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Title: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on May 23, 2020, 08:35:08 PM
Hello, all you wonderful weird people!!!

I started a new topic, because the last one has gotten pretty long, and invite all the weird folk to join and chat.

Weird? Probably. But just because you're weird, doesn't mean there isn't a bunch of other weird people about to chat with one another. ;D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on May 23, 2020, 09:04:45 PM
I said it before, and I'll say it again.. You're all weirdos.. I'm perfectly, completely 100% normal, with a dash of normality on top.
OK, now I have to go mix up my socks so that they don't match. I hope every weirdling is doing fine :D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on May 26, 2020, 09:22:34 AM
Of course. Just be careful not to pair red ones with blue ones. They are going to fight. At least that's what my cupboard always tells me. But cupboards usually can't be trusted, as it is known. So maybe you are safe.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on May 27, 2020, 03:35:15 AM
Hi Weird!
Thanks for making a new one, Regen.
Fcrate, I am glad you posted. I have missed you. How are you doing?
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on May 27, 2020, 09:10:11 PM
Regen: By extreme fortune (or my own designs) I don't have any red socks. :P
It actually started as a joke, maybe 10 years ago when I couldn't find some socks, so I wore some grossly mismatched ones for a family meeting, and since we don't wear shoes inside the house, they were visible. One of my aunts commented on it, after which I joked that it was intentional. She was pretty upset about it, and from then on, I made it a point to wear mismatched socks to all family gatherings. The more they clashed the better. :D
Dina, I missed you too. Was very busy during Ramadan, and we had a heat wave that lasted maybe a week, with tempratures reaching 45 C during the day. My place was like an oven at night so I hardly stayed inside.
How are you?
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on May 30, 2020, 08:39:20 AM
That is so fun about the socks  :)
I don't have any red socks either, but I do have a bordeaux pair that, with some good will, could be considered red-like. I have, of course, plenty of pink ones.

I've been doing well, quite busy, specially with the virtual classes. We are having a lot of daily cases, specially at my city, so quarantine is going to stay for now. Apparently we have not reached the peak yet, so I am quite worried, but all that is in a general basis. Personally, doing great so far. Oh, I bought a washable face mask with the logo and colors of my football team. Looks smart  :).

I would tell more, but I am feeling sleepy, I will catch some zzz, and be back to you in some hours. Everyone, have a good weekend!
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: PilgrimDan on May 30, 2020, 08:32:41 PM
Hullo!
Did everyone hear about the successful launch of NASA’and Space X’s Falcon/Dragon system? 😀😀😀
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on May 30, 2020, 08:50:08 PM
Hullo!
Did everyone hear about the successful launch of NASA’and Space X’s Falcon/Dragon system? 😀😀😀
Yes, we watched it on TV. It was very exciting.
Looking forward to docking on the ISS. I have set an alarm so that I'll turn on the TV in time.



@Fcrate:
LOL. Funny, your attitude towards socks.  I had a music teacher once, who always wore two different socks.
I have socks in almost every colour. But mostly I wear matching pairs.  ;)
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Otlan on May 31, 2020, 11:10:26 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W89_lwnql_M

Yes, I'm still Alive XD . By some Miarcule or Ungodly Curse XP .
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 01, 2020, 06:39:23 AM
!!!!  OTLAN  !!!!
Nice to see you again!!! How are you?

Oh, I definitely have to watch the Hobbit movies again. I didn't remember the cool arrow smashing thingies!

And by the way: it's June already. Not long till July. And what's in July ? ? ? ? Squeeeee!!!! Peace Talks!!!!!!
See me do the dance of joy!

I already told friends not to expect anything from me, in the first days the book is out. The world around me will not exist, only the bare necessities. Like eat, drink, sleep. OK probably not so much sleep.

Apropos eat. I have eaten too much cake during the last days, so I will go out now doing a bit of really fast walking, not running. See you later.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Otlan on June 01, 2020, 04:24:28 PM
!!!!  OTLAN  !!!!
Nice to see you again!!! How are you?

Oh, I definitely have to watch the Hobbit movies again. I didn't remember the cool arrow smashing thingies!

And by the way: it's June already. Not long till July. And what's in July ? ? ? ? Squeeeee!!!! Peace Talks!!!!!!
See me do the dance of joy!

I already told friends not to expect anything from me, in the first days the book is out. The world around me will not exist, only the bare necessities. Like eat, drink, sleep. OK probably not so much sleep.

Apropos eat. I have eaten too much cake during the last days, so I will go out now doing a bit of really fast walking, not running. See you later.

*Huggles tight* Nice to see you again to Regen n_n !! I'm as well as I can be. I've been working during this whole Pandemic thing, so the fact I havn't gone on a Murdoures Rampage, yet, is a Miarcule -_- . How've you been n_n ?

If I'm not mistaken, all of that is probablly from the Directors Cut of the Movie's. A lot of stuff did get left on the cutting room floor after all in order for the film to make the proper lenagth.

Lucky XD . I'll be lucky if I can get the book, never mind finding time to read it -_- . Must be nice to be able to tell the whole world to fgo F**k It's Self -_- ...

There is no such thing as too much cake XD !
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 01, 2020, 07:03:50 PM
Oh, you can tell the world whatever you like. That doesn't mean, it will do as you say. LOL
The book will come out in the middle of my nightshift week. So, there will not really be time to read much, but I will try. Also, I have kids who depend on me. Maybe I'm going to start a week later when my life has hopefully quiet down, but I'm not sure, if I can control myself that long.

It was a lot of cake. Really a lot. Leftover from my birthday. There was no party, but some relatives and friends came by one after another. It wasn't warm, but it wasn't raining either, so I put some seats and tables in the garden, where everybody could spread out. That's not illegal. My brother in law brought a big Spongebob cake. With cream and strawberrys. I had made a plum cake with last year's frozen plums. We ate for 3 days until finally there was no more Spongebob left. And I forgot to take a picture.

Anyway, always, when there is a new book out that I've waited for long, I tend to loose myself in it.
By now, the release date is so near, that I am not able to read anything else until I have it in my clutches. I tried to read the first Harley Merlin, another book from the library, but I couldn't continue. So I'm reading Brief Cases again.

Today I was at the river walking fast but not running ;). There were people every 2 minutes or so. Got on my nerves. I'm no longer used to so many people. Maybe I should have gone in the morning and not almost at noon.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Otlan on June 01, 2020, 11:47:19 PM
Oh, you can tell the world whatever you like. That doesn't mean, it will do as you say. LOL
The book will come out in the middle of my nightshift week. So, there will not really be time to read much, but I will try. Also, I have kids who depend on me. Maybe I'm going to start a week later when my life has hopefully quiet down, but I'm not sure, if I can control myself that long.

