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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Wednesday » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:47 am UTC

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The EGE » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:19 am UTC

Story time!

About 8 miles south of downtown Boston, there's a commuter station called Hyde Park. Minor station, sees about 8 trains during rush hour and some others sprinkled through the day, but gets decent ridership.

It's located on a triple-track section of the Northeast Corridor - the single high-speed line in the US. To the south is miles of open track, but just north of the station, there's a blind curve. Because commuter trains share the tracks, trains can appear at any time on any track, even opposite the usual right-hand running. The Acela Express is cleared to run up to 120 mph (190 kph) through the station, meaning it can appear around the curve and be at the station just seconds later.

A fence is up between two of the tracks, but some still hop it to avoid a lengthy walk between platforms, despite the dangers. So the rail agency has found alternative solutions to keep trespassers from hopping it.

And that, dear fora, is how you end up with this sign.

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Re: Edited Title 4

Postby Adacore » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:23 am UTC

The EGE wrote:A fence is up between two of the tracks, but some still hop it to avoid a lengthy walk between platforms, despite the dangers. So the rail agency has found alternative solutions to keep trespassers from hopping it.

There are people that do that? Is it a common thing in the US? Because I don't think you'd ever see it in the UK (or Korea). There wouldn't even be a fence, because nobody would be stupid enough to try to cross the tracks without one; with a fence there, it's just insane.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:15 pm UTC

This guy showed up in gmail today

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At first I thought it was a condom, which really confused me. Then I realized it was a bell.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby sparkyb » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:01 pm UTC

The EGE wrote:A fence is up between two of the tracks, but some still hop it to avoid a lengthy walk between platforms, despite the dangers. So the rail agency has found alternative solutions to keep trespassers from hopping it.


Ha, yes. I grew up in Sharon, a few stops south of there with a similar issue. There it is just the normal 2 tracks, but it does have that short, 3-foot fence between to prevent people crossing the tracks. A lot of other commuter rail stops have to fence, allow you to cross the tracks, and even have intended crossings (these trains do not use an electrified rail). But our line also carried the Amtrak regional train which does not stop in my town, so I guess they didn't want people crossing. Still, I remember people used to hop the fence all the time. When I was in HS and Amtrak got the even faster Accela, they got serious and greased the fence. You can't really see it in The EGE's picture but I remember a noticeable thick layer of dark grease along the top bar. I always thought it was a ridiculous (if slightly clever) solution compared to just building a taller fence.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:13 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:This guy showed up in gmail today

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At first I thought it was a condom, which really confused me. Then I realized it was a bell.

Yeah, a condom for a very short penis with a single microtesticle and a bit of an air bubble problem.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:10 pm UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:This guy showed up in gmail today

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At first I thought it was a condom, which really confused me. Then I realized it was a bell.

Yeah, a condom for a very short penis with a single microtesticle and a bit of an air bubble problem.


A rolled up one. Like this.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:18 pm UTC

No, you're clearly mistaken. The dot at the bottom is obviously a tiny testicle.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:10 pm UTC

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Eseell » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:29 pm UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:So, we meet again, 30-Hour Work Day.

You too? That two-timing son of a bitch.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:06 pm UTC

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Re: Edited Title 4

Postby Jplus » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:28 am UTC

Adacore wrote:
The EGE wrote:A fence is up between two of the tracks, but some still hop it to avoid a lengthy walk between platforms, despite the dangers. So the rail agency has found alternative solutions to keep trespassers from hopping it.

There are people that do that? Is it a common thing in the US? Because I don't think you'd ever see it in the UK (or Korea). There wouldn't even be a fence, because nobody would be stupid enough to try to cross the tracks without one; with a fence there, it's just insane.

This isn't entirely true. Otherwise, this commercial wouldn't have been made by Britons.

Edit: it hadn't.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Cassi » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:06 am UTC

That is very catchy! Also Australian, just for the record...
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Jplus » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:12 am UTC

Cassi wrote:That is very catchy! Also Australian, just for the record...

Oops! Thanks for pointing that out. I thought there was an accent... ;)
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Cassi » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:38 am UTC

Which isn't to say that there's not a problem here -- there was this quite recently, which is pretty monumentally stupid behaviour...
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:45 pm UTC

So...people sometimes use the term "trans*" to refer to a wide range of sexual identities.
Is it bad that, because it looks like "trans-asterisk", I like to pronounce it "trans-ass" in my head?
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Роберт » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:46 pm UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:So...people sometimes use the term "trans*" to refer to a wide range of sexual identities.
Is it bad that, because it looks like "trans-asterisk", I like to pronounce it "trans-ass" in my head?

Try "trans star" instead. You may find it more suitable.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby eSOANEM » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:33 am UTC

I just pronounce it "trans". I can't really think of a context where it would make sense for "trans" to exclude any of the identities covered by "trans*", the latter is just more explicit with its inclusivity so I don't think much is lost by pronouncing them the same.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby teenidle » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:28 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:So...people sometimes use the term "trans*" to refer to a wide range of sexual identities.
Is it bad that, because it looks like "trans-asterisk", I like to pronounce it "trans-ass" in my head?


