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  1. Dedans Penthouse

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    I will most certainly be held in customs today. (Wrong about that!)

    And I missed J-day...
     
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    What is the penalty in Sweden if you get off a boat from Denmark, don't declare alcohol, and get caught?
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  5. Mike Bulgakov

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    I often traveled by boat between Helsingør and Helsingborg, and was only stopped once. I was walking along the long corridor on the Swedish side, and a guy behind a little desk called me over.

    He asked me many questions and went through everything in my soft briefcase. The funny thing is that I was wearing a big coat that could have concealed anything, but he had no interest in it.
     
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    Publix, our largest grocery chain in Florida, makes many nice flavors of frozen yogurt desserts. I just bought a new flavor today that is awesome...Coconut Road is aptly named for the coconut flavored base but it has swirls of fudge and caramel that really make it a treat!
     
  7. Mike Bulgakov

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    The Tennis Warehouse clock is accurate half of the year. The period of accuracy has begun again.
     
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    Tens of billions of planets out there are like Earth, study finds
    By Brad Lendon, CNN
    updated 12:39 PM EST, Tue November 5, 2013

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/tech/innovation/billions-of-planets/

    Also see: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/travel/stargazing-in-the-desert-namibia/index.html
     
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    ^ I thought they had found life forms under nuclear reactors in the sludge at very high temperatures signifying that life could survive and thrive in circumstances other than what we consider are optimum.

    Anyway, interesting piece, and thanks a lot for posting.
     
  11. borg number one

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    You're welcome. I didn't know that Sentinel. Yet, note that they say "habitable" planets for people here on earth. So I think they are distinguishing between simply planets that can support ANY "life" and planets that may actually be habitable for human beings. That's my take on that. Thank you as well.
     
  12. Mike Bulgakov

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    I would like to play on red clay more often.
     
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    My high school's alma mater song begins with this line:

    "The red clay hills of Tallahassee harbor memories dear..."
     
  14. Mike Bulgakov

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    I have heard that FSU was once known for having a high percentage of very attractive women relative to most American universities.
     
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    It's still true...ask Mssrs. Musberger and Favre!
     
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    ^ Lol, I like how you offhandedly throw us a supernova like it's something unneeded you had around the attic for years :)
     
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    ^^^Must be an awfully BIG attic!:twisted:

    meanwhile, Twitter starts trading @$22/share but rises above $45 at close...this for a company that has never shown ANY profit!

    Meanwhile, Tesla stock plummets after reports of another car fire, this one probably caused by road debris impact.
     
  19. borg number one

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    Ha Ha, Supernovas amaze me. Check this info out.

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    And that could possibly derive from the school's heritage given that FSU was originally the Florida College for Women.

    After WWII, the Univ. of Florida was "swamped" (pun intended) with male applications under the G.I. Bill and to handle the sudden increase, the Florida College for Women was used to handle this increase (i.e. changed to coed) and was remaned Florida State University.
     
  21. Mike Bulgakov

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    Great supernova photos, borg number one.
     
  22. Mike Bulgakov

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    This makes sense. I wondered why FSU once had that reputation.

    Women at Uppsala University

    The first female student in Sweden was Betty Pettersson (1838–1885), who had already worked as a private tutor for several years when she took the "studentexamen" in 1871. With a royal dispensation, she was allowed to enter university in Uppsala in 1872, the year before studies at the Philosophical faculty would actually be made available to women. She studied modern European languages and was the first woman in Sweden to complete an academic degree when she finished filosofian kandidaatti in 1875. She became the first woman to be employed as a teacher in a public school for boys. The first woman in Sweden to complete a doctoral degree was Ellen Fries (1855–1900), who entered Uppsala University in 1877 and became a Ph.D. in 1883. Another female student of this period is Lydia Wahlström (1869–1954), who later became a noted educator, activist and writer on women's emancipation and suffrage.
    http://www.nordstjernan.com/news/educationresearch/970/

    I use to have friends at Uppsala University, and while visiting during some warm days in late spring, thought I would have trouble concentrating on my studies if I went there. The prevalence of bright red eyes was troubling, though.
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    Meanwhile, a dog from a neighboring block (where none of 'em have been spayed and are breedin' like rabbits) came over to my street. At the very end, she delivered a litter about a month back. She's very docile and perhaps just got pushed out from the next block. So she delivered this litter in a drain pipe at the end of the road.

