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

  1. Forehand Of Doom

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    That must have been quite an interesting childhood, stringertom. Some people never travel much. My dad was an "army brat" as well and lived in quite a few places.

    The best of us can be accused of many things, and that doesn't mean much. I've been accused of incompetence, extreme parsimony, pupetry, and goonery. And that's just Sentinel within the last week. :)
     
  2. stringertom

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    Sounds like Senti has picked up from Gus Petch and is trying to "nail your @ss"!:twisted:
     
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    Three weather-related days off in a row izza makin' me crazeee! Oh well, at least the wallet is slightly padded still and the dogs are content to sleep on my deformed aircraft-carrier-sized feet.

    Time to recharge the phone and switch from caffeine to Mother's Milk. Guard the 'net while I'm in transition!
     
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    Toothpaste soothes burns (immediately) from scalding water and other minor burns.:)
     
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    it's also good for repairing foggy/yellowed headlamp assemblies on newer cars with the custom molded headlamp casings/lenses.
     
  6. stringertom

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    These last two posts are off-topic...remember this is the useless info thread!
     
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    Oops, guard the 'net while you're in transition w battery charging and immediately I've veered off. Sorry sir, it is not useless but I thought it is useless contextually because (presumably) it is a known fact, therefore redundant, and redundance spells useless?:)
     
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    Sometimes I cry.
     
  9. stringertom

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    How dare you presume I am not ignorant? I did not know this useful fact and hope it remains useless in my daily routines as I hope to avoid Nadalish episodes at Japanese restaurants.:twisted:
     
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    I cry every day when I say bye-bye to my dogs before work. I turn my frown upside down every night when I return!
     
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    Er...in Japanese restaurants, you mean eating off blowfish served off from the body of a beautiful nekkid siren?:)
     
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    Would a siren sound if I blew match point on a body serve then took solace in a fishing trip with a beautiful nekkid Japanese restauranteur??
     
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    How arrogant of you to consider your incompetent self to be the best of anything, even a bunch of goons.

    Judging by your posts I would have guessed the only traveling you have done is between the telly and the refrigerator :D

    Stringer, FOD is just kidding. I have never accused him of anything. He is charging me with crimes committed by other poasters (such as you know who).
     
  14. stringertom

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    Why is Chennai 10.5 hours ahead of my time zone???

    I can understand 10 or 11 but this half-hour increment is loco! IIRC, there's somewhere in North America that does something similar???
     
  15. borg number one

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    It's in an offset time zone stringertom.


     
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  16. Mike Bulgakov

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    China Only Has One Time Zone—and That's a Problem

    Imagine that you've found yourself in Kashgar, the western-most city in Xinjiang, China’s western-most region. Your friend sends you a text message and tells you to meet him at 3 pm. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Not in Xinjiang. If your friend is of China's majority Han ethnicity, you can assume that by 3 o'clock he's referring to Beijing Standard Time. But if your friend is a Uighur, the largest ethnic minority group in Xinjiang, he might be referring to “local time,” which is two hours behind.

    The reason for this confusion is simple: China, a country that is of roughly similar size to the continental United States, has one time zone: Beijing Standard Time. This means that when it's 6 o’clock in the nation's capital, it’s 6 o’clock almost 3,000 miles further west, in Kashgar. Allison Schrager, in her widely circulated article from last week advocating that the continental U.S. reduce its time zones from four to two, cited China as an example of why such a change would be less problematic than people would expect. Maybe so, but the single time zone does present odd sights: In the summer, for instance, it isn’t uncommon in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, to see people enjoying a beautiful sunset ... at midnight. Or for the sun to rise there in the winter around 10 AM. In order to accommodate people inconvenienced by the time zone change, shops and restaurants in Xinjiang often adjust their hours—but the effect can still be disorienting for the unaccustomed traveler.


    China hasn't always had one time zone. In 1912, the year after the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the newly empowered Republic of China established five different time zones in the country, ranging from five and a half to eight and a half hours past Greenwich Mean Time. But in 1949, as the Communist Party consolidated control of the country, Chairman Mao Zedong decreed that all of China would henceforth be on Beijing time for the purposes of national unity.

    Given the state of the nation in those days, Mao’s reasoning was legitimate: Just two decades before, China was a fragmented country, with large swathes (such as Xinjiang) beyond the de facto control of the central government. And this decision to unify the whole country under one time zone was hardly unprecedented: newly-independent India, for example, had instituted a similar policy just two years before.

