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Rolig Loon

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  1. Oh well, worth a try. That's the sort of behavior that tells me my mouse is on its last legs. Maybe yours just has dirty feet?
  2. Indeed. Now that I have taken the time to look through my trusty 1889 Century Dictionary, which is an excellent etymological source, I find that the English word "hew" is related to the Old Saxon "hedwan" and Old Dutch "houwen". It also evolved to Middle High German "houwen" and eventually to modern German "hauen" and Danish "hugge". So, we're all cutting things off. Thanks!
  3. How's the battery in your mouse?
  4. That's all you can do. Now you wait. Or buy something else.
  5. Probably not, but I assume you have submitted well-documented ARs.
  6. And it's definitely less painful and potentially life-threatening than CoVid-19.
  7. That makes a lot of sense. I can vaguely remember being afraid of shots as a child, but it's such a dim memory that I suspect it would have faded ages ago if my sister didn't remind me occasionally. As an adult, I've had more injections (and "inspections, detections, neglections and all kinds of stuff ," as Arlo Guthrie said) than I can count. It's all pretty ho-hum now. My CoVid shots were non-events, except that I got a nice card to commemorate them and had a friendly follow-up note from my doctor. No pain or discomfort. As you said, I didn't expect any, so I didn't get any.
  8. Maybe some kind German speaker can explain why "Hau ab!" means "Get lost!" It was one of the first useful phrases I learned in German, but I've never understood where it comes from.
  9. Exactly. I will always pay homage to statistics, realizing that my chances are best if I bet on whatever is within a standard deviation of the mean and understanding at the same time that events way out in the tails are still possible. Take risks but hedge your bets. When it comes to aliens visiting Earth, the probabilities are really low but the downside risks of expecting them to show up are too. So yeah, I'm open to the possibility but I'll be surprised if aliens arrive in my own lifetime.
  10. I suspect that panterapolnocy is right. You have a connection problem that might be resolved by adding a new DNS server to whatever is already in your router. Follow the link that she provided for the Google DNS servers. They are free and reliable. Rowan is right that your Intel graphics chip may also be having trouble, but if you reduce the load you are putting on it, it should be OK. The only other thing I might suggest is lowering your Maximum Bandwidth, which is now at 3000. Set it no higher than 1500. 1000 may be even better.
  11. Duplicate question. Answered at Please don't ask the same question twice. I will get everyone confused about advice you may have already been given.
  12. Rolig Loon