It was a lot of cake. Really a lot. Leftover from my birthday. There was no party, but some relatives and friends came by one after another. It wasn't warm, but it wasn't raining either, so I put some seats and tables in the garden, where everybody could spread out. That's not illegal. My brother in law brought a big Spongebob cake. With cream and strawberrys. I had made a plum cake with last year's frozen plums. We ate for 3 days until finally there was no more Spongebob left. And I forgot to take a picture.

Anyway, always, when there is a new book out that I've waited for long, I tend to loose myself in it.
By now, the release date is so near, that I am not able to read anything else until I have it in my clutches. I tried to read the first Harley Merlin, another book from the library, but I couldn't continue. So I'm reading Brief Cases again.

Today I was at the river walking fast but not running ;). There were people every 2 minutes or so. Got on my nerves. I'm no longer used to so many people. Maybe I should have gone in the morning and not almost at noon.

So, so true -_- . Meany is the time I've told the world to go F**k it's self at the top of my lungs -_- . Sadly, it keeps pelting me with Curve Balks -_- .
Well, when ever you get to read it Regen, I hope you enjoy it n_n . Maby read it with your family n_n .

Lucky XD . All I got for my Birthday was two Homemade Peanutbutter cookies from my Best Frined and his Wife. They were delecioues though n_n <3 . I hope you guys had a ton of fun n_n !

I don't have that problem, mostly because reading keeps me from going completly insane XD . I do try to read the privioues book before the new one comes out though n_n . Your Liebary is open?

I'd say either Earlier in the Morning or more towards Sundown would be better, likely to be less people then n_n .
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 02, 2020, 12:28:41 AM
Hello everyone! Sorry I was absent for a while, I've been busy.

Hullo!
Did everyone hear about the successful launch of NASA’and Space X’s Falcon/Dragon system? 😀😀😀
(((((((((PD))))))))))), yes, I've seen it! It was very exciting, I love to see those things. Also learning a few things, like how do a female astronaut to wash her long hair without gravity. It was good to see some good news from USA.

@Regenbogen We forgot your birthday??? :'( :'( Sorry!!  :'( :'( I hope it was a good one.
I am planning to try to do something like what you say for PT release, but I have classes on Tuesday (I am one of those doing the class, not being a student). But I will read all what I can. I am probably going to stay away of the forum until I finish it. That is my usual modus operandi whenever there is a new JB book, so to avoid any shadow of a spoiler.

((((((Otlan)))))) Glad to see you! I am glad you are safe and sound. My city is not doing well, but at least the last couple of days were better than the previous ones. That is good, because with Winter coming we are worried. At least, some of us are, while other are doing protests about the quarantine and some others are becoming...more relaxed about it. And in a small city in the next province, which had not cases for two months, they made a clandestine baby shower and now at around 15 positive cases.

(((Fcrate))) Good to see you too.

I've began watching the new season of Agents of SHIELD and I liked it a lot! Also liking Stargirl (the show, not the movie).
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on June 02, 2020, 03:14:44 AM
Hello everyone. Welcome back Otlan! *Sharpens his dagger and slips it back up his sleeve*
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 02, 2020, 03:55:27 AM
Hello Fcrate!
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 02, 2020, 10:34:42 AM
@Otlan
Yes, the library opened two or three weeks ago. We are slowly and carefully reopening shops, schools and kindergarten. With strict rules, but they are open. The library let's 11 persons in. You have to take a basket provided in the entry hall and follow the arrows they put on the ground. And inside everywhere wear something covering your nose and mouth. And keep distance to other customers. In the shops there are screens wherever possible to protect the workers from the customers.
I think I prefer the early morning for future walks, because in the evening there are too many mosquitoes.


@Dina
No, you didn't forget. I didn't tell you.  ;)
Hey, I got the best present ever. They started a rocket into space for me. Almost did it on the wrong day, but my husband said he called and they corrected the date. LOL

I probably won't be around here, too, when I'm reading PT, much for the same reasons.


We are watching "Haven". Yesterday I realized who Duke Crocker reminded me of: Thomas, because of the hair and the silver eyes he gets when in touch with blood. Suddenly I was seeing the three of them as Thomas, Harry and Murphy. Though personally the guy playing Harry in the new book trailer resembles the image in my head the most. Wow.
I do that a lot. Seeing actors and associating them with book characters.
I've read the Outlander books for example and after seeing the first episode on TV I was confused, because Tobias Menzies didn't look like Black Jack or Frank Randall to me, but like I always imagined Lord John's brother.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 02, 2020, 01:38:04 PM
I always imagined Eric Balfour as Harry  :)
(I'll be back later)
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 02, 2020, 03:21:25 PM
I always imagined Eric Balfour as Harry  :)
(I'll be back later)

It's OK. They are brothers anyway. ;D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Otlan on June 02, 2020, 03:43:33 PM
Hello everyone! Sorry I was absent for a while, I've been busy.
(((((((((PD))))))))))), yes, I've seen it! It was very exciting, I love to see those things. Also learning a few things, like how do a female astronaut to wash her long hair without gravity. It was good to see some good news from USA.

@Regenbogen We forgot your birthday??? :'( :'( Sorry!!  :'( :'( I hope it was a good one.
I am planning to try to do something like what you say for PT release, but I have classes on Tuesday (I am one of those doing the class, not being a student). But I will read all what I can. I am probably going to stay away of the forum until I finish it. That is my usual modus operandi whenever there is a new JB book, so to avoid any shadow of a spoiler.

((((((Otlan)))))) Glad to see you! I am glad you are safe and sound. My city is not doing well, but at least the last couple of days were better than the previous ones. That is good, because with Winter coming we are worried. At least, some of us are, while other are doing protests about the quarantine and some others are becoming...more relaxed about it. And in a small city in the next province, which had not cases for two months, they made a clandestine baby shower and now at around 15 positive cases.

(((Fcrate))) Good to see you too.

I've began watching the new season of Agents of SHIELD and I liked it a lot! Also liking Stargirl (the show, not the movie).

*Huggles tight bacj* It's good to see you too Dins, and I'm glad your staying safe n_n ! And ya, I heard things in Argentina were starting to get bad now that Covids reached there -_- . Just remember, it Spreads like Wildfire. You could have it for two weeks without showing Symptoms and spread it to everyone you come in Contact with. There's also about 30 diffrent strains, each one haveing diffrent degrees of Serverrity. Some are as mild as a Common Cold, while others will land you in the Hospital on a Ventilator. Best thing to do is try to stay away from people that are coughing and sneezing, wash and sanitize your hands after you touched something in public, and for the love of God, DO. NOT. PANIC! Panicking dose nothing but cause shortages of Suplies and Food and drives people crazy!

