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Kim

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Feb 27, 2011, 10:02:17 AM2/27/11
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The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
more excited for the Oscars, of course.

Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
mine was.

Regular Sunday Madness:

1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

4. What is the last thing you spilled?

5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

6. What is your oldest possession?

7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
pieces from random sets?

8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?


--

Kim
*Every kid does not deserve a trophy. Winners deserve trophies and
losers deserve degradation.*

rroger

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Feb 27, 2011, 10:12:53 AM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 10:02 am, Kim <darwinexceptiontakethis...@verizon.net>
wrote:

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Old fashioned chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a glass of
whole milk. BTW if, from a health point of view, one's body allows,
the milk MUST be real milk, non of this "silk" stuff. To borrow a line
from a Frasier episode, "if it didn't come from a teat or an udder, it
isn't milk". Also, if one cares about flavor, the milk MUST BE whole
milk!!!

Boron Elgar

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Feb 27, 2011, 10:28:33 AM2/27/11
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
<darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:

>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Gift wrapping. I love to wrap presents.


>
>2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Milk and cookies.


>
>3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
>Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
>Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
>Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

All I have seen in Inception so I would not offer any choice.


>
>4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Does kicking the dog's water dish count?


>
>5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

I spell quite well. I just cannot type worth a damn.


>
>6. What is your oldest possession?

Tektite.


>
>7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
>pieces from random sets?

Matching.

>
>8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, yes, no.


>
>9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
>wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

The first wedding dress fits well, the second one is too big.

>10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
>longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
>abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

Avery Cardoza's Casino.. I loved that program. I have not even looked
to see if there is a newer version lately.

Boron

Peter Ward

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Feb 27, 2011, 10:40:11 AM2/27/11
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Kim says...

>
> The Oscars are on tonight.

<yawn>

[snip]

> Regular Sunday Madness:
>
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

A music shop, of course. Recorded music, recording equipment,
instruments and associated equipment. Oh, and a hi-fi section.


>
> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

I can't think of any savoury dish that wouldn't be improved by being
accompanied by a decent porter.


>
> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen?

None of them.

> What is your pick for best picture?

Whichever is offering the most money. I'm accepting sealed bids.


>
> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Coffee, while in the process of making it, I think.

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Thraftgin

Damn!

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

Probably one of my 78rpm records.

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

I bought half-a-dozen each of knives, forks, desert spoons and teaspoons
a few years ago. There are still other odds and ends around though.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

No to them all. I might be interested in a rodeo if one came around
here (highly unlikely), but the others hold no interest for me. I
detest operatic "singing"; I find dance to be tedious. A shame, as both
can be based around excellent music.

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Almost certainly not, and no.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

I used to enjoy playing Elite on my BBC B many moons ago. A year or so
ago I discovered Oolite, an open source and improved version of it,
which I play from time to time.

--

Peter, from outside the asylum

I'm an alien
email: usenet at peterward dot adsl24 dot co dot uk
http://blowinsmoke.wordpress.com/
Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by
faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.
- Dan Barker

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Feb 27, 2011, 10:59:17 AM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 10:02 am, Kim <darwinexceptiontakethis...@verizon.net>
wrote:

> Regular Sunday Madness:


>
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

A book store. (You think I am Border-line crazy)


> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

My father used to insist that there was a law in Massachusetts that
you had to have beer with Pizza.


>
> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3,  True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

Inception, The Social Network, Winter's Bone. I am Not sure that any
those was worthy. Maybe TSN

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

The Beans


>
> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Tomorow

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

A T-shirt from the 80's I think. And a radio and and Alarm Clock from
around then too.


> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

No

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

I forgot to get married.

Nick Spalding

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Feb 27, 2011, 11:02:35 AM2/27/11
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Kim wrote, in <ikdp1r$4tl$1...@news.eternal-september.org>
on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500:

> The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
> more excited for the Oscars, of course.
>
> Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
> to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
> anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
> eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
> places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
> yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
> Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
> mine was.

I hope he will be in good expressive form.

> Regular Sunday Madness:
>
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Chandlery.

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Pretty much anything and red wine.



> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

None. No idea.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Some oil and vinegar dressing that the previous user had failed to put
the cap on properly. As usual I shook it and ....



> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

I can't think of one, I have always been good at spelling.

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

A couple of silver spoons hallmarked in the 1790s. I can't be bothered
to go and look them up the exact date. A number of spoons from 1821
including a huge one a foot long. A nice gravy spoon with a fence down
the middle from 1833.

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

Bits from three different sets.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, yes, no.



> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

No. The suit was rented.



> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

No. I'm still running some DOS stuff from the 1980s. All run happily
in a Command window except one that needs DOSBox.
--
Nick Spalding

Mike Muth

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Feb 27, 2011, 11:04:07 AM2/27/11
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Kim <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:


> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it
> be?

Bookstore.



> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Biscuits and sausage gravy.



> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

Saw inception on the flights to and from the US last year. I suppose
anything else would be a better choice.



> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Milled flax seed.



> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

I don't of any. Of course, my fingers don't always spell the same way
my mind does.



> 6. What is your oldest possession?

The oldest thing I have is a Reichmark from 1876.

The thing longest in my posessions is a Japanese bayonet for an Arisaka
6.5mm rifle.



> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have
> mismatched pieces from random sets?

