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    I missed national donair day, just found out about it on the news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Cosmonaut, Astronaut, Taikonaut, Spationaut... I just wish they would settle on one term.
    Who do you mean by “they”?


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    With cable TV, you could make your own DVDs of anything you wanted. The DVR meant that you didn't have to do it in real time, and could edit out the commercials if you had the patience (I didn't).

    I don't think that you can do that with streamed video, right? For one, the DVD recorders don't have HDMI for input, and even if they did, I think there are technical problems with the signal. You might be able to capture a signal on the computer and burn the disc from that, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    With cable TV, you could make your own DVDs of anything you wanted. The DVR meant that you didn't have to do it in real time, and could edit out the commercials if you had the patience (I didn't).

    I don't think that you can do that with streamed video, right? For one, the DVD recorders don't have HDMI for input, and even if they did, I think there are technical problems with the signal. You might be able to capture a signal on the computer and burn the disc from that, I guess.
    They do have protection on HDMI.

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    I was working a crossword puzzle this afternoon. Clue: "Tined Creature", five letters. The answer was "deers".
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    How is deer a tined creature, never seen a deer made out of deer around here. They seem to avoid any exposure to metal, they hide on the brother in law and avoid the metal in his gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    How is deer a tined creature, never seen a deer made out of deer around here. They seem to avoid any exposure to metal, they hide on the brother in law and avoid the metal in his gun.
    "Tined" is the adjective form of tine, meaning "a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork", i.e. "antlered".

    The only problem I see with the clue is the singular "creature" and the (not often used) plural "deers".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    "Tined" is the adjective form of tine, meaning "a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork", i.e. "antlered".

    The only problem I see with the clue is the singular "creature" and the (not often used) plural "deers".
    Thanks for the clearing that up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Who do you mean by “they”?
    The media, the space agencies, the people who actually fly in space, ...




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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Thanks for the clearing that up.
    For people who trophy-hunt, the number and symmetry of the tines is important. They have their own nomenclature, in red deer of these parts - brow tine, bez tine, trez tine, crown tines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Cosmonaut, Astronaut, Taikonaut, Spationaut... I just wish they would settle on one term.
    How many other words are the same in multiple languages?
    Teacher, Lehrer, professeur, учитель, Lǎoshī, profesor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    How many other words are the same in multiple languages?
    Teacher, Lehrer, professeur, учитель, Lǎoshī, profesor
    But those are in different languages, not the same language.

    In English, we refer to a teacher in Russia or China as a “teacher”. We refer to people who fly airplanes as “pilots”, regardless of their country of origin.

    Yet, we feel the need to use a different term for people who fly in space, based on their national origin.



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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For people who trophy-hunt, the number and symmetry of the tines is important. They have their own nomenclature, in red deer of these parts - brow tine, bez tine, trez tine, crown tines.

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    Here generally you can only hunt bucks but the brother in law hunts for the meat, but he does talks about the points on the antlers. If you just want antlers they drop off the deer later on in the late fall and winter and he has a few tricks to get them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    "Tined" is the adjective form of tine, meaning "a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork", i.e. "antlered".

    The only problem I see with the clue is the singular "creature" and the (not often used) plural "deers".
    The whole puzzle was like that. The clue may have said "creatures"; I'd have to look; but I've never seen "deers" as the plural.

    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For people who trophy-hunt, the number and symmetry of the tines is important. They have their own nomenclature, in red deer of these parts - brow tine, bez tine, trez tine, crown tines.

    Grant Hutchison
    My recollection is that your red deer are more closely related to what we call an elk, than to our deer. Ain't language funny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Here generally you can only hunt bucks but the brother in law hunts for the meat, but he does talks about the points on the antlers. If you just want antlers they drop off the deer later on in the late fall and winter and he has a few tricks to get them.
    Our area is infested with "deers", but we seldom see larger bucks. They're pretty shy.
    They would actually do well to come in among the houses. Lots of does and no hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    Gillianren, does Netflix ever release their own content on DVD or is it just occasional titles? It never occurred to me that this might be something they'd do.
    I'm pretty sure you can get Stranger Things on DVD, but as I still haven't watched it, it's certainly not on my list to buy, since I can test it using money I'm already spending anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    My recollection is that your red deer are more closely related to what we call an elk, than to our deer. Ain't language funny!
    Yes, we'd call your elk a wapiti, because we call your moose an elk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Our area is infested with "deers", but we seldom see larger bucks. They're pretty shy.
    They would actually do well to come in among the houses. Lots of does and no hunting.
    That last line triggered a memory that really bugs me.

    The University of Houston at Clear Lake has its main campus nearby. Most of the land is undeveloped wood and grass land and there is a small herd of deer that roam it. (Could be more than one.) Several times I've seen them grazing while driving past.

    A couple of weeks ago a man and his teenaged son were arrested for hunting those deer … on posted property … on a college campus … in the middle of a residential area.
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    Been fighting a cold or flu bug all day, then went down to put a stick of wood in the stove and dropped it on my foot. This day could of gone better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Yes, we'd call your elk a wapiti, because we call your moose an elk.

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    Oh deer!

    We have hoof prints within five feet of our front door. Columbian Blacktail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    ... A couple of weeks ago a man and his teenaged son were arrested for hunting those deer … on posted property … on a college campus … in the middle of a residential area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    Wow. Not at all trivial.
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    I have lived in this suburb, in 2 houses, for about 34 years. Just recently the Main Roads people have changed the sequence of a major set of traffic lights nearby for the first time since we moved here. It has not caused any problems or delays but dagnabbit it I was used to the old sequence. I now cannot just vegetate until the lights change I have to actually pay attention Changes - bah humbug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Oh deer!

    We have hoof prints within five feet of our front door. Columbian Blacktail.
    Right across the driveway last week and all kinds in the field behind our house until the rain today.
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    My best friend's mom used to live in the country as a child, and she and her brother had a song to sing, very loudly, about how they were children and not deer. They sang it during hunting season because that kind of mistake is depressingly common--a lot of livestock gets killed by hunters every year, I understand, by hunters who are so excited that they forget what a horse or a cow looks like, apparently.
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    May be an urban legend, but I recall a story about a farmer who painted "COW" on the side of his livestock. One got shot anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    My best friend's mom used to live in the country as a child, and she and her brother had a song to sing, very loudly, about how they were children and not deer. They sang it during hunting season because that kind of mistake is depressingly common--a lot of livestock gets killed by hunters every year, I understand, by hunters who are so excited that they forget what a horse or a cow looks like, apparently.
    That is why people who live near hunting areas wear hunters orange even if you don't hunt. I don't hunt but in the woods in the fall so I have a hunters orange hat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    That is why people who live near hunting areas wear hunters orange even if you don't hunt. I don't hunt but in the woods in the fall so I have a hunters orange hat.
    A fellow I worked with some years back was a hunter. He wore an orange hat AND an orange jacket. (They had camouflage patterns. Apparently deer aren't too good at distinguishing colors.) He had found a good spot and was hunkered down waiting. He rose up slightly to check for deer when there was a thunk in the tree next to him and the sound of a gun shot quickly after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    May be an urban legend, but I recall a story about a farmer who painted "COW" on the side of his livestock. One got shot anyhow.
    As I heard it, the hunter obviously used the "O" in "COW" for a bullseye.*



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Been fighting a cold or flu bug all day, then went down to put a stick of wood in the stove and dropped it on my foot. This day could of gone better.
    s/could of/could have/g
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