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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Madeleine's stay in a mental hospital, by the numbers (attention whoring) on: March 04, 2015, 08:17:25 pm
Number of new prescriptions: 1

That's the important thing.  Glad the ordeal was worth it.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy Meteorological Spring 2015!! on: March 04, 2015, 03:20:15 pm
Forecast for Lancaster:



Maybe school will be closed tomorrow!  Smiley
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of peanut butter on: March 03, 2015, 08:20:42 pm
urghhh

(not sure what that word means, really, but I'm assuming that it means, "no thanks, peanut butter is nasty; I'll have the steak instead" so that's how I voted.)
 
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were a member of Congress, would you attend Netanyahu's speech? on: March 03, 2015, 07:38:02 pm
It's a curious double dubious interference isn't it? Bibi getting involved in the American political process, and the Congressional Republicans getting involved in the Israeli election.

It is intriguing, but I suspect you'd attend as well.  You're such a junkie for this stuff.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were a member of Congress, would you attend Netanyahu's speech? on: March 02, 2015, 09:02:08 pm
Definitely.  It's like asking if Ho Chi Minh or Robert Mugabe were coming to make speeches, in their respective epochs.  How could miss that?  In all seriousness, I think that if you're a member of the US congress, you should make it your business to listen to all speeches from all potentially influential people in the world.  I wouldn't hold it against my congressmember if he didn't make it, but I'd not miss it for the world.  I would consider it part of my education as a statesman to observe, first hand, the substance of what Netanyahu is putting out there for public consumption.  
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Radio Host: Congressmen Should Hang 'From A Noose' For Skipping Bibi Speech on: March 02, 2015, 08:21:57 pm
Stupid, stupid people!  No one should be allowed ever to miss a speech from a raving megalomaniac power projectionist zionist racist nut!  Idiots, all of them!  Let's remove them from the gene pool.  Let them pay with their lives!!!

At a minimum, let them be defeated in their next re-election bids since they clearly do not love Israel.  After all, they were elected for the specific purpose of protecting Israel, Netanyahu-style.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 02, 2015, 08:14:24 pm
Former President Carter

haha.  That was my former president as well.  Our conversation was short, maybe ten seconds.  Autograph, handshake, and a greeting.  It was all very quick and perfunctory.  In fact, if he hadn't had such a southern drawl it would have only been five seconds.

8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 02, 2015, 08:05:34 pm
Mitt Romney

Met him too, but he wasn't a current governor or senator at the time so I wasn't counting him.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 02, 2015, 06:37:29 pm
Two sitting governors, one sitting senator, and one former US President. 

10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Retromike's "Fear and Hockey in Las Vegas." on: March 01, 2015, 07:25:58 pm
Larry, Moe, and Curly?  Or Shemp?
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: March 01, 2015, 06:13:31 pm
Becker was hard to take seriously because he was Sam the Bartender.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Bushie Atlas's equivalent of George Costanza? on: March 01, 2015, 12:47:08 pm
No, more like Atlas' equivalent of Bill Dauterive. 
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Retromike's "Fear and Hockey in Las Vegas." on: March 01, 2015, 09:04:18 am
Buffets are good.  Especially Indian ones.  Here's the ad I got at the top of my forum page this forum. 