We have a 12 piece WMF set, a complete set of silver from my parents, a
a set of matching flatware we use for everyday dining. Here in my
hotel-apartment, I have a mismatched (but mostly matching) set.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

All three.



> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Fat chance. I still have it, though.



> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that
> no longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you
> forced to abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or
> work-around?

I have several which don't run under 64 bit Win7. I still have an XP
box I can run them on. If I wish, I can also run them in Windows 7's
XPMode.


--
Mike
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Nick Spalding

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Feb 27, 2011, 11:06:21 AM2/27/11
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Nick Spalding wrote, in <04skm69lr32bqo7pf...@4ax.com>
on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:02:35 +0000:

> Kim wrote, in <ikdp1r$4tl$1...@news.eternal-september.org>
> on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500:
>

> > 6. What is your oldest possession?
>
> A couple of silver spoons hallmarked in the 1790s. I can't be bothered
> to go and look them up the exact date. A number of spoons from 1821
> including a huge one a foot long. A nice gravy spoon with a fence down
> the middle from 1833.

I just remembered something older. A funerary lamp from an Egyptian
tomb brought back by my great-grandfather who was an amateur
egyptologist.
--
Nick Spalding

Mary

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Feb 27, 2011, 11:27:11 AM2/27/11
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On 2/27/2011 9:02 AM, Kim wrote:
> The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
> more excited for the Oscars, of course.
>
> Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
> to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
> anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
> eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
> places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
> yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
> Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
> mine was.

Too bad you can't record THAT conversation.

> Regular Sunday Madness:
>
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

I'm not sure. Either a specialty food shop or a bicycle shop.

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Perfect? I don't know about perfect. There are too many possibilities.

> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

I haven't seen any of them, and therefore can't choose.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Gravy (obligatory) - last night.

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Remunerative.

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

I have a stuffed dog that I've had since I was two. His name is Abernathy.

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

We have a matching set. In fact, since my husband now has his mother's
silver, we have two.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, yes, no.

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Oh, please.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

I had Paint Shop Pro, the old version before Corel bought them, and
discovered last week when I got my new laptop, that it doesn't work with
Windows 7. I got something else instead, which I haven't figured out
how to use yet. Also my cousin, who is a photographer, recommended
Adobe Lightroom, which I'll buy if this other thing doesn't work out.
But it costs quite a bit more and I'm not sure I need all the bells and
whistles that Bryan uses.

Mary

Slow Motion Apocalypse

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Feb 27, 2011, 11:46:33 AM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 7:02 am, Kim <darwinexceptiontakethis...@verizon.net>
wrote:

>


> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?
>

Coffee and double chocolate muffins


> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3,  True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?
>

Winter's Bone. Probably the first time since the early 1990's I saw a
nominee before the ceremony.

It was okay.

Ten nominees? Did movies suddenly get better in the last few decades?
I doubt it...


> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?
>

Probably water

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?
>

Wedneqvsday

> 6. What is your oldest possession?
>

No idea, Maybe a Rolling Stones record, I am not big on stuff anymore.

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?
>

Just random

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?
>

No, no, no. Should probably hit an opera because I like recording
weird stuff.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

No

Hactar

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Feb 27, 2011, 11:37:14 AM2/27/11
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In article <ikdp1r$4tl$1...@news.eternal-september.org>,

Kim <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:
> The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
> more excited for the Oscars, of course.
>
> Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
> to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
> anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
> eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
> places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
> yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
> Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
> mine was.
>
> Regular Sunday Madness:
>
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Probably some something having to do with computers, maybe assembling
them to spec or something.

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?
>
> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen?

None of them.

> What is your pick for best picture?
>
> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Ah jeez, it's so common I don't pay much attention. Just curse
quietly, try to be more careful, and clean up the mess.

The cat was on the counter. She's been trained that humans disapprove of
this, so if she sees a human she gets off. I've been trying to train her
that she could get sprayed at any time when up there, so if I hear/see
her up there I sneak up (it's easy since she's deaf; just stay out of
sight) and get in 3-4 good sprays before she skedaddles. But other
people reinforce the "don't do it around humans" bit by showing her the
bottle and nicely trying to convince her to leave. Gah. No matter how
many times I try to explain that that approach _won't_ have the desired
effect, they keep on doing it.

Anyhow, in her rush to leave the counter (after I started spraying) the
cat knocked over a mug with maybe 1 cm of coffee in it.

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

"occurred". I checked dictionary.com just now...

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

A 1940s clock from USN. One of the 24hr ones.

No, my grandfather's wedding ring and razor. I think he was married in
the 1920s but I don't know what year he bought the razor. Well,
somewhere I have some silver "Walking Liberty" half dollars, but I don't
know offhand what years they're from.

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

Matching set. But it's stainless steel, not silver. I don't remember
if I have any metal in my mouth any more, but when I did silver formed a
battery using my saliva as an electrolyte, associating the fork (or
whatever) with a nasty taste.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

I saw "Die Fledermaus" on TV (I think it was a simulcast so it was in
stereo, which tells you how long ago it was) and went to a rodeo.
Ballet, I can dig the music but the dancing doesn't float my boat.

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Not married.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

When I left the Mac, I also left "Daleks". I found a sorta-replacement
in "Robots", but the gameplay isn't similar enough.

--
There's a term for those who fantasize that the world works in
precisely the way that produces maximum convenience for them,
despite years of evidence to the contrary. The term is "Morons".
GA in <fp0m8j$lb0$1...@reader2.panix.com>

Mary

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Feb 27, 2011, 12:16:37 PM2/27/11
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Nonsense. Your preferences aren't universal.

