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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    But takes a lot more work...
    But only for the cook. And fuel-gathering takes work as well, or did in the days before the fuel was automatically brought into our homes. In some parts of rural China, it still takes work.

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    I understand what you mean. It's not about the present--it's never about the present. My mother is fighting cancer so she gets a free pass for just about anything. However, this year when she called to apologize for missing my daughter's birthday, she said it was because days blend and half the time she doesn't even know the day. I assured her that it was fine and no one was taking it personal. I stopped myself, of course, before I inquired how it was different from every other year.
    Yeah, my mother has a long history of this sort of thing. I've got a running bet with a family friend about whether my birthday card or my Christmas card will arrive first from my mother, and most years, the Christmas card does. My birthday is nineteen days before Christmas; you'd think she'd at very least mail it in the same batch of cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I remember once, in a restaurant in Xian, I reached across the table with my chopsticks to pick a cashew nut off my wife's plate.
    Cashews are definitely something that are easier to eat with chopsticks than they would be with a fork or spoon, in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    Cashews are definitely something that are easier to eat with chopsticks than they would be with a fork or spoon, in my opinion.
    Unless you are greedy like me and want to pick up quite a few in one go.

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    And the Chinese do use ceramic spoons if eating anything liquid or mushy. I recall being issued with a spoon for something I think was a sort of hummus made from millet.

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    This website I stumbled upon. Note that the "solution" is pretty much vague generalities; the examples pages are blank, and that there is no "contact us" information whatsoever. The people are real; one is my former boss and I've met two others. I found it because of Googling my boss on a whim, basically to see if he's still alive. He's in his 80's.
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    Yeah "Page Under Construction" is a rookie error.
    Whatever they're up to, they should have finished their website before they made it searchable.

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    I'm wondering what would happen if I sent an email to "admin@configurablecontrols.com" and just said "Hi, Roy." Got to be careful, though, there might be a risk of them offering me a job. I don't want one.
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    "Today I Found Out" on chopticks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWG7kLBTSuk

    •Not only was cooking in small pieces more efficient, but chopsticks also were made of cheaper materials than alternatives
    •Rice as prepared in those cultures sticks together in clumps
    •Knives and fork-like skewering/stabbing tools were for preparing the food, and you wouldn't want to mix eating with working by having food served that the cook hadn't finished preparing yet

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    Scammers. Or more specifically, how they find enough suckers to make it worth while. Just today I've had an email from MR DAVID UBAMI at Tesco Bank* in London, Debt Department, explaining that they have found they owe me US$10.5 million; a call from a female recording warning that our Microsoft Windows would be shut off; and a folksy male voice that said "Hi, this is Fred, How ya doin' today", to which I replied "I think you're a recording, Fred." He was. Fred was from one of the multitude of phony police charities in this country. Who falls for this stuff?

    *Apparently there actually is a Tesco Bank. I thought they were just a supermarket.
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    I simply don't do any business over the telephone , and no charities . Don't feed the bears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    *Apparently there actually is a Tesco Bank. I thought they were just a supermarket.
    They moved into banking about twenty years ago, the government likes them (and Sainsbury, Virgin, etc.) since they aren't High Street banks. They all started out as joint ventures with said evil High Street banks and all their senior staff came from those banks but hey, completely different in a way no-one can quite explain. The Mem was involved in Tesco Bank spreading into Europe so I have a soft spot for them since they funded a few weekend trips to the mainland on the back of her business trips.

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    Why I leave doing my taxes off, for me it is enter a number in a few spots and sign.
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    We got new smartphones, because my wife said. They have USB-C power inputs instead of the Micro-USB I've come to know and love. Kind of handy not to have to figure out which way to put them in.
    Anyhow, included in the box is a little adapter from USB-C male to USB-A female. What the heck is that for? All I can think of is plugging in a thumb drive. But why?
    A USB-C to Micro-USB adapter would have made some sense, so I could have used existing cables.

    I also don't get why I continue to misspell "adapter" as "adaptor".
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    Here, apparently the answer to the previous post. I'm still not seeing a whole lot of need for it, although I may try doing a thumb drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Scammers. Or more specifically, how they find enough suckers to make it worth while.
    Suckers are a renewable resource, they make more all the time. As Barnum was kind enough to remind us. Or was that Ripley? I forget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Suckers are a renewable resource, they make more all the time. As Barnum was kind enough to remind us. Or was that Ripley? I forget.
    “There's a sucker born every minute.”
    ― P.T. Barnum
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quo...036.P_T_Barnum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    “There's a sucker born every minute.”
    ― P.T. Barnum
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quo...036.P_T_Barnum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    “There's a sucker born every minute.”
    ― P.T. Barnum
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quo...036.P_T_Barnum
    His estimate was far too low.
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    For some reason I just had to win at civ, even if meant going to a very old saved game and running it several times. I am a sick. sick man time for a nap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    His estimate was far too low.
    The population was lower then.
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    Why my brain tries to make a smart remarks to a lot of posts online.
    ...I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.
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    "Scandi Noir" TV. It's so deeply unpleasant - either misery porn or stylishly filmed brutality, or some combination of the two.
    The next season of The Bridge is being trailed in the UK as containing a murder "you won't be able to bear watching". The "can't bear to watch" boat sailed for me with S1E1.

