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  1. Van Buren Supernova

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    You are right, I shouldn't subject my dog to that kind of inconvenience. But if it helps anyone should be worried about their face's well-being for attempting. Not sure I should I don't want you to be disappointed with my answer. Let's say it involves 'some' conservation and 'some' research. Anyway, when I first switching to this industry, I thought it'd be my dream job. But as with everything (same thing applies with knowing a human) the more exposed you are to something, the more you know about the whole package, good and bad. And there could be things that don't gel with you or your principle. In my case, it strikes my conscience and ethic, my idealism. My colleague who is more hands-on put it as 'selling our soul". For me I could say luckily I'm not at that level or practically I could say I tried in my position to counter those negativity, well, for a little bit. That was what I tried to do, using little bit of power I have to make things better, however, realistically, it doesn't work as much as I wanted to. I was only another cog in the wheel, they would run better with me but without me they are fine. I could only make that much noise. I'm the fly trying to get them to eat that medicine by buzzing on their head so that it helps their actual headache that they try to deny. (I never say I'm good in example!!) In fact I got into a lot of hot water trying to. With little success I have, there were much more push back. I realize as well that the burden I have in my head for being connected to what I do is gone when I left. It still makes me feel bad, but at least, I'm not there as part of those if you get what I mean. In fact, there was a very bad example of this poor ethical situation on my last week and it really goes against what I want to be, I was left scrapping around trying to make the situation better but at the end there was nothing I could do. The worst it, if I really really put my myself in the shoes of the company, I could see their reasonings. It's valid, it's just not the best. The best means costing the company a lot of money, so they do what everyone do; make it look good in the surface. So, I guess I'd say this turns something I like into something I don't. Something I thought it's good but then you realize the good might outweigh the bad and something that still seems good to almost everyone else. Gotta go, hope that explains??? I don't have time to check what I wrote, hopefully I explain what I have in mind correctly.
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    The WTF Thread

    Do you guys know about manchineel tree? I've just found out about it recently, this is the most dangerous tree in the world. All parts of it are extremely poisonous. The sap oozes out of everything and could cause severe blisters when in contact. Even standing under the tree while raining is dangerous, because the diluted sap could still burn severely.
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    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    Guilty me. Do we still need DNA test here? Is this the syndrome of anything you can do I can do better?
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    The Political Thread

    I think he is one of the most dangerous person in the world, and I don't mean it in criminal mastermind way.
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    Recently watched movies

    It is funny for me, do you know it's a remake of French's The Intouchables? I didn't know until after I had watched it. Yes, been liking Bryan Cranston's work since he was just a a goofy dad in Malcolm In The Middle.
  6. Van Buren Supernova

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Yes! And yesterday my laptop tried to electrocute me at least ten times for the stretch of the time I spent here, not mild ones, but the kind that makes you jump. Now, what is YOUR excuse? Excellent idea. How could I forget about Mycroft. This seems like good present to my nosy relatives too. My final days of the job, how do I put it. Weird, actually. I tried to keep busy as I still stupidly trying to help as much as I could because I know all the burden would fall on my colleague and the boss I don't have a problem with. He, the boss, tried to have last word with me by persuading me to come back for at least a couple of days in the future when my replacement arrived, which of course I said no. But he has trouble finding any and until now, there is no one. One of my last attempt to help is dealing with our external consultants, which, surprise surprise, ended up with two of them, different firms, offering me jobs. I'm not sure how sincere are those since I don't think I'm the right person for their requested specialities. Anyway, it's not in my agenda to find new boss now, or hopefully, ever. Another surprise (well, maybe it's common for others) that a consultant seems very down with me leaving and seemingly tried to get to know me on personal level as in trying pretty hard to make dinner plans and even inviting me to his place and forced me to agree on contacting him (my second home is where he comes from and he knows about my plan of going back there for a while). Not saying he had agenda, pretty sure he just wants to be friends but I'm very uncomfortable because he was very adamant to the point that all my valid excuses didn't work, so I have to say, regretfully, I said yes that I would contact him knowing full well I'd bail and I did bail. I have to be a liar.. ☚ī¸ Another thing that was uncomfortable, I actually felt guilty and touched because those colleagues of mine, got me carefully chosen stuffs, which I never expected them to do, especially from one I have only known for couple of months, and I know he doesn't make much. And they seem pretty down and actually trying to talk me out of leaving, which wore me down after quite a lot of attempts. (To be fair, it seems common that people actually do change their mind or it's not uncommon that resignation is being used as empty threat, actually I should know, but it's still surprising to me to see their confidence at the beginning, especially my boss that I probably just need more perks to stay) after which they still contacted me for work matter for awhile which unfortunately I have to distance myself with so it wouldn't disrupt with the process of bosses getting my replacement or them having to take responsible for decisions I have no right to make. Another thing that surprised me, this was the longest I spent time in a company. But maybe, I'm getting very good knowing you shouldn't get attached to work that I had started detaching myself when things started to go south, which was quite a long time ago. The detachment was disrupted for a while, for this group of colleague, but I managed to stand my ground, or so I thought. Anyway, I had zero, zero feeling of sadness or sentimental for leaving the company which really surprised myself, well, until they screwed it up by unexpectedly showing they care and actually I think I do too, for my team, my colleagues. The company can kiss my dog. To be honest, I have been going around places so I manage to avoid socialising with them since I have valid excuses, but I'll be back to town next week aaaandd I'm running out of excuses. I haven't decided on new job but I want to do something I like on my own. To be honest, it's scary and relieving. I had to, for the last ten years on my last two jobs, close half eyes for my conscience to the nature of my work. I'm not directly involved or responsible and I maintain my ignorance but I know, beside other positive things, there are also a number of shady things going on in that industry and it's eating me slowly. It's hard to understand without knowing what I actually did, but rest assured, it has nothing to do with anything gangsta or plan to ruin the world and destroy humanity. It's actually a very lame job but unusual, that's all I'm doing fine, for now, thanks. Although I have this naggy feeling that I have to make something happens soon, but I know it'd take time. It's long is it???? Pretty sure you regret asking!
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I was a bit confused in my last post talking about TV show Lucifer in other thread. But since you said it's logical, at least I don't feel that bad. I don't think they have agenda, maybe they just simply worry that it's offensive word although I don't understand why. As you said, how are we supposed to be educated without knowing the term, and it also send wrong idea about something that is in category of proper language, especially in this case, when the word is used in arguably educational games. The other example of banned word that I remember is slut.
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    The WTF Thread