Sorry, it's been a rough couple of months -_- . Just be safe.

@Fcrate: Crate, my old Nemises Frined XD ! *Hugs you and gently prods your back looking for a soft spot* How tge heck you been n_n ?

@Rengen: So lucky -_- . They say the Liebary here weill reopen "Soon" but god only knows when that will be -_- . I'm sick of sitting in my car haveing to use the Internet, especially ially when the last week each day was about 110 Degrees -_- .

A good idea. Masgitos are the worst -_- . Nasty disease carrying blood sucking vermin -_- ...
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 02, 2020, 10:55:50 PM
((((((Otlan))))))))
The virus has arrived long ago (only a couple of days later than to USA, I believe) but thanks to a strict quarantine we were not having that many cases. Now most of my country is doing pretty well. But my city, the sourrounding towns and a couple of other important cities are now in a moment where the virus is spreading. Luckily, in part that is the result of better testings, so many of the positive cases are not very serious. Therefore, the mortality rate is low. We have relaxed some of the restrictions but for now we are not moving on. Social distancing, face masks, all that are still mandatory. And only people with a pass is supposed to use the public transport (I am not so sure that is well controled)

To have more gloom news, today, which is the day of the voluntary firemen there was an important fire and 2 firemen have lost their lives (and there are several injured). So, this is all very sad.

On the bright side. it appears that this week wont be so cold, but it is cold enough to discourage mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are more than annoyance here, as some of them are vectors for dengue and other maladies.

I hope your library reopens soon, Otlan!!

I have been working a lot today, but now I am free to enjoy my evening and tomorrow I don't have too much to do. No meeting, or class, or anything. so I can work at my own rhythm. That is good.

Oh, hubby's birhday is two weeks away, and one of his presents arrived today. It has been fun to tell him "sorry, you can't touch this in two weeks". It is weird (Normally I woudl have secretly bought something and hide it when he was at work. But now that the two of us are here at home all day, I had  no chance to do that, and he knows it.

Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on June 03, 2020, 03:11:48 AM
Ok, I just noticed. Happy belated birthday Regen. I second Otlan, no such thing as too much cake :D
Hey Dina. Glad your country is doing fine with this. Here it's getting steadily worse (Or they finally started testing for real and realised things are worse than they thought). Now that their heads are out of the sand, we're having something resembling a real quarantine.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 03, 2020, 04:17:38 AM
well, of our 24 provinces only 9 had cases today, and 6 of those 9 had less than 5 cases, which I think is good. My city, though (which counts as a "province", because as the capital city works as a "province") had 371 new cases today. There are people trying to ease the lockdown and perhaps they will have some success, but in general, the lockdown will probably stay.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 03, 2020, 08:33:43 PM
Ey Weird! Sorry for the double post, but I wanted to tell you that Spot says hello and sends good vibes for everyone. She, Mr. Spot, Spotlette and Mocha are doing well at home due to quarantine. Spotlette even takes karate classes via Zoom. She is a fiery one that child. :)

Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2020, 01:08:24 PM
LOL. I was thinking of my neighbour. He is doing karate videos in his garden and posts them on social media. He looks quite funny doing that, because he doesn't look like he's ever done any sports in his life. But he is really good. I've trained with him when I was younger. He has the 3rd or 4th Dan now. That's the 3rd or 4th black belt for those who don't know. I had the 4th Kyu, if I remember correctly. That would be the second violet belt. One before the three brown belts.
It's really funny watching his videos, because it looks so ridiculous on him. But he actually knows what he is doing and is often underestimated.
My little one wants to do karate too. Maybe she can start in September, if they are allowed to do that by then. Then she'll be doing ballet and karate. She will become the most elegant fighter. LOL
And she wants to become a firefighter when she is a grown-up. Vor a police woman. Or both.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on June 05, 2020, 01:11:13 PM
Hello weird! Dina, karate classes via zoom reminds me of a friend of mine that used to watch Bruce Lee movies and replicate the moves on the go. :D
Edit: Regen, I just read that. Did he do noises as well? I hope your kid can get into karate classes, and maybe watch her exertion? She'll eat like a baby elephant with this much activity xD
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2020, 01:31:08 PM
Hello weird! Dina, karate classes via zoom reminds me of a friend of mine that used to watch Bruce Lee movies and replicate the moves on the go. :D
Edit: Regen, I just read that. Did he do noises as well? I hope your kid can get into karate classes, and maybe watch her exertion? She'll eat like a baby elephant with this much activity xD

Yes, he does the most funny noises. I always had a hard time staying serious during training because of his fighting cries. But as you are supposed to make some noise once in a while during a fight to intimidate your opponent and to put emphasis on your technique, everybody did that. But not like Bruce Lee. LOL.

When he talks he always sounds as if he has smoked something illegal and his fighting cry sounds like that, too.
Maybe he does that to make his opponent laugh. If you are laughing, your concentration is gone immediately. Poof. Pow. Down. ;D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Otlan on June 05, 2020, 06:42:05 PM
Today was the first day I've felt Normal in Months.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2020, 07:22:40 PM
Today was the first day I've felt Normal in Months.

Hey there. Why? What did you do?
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 05, 2020, 11:28:22 PM
Good maen everyone!
Otlan, is that good?

Regen, first, I am impressed by your martial arts skills. Then, I had a laugh reading about your neighbour (who is clearly well skilled). I think your daughter will be a happy child. I did ballet when I was a child (4 or 5 years) but never did any martial art. It's a shame, really. I was never good at sports but I was good at ballet. I believe I could have been acceptable at karate or something like that.

I am happy to report that I am enjoying Agents of SHIELD so far  :). And I finally ended watching Westworld. Not bad, not so great either.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on June 06, 2020, 01:13:24 PM
Otlan:
Did your library open?

Dina:
I'm afraid, I'm not so skilled any more. It has been a while. The brain and the body still know the movements, but I wouldn't stand even through warming up, if I went to training again.
It was good for me as a teenager, because it strenghened my confidence.
I think I will send Mini-me either to karate or better to jiu-jitsu, because there she would learn how to fall without hurting herself. That's a pretty useful skill. And the jiu-jitsu training is not so far away, too. 

