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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by forzainter, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Rock Strongo

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    My (*) speck brand cover has saved my dinosaur iPhone3G many times in its service.

    Not so useless info...Seward's purchase of Alaska in 1867 cost $7million. Even with inflation, most pro sports franchises cost much more, provide less entertaining options and do nothing to furnish our neverending thirst for energy products. The dude had vision but was mocked for "Seward's Folly" and "The White House Icebox". The purchase passed in Congress by a single vote! Can you imagine how tense the Cold War would have been if the buy hadn't been authorized or the czar had not sold? Also, the last few years would have been much less amusing without Sarah "I Can See Russia" Palin!:twisted:
     
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    Very true. It's interesting how certain historical events shape the future. Great purchase!
     
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    Which...my (*) speck or that minor real estate deal???:twisted:

    BTW, love that T Mobile ad featuring the SNL cast member having a bloody bout answering his battered mobile device!

    USO viewing now...thumbs up for Stan's Swiss flag outfit, thumbs down on BaggyBeard. Thumbs up for showing Bryan Bros.!
     
  6. borg number one

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    Ha Ha..Both stringertom. No problem. Good thread idea. Thank you. That would be a real nice story for those guys.
     
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    Tried to start a new thread, composed the OP and hit "submit"...the site crashed before transmission (server failed)...probably wasn't worth our time as it was about old news I just caught up on...homeless panhandler now $190,000 in the plus simply by returning a misplaced engagement ring dropped in his "tip" jar. Made me feel good for a few minutes this AM!
     
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    I was wondering what kept causing the ground to shake.
     
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    "Summer, Highland Falls...an ode to bipolarity. Oh, the "sadness and euphoria" you have written about, Mr. Joel!
     
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    Murray's feet are a glaring bipolarity...pony up a few quid for some black socks to go with the shoes!

    Meanwhile, Lendl all covered in white with the dark shades...looks like The Gangsta Pope!
     
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    Labor Day "labor of love"...bathing my two Cocker Spaniels old school method...metal tub in the yard and a hose rinse. Woof woof!
     
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    My beloved strays love water. They love puddles, lying in them, running through them...

    Must upload some recent pics.
     
  13. borg number one

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    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130514-dogs-domestication-humans-genome-science/

     
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    http://www.usopen.org/en_US/about/history/history.html

    http://www.usopen.org/en_US/about/history/years.html

     
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    Nice article on dog and human genome.

    I think the evolution from monkeys to humans was due to us being enslaved by dogs. They first got us down from trees and then into large kennels. Then some of our canine overlords even moved in with us to manipulate us closely.
     
  16. borg number one

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    Ha Ha, very possible Sentinel! Glad you liked the article. I just knew dogs were so well suited to be with us humans. Thanks. By the way, what did you think of the movie Oblivion?
     
  17. Mike Bulgakov

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    The original formulae for Coca Cola and 7Up contained cocaine and lithium respectively...What a bunch of druggies back in the early 20th century!!!:twisted:
     
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    Can't wait for the film version...who will play the lead?

    Good luck, Rock!
     
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    Okay.

    Oblivion certainly had me thinking. I've always been foxed and fascinated by this very aspect of the contents of the mind (and memory). What if someone changes the contents without your knowing ? How do verify the contents in the first place. Too many things to put down in a post.

    Many posters said it was their fave movie of the year (in the movies thread). Moon also had something similar.
     
  22. borg number one

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    Absolutely Sentinel. It sounds like some of our discussions in our college philosophy classes or when just sitting around and contemplating things...Suppose there was a dog getting a soap bath but one of the bubbles in essence contained "the universe"..how would we know??? It's really endless, like the question..suppose that this is ALL just an illusion and everything in this room is merely an illusion and the only "real" things are the "souls" in the room..etc. I agree with you regarding Oblivion. Well done and it was thought provoking, but basically not quite 2001: A Space Odyssey for me at least. Thanks.
     
  23. borg number one

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    Good Luck Rock Strongo with the new job!

