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  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    I am watching hockey, while snacking on slightly cooked vegetables in a dip, including beets and carrots. This reminds me of a conversation that I once had with Elvis Costello at a festival in Golden Gate Park, where we discussed the difference between nicely-cooked carrots and the raw carrots offered to him.
     
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    I never knew Math could be useful until now.

    "If Marloes Horst's left nipple is traveling from Rome to Paris at a speed of 75 Kilometres per hour, and she has 2 friends (one of whom has triple polymastia), how many minutes can Mike Bulgakov spend on each nipple, if Sureshs boards the train in Lyon and the train slows down from that point on to a speed of 47 Kilometres per hour?"
     
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    Garbine kept her end of the deal. Let's hope Muzzia can follow suit tomorrow by beating Mr. Robotic.
     
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    Djokovic can wrestle either the Wimby or USO title from old man Rodge for a neat dozen [or 13th slam] but RG 2016 [and possibly AO 2017] belongs to Murray.
     
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    Do the Sureshsian nipples enter the mathematical equation?
     
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    Sureshs doesn't have nipples. They are useless on a male and we all know there can be nothing useless about the Poobs.:eek:
     
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    My my...Novak is the man! Bravo!
     
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    Chico and The Man, Part 2
     
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    Um, did the man just shine in reflected glory (as Mats Wilander say, No Nads No Glory!)?:oops: Now I'm mad at Murray dismantling Stan The Man, only to succumb to the Serbinator.
     
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    Only 2 slams away from Nadal and 5 from Federer.

    This sucks.
     
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    He is only halfway to SexiRogi (24 vs 12). Blatant disrespect of The Real Slam. Reported for your Sureshsian treason.:eek:
     
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    Isn't it true that Djokovic hasn't even won TRS? :eek:
     
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    He even decided to try a bagel from the SexiSwissBaker during one of his final fails. Smootherer must have been so proud of his thinnerer clone that day!:p:D
     
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    Quite frankly, and the free ride winner is: Boom Boom Becker! Way to go!
     
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    Just remember, people thought Rafa was definitely going to overhaul Fed in no time and yet it was a bridge too far, still is. Just like Serena trying to equal Steffi--stuck at 21.
     
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    cornucopian - A cornucopian is a futurist who believes that continued progress and provision of material items for mankind can be met by similarly continued advances in technology. Fundamentally they believe that there is enough matter and energy on the Earth to provide for the population of the world.
    Looking further into the future they posit that the abundance of matter and energy in space would appear to give humanity almost unlimited room for growth.
     
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    1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, think how big Sureshs could be!:eek:
     
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    The Pollyanna principle (also called Pollyannaism or positivity bias) is the tendency for people to remember pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant ones.[1] Research[citation needed] indicates that, at the subconscious level, the mind has a tendency to focus on the optimistic while, at the conscious level, it has a tendency to focus on the negative. This subconscious bias towards the positive is often described as the Pollyanna principle.
     
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    The Poobyanna principle is widely regarded as the only way to maintain one's sanity inside The Vortex.
     
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    Where will Judge Persky vacation for the rest of his life on an expense account paid by Brock Turner's wealthy family???

    I hear the Maldives are absolutely beautiful but I would head to Italy's northern Lakes District...Como gets all the attention but Garda is quite beautiful and quiet enough to weigh the guilt of your conscience for sale.
     
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    After two years, it'll be tabula rasa for Maria Sharapova!
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    Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon due to wrist injury
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    Truly useless information!
     
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    Andy reunites with Lendl. Becker mustn't be happy.
     
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    Watching the ongoing local TV coverage of The Massacre in Orlando, I have shopped at a bicycle shop many times that is located at the busy intersection where Pulse nightclub is located.
     
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    About time someone started a thread so people could discuss the event.
     
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    Light Pollution Masks the Milky Way for a Third of the World’s Population

    By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR JUNE 10, 2016

    Stargazers from around the globe gathered at the Grand Canyon this week to gander upon our galaxy’s grandeur. The national park is hosting its annual star party, an eight-night event inviting the public to observe the heavens free from blinding city lights and street lamps.

