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  1. Vcore89

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    Well, I hope your metabolism still does it for you. Or else, you're going to need to unleash those Fischers in your bag for hours on end!;)
     
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    At one point, the sun never set over the Spanish Empire. The same can be said about @sureshs's buttocks, by the way.

    At least if you consider both hemispheres. ;)
     
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    British Empire, and they were the ones that unleashed the epick that became sureshs.:p
     
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    The Spanish Inquisition would never have the guts to shine a light on either/or both hemispheres.:D
     
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    There are three hemispheres, silly ! You have to count the bellisphere, too. But then, an astute observer with a powerful enough telescope who points it further north will notice two more, so that takes the total to five. That is why it is known as the Quintet.

    Or the Quintessence of The Poobah.

    The sun may never set on the Quintet, but they certainly do block out all the light for half the Solar system.
     
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    The Spanish Inquisitors, had they been inquisitive enough, would have used probes, not lights, to facilitate their incestuous inquest into the Poobah's intestines.

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    There is a much larger sphere above your quintet. Unlike the Cyclops, it has two eyes that look out at us from behind his designer sunglasses. This makes it The Sextetessence of Sureshs, a pictorial of Assanas assumed by our icon in his other classic, The Kama Poobtra, a manual for the procreation of the Poobian race.:p
     
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    I'm pretty sure the Spanish Empire came first though. The British Empire came between the Spanish Empire and the Sureshsian Empire. ;)
     
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    Not without Father Karras to perform an exorcism!

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    Sureshs has more hemispheres than Baskin Robbins! :eek:

    ;)
     
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    Kama Poobtra? LOL.

    Any position whose first step is to put a bed in a trailer bed makes me weary. :eek:

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    Roberto's in Solana Beach offered the "Golf Cart Driver's Afternoon Tea Special" last November.
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    Do not share this info and these photos with sureshs for fear of nuclear meltdown in beautiful San Diego.:p
     
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    I just bought a pound of York Peppermint Patties on sale after the holidays for $3.99...they come in two rather large half-pound patties!:D
     
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    :p:D
     
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    It is rainy here and I shopped at a Trader Joe's this evening wearing Adidas tennis warm-ups and shoes. The check-out person called me Run-D.M.C. with a smile.
     
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    Today evening I wore just a full-sleeve t-shirt for my run. It was warm. Usually the first week of January is freezing. We've hardly had winter this year. Unless there are still some surprises coming up.

    It's almost 8 pm and it's 20C / 68F. It should have been below 10.
     
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    I have now eaten about half of my first sureshsian sized Peppermint Patty...goes great with the morning coffee and must have helped with the equally sureshsian sized porcelain throne output.:eek:
     
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    ^^^
    What is a "Peppermint Patty"? Is this a euphemism?
     
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    Usually snowing heavily in Japan during our annual retreat but this year I am still clutching my coat.:mad:
     
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    It's a dark chocolate covered peppermint filled candy, usually much smaller than the half-pound Xmas patty I bought (two in the package for a total weight of one pound). It's made by York and comes in a pretty silver foil package. Yum yum!
     
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    Wow ! I thought Peppermint Patty was the name of a character in the Peanuts comic strip.

    I think i'll brew myself a cuppa coffee now (instant, hehe ... *shame*)
     
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    She is a Peanuts character but York has made that candy pattie since 1940, long before Charles Schulz created the character in 1966.
     
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    I had some excellent chocolate icecream (Bavarian Chocolate) at the nearby Baskin Robbins recently. BR has really improved since i last visited them some six years back. We got back a tub of Belgian Bliss but that wasn't as good). I intend going back on the 31st and trying out another flavor and perhaps buying a couple slices of icecream cake. They have 31% off on the 31st.

    The single scoop I had was frightfully expensive but worth every lick.
     
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    Peppermint Patty is also the name of a 2nd tier middle aged stripper that works in a low level joint near the LAX airport. ;)
     
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    How many dollar bills did you stuff in her garter belt???:p
     
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    http://www.wsj.com/articles/eric-metaxas-science-increasingly-makes-the-case-for-god-1419544568


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    The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?

    Dec. 25, 2014 4:56 p.m. ET

    In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

    Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 27 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.

    With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researchers have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.

    What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.

    Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: “In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put excessive euphoria to rest . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”

    As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Probability said that even we shouldn’t be here.

    Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life—every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart. Without a massive planet like Jupiter nearby, whose gravity will draw away asteroids, a thousand times as many would hit Earth’s surface. The odds against life in the universe are simply astonishing.

    Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?

    There’s more. The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the “strong” and “weak” nuclear forces—were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.

    Multiply that single parameter by all the other necessary conditions, and the odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?

    Fred Hoyle, the astronomer who coined the term “big bang,” said that his atheism was “greatly shaken” at these developments. He later wrote that “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology . . . . The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

    Theoretical physicist Paul Davies has said that “the appearance of design is overwhelming” and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox has said “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator . . . gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”


    The greatest miracle of all time, without any close seconds, is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles, one that ineluctably points with the combined brightness of every star to something—or Someone—beyond itself.

    Mr. Metaxas is the author, most recently, of “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life” ( Dutton Adult, 2014).

    Correction

    An earlier version understated the number of zeroes in an octillion and a septillion.
     
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  29. Mike Bulgakov

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    I had lunch at an AYCE Indian buffet in San Mateo.
     
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    That's far enough away from San Poobiego for them to survive with an AYCE offering.:p
     
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    I stuck a roll of quarters. ;)
     
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    You couldda swipe your plastic between the hump.:D
     
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    The best coaching move Brad Gilbert ever made was getting Roddick to lose the visor.
     
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    This might be the last post I'll ever make as my head chef will probably murder me tomorrow...
     
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    You may need another scan of your skull then?:D
     
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    Did you decide to replace the pickled herring with surströmming? Should I contact the Swedish police?
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    48+ hours later, still haven't been murdered (Or actually, I've been off these two days). Probably a good thing that my head chef and my father are such good friends then...

    On an unrelated (and probably similarly useless) note, I'm also happy to report that my alcohol consumption has dropped off sharply these past couple of weeks. Believe it or not, non-alcoholic beer is actually quite good.
     
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    Once again watching this video, very inspiring ... Joy Johnson who ran 47 marathons ... started running at 59.

    "They shall run and not be weary."

    Thanks, @stringertom for mailing this to me, i've downloaded it so i can see it every now and then.
    This means I have to run marathons after all.

     
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    You mean there were leftovers ........ from Pelvis Poobsley's visit ?
     
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    It is a very nice buffet featuring Northern Indian cuisine, almost entirely vegetarian. They are still in business due to the "San Diego Bageler Early Warning System." If he leaves San Diego before sunrise and beats the L.A. traffic, speeds down the I-5 only stopping for gas, and then arrives in San Mateo, once again beating rush hour traffic, seven hours is a reasonable time for the buffet trip.

    Fortunately for the Indian buffet in question, the Bageler closes down AYCE buffets all along the way, and the trip takes weeks. They are notified of the looming visit and hire security before he arrives.
     
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    "only stopping for gas". I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what that means.

    He just needs to roll down the window and let go, no ?
     
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    Given Jack Sock's new tradition after winning a match, I'm glad his name isn't Jack Jockstrap
     
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    I'm also happy Steve does not with every victory prove he has a Johnson!:p
     
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    Johnson & Johnson sure have products for a smoother, shinier and silkier pneumatic johnson, no?:D
     
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    Anthony Bosch, whose Florida clinic was at the heart of a baseball doping scandal, receives a reduction in his prison sentence. Photo: AFP.

    Anthony Bosch, whose Florida clinic was at the heart of a Major League Baseball doping scandal that led to a lengthy ban for star Alex Rodriguez, had his prison sentence reduced on Thursday. The four-year sentence imposed on Biogenesis founder Bosch was trimmed by 16 months to two years and eight months by US District Judge Darrin Gayles, granting a request by prosecutors because of cooperation by Bosch.

    Bosch revealed major evidence against four others in the Biogenesis scandal, linking records and e-mails to subjects in a case that produced eight convictions. Bosch, 52, pleaded guilty of conspiracy to distribute testosterone in 2014.

    Evidence showed Bosch took money to provide steroids to such baseball stars as Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and New York Yankees standout Rodriguez, leading to 14 suspensions but no criminal charges. Rodriguez was banned for the entire 2014 campaign, the toughest suspension of all and in part because he took steps to impede a Major League Baseball investigation into the Biogenesis scandal.
     
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    While Lleyton is at least worth a duck!

    No luck for Rafa though. I bet he is already looking forward to Roland Garros.

    :D
     
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    I am officially on Melbourne time...woke up at 7pm local time, Wednesday morning at AO after that marathon Tabascoing of The Dull.:p
     

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