Respite Open Thread – Ric’s New Box

 

Ric has a new box.

I tried a new lunch place today, a local coffee roaster. I had what amounts to avocado toast with a salad and poached egg on top. Very good.

No politics here.

 






115 replies
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    debbie says:

    I have a friend who has three very fluffy Maine Coon cats. You would not believe the tiny boxes they get themselves into! You almost can’t see cardboard for all the fluff!

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    TenguPhule says:

    I had what amounts to avocado toast with a salad and poached egg on top.

    You monster. //

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    My cat has a stash of random things somewhere. This morning he was playing with a bottle cap, and I have not had those types of bottles in the house for months.

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    Ric looks mighty pleased with his new box.

    I’ve developed some weirdly localized back pain and will be getting some x-rays this week. Hopefully it is transient. In happier subjects, I’m really enjoying The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, and the new Mountain Goats album is good.

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    MomSense says:

    Have you seen the YouTube Maru the cat videos about his love for boxes? When my youngest was little, those Maru videos were guaranteed belly laughs. Really there is nothing better than baby and little kid belly laughs.

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    raven says:

    Well, I’ve been planning a trip to the gulf for months based on the fact that the Florida Wildlife Commission website has May as month when Amberjack is open. We’re all set to go and I called the marina to book a trip and the feds closed AJ until August. We’ll still go and I’ll just surf fish but, crap! In other news I filed my retirement paperwork today and I listed Sept 3. I didn’t realize not but, if you don’t retire on the last day of the month, it swings to the next month and I can just take some of the massive amount of leave I have. Sept 3 will be 50 years to the day that I came home so it is a marker.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Up in space, mice found a new way to play

    Twenty female mice lived aboard the ISS, in a newly installed NASA Rodent Habitat, for up to a month. Scientists at NASA Ames Research Center and other institutions filmed the mice. Rodents have been to space before, but the video provides the “first detailed behavioral analysis” of mice in a space habitat, the study authors wrote.

    At first the mice groomed each other and huddled together, which wasn’t out of the ordinary. They somersaulted, as mice sometimes do on Earth. They ate, as normal.

    But something changed. After more than a week in space, young mice began to sprint and glide, as though they were zooming inside invisible hamster wheels. The scientists called this circling behavior, which they hadn’t seen before, “race-tracking.” Within a few days, other mice joined the fray. As a group, they ran laps around the habitats, reaching speeds of about a mile an hour.

    I welcome our new Super Rodent overlords.

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    germy says:

    My wife created some cat toys for our girl. Started with nice crunchy paper, sewed mouse colored cloth over it, added whiskers and a thick tail.

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    germy says:

    @TenguPhule: When a mouse poops in zero G, things must get quite messy.

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    For some reason, my cat is completely uninterested in boxes. He’ll sniff around them, but he doesn’t have the desire to sit in them that most cats do.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @germy: But does anyone hear the astronauts scream?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @germy: As I recall, they poop little pellets.

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    debbie says:

    @raven:

    Congratulations!

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    germy says:

    @mrmoshpotato: In space, no one can hear you poop.

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    MomSense says:

    @raven:

    Congratulations!!!

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    @germy: I’m writing a short story about a park in space and there are definitely lots of automated vacuum drones.

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    @raven: congrats! Shame about the fish, though. But you’ll have plenty of free time soon!

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    germy says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I wrote a sci fi novel about two brothers who build a robot in their spare time while working on a moonbase. They begin competing for the same woman.

    Novel ends with the woman rejecting both of them for the robot. He is the only one who understands her and treats her right.

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    sukabi says:

    @TenguPhule: but did they have space suits made for the female mice?

    //

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    TenguPhule says:

    @germy:

    Novel ends with the woman rejecting both of them for the robot. He is the only one who understands her and treats her right.

    Why is the robot male?

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    germy says:

    @TenguPhule: Because that’s how the brothers think.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @germy:

    Because that’s how the brothers think.

    But what does the robot think about that?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    I had avocado toast the other day, at a new diner that just opened up in my little rednecky town. It was…interesting. No, kind of “meh”, actually. For some reason I was expecting something more like, I dunno, avocado fries than “toast with avocado mashed on it”.

    btw, I give that diner less than three months till it shuts down. I don’t think the proprietors quite grok the “meat, potatoes, and EGGS, dammit!” ethos of the place they’ve fallen in love with (according to the little blurb on their menu, they hav lived here about nine months. I will give them kudos for being open on Sunday, since we desperately need a downtown restaurant open for Sunday breakfast, but sheesh…)

    Plus, their coffee was too weak. Ruh-roh!