    See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-mexico-size-volcano-discovered-in-the-depths-of-the-pacific-ocean/2013/09/06/2bcf3ed0-1713-11e3-be6e-dc6ae8a5b3a8_story.html

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  24. Rock Strongo

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    [SCENE MISSING]

    I'm just lost.
     
  25. Sentinel

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    You have only your mind to verify and this is the same mind that gives you dreams each night, which seem absolutely real and consistent, until you wake up.
    When you practice abiding in silence(*), you realize that something is going on. Then it is no longer philosophy or pondering but an actual "digging in".
    (* in the feeling of being, for this is the only thing one does know for sure).
     
  26. Sentinel

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    borg, today is the doubles final with Paes/Stepanek. Will you be watching it ?

    It's before the women's final. They will definitely telecast it in India.
     
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    Yes, for sure. They are playing some great doubles. I thought the Bryan Brothers would win, but they have been playing very well. Enjoy the rest of the U.S. Open.
     
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    The mind controls all those senses that allow us to perceive, but there seems to be an awareness separate from only sensory perception right? That "sixth sense". Stilling the mind can be so worthwhile. It's interesting to contemplate nothingness, with silence, and then perhaps contemplate that which is timeless, omnipotent, omnipresent, beyond space and beyond form. Obviously, we all tend to utilize only a small fraction of our full potential in many respects. Yet, we can keep striving.
     
  29. stringertom

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    Two oddities from the last 24 hours:

    1. I had some soreness in my left wrist so I switched my magnetic bracelet from my right hand...several times I caught myself looking at my wrist for the time of day despite the fact I haven't worn a wristwatch in two years.

    2. Is there any symbolism in what I saw on the street yesterday...a disabled DeLorean was being pushed by an EMT and its owner while the EMT's ambulance ran interference behind them to avoid a really bad result. I suggested a new flux capacitor but neither guy appreciated my humor.
     
  30. Mike Bulgakov

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    There are two shows on America's Food Channel that I find oddly entertaining, "Chopped" and "Iron Chef," probably because I have no cooking skills. I would like to see an "Iron Chef" episode where the secret ingredient is beets.
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    ~ BULGAKOV'S RUSSIAN CAFE ~

    ~Dinner Menu~

    -Appetizers-

    * Beets in Season
    * Beet Fingers
    * Beets in a Blanket
    * Chilled Jumbo Beet Cocktail
    * Beets Rockafeller


    -Entrees-

    * Borscht with Vodka
    * Beets a la Vodka
    * Beet Pene a la Vodka
    * Beets with Liver & Vodka
    * BeetLes au Liverpool with Vodka
    * Beet Gnocchi
    * Beets Wellington

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    -Sandwiches-

    * Beet Club
    * "BLT" - Beet, Lettuce & Tomato
    * Beet Ruben on 7-Beet Bread
    * Beet Po'Boy
    * Beet Panini
    * Individual Beet Pizza
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    -Desserts-

    * Beet-Vodka Ice Cream
    * Beet Creme Brulee with Carmelized Vodka
    * Upside Down Beet Cake with Stoli Icing
    * Beet Pie in a Crystalized Vodka Crust
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    -Drinks-

    * Beet Feeder Martini
    * Beet Old Fashion
    * Beet Stinger
    * Slo Beet Fizz
    * Beet & Benedictine
    * Beet & Abstinth
    * Beet Ale
    * Beet Lager

     
  32. stringertom

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    I'm guessing Mike is a big H.D. Thoreau fan as he definitely marches to the "beet" of a different drummer. DP's wide array of menu items gives him plenty of choices for take-out to his own personal Walden Pond!
     
  33. Mike Bulgakov

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    It is very difficult to choose from such a great menu. The Beatles playing on the sound system adds to the ambience.

    I would like to start with a pint of the "Beet Feeder Martini," which I assume is made with Beefeater gin, then have the "Chilled Jumbo Beet Cocktail." The "Borscht with Vodka" sounds excellent, as does the "Upside Down Beet Cake with Stoli Icing" as a desert.
     
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    Awesome posts!