    Then one night it rained heavily. The next day while walking by I did not hear any puppy sounds so assumed the litter had drowned. But a week later I did hear some sounds about 10 meters away in the same drain (but another pipe).

    The other day, two chubby pups had emerged from the pipe and were wrestling each other, one black and one brown. I see them off and on. I have taken some pics and will try to upload them. So it seems two of them did survive the rains.
     
  24. Mike Bulgakov

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    Sentinel, I am sorry to hear about the problems that the stray dogs in your city encounter. Is this the norm in India? I remember that you use to take care of some stray dogs. Do you still do so? It is very nice of you to care for them.
     
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    It's a mixed bag. Some people trouble them and some take care of them. I still take care of that trio, although I cannot be too actively involved now that I am focusing on taking care of my old folks.
     
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    In one of my previous lives, I lived on a moon of Jupiter. It was quite close to Jupiter and due to J's strong gravity, the moon never rotated. One side faced J permanently. Our entire sky was filled with Jupiter's swirling bands. Due to J's fast rotation, we could look up and see J spin slowly. The enigmatic red spot would come and go.

    I would be doing some work on the hydroponics farm, and I'd look up and be amazed at the sight. Most people never looked up but I could never have enough. Generations came and went but no one ever looked up and wished to explore our mother planet, or wondered if those clouds and gas hid some life forms within them. Our main population evolved and lived on Ganymede, our home. This was a research outpost.
     
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    Did you write this, Sentinel? It is very good.
     
  28. Mike Bulgakov

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    Café Opera and the "'illegal' in-the-know" after-hours clubs were the only good clubs in Stockholm, I was once told.
     
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    Sad news ...

    Last night at about 1:30 AM I stepped out to feed my 3 dogs and take them for a walk. I could hear in the distance a dog making a noise and I figured it was one of the two pups recently born at the end of the road.

    When i reached the end, i could hear the pup calling out from across a wall. The other side of the wall is a deep nullah and then a forest. The gates are locked from 8pm to 6 am. I figured that one of the pups had fallen in there from inside the drain pipe. The other end of the drain pipe opens into this nullah. Then the mother came out of this end and she was feeding the brown one, so i figured that the black one had fallen in.

    Today morning I went there and checked out the entire nullah. There was some water in it and the water was moving slowly. So if the pup had fallen in, I imagine it would have got pushed along. (A neighbour confirmed it had been crying all night, so i presume it was there for several hours, so i am puzzled how it managed to remain there with running water for so long).

    I pursued the nullah further where there is a lot of mud and the pup could have crawled out easily if it had made it there. But there was no sign of it.

    If it did make it out there, it would have been tough for it, since there are many strays there and all very territorial and protective. This chap was barely a month old and was still breast-feeding so definitely does not know how to make his way around, or interact with other dogs.

    So I really don't know what happened to it. I really don't suppose it survived.
     
  30. Sentinel

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    I have often since childhood fantasized living so close to Jupiter that it filled the sky. Another one is having a whole galaxy in your night sky. Imagine it rising and setting, further imagine two of them colliding. What a spectacle that would be, and there must be millions of worlds that do have such fantastic sights but is there anyone to see them ?

    Then there is the Orion Nebula, or the Horse's Head. Imagine that filling the sky. There is so much in this universe, and where are we ? Leading boring, mundane lives, fighting for day to day existence, often fighting one another over trinkets.
     
  31. borg number one

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    That's a very interesting dream Sentinel. Also, as Mike B. mentioned, it's very nice that you care for stray dogs like that. I've often been troubled about just how much animals and human beings suffer in our world. I think it's very admirable that you do what you can to help dogs and you take care of your parents. We have dharma in this life don't we? My father has some health issues now in his 70's and for me it's a blessing that I'm able to spend time with him every day, helping him with some physical therapy and keeping his spirits up.

