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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Wait. The professional photographer was a border collie? Gad, they're clever.

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    After encouragement from a friend, I bought my first PC game in about a decade: Outer Wilds. Seems like my sort of thing--leisurely exploration and puzzle solving without (as far as I know) any requirement to flee and/or shoot people.
    So I'm completely stuck trying to find my way around the initial training level. There's presumably something I can walk through or jump on to that I haven't noticed yet. And it keeps getting really dark in the game (the game days are short), which doesn't help my route-finding.

    So today I was sitting having a cup of coffee in the kitchen and suddenly the garden lit up with bright sunlight as the clouds cleared away eastwards. Hmm, I thought, I should go and have a look around the village in Outer Wilds before it gets dark again. It's possible I've played it too much, and I've only played it for half an hour.

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    I have so many ranks of paranoia, I can't remember how many ranks I have.
    This computer has a 2TB drive. I wanted to wipe it down and use a different OS, so I bought a 2 TB thumb drive. For something like 10 dollars.
    This the moment that everyone should scream "Oh, hell. NO!"
    Obviously, it was not a $10 2 TB hard drive. It might be 64 GB, but I have my doubts. My backup on that device should be missing about 1.9 TB of data. Really, less than that, I didn't copy the whole OS but it should have been much more than what ended up on the drive.
    In reality, I made a copy of everything on Google drive, a second copy on another service before I erased. Today, I found a stack of DVDs with a third backup copy that I don't recall making. I really should remember because it's 53 DVDs files.

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    I like how you made a copy of your own comments just in case.

    I recently read an article where a mistake by a network admin caused the erasure of the c drive on all attached PCs at a university. People who had theses and other important material not backed up were somewhat irate. A certain level of caution is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I like how you made a copy of your own comments just in case.

    I recently read an article where a mistake by a network admin caused the erasure of the c drive on all attached PCs at a university. People who had theses and other important material not backed up were somewhat irate. A certain level of caution is a good thing.
    Fixed that. I must have hit paste twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Fix that. I must have hit paste twice.
    Yeah. Two copies in the same post is not a good backup strategy.


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    I really glad to back in the workforce in 2021. I had been working remotely for most of 2020, which is almost like not working at all. There was a point last year were I almost cracked, my wife almost cracked but the kids did remarkably well. I got through the year with humor. I decided that I would try to make someone belly laugh once a week, some of the gags were very well planned.

    There was a momentary public panic when everyone believed the liquor stores would close. So I bought three different kinds of boxed wine for my wife. Usually, I am right on top of taking care of the recycling but I kept the empty packages of wine around the kitchen for months. About 4 months later, my wife asked if I was going to take care of them. I made this big show of breaking down the boxes with this very sad look on my face. My daughter asked what was wrong. I announced, "I feel like I throwing away a very important part of our lives..."

    My wife thought that was hysteria.
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    Wine gag, part two.

    I can't cook but since I spent the year at home, I collected up a bunch of recipes of things that I can do passably well. One of them is a stir fry dish that uses wine in the sauce. It also has snow peas and for some reason the recipe calls for "10 snow peas per serving". It's a stir fry, so I figured it was a typo or something because you're never going to get 10 of anything per serving. But the first time I made it, I commented on the 10 snow pea limit to get some laughs.

    I don't really drink, but when I make this dish I have a glass of wine while cooking.

    One evening, my daughter looked at her plate and announced, "I have 11 snow peas."

    My son said, "I have 8."

    My oldest gets up and snatches my glass of wine. He poured it down the drain. My daughter said, "We have to talk about this. You go all crazy when you drink."

    My wife nearly died.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    My oldest gets up and snatches my glass of wine. He poured it down the drain.
    I was momentarily triggered by this outrageous behavior but then I remembered: boxed wine.
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    Combining amusing and Covid, I have just this morning used the last of the cheapo sandpaper, er, toilet paper bought about a year ago during the panic. It's Charmin with Blue Bears for me now!
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    I bought some, er, unusual brand toilet paper during the time things became a bit concerning, but managed to buy a regular brand before I had to turn to it, so I’ve kept the unusual stuff as an emergency backup in storage. It isn’t like it will go bad any time soon.

