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

  1. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

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    Of course....greek myth, yeah, hero was the lady across the water and leander swam over there at night. Romance. Tragedy. Much ado about a midsummer night's romeo and juliet and one heck of a dubs player.

    Thanks! What a page. Christians with Hindu names. A woman named Hero. Shakespeare and woody allen getting ripped off by the ancient greeks. Useless, but not for long.
     
  2. stringertom

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    Back when I had a memory like a steel trap (senior year of college), I needed 20 credits to get out of the joint on time...my girlfriend had taken Mythology 101 and said it was a snap to pass...midterm and final all multiple-choice. She was right...I aced it but it was so cool and I really developed a taste for the stories. Two stuck out to this day...the legend of Sisyphus rolling the rock up the hill only to have it roll back down; Procrustes and his gruesome ways of fitting travelers to his beds.
     
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    My guess is that Ramesh refers to Shiva. Rama worshipped Shiva. There is iirc a Rameshwara temple somewhere that is a Shiva temple. Hanuman was supposed to be Shiva incarnate. He took birth to help Rama destroy Ravana, who incidentally was also a Shiva worshipper who had managed to get immortality from Shiva.

    Did I read somewhere that Federer had to do with feathers ?

    Ok, i just googled to confirm:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramesh_(name)
     
  4. borg number one

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    Good deal. One of my best friends is Ramesh. Yes, Shiva the destroyer and Rama is an incarnation of vishnu. I've been reading the Mahabharata recently. It's fascinating stuff isn't it? I'm most familiar with the stories surrounding Krishna, who I read about so much in my younger days. The names and facts that abound on each page are just amazing.

    After a search, see this info. Yes, Federer means "he that feathers or make springs".

    It's good to hear that your knee is better. How's the running? It's been cold in Houston, so I took a bit of time off from tennis, but I'm looking forward to playing again this week.
     
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  5. Sentinel

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    Knee is fine. Ran 20 mins the other day. It gets dark early and that is limiting my runs. I run in a park so its quite dangerous as it gets darker. And now the Aussie Open is coming up. There'll be night sessions going on during my walk/run time :(
     
  6. borg number one

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    Awesome, running is great in so many ways. I've been going with more tennis and line drills recently, but I need to pick up running a bit too. Be careful running late at night if you do. The Australian Open is about to kick off. It should be good!
     
  7. OTMPut

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    Interesting. So you had a Stasi state all along, just the glass ceiling was a little higher, making the "freedom" propaganda pretty effective.

    The recent NSA's admission (or non-denial?) that members of the congress are treated just as any US "person" when it comes to eavesdropping went largely unnoticed an without any uproar.

    The Americans I come across here just would not talk about it at all!
     
  8. slice bh compliment

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    Thanks Sentinel.
    I read about links between Jewish scriptures and similar writings from the east. I wonder if the names Rameses, Ram and Ramesh have any common roots, in terms of folklore/spirituality from ancient times (Egypt, Persia, India).
     
  9. borg number one

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    Fascinating! So much came from such ancient countries/cultures. I think there are some definite links between Judaism and Hinduism in particular. Think about the just the use of meditation. I believe there is a tradition of that in Judaism as well, is that correct?
     
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    That is interesting OTMPut. You mean Americans living abroad and working outside the U.S. for a while correct?

    I think there's quite a bit of such big brother activity even here in the U.S. but all in all, there's no country quite like it in many respects. Compared to other countries, it's quite a bit different. Yet, there is the technology/R&D aspect too. The U.S. governement does have massive resources at it's disposal while many other countries do not have such infrastructure and resources for "government surveillance".

    The U.S. does a lot to continually foster and encourage healthy debate, disagreement, and dissent. If a public figure does something corrupt, there's a very good chance he/she will eventually get caught and the public is sometimes a bit slow to take action, but they are well engaged when it's necessary on important issues. It's a very different dynamic than any other country I've seen or been in. The FBI under Hoover here in the U.S. was completely out of control.

    The NSA surveillance issue is being litigated heavily in federal courts, so you have the judiciary with a lot of oversight, over acts of the legislative and executive branches. Separate and equal branches of government makes for a really flexible system in that way.
     
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  13. slice bh compliment

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    I have a theory.
    Tennis lovers who admire Federer (a lot of us) seem to have an affinity for swiss goods.
    I have always thought favorably about ricola, any swiss chocolates, the swiss flag, st. Ber*****, skiing, jakob hlasek, martina hingis and even affordable swiss army knives and affordable swiss watches. But with my favorite player being such a mensch, and from switzerland, i suddenly feel my preference for all of those things go up a notch or two. Like, when a watch says it is swiss made or even just swiss movement, i clearly like it more than a japanese one that is probably just as good. Or if a wilson bag that i would never have thought about has a swiss flag on it, all of a sudden, it is in the running even though i play with a different brand.