    See a recent development at my favorite University.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/u...ss-the-key-words-are-real-time.html?ref=texas

     
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    I'll just substitute beet with eggplant and let my imagination do the rest.
     
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    Great food - no vexation during mastication ... or per our motto:

    Eat to the Beet

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  37. Mike Bulgakov

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    I have heard that Blondie use to often play at CBGB in New York. It would be interesting to go back in time and see some of the bands that played at that club.

    Deborah was hairy and often showed this when she was a brunette. Where is the line of demarcation that separates new wave from punk?
     
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    I was watching a Wozniacki match during the U.S. Open, and Navratilova mentioned that Caroline dropped her string tension by ten pounds last year.

    The other commentator said that is a huge change in tension. Navratilova responded that sometimes there is a loss of control with a small change in tension, like five pounds, but if you drop another five pounds, you regain control.

    I forget her exact words, but the concept of dropping some tension and losing control, then dropping more tension and regaining control struck me as odd. This is a phenomenon I have never noticed in my years playing tennis, since I was a kid, and experimenting with string tensions.

    Stringertom, or anyone else, can you explain an oscillating level of control as one lowers the tension? I have always found it to be pretty much linear.
     
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    The word "Algorithm", or "Algorism" in some other writing versions, comes from the name al-Khwārizmī, pronounced in classical Arabic as Al-Khwarithmi, and not from AL GORE as most Americans claim :D



    ^ What if Wozzi gained ten pounds herself ? :)
     
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    See: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/m...ther-vivid-spectacle.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

     
  42. Mike Bulgakov

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    "Two mushroom Blini and a berry blin. Thank you."
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    I take a dump everyday :)
     
  44. Mike Bulgakov

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    Stringertom has not posted for some time. Hopefully, he just got bored with this forum or is on holiday somewhere.
     
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    The last doughnut I have had was at a Beijing Dunkin' Donuts in 1999. After walking a few blocks, I found myself profusely vomiting coffee and doughnuts right in front of the Iranian embassy. I am not sure what went wrong.
     
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    Not too many decades ago, there was another species of banana that everyone just knew as banana. Because it was too vulnerable to pests, a new species was invented that replaced the previous worldwide. Your great grandparents probably knew a completely different looking banana than you do.
     
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    Plantains vs Bananas

    Many people tend to get confused between plantains and bananas. For some, plantains seem like another name for bananas. After all, they look very much the same. Plantains that are usually sold in the supermarket look like nothing more than huge, unripe bananas. But, in reality, there are many differences between the two. Here are the differences between plantains and bananas.

    Just exactly what is a plantain? A plantain is usually treated as a vegetable, and not a fruit like it’s cousin the banana. Plantains are used in many Indian and Caribbean dishes as part of the main dish itself. In some cases, plantains are baked or fried and served as a side dish. Plantains are often considered to be the potatoes of the Caribbean. This is because of the rich starch content and low sugar that plantains possess, making it a rich source of carbohydrates. When they are unripe, they are usually bland in flavor. They do become slightly sweeter as they ripen and they remain rather firm, even when they are cooked. This is partly due to the low moisture content that plantains have as compared to bananas. This is the reason why plantains are first cooked before they are eaten. They cannot be eaten while they are raw, even if they are already ripe, because their high starch content and firm texture can make them rather unpalatable.

    On the other hand, bananas are often consumed raw, and only when they are ripe. They are usually much smaller than plantains, and have a much thinner skin.
    http://www.differencebetween.net/ob...tems/differences-between-plantain-and-banana/
     
  48. borg number one

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    Thanks Mike. Good stuff. I enjoy both plantains and bananas. Here are some of my favorite ways to eat plantains. They are so sweet when cooked. Plus, they are so healthy. What else do you want from a food? I have found that they go great with spicy food as well. Fried plantain chips are unreal!

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    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/09/130924-supermassive-black-hole-milky-way-space/

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    ^^^
    Great photo and interesting article. Whenever I contemplate that we are all on a spinning globe flying through the unknown space, I can't help but to feel lonely.
     

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