Edit: I won't try karate again also because my left side got a bit damaged in a car accident about 15 years ago, and there are some sports I can't do any more without a great amount of pain afterwards, so...
That's why I do things like swimming or fast walking nowadays, because the running hurts.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 06, 2020, 08:31:08 PM
Sorry about the car accident and its consequences Regen. And that sounds good about your jiu-jitsu. I don't know much about the differences between disciplines, but knowing how to fall seems indeed like an useful skill.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 06, 2020, 09:36:09 PM
Sorry about the car accident and its consequences Regen. And that sounds good about your jiu-jitsu. I don't know much about the differences between disciplines, but knowing how to fall seems indeed like an useful skill.
Yes. I am very grateful, that I regained the use of my leg and my arm. I was very lucky. I can do whatever I need to do and most of the time you can't even see a limp.

Karate is more about hitting and blocking.
Jiu-jitsu is a mixture of several martial arts, including parts of aikido and I think judo. I did only take part in this for one month, but at least I learned a bit how to take a fall, when you fall on your back and how to roll over my shoulder. I couldn't continue, because the training clashed too much with my work schedule, but it was very interesting. And I was even able to use my little knowledge afterwards, when I misjudged a jump over some pebbles while crossing a street with the inline skates once. I hope it looked cool. LOL. I even came back up on my feet and drove around a corner to check, where all the blood came from. But otherwise I was OK.

I did some reading of Short Stories today. Brief Cases. Because I wanted to re read Cold Case. I couldn't remember this Evanna from the Peace Talks trailer. In 4 days I can get my monthly audio book. It will be Skin Game. After that I am ready for the new book. Only one month and a few days now!!!!!
Happy happy joy joy
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 06, 2020, 10:43:16 PM
Yes, you were lucky. I am sure this was a terrifying experience.
Thanks for the info about jiu jitsu and it is a shame you could not pursue it. Schedules can be complicated indeed. I had to stop studying ballet because I was taking classes to prepare myself for secondary school. I was set to go to a school who is under the university administration and there was an admission exam so twice a week I had to go to take special classes to prepare myself for it- Therefore I couldn't keep going to dancing, which was also becoming harder and harder. I was planning go back to ballet classes the next year, but by then my schedule was even more complicated, and classes were difficult! (I passed the admission test and went to the school I wanted  :))

And I am sure you look very cool that time with your skates-

Yes, PT is close!
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on June 08, 2020, 12:38:15 PM
Hello weird!
My neighbour wanted my help with something and banged on the (metal) gate of the farm loud enough to wake the dead... He rudely interrupted my holy siesta. I wanted to put my fingers around his throat and strangle him to death, but there were a couple of witnesses. But I think I'll release my dogs one fine and hot summer night to roam wherever they please and start a fight with the stray dogs that prefer to sleep near his house. Who knows? The door to his chicken coup looks flimsy.  >:(
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 08, 2020, 05:04:29 PM
I am sorry about your siesta, he probably did not realize you were asleep. Also, don't use your dogs for mean purposes, that is almost like misuse a Holy Sword.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 08, 2020, 06:56:37 PM
@Fcrate:
I'm with Dina there. And your dogs could get hurt.
Better build yourself your own polka-one-man-suit and go outside practising. "Oh, my bad, didn't realise your bedroom was so near. I thought nobody could hear me. Oh, you were asleep. Weird, it's already 4 am, but hey, everybody has his own sleeping rhythm."
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on June 08, 2020, 08:44:00 PM
Thanks Dina. But isn't the purpose of a dog to be mean? They should protect me, in my opinion, that includes protecting my mental health by preserving my siesta.
@Regen: HEH! I do get up at 4 am, so that's a valid idea. Problem is: I'd get lynched if I did that. I'm really considering releasing the dogs, they're too well trained to get into the chicken coup (most of them) but picking a fight with stray dogs is right up their alley. They'll cause a racket like you wouldn't believe. Also, they won't get hurt. :)
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on June 08, 2020, 10:15:02 PM
Aww, poor doggies. No, they can be protectors but they are not mean. I understand that they can be hunters and yes, eventually attack others but I don't like to think on mean only...not easy to mess with  :)
In other topics, the other day I've seen a TV show which included someone speaking about food in Egypt. They were in a very splendid hotel with a fancy menu including pidgeons. I wish I could have more time to focus in the TV, I had it in the background while I was doing other things. But the host was in some markets too, it seems very interesting.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: g33k on June 10, 2020, 08:52:12 PM
Jiu-jitsu is a mixture of several martial arts, including parts of aikido and I think judo

It's the other way around!

Actually, "judo" is the modern/derived sport (late 1800's) largely (but not solely!) from jiu-jitsu by the founder Jigaro Kano.

Aikido is even more modern, created by "the founder" (O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba) in the early/mid part of last century.  It is based on earlier systems, including "aiki-jujutsu."  Ueshiba was a very spiritual man, and his art reflects this; it's one of the least "combative" martial arts around.

Finally worth noting is the "Gracie" (also called "Brazilian") style of jiu-jitsu, which is a bit less formalized (and much more groundwork & grapple-centric) than most of the ancestral Japanese styles.  A key figure was actually a Judoka who specialized in groundwork, who introduced the Gracie family to his style.

Jiu-jitsu itself (formalized styles of grapple-centric combat in Japan) is well over 1000 years old, with earliest written records about 1300 years ago, although the name "jujutsu" (or however you want to latinize the spelling) is "only" a few centuries old.
 
Here endeth the martial-arts geekery.  ;-)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 11, 2020, 12:25:12 AM
It's the other way around!

Actually, "judo" is the modern/derived sport (late 1800's) largely (but not solely!) from jiu-jitsu by the founder Jigaro Kano.

Aikido is even more modern, created by "the founder" (O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba) in the early/mid part of last century.  It is based on earlier systems, including "aiki-jujutsu."  Ueshiba was a very spiritual man, and his art reflects this; it's one of the least "combative" martial arts around.

Finally worth noting is the "Gracie" (also called "Brazilian") style of jiu-jitsu, which is a bit less formalized (and much more groundwork & grapple-centric) than most of the ancestral Japanese styles.  A key figure was actually a Judoka who specialized in groundwork, who introduced the Gracie family to his style.

Jiu-jitsu itself (formalized styles of grapple-centric combat in Japan) is well over 1000 years old, with earliest written records about 1300 years ago, although the name "jujutsu" (or however you want to latinize the spelling) is "only" a few centuries old.
 
Here endeth the martial-arts geekery.  ;-)
Ah, yes . Thank you. You even have names. One never stops learning.
I read about that it is supposed to have its origin in China and somehow came to Japan, and was practiced by the samurai.
We have the Brazilian one here, too. Since I think about 8-10 years.
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Post by: Dina on June 11, 2020, 02:06:55 AM
Thanks for the explanation to both of you
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Post by: PilgrimDan on June 15, 2020, 03:15:30 PM
@Regenbogen - ex-SEAL Jocko Willink recommends Jiu-Jitsu (probably of the Brazilian variety) and Muay Thai for martial arts training.

