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  1. On 8/18/2018 at 9:35 PM, Lindal Kidd said:

    While we are at it, let's throw in some epic Natural Disasters.  It would make residents' lives more exciting if there were occasional:

    • Earthquakes
    • Tsunamis
    • Lightning strikes
    • Tornadoes
    • Giant meteor impacts

    It would also be cool if, when a region was about to be re-started, a giant Linden Face would appear in the sky and intone in a deep, deep bass voice, "LOG OFF.  THE END IS NIGH!"


    To me, at least, the 'screen shake' that happens when one is on a sim about to be reset is very reminiscent of an earthquake (and I've been through a great many of those in RL).

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  2. I love this song. Nothing even close to technically exquisite about it, but there is so much history. Bo Diddley wrote it. These guys covered it on their debut album (and many big names have covered it as well). Buddy Holly pretty much gleeped it whole for "Not Fade Away". And so on.

    The first room I finished in my SL cottage is the front porch, so I can sit out there. You know. Just in case.


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  3. 19 hours ago, Clover Jinx said:

    And you're blonde today. Suddenly, socks with sandals is looking pretty logical =~.^=

    The 'blonde' comment reminded me of a moment back in time. The place Naz was DJ'ing always had costume contests, at least on the Saturdays. One night the costume theme was, for want of a better word, "Strumpet". We were supposed to look as immoral and trashy as possible. Sky's the limit in SL, eh? I can't recall my outfit but at the last minute I decided to add a flaming red hairdo, completely against type: I was/am always basic blonde in SL. I suppose I might have done it as a joke because Naz was always a ginger.

    So I get to the gig and both Naz and her then partner (who is a ginger both SL and RL) were blondes! There was a lot of laughter.

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  4. 10 hours ago, Callum Meriman said:

    Can playing tonka trucks in the sandpit be thought to be a game? It has no set goal,no objective.

    Not really, no. It's simply using your imagination to explore the sandpit with your trusty truck.

    To me, that sounds a lot like my experience in SL.

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  5. Those spaces are there, Sukubia. A couple from what was probably my best road trip ever.

    Utah, up north of Salt Lake. The flatness is because it was the bottom of Lake Bonneville thousands of years ago.


    Idaho, somewhere around the southwest corner on the way to Nevada.


    California, along the Modoc Plateau. It was a bit hazy that day (unusual up there; it's normally stunningly clear with skies you can't believe) but you can still see Mt. Shasta pretty well in the background. It's fifty miles away.





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  6. 13 hours ago, LittleMe Jewell said:

    We are driving from Denver to the San Diego area to see my husband's son - he just bought his first house.  We stopped in SW Utah for the night - OMFG, 100 degrees in SW Utah is WAAAAYYYYYY worse than 100 degrees in Denver.  I don't know if there is a big humidity difference here (doesn't feel overly humid) or just the difference in altitude or what, but UGH is is freakin horrid here.

    Tomorrow - on to California where it is ONLY in the mid to  upper 90s.

    Well, maybe not. Depends on the timing. You already know because you're on the road by now I'm sure, but it could get toasty. "SW Utah" I'm guessing was St. George or around there, suggesting Interstate 15. From there it's on across SW Nevada (desert) through Las Vegas, and on into California and the Mojave Desert. It stays desert all the way to the coast. Hot, hot, hot.

    When you finally do get to San Diego it should be pretty nice; NWS says it's supposed to top out at 83 today (although it's already 79 at nine o'clock). Actually San Diego's desert, too, but they pipe in water and fake it. Have fun visiting the kids. Downtown San Diego is apparently a lot of fun to visit (I've only bombed through on the freeway a couple of times on the way to Tijuana).

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  7. On ‎7‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 11:33 PM, Phil Deakins said:

    to which you replied...

    ... and continued with a lot of stuff about Russian words. But I didn't see where Love referred to, or implied, Russia. Where is it?

    It's actually 'citizen'. You were mistaken.

    In films, people are referred to as 'citizen' in France, following the French Revolution. I've no idea if the word (french version) was used like that at the time though. So I assume that Love was thinbking France and not Russia.

    I've never seen it scholarly verified but I believe you're correct. The Russian revolutionaries almost certainly borrowed the concept from the earlier French Revolution, which stressed 'citizen' (citoyen/citoyenne) as a form of address and rank for everyone. Egalitarian, you see. Did away with all that crud with titles. It's used in 'La Marseillaise': Paul Henreid is saying "Aux armes, citoyens!" (To arms, citizens!) with a fist-pump in one of my favorite scenes from one of the greatest movies ever made.

