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  1. 52 minutes ago, LittleMe Jewell said:

    The only thing good that every came out of KFC was their coleslaw recipe.

    We have similar taste in coleslaw. Whenever I make burgers or something similar somebody has to stop by KFC and pick up a large side of coleslaw (about six servings?). When I go, I enjoy testing the staff. It's a two-part test. Asking "For here or 'to go'?" is an instant fail, but the ones who pass that (only about fifty percent, sadly) often still flunk out on part two: asking me if I need a spoon.

  2. 4 hours ago, Marianne Little said:

    It's really not our business.

    Some of them want to use you
    Some of them want to get used by you
    Some of them want to abuse you
    Some of them want to be abused

    Sweet dreams are made of this
    Who am I to disagree?
    I traveled the world and the seven seas
    Everybody's looking for something

    SL is a safe place to test out things. Who would risk slave play in RL?


    Whenever I hear this song these days I'm reminded of something I saw across the street. There's a very nice lady over there named Circle Widdershins, and something she said is being used as a signature line by another forumite (I forget who).

    "Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to dis a brie?"

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  3. 59 minutes ago, Klytyna said:

    Balls indeed...

    Mr Colon was no "Navigator", a Navigator wouldn't have made the errors he did... Strictly speaking he wasn't an Explorer either, explorers go out looking for NEW lands... Colon just thought he'd found a shortcut to one already known, that would bypass the trade tariffs and embargoes of the middle east, and allow for BIG profits on Far East Goods...

    Not Navigator, not Explorer, just a Merchant with poor math skills...

    First of all, he estimated the journey West to South East Asia at about 3700 km... Instead of 20,000 km...

    He also estimated that the East Indies, and Japan were further north than they really are.

    Not "A Landmass", South east Asia, because as we've pointed out, he could barely count...

    Yes, I know. I covered that in my comment regarding the size of the earth and again in my reply to your first diatribe. Old news.

    I'm Ex Navy... Trust me I know what the terms originated as.


    I also know that the basic principle of navigation at that time, was, still, to sail north or south till you were at the same latitude as your target, then sail east or west till you bumped into it. The same technique used by the Scandinavians, when sailing from Norway to Iceland, Greenland, and even Vinland, half a millennium before Colon. Tools such as the cross-staff, the astrolabe or the quadrant (a precursor of the octants and sextants).

    All of that is irrelevant to the issue except that I should have excepted the Scandinavians when I referenced Europe. 

    I'm also aware that deep sea fishermen from Bristol were catching cod off the grand banks in the 1480's source?. And the Portuguese had already reahed the Cape of Good Hope, and were exploring the Indian Ocean, following the currents and tradewinds.

    And for the record, Colon wasn't the first European to sail anywhere by "not hugging the coast".

    Try the discovery of the Azores, in the 1420's, for example... Or the Portuguese again, discovering the currents and trade winds of the North and South Atlantic, in the 15th C, making two 'easy' routes for heading west and east from Europe, to the Azores and beyond, and for accessing west Africa.

    To hear you go on, one would think colon was some kind of genius, who invented the idea of sailing out of sight of land...

    He wasn't and didn't.

    The Azores were known and being settled before 1492. When they were discovered and by whom is still in doubt. One well-known history says a ship caught in a storm on the way to Lisbon was the first landfall. Hardly intentional.

    Not he... The Sailing Master, and the ships Captain, not Colon...source? Mine says Columbus.

    ... Something not written by a Yank Admiral and doesn't puff up Colon? Be wary of history books written in the first half of the 20th C by Military Officers. Syme's "The Roman Revolution" for example, is very clearly the product of a British Officer, from the Age of the Raj, and tends to colour everything in that light.... Unsurprising as it was written in 1933.

    I'm sure an American Admiral's 1942 work on "The Hero who discovered America!" is equally flawed.

    Thanks, but I wouldn't trust an American Admiral to find the "pointy end of the boat" that somebody with a lower rank and more brains is driving for him...

    Which brings us back to Colon...

    He might have been granted a title of "Admiral" for the voyage, but is maritime expertise seems to have been limited to saying...

    "Hey yous, El Capitano... Aima da pointy enda thata way! Capiche? Are we there yet?"

    Yes, your disdain for America and Americans is something we have come to expect. I know it has  nothing to do with your Britishness, since so many SL'ers are Brits and seem to get along with us just fine. I give these comments as much credence as I would theories on race relations from a guy driving a pickup with a Confederate battle flag flying. 



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  4. 11 hours ago, Klytyna said:

    A classic example of Historical Revisionism...

    Cristobal Colon wasn't a "sailor" at all. He was a mathamatics-illiterate, inept clerk, looking for a way to get rich quick.



    Columbus did what no European navigator had ever done. He left the coast behind and kept going, because he believed that a landmass was out there close enough for sailing distance and he had the guts to go find it. He had to navigate with compass, logs (look up nautical speed measuring and find out why they call it 'knots', if you're interested) and other primitive aids; it was over 200 years before the invention of the sextant. Despite all that, he managed to figure where he'd sailed accurately enough so that on his return trip he first sighted the coast of Europe less than a hundred miles north of his departure point, for which he was aiming.

