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  1. 54 minutes ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

    ...thanks her lucky stars she knew Dylan had written it, and probably knows that because she generally prefers Dylan songs when he's not singing them.

    I was quoting Phil, and he commented on "survivors of that era", not youngsters like you. Go ahead and keep throwing a little shade—"she generally prefers Dylan songs when he's not singing them"—and I'll keep trying to win you over, one song at a time. Gives me something to do ;-).

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  2. On 10/30/2018 at 12:15 PM, Phil Deakins said:

    I'd go further and suggest that most survivors of that era weren't, and still aren't, aware that Bob Dylan wrote it.

    I'll gladly disown any who weren't/aren't, and am happy to have had friends who introduced me to Dylan (rhymes with Dillon, btw) long before PP&M decided (like about a zillion other artists) to cover one of his songs.

  3. 4 hours ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

    I like this question because of the massive potential it gives the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    Let's say you know you're going to live to  be 110. Would you take a job in a bomb disposal unit? You could reason that your Deathday suggests you're going to be very good at it, and never get blown up... or? What if, on your first mission, you get blown into a coma and spend the next 86 years aware of your surroundings, in pain, but unable to respond. Does knowing your "deathday" do anything to reduce uncertainty in your life?

    Let's say you know you're going to live only to 18. When you enter high-school, you discover that 109 of your classmates share the same deathday. You look at the calendar and realize that will be graduation day. It doesn't take long for a "worse than Sandy Hook" theory to arise. There is nothing that can be done to save you and your friends, but there is a lot that can be done to save the school, so they move graduation forward one week to ensure that the 110 of you die in hopefully unrelated events during summer vacation.

    So, I am that bomb disposal gal, and I'm called to remove a dynamite backpack from a suicide bomber who's plan to kill her high school graduating class was foiled by a change of date. I know the bomber is going to die in a few minutes, so there's no possibility of saving her. My only goal is to maximize the quality of life (because I can do nothing about the duration) for everyone who survives the incident. I isolate the woman in a cornfield and wait for the bang. At that precise moment, 451 people die in various acts of violence around the community, committed by 16 of the high school's doomed students in attacks pre-planned to copycat what they all expected to happen on graduation day.

    There are endless ways to imagine unintended consequences that make knowing your deathday worse than our current predicament.

    Given a little more time, I could probably imagine a humanity that had grown up with this knowledge and put it to overwhelmingly good use, but I don't know if I have a little more time.

    ETA: Answering "how" along with "when" makes it even easier to imagine darkness on the landscape.

    I'm so gonna pitch this—it'd be a dynamite movie, might even work as a series. I know some people at Amazon....

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  4. 1. Does an intelligent life form exist somewhere other than Earth? As an idea of what I mean by intelligent: a species we could communicate with, or vice versa (note this includes more than one species here on Earth).

    2. Since Garnet's already skipped this one I will as well. I usually miss implied insults anyway.

    3. You really don't have the kind of time that would take.

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  5. Somewhere here or in another forum far, far away the subject of Dr. Who came up. I mentioned that I had never seen an episode. Well, I'm seeing one now! Amazon Prime has 12 seasons beginning 2005. The Doctor is Christopher Eccleston. I've already decided to give it a good try, just barely into the first episode ("Rose"). Got me hooked as he is shooing Rose out the door saying, "Go have your lovely beans on toast.". I think I'll like this.

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  6. 30 minutes ago, Love Zhaoying said:

    How do we know which pun she means? (It could have been Sansared.) And you KNOW I’m all about bad puns. Madame Loon. ?? I only meant “we” as in any of us who pun, hope they are appreciated, and wasn’t taking direct credit. 

    Let me relieve your uncertainty. Rolig is correct; I meant hers. 

    Imagine my dismay at learning she is capable of such villainy.

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  7. Losing the Focus Department:

    Clover's post back there about sansars on the lawn was the first new post when I logged in. I continued reading from there, past all the silly sansar stuff (including a truly horrific pun by someone I'd have thought was above that sort of thing) and then into foliage colors and weather, until Iva dropped the non-sequitur about the coyote.

    I thought, "Wow, talk about a derail! What was this thread about, anyway?"

    And then I remembered where I was.

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  8. If nothing else, Gabrielle, you chose a heck of a good topic: three four pages of fascinating posts already in just fourteen hours (it expanded as I wrote). 

    I've been ambivalent with the few Experience equipped chances I've had (I haven't gotten settled enough yet with this re-entry to do a lot of exploring). I like the idea of seeing what happens and how it's done, but I just do not like other people planning my exploration. Like Lil, I would infinitely rather explore a new place on my own than take an organized tour. When I'm in  a strange (to me) place the last thing I want is to have someone telling me where to go and how to get there. Just let me do it myself. I've had some pretty cool experiences that way. Not all of them as good as getting caught in the middle of an anti-government protest in Kuala Lumpur because I insisted on using public transit (in this case the light rail system) instead of a limo or taxi. You're not having fun until you're getting tear-gassed in the train station :-).