    Mike Bulgakov, thank you and you're welcome. I'm glad you liked those supernova pictures.
     
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    Sweat Your Way To A Healthier Brain

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    Someone is singing loudly to himself in the loyalty lounge on the ferry home, the jingle bells... Jingle for Tuborg's Christmas beer is driving me insane, and I can't wait to get home and sleep for a while. Only thing keeping me sane is an almost empty bottle of Faxe Kondi.
     
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    Julebryg is greeted with a surprising degree of enthusiasm in Denmark.
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    Pain au chocolat goes well with an early morning walk in Paris.
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    If everything is going to end one day, what are we even here for?

    Is there even a true purpose of life?
     
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    It's not going to end. Who told you that?
     
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    According to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in his classic "The Sirens Of Titan" we exist to provide a spare part for a Trafamadorian spaceship.

    Read it...Vonnegut was a genius!
     
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    8 Famous Ideas That Came From Dreams (Literally)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/16/famous-ideas-from-dreams_n_4276838.html

     
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    You might like to see The Thirteenth Floor.
    One brilliant thinker, Sentinel, believes that to love others could be the purpose of life. But i think he's a hopeless romantic.
     
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    Automation in the public restroom at my favorite convenience store has gone one step too far...I can go for the hand-sensored soap dispenser, water shut-off and ultra-strong hand dryer but the body-sensored toilet flush has made the "courtesy flush" a tad awkward!:twisted:
     
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    It's all automated these days Stringertom, isn't it? Pretty soon, they'll try to have the machines create our own dreams for us lol.
     
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    The "playoff beard" has become trendy in sports. Here's a look into this "new trend". Bjorn Borg, was ever the trendsetter without even trying to be!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playoff_beard

     
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    Ja, Bjorn started all of that.
    now we have the plaoyoff beard, fear the beard, Movember, beardcember, stachuary, beardruary.
    It really never ends.
    Unless the shave O' the month club becomes popular one day.
     
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    Let's all celebrate my first eviction in my lifetime. I got behind with my landlord of 2.5 years over the last two months but only to the tune of 5% of what I have paid him in good faith over that span. Now he doesn't collect a cent of the cash that would have been made up very quickly due to a recent surge of biz on my part. Pretty stupid stuff on his part, if you ask me.

    Oh well, life goes on!
     
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    That's terrible Stringertom. Sorry you're going through that. I agree with you. It sounds like he should have certainly worked with you. Now, let the landlord take his chances on a new tenant. Good luck to you as you find a new place. All the best.

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    Björn Borg's comeback with his old Donnay wood racquet (painted black) was perplexing to me. In terms of power and spin, he was at a huge disadvantage. i was at his match in Monte Carlo in 1991, and he looked incredibly nervous. He also had the misfortune of playing a very good clay court player.
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  49. borg number one

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    Yes, that is interesting that you saw that match Mike B. He loves Monte Carlo too. That whole comeback thing was completely ill fated. Long discussion, that topic. It made zero sense. He had a strange coaching choice, no Lennart Bergelin, and no serious prep most importantly in the years leading up to it. It was financially motivated as well given that tough period for him. He never tried to take his own life, which is a myth though. Suffice it to say, I think part of that whole episode, that he has termed crazy, was that he basically cast off his former impenetrable exterior. He was almost too controlled before in his prime a decade past. Now, had Borg played in 82-87, completely different story. In 1983, when he retired officially after ending a dispute with the Tour (over having to qualify at the majors), he was worth nearly $200 million (much more in today's dollars), lived in Monte Carlo, owned an island and was all of 26 years of age.

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    I met some Swedish guys who came to watch Borg. They told me that he was beating Becker in practice matches. It was a circus there, as everyone wanted to see Borg. Becker and Edberg watched the match.

    I spent a pretty good amount of time in Stockholm in the early 1990s, and heard a fair number of stories about Borg. In Stockholm, the officially illegal after-hour clubs were known as "black clubs" for the unreported money. Borg liked to party a lot in these clubs in the 1980s, I heard.

    By the 1990s, he was famous for his underwear line. I bought a pair of low-cut boots from his line of shoes, which I still have. Those were fun days.
     
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