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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:12 am UTC

Today I learned about my reaction to adversity, again.

I still don't know anything about computers.
Was I hacked, again? I don't know.

I miss the computer's ability to go on-line in what seems like two way communication.
The machine was not connecting to the larger world. I did a systems check.

I checked the signal as it comes in. It was fine.
The machine simply acted like there was no internet.

Sweet machine. It was doing its best. It could play music. It could play a cd.
It could play a mean game of word processor. It could not have internet.

It took a while and a complete shut down and a few breathless moments.
yeah! Internet. Why? I don't know. I like it.

I like the internet better than any other method of mass communications.
Even better than books. I thought books were The Best Thing! Ever!

Then we got the internet. It does two way communication, when it works.
Books are still very nice when the internet goes down.

I learned I still know a few things by heart. I miss a word, now and then. Still.

Longfellow's the Arrow and the Song
Longfellow's The Rainy Day.

A few children's diddys.

Part of William Blake's Innocents
A few. I still know a few.

When the lights go out and the internet is a memory.
What do you have in your memory to pull from?

It is scary in my world, sometimes.
Scary and lonely. It seems I talk too much.

Folks don't like to have me around.
It seems that The US DHS has nothing better to do than bother people that befriend me. (so stupid)

How I still have the internet is strange. Do not look a gift horse in the mouth?
How I still have the internet is strange. Thank God for small favors and don't look a gift horse in the mouth?

No internet and no electricity are ok if I am not all alone.
I have art supplies. Those are fun.

The stupid Cat does not have ADD.
It is just stupid.
It can not stay on task long enough to play any game except, feed me, pet me, let me out, let me in.

I like simple games. The cat's games are too simple, even for me.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby eran_rathan » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:35 am UTC

addams wrote:Today I learned about my reaction to adversity, again.
I like the internet better than any other method of mass communications.
Even better than books. I thought books were The Best Thing! Ever!

Then we got the internet. It does two way communication, when it works.
Books are still very nice when the internet goes down.

I learned I still know a few things by heart. I miss a word, now and then. Still.

Longfellow's the Arrow and the Song
Longfellow's The Rainy Day.

A few children's diddys.

Part of William Blake's Innocents
A few. I still know a few.

When the lights go out and the internet is a memory.
What do you have in your memory to pull from?


Tyger, Tyger, burning bright,
in the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skys
burnt the fires of thine eyes?
on what wings dare he aspire
what the hand dare seize the fire?

What the shoulder, what dread art,
could twist the sinews of thine heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
what dread hand! And what dread feet!

What the hammer, what the chain,
in what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil, what dread grasp,
dare thy deadly terrors clasp?

And when the stars threw down their spears
and water'd heaven with their tears
Did He smile, His work to see?
Did He who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
in the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
could frame thy fearful symmetry?

-Apparently I did learn something in High School English classes. I also remember the 'Our Father' in Anglo-Saxon and the introduction to Canterbury Tales in Middle English, so there's that, I guess.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby learsfool » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:55 am UTC

I learned that brittle stars are fierce little bastards.

I already knew about them doing the little fish-trapping-tent thing . .
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What I didn't know is they'd swarm and mug fish, crabs, squid, and whatever else got close enough for one to grab onto, and they're surprisingly quick little buggers!

http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/ ... hiura.html

The article is kind of awesomely freaky.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:36 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:I always carry a torch for giant spider webs when adventuring. #thingsrpgstaughtme


today i learned: i should really be more specific on an international forum.

i meant one of these
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:13 pm UTC

I learned something entirely new for me.

Weather dependent phemnomia show up in our lives.
That's not new.

One cat during periods of Fair weather, is almost no Cat box mess.
Every two or three days a change of kitty pee litter. Not fun, but not a big deal.

Two cats during rainy unpleasant weather by cat standards produces a weather dependent problem for me.
Every Day? And; poops? And; That creature looks at me as if to say, "Do you know how lucky you are? We don't shit in your bed."

Cats.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:12 pm UTC

TIL: Apparently when Bed, Bath, and Beyond says "Would you like these items gift-wrapped?" what they actually mean is, "There's some paper and scissors over there, have at it."
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:08 am UTC

learsfool wrote:I learned that brittle stars are fierce little bastards.

I already knew about them doing the little fish-trapping-tent thing . .
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What I didn't know is they'd swarm and mug fish, crabs, squid, and whatever else got close enough for one to grab onto, and they're surprisingly quick little buggers!

http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/ ... hiura.html

The article is kind of awesomely freaky.