    For most people in China, the single time-zone is at most a mild inconvenience, a scheduling quirk that simply requires a little adjustment. But in Xinjiang, the question of time divides the region’s population. Among Han Chinese, Justin Jacobs, a Xinjiang expert at American University, told me, use of Beijing Standard Time is universal: “that there’s another clock is not even something the Han think about.” But much of the Uighur population prefers to use their own time. In Urumqi, a city in Xinjiang's east populated mostly by the Han, Beijing Standard Time suffices. But as you head further west, into areas further away from Beijing (and with a higher concentration of Uighurs), knowing “which time” to use becomes trickier. In Xinjiang's extreme west, near China’s border with Pakistan, Beijing Standard Time is so irrelevant that it isn't even used on bus timetables.

    Why does this discrepancy exist? For the Uighur population, using their own time is more than just restoring the clock to a more natural equilibrium: it’s also about politics. As hope for greater autonomy within China has faded—due to a combination of government suppression and Han migration—Uighurs consider their time as, in the words of the writer Ruth Ingram, a psychological tool for independence.

    Over the last six decades, Uighurs have chafed under Beijing policies that have restricted their ability to study in their language and practice their Islamic faith and rendered it difficult for them to cope in a Han-dominated Chinese society. Within Xinjiang, Uighurs and Han populations are largely segregated, breeding resentment that occasionally boils over into violence. Most recently, Chinese authorities arrested three Uighurs in connection to a jeep collision in Tiananmen Square last week that killed two and injured 40. Beijing has blamed the East Turkestan Islamic Group, a UN-designated terrorist organization that supports Uighur independence, though others have doubted its ability to pull off such an attack. In any event, the Tiananmen episode seems assured to worsen an already tense situation in Xinjiang.

    On the list of causal explanations for Han-Uighur tension, the use of Beijing Standard Time in Xinjiang would rank low. But the time zone issue does represent, in a way, the limits of the Communist Party’s approach to its westernmost province. Since gaining control of China in 1949, the Party has attempted to smooth out the country's vast regional differences by using policies to affirm, occasionally by force, national unity. But in treating a vast, complex region like Xinjiang as just another Chinese province, Beijing has prevented the population from forging a trans-ethnic identity, one based around Xinjiang's unique geography and distance from Beijing. Whatever China decides to do with its time zone may ultimately matter little to the country’s political or economic situations—but re-thinking the logic behind instituting the time zone in the first place could instead pay dividends.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/china/ar...has-one-time-zone-and-thats-a-problem/281136/
     
  17. Sentinel

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    We are +5:30 GMT.

    Have you ever heard us complaining that you are 10.5 hours behind us :)
     
  18. stringertom

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    Not a complaint...just curious why the .5 hour difference, which B#1 passed along enough info to explain.

    Tallahassee is on the very western edge of -5GMT. We had late sunrises and sunsets but you get used to it. There are two small towns about forty miles west of there. They are on opposite sides of the river forming the time zone boundary. Getting their acts together might present a problem but humans are adaptive. Mike B's explanation of the Chinese dilemma is proof.
     
  19. Sentinel

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    That said, even in India we have only one time zone. I believe because of this the people in the eastern most parts (Assam), have very early sunrises and sunsets. There are some states such as Assam that are actually to the east of Bangladesh. IIRC my geography, India surrounds B'desh on 3 sides.
     
  20. stringertom

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    That is surprising...I wonder why India has that phenomenon that it shares with China.
     
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    Actually we all share the same, the one and only GMT!:)
     
  22. stringertom

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    Too deep for my shallow mind! What time do I set my alarm for NFL playoffs? Oh snap, I'm already seven minutes late!
     
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    There is a trick I learned on QI. If you want to know the time in India, flip your watch up-side down.

    NOTE: may not work on digital watches.
     
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    From what I know of Japanese culture, it would probably involve octopi.
     
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    Fine with me, especially if the aforementioned sushi-slinger is named Octopu$$y!:twisted:
     
  26. stringertom

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    The new Old Spice TV commercial with the Moms is ROFLMAO material!
     
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    Sadly, depends on which part of America you are in, and whether you have that weird daylight saving thing on or off. East coast is about 9.5 hours and the west is almost 12 hours.
     
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    I watched Octopu$$y and due to my knowledge of Latin etymology I was sorely disappointed. It was 8 pu$$ies short of a good experience for me, so I had to give it 2 thumbs down.
     
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    Easy peasy, when Tom (Brady:)) or Peyton is not playing, don't bother (oops) setting the alarm--unless of course if it is the Jets or the Giants!:wink:
     
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    That is one James Bond film I did not like, maybe it was the ink or the expectation of eight sirens with only one Walther PPK?:)
     
  31. slice bh compliment

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    Hahah, but you had to love the fact that an ATP standout and all around cool tennis guy was in that movie.
     
