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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Extravoice, he saw your avatar and now is demanding to watch Underdog.
    Now, that amuses me.


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    I've been recording lesson plans for a class. I'm using a Chromebook and sharing the videos via Google Drive. Since this is technically a video, Google Photos has access to it. Google Photos has an assistant feature which can enhance photos and videos. Sometimes it will create a gif from multiple related photos and if it has enough photos, it can make a movie. Most of the time, the effect isn't bad, sometimes even nice.

    However, when it "enhanced" a video of my lesson plan on "The Storm Before the Storm", it decided to add bouncy, exciting music. I am not sure if it is a feature or a bug, but my voice sounds auto-tuned and heavily skip-sampled. It's so horrible, it's comical.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xw71dgdDuGV13T8W6

    I can't even begin to describe how awful it is. The most amusing part is my intro line was something about "nice options for technology" is the only understandable part. No, this is not a nice option for technology. It's 28 seconds of terrible, abusive technology.
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    While getting some of the tomato cages pulled up I was walking by the raspberries and looked down. There was the missing lid to a garbage can that blew off weeks ago. I looked all over for it. I guess because of the grass, horseradish and raspberries had covered it. Mom just bought a new garbage can this week.
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    When I was a child, we were cleaning up after the Santa Ana winds had swept through again. We found a couple of trash cans with a street number painted on them and returned them to their owners. They were so delighted to get their trash cans back that, from then on, any time any of us had a school fundraiser/were selling Girl Scout cookies, we'd say, "Oh, and we need to stop by the trash can people; they'll buy something."
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    This is not the first time this lid was blown away. The first time was a after snow storm and went up and down the neighborhood. Before I found my lid I noticed a neighbors can was blown into the trees on his property. I got the can for him because I knew it would be hard for to get it because he was having problems with his knees. He is in his seventies I think, he actually sold the house and him and his wife moved into town. Found my lid blown up between an old apple tree and a rose bush.
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    A fellow student in my English class said: "I'm thinking I will go into special education. There is more money and jobs in it."

    This was met by numerous raised eyebrows.
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    I realized a while back that the sort of people who used to drive Volvos now have Subarus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I realized a while back that the sort of people who used to drive Volvos now have Subarus.
    Really? Why's that?
    I spent 20 years driving Subarus, but can't say I ever hankered after a Volvo before that.

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    Today I was amused/bugged when my new iPhone dinged and displayed a message saying that I had used less screen time this past week than during the previous week. Who cares? I certainly don't. It looks like one more case of techies showing off. This was after I had told a friend how much I appreciated their having made the silencer a simple toggle switch on the outside of the phone, as compared with the non-intuitive menu maze in my old dumb phone.

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    Perhaps it was a US thing, or maybe a little before your time, but there was a whole set of generally liberal, educated, moderately well-off folks who chose Volvos because they were safe and dependable for their offspring. Now they have Subarus.

    Stuff that bugs me: What's the plural of Volvo? Volvos or Volvo's? And Subarus or Subaru's? Spellcheck says the latter in both cases. I'm thinking it's wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Today I was amused/bugged when my new iPhone dinged and displayed a message saying that I had used less screen time this past week than during the previous week. Who cares?
    A feature installed by your phone company, telling you that you are not using enough data and are not making them enough money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Stuff that bugs me: What's the plural of Volvo? Volvos or Volvo's? And Subarus or Subaru's? Spellcheck says the latter in both cases. I'm thinking it's wrong.
    I've been amused for a long time that Subaru is the Japanese word for The Pleiades, thus their company emblem, though it doesn't amuse me enough to buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Perhaps it was a US thing, or maybe a little before your time, but there was a whole set of generally liberal, educated, moderately well-off folks who chose Volvos because they were safe and dependable for their offspring. Now they have Subarus.

    Stuff that bugs me: What's the plural of Volvo? Volvos or Volvo's? And Subarus or Subaru's? Spellcheck says the latter in both cases. I'm thinking it's wrong.
    Ah. In my part of the world the old Volvo demographic just transferred their affections to giant eff-off SUVs of no particular manufacturer, thereby halving the effective school-run parking spaces.

    I guess your spell-checker just doesn't know the unusual plurals and is defaulting to the possessive.

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    For mind-manglingly complicated reasons, I've just been ferrying a frail, elderly, confused relative with mobility problems from the hospital to a care home. I'd promised her son I'd send him and his family a text when she was safely installed in her new home. But everything, fairly predictably in retrospect, took ages to do and couldn't be rushed, so we were running way behind schedule.
    I knew he would be worrying, so as soon as she was sitting in her room I immediately texted, "The Eagle has landed."
    A minute later I got the reply: "Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."

    I didn't even know he was an Apollo buff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For mind-manglingly complicated reasons, I've just been ferrying a frail, elderly, confused relative with mobility problems from the hospital to a care home. I'd promised her son I'd send him and his family a text when she was safely installed in her new home. But everything, fairly predictably in retrospect, took ages to do and couldn't be rushed, so we were running way behind schedule.
    I knew he would be worrying, so as soon as she was sitting in her room I immediately texted, "The Eagle has landed."
    A minute later I got the reply: "Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."

    I didn't even know he was an Apollo buff.