Slightly more relevant that the advertisements for Russian mail-order brides that I usually see.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Retromike's "Fear and Hockey in Las Vegas." on: February 28, 2015, 08:43:30 pm
haha.  To each his own, I suppose.  Man, I love all the Indian food I've eaten.  Some of it was better than others, but it was all so complex and tasty.  I have a good friend that I see about once every two years, and every time he has us over his wife makes the most wonderful omelettes for breakfast.  Kitchen Sink.  Purple onions, white onions, mushrooms, cilantro, mango bits, the white cheesy substance that Indians like, red pequin chiles, green chiles, and tomatoes--nevermind the Columbian Exchange, or that the tomato wasn't known in India, or that corn wasn't known to the Chinese, or that Chocolate wasn't known to the Belgians, or that potatoes were not known to the Irish, etc., before circa AD1500--her omelettes are the best.  And for lunch, oh, my, the yogurt-encrusted chicken and green chutney and homemade samosas are like Nirvana for the tongue, and the biriani and spinach and beans and all the rest.  Kiss  What a feast!  I could eat it every day!  It is hard, therefore, for me to imagine anyone, especially an Indian, who doesn't like Indian food.  Nevertheless, I do not like Budweiser Beer.  Alas, I am a gringo who doesn't like Budweiser.  Imagine that!  I suppose that there are Frenchmen who do not like Champagne, and Australians who do not like vegemite.  (Actually, I suspect that there are a good many Australians who do not like vegemite, probably a bad example.)  Anyway, I do not like Budweiser, nor do I enjoy Big Macs or Cheese Whiz or Ketchup on french-fried potatoes, and therefore I should accept that there are Indians who do not like Indian food.  I surrender.  Peace.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Retromike's "Fear and Hockey in Las Vegas." on: February 28, 2015, 07:23:07 pm
?!?!?!?!

I sat on a bus next to an Indian dude who wouldn't eat any meat except veal.  It was a hell of a long trip.  Cleveland to Fort Worth.  Nearly 24 hours.  This guy wouldn't eat a steak or a pork chop or a lamb shank, but he'd eat veal.  Seriously, veal. 

I'm assuming that RR1997 is Dravidian.  About 30 percent of the folks from the indian subcontinent are Dravidian.  They are the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka, for example, and the Telugu-speaking people of the South.  They may not like to think of themselves as "white" the way the Hindi and the Bengali and other Indo-Europeans of Northern India do.  Actually, in US, UK, and German atlases they do not show up as Aryan, so it's not necessarily an Indian thing.  Clearly, the Europeans historically don't consider Dravidians "white" either.  Why any of them wouldn't like Northern Indian cuisine I can't imagine.  Maybe RR1997 is just radically anti-Aryan.  Like, I don't like the Hindustani people of Northern India or the Marathi of Goa, therefore I don't like Saag Paneer or Chicken Vindaloo. 

There may also be some animosity.  I know many people from Nanjing.  Most of them who are over 40 won't have anything to do with Nikon, Toyota, or Mitsubishi.  Nevermind that a good camera is a good camera, or a good car is a good car, or a good stereo is a good stereo.  All they can think about is the Rape of Nanjing.  To be sure it was horrific.  Probably the most horrible acts of Man's inhumanity toward Man that had ever occurred to that point.  When they found out that Obama refused to visit Hiroshima they applauded.  That, I can understand.  The reluctance not to even test drive a Toyota I cannot.  Well, I can sort of.  Old prejudices die hard.  I also know a filipino girl who won't eat anything except Chef-Boy-R-Dee Ravioli in a can.  She wants so badly to be "American" and to be accepted by all her American friends that she turns down the savory and hard-prepared meals her mother gives her in favor of partially-hydrogenated cottonseed oil posing as cheese. 

Of course Hockeydude is just being Hockeydude.  He's not bigoted toward Indians of any stripe.  He has deeply-entrenched bigotries, but they include only Republicans and anyone who believes in any religion or gods.  Hindus may be collateral damage, but they aren't the primary target of his anti-religious bigotries, Christians are.   If he genuinely doesn't like Indian food I can only assume that he has some DNA damage, a conclusion that is supported by several other lines of evidence.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are your favorite animals? on: February 28, 2015, 03:55:08 pm
Cows, pigs, chickens, and fish.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DHS Shutting Down on: February 28, 2015, 03:52:17 pm
Excellent News! DHS is an unnecessary department whose necessary roles could be rolled into Defense.

I'd split it between the DOD and the State Department, as appropriate, but otherwise I agree with you.

18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 28, 2015, 08:41:21 am

wow, there's a poll on YouGov.  And it's that same photo.  I realize that this forum is populated by the type of teenage males who obsess over women's clothing, but yougov?  I suppose I'd be in the 7% other, because I still think it's sky blue with olive or copper trim.