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    fixed that for you.
     
  33. Forehand Of Doom

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    HAHAHAHA. ;)
     
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    Yeah, I hated that one definitely. What's a Walther PPK?
     
  35. Forehand Of Doom

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    Sorry, I don't even remember that.
     
  36. stringertom

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    Vijay Armitraj played 007's local contact in India.

    Ah, the choice "piece" Bond relies on...the Walther PPK is tiny but carries a big punch; often regarded in shooting circles as "overrated".
     
  37. Vcore89

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    Now this is (like) a hand cannon!:wink:[​IMG]
     
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    Impulse buy at the most awesome version of our Publix grocery chain...a neat single-bottle display of various adult brews included a Lagunitas Pils. That's one tasty beer! May have to change my opinion that Pottsville PA produces the best Mother's Milk in creation. Petaluma CA is the new nominee!
     
  39. Mike Bulgakov

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    i will have to try this beer. Northern California has many great breweries.
     
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    I will be in communicado for the next five hours or so due to a highly insignificant gathering of 100,000+ souls at the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. Please guard the 'net while I am detained by my onerous task of rooting my alma mater on to victory!

    GO NOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  41. slice bh compliment

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    Tall, handsome, fine actor and producer, but, wow, this man could play some tennis. Jogo bonito. The beautiful game. Signed a ball for me when i was a kid. Then years later as a young aspiring circuit player, I was able to meet him in CA. Sincere, generous, sweet man. Did not pretend to remember me, but it actually felt like he did.

    In b14s, I played with various maxplys, slaz challenge no. 1s, then the vilas v-24.... But always coveted a pair of donnay allwoods or the fibre reinforced black, green and blue donnays VJA used. Now i have one on the wall of my garage, courtesy of an old pro i trained alongside. So flexible and smooth.
     
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    Ah, thank you stringertom.

    I guess Sunny Deol was not available to play the part? :)
     
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    For real Mother's Milk there is no place like the Netherlands.
     
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    Last night I saw "Red 2". Your location is taken from there, I take it ? And then you see Sir Anthony and it all makes sense :)

    I almost throw up everytime I see that name on this fine forum. I really wish whoever posts with that name could get a shock from the keyboard on pressing "Submit".

    SD was probably in diapers at that time. His dad was one of the bosses of Indian cinema (the mass appeal movies).
     
  45. borg number one

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    Vijay was a really nice tennis player. SBC, I've also had the chance to meet him a couple of times and had the same impression. I was a ballboy for a WCT event when I was a kid, when I met him first. He was a real gentleman on court and was known for his sportsmanship on Tour. He had a very smooth game.

    This guy below troubled even John McEnroe with his deft play.

    [​IMG]
     
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  46. stringertom

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    Armitraj was the "A" in AG International tennis products.
     
  47. slice bh compliment

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    BNO,
    Ramesh Krishnan, right? Saw him in a match against Lendl in the mid 80s. Another smooth, versatile player. The type who is probably still a good player into his late 50s.

    Forgive me, those of you who know languages from India, i know many names carry meaning. what does Amritraj mean? Sounds like a nobleman or a duke.
    What does Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan mean?

    And Lee Paes?
    I assume Leander is a Portuguese/Spanish/Latin name like Leandro?
     
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    Leander goes back as far as Greek mythology (Hero and Leander).
     
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    You got it. He won Junior Wimbledon and was a really nice player. Good question on the names. Since I was about 4 or 5, my language skills have declined in terms of Indian languages lol, after I moved to the U.S., but let me take a crack at this.

    Amritraj- Raj does mean king, so that means King of Amrita literally. "Amrita" churned out of an ocean in Hindu Mythology (long story)..

    Ramanathan- This is another name for Krishna/Vishnu in Hindu mythology.

    Ramesh- Not sure of any meaning from Hindu mythology for this very common Indian name from South India.

    Paes- Yes, this name has a Spanish/Portugese derivation. Leander is a name with a European/Portugese origin possibly, but I'm not certain (See stringertom's post. It means "hero" in Greek mythology). He is Christian, as is Vijay Amritraj. Leander's family is Goan Catholic.
     
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    I just saw a story on this and one of the activists mentioned that "dissent is the lifeblood of a democracy" which is something I found to be interesting. He does have a point there. See this article which talks about a break into a FBI building to snag FBI documents that were then leaked to the press. The activists planned to perhaps even be caught and arrested but moved forward anyway. They wanted the Government to have to try and explain their very own documents regarding FBI spying on "civil rights, anti-war and other political dissident groups".

    http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_...orter-recounts-breaking-fbi-spying-story?lite

     

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