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    germy says:

    @TenguPhule: As the robot evolves, he goes from indifference to dislike.

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    rikyrah says:

    @MomSense:
    I love Maru😍😍

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    TenguPhule says:

    Gonna need a new thread for politics due to breaking news.

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    The Dangerman says:

    He needs a “Ric Tower” (analagous to a “Rufus Tower“; famous clip, but worth 5 minutes of your time even if old).

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    germy says:

    @Major Major Major Major: All sorts of decadence with the employees of the moonbase. An older middle manager who looks the other way while the brothers steal parts, etc.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    For some reason I was expecting something more like, I dunno, avocado fries than “toast with avocado mashed on it”.

    Avocado toast is exactly what it says on the tin.

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    MomSense says:

    @rikyrah:

    I didn’t see the morning thread until just now. How are you feeling?

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @germy: But they can probably smell it!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Miss Bianca: How did you envision these avocado fries?

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    Cacti says:

    Not political, but sad:

    Director John Singleton has died, following his family’s decision to remove him from life support. 51 years old.

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    @germy: what was your favorite piece of technology you made up?

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    germy says:

    @Major Major Major Major: The brothers’ tools. How they built the microscopic parts of their robot using visual magnification.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Kind of like this. They are a thing! I haven’t tried making them yet, tho’!

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    @germy: I haven’t written a lot set in space, which is weird since space opera has always been one of my favorite things to read.

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    germy says:

    @Major Major Major Major: It’s fun to write when different characters find themselves jammed together in close quarters on a hostile world.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Miss Bianca: Interesting. Be careful with the hot avocado though. It feels like it could have napalm-like qualities.

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    Spanky says:

    @germy:

    It’s fun to write when different characters find themselves jammed together in close quarters on a hostile world.

    Sounds like a description of Balloon Juice.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Cacti:

    Director John Singleton has died, following his family’s decision to remove him from life support. 51 years old.

    Very sad. Very talented director, nominated for an Oscar at age 24. I wish his family peace.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Spanky:

    Sounds like a description of Balloon Juice.

    All it needs is some mustard and mayonnaise.

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    @Spanky: please don’t make me think about being trapped in space with you all.

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    Barbara says:

    Does anyone use a password manager? Like, dislike? Is it a bad idea? One of my passwords was obtained from a hacked site and I am finding it daunting to change the password in so many places. The thief threatened me via email to hold my data hostage but it is obviously a ruse to get me to send $737 in bitcoin.

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    germy says:

    @Spanky:

    “Jackal World” by Harry Harrison!

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    germy says:

    @Brachiator: And a nice guy who mentored many young filmmakers.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    please don’t make me think about being trapped in space with you all.

    Married, with Baud.

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    NotMax says:

    @TenguPhule

    Heck, we’ve all heard of the space race.

    As the ISS passes the equator, do the mice run around in the other direction?

    :)

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    @Barbara: I use the Apple password manager which syncs across devices. It’s nice. They’re not perfect, but they’re better than what most of us are actually doing in practice.

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    Mary G says:

    @Barbara: I use Roboform for the PC, but it doesn’t work that well on the tablet/phone.

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    Brachiator says:

    @TenguPhule:

    After more than a week in space, young mice began to sprint and glide, as though they were zooming inside invisible hamster wheels

    I don’t know if it’s play, but it is certainly fascinating. Some of the video notes that the mice adapt to micro gravity, even using their tails to balance. I wonder whether they have the same problems with bone loss, etc as astronauts.

    And how come mice don’t need little bitty space suits.

    Also, also, this is probably part of the origin story for Mighty Mouse.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @NotMax: I’ve heard they had to discontinue the King Neptune ceremonies because of excessive drownage issues.

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    Jay says:

    @Barbara:

    I have the notes feature on my phone disconnected from the cloud, then keep my passwords and passcodes on individual note pages with cryptic references to the accounts and everything in shorthand.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Barbara: I use LastPass. I like it, but don’t use all its features.

    I’m also trying to simplify or streamline how I choose log in related stuff.

    Where applicable, I use two factor authentication.

    LastPass works across different devices.

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    When it comes to things security, I bow to very few ahead of Bruce Schenier, whose Password Safe has quietly been around for, in computer years, eons.