    Error Messages

    That's really hard to say. What sort of error message? From which script?
  13. 1. Stand somewhere where you have permission to rez stuff (like your back yard). 2. Open inventory and find the boat. 3, Left click on the boat .... HOLD .... and drag it to the ground next to you. BINGO! A rezzed boat. The trick is usually finding a place where you are allowed to rez stuff AND where you can sail the boat. That's a little hard, but there are public rezzing areas on Linden-owned land all over SL. In Bellisseria, they are all pretty clearly marked so you can spot them from a distance. One of the resident groups (I can't remember which one) publishes a list of SLURLs to all of them. There are similar areas around the Blake Sea and other favorite boating venues.
  14. Yeah, and I hadn't seen my old friend for maybe 25 years. You and I both had low-probability experiences, but unlikely doesn't mean impossible. Just spooky. I'll tell you another one ... A car honked at me as I was backing out of a parking space at a rest stop on the NY State Thruway, 800 miles from home. It turned out to be a friend from another part of the country who was traveling to New England. She just happened to spot my license plate and think "Who do I know from there?" She was as surprised as I was when we recognized each other. That'll never happen again in another 50 years, but it happened then.
  15. That's a fascinating synopsis. The lesson, I suppose, is that no approach is always right in all circumstances. We muddle through somehow. Personally, I find that a little unsettling, but that's because I have a scientist's confidence that there have to be some basic, discoverable principles at work somewhere.
  16. And probably will. Good point. 😈 🦈
  17. Yeah, if you live long enough, you accumulate a few spooky, improbable events like that to talk about. I once bumped into an old friend in a Washington DC Metro station, when we both happened to be visiting from out of town. What are the odds?
  18. Oh, I suspect more than one of your whaling ancestors was cursed by having to decide between drowning and being eaten by a shark, neither of which sounds very appealing. I'm not sure how many people would be using that phrase today if it hadn't been used as a popular song title back in the 1930s.
  19. Having just used the expression in a different thread, I'll share another odd phrase from English: "That's a whole nother ball of wax." Meaning roughly: "That [issue] involves completely different factors" Why a ball of wax? According to Wikipedia, which never lies, it comes from a 17th century "English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat." It just odd enough to be believable, although nobody uses balls of wax these days. As an aside, notice that the phrase plays a common colloquial trick of jamming one word ("whole") inside a different one ("another") for emphasis. I have no idea why we do that.
  20. Size is certainly a confounding factor. No question about that. Still, the UK is far from being culturally or politically monolithic. Setting size to one side for a moment, you might expect that there would be just as much variety in vaccination policy and practice across the UK as there is in the U.S. I'm sure there is, to a degree, but within living memory the people of the UK have become comfortable with the idea of a National Health Service, National Railways, and all sorts of other nationwide systems that would be shouted down as "creeping socialism" here in the U.S. I think that's what has allowed the UK to be a bit more nimble in its CoVid response than we have. (I'm not making judgements about how effective we have each been, and I'm certainly not meaning to make comments about how our public officials have managed things. Those topics invoke their own balls of wax.)
  21. It's the same in the UK: while the NHS has run the vaccination programme here, getting all the vaccines from the factories and warehouses to the right vaccination centres in time has been run by the Army's Royal Logistics Corps. And there you have one big difference from our experience in the U.S. Because we have a long history of favoring local or regional decision making and have no federal body with the authority to manage public health, we have ended up with a patchwork of systems for distributing and administering the vaccines. The states have different levels of experience with crisis management, different logistical and legal constraints, and of course different political attitudes. While the armed forces are certainly controlled at the federal level, they are limited in their authority to deal with events like floods, droughts, earthquakes, and pandemics. Those are the responsibility of National Guard units in each state, under the authority of the governor and legislature of each state. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention act as a clearinghouse and advisory body, but the states decide what to do. We don't have a NHS. Debates about federal vs local control have been part of our history for two and a half centuries, with excellent arguments on both sides. For a country as large and diverse as ours, there is much to be said for honoring local approaches. The states can often serve as testing grounds for competing ideas -- incubators for innovation -- so we avoid marching quickly but single-mindedly from crisis to crisis. At the same time, it can be difficult to reach consensus when we are under time pressure, and we can end up competing with ourselves for resources. With the advantage of hindsight, we can sometimes agree on things that worked well. Statistically, our scattergun approach pretty much guarantees that something useful will bubble up from the chaos. We dust ourselves off, make some efforts to teach each other what we have learned, redistribute some resources, and find some sense of unity. It's a clumsy system, frustrating to watch in action, but it's ours and it works ... after a fashion.
  22. It truly does! I was there 5 years ago -- stayed in a lovely B&B on the west coast for a week while hiking around. It's a beautiful, peaceful part of the world.
  23. Like a bored schoolboy kicking into an anthill? Maybe something like "indolent genocide"? That has a sinister but totally oblivious feel to it. Not as purposeful as exterminating the passenger pigeon, but with as little thought to the outcome.
  24. @Orwar One Swedish phrase I like is "Bränt barn skyr elden," which is "A burnt child avoids the fire." In English, we would say something like "Once burned, twice shy."
  25. That's entirely up to you. You create a new group and add at least one other member (preferably your own alt) so that the group doesn't close automatically within 48 hours. Then you stand on your land, right click the ground, and select About Land. On the General page, SET (not deed) the land to your new group. Then use the Options Tab to be sure that rezzing objects and Object Entry are restricted to group members. (leave Fly and Scripts available for everyone). Review the details in
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