Actually, last night I noticed on one of my middle-aged friend's facebook page that she said something like "and by the way, the dress is actually" and then she named some colors.  I forget which colors.  I thought at the time that she was talking about this same photo.  I thought it was an odd thing to put on a facebook page.  One expects this sort of fixation on irrelevant minutiae on Atlas Forum, but The overanalysis of this photo on other channels is starting to get a little creepy.  

People argue about colors, and it's really not worth it.  I *always* refer to the protonated form of litmus as pink, because it is definitely pink in my mind, even though all the textbooks call it "red."  But I don't argue about it.  I just refer to it as pink and move on.  If someone calls it red I know what they're talking about.  Also, I know people with orange hair, and it's definitely orange, even though most folks call that same color "red."  I don't argue about that either, I have just learned that what people mean in that context is orange when they say red.  Red is such an over-used word.  To bad, because it is by far my favorite color.  I have a red backpack, a red mousepad, a red hooded sweatshirt, lots of other red clothes, and although my current car is blue, I've had several red cars and I'd probably have bought this on in red if it came in red.  That hideous dress, even, looks halfway decent when it is red (and when the jacket is left off).

19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 27, 2015, 05:15:53 pm
I don't understand what those people are seeing.

Now you know how the rest of us feel when we witness your enthusiasm for HILLARY 2016

20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Over Under on ODF's new job. on: February 27, 2015, 02:58:59 pm
Can we move this conversation to the Update, please?  I still am not a fan of multiple threads about me.

seconded.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 02:41:20 pm
Zachary Quinto

Really?  You just had to go there in this thread?  That's a bit like mentioning the chick you were doing during your break when you finally get back together with your old girlfriend. 


It's a way of saying only Nimoy can truly be Spock... though I don't hate Quinto in that part, he justseems to be playing a different character... sort of like Steve Carrell's attempt to be Maxwell Smart or Kevin Kline's attempt to be Artemus Gordon.

damn!  I tried to delete that lest it be interpreted in a spirit other than that in which it was intended.  

Actually, I like Zachary Quinto.  He's very sexy and makes a pretty good Vulcan (although obviously his human half comes out a little too much for some people's tastes.)  But yeah it's the same for me:  when I hear the word Spock I only think of the Nimoy version.  
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 27, 2015, 02:19:49 pm
This stupid little thing is actually getting the worst out of people

What?  The worst?  This thread has inspired mention of fluorescence, The Revolution, vaginas, the electromagnetic spectrum, hexadecimal notation, girlfriends, incandescent lighting, and weddings.  True, it's a hideous dress, but any thread that inspires such an eclectic array of important topics is not bringing out the worst in people.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 27, 2015, 02:10:27 pm

"Lace Bodycon Dress" in royal blue.


I originally voted Blue and Gold and I'll stick with that, but I'm not really seeing "royal" blue, which I think of as something like maybe hexadecimal 4160E0.  I'm seeing what I'd call "sky" blue, which I think of as something like hex 7EC0E0.  As for the "gold", I'm seeing something more like a cross between a slightly too ripe verdial olive and a well-oxidized copper pipe, maybe something like hex 927020.  You can play around with color palettes to explore these.  Here's one I googled, for example:

http://www.color-hex.com/color/000000

Start with black and then change the values for RRGGBB, remembering that in hexadecimal notation, the domain runs from 0 through F.  You can either change the values in the URL or in the little query box at the top middle of the page.  There may also be a way to directly input these hex color codes directly in YABB code for coloring text, but I'm not sure how to do it off the top of my head.  I know you can choose "blue" or "pink" or whatever, but there may also a way to do RRGGBB.

 
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 12:38:52 pm
He has passed at 83.

83?  It seems highly illogical.  I think he was already 206 when I was born.  
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Over Under on ODF's new job. on: February 27, 2015, 12:37:06 pm
Three months?!  I'll go with under.  The fact that the actual employee in question isn't willing to commit to a vote yet makes me like those odds even better. 
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