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    Harbison says:

    @Barbara:

    Lastpass has worked great … so far.

    If you want to be extra, you can set it to require two factor authentication (sending a text to your phone that you have to enter).

    I hope it never goes south because I used it to auto-generate all my passwords and I have no idea what they are anymore.

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    NotMax says:

    @NotMax

    My typo. Bruce Schneier.

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    Brachiator says:

    So, Avengers Endgame actual domestic box office is $357 million. It made an impressive $90 million on Sunday. Some people in the office have already seen it twice.

    At $1.2 billion global box office, it almost doesn’t matter how the movie performs in the coming weeks.

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    Pete Mack says:

    Is avocado toast with fried egg a croque ma soeur?

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    NotMax says:

    @Brachiator

    As it’s a National Emergency, Dolt 45 will try to snatch the money for Wall. //

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Pete Mack:

    Is avocado toast with fried egg a croque ma soeur?

    NotMax, is that you?

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    Ruckus says:

    @raven:
    Aren’t you a little young to retire?

    He said tongue firmly in cheek.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Brachiator:

    And how come mice don’t need little bitty space suits.

    I’m guessing NASA doesn’t assign them to any extravehicular activities, although I could be wrong about that.

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    donnah says:

    I’ve finally had a few days to spend working on the current rug I designed:

    https://imgur.com/gallery/lbQidiN

    I have to finish it before a big event in August, but I have a schedule of workshops to teach, too. Wish me luck!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Have you considered the possibility of kidney stones? They can feel like localized back pain, and the pain can be transient over weeks and longer. Also, they don’t always show up on X-rays (sonograms are somewhat more accurate).

    Sign me,
    Mother of a young adult with a kidney stone currently working its way out

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Cheryl, I love the way you can transition from a thread about antisemitism to one about CAT MEMES without missing a beat. That takes clever footwork, and I applaud you 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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    @Brachiator:

    And how come mice don’t need little bitty space suits.

    Because they’re inside the pressurized part of the space station. And if there’s a loss of pressure accident, nobody will be nearly as broken up about the mice asphyxiating as they would be about astronauts asphyxiating.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @TenguPhule: In microgravity, even crumbs from a sandwich can be dangerous to electronics. So consider for a moment the implications of 20 rodents generating lots (and lots…) of small fecal pellets. The engineers for their containment must have been very thorough.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @raven: We’ll have to have a virtual party thread in your honor on September 3rd.

    According to google, that’s a mere 127 days away. We’d better start cracking on planning the decorations.

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    cain says:

    No post on Rod Rosenthal quitting?https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Sign me,
    Mother of a young adult with a kidney stone currently working its way out.

    Slightly ambiguous. Are you the one with the kidney stone, or is the k.s. the particular joy of your son? Either way, hope it passes quickly and relatively painlessly. Thinking of you with love and white light.

    In 1965, on our first wedding anniversary, my husband had an attack of kidney stones. Instead of celebrating with champagne and frozen wedding cake, we spent most of the day and all night at the hospital, waiting for the damned things to pass. One of the nurses confided in me that the pain level was considered to be equal to or worse than childbirth. It may have been at that moment that I decided for good that I would not be a mother.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @cain:
    Rod Rosenthal? Who dat? Or did you mean Rosenstein?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @cain: This is a respite thread — I am sure we will be discussing Mr. Rosenthal’s change in career shortly and elsewhere.

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    raven says:

    @Ruckus: 70 in November. Havlicek just died a 79, gotta jam on.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @donnah:

    You do such beautiful work. Did the Christopher Robin/Winnie-the-Pooh rug ever make it to the children’s room of your public library? Would love to see a photo of it in situ.

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    CatFacts says:

    That is one cute cat.

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    raven says:

    @Ohio Mom: I’ve made it pretty clear at work I don’t want any of that jazz. I’ll start carrying my short timers stick when I get below 100.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven:

    I’ve made it pretty clear at work I don’t want any of that jazz.

    Bullshit. You don’t get to vote on this one, raven.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Gravenstone:

    So consider for a moment the implications of 20 rodents generating lots (and lots…) of small fecal pellets.

    Hilarity ensues.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Thanks for the good wishes, it’s my son who is suffering, but very intermittently. Days go by and he is just fine and then BAM, he has a very bad day.