That is awesome and so weird.
Ocean stuff is weird.

They, the creatures of the deep, are not a cuddly bunch.
The way they work together is impressive?

Cute and all; But, don't think for one moment you are anything more than meat.
Star fish move slow. Right? How fast is that thing?
Do they hunt people?
"Look, Honey; Pretty starfish. oh. They are friendly. Take my photo! Look at all my new starfish friends."

Gack. We will never know where all the tourists go. Here today, Starfish tomorrow?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:14 pm UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:I always carry a torch for giant spider webs when adventuring. #thingsrpgstaughtme


today i learned: i should really be more specific on an international forum.

i meant one of these


Butane Torch. Propane Torch. Acetylene Torch. Welding Torch. Happy Happy Boom Boom Slappy Funtime Torch.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

TIL: You can get something called red absinthe. There was a bottle of it left in the kitchen this morning. It's the colour of blood and 80% vol. I am afraid of it.
TIL: Ending a sentence with an abbreviation and starting the next with 'I' is syntactically confusing.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:29 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Happy Happy Boom Boom Slappy Funtime Torch.

i think your fetish is weird as hell.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

Don't knock it 'til you try it.

Same time next week, ST?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:59 pm UTC

Only if you remember the 00 gauge wire.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Роберт » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:07 pm UTC

Ptolom wrote:TIL: Ending a sentence with an abbreviation and starting the next with 'I' is syntactically confusing.

Two spaces between sentences helps reduce the issue. :mrgreen:
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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:27 pm UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:03 pm UTC

Double space debate on the web is irrelevant. HTML will collapse them to one space either way. There's a double-space somewhere in this paragraph, can you find it? (No cheating with the quote function).
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:24 pm UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Happy Happy Boom Boom Slappy Funtime Torch.

i think your fetish is weird as hell.

Hey, don't yuck his yum.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:24 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Only if you remember the 00 gauge wire.

ooh.... i think i like where this is going actually.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby learsfool » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:09 am UTC

Wednesday wrote:
Tomlidich the second wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Happy Happy Boom Boom Slappy Funtime Torch.

i think your fetish is weird as hell.

Hey, don't yuck his yum.


Agreed, his fetish is awesome as long as it's consensual (I'll leave out safe and sane for this crowd)

Also, was that a Ze Frank reference?

Kindness gun! Pew!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Tomlidich the second » Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:22 pm UTC

learsfool wrote:Kindness gun! Pew!


roll 1d20 for accuracy.

17.

you hit, immense amount of kindness is felt.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:02 pm UTC

learsfool wrote:
Wednesday wrote:
Tomlidich the second wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Happy Happy Boom Boom Slappy Funtime Torch.

i think your fetish is weird as hell.

Hey, don't yuck his yum.


Agreed, his fetish is awesome as long as it's consensual (I'll leave out safe and sane for this crowd)

Also, was that a Ze Frank reference?

Kindness gun! Pew!

Ze is definitely not the first person to ever say "yuck a yum", so no not directly. That said, <3 A show.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby learsfool » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:11 pm UTC

Wednesday wrote:
learsfool wrote:
Wednesday wrote:Hey, don't yuck his yum.


Agreed, his fetish is awesome as long as it's consensual (I'll leave out safe and sane for this crowd)

Also, was that a Ze Frank reference?

Kindness gun! Pew!

Ze is definitely not the first person to ever say "yuck a yum", so no not directly. That said, <3 A show.

Oh, very true. But he said it so delightfully! I kind of want to give him a half-credit, just because.

Also, <3 A Show = Awesome person

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:57 am UTC

learsfool wrote:I learned that brittle stars are fierce little bastards.

I thought they were rare beings that look weird but cute.
but noo. I didn't know they sting at touch. They look like hairy spiders in personal except much more slithery and tentacly (and the tentacles aren't mollusc-soft, they're manta ray tail soft), and they move very quickly on water. Plus they eat corals :( There's always the horror we feel when we accidentally poke on brittle stars while hunting for little crabs. Granted they couldn't really swim up that much.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:37 pm UTC

TIL that Viking Swords, specifically Uftberht Swords, were make of steel that was equal to modern steel and superior to even Damascus Steel.