Mary

huey.c...@gmail.com

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Feb 27, 2011, 12:19:37 PM2/27/11
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Kim <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it
> be?

Junk.

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Steak and beer.

> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

Inception. And the original True Grit.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Coffee, about ten minutes ago.

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Many of them. Before m-w.com, I kept a dictionary on each of my desks.

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

Thing that's the oldest that I happen to own, or thing I've owned the
longest?

I don't have much in the way of antiques. I have a brakeman's lamp, an
old copper coffee pot, a carnival glass lamp, a spitoon, and a couple
other miscellaneous bits of shit from my grandparents, some of which
are probably 100 years old -ish.

My good acoustic guitar I've had for thirty years.

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

We have both.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

None of the above. But I have played in symphonies what have done music
from all three of those.

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day?

It wouldn't be pretty.

> Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

The jacket for the first wedding was rented. The rest of it I still own.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that
> no longer runs under a newer operating system you have?

Many.

> Were you forced to abandon the game/software, or did you find a
> replacement or work-around?

I still have a variety of obsolete computers. The pentium-150 laptop
running Windows 95 exists almost solely to run X-com.

--
Huey

Mary

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Feb 27, 2011, 12:21:48 PM2/27/11
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I think I misinterpreted this question. I answered with the oldest
thing that was new to me. But I have some books from around 1850, and a
couple of other odds and ends that are old.

Mary

Wally Sevits

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Feb 27, 2011, 12:52:33 PM2/27/11
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
<darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:

>
>Regular Sunday Madness:
>
>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Computer store.

>
>2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Coffee 'n pie.

>
>3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
>Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
>Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
>Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

I have seen Social Network and True Grit. I enjoyed both of them, but
I have no idea about the Oscar.

>
>4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Milk. (how trite)

>
>5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

I don't use words I cannot spell.

>
>6. What is your oldest possession?

Grandfather's railroad watch.

>
>7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
>pieces from random sets?

Have parts from two sets, one inherited from parents, other a gift
from parents when I bought my house. Neither is silver, they are
stainless steel. (assumption is you meant to ask about "tableware")

>
>8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Big Trifecta here, never to any of them.

>
>9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
>wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Never was married. Doubtful anything older than 5-10 years would fit.

>
>10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
>longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
>abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

I like a very old game called "Solitaire Royale". It ran on Windows
through XP, but does not run in 7. I have a virtualized Win2K system
that I run it on when I need to.
--
Wally Sevits

Wally Sevits

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Feb 27, 2011, 12:59:29 PM2/27/11
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:52:33 -0700, Wally Sevits <no...@no.info> wrote:

>>
>>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?
>
>Computer store.
>

At one time years ago I thought I would open a video tape rental store
for OOP movies when I retired. I amassed around 1500 tapes, which I
still have in cartons in storage. Technology shifted, and now they
are landfill candidates.
--
Wally Sevits

N Jill Marsh

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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
<darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:

>Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
>to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
>anyone really *want* to manage their pain?

Yes.

> Isn't it more desirable to eliminate it, rather than manage it?

Eliminating it is one way to manage it, but if you can't do that it's
always nice to control it enough that you don't consider alternative
methods of pain elimination, such as suicide.

>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Cold.

>2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Blood and guts.

>3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
>Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
>Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
>Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

I've only seen Inception, I fervently hope there were better films
made this year.

>4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Blood.

>5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Neccessary. Occasion.

>6. What is your oldest possession?

Fossils.

>7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
>pieces from random sets?

Both.

>8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, of course.

>9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
>wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Yes.

>10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
>longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
>abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

Not that I recall.


nj"or at least disclose"m

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"All I can say is that the work has been done well in every way."

Mary

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On 2/27/2011 12:01 PM, N Jill Marsh wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
> <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:
>


>> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
>> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
>> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
>> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?
>
> I've only seen Inception, I fervently hope there were better films
> made this year.


I haven't seen this, but my husband watched the first ten-fifteen
minutes and didn't finish it. Did ANYONE like it? If not, why is it up
for an Oscar - is it that technically admirable?

Mary

Greg Goss

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Kim <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:

>Regular Sunday Madness:
>
>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

I don't want to manage staff nor deal with the public. If I don't
want to deal with customers nor hire someone to, I think retail
ownership is not for me.

>2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

I'm not a foodie. I mostly like whatever's put in front of me. I
generally have water with meals unless I "need" coffee.

>3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
>Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
>Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
>Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

TS3 is the only one I've seen. Social Network and Speech I've heard
buzz about. The others are complete blanks to me.

>4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Don't remember.

>5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Many of them.

>6. What is your oldest possession?

I have my grandmother's glass-cased clock. When we lived in North
Vancouver I eventually got it balanced well enough to keep running.
At any of the moves in 2003-3005, and since, I've never put the time
into the ultra-precise leveling it needs. So it's just on my mantle
standing still. My mother referred to it as a "Tiffany" clock, though
I don't know if that's just a generic term. The sides are
quarter-inch thick and pretty refractive -- leaded crystal? Don't
know the manufacture date or if it's really a Tiffany.

>7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
>pieces from random sets?