I automatically replaced the * in my head with words that fit the context and your post didn't make sense to me at first. :oops: am I turning into a computer?
But pronouncing it trans would make sense.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Link » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:55 am UTC

teenidle wrote:I automatically replaced the * in my head with words that fit the context and your post didn't make sense to me at first. :oops: am I turning into a computer?

If you were turning into a computer, you'd probably interpret it as 'tran' followed by zero or more instances of the letter s. ;)

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby roband » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:13 am UTC

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You too? That two-timing son of a bitch.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Felstaff » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:40 pm UTC

I've been smelling shampoo all day, and it feels like someone who has recently shampooed their hair is following me. For the record, I have not recently shampooed my hair.

Two pigeons have been fighting in the same spot since 10 o'clock this morning. I'm sure it's not some sort of mating ritual, as they are really going at it hammer and tongs. I've put money on the one with the hammer. Four times now I've opened the window and physically said "break it up, you two", but they keep coming back.

If I ever get beaten up, I sort of want to be beaten up by Nath. I have a solid notion that not only will I be beaten up efficiently, I will also learn much about the science of beating people up, and can avoid the pitfalls in hypothetical future, non-Nath confrontations.

I accidentally spent money on a microtransactional free-to-play game, and I feel wicked cheated, as there was a non-monetary way around it. I don't trust the publisher enough to give them my money, and now I'm guilty of doing so.

Oh! It's my deodorant that smells of shampoo. It's a Vaseline-branded roll-on. Yeesh, it really smells like shampoo. I smell like fresh hair, which isn't as great as you'd initially think. It's a bit like smelling of fresh bread.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:53 pm UTC

Vaseline makes deodorant?
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Felstaff » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:01 pm UTC

Oops, my mistake. Vageline.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Felstaff » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:01 pm UTC

I'm beginning to think this isn't deodorant after all.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Scyphozoa » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:47 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:I'm beginning to think this isn't deodorant after all.

Mmm.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby RollingHead » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:44 pm UTC

When I see the asterisk in "trans*" my first reaction is to look for a footnote :oops:

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

Huh. Google image search is actually pretty useful.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby sparkyb » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:02 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:Huh. Google image search is actually pretty useful.


You think that's good, try reverse image search. That blows my mind sometimes.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Menacing Spike » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:02 am UTC

I'm putting some Gayelord bars in my mouth. It doesn't taste very good.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Tomlidich the second » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:40 pm UTC

i want me some damn sushi.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:59 pm UTC

I've been thinking about my life, and lamenting this lonely miserable existence. I wake up in the morning, I go to work, do some work, come home, browse internets, go to sleep. There's nobody here. I'm alone. It's a bleak and empty existence and I wonder how I got here.

And then I realise something. This is what I wanted. This is what I've been aiming for my entire life. I've been so annoyed with the various people I live with; either they're too neat and tidy and they nag me to clean up my shit, or they're huge slobs and I have to nag them to clean up their shit. Other people's schedules clashed with my own. Other people would do annoying shit that distracted me from whatever I was trying to concentrate on. I would always have to explain myself to someone whenever I did something different to my usual routine. Being with people annoyed me so much that I wished for one thing: to be alone. Well, I got what I wished for.

Fuck.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby teenidle » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:18 pm UTC

you mean living alone at some point in my life probably won't solve all of my problems either?
Fuck, indeed.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Tomlidich the second » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:41 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I've been thinking about my life, and lamenting this lonely miserable existence. I wake up in the morning, I go to work, do some work, come home, browse internets, go to sleep. There's nobody here. I'm alone. It's a bleak and empty existence and I wonder how I got here.

And then I realise something. This is what I wanted. This is what I've been aiming for my entire life. I've been so annoyed with the various people I live with; either they're too neat and tidy and they nag me to clean up my shit, or they're huge slobs and I have to nag them to clean up their shit. Other people's schedules clashed with my own. Other people would do annoying shit that distracted me from whatever I was trying to concentrate on. I would always have to explain myself to someone whenever I did something different to my usual routine. Being with people annoyed me so much that I wished for one thing: to be alone. Well, I got what I wished for.

Fuck.


i wished for pretty much the same thing, and decided to change it.

you don't have to have people live with you all the time, i know i wouldnt like having people around me full stream all day all the time, needs to be in limited doses.

call up a few friends, see if they wanna crash at your place for a few days
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:24 pm UTC

Ah yes, friends. I remember those.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Tomlidich the second » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:40 pm UTC

no man is an island.

gotta be someone who you still have contact info for that you can pester.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Whizzkid1024 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:34 am UTC

bought my first pair of dancing shoes today, they seem to change my floor into a quasi-frictionless surface :D

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Wednesday » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:25 pm UTC

What kind of dancing shoes? Resin powder is pretty popular for keeping satin, suedes and leathers from sliding around too much.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby teenidle » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:15 pm UTC

Yesterday at the train station I saw a pigeon with only, like, 2 toes on one of its feet. I just wanted to throw something at it so it'd go away and I wouldn't have to look at it anymore. I was angry. I had my own problems. I didn't need a pigeon with missing toes. Ugh.
Also, in the past month I saw a dead cat, a dead bird and a (probably) dead dog lying on the sidewalk.
how often do you people see dead animals? :?


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