    Grant Hutchison
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    I didn't get past the first fifteen minutes of episode one of The Bridge, I could sort of overlook the lack of blood from someone who was cut in half but had no visible wounds but their inability to keep traffic flowing in both directions on the bridge was simply a plot device too far. You close one side, you put a contraflow on the other. It happens on every dual carriageway bridge in the world on a regular basis.

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    What I don't understand is why I can't get this out of my head! And I'm not angry, merely flummoxed.

    Ever since first contact, when the Jackaroo kicked off a global war on Earth, and swindled the survivors out of rights to most of the solar system in exchange for a basic fusion drive and access to a wormhole network linking a couple of dozen lousy M-class red dwarf stars, aliens had been tricking, bamboozling, and manipulating the human race. In the long run, humans would either kill themselves off or stumble upon the trick of ascendancy and go on to wherever it is the Elder Cultures have gone, but meanwhile they were at the mercy of species more powerful than them, pawn in games whose rules they didn’t know, and aims they didn’t understand.

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    I must tell stories differently than Mr. McAuley. For instance this quote from the good Dr. Grant's blog seems a *total* non-sequitur with the phrase "disappointing". To me at least.

    The fifteen new planetary systems prove to be something of a disappointment, though they are littered with the relics of previous alien cultures—ruins, technological fragments, altered biospheres, junk-yards of spacecraft. The wormhole network itself is an artefact of some long-vanished “Elder Culture”, and has been reused by many successor races. Some of the remains of these Elder Cultures are useful to humanity, some are dangerous, and some are merely incomprehensible. These now-vanished cultures appear to have been previous clients of the Jackaroo. The Jackaroo say that they have departed by achieving “ascendancy”, though they never get around to describing quite what ascendency is.
    Wow, I'm calling foul on the author for excessive use of handwavium. Heck, I would have asked for those worlds! I could referee games for the rest of my life on this premise alone!

    The reason I'm obsessing a bit is I spent several years unknowingly plagiarizing Mr. McAuley, for a sci-fi campaign with my gaming group, and was about to present a few short stories here to that effect in Fun and Games. And reading Dr. Grant's blog saved me from making a fool out of myself.

    But a few searches showed me this is a very common theme in several series to the point of being a trope. With four main stages. First stage is greatly expanded colonization of the Sol system with Magellan-like voyages to the other stars. Second stage is colonies under other stars. Third is the colonies bid for independence and empire and forth is the former colonies colonizing other stars outside of their systems.

    I'd still like too, but now feel like I'm "playing in Mr. McAuley's yard" to use the writer's term for using someone else's setting for a story of your own.
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    Watsonian/Doylist.
    The Watsonian disappointment is for the humans in the stories, who thought they were getting to join a shiny Galactic Federation, rather than being allowed, in a limited way, to pick over the junkyard of departed cultures while being manipulated and tricked by inscrutable aliens.
    But (as I think I pointed out in that review) it's a glorious Doylist playground for the author and the reader.

    Grant Hutchison

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    How does the end of the semester comes so quick... with lots of assignments and reading...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    How does the end of the semester comes so quick... with lots of assignments and reading...
    Heck to the yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Heck to the yes.

    That phrase is something I don't get. I can't puzzle out how it came to exist, with that little "to the" in the middle disrupting all the meaning out of it. Is there an original context that popularized it, or is it one of those phrases that just mysteriously pop into existence?
    From context I thought I'd gleaned it was used to express strong approval of something good, but now you've blown that shred of knowledge out of the water (unless you're really into assignments and reading).

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post

    That phrase is something I don't get. I can't puzzle out how it came to exist, with that little "to the" in the middle disrupting all the meaning out of it. Is there an original context that popularized it, or is it one of those phrases that just mysteriously pop into existence?
    From context I thought I'd gleaned it was used to express strong approval of something good, but now you've blown that shred of knowledge out of the water (unless you're really into assignments and reading).

    Grant Hutchison
    It can mean strong approval, but it is also often used ironically. With Kai, maybe it's both! LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post

    That phrase is something I don't get. I can't puzzle out how it came to exist, with that little "to the" in the middle disrupting all the meaning out of it. Is there an original context that popularized it, or is it one of those phrases that just mysteriously pop into existence?
    From context I thought I'd gleaned it was used to express strong approval of something good, but now you've blown that shred of knowledge out of the water (unless you're really into assignments and reading).

    Grant Hutchison
    Strong agreement or approval, in this case “I am also very frustrated by finals just as you are.”

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