With Wendy, we chose an Oneida set as our official set, but i don't
like the thick tines on "nice silverware" forks, so I kept using forks
from a previous set. Moria wanted additional settings, and the Oneida
pattern has cycled into "collectible" status, so we picked up a garage
sale set that's now our official set. The Oneida ones are in a rack
on top of the fridge, and my forks (the nice set from the garage sale
are just as thick as the Oneidas) are still there in the main drawer.

How come "good silverware" uses such thick stubby fingers for forks
instead of nice sharp tines?

>8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Opera? I used their browser for a year. otherwise, no. Vancouver's
"First Night" celebration featured short fifteen-minute sampler
presentations of many cultural items. I watched a fifteen minute
piece of some ballet. I don't remember anything of it. I watched the
chuckwagon races at Calgary's rodeo in 2005.

>9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
>wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

That suit got left at my mother's after the funeral, and accidentally
sent to Value Village in the clean-out. By the time we realized where
it went, all the closets back at the house were empty.

The pants would have been a 46 probably. I've gained a lot of weight
in my semi-employed stress period.

>10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
>longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
>abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

I liked to play Transport Tycoon Deluxe. It was a DOS game. It
worked without the sound in my Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems, but
I never got it working under XP in 2001.

Last summer, I went googling to see if anyone had any advice for
forcing it to work under XP or beyond, and discovered a groupsourced
project to upgrade it. Someone decompiled the code, cleaned THAT up
into something readable, and released that into a Linux-like project.
In the four years since, the "Open TTD" project has produced a highly
workable game and the original author hasn't objected.

I'm not sure what intermediate layer is being used for the graphics
and sound, but the Open version will run on an astonishing collection
of machines. I just went to the downloads page, and they have five
versions for Linux and three versions for windows. I don't know what
happened to BeOS, Amiga, Mac, and all the other versions that were
there when I first discovered OpenTTD last fall. The page itself
refers to "Windows and OS/2 Installers", but there's no trace of OS/2
in the download selections anymore.

OK, in one of the readme files, it mentions ... (Amiga isn't there
after all)

BeOS - SDL or Allegro
DOS - Allegro
FreeBSD - SDL
Linux - SDL or Allegro
MacOS X (universal) - Cocoa video and sound drivers
MorphOS - SDL
OpenBSD - SDL
OS/2 - SDL
Windows - Win32 GDI (faster) or SDL or Allegro


The project demonstrates the flexibility of crowd-sourced software.
--
Tomorrow is today already.
Greg Goss, 1989-01-27

rroger

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On Feb 27, 12:59 pm, Wally Sevits <n...@no.info> wrote:

> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:52:33 -0700, Wally Sevits <n...@no.info> wrote:
>
> >>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?
>
> >Computer store.
>
> At one time years ago I thought I would open a video tape rental store
> for OOP movies when I retired.  I amassed around 1500 tapes, which I
> still have in cartons in storage.  Technology shifted, and now they
> are landfill candidates.

OOP movies? What does "OOP" mean/stand for?

Les Albert

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Feb 27, 2011, 1:27:40 PM2/27/11
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
<darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:

>The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
>more excited for the Oscars, of course.
>Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
>to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
>anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
>eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
>places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
>yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
>Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
>mine was.


I am sorry that you are in pain. You shouldn't dismiss the
suggestions for pain management as useless crap; they may help. The
alternatives to managing your pain are:

1. The same amount of pain.
2. No pain, but being zonked out on drugs all the time.

Anyway, of greater interest is finding out what you are getting hubby
for his birthday. What?

Les

Les Albert

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Feb 27, 2011, 1:30:38 PM2/27/11
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:23:13 -0800 (PST), rroger <raus...@aol.com>
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It's an expression used when you accidentally step on someone's foot,
or bump into them; things like that.

Les

rroger

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On Feb 27, 1:30 pm, Les Albert <lalbe...@aol.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:23:13 -0800 (PST), rroger <raust...@aol.com>

No, not oops, "oop".

Hannah Fontana

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Feb 27, 2011, 1:35:51 PM2/27/11
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Just what the FUCK does any of this have to do with Cecil Adams?

Listen up people, either get on TOPIC or I'm going to start issuing cancels to clean up this shit.

Get with the program or get the hell out of my news group.

plausible prose man

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> No, not oops, "oop".-

It means to throw something into the air, as in "alley oop." Except
the other guy isn't there to catch it, so it's just "...oop."

rroger

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I finally found it on wikipedia; Out Of Print.

Les Albert

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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:35:13 -0800 (PST), rroger <raus...@aol.com>
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I say either one.

Les

Les Albert

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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:54:18 -0800 (PST), rroger <raus...@aol.com>
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"Oop" is certainly *not* out of print. I see it on the printed page
in stories and essays all the time. And I speak it occasionally.

Les

Xho Jingleheimerschmidt

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Feb 27, 2011, 2:46:40 PM2/27/11
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Kim wrote:
>
> Regular Sunday Madness:

>
> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Time.

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Milk and popcorn.

> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

None of them. The King's Speech.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

blood

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Must of htem.

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

A book, I'm sure. The oldest one I can immediately put my finger on is
"Machinery's Handbook" from 1927

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

Yes.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

I have been to things that included those words in their names, but I
don't think any of them count as being really those things.

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

My birthday suit fits me well enough.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

Since Dover spurred me to dig that 17 year old lap top out the closet,
I've been playing Prince of Persia on it. I doubt it will transfer to
my newer computer (especially as they are incompatible OSes)


Xho

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Jon M

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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
<darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:

>The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
>more excited for the Oscars, of course.
>
>Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
>to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
>anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
>eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
>places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
>yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
>Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
>mine was.