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Postby roband » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:51 pm UTC

TIL that Vieto uses Reddit ;)

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Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:59 pm UTC

TIL that the phrase "having your work cut out for you" means the opposite of what I thought. I believed it meant you had an easy job ahead of you. It makes perfect sense! You don't need to make any effort, the hard part is already there, all "cut out" for you.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Deva » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:04 pm UTC

Thought that for a long time too.
Changes its form depending on the observer.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:11 pm UTC

You know the one about "Blood thicker than water" might be used wrong too, right? Could be that it was originally a statement about blood covenants you make with others being stronger than family relations via "water of the womb" - essentially that families that you create for yourself are stronger than families you're in due to the dumb luck of being biologically related to them.

That being said, I can't find anything to confirm that, just people repeating it verbatim. No sources, no original text from 905 CE, no "Taken from the Latvarian* proverb 'A szövetségnek vére, vastagabb, mint a víz a méh' which translates as..." so...

No idea how accurate it actually is.

Troubling.


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Postby Роберт » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:29 pm UTC

Cathode Ray Sunshine wrote:TIL that the phrase "having your work cut out for you" means the opposite of what I thought. I believed it meant you had an easy job ahead of you. It makes perfect sense! You don't need to make any effort, the hard part is already there, all "cut out" for you.

I take that phrase to mean that you have plenty of work defined. Whether the task itself is easy or not is tangential, because the point is you've got a LOT of work laid out in front of you. "A lot" is relative to the difficulty. It could be mind-numbingly easy work, so long as it's a lot.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Tomlidich the second » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:01 pm UTC

Роберт wrote:
Cathode Ray Sunshine wrote:TIL that the phrase "having your work cut out for you" means the opposite of what I thought. I believed it meant you had an easy job ahead of you. It makes perfect sense! You don't need to make any effort, the hard part is already there, all "cut out" for you.

I take that phrase to mean that you have plenty of work defined. Whether the task itself is easy or not is tangential, because the point is you've got a LOT of work laid out in front of you. "A lot" is relative to the difficulty. It could be mind-numbingly easy work, so long as it's a lot.


or some dick cut out the part of the code you are debugging that described exactly what everything does.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:53 pm UTC

Dolphins ⊂ Whales

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Postby yurell » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:09 pm UTC

Ptolom wrote:Dolphins ⊂ Whales


Not really; 'whale' usually refers to members of Cetacea that are neither dolphins nor porpoises. Paraphyletic naming conventions like that are common and incredibly irritating.
That said, sometimes people use the word 'whale' to mean 'all Cetaceans', just like some people use the word 'monkey' to mean 'all Simiiformes', so it all depends on context and speaker. Personally, I'm pro-monophyletic labels.
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Postby Ptolom » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:38 pm UTC

I was going by the term "toothed whale" to describe sperm whales, orcas and dophins.

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Postby yurell » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:51 am UTC

Isn't taxonomic nomenclature fun like that? =P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:26 pm UTC

yurell wrote:
Ptolom wrote:Dolphins ⊂ Whales


Not really; 'whale' usually refers to members of Cetacea that are neither dolphins nor porpoises. Paraphyletic naming conventions like that are common and incredibly irritating.
That said, sometimes people use the word 'whale' to mean 'all Cetaceans', just like some people use the word 'monkey' to mean 'all Simiiformes', so it all depends on context and speaker. Personally, I'm pro-monophyletic labels.

uhhh....... SAVE THE WHALES! :lol:
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Postby Rodion Raskolnikov » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:07 am UTC

TIL Princess Anne's full title is:

Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Dame Grand Cross and Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

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Postby UniqueScreenname » Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:12 pm UTC

Today I learned there is another species of malaria: Plasmodium knowlesi. It mostly infects crab-eating macaques.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:26 pm UTC

Rodion Raskolnikov wrote:TIL Princess Anne's full title is:

Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Dame Grand Cross and Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

How do you get extra knighted? That is shit that I want. If I have the "Lady" title, is there a way to get extra lady?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:58 pm UTC

I dunno, an extra knight sounds like a less important, sideline kind of knight to me, like the extra cast of a play or film as opposed to the main cast.

Wiki seems to confirm: "The Order [of the Thistle] consists of the Sovereign [of Scotland] and sixteen Knights and Ladies, as well as certain "extra" knights (members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs)."
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby WibblyWobbly » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:00 pm UTC

Wednesday wrote:
Rodion Raskolnikov wrote:TIL Princess Anne's full title is:

Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Dame Grand Cross and Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

How do you get extra knighted? That is shit that I want. If I have the "Lady" title, is there a way to get extra lady?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby brenok » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:02 pm UTC

TIL: Women can be knights


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