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

  1. borg number one

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    That's cool Mike Bulgakov. Borg is doing well financially from the Björn Borg fashion label. I've read that basically he makes more as the company's revenues increase, so he's got a nice income stream going. Life seems good for him these days. The company Björn Borg was second only to Calvin Klein in Sweden just a few years ago. He had his own sports shop in Monte Carlo. I'm not sure about that place these days, but I bet they had some interesting gear.

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  2. Rock Strongo

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    I HAVE to stop cheating at blackjack. That, or not play it anymore.
     
  3. Mike Bulgakov

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    Card counting? Even sophisticated versions of such operations are usually caught, especially with current technology. I like to avoid casinos, as they always find a way to have an edge.
     
  4. Rock Strongo

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    The crude method of sneaking chips when you have high cards.
     
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    LOL - ING NYC Marathon sponsor changes to Indian software company

    It was announced October 2, 2013, the NYC marathon's main sponsorship will be taken over by Tata Consultancy Services starting in 2014. It is an eight-year deal, and the race will be known as the TCS New York City Marathon
     
  6. Mike Bulgakov

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    The NYC Boobies Marathon will now be known as the Tatas Marathon? Will Maria Kirilenko run next year?
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  7. Mike Bulgakov

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    Stringertom, your landlord sounds like a jerk. I hope you find a much better residence.
     
  8. Mike Bulgakov

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    I recently came across and read an old Cold War intelligence manual dealing with deception, mainly with slight-of-hand techniques. You could probably benefit from reading it, Mr. Strongo.

    Actually, it is pretty dark, and includes ways to pick pockets and spike drinks. It is generally a very bad idea to sneak in chips when you have high hands, as you can get into a lot of trouble.

    How do you like Helsingør? I really like that city.
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  9. Mike Bulgakov

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    I like shopping at Trader Joe's.
     
  10. Rock Strongo

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    It's really lovely. Though I must confess that the people aren't "cultured" enough to to get our food. Whereas 3 smørrebrød and a beer typically costs around 60 DKK in any other restaurant there, we charge that for one. Granted, we actually make everything from scratch rather than buy them in. But recently, locals have started to get that if you want real food, you come to us.
     
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    I have 959 posts in this thread (not counting this one), 1660 in Word Association, and 131 in Word Game.

    IOW, no life !
     
  12. Mike Bulgakov

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    Sentinel, after checking the post counts, I realize that if it were not for you, I would be the biggest poster of useless information. Thank you, Sentinel.
     
  13. Mike Bulgakov

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    While I would not pay for René Redzepi's use of foraged ingredients at Noma, the concept is interesting. I have spent a lot of time on the Danish coast, and I never realized that so many of the plants were edible.
     
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    Radek's birthday today.

    Ladies all over the world celebrate this day as Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy's Day.
     
  15. Mike Bulgakov

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    Here's a photo of Radek and Nicole during happier times.
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  16. Mike Bulgakov

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    Putin exudes warmth and compassion.
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  17. borg number one

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    You are right as usual Mike Bulgakov.

    You must obey the law, always, not only when they grab you by your special place. - Vladimir Putin

    We don't need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole. - Vladimir Putin

    Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism.
    Vladimir Putin
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/v/vladimir_putin.html#2PAjabexCPY1XKv0.99
     
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  18. borg number one

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    Thanksgiving by the Numbers

    http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/thanksgiving-numbers/story?id=21007073

     
  19. ChicagoJack

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    Well, Hmm ...

    • If you hold up a grain of sand, the patch of sky it covers contains 10,000 galaxies.

    • The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

    • The shortest recorded tennis match was just 20 minutes. During the Wimbledon tournament of 1969, Susan M.Tutt beat Marion Bandy; 6-0, 6-0.

    • All the matter that makes up the human race could fit in a sugar cube. Atoms are 99.9999999999999 per cent empty space.

    • That sugar cube would weigh five billion tons.

    • Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird.

    • Only President to remain a bachelor: James Buchanan

    • Every atom in your body was once part of a star, even several stars in succession. Without the process of star formation and death, almost all the elements that make up your body... carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and so on would not exist.

    • Tomato ketchup was originally sold as medicine. In the 1830's it was sold as Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato.

    • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

    • The flag of Mozambique was adopted on 1 May 1983. It includes the image of an AK-47 with a bayonet attached to the barrel.
     
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  20. Sentinel

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    I can clearly see why Radek is such a ladies' favorite.
     
  21. Forehand Of Doom

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    I decided to have a cigarette (I know, filthy habit) and I opened my patio door.

    After a little while, I could discern the sound of an animal. At first I thought it was a cat. The sound was accompanied by another rhythmic sound. Soon I realized that what I was listening to was my neighbors going at it, and my lady neighbor in the heat of passion.

    Of course, I immediately felt guilty, but being of inquisitive character by nature, I decided to continue listening to see where things were going.

    As I did so, I was wondering whether my act of listening would qualify me as a "Peeping Tom". Would any of the admirable posters here present have persisted as I did? Also, should I recommend my neighbors to soundproof their private quarters, or should I send them an anonymous gift chest with champagne and oysters?

    Kind of lends a new meaning to the time honored tradition of "stuffing the bird". LMFAO.
     