Also: sorry I’ve been a stranger, but my laptop crashed on me and I’m on a borrowed iPad until I can the computer shop opens again.

((((((Turboninjaglomphugs for all))))))
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Post by: Dina on June 15, 2020, 06:35:04 PM
(((((PD))))) Sorry to hear about your laptop, I hope you find a good replacement soon. Meanwhile, how are you doing? How is this crazy situation treating you?
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Post by: PilgrimDan on June 15, 2020, 09:54:18 PM
I think I’m about ready to paint myself blue, run off to live in the woods and find some really good mushrooms. It seems to be the only logical response.

Does that get across how bored and tired of the lock down I am?

What about you?
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Post by: Dina on June 16, 2020, 03:13:26 PM
I am sorry to hear that, PD. I am doing really well. Hubby and I are working from home (I am doing my classes via Zoom+virtual campus and writing a manuscript) and enjoy being at home. I am doing a little cooking and catching up with shows. I've been quite busy.
I am also very worried. My country was doing very fine several weeks ago but now my city, the surrounding area and a couple of the provinces are doing poorly, with the cases raising a lot. We don't know how far away we are from the famous peak of the curve. It is troublesome.
I try to not get out much, for instance, today after my class I will need to get out to do some grocery shopping.
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Post by: g33k on June 18, 2020, 12:09:45 AM
I think I’m about ready to paint myself blue, run off to live in the woods and find some really good mushrooms.

Have a care for the order of operations, there!

In some jurisdictions, the "painting blue" part may result in lockdown becoming involuntary, such as a hold for psych-eval.

Also, if the mushrooms are good enough, you may find the other steps less needful; or if they're bad, the other steps may become irrelevant/impossible.

Running off to live in the wood is an option I've always found tempting, honestly...
 
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Post by: morriswalters on June 18, 2020, 12:17:14 AM
I've been to the woods and they don't have flush toilets.  ;)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 18, 2020, 07:02:48 AM
I've been to the woods and they don't have flush toilets.  ;)
LOL
And no plumbing either. But maybe some nice animals that would like to eat you.  ;)


And I'm sorry about your boredom, Pilgrim. I wasn't bored. Got a lot to do and actually I am glad, when I'm finally at home. I can't remember what being bored feels like. I think the last time I've felt that, I was still a teenager.
I think it is not that I do so much, but more that I don't mind doing nothing and actually enjoying that, when it occurs once in a while.
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Post by: shades of grey on June 18, 2020, 10:04:33 PM
I think I’m about ready to paint myself blue, run off to live in the woods and find some really good mushrooms. It seems to be the only logical response.


Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Also blue isn't the safest of colours. UK summers still have a high chance of frostbite.
Or being adopted by Nac Mac Feegles.
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Post by: Dina on June 19, 2020, 12:38:55 AM
((((((((((SoG)))))))))))))   :D :D :D :D :D
So good to see you here!
Do you know that we are having sample chapters for PT? I am reading them and I want to read more!!

Regen, I do get bored from time to time, but that is not the case now. I simply don't have time, I've been quite busy. But I am very happy to report that the mid-term exams of my students were similar to those from a normal year.  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 19, 2020, 02:08:25 PM
@Dina: good for your students.

My little one was allowed to got to ballet again yesterday for the first time in months. They did it a bit different than before, but she was so happy that she didn't mind. I had to bring her fully dressed and wasn't allowed to enter the building. They have organized that the front door is only for entry and people leave through the back door.

I have finished the audio books yesterday. Now I'm rereading the short stories. At least some of them.
I never expected there would be 3 !!! chapters in advance. Maybe one or two. And next Tuesday there will be chapter 4 as I've read. Every Tuesday I am so excited, I start tapping my feet until the new entry on the website is online.

Not long now. Waiting is hard. Not long. Just a bit. Soon. Not long....
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Post by: Dina on June 20, 2020, 09:59:45 AM
Yes, it's not so long. Breath deep and enjoy the short stories. And next Tuesday is just around the corner.
I am so happy for your girl! I loved my ballet classes so I can totally understand her. I hope there is no problems. Germany is doing quite well right now, isn't it? (We are not, cases keep raising and I really want my stupid major to go back to an stricter lockdown)
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Post by: shades of grey on June 21, 2020, 09:50:08 AM
((((((((((SoG)))))))))))))   :D :D :D :D :D
So good to see you here!
Do you know that we are having sample chapters for PT? I am reading them and I want to read more!!

I'm... dipping a toe, so to speak.

I'll wait for the publication day.
It's weird to see weird so empty.  :-\
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Post by: Dina on June 21, 2020, 10:14:28 AM
(((((SoG)))))))I was about to go to bed, but are you still here?

Uh...I guess not.
Well, it is true it is weird. It takes us ages to reach a hundred pages, nothing at all like in the ol' good times. But I can promise you, the new people is great too. I believe you and Regenbogen will get along well. And I hope you meet our resident Egyptian, Fcrate. I wonder if he was able to see the eclipse (it was not possible to see it from my country) I believe when I get up I will watch some pictures or video.

Regen, speaking of ballet, I suddenly remember having seen Coppelia at the theatre when I was about 12 years old and it was truly magical.Oh, have you and your little one watched "Nutcracke and the 4 realms"?It may be good for her
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Post by: Fcrate on June 21, 2020, 10:51:14 PM
Heh. Resident Egyptian :D
Yes Dina, I managed to catch the last of it this morning. Was awesome. :)
@Woods: On the other had, you don't really need a toilet to flush in the woods, do you? All you need is a spade :P
Hello, Shades. (heh) Nice to meet you, and hope to troll with you soon! You should know that I'm the only perfectly normal person posting on this thread. The rest are weirdos.
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Post by: Dina on June 21, 2020, 11:27:30 PM
I am envious. I've been several pictures, one of them taken from Cairo. It seems to have been awesome
I am playing RPG right now, I am getting so used to do it online
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 22, 2020, 01:26:21 PM
Hello, Shades.
It took me a while to write. I wasn't home much the last days.
Nice to meet you.