    Not really. It sounds familiar though, ...robin hood?? Anyway, those you have.. Are..are they sporting big cowboy hat, bushy moustache and walk like they have groin problem? Yes, 100 meter is definitelyyyyy further than I used to. It sounds nice though, very. I imagine running around like crazy and jumping on grass ball and hopping on tree. Maybe that's why I'm sucker for nature because I don't have it on my yard. At least I have 'some' tiny yard now, used to have just couple of potted plants when I used to stay at apartments. Is this WTF moment: my dog always have problem with Golden Retriever, he dislikes them and always tries to scare them away. I assume it's because they like to charge into our personal space since they are very friendly. Lately, he tolerates them better, as the result, two huge goldens jumped on me when I was a knee deep in the sea, super enthusiastic and it almost knocked me down a couple of times, luckily I was using those drybag and wore dark colored clothes because I'm drenched all the same. Hence, he chased them away again. So he is my tiny dear protector!! P.S. I don't mind doggy assault though, it's just that sometimes it feels like my life is flashing before my eyes. 😝
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    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    I think Liberia and Myanmar. I'm surprised with Myanmar being listed though. Didn't remember noticing that on my couple days visit donkey years ago (update: just check with a friend working there, and yes, it indeed uses imperial) I think Celcius has similar advantage with metric. It's easy to get the base of it being the freezing and boiling degree at 100 degree apart. But then easy is relative depends on whatever system you are familiar with. On general view, it's just troublesome to write feet and inches imo. Actually, most metric countries are still using inches for dimension of pipes, cable, bolts and nuts etc, I have never seen those in metric. Geez, this creature must have escaped from Harry Potter's world.
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    Recently watched movies

    Had watched a couple of movies and actually like quite a number of them, the rest are forgotten as soon as I finish watching. The Green Book: Viggo Mortersen did an excellent job. He seems like totally different person. I like the overall slow burn and the revelation of the plot (knew nothing about it prior to watching). The Upside: There are lol moments and I actually enjoyed every minutes of it. Bryan Cranston is brilliant with only his face and I find appreciation for Kevin Hart. Searching: I like the layer by layer story through unusual way of telling which brings me also to Unfriended, The Dark web: I enjoy good thriller and actually like this one eventhough there are things to nitpick. Isle of Dogs: weird animation, but I like it. It's weird but I like it. It's weird but I like it. There are jagged repetitive jumpy scenes just like my review.
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    Adding pics in posts.