    “As the sky gets darker after sunset you start to notice something on the eastern horizon that at first you think are storm clouds,” said John Barentine, an astronomer and program manager at the International Dark-Sky Association, a nonprofit group that raises awareness to light pollution. “Then as it gets darker you realize they aren’t clouds in our atmosphere, but they are glowing clouds of stars.”

    What he and thousands of visitors witnessed was a sight hidden to many: The Milky Way.

    “One third of humanity cannot see the Milky Way,” said Fabio Falchi a researcher from the nonprofit organization the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute in Italy. “It is the first time in human history that we have lost the direct contact with the night sky.”

    Mr. Falchi and a cohort of dark-night knights have spent the last year creating an interactive world atlas that shows the global effect of artificial light on how most of us see the sky after the sun sets. They released the map to the public on Friday in the journal Science Advances. The new atlas is an improved version of their original one, which was released in 2001.

    By comparing the brightness atlas with population density maps, the team found that light pollution affects 80 percent of the world’s population, and that two out of three Europeans and four out of five Americans live in areas where light masks the Milky Way.

    The hearts of major cities like London, Las Vegas and Tokyo are white hot on the atlas, while their neighboring suburbs are covered in splotches of orange, red, magenta and pink. Places like the Grand Canyon and most of Africa and Australia are colored in black, gray and dark blue.

    “It demonstrates just how far lights from large metropolitan areas spread through the atmosphere,” said Dan M. Duriscoe, a physical scientist from the National Park Service, who contributed to the atlas. “Observers on the ground hundreds of kilometers away are still under the influence of that light."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/11/science/milky-way-light-pollution-dark-skies.htm
     
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    Alligator drags two-year-old boy into lagoon at Disney World resort in Florida
    Search under way at Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando after father battled with animal to try and rescue his son

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    Wednesday 15 June 2016 12.26 BST Last modified on Wednesday 15 June 2016 13.04 BS
     
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    Bad things have come to Orlando in threes this past week.:(
     
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    Tea can be quite enjoyable.
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    It's a tragedy.:(
     
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    A desperate search for their toddler son, who was snatched by an alligator off the shore of a lake at a Disney resort, ended when divers found the two-year-old's body in murky water.

    The nightmare at the Disney World complex is the latest horror to hit the central Florida vacation town of Orlando, which is still reeling from Sunday's massacre at a gay nightclub in which 49 people were killed.

    Walt Disney World said it has shut down all of its Florida resort beaches and marinas out of precaution after the incident – the first such death in its 45-year history.

    The boy's father tried frantically to save him after the attack on Tuesday night at a lakeside beach at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, but could not pry the toddler from the gator's grasp.

    Sheriff Jerry Demings said the toddler most likely drowned. The body was found just 10 or 15 metres from where he was taken, about 1.8 metres deep, the sheriff said.

    The gator struck as the child was playing in less than half a metre of water at the Seven Seas Lagoon outside the Grand Floridian, which is right across the lake from the Magic Kingdom.

    The lagoon is man-made but connected to a natural lake. And alligators – common to Florida – can travel over land. Both help explain why there were gators in the body of water.

    The boy's father fought the alligator – estimated to be between 1.2-2.1 metres long, according to reports – but the animal and child disappeared underwater, officials said.

    The Grand Floridian is part of the massive Disney resort complex that includes several theme parks, water parks, hotels and golf courses.
     
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    Philadelphia slaps tax on sugary drinks.
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    Roger Federer stunned by the next Roger Federer in the form of 19 year-old Alexander Zverev.

    Looks like Zverev and Thiem are the next big thing. :cool:

    Then, there's diva Kyrgios and prima donna Tomic.:D
     
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    Jimmy Page testifies Stairway to Heaven chord sequence 'been around forever'

    Guitarist Jimmy Page testified Thursday he could not identify the musical elements of the sheet music for the Spirit song Taurus that he is accused of lifting for the intro to Led Kikilin’s Stairway to Heaven.

    The estate of Spirit’s founder, the late Randy Wolfe, claims Kiki Zeppelin violated the song’s copyright.

    Before concluding his testimony, Page was played Chim Chim Cher-ee from the movie Mary Poppins and was asked if it was the inspiration for Stairway.