    Economists might want to weigh in, but in the meantime, i am calling this the federer effect. Maybe one day, there will be a measurable federer curve.
     
  14. OTMPut

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    Yes.
    I do see a disconnect though. Those at workplace seem to be from similar background (well off families, expensive education) and they are indifferent.
    The retired folks i see at cafes are eager to discuss about it though.

    Agree. There are good examples.
    But there are also counter examples.

    Yes, federal courts' recent observations are encouraging.
    However, the coverage in the mainstream media seems to be heavily one-sided (i.e. in support of government).
     
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    I would like a Swiss bank account with my personal "flag" on it. If Rogi would like to start it up for me, even betterer!
     
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    Hah, Hah-hah.

    I must stop listening to this after coming home from a few drinks. It just happens to be a very good song.
     
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    Do not become an Alabama Crimson Tide football fan... I kid you not, there is a player on their team named Clinton Ha Ha Dix! I'm sure he gets sore at all the Monica Lewinsky jokes thrown his way!:twisted:
     
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    Dogs make you feel good in so many little, silent ways...there's a warm bed not ten feet away yet my two little babies and their new housemate hound are all huddled around my feet on the cold, hard concrete porch floor!
     
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    Half man or half dog are mere cogs in the wheels of the the internet/cyber era.:)
     
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    If my dogs could master a keyboard they would offer better input than half of the vegemites posting in GPPD!
     
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    Dogs and/or primates randomly throwing darts at the stock market may have better chances at picking the right stocks than getting consensus as to whom is the real GOAT at GPPD!:)
     
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    Watching Mattek-Sands vs Shriekapova on replay...is it just me or does BM-S remind you of the new Mrs. Sweeting???
     
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    BM-S is or was a doubles partner of Sania Mirza. I think they won something or other once.
     
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    Wolfmamjack, The lone wolf and morrisey are all the same guy as forehand of doom.

    But this is not useless information. This is information about useless
     
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    You are a liar. And a classless goon.

    Then again, what's new?
     
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    Whenever I see a Gorecki post I'm reminded of "Big Bang"'s Johnny Galecki and his luck to co-star with the new Mrs. Sweeting!
     
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    Whenever I see Gorecki post it reminds me how lucky I am. :)

    I haven't watched a single Big Bang Theory episode, but I am aware it's quite popular.
     
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    Another gem from the twisted mind of Chuck Lorre..."Dharma & Greg", "2.5 Men", "Mike & Molly", the new series "Mom" and the aforementioned "The Big Bang Theory" are all his babies. Interestingly enough, he cut his teeth writing for "Roseanne" and Galecki was one of the ensemble cast he wrote for then. All of his stars wind up doing guest spots on his other shows so the chemistry must be addictive.
     
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    Thank you for this information, stringertom. I haven't had cable since 2007, so I'm out of the loop. The only comedy series I keep up with these days are animated (The Simpsons and Futurama).

    I did hear about the very public feud between Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre though.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Feuds only exist when there are two equally matched combatants. This one disappeared quickly because Sheen was a classic shark jumping the tank, full of frail ego, limited talent and a morbid penchant for self-destruction. Lorre ran out of patience needed to service his brain-dead star and pulled the plug. He needs Sheen and his headaches very minimally with all his other successful projects. A classic case of addition through subtraction!
     
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    O&E section very dead tonight...must be distracted by some insignificant event like the AO!
     
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    Analysis: BP's U.S. Gulf oil spill settlement challenges may backfire


    Mica Rosenberg
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    2:41 p.m. CST, January 15, 2014

    See: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-bp-settlement-analysis-20140115,0,1738587.story

     
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    ESPN's Sports Science geek John Brenkus did some amazing statistical analyses of the effects of Melbourne's extreme heat this week.
     
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    The average person laughs 10 times a day.

    The average fanboy laughs every 10 days.
     
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    Anybody with an average intellect goes in ROFL mode at least once per day while screening fanboy posts.
     
  39. borg number one

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    Lol, good stuff! Aren't the majors so fun to watch? Every day has a lot of good tennis.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/health/acetaminophen-five-facts/

     
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    You guys make me laugh several dozen times a day. Thanks a lot. I would not be coming here if it were not for you folks :)

    Useless Info: My telly has been showing doubles today, first Bhupathi/Rajeev Ram and now Mirza. I awoke to find that Rogi has finished his R3 match quite easily.
     
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    What about the average fanboy getting laughed at by Dedans 10 times a day. Or the average fanboy crying ten times a day when anti-trolled by Dedans :) and then being laughed at by the forum :twisted:
     
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    I have only seen the statue a few times in Copenhagen, by chance, but she always kept her head.