    Ehem. Not that I'm criticising the method ...
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    Two questions: 1. When you are telling story about someone you know from the past (even recent past) do you use present tense or past tense? I use past tense to describe the thing relevant back then, like he sounded or looked like, did this that..etc etc. But when I want t describe something that I know as general truth about him, what should I use? Is it present tense? For example, he always likes (something that is very constant all his life), he is tall. Because for those, I don't feel good using past tense, somehow I feel it sounds like I'm talking about someone who is no longer alive. ??? So I use present tense, but then it seems like I have very mixed sentence. Of course, when all else fails, I'd play dead and use third language card. 2. I'm pretty sure 'rape' is a proper word? I have been playing WoW (Words with Friends) forever and find that sometimes, in very rare occasion though, they don't accept certain words, but mostly they are words that can be considered vulgar. I know rape is a sensitive and bad event, but it is a proper word, isn't it? And it is used formally everywhere? What do you guys think about this game banning it? The way they reject it as 'not acceptable' is the way they reject every gibberish and words that are written wrong. So I'm not sure what if the message is right.
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    The WTF Thread

    Errrrr... I'm not sure whether I'm more fascinated by the arrow or the fact that your neighbor is 100 meters away, or that you have sheriff (I know I know it's just that I've always associate the term with movie, or cowboy movies specifically.) I don't have WTF story on top of my head now, but this evil looking thingy is Magnolia seeds Or this
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    Discussions, thoughts and ramblings on religion

    Whoa, I would never get those on my own. Or with help of anyone I know in real life.
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    Favorite Superhero pictures, GIFs, etc.

    You will never know who will you get. https://i.postimg.cc/50kpC7xm/Smart-Select-20190204-122504-Chrome.jpg
  16. Place for Sherlock related fun facts, can be anything from anywhere, something you read, found, books, news etc, because...season 4 is still soo... far away, we...have.. to...survive.... and I am bored! Some to start: Glow-in-the-dark rabbit experiment exists in real lab, as effort to improve treatment for life-threatening illness, created by injecting jellyfish DNA to the embryos. Capital punishment The only country in Europe that hasn't abolished death penalty is Belarus. It is illegal to die in the House of Parliament.** Imagine if the train bomb went off, how many law breakers they had to arrest.. Martin Freeman had his wallet stolen before he went on first audition. He was in the bad mood because of that, the producers thought he was not interested in the role. UK law; Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day.** I guess that's why Mrs. Hudson still have them in the fridge on New Year Eve. Pink used to be considered boy's color, it is the lighter version of red that is associated with men as men in England wear red uniform. A writer called John Radford uses three different methods in his book to gauge Sherlock's IQ and comes to conclusion that his IQ is 190. Dress codes at Buckingham Palace have changed greatly over two centuries. Evening court dress remained obligatory until the Second World War. Today there is no official dress code. Most men invited to Buckingham Palace in the daytime choose to wear service uniform or lounge suits. So Sherlock doesn't break any dressing code, he is just not ordinary man. Added: **Some sources say that these are myths, some others say these are legit. They could also be legit until certain point and repealed. P.S. Don't worry to mess this thread up, if we have collected significant list, I'd compiled them and put them on top for easier read.
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Another excellent show I want to blabber about: Lucifer! I was hooked since the beginning, and after binge watching for three seasons, I'm so glad that Netflix picks it up for another season after it's being cancelled. Geez, who does that?? Cancelling good show. Pfft. Wait, it happens all the time while crappy shows stay around forever. I think the show idea is interesting, it manages to keep it fresh even after three season procedural + strong main story. (imho, concept that works very well when it's handled well). I like how they introduce the characters and makes the relationship believable enough. I have quite a lot of rare lol moments, and I meant it really cracked me up and made me produce loud laughing noises at unexpected times, sometimes the joke is so smart that it took me awhile to come into realization. And as other shows that captivate me, is the way the character's emotions relate to real life. (Damn human!) I root for the Devil. The main character, Lucifer. How do I put this; British, annoying, arrogant, clueless about social interactions. Ring a bell? And he is tall. Tall-er!! Tallllll. I love those tallies, I remember the first few things I noticed about opposite gender are smarts and heights. Watching him, I have this very weird realization. I worked with a Brit consultant very closely for one and a half years. We dealt with each other almost everyday and basically bonded on talking crap about other's imbecile, especially the systems and bosses. I even introduced Sherlock to him and he loved it (what are the odds that you have to introduce Sherlock to a Brit?) He is shorter than the actor, but other that that, he actually looked, sounded almost exactly like Tom Ellis, Lucifer's actor. The way he was talking, accent, body language and all, even the way he crooked his head, the way he was being frustrated with others, the glint and the grin, the resemblance is uncanny.. Holy moly, only now I realize that he is actually quite attractive. Bahahaha. Anyway, the show, recommended. Maybe not everyone cup of tea, but I think they handle the divine thingy well and subtly. It sounds weird but a lot of good shows that I like have their characters my age, so I don't feel old and stubbornly think that of course that means the world revolves around my taste of show. 😛 (wait.. that might speaks something about why shows that I like always seem to be on the edge of cancellation...) .godammit.
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    The Political Thread

