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  1. I showed it to a friend (who only got 14/24 but only was into the films so it makes sense) and I noticed that decucing something is *not* Tolkien is a lot easier than the other way round. Some names just didn't sound Tolkien-ish. Any of the Tolkien names could conceivably have been medications, though (I mean there was one tricyclic antidepressant called Elronon). Sidenote: The two-names situation is the same here. There's the substance name (say, Diclofenac) and the brand name (Voltaren, Deflamat and a couple generics too, I think). Advertising medications is only allowed if they're over the counter though, afaik, and far fewer are such than in the US. So you can see ads for Voltaren gel but not for the pills (but they can put ads for prescription stuff in magazines aimed at doctors, I think).
  2. You're making me feel better about my 19 already. The question is, though, why they sound so much alike. Generally medications used to be named with Latin or Greek words behind it in my experience, but apparently antidepressants follow a different pattern - maybe someone found Tolkien soothing and it developed from there?
  3. https://antidepressantsortolkien.vercel.app/ This is tougher than it looks - got only 19/24, which is a bit embarrassing considering I was really into the Silmarillion as a teen.
  4. Yeah, I'd rather put Amy as Molly too, and Bernadette as Mrs. Hudson. Either way, welcome, Bert!
  5. I'm with Dilbert there: I have three basic settings I for laundry, shirts/pants/etc., underwear/towels/etc., and kitchen towels/other stuff that needs extra heat (mind you, my washing machine has plenty more, but I generally don't bother). Every item that doesn't survive the category it falls under wasn't meant to be a part of our household anyway.
  6. Austria is one country (Hungary) removed from the Ukraine, so unless Putin really decides to go to war with the EU, we're safe here. Worried about coworkers with family closer to that horror, though. Incredibly impressed by the Ukrainians' bravery and how quickly and well their neighbors, Poland especially, reacted to the refugees streaming in. And I'm with J.P. here in that I could definitely have done without those 80s flashbacks.
  7. That's a very serious accusation, Carol, and sorry but I'd take it a lot more serious if there were, like, any evidence at all, but so far nobody seemed able to produce any. And no, just like with the alleged Antifa involvement in the Capitol attack, absence of evidence is definitely not evidence of absence.
  8. You're not whining, VBS. Have a distance hug, I'm sorry I can't drop by and give you a real one. To answer your question (as someone who's in her sixth decade now), I've made peace with the fact that I'm an introvert at some point, can't really remember when but it's been a while. Doing so is not easy, because life (and very much the media) tries to sell you that the extrovert way is the only one and that you should have tons of social connections and activities. But that [censored] is exhausting and not fun for me and most of the time, I'd much rather curl up with my dog and a book or spend an evening on the computer, occasionally grousing about the game I'm playing to my (thankfully likewise introverted) husband, who typically is so drawn into his own game he merely mumbles some words of comfort. I do have two close friends, who have been in my life for decades now and who understand that me dropping off the radar for weeks doesn't mean I don't love them any less, and I love hanging out with them every now and then (unfortunately, both are guys and while I'd love a female friend to have tea with, all those connections petered out at some point). But otherwise, it's entirely possible for a week or two to pass during which I'm not interacting with anyone face to face save my husband and what shopping and such I haven't managed to do online, and I'm fine with that. Last year, I finally landed a job I can do remotely, so I phone and vchat a lot but I don't have to go out and be social at the water cooler or whatever, and that's honestly a relief. Admittedly, it helps that I live in a rather close-knit neighborhood, by suburban standards. If I feel like chit-chatting (even I do that, once in a blue moon), all I need to do is grab Lilly and step outside. Still, I'm a loner by any measure, and my funeral likely will be a tiny affair, but so what? I've stopped being interested in popularity contests long ago and while I wish extroverts the best, I'm happy if they just leave me be and have their after work get-togethers and group shopping trips and dinner parties and all those other too-many-people-with-too-little-to-say affairs without me; it'll be more fun for everyone involved that way, trust me. Okay, I'm rambling here. tl;dr: it's your life. Live it the way that makes sense to you and not the way you feel you should. It gets less stressful once you do.
  9. Indeed, and it's rarely used as the food term, we tend to call that simply Burger. The German loan word that puzzled me most, personally, was angst, because in German Angst simply means fear, and we don't really have a proper word to translate angst, oddly enough. Stuff like schadenfreude at least means roughly the same in both languages.
  10. Not quite - the German cellphone is pronounced [ˈhɛndi] while the English adjective is pronounced [ˈhændi].
  11. Yes, of course that happens here too. Take cellphones for example - German speakers call them a "Handy" . Then regularly get confused when English speakers don't know what they're talking about.
  12. Not a book recommendation but I figured this was the best thread for it:
  13. I wish I had that kind of memory, Carol - that was like 25 years ago and I got lent the book by a friend, so I can't even go check, sorry.
  14. It is set during Holmes's death/hiatus iirc (read that many years ago) and set in Paris (yes, think Phantom of the Opera).