@Dina:
Yes, we are doing OK in my opinion, but there are already voices that say there might be a second lockdown, because now every infected person infects 2,8 others. During the lockdown it was down to less than 1. But that is OK and logical, because now people are allowed to meet again. In private you don't wear a mask and you tend to not hold the distance. So it is only logical, that more people get infected than during the strict lockdown. I'm not sure how this is going to be in the future. I want to believe we have it under control, if everybody keeps to the rules.
The kids in school alternate school days and home schooling days. So that there are always only half the kids in school and the other half at home.
In kindergarten the parents are not allowed to enter the building. And they have splitted the kids into smaller groups.
This week my choir is allowed to meet again to plan how to stick to the rules while singing. We will have to stand apart from one another. At least the room is big enough.
Ballet: We have seen Nutcracker on TV once. She was fascinated.

And now there is a big black cloud in the sky above me. Damn. I had hoped to spend the afternoon on my blanket outside with my coffee and my book. But I will stay until the first drops fall. Or until I'm freezing. The wind is getting rather cold now.

@Fcrate's eclipse: ;)
That's great. Wish I could have seen it.

Apropos ballet: I just remembered having been to Swan Lake in the theatre with my mother once. We have never seen the whole ballet before, only parts on TV. And, what was worse, a few of my uncles and cousins did the dance of the 4 swans once for my aunt's 50th birthday. It was so funny, my belly and face are still hurting, I had to laugh so much.
Then imagine my mother and me in the ballet seeing the original dance for the first time with the picture of the men dancing that in our heads. Oh, how evil the looks were! We tried to stay serious. Really. But it was not possible.
Even now when I hear the music I start laughing.
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Post by: Dina on June 22, 2020, 06:30:33 PM
You made me laugh a lot with your story about Swan Lake. I always remember there was an Argentinian movie with a fat actor (an hilarious comedian) was characterized as a ballerina and did a little Swan Lake scene. I burst to tears because of so much laughing. (I tried to find a clip to share with you but no luck).

I am confident you will be fine with the covid Regen. But that said, be very careful about the choir. I remember having read an article around the start of the pandemia about a choir (in USA, I believe).They had done a rehearsal and they have used sanitizer and all that and they had tried to take some measures, I am not sure how well did that. The problem was that about 40 people (some of them in the risk group due to their age) got infected. I remember they said that they had understimated how much could the saliva spread when you are singing. So please, be careful. (I may track the news article if you want it)

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Post by: Regenbogen on June 22, 2020, 07:19:39 PM
Yes, I know. There have been some stories about cases in choirs. I think I'm going to wear a mask. There are a lot of older people in my choir. The first day will just be some of us measuring the room, so that we can try out how to sit or stand with a 2m radius to the person next to us.
There are a lot of members working somewhere in the health system who know how to disinfect properly, myself included. Some hospital nurses and some geriatric nurses too. Together we hope to work something out. The pastor is thinking about to let us sing in church this Sunday, but we'll see if and how it works out. Could be that not all of us fit in there.
Btw I've tried out how far I can spit, if I do it on purpose, LOL. It's between 1,5 to 2 m.
In the garden when no one could see me.
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Post by: Dina on June 22, 2020, 07:38:32 PM
LOL! Such unladylike thing...I loved it :D

But seriously, and sorry for the yuk factor, but the spit is heavier than the droplets that can be spread when you are singing at the top of your lungs. Those can be carried on even more than that (but they have a lesser chance to touch something that can infest another people).
I believe the best option would be to wear those plastic mask that cover your entire face but allows you to sing. Like this, I don't know how to say it in English

(https://http2.mlstatic.com/D_Q_NP_680235-MLA41462367058_042020-AB.webp)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 22, 2020, 07:58:29 PM
LOL! Such unladylike thing...I loved it :D

But seriously, and sorry for the yuk factor, but the spit is heavier than the droplets that can be spread when you are singing at the top of your lungs. Those can be carried on even more than that (but they have a lesser chance to touch something that can infest another people).
I believe the best option would be to wear those plastic mask that cover your entire face but allows you to sing. Like this, I don't know how to say it in English

(https://http2.mlstatic.com/D_Q_NP_680235-MLA41462367058_042020-AB.webp)
I don't know how it's called either. But I know it. Face shield maybe?

But I have found a nice example of Swan Lake. Something like this is what my uncles did.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8ICJe9Aues

Edit: But my uncles in fact did it really well. It was ridiculous, but they really did it exactly like the professional ballet, only not so elegant. LOL
That's why we could not stop laughing in the theatre. We were like "Oh, it is supposed to look like that, I thought they just couldn't do it right."!!!  ;D
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Post by: Fcrate on June 22, 2020, 08:35:53 PM
Lol Regen.. Your uncles are cool! 2m is very impressive. I never had the knack for it when I was a kid, and I haven't tried since then.
BTW, I don't know what that mask is called, but I would call it a helmet.
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Post by: Dina on June 22, 2020, 08:39:18 PM
ROFL!! That was great. One of them actually did a good jump in a moment.
I am glad your little one enjoyed the nutcracker

I like face shield. And that reminds me, I am enjoying this season of "Agents of SHIELD". I am having a lot of fun!
Instead, yesterday I watched the first episode of a new show about Perry Mason (in HBO). I found it awful, because...it's not my Perry Mason. He is not even a lawyer! He is a P.I., and one with serious financial and emotional problems. But the story (the case) is super dark and disturbing, I feel quite sad because I have memories of Perry Mason as something light, fun with a lot of court scenes that I loved. Sort of Petrocelli (do you remember it? I watched it when I was a child).
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 22, 2020, 09:14:32 PM
We are watching Ash vs evil dead now.
Somewhat disgusting but also funny in its own way.
I know about Perry Mason but not Petrocelli.

Fcrate:
Face shield helmet  :D

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Post by: Dina on June 22, 2020, 09:38:01 PM
Petrocelli was a show from the 70's. It was about a lawyer, his wife that acted as his secretary, and his investigator, Pete. He lived in some desert area, I don't remember well where (Nevada, Arizona, somethig like that) and they were building a home while living in a trailer. There was a case of the week (most of the times the clients have no money to pay Petrocelli) and Petrocelli and Pete investigated it and the last part of the episode was always the trial. There Petrocelli presented his version of the facts, with flashbacks and all that jazz, and of course it was obvious that his version was right. Most of the times, the real guilty person confessed.
It was very light and fun and I liked it because my dad was a lawyer and I imagined him to be like Petrocelli  :). Only that was not true, because my dad's practice was about work issues, not penal cases. And there were not oral trials for him (in fact, at the time in my country there were not oral trials at all, not even for penal cases)
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Post by: wardenferry419 on June 22, 2020, 10:09:43 PM
Hi, y'all. I had heard about the new "Perry Mason." Not impressed with what I heard. If it is not Burr; it is not Mason.
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Post by: Dina on June 22, 2020, 10:44:24 PM
((((((WF)))))  :D
Good to see you!
And yes. I understand they have to change the actor. I could have accepted a darker, more realistic tone, with corruption, sex and all that. It is HBO after all. But at least keep the core of the character!
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 22, 2020, 10:51:32 PM
Hi!
Now I've looked it up. The title was not familiar. I thought maybe it wasn't shown on TV here. But it was. The pictures look familiar, but I'm sure I have never watched that. Maybe because neither my parents nor I were interested in shows about lawyers. The only tv series with lawyers that I watched later was Boston Legal, but only because of William Shatner at first. Then because I liked it.