    Vive la France!

  8. On ‎7‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 6:45 AM, Sukubia Scarmon said:

    Uuuugh I'm dying.
    It's 31°c / 87.8°F here today. Hottest day will be thursday with 35°C/95°F, and of course, it's pretty humid.
    I've hung a tablecloth onto my window, so the dreaded afternoon-sun doesn't roast me alive.

    Decided to switch from plain rice to  whole-wheat rice today. I allready switched to whole wheat noodles some time ago. I'm a desaster in the kitchen (although I LOVE to watch american cooking shows.), but I'm trying to get better at that and be a bit more healthy. Also, I really need to lose my fear of seasoning.

    Went to the local Telekom-shop today, to ask them wtf is up with my internet being almost non existent. The nice person at the counter told me that my router, or rather it's model, is known to have issues with VDSL. Oh, okay. It would have been nice if the person who sold me the new VDSL Plan and the other person I had to ask, or the technician who enabled it in my apartment, all of whom knew my router, told me that beforehand. Gottverdammt.
    At least it's easy enough to fix that. I'm going to bring them my old one, and get a new one rented for the same price. 
    But I need to find my access data, else I'm going to have to order a new one. I'm really bad with paperwork. Or order. I'm the personification of chaos, really.

    First, congratulations on being a contributor to what must be the most comment-filled, humorous, and enjoyable Monday for "Where are all my friends" in a very long time. A whole page of fun. Don't know why I missed it

    But that's not really why I called. Now that you've dropped "I'm the personification of chaos" in here, you really should work out a new 'title' to celebrate that. I know, I know, mine still has boring old "Advanced Member", but you should be creative, Gottverdammt! And don't worry that Maddy will want to steal it; she's much too happy with Nefarious. ;-)

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  9. Thought of this for some reason. While I was digging it out of youtube and playing it was thinking about how we used to all sing along when this came on the radio; a carful of teens all belting it out. I got a little  sentimental, then maybe even more so while listening. Then I looked at the notes, and saw where someone had written just two words:

    Heart tunes



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  10. On ‎7‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 9:01 PM, Madelaine McMasters said:

    I also learned Frère Jacques in English and French, from Mom. She has the amusing ability to speak gibberish fluently, in what sounds like a variety of languages. Italian pop singer Adriano Celentano did exactly that in song years ago, producing the masterpiece "Prisencolinensinainciusol". He doesn't speak a word of English, but if you were Italian and didn't either, you might think he was fluent. For those of us who do speak English, it's a mind bender.

    Here's the NPR print/audio story about the song...

    The video link on that page is broken, so here it is on Vimeo (song starts at 1:22)...

    The blonde dancer featured in that video is Rafaella Carra... swoon.

    I loved this! And while Rafaella is definitely swoon-inducing, you gotta admit Adriano's pretty cute his own self. (When I said his name I rolled the 'R' nicely and stressed the hell out of that third syllable: Ah-dr/ree-AHNNN-o!).

    ps: How did I miss all this? I posted in this thread! I must not have checked back in all weekend.

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  11. 2 hours ago, Phil Deakins said:

    I knew that the french word brother but, until today, and as a result of looking it up because of thread, I didn't know that the 'brother' refered to monk. I'd always assumed a family brother. I also learned that the word 'friar' comes from the french 'frere'.

    If you enjoy learning the evolution of words and phrases, as I do immensely, Google can be a whole lot of fun. :-)

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  12. 7 hours ago, Pamela Galli said:

    We do sing it in French, but more often in English, since not high percentage understand it in FrencH. It’s not odd to me that someone would sing a song in another language but that they would do it as a birthday tradition. 

    Fascinating, both the 'Happy Birthday' business and 'Frère Jacques'. As to the latter, I learned it (here in the US) in French as a small child. It wasn't until I was much older (like, ten or so) that I learned the English words and that Frère Jacques meant Brother John.  

  13. Random thoughts upon waking up today...

    ( background) Someone here (Sukubia, I believe) was talking about a green German beverage. It's made by steeping the leaves of a plant called Waldmeister aka woodruff, and apparently it has a terrific flavor (I googled it a lot when I read the post).