  15. The Sherlock game very much relies on audio, first because there are video clips in between the puzzles and second because there are *audio* puzzles among the mix. So yeah, not for situations where you can't un-mute or use headphones. Switchcraft, uh, how to explain a match-3? There's a site for this one but it only shows up in German for me, sorry: https://wooga.helpshift.com/hc/de/35-switchcraft/faq/2910-what-is-switchcraft/ . Scroll to the second pic, that's what the game levels look like - you keep swapping two neighboring pieces to get three or more of the same color in a row or block, which makes them vanish and/or spawn a special piece. You only have a limited number of these swaps, which is where the difficulty comes into play. Mahjong is a classic tile-based game from China. Lots of versions of that one.
  16. Merged this into the general Religion thread (and in doing so messed up the title, again), just fyi. Can't add much to the topic, I'm afraid, as I'm fairly agnostic (gonna find out if there's life after death anway once my time comes, unless there isn't, in which case I won't be around anymore to notice so, why worry ).
  17. Finding a game that you like and that doesn't overdo it with ads can be a daunting task, partially due because the Play Store is so bad for sorting (I'd love something like Steam only for Android but so far came up short, alas). I'm glad that Arcadia knows more about Word Trip because I really don't. But if you're looking for time wasters (in the positive sense, as in something to play while sitting in a doc's waiting room) then here are my past and present ones: Switchcraft: This is a match-3 (colorful pieces you have to rearrange to, well, match three or more of the same color) but what kept me with this one so far is the story, about a student at a magical college (and, for once, no anime graphics to go with it). Female team behind it and I really dig their ourput, but wow is that game hard. Then again, that could admittedly be me, because this is my first ever match-3 while everybody else probably is two million levels into Candy Crush or something. Almost no ads - you can volunteer to watch up to five a day for in-game prizes but that's completely optional, and they never show up unprompted. Happy Color: That's a paint-by-numbers and rather pesky when it comes to ads, I'm afraid. Only reason I still have it on my phone is that you can play it anytime you like ... free-to-download games have a tendency to offer limited turns, games or whatever until time has passed (or, naturally, you paid for more). This one doesn't run out and you can color pics to your heart's delight (or waiting time). Sherlock: The Network: It's been a couple years, but I had lots of fun with that one. Not ideal for winding down when John Watson is talking to you as the new member of the team. Puzzles can be quite hard though (or, detecting a running theme here, I might just suck at them). First two cases were free, then you had to pay once to unlock the rest afaik and I don't remember any ads. Catan Classic: The boardgame, only against AI players and on the cellphone. No ads, pay once iirc. Had a bit of fun with it but it does not have a lot of long-term appeal, or at least not for me. Assorted Mahjongs: Haven't found one yet that doesn't annoy me so much with ads that it gets uninstalled pronto. Recommendations gratefully welcomed. Plague Inc.: That one might be a bit too dark these days, I played it pre-Covid. Basically, you need to wipe out humanity with your killer microbe. Surprisingly fun and makes you consider moving to Madagascar. Can't remember any ads, you can pay for new levels/skills or unlock them through play iirc.
  18. Question: when you say Google Play, do you mean the Play Store or the Play Pass? Those are two different beasts. Play Store is already installed on your cellphone if it's an Android (otherwise, you have its equivalent, the App Store of Apple). Looks like a multicolor Play button (mostly blue). That store is how you generally download new apps, including games, on your phone - you may or may not be able to download them elsewhere (some phones have this disabled by default). There is a f*ckton of games there to be had, a few genuinely free, most "free" (as in, they "offer" in-app purchases), some ask for money upfront. The Play Store itself doesn't run ads as such, it does however recommend games to you, which seems to be more based on who pays for that recommendation and less on your preferences (like, I'd rather put my phone through a blender than install Homescapes and yet it's a so-called personal recommendation occasionally). Many games have in-game ads, even a few of those that cost money. With some, it's part of the mechanics (as in, watch an ad, get free turns or whatever), some just swamp you with ads because they can. Are they any good? Yes of course, there are great games (it'd be sad if there weren't any among the millions out there). Right now I'm having lots of fun with one called Switchcraft, which is a match-3 with an excellent storyline (written by a female team and wow does that show), and I'm playing Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery on and off. Finding a good game, however, can be a truly daunting task, and the Play Store is rather unhelpful there (you can't even put games or categories of games on ignore). As for installing, the Play Store is already there and you just pick and install the games you want from it. Tracking, they already do that - the setting for ad personalization is "on" by default (even though it looks like it isn't). Here are instructions how to turn that off: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/reset-your-ad-tracking-id-on-your-android-or-ios-device/ . Play Pass, which I mentioned earlier, is sort of like Netflix, just for cellphone games. You pay five bucks a month, I think, and get access to a cache of games that you would otherwise have to pay for. Never used it (I'm more of a PC gamer and the three or so games I paid for on Android, it was easier to just buy upfront) and you don't strike me as the kind of intense gamer that would get their money's worth out of it. Might use the free month to check out their games, then stop the subscription and buy those you liked, though. eta: To get you started when it comes to games: https://www.mysterytribune.com/top-6-apps-ultimate-sherlock-holmes-fan/ . I've only played the first one, which was helluva tough at times but great fun - it is set ca. S2 just before Reichenbach, and has video scenes which were filmed for the game's storyline.
  19. Hello, chongjasmine, nice to meet you! Make yourself right at home, I see you already jumped into one thread, that's the spirit.
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