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

  1. Rusty Shackleford

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    Or use your dingle, but don't spray any dingleberry sauce. Not cool.
     
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    YUMmmm !
     
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    Yes, that looks delicious. Sentinel, do you guys have and eat mushrooms in India?
     
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    “A” for concept, “C” for implementation: scallions appear unfresh and not cut at a sharp angle that maximizes the impact; plate design overly elaborate, impeding simplicity and cleanliness; texture of the mushroom sauce suggests the photograph was taken well after the hot dish cooled down; unimaginative mushroom assortment.
     
  5. Rusty Shackleford

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    Do you have many friends?
     
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    Very few, why do you ask?:)
     
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    Because you need to learn to lie and tell people that they are awesome and that nothing that they do is wrong. :D
     
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    To what end?
     
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  9. Rusty Shackleford

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    This book describes means to achieve goals. But what are the goals? What are your goals? Do you have goals?
     
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    I want to meet Sureshs one day.

    :oops:

    P.S.: In the flesh...

    :oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops:
     
  12. SoBad

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    What is stopping you?
     
  13. Rusty Shackleford

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    Fear that he will roll over and kill me. That's why I am so active in the Tribute thread. I'm trying to get him all thin and non-asphyxy.

    ;)
     
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    The roll-over death risk would only present in a bed-sharing situation, would it not?
     
  15. Rusty Shackleford

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    Are you suggesting a futon?
     
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    I suggest goals and objectives based on positive concepts.
     
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  17. Rusty Shackleford

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    That's a good theory. How many people in the world do you feel set specific goals and objectives in their life and follow through with them vs just turning on the automatic pilot and cruising through life as one event takes them to the next? Did you envision yourself in your current situation 10 years, or even 3 years ago?

    Not trying to be facetious, BTW.
     
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    I did not envision myself in the current situation even a year a ago, that is true. As for “many people,” I never looked at the prevailing experience as guidance for self. Focus on the positives is a practical approach, as opposed to an abstract theory, in my view.
     
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    How do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years during job interviews are oh-so-lame!:rolleyes: They most assuredly must've paid for expensive seminars and are now so quietly ashamed they shelled out money for that crap!:rolleyes:
     
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    I suspect that fishermen eat all the best fish themselves, the rest of us just get the scraps.
     
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    When I watch Dmitrov play, he always seems passive and reactive, never taking the initiative. This is probably how he was with Maria.
     
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    I have a friend who is a diplomat in China who tells me that the opium seasoning in restaurants is far more common than the Chinese government admits. Intelligence agencies have used similar practices in honey traps and other situations. "I always feel great with that woman. I have to see her again."

    Neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline play a strong role when falling in love. There are a variety of ways to mimic their effects, which when associated with a woman, can be useful in many situations, from a basic elicitation for information, to far deeper situations.

    Chinese restaurants 'used opium poppies as seasoning'

    Thirty-five restaurants across China, including a popular Beijing chain, have been accused of illegally using opium poppies as seasoning.

    Five restaurants are being prosecuted while 30 others, ranging from Shanghai dumpling joints to noodle shops in south-western Chongqing, are under investigation, said China’s food and drug administration.

    Cases of cooks sprinkling ground poppy powder, which contains low amounts of opiates such as morphine and codeine, in soup and seafood are not new in China, though it is unclear whether they can effectively get a customer hooked or deliver a noticeable buzz.

    Shaanxi provincial police busted a noodle seller in 2014 after being alerted by a failed drug test. Seven restaurants were closed in Ningxia province in 2012 for using the additive and Guizhou province shut down 215 restaurants in 2004.

    Hu Ling, the general manager of Huda, a popular chain with several adjacent locations on the raucous Beijing nightlife strip known as Ghost Street, confirmed on Friday the company was under investigation, saying it may have unknowingly sourced seasoning containing opiates. She declined to comment further.

    Poppy powder, made from capsules and shells that contain higher opiate content than the seeds commonly seen on bagels, can be easily purchased in markets in western China for about $60 (£42) a kilogram, according to a 2014 report by the official Xinhua news agency. The additives are commonly mixed with chilli oil and powders, making detection difficult without laboratory equipment.

    Despite pledges from the government to improve enforcement, Chinese consumers perennially face high-profile food scares, ranging from tainted baby milk to fake meat and fruits, and seafood pumped with gelatin.

    The country’s food safety problems spilled beyond its borders in 2014 when a Shanghai-based supplier to companies including KFC, Starbucks and McDonald’s was found selling unsanitary and expired chicken meat.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...inese-restaurants-use-opium-poppies-seasoning
     
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    Sign me up for some of that stuff in my soup.

    Why does none of this stuff ever happen where I am? The Illuminati has too much control here in the West I think.
     
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    Right? That seems like it would be a fun time out to eat :D
     
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    I spent the afternoon on a balcony at the I-House enjoying catered food, while looking across Berkeley at the Bay, Marin County, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, I forgot to put on sunscreen and my head now looks like a giant beet with hair, and my face will soon peel off.
     