    We definitely need other reaction gif for this thread. Now I'm reduced to only read headlines, and had been living under the rock for a while, and oh boy he did it.
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    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    You know guys... you are frustrating. I once spent couple of hours longer than it should at work because this American consultant of mine needed to convert his mind from imperial to metric, and he had stayed outside US for more than a decade, just that he hardly dealt with measurement before so the system he knows still stick. And the file naming of MMDDYY screwed us more than once. Ehm... just a quick pull-up to show how many of earthlings still use Imperial. Wait, almost forget what thread I am in I have belly and I like it.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Glad you found it Tobe (Tobe?? Carol started it) We are wearing a pair of 50 bucks silver ring and keep the real one at home...err...somewhere. And since I am not as lean as used to be, it would take a Sherlock to pry it out of my hand and commented that my life must be boring unlike Jennifer Wilson and since it's probably a size smaller now and the tan line seems to be immortal. Anyway, sorry for not being around for quite sometime. It seems quite difficult for me to tie myself to chair for a couple of hours now that I don't have to. But rest assured, I haven't cheated on you guys, basically I don't have other online social presence but here. I really wonder how others manage to stay online with sosmed and all, I think I'm better at maintaining relationship back then through hand-written letters and emails. Seems I don't miss much guys, where have you all been? It's so quiet around here. Do you guys think this would be a good gift for Sherl? Or is it too polite?
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    Sherlock's Fun Facts and Trivia

    Well of course! What else should we discuss? For what I know, Seinfeld was so big that the number of audience for the finale was overwhelming. But both shows were not in my era, and I used to dislike Seinfeld. Maybe the Captain simply wished to catch up the show that he was following, not sure about the timeline though. How long is season 5 again (Thundering voice: Don't tell me there is none!) I actually found quite a number of things that could be relevant to this thread, but too lazy to double check and do long write-ups.
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    Introverts, how is your day?

    Because apperently most of us here are introverts, but extroverts can contribute too, feel free to make fun of each side, in good spirit of course, so... I was in the elevator with these two ladies, they didn't know each other but managed to have good conversations a couple of floor up (!). When one alighted, the other one turned to me and started asking questions. She noticed that I was going to one floor above her and asked whether I know the source of noise of this and that in my floor. I told her I couldn't speak her language, well, I was being honest anyway, although I understood what she was talking about. At this point we had arrived at her floor, 8th, she was pushing some sort of shopping cart, so... she went out half way, turned 180 degree and placed her cart in the middle of elevator's door. Apparently she speaks English too, so she asked me about-languages-where-I-came-from-what-I-do-that-my face-looks-like.. blah blah, all these while the elevator's door was opening and closing around her cart. I was so unprepared that I dumbfoundedly kept pressing the close button. Hey lady, this is public elevator, I don't know you and I don't give a vibe that I'm interested to change that... The exact same day, I was checking for defects on this unique funny looking girly fabric wallet I wanted to buy for my friend. It has very long strings you should wrap around etc etc. I had noticed that the shop assistant had been eyeing me for a while, I didn't want questions and didn't need help so really wanted to pick one fast but I was too late. She approached me, standing beside, arm pressing to mine, too-close-freaking-space-invader-stranger-yuck-argh-nooo and asked me, of all things a shop assistant could ask, "Can you teach me how to tie that? I have always wanted to know." For me, this doesn't make sense on many levels. Yah, maybe she was bored, but I was not. And space out! "I'm not sure, I thought you should know. Oh I'm getting this one." And headed to cashier. P.S. I thought I should put warning that most from me would sound like rants. So, how is your day? Have your introversion ever seemed anti-social or have you found extroverts really difficult to understand sometimes?
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    The Political Thread

    Haiz. Same thing. Haven't read news for month, and it doesn't look very good. What happened?? I read the possible impacts of prolonged government closure and it seems like it's very risky and things could fall apart and creates domino effects. Why would.. why... gah!!! I don't know much, and ignorant enough, but isn't emergency declaration seem to fit more to the fact that the closure is still ongoing instead of wall not being built?????? Is it a mega tantrum?
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Spoilsport! And here I am thinking that the carpet must be irresistible. I thought India is first..second biggest English speaking country? But maybe that is not their first language. Anyway I'm disappointed that there is no delicious carpet anywhere in the world.
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    Sherlock's Fun Facts and Trivia

    It's amusing to me though, the type of stuff he wants to know. Again, I'm not really sure about his timeline, from quick search, it seems like he was frozen around the forties and woke up in 2011. But why would he particularly wants to know the World Cup Final of 1996, not others, and why Nirvana in both American and British list when Queen would be more reasonable choice. And I would think Seinfeld would be more popular than I Love Lucy since they are both happened after he was frozen anyway. And why Sean Connery and not James Bond? By 2011 he is not that well-known anymore but the franchise lives on. But then, this question is outside Sherlock realm
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