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Don Stockbauer

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Nov 24, 2019, 5:11:18 PM11/24/19
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Here we go again.

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 24, 2019, 5:11:58 PM11/24/19
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You do know that your conversational opponent has a win at any point by being lazy and doing nothing. It's the same as the game of Mornington Crescent; the first player to choose subway stop Mornington Crescent wins. So one may win on demand. All human interaction is a game or has the form of a game. So what's the best strategy? The only way to win is to not play.

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 25, 2019, 10:40:17 AM11/25/19
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That should be "one may win at one's choice."

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 26, 2019, 8:33:09 AM11/26/19
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Or maybe "one may win whenever they want to win ". Is that the case for most of life?

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 27, 2019, 6:12:31 AM11/27/19
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Curiouser and curiouser......

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 28, 2019, 9:43:01 AM11/28/19
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Remember this from some old song?

"Someone will set the spark off , and we will all be blown away."

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 28, 2019, 9:48:06 AM11/28/19
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The Merry Minuet
Song by The Kingston Trio

They're rioting in Africa
They're starving in Spain
There's hurricanes in Florida
And Texas needs rain
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls
The french hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch
And I don't like anybody very much!!

But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud
For man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off
And we will all be blown away!!

They're rioting in Africa
There's strife in Iran
What nature doesn't so to us
Will be done by our fellow man
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Sheldon Harnick / Sheldon M. Harnick
The Merry Minuet lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 28, 2019, 9:17:19 PM11/28/19
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I remember my brothers playing that song.

so what do you do if you have no family in town and it's Thanksgiving?

Whataburger

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 30, 2019, 12:23:28 AM11/30/19
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Actually your conversational opponent (or partner, if you will) doesn't have a win if they walk;
it's a lose-lose. Unless maybe if the relationship was abusive.

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 30, 2019, 12:29:31 AM11/30/19
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Watching the movie "Untamed Heart"; very good:

Don Stockbauer

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Nov 30, 2019, 8:47:14 AM11/30/19
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Donating platelets today.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 1, 2019, 12:57:16 AM12/1/19
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So tonight's movie is "great balls of fire , the Jerry Lee Lewis story" . I can only get four stations with my over the air antenna , one of them Hispanic. Have you ever had to listen to someone talk about their personal life and you think yourself "who cares?"

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 1, 2019, 5:47:36 PM12/1/19
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So, science fiction has the concept of alternate reality . well , couldn't that just as well be called wishful thinking or daydreaming or an
LSD hallucinogenic induced state ? do you want to read stories where absolutely anything is possible? Where are you wake up in the morning and you have three heads?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 2, 2019, 9:43:16 AM12/2/19
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The weird thing about the global brain is that as it forms no one realizes it since we're all at a much lower level than it is

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 3, 2019, 10:08:26 AM12/3/19
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It's easy to say crap, isn't it?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 3, 2019, 10:20:14 AM12/3/19
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There are a lot of mathematical trap door functions . it's easy to generate two large prime numbers and multiply them to obtain a composite but it's hard to take that result and factor it back into the two large prime numbers . But the thing is life is full of such examples . It's very hard to create a human relationship but it's very easy to destroy it. It's a lot easier to create plutonium and spread it throughout the environment than to clean it up.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 3, 2019, 11:06:31 AM12/3/19
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Life is an immensely complex game which we're all forced to play if we want to stay alive.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 3, 2019, 4:21:40 PM12/3/19
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I used to think that if the earth were flat you could travel to the edge and that would prove it because you would see all these fantastic edge affects inconsistent with a spherical earth . but then someone pointed out there's a simple way out of that ,assume the earth's surface is a flat plane extending to infinity . that doesn't help much with the fact that the earth's surface is curved as evidenced by ships sailing around the curve and spacecraft in orbit but it does get around the earth having an edge.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 4, 2019, 3:33:37 PM12/4/19
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effects

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 5, 2019, 9:37:59 AM12/5/19
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You can't say it with words, you can't say it without words.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 5, 2019, 5:03:43 PM12/5/19
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Now that my divorce is final kinda been shopping around for a nice lady to go out with . had success with one last night , we drove out to the beach and I was trying to think of some song lyrics to sing her , to put her at ease and everything so I thought of these lyrics from the song "We've got to get out of this place " by the Animals:

"Now my girl, you're so young and pretty.
And one thing I know is true.
You'll be dead before your time is due, I know"

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 6, 2019, 10:06:11 AM12/6/19
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With so many possible statements able to be printed here how can any one of them make any difference?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 7, 2019, 12:33:17 AM12/7/19
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It's discouraging when you lose an observation due to not being able to find necessary equipment.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 7, 2019, 8:47:08 AM12/7/19
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Is talking to yourself a sign of old age?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 8, 2019, 12:35:25 AM12/8/19
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Will the Internet eventually be nothing but one huge scam?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 8, 2019, 10:09:07 AM12/8/19
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When I was in school I was told that humans are basically good with a tendency toward evil. What I've found is that people are game players.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 8, 2019, 10:10:06 AM12/8/19
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The games may be deadly serious, but they're still games.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 8, 2019, 11:38:15 PM12/8/19
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And then I called up the captain,
I said "Please bring me my wine."
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."

