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  1. Thread: West Wing

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    Re: West Wing

    How many times did he use "thing" in a single episode? "They're doing that thing... What was the decision on that thing... There's that thing..." :)
  2. Thread: Paul Top This

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    ^^ Joe, I lost my favorite pocket knife at the TSA station years ago. I was stupid and paid the price. They actually offered to help me mail it back to myself, but I was running for a plane and...
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    Schroedinger's cat

    Finally, someone says something intelligent in public about the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment.
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  4. Thread: Paul Top This

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    True. I suppose that can address the gun in the glove compartment, but not any in the trunk.

    How about this? Would it be a matter of common courtesy to ask "Do you mind if I bring a gun?" I...
  5. Thread: Paul Top This

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    Re: Paul Top This

    I think you have answered your own question.

    The big question is "Are you safer or in greater danger because of his behavior?" Sadly, I vote for greater danger.

    The only time he had his...
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    Re: Fire at Mystic CT.

    Yes and that's number 1!

    Number 2 is I hope no boats were lost, but "Seaport Marine Warehouse" sounds ominous.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    I've lived 3 decades with a depressive and I can tell you that a mentally healthy person really cannot understand it.
  8. Thread: West Wing

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    Re: West Wing

    I had a different read. He (Will Baily?) has never had a real girlfriend. I think that came out in an earlier episode. The four female interns were there because the regular speech writers had all...
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    Re: Drone AI warfare is the future

    This sounds like so many science fiction stories and they are all threatening to human life. Our technology is far outstripping our ability to survive warfare.
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    Re: Jimmy guitar storyófirst ever youtube

    Jim, I love a nylon string guitar! It just feels good in my hands and under my fingers. I love the touch of the strings and the way you can shape a note.

    I realize that the two guitars are not...
  11. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    You made me remember a brilliant comedy - The Thin Man and all its sequels.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    You know, I want to say the fellow in your story is better off, but that's just hideous.

    I really don't want to fault gun owners and it's true that the vast majority are used legally and...
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    Re: holy effing ****

    A man jumps from the thirty-fifth floor and as he passes the second floor he is heard to say, "So far, so good!"
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    Re: Klaatu Barada Nicto

    Absolutely!

    Imagine an androgynous world where some few feel the desire to establish their binary sexual identity and the intent of their society to treat them as mentally ill (Star Trek Next...
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    My wife is still in mourning. I think he was the only one in the family she liked.

    My point is that guns make it too easy. Depression is real, but depressed people tend to hide it and don't let...
  16. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    I think that writing is one of those things you do for yourself, like going to the gym or golf. You measure yourself against how well you did the last time, not the guy next to you.

    I write...
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    My brother-in-law sat down in his driveway about 6 months ago and blew his brains out.

    He had issues, but he might be alive today if suicide had been just a little bit more difficult.
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    Re: holy effing ****

    Cut the power and you still have a challenge, although a much simpler one.
  19. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    Shoes of the Fisherman because we are headed there now.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    Oh come on! People deserve to make a living wage when they work a job and not need to work 2 and 3 jobs to support their families. Their communities suffer. The teachers in their schools don't get...
  21. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Yes, Tom, you did, and I'm not going to continue to engage with you for one simple reason - you aren't as stupid as you pretend to be. You know what I said and you can understand the nuance, but you...
  22. Thread: West Wing

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    West Wing

    The West Wing is running on TV through the weekend.

    It is staggering how the topics they wrestled with then are still the topics we wrestle with now - abortion, gun laws, the Middle East, radical...
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    Taylor.
  24. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    I suppose I'll reconsider it if I ever read him, but so far I've heard nothing that interests me even remotely.



    What's new. We never see eye to eye in part because you like to misrepresent...
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    Re: Unusual hobbies

    I think you might be in the running for the most unusual hobby.
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    Re: The Photo Most Unlike Us

    I keep thinking those boats must have a terminal velocity and adding more horsepower just builds a higher bow wave.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    Sad, but true.

    For the record, living someplace where you do not lock your doors is not privilege. There are rural communities where they do not lock their doors that are no better off than the...
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    Funny thread! I like O'Brian and I even enjoy the slow parts. He isn't my favorite author, but he's a lot better than most.
  29. Thread: 300

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    Re: 300

    A dog grooming service getting yelps? You seem made for this...
  30. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    There is an older Christmas movie (I think Rudolph is actually the star) that used stop-action puppetry. The Santa and Rudolph dolls used recently appraised for $1M. On a per pound basis, Santa...
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    Re: Unusual hobbies

    I believe we also don't put living person's on our stamps.

    Elevating someone to that status during their lifetime imparts too much unearned power.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    I have a relative (female 60s) who keeps a loaded gun in her nightstand. She says it's safe because she does not keep one in the chamber. She is perhaps the last person on the face of the earth who...
  33. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Another reason not to read him...

    There is a scene in one of the Jesse Stone movies (I want to read the book, but I haven't yet) where he pulls the phone from the wall after speaking to his...
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    I don't actually have a daughter and I think you are taking me too literally.

    I do more than my share of stupid things. I like being able to recover from them. Guns are too final for my taste.
  35. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    What a stupid remark! You write a story set in New Orleans and you think the characters speak the same English you see on the nightly news? Who would read it?
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    And that is why I do not own a gun.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    Yes, but why?

    The oil industry remains a critical part because we are reluctant to change. Oil powers engines, but we can work to make it a smaller share. Oil provides plastics, but we have...
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    I don't know what is worse. The oil industry is 8% of our economy and they stand in the way of renewable energy. The health insurance industry is 20% of our economy (that makes my head explode!)...
  39. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    Very good!

    To be honest, I can't watch movies about mafia or hard line cops anymore. Good or not, they just strike too close to reality.
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    Re: Construction work

    I'll bet someone says it's fine, but it scares the hell out of me, especially if you have metal pipes.
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    Re: Unusual hobbies

    :) I knew you'd answer the call.
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    Actually, there is one more thing - there is value when society says to its members "Guns are not a solution to your problems!" I honestly believe that part of our problem is the ease of gun...
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    Re: shark's eye view of things

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhmKfpKM8bw

    https://youtu.be/hhmKfpKM8bw
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    Re: Unusual hobbies

    "Arguing With People Online"

    Everyone here is guilty of that! :)
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    Re: Biden going after semi-automatics?

    Paul, while the question is valid, the assumption that we can't do multiple things only demonstrates the level of dysfunction that currently blocks our government. These are all important issues...
  46. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    These authors break of the rules as listed and that is what makes them great!

    Know the rules and then know how to break them.
  47. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    Chinatown

    I would say The Bucket List, but it isn't all that old.
  48. Thread: Jamestown

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    Re: Jamestown

    This actually makes more sense to me. The other thing I've read about is heavy rains which means a rising river due to flow from upstream.
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  49. Thread: Jamestown

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    Jamestown

    Skip, my wife and I have been reading about the rising water level at Jamestown. It seems it's being blamed on climate change, but I'm finding that a bit difficult to understand since it isn't as...
  50. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    As any treatment, book or movie, truly captured the horror of that monstrous act?
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