    The first bad time, we spent several hours in the emergency room, now we are waiting it out and seeing a kidney stone specialist.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Yea I do. I’ve worked from home for 15 years and don’t have the kind of relationships that come with the office setting. I’ve got a couple of people I’m pretty close to but as far as some stand around and get presents and shit, it ain’t happening. Likewise at home. The princess had a couple of gigs, 60th and retirement but I’m just not interested.

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    Boyz in the Hood triggered a memory of watching it in a multiplex that was built on top of an old drive-in. It was deep, heartbreaking, and pathbreaking. And if I recall, the first black movie that was serious and available at a multi-plex. Sure, there was Spike Lee, but that was more art house movie stuff. This was something that was big screen with the popcorn and all.

    I have a half-completed project where i have on postcards names of the presidents, information about branches of Congress, info on the states. I want to resume this project. But I want to make more than one set. If anyone is interested, please click my site, and make a comment under my post.

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    raven says:

    @CarolDuhart2: “We’re just sittin here philosophizen about the sun and moon and bitches and shit. . . “

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    raven says:

    @CarolDuhart2: You’re thinking about Superfly. . .

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven:

    Uh huh. Like I said. Paging JPL and Steve in the ATL to back me up here.

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    donnah says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Thank you! You’re so sweet! The major event I mentioned in August will include the Winnie the Pooh rug as part of a special display, so once that’s over, the rug will go to the Library. And I’ll definitely get photos of it in the new home. I’m excited to see it all come together.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    I’m really sorry, OM. That just sucks. Hope the worst is over, soon. Have they tried that sonar thing yet that pulverises the kidney stones into fine sand and (supposedly) makes it easier to pass?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TenguPhule: Nothing needs mayonnaise.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: This Christopher Robbins was the preacher at my BIL’s funeral. . . a preacher and Keanu Reeves stunt double!

    Back in 1999, Chris Robbins was ready to hang up his cleats for good. He had finished his last football season at Clemson University in South Carolina, and without prospects in the NFL, Robbins accepted an assistant coaching job at a local high school.

    Then a phone call arrived. A casting coordinator, who had seen Robbins play in a football game at Clemson, wanted to know if he would be interested in trying out as a stunt double for actor Dennis Quaid on the football field. Quaid was starring in the star-studded film, “Any Given Sunday

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    Brachiator says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Because they’re inside the pressurized part of the space station. And if there’s a loss of pressure accident, nobody will be nearly as broken up about the mice asphyxiating as they would be about astronauts asphyxiating.

    I figured this was the case. But do they do anything special to get mice safely into space and back to Earth again?

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Rotsa Ruck, I chose to work this entire year so I could get UGA (especially Notre Dame) tickets and I won’t even be here that weekend because we open with Vandy and I’ll be in Nashville.

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    khead says:

    Re: John Singleton. Two things.

    1) The scene where Ricky gets killed in BITH is pretty heart wrenching. I can still see him running in the alley and on the couch.
    2) My bro suffered a a stroke in his early fifties and survived. A downright miracle due to catching it early and being close to a major hospital. That shit can happen to anyone. Know the symptoms. F.A.S.T.

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    raven says:

    @khead: Yup, I’m 9 months past the one I had.

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    @raven: Superfly wasn’t really a serious movie like Boyz in the Hood, and it was in the 1970’s. I saw that in real time too, and I’m trying to remember if I saw it at the Twin Drive in or the State Theatre (both dead now). So many theatres are now gone, The State, the Forest (1960’s), the Central Park (the multiplex), the Albee, the Times, the Skywalk, the other survivor of a drive-in (The Oakley). Some of it’s technology (pay for view, DVDs, on demand), some of it’s real estate (a lot of the places gentrified, and condos bring in more than movies that can only show one at a time).

    But what went with the community theaters was the ease of actually going to a semi-live performance and sitting in a crowd and walking home past stores and having an after-movie treat.

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    NotMax says:

    @donnah

    Local Library Welcomes Hooker

    Talk about yer clickbait headline…

    :)

    @SiubhanDuinne

    Non, certainement pas.