    The same reluctance to believe someone else knows what I like/want better than I do tends to make me not a fan of the Experience idea. I don't mind 'losing control' of my avatar; I can always bail out if I don't care for it if by no other means than closing the viewer. I'd just rather move at my own pace and see it my way.

    All of the above changes if the Experience is the whole point of the experience. Elementary example: Disneyland. I loved just getting in the boat and going for the ride at The Pirates of the Caribbean. I had no desire whatever to travel that route on my own. ETA: Good grief, it took me half an hour to do this? In my defense I did get interrupted a few times. Anyway, upon going back to read what posted while I dawdled, I see Lil had already used Pirates of the Caribbean as an example (in exactly the same way I did, which is pretty funny).

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  9. On 2/3/2018 at 2:56 AM, Coby Foden said:

    In Finnish language we have this word "Lohikäärme" (in English Dragon), which some Finns accidentally translate into English as "Salmon snake".
    This is how it looks. :/


    I KNEW I'd seen that image somewhere but I couldn't remember where. I was looking for this post yesterday (Oct. 15) because of an article I saw on BBC Online. I didn't save the link (sorry) but as the caption shows it was about Pompeii. I believe it was an article saying they'd found evidence the eruption was a few months later than the long-believed date.

    This image certainly suggests that The Mighty Finn (a possibly mythical character) extended his travels as far as Italy (it's known he got to Hungary; they speak almost the same language).



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  10. 1 hour ago, Jameson2001 said:

    I am not in a LTR relationship at the moment, however, when I was we had a good time meeting other couples at popular dance sims just by bumping into them repeatedly and eventually striking up a conversation.  The other place we met other couples was in our community where we lived which was a small town.  There were other couples living in the community with us which made it easy to connect.  By the way, your activities list sounds super fun!  With the exception of shopping events?

    I agree for sure with the dance idea; dancing is the second most popular SL activity involving couples, I bet. Plus you have an excuse to shop for slow dance anims.

  11. 5 hours ago, Selene Gregoire said:

    And here I thought I was the only one to ever call you Silly Dilly. :$

    I'm not sure, there have been a few people who used Dilly. One who I hadn't seen in years dropped by a club I was visiting the other night and yelled "Dilly Doll!", which I had not heard in a long time (her now-absent friend used to call me that). You might be the only one who used the rhyme, though :-).

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  12. 1 hour ago, Selene Gregoire said:



    I was just about to declare my complete ignorance in front of everybody and ask you flat out :-). Thanks for the picture; I'd never have gotten it just from the textual clues. 

    ETA: I probably should have looked a little closer at your avatar, speaking of pictures. That mighta helped.

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  13. 3 hours ago, Selene Gregoire said:

    Yes I know.... necro! 


    But I just could not let it go. Had you searched for Waiting for THE Man you would have found it.

    This one was posted up in 2014. There are others but I didn't look at them. Just grabbed the first one I saw.



    Oops. Did I just derail the derailed derail thread for derailed derail threads?O.o

    I love that you took the time to look for the song (although I can't imagine why you waded through my wall of text) but I wasn't looking for the Underground's version; that, as you saw, is readily available. What I wanted on youtube is the live version by Prague's favorites, The Plastic People of the Universe. That's the one I wanted to play here.

    ETA: Never noticed that about "The" v "My"; I always called it by the lyric and must not have paid much attention to what it said on the album cover.

    Thanks so much for the ever-so-appropriate derail :-).

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  14. 37 minutes ago, Qie Niangao said:

    It's heartening that Maddy has finally forsworn false modesty, so there may be hope for us all.

    As she's pointed out many times, it's not exactly false modesty. It's a conversational tactic and one that can be seen (and used) as either a defensive maneuver or an assault preparation. In Maddy's case it can also just be a way to keep an interesting conversation going, and in that respect it is something a lot of knowledgeable people learn to do. As for conceit: I wouldn't call it that although I can see Phil's point. It's just that she really does know how smart she is and she's not usually bashful about it. Most people tolerate it because she's so cute.

    Even if she doesn't really forswear the tactic I do think there's still hope for us all, especially if we can count on an occasional intervention from Snugs.

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  15. 1 hour ago, Scylla Rhiadra said:

    Ok. Explanation please!

    (I need all of the intel I can get on Maddy.)

    It was a long time ago; I thought you were still here. Maybe it happened shortly after you'd been pulled away. It's not a long story, but the fun Maddy and the rest of us had stringing it out afterwards could fill volumes. For instance: this guy right here? He was a Dave. Maddy was terribly proud.


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  16. 3 hours ago, Madelaine McMasters said:


    With all your hand waving and yelling, it sounded more like a nightmare.

    You didn't tell me it was an automatic. I've never owned an automatic, so I think I can be excused for jamming the brake pedal to the floor while trying to shift from neutral to hyperdrive.

    You can't be excused for yelling at me for hitting the back of your seat when you DID jam on the brakes. Wasn't my fault!

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