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    We had to go to nearby Sequim today because my wife had an appointment with a specialist we don't have here in PT. So, naturally, we made a day of it, more or less, also stopping at the hobby store, two drug stores, and, of course, Costco. I came out of the latter feeling extaordinarily proud of myself because:
    1. I scored the absolute closest parking space to the door.
    2. I remembered my mask before going in.
    3. I got everything on the list, and nothing else!
    4. I remembered they only take Visa, not Mastercard, and got out the correct card.
    Except I didn't get everything on the list, because I forgot to ask the cashier for postage stamps. Which I still use because I pay bills by mailing in a check.
    A late addition to the list was toilet paper, because who knows, there might be a surge and another panic. According to my wife, who is otherwise pretty sensible.
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    The Streisand Effect in action

    There was a little kerfuffle today, fairly serious in background and I’ll only touch on it lightly but I was fascinated and amused by how quickly a bad dictatorial order not to discuss something spread it across the internet. It’s a great example oj human folly.

    There is a large commercial social media BBS type site called Reddit run by paid admins, with subforums called “Subreddits” run by volunteer moderators. I’ve never been member, but look at some subreddits, for instance there is a nice SpaceX one.

    Today I happened to see a very odd and cryptic comment about a subreddit I never read. It seems a moderator was banned by admins for reasons that weren’t initially explained. In response remaining moderators took the subreddit private (blocked general access) in self defense.

    Eventually, Admins said that the moderator had posted some of a news article that happened to mention the name of a new employee. Reddit had never mentioned they had hired this person. Nonetheless, Admins initially thought the moderator was doxxing the new employee so banned the moderator.

    Anyway, the admins rescinded the moderator’s ban admiitng to a mistake but said, paraphrasing, to this entire site, “There is this employee (an Admin) and we aren’t going to mention their name, but we don’t want anyone posting about them. If you do, you could be banned.”

    A couple hundred more subreddits quickly went private in self defense and in protest to the ridiculous statement.

    This is about where I came in, noticing the short, cryptic post but not knowing much about the situation at the time. Based on a couple clues, I did a google search and in about 30 seconds found multiple articles about it. It had only taken a few hours since the bizarre admin statement for this to spread wide on the internet. The employee’s name was mentioned in various articles. I had never heard of them, but it turns out they are a minor, and somewhat notorious British public figure. Admins really should have expected the name could show up in news articles that random posters might mention with no ulterior motive.

    And one more thing, the employee was very problematic for a role as site admin. In light of all the things people are getting fired for these days in publicly facing companies, they were of course fired soon after this blew up and their identity became much more widely known outside the UK.

    So that’s it: The Streisand effect - Try to force people to stay quiet, instead of just not saying anything ar all and in a few hours there is loads of publicity and the person they tried to protect is fired.
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    This is like in the cockpit sketch:
    “This is your captain speaking, there is no cause for alarm.”
    Result: alarm.
    There are cliche political announcements too:
    “X has my complete support”
    (X will be resigning within the week)
    What is surprising about this story is that a savvy group like Reddit, which even I have heard of, would be so stupid.
    Whether the stupidity is expecting a well known figure to stay secret, or telling pundits to not search or not comment, I don’t know, probably both.
    It used to be possible to keep secrets, but the anonymous media circus has made it impossible today. So gossip explodes whether or not having any true basis. Secret ballot voting is a good idea, secret internet posting has turned into a net bad idea. IMO. Of course it depends whether you trust authority, but we are all losing trust in everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    (quoting Reddit) “There is this employee (an Admin) and we aren’t going to mention their name, but we don’t want anyone posting about them. If you do, you could be banned.”
    Well anyone could walk through a minefield if they told you where the mines were . . .
    So . . . does this look as bad as it looks?

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    I had a student with anxiety problems and a bit of an angry management issue find and pick up a large knife during cooking class. The air plus all of my staff and other students went out of the room. About 2 minutes later, the principal bolted into the room to see what was happening and was given a couple of apple slices on large serving plate.