What happened in 1969? Was it some kind of landing?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 9, 2019, 11:36:03 PM12/9/19
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A very merry Christmas,
and a happy New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one,
without any fear.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 10, 2019, 8:48:29 AM12/10/19
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If someone determinedly decides to throw you away forever there is nothing you can do on the face of the Earth
to get them back. You could have a rare blood type and only you could save their life and they will still reject you.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 11, 2019, 10:48:00 PM12/11/19
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Maybe "determinedly" can be deleted . is that even a word?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 12, 2019, 8:15:57 AM12/12/19
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Relationships proceed from being friendly to arguing to one or other of the persons never speaking to the other again.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 12, 2019, 10:04:50 PM12/12/19
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If at first you don't succeed, give up. Don't make a durn fool out of yourself.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 13, 2019, 9:25:58 AM12/13/19
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Your life is a lot easier if you get into the habit of not answering people rather than answering them.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 14, 2019, 10:13:03 AM12/14/19
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Aren't there a lot of things we could do, but we don't?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 14, 2019, 2:57:37 PM12/14/19
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Aren't there a lot of statements that are self-evident? Like this one?(self-reference).

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 14, 2019, 3:00:17 PM12/14/19
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Maybe that should be "Like that one"?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 14, 2019, 4:13:40 PM12/14/19
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I was thinking of a plan,
to dye my whiskers green.
then always use so large a fan,
that they might not be seen.

applies to the ether , right?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 14, 2019, 11:15:07 PM12/14/19
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aether??????

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 14, 2019, 11:18:39 PM12/14/19
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Couldn't NASA have found a better word than "abort" for discontinuing a process. I mean , God , there are women out there that are reminded of a very bad experience from that word . Why not "cancel" or "discontinue"?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 15, 2019, 8:18:07 PM12/15/19
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Ramanujan was known for his intuition theorems ; basically they came to him by intuition , they were usually right but sometimes not. So you wonder are there people out there that have intuitions about the rest of the universe besides mathematics and that they're mostly right but occasionally wrong . would you want to trust what such a person says?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 15, 2019, 11:59:45 PM12/15/19
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Gus Richter used to tell me that once a person gets a television set they don't get any useful work done anymore. I think that can be extended to the present. Once a person gets connected to the Internet they don't get any useful work done.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 16, 2019, 12:13:32 AM12/16/19
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Dreamer.
You're nothing but a dreamer.
But can you put your hands in your head, oh no!

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 16, 2019, 4:40:55 AM12/16/19
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You can't leave me ; we're friends forever.

If you're going to be like that , I'm leaving right now.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 16, 2019, 4:54:18 AM12/16/19
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When there's no one left to leave you
even you don't quite believe you
that's when nothing can deceive you

well that may be true but you can conjure up a lot of deception in your head without the help of external factors.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 16, 2019, 9:36:07 AM12/16/19
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Gus Richter also once said "I'm an old man. I'm glad I'm going to die soon because
the government is just getting out of hand."

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 16, 2019, 9:50:51 AM12/16/19
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Reagan used to rant and rail against the government. So he was ranting and railing against himself. that's healthy. it's nice to see some self-disparagement every now and then. it's good for you. it's good for other people's perception of you.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 16, 2019, 6:47:55 PM12/16/19
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Oh my . I didn't want the word self-disparagement. I wanted self-deprecation. people are gonna think I'm not edjumacated. well there's never any feedback here so I have to catch my own mistakes.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 17, 2019, 8:36:41 AM12/17/19
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Friendship
arguing
dissociation

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 17, 2019, 2:01:28 PM12/17/19
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Human relationships are like those between molecules of a gas. If two molecules join they will remain together until forces break them apart and then the two will return to the general population. The chance of the two humans joining back up who have separated is about the same as those two separated molecules coming back together ,which is negligibly small.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 17, 2019, 2:05:04 PM12/17/19
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Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colors from our sight.
Red is gray and yellow white ,
Yet we decide which is right,
And which is an illusion.

Didn't write "allusion" this time,
heuristics are kicking in.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 19, 2019, 8:08:11 PM12/19/19
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Is the majority whip into S&M?????

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 19, 2019, 8:11:29 PM12/19/19
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Seems like the Democrats and Republicans cancel each other out and nothing gets achieved.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 20, 2019, 3:00:24 AM12/20/19
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If the Christ and the antichrist meet and shake hands , will it be a big explosion?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 20, 2019, 3:03:09 AM12/20/19
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Douglas once stated that sometimes it is more intelligent for a system to Joots rather than keep on trying in vain to succeed . can that be said about civilization itself?

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 20, 2019, 9:59:25 PM12/20/19
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There's a Starman waiting in the sky.

He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 20, 2019, 10:01:54 PM12/20/19
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Did you ever think that humanity would transcend itself by merely inventing a few electronic devices enabling global person to person communication.

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 21, 2019, 9:32:57 AM12/21/19
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So we've gone from SETI to CETI. From search to actual communication with ET.
I wonder if we'll start comparing equipment. Will we get messages like "You have that pathetic radio telescope in China? Let us describe what we have!"

Don Stockbauer

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Dec 21, 2019, 9:34:04 AM12/21/19