>


>Regular Sunday Madness:
>
>1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

There's this show on one of the science channels -- "Oddities." It's
about this little shop that sells mummies' hands, monkeys' paws,
straitjackets, electric chairs. That would be a fun shop to work in.


>
>2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?
>

Chocolate milk and just about anything.


>3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
>Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
>Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
>Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

I've seen Inception, True Grit, and Winter's Bone. Of the three, I'd
put my money on True Grit.


>
>4. What is the last thing you spilled?
>

Coffee.

>5. What word can you never remember how to spell?
>

Any number of words, but apparently is the one I seem to have the most
trouble with.


>6. What is your oldest possession?

Aside from my pet trilobyte? My house was built in 1909. The
possession I've had longest is probably the coin collection I started
in grade school and lost interest in when I was in junior high.


>
>7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
>pieces from random sets?

I have a complete set mixed in with at least two incomplete sets.


>
>8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, yes, yes. Not in the same night, though.


>
>9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
>wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

No and no.


>
>10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
>longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
>abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

Duke Nuke Em, Doom, and Heretic used to be favorite games; none of
them have worked since XP became popular. Most of my game playing
happened in the Windows 3.11 era.

Jon M

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rroger

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On Feb 27, 2:46 pm, Xho Jingleheimerschmidt <xhos...@gmail.com> wrote:

> > 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?
>
> Milk and popcorn.

No offense but, Yuck!! I'm a theater traditionalist, Coke-a-cola
classic with popcorn.

Mark Brader

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"Kim":

> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

A superior one.



> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen?

Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network.

> What is your pick for best picture?

I don't know.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Milk.



> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

I am ashamed to admit that there is one. "Tucson".



> 6. What is your oldest possession?

Well, I have here an extremely beat-up 1-cent coin from Canada (not
this one, of course, the one before) dated 1858. But if you meant
the thing *I've* had longest, probably some nondescript item from when
I was a young boy. For instance, there's a old metal box that I think
I still have, that I used to keep things like pencils in.



> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

Silverware? Why would we have silverware?

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

No, no, and no.



> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Hell no, and I'm not sure.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

A favorite? No.
--
Mark Brader "I already checked, and there are 2147483647
Toronto natural numbers (I made a simple Java program
m...@vex.net to count them)." -- Risto Lankinen

My text in this article is in the public domain.

Jon M

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I liked it, but I had to watch it twice to understand it. I'd have to
watch it a couple more times to be able to suspend my disbelief. And
it's a hard movie for me to feel any passion for. It's more like a
puzzle than a movie. Especially with the ending that implied Cobb
might still be dreaming.

Jon M

Mary

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Feb 27, 2011, 3:46:57 PM2/27/11
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On 2/27/2011 2:06 PM, Cindbear wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:06:08 -0600, Mary<mrfea...@a0l.com> wrote:
>
> FWIW, it got 8.9/10 at IMDB. Metacritic 33 positive, 6 mixed.
>
> It's sci-fi-ish so you either buy into it 100%, or you *sigh* and
> rent a chick flick instead.


Whoa. You're going to injure yourself jumping to conclusions there - I
have a hard time believing that the only options are liking sci-fi or
liking chick flicks.

Mary
It's not binary

Xho Jingleheimerschmidt

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Feb 27, 2011, 3:49:54 PM2/27/11
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Xho Jingleheimerschmidt wrote:

> Kim wrote:
>> 6. What is your oldest possession?
>
> A book, I'm sure. The oldest one I can immediately put my finger on is
> "Machinery's Handbook" from 1927

I found an older one.

"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey, 1910


Xho

Mary

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On 2/27/2011 2:06 PM, Jon M wrote:
>
> Duke Nuke Em, Doom, and Heretic used to be favorite games; none of
> them have worked since XP became popular. Most of my game playing
> happened in the Windows 3.11 era.


Remember Wolfenstein 3D?

I think you can play Duke Nukem yet - on an XP, anyway. I haven't tried
it on W7, but it's still online.

Mary

Xho Jingleheimerschmidt

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:01:46 PM2/27/11
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"History of the Oldham Equitable Co-operative Society Limited from 1850
to 1900" 1900

OK, I'm tired of looking for older ones, but I do think I have a few.


Xho

Snidely

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:04:23 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 7:40 am, Peter Ward <m...@privacy.net> wrote:
> Kim says...

>
> > The Oscars are on tonight.
>
> <yawn>
>
> [snip]

Well, that's kinda redundant, given the From: line, isn't it?

/dps

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Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:21:30 PM2/27/11
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Cindbear <cind...@phonehome.com> wrote:

>>5. What word can you never remember how to spell?
>

>onamonapia,
Shouldn't that one be spelled the way it sounds?

>followed closely by Gaddafi
Is it possibly to spell that wrong?
(Raven excepted. It's not a challenge.)

Mark Steese

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Kim <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote in
news:ikdp1r$4tl$1...@news.eternal-september.org:

> The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday.
> I'm more excited for the Oscars, of course.
>
> Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I
> guess to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me.
> Does anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more
> desirable to eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to
> one of those places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing
> colors, take up yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm
> hoping they tell Paul some of the same things - his response should be
> about the same as mine was.
>
> Regular Sunday Madness:
>

> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it
> be?

Second-hand books.



> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

It varies according to my mood, but an enchilada platter and a bottle of
cold Negra Modelo is hard to beat.



> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

I saw Inception. It wasn't that great. I have no idea what movie will
win.



> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?
>

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

"Accommodation."



> 6. What is your oldest possession?

I've got a lovely fossil shell embedded in rock - Mickie bought it for
me at a rock shop near Eureka. That's probably it.



> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have
> mismatched pieces from random sets?

Mismatched.



> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Many, many years ago I went on a school trip to the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center to see a ballet based on "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I
hated it.



> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

No and no.



> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that
> no longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you
> forced to abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or
> work-around?

Back in the 90s, when TrueType fonts were still a novelty, I got
obsessed with finding a font package that included Caslon Antique.
Finally finding one in the Dupont Circle Crown Books, I paid way too
much for it, and have cherished it ever since. Imagine my dismay when I
discovered that the software for viewing and installing the fonts
wouldn't install under Windows 7. Imagine my relief when I discovered
that I could get the fonts directly off the CD-ROM without the app.
(Yeah, I'm lame.)
--
"Create"? A slip of the word processor? No. The word signals
Watsonville's belated entry into modern madness where technicians make
promises traditionally reserved for the gods. -Frank Bardacke

Mark Steese

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Mary <mrfea...@a0l.com> wrote in
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> On 2/27/2011 12:01 PM, N Jill Marsh wrote:
>> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
>> <darwinexcepti...@verizon.net> wrote:
>

>>> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan,
>>> The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech,
>>> 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's
>>> Bone. Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?
>>

>> I've only seen Inception, I fervently hope there were better films
>> made this year.
>
> I haven't seen this, but my husband watched the first ten-fifteen
> minutes and didn't finish it. Did ANYONE like it?

A lot of people liked it: the Rotten Tomatoes website shows an 86%
positive response by reviewers and a 93% positive audience response.

I didn't think it was very good, but I liked the characters enough that
I'd be interested in seeing a sequel. It seemed more like the pilot for
a series than a finished work.

> If not, why is it up for an Oscar - is it that technically admirable?

It can't be any worse than that one about the guy who overcomes his
speech impediment. I know the Academy loves movies about cripples
beating the odds, but come *on*.
--
The main house contained a carefully tuned piano at which Harris,
without any previous musical training, could play and thereby invoke his
Lily Queen into "electro-vital form." -Robert Hine

Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:32:06 PM2/27/11
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N Jill Marsh <njm...@gmail.com> wrote:

>>6. What is your oldest possession?
>

>Fossils.

Hmm, I forgot those. A couple of times I've brought friends visiting
Calgary to the Dinosaur museum in Drumheller. There's a little fossil
store I like to visit in Drumheller (not part of the museum). We've
never bought anything, but the last time there the owner recognized
me. He gave me a small coprolite and a piece of an ankle bone from
some generic dinosaur, just to be friendly (and probably to make sure
I keep bringing friends by. Sooner or later one of them will buy that
Tyrannosaur foot for $7000 or some such.

Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:37:38 PM2/27/11
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Xho Jingleheimerschmidt <xho...@gmail.com> wrote:

>> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
>> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?
>
>My birthday suit fits me well enough.

Is that how you got married? My roommate from 1988 said that her
wedding would take place nude on a Hawaii beach that she's named after
(and perhaps conceived on).

I dunno what her Hubby thought of the plan. They've been common-law
for fifteen years or so now. I don't know if there have been any
unofficial celebrations at that beach. No conceptions, at least.

Hmmm. Maybe I shouldn't have looked it up on wikipedia. Apparently
her name means "Thick" in Hawaiian (referring to soil depth in the
nearby valley).

Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:39:37 PM2/27/11
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Jon M <faceo...@omnicast.net> wrote:

>There's this show on one of the science channels -- "Oddities." It's
>about this little shop that sells mummies' hands, monkeys' paws,
>straitjackets, electric chairs. That would be a fun shop to work in.

What was that show from the middle eighties? They took over a curios
shop and discovered that all the objects were cursed. The show
involved chasing down objects that had been previously sold and
recovering them from the unfortunate new owner.

My channels didn't carry it, but it seemed to have a lot of discussion
on the SF group I was reading on Compuserve.

Nick Spalding

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:41:17 PM2/27/11
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Xho Jingleheimerschmidt wrote, in
<4d6abadc$0$24914$ed36...@nr5-q3a.newsreader.com>
on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:01:46 -0800:

My oldest book is my King James Bible printed in MDCCCLXIV.
--
Nick Spalding

huey.c...@gmail.com

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:45:27 PM2/27/11
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Look, you're new here, so we'll cut you some slack, but here's the
thing: this is a quality newsgroup, and as such, we expect a better
quality of troll. If you want to get silently killfiled by most of the
regulars, you're doing pretty well, but if you'd like to really kick up
some noise, you're going to need to write a couple pages of coherent
argument on how an examination of stained-glass windows in historic
eurpoean churches proves that glass flows, or how it's a little-known
fact that Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk's middle name is actually
'Timmy' or something. Hell, just go get any random Jan Brunvand book,
steal a little bit from it, and then post here about this amazing thing
that happened to this one friend of your sister's neighbor.

--
Huey


Rick B.

