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August 27th, 2020, 08:55
Still remember watching his first big movie Home Alone as a kid myself after all these years as well. Hard to believe he's a year older then I am. To bad his career fizzled out.

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August 27th, 2020, 12:10
Why do birds sing?

Because they're all on drugs.
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Why do birds sing?

Because they're all on drugs.
As are koalas, stoned all the time! (At least in urban mythology.)
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August 28th, 2020, 05:19
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Why do birds sing?

Because they're all on drugs.
So much bird hate!
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The secret of the 7th row:

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September 8th, 2020, 18:00
And this is why Geometry is the only part of Maths I love . It is intuitive.

What I mean with "it is intuitive" is, that even with a Dyscalculia, the built-in maths skills are sufficient to let the body work through such a problem, and present that to the surface of the conscious human being as "Emotions".
Symmetry is instantly felt. Symmetry just "feels good". And at this level, Geometry is imho understandable through Emotions.
I think that "Emotions" then are the tool of the built-in mostly unconscious maths skils everyone has to present the result of the "calculation" on the built-in math skills to the conscious being we call "humans" at the surface.
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https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl…t-of-dev-costs
German games fund to offer government support for up to 50% of dev costs

Non-repayable government grants will help fund a range of projects, from prototypes to €40m+ AAA games
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September 27th, 2020, 13:23
I just found this via another thread about Canadian culture :
http://mcpei.ca/resources/library/ac…s-and-legends/
These are stories coming from Mi'kmaq culture, as far as I understood this page.
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September 28th, 2020, 18:21
I stumbled across this idea from a chap who came up with a solution for a webcam with more natural eye contact. It can be done with a cardboard box and a sheet of two-way mirror. He liked it so much, he went on to get a proper housing cut, and add a DSLR camera.

https://medium.com/@mask303/diy-devi…t-cb393edb4401

I think I might have a go, as I'm using more videochat in these weird times, and I don't like the way it's usually set up. If it works, I may be distributing little wooden boxes from my shed to friends and family.
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September 29th, 2020, 03:54
Especially for @a pibbur
https://theconversation.com/does-aus…n-myths-145765
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Especially for @a pibbur
https://theconversation.com/does-aus…n-myths-145765
For once I'm going to treat Australian issues rationally.

I once read this: Is the inland taipan dangerous? Yes - if you are a laboratory rat. AFAIK it's still recognized as the snake with the most potent venom, but according to the web there actually hasn't been any recorded deaths from inland taipan bites.

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Originally Posted by Hurls View Post
As are koalas, stoned all the time! (At least in urban mythology.)
Some more info on koalas (from qi):

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The Isleworth Mona Lisa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isleworth_Mona_Lisa
Who are its owners ? https://news.artnet.com/art-world/se…awsuit-1614043
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WHOA MURDERER DUDE!

Agatha Christie was an avid surfer and could surf on all kinds of boards in all kinds of styles as early as the early 1920s. She even surfed in far off places such as South Africa and Honolulu. In fact, it was her no.1 pursuit when holidaying.

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October 28th, 2020, 17:49
Got money to burn? How about this one:


It's the Texas Instrument's Cal-Tech pocket calculator, a prototype made in '67 for the later Canon Pocketronic thingy (released in 1971). It's regarded as the first electronic hand-held/pocket calculator. Only two of those '67 machines are known to exist today. One of them is at the Smithsonian. The other is now up for sale at Bonham's auction house (https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/260…ngth=96&page=1), expected to sell for 30K-50K USD.

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PS. Back in '74 when I started med school, pocket calculators were still fairly expensive. So I used a slide rule for my chemistry calculations. I still have it. Somewhere. DS.
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October 29th, 2020, 00:55
I still have a slide rule as well which I also used with high school chemistry calculations. I thought they were incredible tools back in the day!!
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I still have a slide rule as well which I also used with high school chemistry calculations. I thought they were incredible tools back in the day!!
Still is!

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Had some problems with this one, it seemed to be a week late. Then I discovered that the US end-of-daylight-saving-time on the 1 of November indeed is a week late.

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October 30th, 2020, 00:32
Fortunately, I live in a state which doesn't use silly time so there's no adjustments needed!! Imagine being a dairy farmer who has to train his cows to change their milking time twice a year!!!!
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October 30th, 2020, 05:21
Funny enough I love the dark mornings and early nights in winter.
Daylight Saving Time (or Summer Time," as it's known in many parts of the world) was created to make better use of the long sunlight hours of the summer. By “springing" clocks forward an hour in March, we move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. On the first Sunday in November, we fall back" and rewind our clocks to return to Standard Time.
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