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    http://news.mit.edu/2016/scientists-discover-potentially-habitable-planets-0502

    Is there life beyond our solar system? If there is, our best bet for finding it may lie in three nearby, Earth-like exoplanets.
    For the first time, an international team of astronomers from MIT, the University of Liège in Belgium, and elsewhere have detected three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star, just 40 light years from Earth. The sizes and temperatures of these worlds are comparable to those of Earth and Venus, and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the solar system. The results are published today in the journal Nature.
    The scientists discovered the planets using TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope), a 60-centimeter telescope operated by the University of Liège, based in Chile. TRAPPIST is designed to focus on 60 nearby dwarf stars — very small, cool stars that are so faint they are invisible to optical telescopes. Belgian scientists designed TRAPPIST to monitor dwarf stars at infrared wavelengths and search for planets around them.
    The team focused the telescope on the ultracool dwarf star, 2MASS J23062928-0502285, now known as TRAPPIST-1, a Jupiter-sized star that is one-eighth the size of our sun and significantly cooler. Over several months starting in September 2015, the scientists observed the star’s infrared signal fade slightly at regular intervals, suggesting that several objects were passing in front of the star.
    With further observations, the team confirmed the objects were indeed planets, with similar sizes to Earth and Venus. The two innermost planets orbit the star in 1.5 and 2.4 days, though they receive only four and two times the amount of radiation, respectively, as the Earth receives from the sun. The third planet may orbit the star in anywhere from four to 73 days, and may receive even less radiation than Earth. Given their size and proximity to their ultracool star, all three planets may have regions with temperatures well below 400 kelvins, within a range that is suitable for sustaining liquid water and life.
    Because the system is just 40 light years from Earth, co-author Julien de Wit, a postdoc in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, says scientists will soon be able to study the planets’ atmospheric compositions, as well as assess their habitability and whether life actually exists within this planetary system.
    “These planets are so close, and their star so small, we can study their atmosphere and composition, and further down the road, which is within our generation, assess if they are actually inhabited,” de Wit says. “All of these things are achievable, and within reach now. This is a jackpot for the field.”
     
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    I had some useless info to share but I've forgotten what it was.:eek:

    A lost wallet was returned to me with my ID and $11 in it intact. I appreciate the anonymous person's honesty. The ID replacement fee would have been way more than the cash. I traveled two weeks without the ID and actually was rewarded by not having it...two hotels, probably more expensive and not as friendly or nice, wouldn't offer a room with my xeroxed copy but the third place across the street was happy to honor it.
     
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    You can cause a stampede if you stop on your bicycle near a cow pasture and take photos using your phone. @Sentinel has documentation of this phenomenon that he may share. Only one lone "blonde" cow in the herd of redcoats did not panic.:eek:
     
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    Blonde cows apparently carry the "deafness" gene as well. ;)
     
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    Has suresh ever not bageled ? My heart goes out to the victim of not being bageled.
     
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    :D :D

    Obviously it was not useless, or else you would have not forgotten it.
     
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    Letting loose under the covers?:D
     
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    Bergen was home to Edvard Grieg.
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  40. Rusty Shackleford

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    The human mind doesn't have no problem not dealing with double negative statements.
     
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    "Aindre undse lackmaishta Sureshsta ordalia herde notae sun".

    (Inscription found in 6,500 year old proto-Sumerian temple ruins). :eek:
     
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    I have to go to work in about an hour while quite drunk, but it's only minor prep work and I should be done within 20 minutes and two cartridges of nitrous.
     
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    An article about European children being quieter than American children

    http://acculturated.com/european-children/

    Reminds me of when i was working in Japan. Talking loudly and authoritatively to my team back in India, and all the Japanese people in the large hall turning to look at me. They used to talk in whispers and one never knew when a meeting was going on within a few feet of me. I kept trying to lower my voice but it would come up again, and they would look back.
     
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    Was Poobs hard of hearing back then???:eek:
     
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    I found a quarter on the sidewalk tonight...it celebrates the Blue Ridge Parkway, a beautiful mountain road running through the Appalachian mountains in Virginia and North Carolina that I drove in '73. I saved the quarter and did my Anton Chigurh thing, not mixing it in with my other change. Maybe I'll get lucky and bicycle the route one day.:)
     
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    Wow. When i was working in the US, some of my colleagues drove to Blue Ridge Parkway and thereabouts during one of the long holidays. I remember that name now that you mention it. I would love to bike that route, too. I did go to NC for some white water rafting with my office crowd, though, another time. That place had an Indian name, iirc.
     
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    He was hard just about everywhere back then. :eek:
     
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    Nantahala River??? It's the most popular. Others with Indian names are Cheoah, Ocoee and Tuckasegee. The Ocoee was chosen for the '96Atlanra Olympics canoe/kayak whitewater competitions.
     
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    PreAYCEan Poobasaurus must have been scary to behold! Did you drink his pee???:eek:
     

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