I never get! 😞 Oh well, at least it's not bronchitis. Yet.). Thought I was better today, but now I'm hacking my lungs out. Off in search of hot tea and other chemicals. Laterz!
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    Interesting quotations (on any subject)

    Whew. It just goes to the bottom of the page. So "end" is opposite of "home." Got it.
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    Interesting quotations (on any subject)

    Ah, I see ... there are indeed tiny little markings in the upper left corner of each of those keys, which may indeed be f1, f2, etc. Or not.... (I would love to have a SERIOUS talk with the geniuses who think it's a good idea to put gray letters on black keys in 4 point type.) I did, in fact, go ahead and push every button. Most of them you just push again to turn off whatever feature it initiates (like the keyboard lights), some you just push the button next to it (like the volume; up/down). And some didn't do anything, I presume because I didn't have the corresponding, uh, app? ... in service at the time. So push away, you can't do much damage. Oh, and there's one that brings up a menu for something or another; you just click somewhere else on the screen to get rid of It, like most menus. Hmmm, there's one near the right side called "end." I haven't pushed that one yet. Let me save this first before I try it.
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Gahhhh!!! My claustrophobia!!!! Exactly. And it was no surprise to me to discover that this one was in one of the higher crime areas. If I have to live like that, I may become quite belligerent myself. Especially if you're a senior citizen below a certain (rather healthy) level. Which I will be, fairly soon. Property tax will be the least of my concerns … the internet fee, on the other hand, is a whopper around here..... (and not covered by most HOAs). Might as well. We went through that phase about 20 years ago, and we bitched then … and got the current situation as a result. I really thought it couldn't get worse than all that tract housing, but it did. To be fair, the new plan did achieve one of the desired effects … there's a heck of a lot more green space out this way than there would have been. Of course, it's all private … I think most of us were rather hoping for public parks, not mini estates. But it does keep the traffic down in the western part of the county … at the expense of more traffic on the eastern half, naturally. Can't win for losing.
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    GIF Your Mood

    I don't think it's a mood, exactly, but I know when I'm down I'm much more sensitive to temperature. And the barometric pressure. And just about everything else.

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