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    raven says:

    @CarolDuhart2: I think this review from IMDB covers it

    This gritty, low budget film offers a unique and honest perspective on the underworld of black street life in the early 1970s, with an almost tragic, Shakepearian, bent. The look, the feel and language of the culture and the almost real-time look street life in NYC of that era is truly unmatched by any film before or since. Perhaps through genius, inspiration, maybe just plain luck, or all three, the producers and director hit the nail right on the head. Starring an excellent, intelligent cast of professional thespians, some with impressive stage and film credentials, and augmented by a wonderful infusion of genuine non-professionals right from the street in key roles, the film has an honesty and gritty reality that belies its budgetary constraints. Filmed largely without the permission of local authorities and unions, in winter and often after dark, it has a cinema verite feel throughout; almost a documentary. And the score! Composed and performed by Curtis Mayfield, it is as close to an utter classic as has ever been offered. It stands alone, and would have been a multi-platinum offering even without the film. If one takes the inherent flaws to this type of production; i.e. the rough editing, slightly uneven performances and almost clandestine feel, and places these in proper perspective, it is sure to delight all but the most hardened and jaded enthusiasts of film. Notable: this film set THE STYLE for black, urban culture for most of the next decade.

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    Lyrebird says:

    @raven: When a dear friend retired and insisted on no party, his kids organized a surprise fundraising drive instead. Habitat I think or maybe Heifer Project.

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    raven says:

    @Lyrebird: One of the benefits of not having kids!

    When I turned 60 I made it clear I didn’t want any party. At 5pm on Friday there was knock on the door and I went down to answer it. My wife had flown in my two best friends, one from Berkeley and one from Tucson. I almost passed out it was so disorienting. The thing is there is no way she could pull that off again so I’m safe. (And I don’t turn 70 til November)!

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    Aleta says:

    Come on you dogs, and sing
    And pick up the dusty old horn and give it a blow
    Playing, hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, honey

    Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, sugar
    Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind no more

    Gillian Welch, Hard Times

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    zhena gogolia says:

    You’ve got a potential Maru on your hands there!

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    Sure, it was gritty, especially compared to….I come up with a blank mostly about what came before. Yes, there was Sidney Potier (nice black guy who works with nice white people). Lilies in the Field and a Raisin in the Sun. But actually basing a movie in the ghetto was unprecedented. But basically it was James Bond in the Hood. Boyz has no such arc. Yes, Supeffly and Shaft were a slice of life, but not authentic in the sense of “these are people I might actually know” from church and hanging out on the corner.

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    NotMax says:

    @raven

    Gonna need one of these.

    :)

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    raven says:

    @CarolDuhart2: I’m glad you liked it so much.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: Saturday for a week!

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    donnah says:

    @NotMax:

    Ha ha! Imagine the crowd!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Chicken salad.

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    Aleta says:

    @CarolDuhart2: I was remembering tonight what it was like watching Cuba Gooding and Ice Cube (as an actor) for the first time.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @raven: I’m not sure I had much of an option. I retired as one of 400 people that year, and some people had been there 30 plus years. My mere 21 years wasn’t even at the near-top of the longevity scale. And several people where retiring the same day and month at me. Well, I got a card, and a pin and an award. Parties for the rest of us was out of budget and question anyway. Well, retirement has its own rewards.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: My BIL had the sonar treatment without success — kidney stones, and their relative gout, run in the family.

    I will definitely be asking the kidney stone doctor about treatment options, and also what can be done to prevent future stones. I already know part of the answer: Ohio Son is going to have to give up soda pop.

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    Ruckus says:

    @raven:
    Yeah, I knew that. I’ve got a few months on you and retirement is on my mind fairly regularly. Just talked to a good buddy who I’ve known for 46 yrs, ex marine, his company retired him and a bunch of other folks 10 yrs ago. He was pissed at the time but he got a great pension and SS after his 30 yrs. He’s 73. We went to a banquet I go to every year and we were discussing his retirement with another friend and he told them what I said to him when we discussed it, again, on the way. “Fuck you asshole, you retired 10 yrs ago and I’ve got 2 to go.” Our mutual friend told him the same thing.

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    Ruckus says:

    @khead:
    @raven:
    Doc thought I’d had a mini stroke because of something I told him that happened 2 yrs ago, spent 8 months while they looked for it and ran through a full on cardio workup looking for clots, they found nothing so it just became another in a long line of neuro issues. I have an appt in June, I should find out then because last appt they told me there’s nothing left but a diagnosis that no one wants. I’d expect nothing less though, because that’s my life.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Ohio Mom:
    Something I was told was that raising your pH or acidity level a bit helps prevent stones. So I drink black cherry and pomegranate juice every morning. Don’t drink a lot but both of those are higher in acidity than a lot of other juices. BTW I was told this after I started drinking them and doc asked about my diet, and that’s when it was explained. I just like the taste. Black cherry is acidic, pomegranate is much more so.

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