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8 years ago
Me
So, apart from the monkeys being replaced by computer programmes operating in a set search pattern, and the programmers also cherrypicking any line that fits in any of the bards works it replicates the famous thought experiment. They just removed the monkeys and the typewriters, hmm. Of course a real monkey would get bored pretty quickly, and keep whacking the same keys over and again.
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9 years ago
Me
Oh, I hope it is a good family thing rather than a bad one. Welcome to civvy street Jonny!
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9 years ago
Me
At last! An honest journal. Where are the articles written by his semi-literate nephew though?
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9 years ago
Me
Sherman Peabody wrote: > LOL - I think they are still teaching, at least in the US, that > Magellan circumnavigated the globe. He only made it as far as > Cebu, in the Philippines! His crew went on to a few more > places, but did they circumnavigate the globe? Saying Magellan > did is sort of like saying that Abe Lincoln won the war in > Vietnam... And in American schools they'
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9 years ago
Me
Very interesting. My mother loves this sort of natural disaster stuff, I'll e-mail it to her. I wonder why the main news never covers these events? I'm sick of hearing about overpaid footballers, shouldn't this take precedence?
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9 years ago
Me
I wonder if these are merely being reported better? Or maybe there are some humungous moles out there? In South America I suppose they might have been a precursor to geological activity. Seems less likely in Europe, although the rare one can strike. I heard Istanbul is in danger of a big tremor.
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9 years ago
Me
This is not a unique case. If you are lucky it will only be a few weeks rather than months. It is a legal loophole that needs to be sorted.
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9 years ago
Me
Just about every other One Step Beyond seems available here;
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9 years ago
Me
I had a pair of JW's come to the door, just the once. They started by talking about "how to find suitable viewing on TV." My reply was, "but I like sex and violence." They made a very hasty retreat. If you want to try booby traps I find a pair of comedy breasts with tomato sauce squeezers tucked in with the nozzles pointing through the nips does the trick nicely.
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9 years ago
Me
Very pleased to hear some good news.
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9 years ago
Me
My understanding is that the most recent accent is the upper class Sloane Ranger type, which owes it's existence to the arrival of the Hanoverians and thier influence on the speech of teh gentry who always tried to imitate the royals, even to th eextent of copying thier vices. The oldest version of English is the old country type. What we would call a "wurzel" accent would be the mos
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9 years ago
Me
Even the term Greek was not how they referred to themselves. Hellenes, or earlier still Argives. I think it was the Romans who called them greeks after some Northern tribe in Greece. It's the old problem of mythology. A sophisticated idea (or in this case culture) is watered down for a mass market who only remember a few symbols. Perhaps we should be thinking more along the lines of Mad
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9 years ago
Me
Good to see this pointed out again. The classical Greeks and Romans enjoyed colour as the peoples of our time do. The stark soulless look is a modern aberration. There is no doubt that the great classical masters would look upon modern art and say "What will it look like when it's finished?"
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9 years ago
Me
What we never got from this story was the fairies side of things. I can imagine many a self-respecting fairy being rather unconfortable in Richard Dawkins' presence. Actually what I dislike most about Dawkins is that he puts words in science's mouth, and produces non-scientific polemics while still claiming to be offering a neutral scientific view. Spending so much time arguing for something
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9 years ago
Me
So was that really Dawkins I saw the other night wearing fairy wings? He is quite pointy faced. Maybe a bit of fairy in him.
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9 years ago
Me
Saw the original at the cinema. Not so keen on the anthropomorphing of computers. A good film, though instantly dated. Just have to see about the sequel.
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9 years ago
Me
I never even knew there was a box. Is this the Geek equivalent of the closet?
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9 years ago
Me
Do the trees have partridges nesting in them?
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9 years ago
Me
This caes gets attention because it is different. There is no real risk of a bad ending as nothing is seen as imperilled. Who cares if yet another tree goes? It is a comic situation for the press to follow. One daft woman mounts a frivolus legal case to save a common, alien tree no-one has even noticed before. It is a chance to get away from the mounting serious news and focus on something
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9 years ago
Me
Citizen Attorney wrote: > what is the laver tree? > > A common species, considered sacred to some as a place of quiet meditation.
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9 years ago
Me
With the number of homeless people in the States rising and little infrastructure to help them, doesn't this seem a tad frivolous? The tree is not an indiginous species to begin with, no rare animals nest in it. On the other hand people need a clean water supply, even though a remarkable number do without. Planting more trees is a very generous offer. Take it and don't use up any more ta
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10 years ago
Me
brucenyc1 wrote: > Exactly how is the original topic of these posts--why is an > article about reincarnation in the newsdesk ,--encouraging to > anyone ? How is it encouraging to the people telling of therir > encounters or beliefs to have someone tell them they're wrong, > doesn't exist, impossible, no proof, etc. Because the evidence still stands there. Whatever it means or p
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10 years ago
Me
I would recommend wholeheartedly that you make as detailed a record as possible of your experiences. I can imagine you will want this for yourself or relatives in later years. I'm not one of them but there seems little end to the number of people with anomolous memories of past lives.
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10 years ago
Me
Susan we have discussed this case on many occasions. We spent a long while trying to find the responses from James Randi's site to the case. As I recall there was no effort made to rebutt the claims, only to dismiss the case out of hand. We still need to discover how the child could have guessed the names of the pilot's fellow crewmembers, circumstances of his crash etc, when they were not p
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10 years ago
Me
I know for a fact my laptop is always lying in wait to catch me out. For one, it keeps flicking the cursor back into the middle of the text. Could always resort to typing with the rubber end of a pencil.
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10 years ago
Me
JonnyMcA wrote: > I believe the term "noughties" is in voguie with many of the > tabloid newspapers. > > Jonny > I've seen that too. The zeroes properly sums them up though.
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10 years ago
Me
Interesting if true. How reliable the source is remains open.
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10 years ago
Me
Deep1 wrote: > Was it just me? I always had a secret crush on Leah while > growing up. > > *** Blushfully Yours *** > > Deep > She was the only girl. It was either Leia or Chewie. I won't say how many Star Wars figures I have. It would take too long to count.
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10 years ago
Me
Sangreal Sea wrote: > Star wars action figures! > Me too! Chewbacca first. X-wing Pilot Luke is probably my favourite. They got to be like a company of actors. The stars (Lukes, Leias, Hans) would change as new versions appeared while the supporting characters (Chewbacca, Darth Vader) would always stay at the same level of prominence in the play.
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11 years ago
Me
Let's face it, which is more likely to do a good job and be honest with his electorate? A dead politician or a live one? We could spend all day naming politicians we want dead.
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