    There once was a little statue … only she isn't so little anymore

    Ahead of the Little Mermaid's 100th birthday on Friday August 23, Through the Looking Glass takes a look at the colourful history of Denmark's most recognisable national symbol

    August 18, 2013
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    by Cecilie Bech Christensen

    Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep too. It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go, and many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. It is down there that the sea folk live.” So begins one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous fairy tales: ‘The Little Mermaid’. This fairy tale, reaching new heights of fame with the 1989 Disney animation, is celebrated by the most famous of all Denmark’s tourist attractions. The attraction in question is of course the Little Mermaid statue on Langelinie, which marks its 100-year anniversary on Friday August 23 this year.

    The world’s first body double

    The small and unimposing bronze statue sits on a rock in the harbour off Langelinie promenade, has a height of 1.25 metres and weighs 175 kg – it’s safe to say many visitors are somewhat underwhelmed by her size at first glance. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobson, the son of the founder of Carlsberg, as a present to the city of Copenhagen. Jacobsen was a big ballet fan, and he got the idea for the statue after attending a ballet about the fairy tale at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre, where he asked the ballerina Ellen Price to model for the statue. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the bronze statue, which was unveiled on 23 August 1913. The statue’s head was modelled on Price, just as Carl Jacobsen had wished. However, as the ballerina would not agree to model in the nude, the sculptor’s wife, Eline Eriksen, was used for the body.

    Integral to the fairy tale image

    The Little Mermaid was not created as a national symbol. In actual fact, in the first decades after its erection, it led a fairly unnoticed existence in the shadow of the nearby Gefion Fountain from the same period, which proved a lot more popular. In the 1930s, however, the Danish tourist board began branding Denmark as a contrast to the increasingly turbulent Europe, painting a picture of a peaceful oasis filled with romance and adventure. It soon became evident that Hans Christian Andersen was popular with tourists, and studies showed that the Little Mermaid received more visitors than even the National Museum.

    After the war, in the 1950s, the branding of Denmark as the peaceful fairy tale country really started to gather speed and the new slogan ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ bedecked posters with drawings of a friendly policeman stopping the traffic to lead a duck and her ducklings over the street. It was during this period that the Little Mermaid became a national symbol, representing Denmark and Danishness. She attained unprecedented popularity and became a must-see for both Danes and foreigners visiting Copenhagen.

    The first beheading

    Not all Danes, however, could or wanted to identify with the national self-perception and values that the Little Mermaid represented. As she became a symbolic representation of Danishness, she also became a victim of symbolic resistance, and so, on 24 April 1964, the Little Mermaid was decapitated. Her head was simply sawn off with a hacksaw and stolen, and neither the head nor the perpetrators were found, although a lot of rumours circulated.

    The trend of creating ‘happenings’ at the time led some people to believe that the Danish artist and provocateur Jørgen Nash was behind the stunt, and Nash himself even came out and claimed to know who the offender was, but refused to reveal the identity. In his memoir from 1997, ‘En havfruemorder krydser sit spor’ (a mermaid killer crosses his tracks), he confessed to be the beheader and wrote that he had thrown her head in Utterslev Mose lake. It has never been proven though, and writing that confession might just have been another happening …

    And another one

    In 1984, she lost her right arm, but it was returned a couple of days later by two young men. In 1990, an attempt to sever the statue’s head left an 18cm deep cut in her neck, and on 6 January 1998, she was beheaded for the second time. Again, the culprits were never found, but shortly after the beheading they made contact with freelance photographer Michael Forsmark Poulsen, who then contacted the police after photographing the headless statue. Three days later the head was found after the culprits once again contacted Poulsen, who earned close to 100,000 kroner from his photos. Poulsen was then arrested and charged with the vandalism himself, but was released two weeks later. Another Little Mermaid mystery remained unsolved.

    Vandalism and political manifestations

    The latest act of vandalism against the Little Mermaid happened on 11 September 2003, when she was knocked off her base with explosives and later found in the harbour’s waters. Holes were blasted in her wrist and knee, but once again she was restored and put back on her spot at Langelinie. Apart from having various body parts removed and being blown up, the Little Mermaid has also had paint poured over her several times, been draped in a burka as a statement against Turkey joining the European Union, had a ***** attached to her hand in connection with International Women’s Day, and last year she was given a mask and a sign in support of the Russian band ***** Riot. In 2006, Copenhagen officials announced that the statue may be moved further out in the harbour, so as to avoid further vandalism and to prevent tourists from climbing onto it. So far this has proven to be an empty threat, and the Little Mermaid is still sitting on her stone at Langelinie, sadly gazing out over the sea while hordes of tourists queue to have their picture taken with her.