When I was a child, my parents mostly watched crime series like "Tatort". That started in the 1970s and goes on till today. You can watch episodes with different detectives in different cities in Germany, Austria and I think also Switzerland. Sometimes when it's an episode from Münster we watch it, because the character constellation is well made. It's about the detective and " his" mortician. Those two interacting sometimes feel like McCoy and Spock to me.
The other productions are different. So there is one for almost every taste.

Oh, it's late at night. I'm going to bed. Have to get up in 5 hours. Good night.
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Post by: Dina on June 22, 2020, 11:38:05 PM
Sleep well, Regen!
And that sounds like an interesting show. Yes, I have a sweet spot for court scenes, but by itself is not enough, what I liked about Petrocelli was that the character was kind and he had a great relationship with his wife. They were hard working but always nice to each other. Probably not very realistic but easy to watch and enjoy.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 23, 2020, 09:49:58 AM
That is the way with every TV show. In real life the lawyer's job isn't like in the show. The mortician doesn't go out and solves the case. The doctors in hospitals don't break into the patient's home to look for whatever has made him sick...
But they are fun to watch. And fun to laugh about the not so realistic things. These things are not so important, because it is more about the riddle that has to be solved or the people who have to be saved.
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Post by: Dina on June 23, 2020, 02:40:26 PM
Yes, exactly  :)
12°C today, near noon. I am grateful I don't have to leave my comfy home to go to the university. I do classes today.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 23, 2020, 02:58:27 PM
We have 28°C today. I hope it stays that way for a few weeks now. In between there will be rainy days, but that's great. So the plants won't die. Last week I had to wear a jacket or rain clothes.

@Dina: How cold does winter usually get in Argentina? Or let's better say in the part where you live.

Tomorrow my older kid doesn't have school. Maybe we are going to make a trip to a little lake where we can swim. There is one we can reach with our bikes in about 20 minutes. The river has high tide these days, that's too dangerous. One hour at the lake should be OK. Maybe take the homework with us.
Edit: ... and hope there are no other people there. ;)
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Post by: Dina on June 23, 2020, 03:20:42 PM
Hi Regen! Well, you are right, Argentina is a "vertical" country, so it's not the same what happens in my area that in others. In the South, it is very cold (it reaches latitudes comparable with Canada in the North). But Buenos Aires in the middle of the country, so it is never too cold. When I was a child, it was quite common to have around -5°C in Winter, but lately it rarely reaches below zero. It is not only because of weather global change but also an effect of the city itself, all the asphalt, cars, concrete. But in the suburbia (more or less the same latitude) it often reaches a few degrees below zero.

That about the lake sounds dreamy.
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Post by: PilgrimDan on June 24, 2020, 04:44:18 PM
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Also blue isn't the safest of colours. UK summers still have a high chance of frostbite.
Or being adopted by Nac Mac Feegles.

Shades!!! *glomphugs* So good to see you again.
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Post by: Dina on June 24, 2020, 05:34:32 PM
How are you, PD? I hope less bored?
((((((PD))))
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Post by: wardenferry419 on June 27, 2020, 12:55:12 AM
I saw the post about face shields. I wear one at work. Prefer it to masks. Easier to breathe when highly active. Harder to see when reading.
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Post by: Dina on June 27, 2020, 05:43:22 AM
I think I would prefer face shields because face masks really annoying me to bread, I wouldn't stand it for long (rigth now I only use it to go to the grocery store or something like that. Very rarely I wear it for more than 40 minutes)-Besides my normal face mask, which is a washable one, I have some disposable ones. Weird thing is that the disposable ones for some reason always end moving up, messing with my sight line.
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Post by: Fcrate on June 27, 2020, 08:34:01 AM
I wear none. I stay inside at the farm where I work, keep my distance and personal stuff clean, and when I absolutely have to go out, I put the mask on when I enter a building. I can't stand wearing anything on my face. Never had. Even in winter when it's cold.
I'm lucky I live in the countryside, as I don't have to be as careful as you guys in the cities.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 27, 2020, 05:07:47 PM
I saw the post about face shields. I wear one at work. Prefer it to masks. Easier to breathe when highly active. Harder to see when reading.

Hi, so face shield was correct! Cool, I only guessed. ;D

This would be good for singing. I tried singing with my mask on. Didn't have to, but I wanted to know what is was like. It is possible, but not fun, because you have to breath in more deeply than without mask. And while breathing in, it always got almost into my mouth. And I used a disposable one, because with my cotton ones it is even harder.

Singers have to keep a distance of 2 m, so there would be 12 of us fitting into the balcony in the church. The priest decided today, that he is going to trust that it won't rain tomorrow, so the service will be held outside.

I have to wear a mask the whole workday long. Face shield would be nice, I think, but I imagine, it could be in the way, when one has to crawl into an an analyzer to repair things and to do maintenance.
A friend works with handicapped children and wears such a shield, because they often spit during feeding.
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Post by: Dina on June 27, 2020, 10:17:49 PM
Yes, I imagine that is a very useful thing for your friend. For dentists too!

Well, be as careful as you can and I wish you all the best for the chorus service. Outside is, of course, much better than indoors, transmission is much lesser.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 28, 2020, 04:38:43 PM
Hello again.
Church was nice. It was outside. The priest and the people liked our singing. There was a bit of wind. We were standing apart from each other and with distance to the people.
The priest insisted on being outside, because then more people would be allowed to participate and more singers would be allowed too. And he said he trusted his weather app that said the rain would start at noon and not earlier. Funny, I thought he was supposed to trust in God about that. LOL
But of course I didn't say so. Sometimes I know when to shut up. ;)
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Post by: Otlan on June 29, 2020, 02:28:55 AM
Hey there. Why? What did you do?

I got to walk into a GameStop for the first time in 4-5 months and have a conversation with people. It was...titalating.
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Post by: Dina on June 29, 2020, 05:26:46 AM
((((Otlan)))) How are you doing? I am glad you had fun that time.