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Feb 27, 2011, 4:57:11 PM2/27/11
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Greg Goss <go...@gossg.org> wrote in news:8svuk...@mid.individual.net:

> Jon M <faceo...@omnicast.net> wrote:
>
>>There's this show on one of the science channels -- "Oddities." It's
>>about this little shop that sells mummies' hands, monkeys' paws,
>>straitjackets, electric chairs. That would be a fun shop to work in.
>
> What was that show from the middle eighties? They took over a curios
> shop and discovered that all the objects were cursed. The show
> involved chasing down objects that had been previously sold and
> recovering them from the unfortunate new owner.

Friday the 13th (the series):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092357/

Anybody remember a MasterCard (I think) commercial featuring a weird little
store (with a weird owner) called "The Last Place on Earth"? The stuffed
boxing squirrels were a highlight, IIRC.

art...@yahoo.com

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Feb 27, 2011, 5:03:14 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 4:57 pm, "Rick B." <deepst...@sprynet.com.aq> wrote:
> Greg Goss <go...@gossg.org> wrote innews:8svuk...@mid.individual.net:

>
> > Jon M <faceonm...@omnicast.net> wrote:
>
> >>There's this show on one of the science channels -- "Oddities."  It's
> >>about this little shop that sells mummies' hands, monkeys' paws,
> >>straitjackets, electric chairs.  That would be a fun shop to work in.
>
> > What was that show from the middle eighties?  They took over a curios
> > shop and discovered that all the objects were cursed.  The show
> > involved chasing down objects that had been previously sold and
> > recovering them from the unfortunate new owner.
>
> Friday the 13th (the series):http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092357/
>
> Anybody remember a MasterCard (I think) commercial featuring a weird little
> store (with a weird owner) called "The Last Place on Earth"? The stuffed
> boxing squirrels were a highlight, IIRC.

Dunno about that, but I recently read "Heart Shaped Box" By Joe Hill
(Stephen King's Son) in which someone buys a ghost on an E-bay like
site. Big Mistake.....

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Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 5:44:03 PM2/27/11
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Mark Steese <mark_...@yahoo.com> wrote:

>> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?
>
>"Accommodation."

From my mother: "Two cuties and two men came to an accommodation."

Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 5:54:43 PM2/27/11
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ebenZ...@verizon.net (Hactar) wrote:

>> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
>> pieces from random sets?
>

>Matching set. But it's stainless steel, not silver. I don't remember
>if I have any metal in my mouth any more, but when I did silver formed a
>battery using my saliva as an electrolyte, associating the fork (or
>whatever) with a nasty taste.

I don't think of "silverware" as needing silver. I grew up with good
stainless, and I like the "cold" colour better than the slightly
yellow look of silver. My parents started with silverplate before
switching to the good stainless, and the silverplate became the
camping set. The silver always had an odd taste even before I had any
fillings.

Greg Goss

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Feb 27, 2011, 5:58:11 PM2/27/11
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Hannah Fontana <hannahf...@gmail.com> wrote:

>Just what the FUCK does any of this have to do with Cecil Adams?
>
>Listen up people, either get on TOPIC or I'm going to start issuing cancels to clean up this shit.
>
>Get with the program or get the hell out of my news group.

<goss mode=troll-response>
I've been here for fourteen years. Probably three quarters of the
group have been here for more than five.

You're new here. Hang around a while before issuing ultimatums about
what you want to see in "your" newsgroup.<goss mode=0>

Hactar

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Feb 27, 2011, 5:39:06 PM2/27/11
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In article <17hlm6tpvkl7kn9ut...@4ax.com>,

So long ago, they didn't even have a number for the year. Impressive.

--
-eben QebWe...@vTerYizUonI.nOetP http://royalty.mine.nu:81
GEMINI: Your birthday party will be ruined once again by your explosive
flatulence. Your love life will run into trouble when your fiancee hurls
a javelin through your chest. -- Weird Al, _Your Horoscope for Today_

hpjeannie

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:10:53 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 7:02 am, Kim <darwinexceptiontakethis...@verizon.net>
wrote:

> The Oscars are on tonight. Oh - and Paul's birthday is this Friday. I'm
> more excited for the Oscars, of course.

Well, I hope Paul has a happy birthday anyway.

> Paul has an appointment tomorrow at the Pain Management Center. I guess
> to manage his pain - which always seems really foolish, to me. Does
> anyone really *want* to manage their pain? Isn't it more desirable to
> eliminate it, rather than manage it? My doctor sent me to one of those
> places, too. They advised me to paint my walls soothing colors, take up
> yoga and other useless crap that made no sense. I'm hoping they tell
> Paul some of the same things - his response should be about the same as
> mine was.

Actually yoga does help, but not as much as Macallan.

> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Something that makes people happy, like ice cream...but that's awfully
messy. Maybe a candy store, although there are already so many out
there.

> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Pizza and root beer, or burgers and chocolate milk/shake.

> 3. The films nominated for best picture this year are: Black Swan, The
> Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127
> Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3,  True Grit and Winter's Bone.
> Which ones have you seen? What is your pick for best picture?

I have not seen anyof them. In fact, hubby and I just watched "The
Hurt Locker" last night.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

I poured milk in hot chocolate a bit too fast and splooshed it over
the edge of the cup a few days ago.

> 5. What word can you never remember how to spell?

Harass. I always try to put two r's in it, like embarrass.

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

A couple of books from the late 1800's

> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

Silverware almost all matches, as do dishes...it's the glasses and
especially the coffee cups that are mismatching.

> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, yes, and yes.

> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

Still have my wedding dress (my mom made it), but the zipper won't zip
anymore.

> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

After we got rid of daughter's iMac I had to wait a while until they
came out with version of Bugdom for the PC. I also had a great
Mahjongg game on a 5.25" floppy that I forgot to transfer when I got
rid of that PC, and I finally tossed the floppy in a cleanup a couple
of months ago. Still haven't found that particular Mahjongg version,
but I don't miss it too much what with FB games and Full Tilt Poker
(for play money only, of course).

Jeannie

Heather

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:15:44 PM2/27/11
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:16:37 -0600, Mary <mrfea...@a0l.com> wrote:

>On 2/27/2011 9:12 AM, rroger wrote:
>> On Feb 27, 10:02 am, Kim<darwinexceptiontakethis...@verizon.net>


>> wrote:
>>
>>> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?
>>

>> Old fashioned chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a glass of
>> whole milk. BTW if, from a health point of view, one's body allows,
>> the milk MUST be real milk, non of this "silk" stuff. To borrow a line
>> from a Frasier episode, "if it didn't come from a teat or an udder, it
>> isn't milk". Also, if one cares about flavor, the milk MUST BE whole
>> milk!!!
>
>
>Nonsense. Your preferences aren't universal.
>

I think he was simply stating his personal preference as the question
required, albeit rather emphatically.

--
Heather

art...@yahoo.com

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:23:26 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 4:30 pm, Mark Steese <mark_ste...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> It can't be any worse than that one about the guy who overcomes his
> speech impediment. I know the Academy loves movies about cripples
> beating the odds, but come *on*.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12W8Pf3ta1M&feature=featured

hpjeannie

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:33:04 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 10:01 am, N Jill Marsh <njma...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:02:17 -0500, Kim
> >6. What is your oldest possession?
>
> Fossils.

Oop(s), I need to change my answer.

Jeannie

hpjeannie

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:39:16 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 12:07 pm, rroger <raust...@aol.com> wrote:

> On Feb 27, 2:46 pm, Xho Jingleheimerschmidt <xhos...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?
>
> > Milk and popcorn.
>
> No offense but, Yuck!! I'm a theater traditionalist, Coke-a-cola
> classic with popcorn.

I agree about the milk/popcorn yuck. The only time milk and butter
(or anything greasy) go together well is when you're baking. But I
can't drink soda and eat popcorn either...the soda goes too fizzy in
my mouth. I drink water when eating popcorn, so I can swish around to
get the little pieces out of my teeth.

Jeannie

Snidely

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:43:12 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 1:41 pm, Nick Spalding <spald...@iol.ie> wrote:

> My oldest book is my King James Bible printed in MDCCCLXIV.

I have a copy of my great grandfather's grandfather's autobiography,
printed in Cleveland in 1860.

I used to have a page from an illuminated manuscript, bought from one
of those art dealers that would take over the college mess hall for a
day (er, rent out space in The Commons). It, an early edition of
Peter Pan, and unsigned water color by Joe Barberra are things I
should have secured better ... I don't think my dad recognized them as
valuable when he was discarding un-valuable items my mother had
collected.

:: pauses to think about what is ahead for my children ::

/dps

Mary

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:52:10 PM2/27/11
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On 2/27/2011 5:10 PM, hpjeannie wrote:

> Actually yoga does help, but not as much as Macallan.

Sister! In fact, Motto!

Mary

Hactar

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Feb 27, 2011, 6:10:42 PM2/27/11
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In article <8t031m...@mid.individual.net>,

Meybe from the dissimilarity between the plating and the base metal.

--
You can't get a leopard to change his spots... You can explain it care-
fully to the leopard, but it will just sit there lookng at you, knowing
that you are made of meat. After a while it will perhaps kill you.
Geoffrey Pullum, Language Log (2007-01-04)

Veronique

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Feb 27, 2011, 7:29:05 PM2/27/11
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On Feb 27, 3:15 pm, Heather <redboro...@gmail.com> wrote:


It's hard to tell. (I love soymilk.)


V.
--
Veronique Chez Sheep

Charles Wm. Dimmick

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Feb 27, 2011, 7:40:43 PM2/27/11
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On 2/27/2011 10:02 AM, Kim wrote:

> 1. If you could own any kind of a store, what kind of a store would it be?

Assuming that I didn't have to make my living off the profits, probably
a hardware store.


>
> 2. What food and beverage is the perfect combination?

Beer [by which I mean stout or porter] and lentil soup, or beer and
pizza, or beer and beef stew, or beer and American chop suey.

> 4. What is the last thing you spilled?

Oh no! I'm not going to admit to that one on this forum.

> 6. What is your oldest possession?

I have several fossils that are over 400 million years old.


>
> 7. Do you have a matching set of silverware - ro do you have mismatched
> pieces from random sets?

Yes, and yes.


>
> 8. Have you ever been to an Opera? A Ballet? A Rodeo?

Yes, no, yes.


>
> 9. Do you still fit in the dress/suit/outfit that you wore on your
> wedding day? Do you still have that dress/suit/outfit?

No and yes.


>
> 10. Do you have a favorite piece of software or a favorite game that no
> longer runs under a newer operating system you have? Were you forced to
> abandon the game/software, or did you find a replacement or work-around?

I still have the Desktop Taipei game that I acquired at least 20 years
ago, perhaps longer. I had to import a few DLL files to make it continue
to run on XP.

Charles