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    02-05-2023, 01:30 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    Someone already did... :) Tom
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    02-04-2023, 12:36 PM
    We all "know" that... but only if we accept that "incremental progress" is the only way forward. Tom
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    02-04-2023, 06:03 AM
    Not necessarily. There's a smart way to do it, and a dumb way. The U.S. seems set on the dumbest way possible. Other countries do it much better. ...
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    02-04-2023, 01:26 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Cat pictures in The Bilge
    Sad indeed. That's a tough (double) loss. Tom
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    02-04-2023, 01:24 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Cat pictures in The Bilge
    That's tough. We had our cat Ozy for 16 years (he found us as an adult). He came sailing with me. Once... :) Tom
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    02-04-2023, 01:23 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread This is LA in The Bilge
    If I had to pick a city to love, Istanbul might be the one. (But not with Turkey's current politics). Tom
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    02-04-2023, 01:20 AM
    That has certainly been the governing assumption so far. How's that working out? Police might be in less danger if they were disarmed....
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    02-04-2023, 01:15 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread This is LA in The Bilge
    LA is definitely not my thing. But I'm glad it suits you, Joe. I'm more interested in something like this: Tom
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    02-04-2023, 01:07 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    Use a laptop. No phone # required. Meanwhile, this seems pertinent: Tom
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    02-04-2023, 01:00 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    That bolded bit is what I mean, mostly. Who's going to be building musical instruments and wooden boats? Not: 1. People without sufficient incomes...
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    02-04-2023, 12:53 AM
    Are there any threads on the WBF about your build? Or photos somewhere else? Looks like a beauty. A light-weight rowboat with a set of wheels would...
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    02-03-2023, 01:32 PM
    I doubt most of them are with Boebert, though. Her crowd is alcohol, tobacco, and guns. And trucks. Big trucks. The potheads are out climbing. ...
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    02-03-2023, 10:55 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Duckworks Scout in Designs / Plans
    Teaching at an international school here--paying the bills, keeping my teaching career going. Sailing through Milwaukee someday would be great. I...
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    02-03-2023, 09:31 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    Baxter, I think you're talking about something like this: It's all already happening, I'd say. Online life and social media is "real"...
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    02-03-2023, 09:22 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    Mine, too. How eagerly, how eagerly, we rush to hand over the "drudgery" of doing things for ourselves to our machines. At which point, when we no...
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    02-03-2023, 09:18 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    "Open the pod bay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." Tom
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    02-03-2023, 09:16 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread This is a jazz thread in The Bilge
    Good story about Pee Wee Russell: A jazz student at a university recorded one of his solos, transcribed and notated it, and showed it to Pee Wee....
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    02-03-2023, 09:01 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread chatgpt in The Bilge
    Teachers are watching this very closely, I can tell you. There's no putting the genie back into the bottle (though with this genie, I sure would if I...
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    02-03-2023, 08:54 AM
    Walkabout is a favorite of mine. Long Steps looks like even more capable (water ballast), still rowable, with some built-in shelter, but a more...
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    02-02-2023, 04:55 PM
    I have to disagree with you here, Ian. Yes, on paper the preference for veterans is the same. But U.S. police are pseudo-military. Recruiting from...
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    02-02-2023, 04:54 PM
    I'm not so sure. A career in the military, even outside direct combat roles, still creates a mindset of authoritarianism. (Those who resist that...
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    02-02-2023, 04:50 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Off Highway 50. in The Bilge
    Winter in the desert. I miss it. Spent one winter (only one!) at Joshua Tree in the early 90s, back when it was a National Monument and pretty much...
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    02-02-2023, 04:49 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Off Highway 50. in The Bilge
    Yeah, I see that later in the thread you hit -19. That's getting there. Not quite the -60 I experienced in Fairbanks 25+ years ago one winter, but...
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    02-02-2023, 02:04 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Off Highway 50. in The Bilge
    11 degrees F isn't cold... :) Tom
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    02-02-2023, 12:03 PM
    Here is the entire 3-book series on Ken Duxbury's LUGWORM adventures, from Lodestar Books: ...
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    02-02-2023, 07:07 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread What Are You Reading? in The Bilge
    Finished "Titus Groan" (first book in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels) and have moved on to "Gormenghast" (book 2). These books are (for me,...
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    02-02-2023, 06:57 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread What Are You Reading? in The Bilge
    I do wonder: where do you think I've been uncivil? Such was not my intention, and I don't think the language I chose to start with supports any such...
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    02-01-2023, 03:35 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread What Are You Reading? in The Bilge
    Or: You simply didn't understand what I posted. If you think I'm merely pointing out that Pratchett wasn't the first writer to reject the "evil...
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    02-01-2023, 12:22 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread What Are You Reading? in The Bilge
    Nope. I'll remind you of the post that set you off: Lots of non-Tolkien there. No doubt there are evil races in many (not all) fantasy...
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    02-01-2023, 12:07 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread rusbots and xibots in The Bilge
    No one has to choose between 2 alternatives. Binary thinking is a choice, not a necessity. Reality is rarely, if ever, a string of simple binary...
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