    In the US every schoolchild knows all that stuff about India/Indians (or at least they did when I was one); that is what I meant with the 'size of the earth' comment.

    If you'd like to buff up your knowledge I recommend "Admiral of the Ocean Sea" by Samuel Eliot Morison. It's still in print; I see it on Amazon. I'd offer to loan my copy but I don't trust you not to mark it up.

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  5. 10 minutes ago, AmandaKeen said:

    History is written by the winners...

    This is an opinion that I've run across many times, and I think it is to some extent true but by no means universal. I'd bet there were at one time (maybe not so much now) more histories of the American Civil War by southerners than northerners. The trick with history is to read a lot of it and don't ever stop. People are always learning new things and making new observations. That's what historians do if they're worth a damn.

    As for judging our predecessors by current standards, I'm against it. I judge the people I find in history by who they were in their own time. I get irritated, for instance, with things like the currently very prevalent Columbus bashing trend. Yeah, Columbus was a total racist and yes he was a religious zealot. BUT SO WAS EVERYONE ELSE IN HIS TIMELINE AND SOCIETY. He'd been immersed in that since birth, one can hardly blame him for it. He was also much too interested in personal profit for my taste, and of course he was dead wrong about the size of the earth. But with all that, what he did was a tremendous achievement, and he was without doubt one of the greatest sailors of all time.

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  6. I don't know what all you people are on about. The only important sports news is that the San Francisco Giants are still clinging to third place, with at least a small chance to reach the playoffs. That's baseball: a game that is something like what cricket would be if Aristotle had written the rules. Nevertheless, congratulations on England's valiant victory.

    Happy Independence Day to all of you and to my fellow colonials. :-)


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  7. 2 hours ago, AmandaKeen said:

     I’m fond of the BBC.  Their Global News Podcast is one I stream every day on Overcast as I drive to work. Their coverage of the US is less-domestically-partisan than Fox/CNN/MSNBC and very often covers global news I would otherwise have to scrub through my news-amagmamation feed to even know about.

    I've been a BBC fan for decades. Years ago a local high school had a student-staffed radio station (still does) and on Sundays they would connect to BBC news. I was captivated by all the foreign news, something we don't get from American media. Unless something overseas involves an American national it's not 'news' here (that's a bit of an exaggeration, but only a bit). I figured the Brits were so good at covering the rest of the world because they used to own most of it.

    I watch virtually no TV news these days (and that which I do is local only) and get most of my news online starting with BBC World News online. The (failing) NYT's also pretty accessible online.

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  8. I read the ice cream cone story on a visit yesterday; as I lay in bed last night I recalled a couple of the times we've lost pets. Then I returned this morning to see Rhonda's post from last evening, along with Maddy's reply. In between I watched a movie I'd not seen before called "Arrival". It is science fiction, complete with aliens from outer space, but it is very nearly intellectual. It is also very moving. It has to do with language, among other things. I found myself thinking of the mutual cherishing we enter into with our pets. At first we can't speak their language nor they ours, but as time passes we find that we can communicate with one another quite well.

    Rhonda's loss is one we've all been through. When we take in a pet we know almost without a shadow of a doubt that we will  have to experience its passing. We can see that future, but we raise the pet anyway (in a small way, that process also reflects something about the movie). When the inevitable happens, I try to concentrate on the fact our pet spent its whole life around people who loved it and cared for its every need. The idea is that it gives me something positive to think about. It hasn't worked all that well for me, but I offer it to Rhonda and anyone else.

    I'm not sure when this Forum has left me so introspective. Introspection's not my normal gig; I mostly do the slapstick.

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  9. 26 minutes ago, Madelaine McMasters said:


    I'm pretty sure you played this somewhere else where I saw it. Loved it then, love it now. The variety of dancers moving with the consistency of the beat reminded me of another song I played not that long ago. Everybody moving to their own thing, in perfect rhythm. Kinda like dancing in Second Life. ;-)


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  10. On ‎6‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 4:53 AM, Bitsy Buccaneer said:

    It's been ages since I wore a house. I must be getting old :(

    That was the subject of one of the funniest forum posts ever.  The writer had accidentally "worn" a cabin.  He was getting razzed for making such a rookie mistake, so he decided to attach a cabin (it was 'Copy') to every point available on his avatar, getting rather large in the process. Funny stuff. "the Night I Became Cabin Man", or something much like that.

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    You'll get some snotty answers but I'll try to be as polite as possible. My advice:

    *Join Second Life (Great! You did that already.)
    *Explore ten locations from the Destination Guide
    *Take a Beginner class.
    *When people talk, listen.

    At the end of summer or two weeks before your paper is due (whichever comes first), come back and ask any questions for which you still need answers. Two or three at the most, please.

    You haven't even scratched the surface; YOU'RE NOT READY to have the discussion you're asking for.


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