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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    You did a great Velma. Did the Javits Center concessions sell Scooby Snacks?
    I carried energy bars and a water bottle in my backpack so I didn’t have to stop in the food court, as the lines are always ridiculous when I could be waiting in a ridiculous line for a panel instead. I did give an energy bar to a girl dressed as Lydia from Beetlejuice, not to give her courage but because she was also hungry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    I carried energy bars and a water bottle in my backpack so I didn’t have to stop in the food court, as the lines are always ridiculous when I could be waiting in a ridiculous line for a panel instead. I did give an energy bar to a girl dressed as Lydia from Beetlejuice, not to give her courage but because she was also hungry.
    A very Velma thing to do; thoughtful and ready to save the day with good planning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    I carried energy bars and a water bottle in my backpack so I didn’t have to stop in the food court, as the lines are always ridiculous when I could be waiting in a ridiculous line for a panel instead. I did give an energy bar to a girl dressed as Lydia from Beetlejuice, not to give her courage but because she was also hungry.
    That kind act earns you a Jinkie.

    Maybe two.
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    Trying not to sully up other threads. 'Clever mention dolphins in a thread and I mentioned that David Brin has an essay on them. Brin also uses the word "Chautauqua" in the essay, which is one of my favorite words.

    I first encountered in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I've been to Chautauqua, NY a couple of times and I find it amazing that the area became so well known that it was used as a descriptor. They have public oil paint classes/groups, which start pretty early in the morning. I prefer the few that they offer in early spring or late fall. Love the crispness in the air. That makes me happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Trying not to sully up other threads. 'Clever mention dolphins in a thread and I mentioned that David Brin has an essay on them. Brin also uses the word "Chautauqua" in the essay, which is one of my favorite words.

    I first encountered in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I've been to Chautauqua, NY a couple of times and I find it amazing that the area became so well known that it was used as a descriptor. They have public oil paint classes/groups, which start pretty early in the morning. I prefer the few that they offer in early spring or late fall. Love the crispness in the air. That makes me happy.
    It sounds nice. Seeing the leaves turn...

    They have fall here in Indiana, but back in New England we had AUTUMN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    It sounds nice. Seeing the leaves turn...

    They have fall here in Indiana, but back in New England we had AUTUMN.
    It's amazing how much difference there is between the states. I hear all of the Buffalo, NY jokes in winter time, but have you ever been to Wisconsin in winter? They have no trees to stop the wind. That is almost too much cold.

    Speaking of trees and wind, one of my favorite experiences is camping in winter time in a forest. The trees can block the wind so efficiently that air doesn't move at all. It can get breathtakingly cold, but if you stop moving, the warmth from your own body doesn't move away. It feels like magic. It reminds me of The Wood Between Worlds from C. S. Lewis's The Magicians Nephew.
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    I like making a small astronomy-related discovery using math, particularly if it took effort to get the equations right. What's the gravity on X? How much tidal force is planet Y subjected to? It's a thrill that gets me through the day. Good old Excel.
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    When the only tool you have is Excel, every problem looks like a spreadsheet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    When the only tool you have is Excel, every problem looks like a spreadsheet!
    Yes. And, now that I think of it, the following article is also true about Excel:


    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fir...-it-1538754380
    The First Rule of Microsoft Excel—Don’t Tell Anyone You’re Good at It
    In the workplace, spreadsheet experts face a constant barrage of help requests; ‘run the other way’
    By Ira Iosebashvili | Oct. 5, 2018 11:46 a.m. ET


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    Been there, done that. Especially don't let on that you understand pivot tables/charts, array formulas, or VBA to any degree. I eventually resorted to rebuffing requests by explaining that my pay scale doesn't cover IT services.
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    Went out to read and finish a book, didn't take out the cell phone so I had to depend on the oldest clock in the solar system and used it as reading light. Finished the book with moments to spare and then had some turkey soup and a piece of cake, now Star Trek.
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    If you're good with hardware, you may want to investigate a computer language called LabView. You "write" a LabView program by placing objects in a workspace and "wiring" them together b y connecting the icons with lines. You wire the input file thingy to the reader thingy, then pass it to a loop that really looks like a loop, providing a counter to branch afterward -- and the branches really are branches. Actual hardware items (lamps, amplifiers, speakers, card readers ...) can be included in the program.

    I have a software mind, so I hated it.

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    Morning coffee.
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    Caffeine.
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    While outside a plane and not of the regular Cessnas or such that normally fly over but this one flew over, probably headed to the local airport.
    https://twitter.com/BackroadAstro/st...94441278140429
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    Non-Trivial stuff that SHOULD make me happy but instead has me terrified: We're (probably) moving into our new house on Saturday.
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