    A controversial birthday girl

    Only once has the Little Mermaid left Langelinie, and that was in 2010 when she represented Denmark at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. This yet again sparked the debate about her status as a national symbol. “You don’t send a national symbol out of the country” and “The US would never lend out the Statue of Liberty, so why should we lend out the Little Mermaid?” were the reactions from some, while others argued that the sculpture is “a symbol of our worst inferiority complex” and stated that “it is a mystery how this trivial little sculpture can become a national matter”.

    Small and unimposing though she is, the Little Mermaid certainly provokes strong feelings among Danes and, like it or not, she is by some distance Denmark’s most famous tourist attraction. On August 23, as she celebrates her centenary, you will be lucky to get a glimpse of her for all the flashlights, tourists and well-wishers.
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    http://cphpost.dk/news/there-once-was-a-little-statue-only-she-isnt-so-little-anymore.6427.html
     
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    Academy Award nominations for 2014 have been out for a while.

    http://oscar.go.com/nominees

    Best Picture noms:

    American Hustle
    WOWS
    12 years a slave
    Nebraska
    Capt Phillips
    Gravity
    Her
    Philomena
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    Whirlwind History of Ceiling Fans

    The ceiling fan that today can be such a boon to making it through a steamy summer has its roots deep in the past.

    The first ceiling fans were hand-operated--usually by servants--and were conspicuous for their somewhat-erratic, low-speed operation. Such was the punkah that originated in the early 17th century in India, a palm frond or cloth-covered frame hung from the ceiling that moved when a servant pulled a cord.

    Not until 1886 did technology take a big step forward, when John Hunter and his son, James, of Fulton, N.Y., devised a water-powered, belt-driven ceiling fan with whirling blades. The invention transformed the pair's shotgun-manufacturing business into one of the largest fan companies in the United States: the Hunter Fan Co. of Memphis.

    Electrical ceiling fans were introduced by the 1890s, although not for use in the home, where electrical current was used mostly for illumination. Factories began to install ceiling fans to keep products and employees cool, as did hotels and restaurants for customers and workers.

    In 1897, Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s annual catalog did not offer any electrical fans, even though New Yorker Schuyler Skaats had developed a table model in 1882 that would be widely available by century's end.

    Ceiling fans did not make their home debut until the 1920s, and then mostly in upscale Southern houses with the high ceilings that were required for their safe use. The advancing technology of that decade also led to mass production of the device, as well as innovations such as variable-speed motors.

    Popular acceptance of the ceiling fan was slowed by the Great Depression of the 1930s, when many households had to postpone purchases of electrical appliances.

    But the market began whirring again during World War II, when wage-earners bringing home overtime pay could afford the appliance and the electricity to run it--although the 1942 movie "Casablanca" featured a scene-setting model with languid rotation rather than a more-modern, utilitarian version.

    By the 1950s, the rise of home air conditioning--for those who could afford it--was putting ceiling fans on hold. Room air conditioners, the biggest sellers, jumped from 194,000 units manufactured in 1950 to 1,353,000 in 1954.

    In the 1960s, central air-conditioning systems became big sellers. But the oil embargo of 1973 and escalating energy costs in the years that followed boosted ceiling-fan sales again--from a few hundred thousand per year to several million by 1980.

    Since then, ceiling fans have made steady inroads into the home market, appealing to consumers for their contribution to energy conservation and their increasingly stylish design.

    In an August 1994 issue of Stores magazine, which surveys retail-store activity, ceiling fans lead all fan sales in the United States. The total ceiling-fan market has grown to 14 million units sold annually, according to Steve Martin, marketing services manager for Hunter Fan. Hunter now markets more than 350 models--nine times the number offered in the mid-1980s.

    Ceiling fans remain popular because they allow users to raise their air-conditioner thermostats, lower their energy bills and stay comfortable.

    And fans are much cheaper to use--and replace--than air conditioners; many models cost less than $100 (some, depending on size of the blades, less than $50) and last from 10 to 15 years.

    To be sure, ceiling fans aren't perfect. Many models come with fans and lights, with a separate chain mechanism to activate each function, a characteristic some consumers find annoying--although some expensive models offer remote controls.

    Wobbling blades can make a distracting noise and necessitate tightening and balancing of blades. And fan blades collect dust and require regular cleaning (made easier by applying furniture polish on the blade side closest to the ceiling, creating a slick surface that minimizes dust collection).

    Still, the ceiling fan is environmentally sensible and relatively easy to install by do-it-yourselfers, and it can be a real friend during a heat wave.
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    That was interesting, Mike, about fans. I have noticed in American movies, the ceiling fan rotating at a languid pace. I thought it was usually just to circulate air esp in places with a lot of people.
     
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