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    I suspect we're going to be hearing that a lot next July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I guess your spell-checker just doesn't know the unusual plurals and is defaulting to the possessive.
    Mine does that a lot, and it's infuriating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For mind-manglingly complicated reasons, I've just been ferrying a frail, elderly, confused relative with mobility problems from the hospital to a care home. I'd promised her son I'd send him and his family a text when she was safely installed in her new home. But everything, fairly predictably in retrospect, took ages to do and couldn't be rushed, so we were running way behind schedule.
    I knew he would be worrying, so as soon as she was sitting in her room I immediately texted, "The Eagle has landed."
    A minute later I got the reply: "Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."

    I didn't even know he was an Apollo buff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For mind-manglingly complicated reasons, I've just been ferrying a frail, elderly, confused relative with mobility problems from the hospital to a care home. I'd promised her son I'd send him and his family a text when she was safely installed in her new home. But everything, fairly predictably in retrospect, took ages to do and couldn't be rushed, so we were running way behind schedule.
    I knew he would be worrying, so as soon as she was sitting in her room I immediately texted, "The Eagle has landed."
    A minute later I got the reply: "Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."

    I didn't even know he was an Apollo buff.

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    Me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    A fellow student in my English class said: "I'm thinking I will go into special education. There is more money and jobs in it."

    This was met by numerous raised eyebrows.
    The eyebrows were probably because of the “the more money and jobs” rather than the italicized “is.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    You just made my day!
    It kind of made my day, too, because the analogy was so powerful.
    A large publicly funded organization full of dedicated individuals had worked hard to prepare a rather fragile, spindly and improbable craft for a long journey, but it was still a high-risk enterprise. We even had a go/no go technical malfunction along the way, when I entered my destination address into the satnav and it announced proudly that no route was possible - a message it has never produced before. So I made my final approach on manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    The eyebrows were probably because of the “the more money and jobs” rather than the italicized “is.”
    That was the part that got me.

    I am watching a slow-motion battle of wills play out in my classroom. My TA is rather stern. I have a student that apologizes for everything he does, which is a lot because fidgets with everything in addition to having echolalia. He can't help the echolalia, but he still apologizes for it. This drives the TA nuts. The student and TA do not play well together.

    I have been trying to get them to chill out on each other. The TA won't say anything to the student if I am right there addressing the situation. Usually, I tell him that the apology isn't necessary, but he needs to focus on whatever task is at hand. Difficult for a kid who is both curious and fidgety.

    Today, I got the TA to crack up over a situation. I was standing by a sink in the art room assisting/supervising the students as they washed their hands. My fidgety friend gets to the sink and immediately picks up the sprayer. I told him he needed soap, not the sprayer. He blasted me in the groin with ice cold water. When the rest of the staff and students reacted, he squeezed the sprayer even harder and hosed me down from head to toe.

    I decided that I would ignore everything and advised him that he should get the soap. He said: "Sorry." This sent the rest of the staff in to convulsions of laughter because I was literally standing a puddle of water. I got sprayed again.

    I'm really glad the TA laughed at his antics today, because one of them was heading for a stroke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Today I was amused/bugged when my new iPhone dinged and displayed a message saying that I had used less screen time this past week than during the previous week. Who cares? ...
    You'd be surprised. There has been a lot of discussion over the past months that people - especially kids - spend too much time on their phones. This is a move to remind people how much time they spend away from real life. It also allows some parental monitoring.

    Announced (at) its developer conference in June, Apple hopes the new features will help users regain control and not be constantly lost in their phones - or at least keep Apple in the clear in the same way that its Do Not Disturb feature does when you're driving.
    https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/new...w-does-it-work
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    Yeah, they're not actually nannying you - they're nannying their lawyers, which is the surrogate from which tech giants understand social responsibility.

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    I'm just glad someone is bugging me to get off my phone, I really do spend too much time occupied with it.
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    The past two days have been hectic. Last night, we order wings. Because of a special, it was cheaper to get 50 wings than 30 wings. So my kids took wings to school for lunch and we still had wings left over.

    Tonight, my wife worked late. I decided to cook dinner for the kids so we wouldn't have to eat out again. It was eggs and pancakes. Good, but nothing special. My wife came home and ate the last of the wings.

    My 14 year old son detected the smell of chicken wings and came running out. He saw the box sitting on the counter and asked: "Mmm! What is that smell?" He opened the empty box and I answered him: "The smell of disappointment."

    He is now mock arguing with my wife about not giving the last wing to her favorite child. The other two kids are judging the argument and no one is winning.

    This is type of humor is a running gag in our house. My wife and her two sisters love the song "Everything Zen" by Bush. My wife, Jennifer, sings the song "Everything Jen. Everything Jen, everything Jen!" and her sisters sing the line, "I don't think so..."
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    I make what I call samplers (even though they technically aren't) with quotes on them. Years ago, I made a mom-themed one for my mother ("eat your vegetables," "clean your room," etc.), and I recently decided to make her the corresponding child-themed one for this Christmas. ("Can I have," "it's not fair," etc.) I then decided I'd make a sister-themed one for my older sister, who's getting a divorce and to whom I want to show sympathy and concern. So I was explaining to Simon some of the things I was going to put on it, since his sister isn't old enough to bicker with. I told him that one of the things I'd be putting on it would be "Mom likes me best." He asked why, so I explained the concept to him.

    He thought a minute. "You don't have a favourite, because you love us both the same. But if you did, you'd pick me."
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    That's so sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    … He is now mock arguing with my wife about not giving the last wing to her favorite child. ..."
    The correct response is, "But, honey, I did."
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