    When I realized what was happening, I grabbed a bag of apples and said, "Let's get to work!" I had one hand on his knife hand at all times and used the appearance of the the principal as an excuse to hand him a plate of food. He had to let go of the knife to take the plate. We immediately modified our protocol for cooking class. It turns out someone borrowed the knife and returned it between the two checks of the room for sharp objects. After that, all knives were signed out of the office and returned there. The protocol added a stop in the bathroom near the kitchen to wash hands while staff searched the kitchen for dangerous objects, just in case someone made a mistake.

    I can't cook and always hated that class.
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    My new CAD system!
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    Countertop Aided Drawing!
    Note the T-square, which dates to my very first class in college, "Engineering Drawing 101" or some such, in 1966. I hated that class. Especially since I had to buy the tools, T-square, scales, compasses, triangles, etc. The cost of that pretty much depleted my "fun" budget for the quarter. I used some of those items at work for the next 40+ years. And the knowledge from the class, as well. It may well have been the most useful class I ever had at school.
    But, like all systems, it had a glitch yesterday:
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    If she sits, I guess I don't!
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    My faire boss has finally gotten the stuff done to have "Vaccinated" pins. He was supposed to drop them off yesterday so I could take quality pictures of them for the website.

    He couldn't. He wasn't feeling well. You see, he'd gotten vaccinated the day before, and he was having side effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    This has apparently been around since 2018, but I just saw a link to it today. If I describe it in detail I think Iíd ruin it, so Iíll just say it involves an impressive dog in a short video (about a minute):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z28KOH...ature=emb_logo
    There's a tortoise that can do this without needing plastic auxiliaries:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqFL0CAQuxQ
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I had never heard of them, but it turns out they are a minor, and somewhat notorious British public figure.
    "A minor" as in underage? Or "a minor... public figure" as in a figure of lesser renown?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    "A minor" as in underage? Or "a minor... public figure" as in a figure of lesser renown?
    Another tangent. Adele didn't know how famous she was until she came the United States and filled venue after venue. How can you know not know you're famous? I'd just be happy going to several European countries on vacation. I'd think I'd feel like a rock star.
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    I got my haircut. I'm nearly bald, so it was a lot like removing fluff.

    In other news, I need to shave because when I touch my face, I feel like my head is on upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    "A minor" as in underage? Or "a minor... public figure" as in a figure of lesser renown?
    Minor British public figure.
    (This has been a public service broadcast on behalf of the punctuation police.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Another tangent. Adele didn't know how famous she was until she came the United States and filled venue after venue. How can you know not know you're famous? I'd just be happy going to several European countries on vacation. I'd think I'd feel like a rock star.
    Adele who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Adele who?
    No, just Adele. Who's on first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Another tangent. Adele didn't know how famous she was until she came the United States and filled venue after venue. How can you know not know you're famous? I'd just be happy going to several European countries on vacation. I'd think I'd feel like a rock star.
    Or Detroit's Rodriquez, mostly unknown in his own country, was successful in New Zealand and Australian in the 1970s and he even toured there, but he was unaware of his huge popularity in South Africa where one of his albums went platinum. His story was the subject of the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

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    And then, there's David Hasselhof, the musician. Pretty much nada over here. (Wait. Knight Rider sings?) But in places like Germany and Austria...pretty gonzo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    My faire boss has finally gotten the stuff done to have "Vaccinated" pins.
    Historically authentic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    How can you know not know you're famous?
    Iíve heard that the Monty Python guys were astounded when they gave a live performance in the US, and the crowd shouted out the lines in their skits. I donít know if itís true.

    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I'd just be happy going to several European countries on vacation. I'd think I'd feel like a rock star.
    The first time I went to China, I, at the time, a rather large white guy with a thick beard, felt like a rock star. I was asked (non-verbally) to pose for photographs with quite a lot of Chinese. Now, no one even looks at me.
    So . . . does this look as bad as it looks?

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    Minor British public figure.
    (This has been a public service broadcast on behalf of the punctuation police.)

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    I thought a minor worked in a mine or ran computer programs to get e-coins. (Just kidding folks. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Minor British public figure.
    (This has been a public service broadcast on behalf of the punctuation police.)

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    I've never been to Minor Britain.
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