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  22. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    champagne may be a bit 'over the top' but a plate of fresh oysters sounds apropriate. :)

    and you were right to stay...... in case there was some emergency issue, i mean (or in case some backup was needed).


    reminds me of a spectacular audio performance from a neighbour (well, it was a mixed double team, but she was almost exclusively taking care of the soundtrack) several years ago. some impressive stuff: you wouldn't have been able to listen to sharapova if she was playing at the same time. right after the matchpoint, i wondered if i had to applaud but i didn't dare to.

    will think about the oysters if a similar situation occurs again.
    (but i would need to know who it is... which wasn't the case !)
     
  23. Forehand Of Doom

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    Brilliant, VLBJ! :)

    Yes, as you said I was waiting for player injury to have my chance at glory, but she reached the finish line with no issue.

    And, the way to tell who it is, would be to watch out for an unusually ample smile or joyous disposition the next morning, a funny walk, or both.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, it's almost as if she reached the finish line, saluted at the stands, retraced her steps, and crossed the finish line again a couple times.
     
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    Wasn't there a thread about a month back (by Rock Strongo ???) about his neighbours making "a noise". :)

    It should still be there somewhere.
     
  25. Forehand Of Doom

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    This was "a noise" in the same way Beethoven's 9th is "a sound" or the Mona Lisa is "a blotch of paint". :)
     
  26. Rock Strongo

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    It's windy outside, better open a window and smoke indoors, or in the kitchen. That or snus.

    Neither is a good habit, but the health effects of snus are under debate.
     
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    Snus is chewing tobacco?
     
  28. Rock Strongo

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    It goes under the lip. Very different from chewing tobacco.
     
  29. Mike Bulgakov

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    Thanks, but snus thanks.
     
  31. Rock Strongo

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    Now that's rather extreme.
     
  32. Forehand Of Doom

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    Snus is the #1 cause of oral cancer though, isn't it?
     
  33. Rock Strongo

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    I don't really know. All statistics are rather inconclusive, and the negative health effects are like I said, under debate. There are carcinogens, of course, but significantly less of them than in a cigarette. If you're lucky, nothing happens. Can cause havoc with the gums in some cases, along with yellowing of teeth and tooth loss, but so does smoking.

    And last time I read, the leading cause of oral cancer was... I can't put it delicately enough. Or at least, it can cause oral cancer.
     
  34. Forehand Of Doom

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    Michael Douglas inhaled. Then again, who wouldn't? :p
     
  35. Rock Strongo

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    I'm deathly close to not bothering anymore.

    Maybe I should get help?
     
  36. borg number one

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    Rock Strongo, if you feel complacent and perhaps feel as if you've lost your passion, let me offer you a suggestion. Try to find some things that perhaps you once loved doing but have overlooked. What were some things that perhaps you really once cared about? Tennis? Sports? Reading? Old Hobby? Have you thought about a new hobby? Take care of yourself and don't forget the simple things like a good night's sleep, good food and drink, the outdoors, exercise, enough rest and all those things we know to be good but often overlook.
     
  37. borg number one

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    See: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/ideas/2013/11/10-things-weve-learned-about-taste/

     
  38. Mike Bulgakov

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    Also, many Swedes feel down due to the lack of sunlight this time of year.

    Beating the winter blues

    January 18, 2013 - 06:27

    Article from NTNU Trondheim - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    The lack of sufficient daylight in northern climes makes many tired and depressed. But don’t worry, researchers have come up with ways to counteract the winter blues.

    By: Idun Haugan

    http://sciencenordic.com/beating-winter-blues
     
  39. borg number one

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    Spooky physics phenomenon may link universe's wormholes

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  40. stringertom

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    With the thought that you only get two feet per lifetime and now dealing with an inherited weakness in my toes (hammertoe), I broke down and spent a few bucks on some Vibram Five Fingers. Wore them out of the store but I can't afford the fifteen minutes it takes to squeeze my left foot in properly when I'm headed out the door for a busy workday. Guess they'll wait for a bad-weather day off.
     
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    its andrea jaeger smiling in 1980. :)..bad teeth, where's the headband ?.
     
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    andrea jaeger decides to smile, bad move..just like her teeth. :neutral:
     
  43. Sentinel

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    forehand of doom has not posted for 24 hours and counting.



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    All of us have been used at one time or another but I am firmly convinced that to properly retool use craigslist!:twisted:
     
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    No late night warriors or time zone strangers responding so it's off to Sudoku I go...anything to ease my abscessed gum pain. May wake up looking like Bip!:twisted:
     
  47. Forehand Of Doom

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    Vacation is over, but I will find some time to work between posts. :)

    On the topic of wormholes, wasn't that a derogatory name used to describe Radek Stepanek wannabe groupies?
     
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    Sorry about your gum trouble. I have as of yet managed to dodge going to the dentist due to some bad experiences my parents had. I don't know what a toothache is. I apologize, I am not trying to rub it in. Good wishes. :)
     
  49. Sentinel

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    I just hope you never have to know what heartache is :)

    And oh, a toothache is when your tooth aches.
     
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    And a heartache is not to be confused with heartburn; most cases confused as a heart attack.:) But surely, a heartache must be comparable with a heart attack!:)
     

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