    He smiled as it was played and said he was familiar with the ditty but it wasn’t his inspiration.

    “I think I have said that the chord sequence is very similar because that chord sequence has been around for ever,” he said.

    In testimony, Page said that early in Led Zeppelban’s career the band played a medley that borrowed a riff from Spirit. Fresh Garbage from Spirit’s debut album was woven into the jam, As Long as I Have You, with its cycle of notes repeated again and again.

    “We played it from day one,” Page testified. “That was part of a staple diet.”

    While the minor hit for Spirit found its way into the band’s early set list, Page said he was unaware of an instrumental from the same album that he is now accused of lifting for the intro to Banned Zeppelin’s 1971 hit, Stairway to Heaven.

    The estate of Spirit’s late guitarist, Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, contends that the famous descending-chord progression that softly begins the crescendo-building Stairway was lifted from Wolfe’s Taurus, which was released a few years earlier.

    Kiki Zeppelin has settled several similar copyright disputes over hit songs, though Stairway to Heaven has generated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years and could provide a windfall if Wolfe’s estate prevails.

    Page claimed he did not even know he owned Spirit’s self-titled first album until a son-in-law told him comparisons between the tunes were popping up online and he unearthed it in his collection of 10,000 records and CDs. He said he only knew Fresh Garbage from hearing it on the radio.

    “Something like that would stick in my mind,” Page told the eight jurors in Los Angeles federal court. “It was totally alien to me.”

    Attorney Steven Weinberg, a music copyright lawyer who is watching the case but not involved in it, said he found Page charming, confident and well prepared, though not entirely credible in his denial of ever hearing Spirit’s first album.

    The use of Fresh Garbage in the band’s earliest days lends credibility to the idea that Page and singer Robert Plant liked the band enough to probably know more of its work.

    While musical experts not involved in the case have said the two songs are similar, they have also said the sequence is common and has appeared in other pieces from even centuries ago.

    Perhaps a larger hurdle for the plaintiffs is that the jury must find the recording of Stairway substantially similar to the sheet music for the song because that is what is filed with the US Copyright Office. Videos played in court of other musicians playing the sheet music differ significantly from the recorded version of Taurus.

    Page acknowledged that he liked Spirit and had played their second album, which contained the band’s biggest hit, I Got a Line on You, many times.

    In answers that sometimes strayed from the scope of the question, Page told of learning to play guitar 60 years ago when he was 12.

    He was hired as a studio musician at 17 – seven years junior to the next oldest musician – because he said he understood what younger artists were playing and could supply blues or rock riffs, a talent that put some older guitarists out of work.

    Plaintiff’s attorney Francis Malofiy, who had called Page to the stand as a hostile witness, asked if he had a gift with the guitar.

    Page, one of rock’s guitar greats, paused for a long moment and finally said, “Well, yeah.” The gallery erupted with laughter at the understatement.

    Malofiy cited an interview in which Page was quoted saying Spirit’s music struck him on an emotional level. Page said he didn’t remember saying that.
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2...ed-zeppelin-copyright-trial-chord-progression
     
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    Jimmy Plaigearist's denials are laughable...Spirit and Led Plagiarist were on the same bill at numerous gigs and knew each other's works thoroughly as a result.

    <3 the "Kiki Zeppelin" reference in paragraph 10. Can I get a royalty check for your use?:cool:
     
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    Very happy that I managed to stay sober for six days. I may be drunk now but it's still a big step forward.
     
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    I ordered a Japan Rail Pass online. It is sent via FedEx from Paris to London then to the Far East. Lolololol.
     
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    I hope you enjoy your trip. I have spent a air amount of time in Tokyo, but never really traveled around Japan. The Japan Rail Pass is something I might try in the future.
     
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    You spent "a air amount of time in Tokyo" but rail-ly traveled around Japan???:cool:
     
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    Disney likely has FL judges and politicians in their pocket, will never get to a jury, 10mil payout tops.
     
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    A round number payout is only accorded to the big boys. A regular Joe? $950k or $2.75m, something like that, oddly enough...
     
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    Likely? It's less likely the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Or Putin eats caviar daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.:eek:
     
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