    So my thoughts? It would be so cool if somehow the beverage could be made to give off fumes, so that it could be called "Fuming Rigellian Wine" in honor of the old James Blish science fiction novels "Cities in Flight". A quote: "It included fuming Rigellian wine, which he despised as a drink for barbarians;..."

    Now I have to find one of those novels and read it again; see if they were anywhere near as good as I remember. As a kid I was utterly captivated by them.

    You can identify a "Cities in Flight" fan anytime by saying, "IMT made the sky .. fall!" They'll react. :-)


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  14. Yikes. I saw this thread title on Wednesday and studiously ignored it. I sensed either a brief parody of political threads (given the title's grandiosity) or something worse: an actual thread about those issues. Thus I ignored the bold type each day telling me there was something I hadn't read. I already knew that—I hadn't read any of it.

    Regrettably, as I logged in this morning I saw that GD's newest post was from Maddie, and it was for this thread! So now I had to at least take a look at the thread (Snugs likes me to keep an eye on things in case Maddie goes completely off the rails).

    I am fully and completely on the side of those who felt this thread had no business being here. There are lots of forums out there for talking politics. There is even one that has to do with SL, but has a well-populated sub-section on politics et al (and boy, do they get into it over there!).

    This forum is different. Not as much passionate discourse. Probably not as serious or important, but I like that. It's a fun place to be and mostly we just kind of tease each other when differences occur. We don't get all riled up. Of course one reason for that is the fact that LL sees to it, but fact is it is mostly fun around here.

    I spend plenty of time elsewhere, including that SL-related forum I mentioned: I enjoy that one as well, but it's a different vibe. It's got a whole lot of edge.

    Having kind of skimmed through it all, I see it is the worst of the two ideas I'd had of it. It's for real. Even so, there were some things I liked here. Ellestones had some quotes from Thomas Jefferson that were new to me. It does not surprise me in the slightest to learn that Jefferson (and the other founders) spent a lot of time thinking about how they could make the country an improvement over the system(s) they'd been born into.

    I got a laugh, too. The spheroidal one actually referred to us ('us' being everyone  but him, presumably) as the Hive Mind! I chortled. Talk about hackneyed phrases...

    Anyway, I got through it. Maddie was surprisingly restrained and thoughtful, which happens from time to time. Fortunately she keeps that to a minimum. I won't be back here. As I said I can talk politics elsewhere. I don't mind sharing a few laughs at the expense of our laughable excuse for a president (or even for a rational human being) now and then and I admit that's political.

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  15. 4 hours ago, Alwin Alcott said:

    isn't that a often used western europe one?..( be careful with my feelings... i'm a ip nitwit) ;)

    It's in a range of numbers (there are more) that were set aside as "private" as the whole IP (Internet Protocol) was being worked out. That means they can't be used as "public-facing" or "internet" addresses. If you try to send a packet to one such address via the internet it won't go through. I believe it won't even actually go out on the wire; your own device's IP circuits will block it.

    For reasons unknown to me, was so commonly used as a base network address it became almost a standard, although it is not in any way. As I indicated, there are several blocks of numbers available that work the same way. I just checked my own router. Look at me, the rebel! I set it as*.

    There are a whole lot of people on this forum who know from a little to a lot about how the Internet (I'm towards the "little" end of that spectrum) and networks in general work.  So while it seems like common knowledge here, I assure you it isn't like that in RL.

    I like that you just went ahead and asked the question without trying to make anything up.


    *Probably because the DSL (yes, I am on one of those) modem is using AT&T's preferred base net of

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  16. I had to force myself to stop staring trying to figure out the geology. Overlooking the beautiful way it's eroded (wind, looks like), the difference between the sides is very odd. The right has a much  deeper stratum of the dark rock. And the bizarre way it overlaps at the bottom of the vee makes no sense to me. What did that? A fault, maybe? I'd love to see the whole complex from a little farther away, at all angles.

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  17. 21 hours ago, Tari Landar said:

    I'm in the camp of.."I don't quite understand why someone would go to the SL forums to read/chat about other platforms/games that aren't SL".

    Since you've not yet actually explained why, that's likely to leave folks with the assumption(good, bad, indifferent) that you're one of those "give me everything I want, when I want it, where I want it, how I want it, right now...logic be damned" folks...That's not going to bode well for you much of anywhere in life ;)

    Why would you go to a car dealership and ask to see their line of washing machines? 


    I'm finding myself hoping she does venture across the street; it'll be fun to watch.

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