(((Regen))) And there was no rain? Also, I am glad he did so, less chance of contagion outdoors.
And congratulations for a good singing, I hope you had fun yourself.

I believe one of my friends had coronavirus. She had flu-like symptoms and now she feels good, but apparently she lost her taste and smell senses for a while. The doctors told her to not leave her home (she lives alone) but they did not test her.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 29, 2020, 11:13:32 AM
Otlan!!!! Nice to hear you enjoyed your visit in the game shop.

Dina: no rain. Not even at noon. But in the early evening.

The loss of taste and smell sounds a lot like corona. Your poor friend. Now she has to stay at home. I hope she has someone to get her what she needs.

These are times when I hope not to get a normal cold, because you will have to stay at home as prevention and can't even go out to get food and other things you need.
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Post by: Fcrate on June 29, 2020, 05:43:53 PM
And he said he trusted his weather app that said the rain would start at noon and not earlier. Funny, I thought he was supposed to trust in God about that. LOL
But of course I didn't say so. Sometimes I know when to shut up. ;)
Trust in God is a good baseline. Weather app helps. xD
Glad you had fun Regen.
Otlan, did you notice the figure in a dark corner of GameStop wearing a hoodie and a face mask?
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 29, 2020, 06:08:01 PM
OMG this guy seems to be everywhere. Creepy.
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Post by: Dina on June 30, 2020, 06:49:47 AM
Otlan!!!! Nice to hear you enjoyed your visit in the game shop.

Dina: no rain. Not even at noon. But in the early evening.

The loss of taste and smell sounds a lot like corona. Your poor friend. Now she has to stay at home. I hope she has someone to get her what she needs.

These are times when I hope not to get a normal cold, because you will have to stay at home as prevention and can't even go out to get food and other things you need.

Good about the rain. Speaking of that, we had  a lot of rain all the evening and night.
Yes, she needs to stay at home, but it does not matter much. She has been working from home since the beginning of the lockdown.  She asks a lot of delivery and do a lot of on line buying. And if she really needs something I am sure one of her siblings would bring it to her (her mom is not among us anymore and her dad is in a risk group, but she has siblings, nephews and nieces). She also has Maggie, who is a lovely kitty to help her not to feel alone. And she bought a jigsaw puzzle just this weekend  :)

And yes, now that is cold here, I am so worried about catching a common cold...
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 04, 2020, 12:41:57 AM
Hi New Weird. May God help me through these next couple of days at work. Retail around holidays is more stressful than any amount of schooling I've ever been through.
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Post by: Dina on July 04, 2020, 04:53:23 AM
(((((((((((DC))))))))))))))
Sending you all the good energy.
Is it that bad, even in pandaemia?
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 04, 2020, 07:44:37 AM
Hi New Weird. May God help me through these next couple of days at work. Retail around holidays is more stressful than any amount of schooling I've ever been through.
Oh, I was wondering. Of course, it's Independence day.
What are all the people buying? Food? Or presents?
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Post by: Dina on July 04, 2020, 06:47:02 PM
Happy 4th july for the USA  weirdlets!
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 05, 2020, 07:09:16 PM
Hello, weird.
Oh dear, I am so excited now about the new book(s), that I am no longer able to concentrate on any other books. No other book has a chance any more, until I have Peace Talks in my hands. It is awful. I don't want to be that way, but I have always been like that.

And this is the month where so much is happening in real life. I write everything down, so that I don't forget, what I still have to do and how long I have time to do it.
Last sunday for example, I remembered that the next day was my best friend's birthday! OMG!!! I knew the date, of course, but I didn't realize, it was already on Monday. I had no present and no idea what to give her. But I managed somehow. At least I remembered just in time.
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Post by: Dina on July 05, 2020, 08:24:10 PM
Yes, I believe with the lockdown and all that, our sense of time is quite out of tune.
Well, just a few days now, Regen.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 06, 2020, 04:38:10 AM
(((((((((((DC))))))))))))))
Sending you all the good energy.
Is it that bad, even in pandaemia?
I would make the argument that it's probably worse because of the pandemic, not in spite of it.
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Post by: Dina on July 06, 2020, 04:42:22 AM
((((DC))))
I know people buys things online now (more than usually, I mean) but I thought with the crisis not many people had money to spend.
Anyway, how was your weekend, after all?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 06, 2020, 04:56:50 AM
My weekend was pretty good. Went to a wedding of two good friends on the 4th. Loved it. Love them. My only regret is that I didn't ask the groom's sister to dance. :P
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Post by: Dina on July 06, 2020, 05:05:35 AM
Oh! So wedding parties are already allowed there?  :o
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 06, 2020, 05:39:21 AM
They were never not allowed, as far as I know.
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Post by: Dina on July 06, 2020, 05:41:32 AM
Oh, that is so weird! They are forbidden here since the beginning, even in the provinces that has no cases (one of them had its first case three days ago, so now all our provinces had at least a few cases)
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 06, 2020, 05:55:46 AM
The US response was not the best. It's one of those things where I feel like things should have been different, but I can't really do anything about it other than follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing and all that.
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Post by: Dina on July 06, 2020, 05:58:43 AM
Of course! I was just surprised, with all the cases in USA at the beginning of the crisis I thought all wedding parties would be cancelled, but I suppose it depends of the state-
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 06, 2020, 01:43:15 PM
In Bavaria, Germany weddings are allowed again since somewhere in June, I think. But restricted to 50 persons inside or 100 persons outside. My cousin was at an outside wedding last week. They were lucky it didn't rain.
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Post by: Dina on July 06, 2020, 05:47:30 PM
I think in some provinces here there are something similar but only for 20 people or something like that.
Not here, as we are having a lot of cases, I believe in the city weddings are only allowed as the ceremony, with the witnesses, and a few guests but no party.
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Post by: DoTArchon on July 10, 2020, 06:23:18 AM
4 more days!!!!! The hype is real! ;D

And hello again everyone  ::)
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Post by: Dina on July 10, 2020, 07:42:57 AM
DoT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How are you???
(((((((((((((((DoT))))))))))))))))
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Post by: DoTArchon on July 10, 2020, 07:50:45 AM
 ;D ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Dina)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) ;D

I'm great thanks :D Are you well?

Excited for Peace Talks releasing, thought I'd pop by and see how the forums are doing. Can't go anywhere near Spoilers section, just based on some of the tpic headings I'm guessing there are a few chapters already out there which I'd rather wait for whn the whole book is out.
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Post by: Dina on July 10, 2020, 08:01:12 AM
Yes, they are six chapters! And yes, excitement is real! Not so much until Tuesday!

Have you seen your birthday thread? It is old already, but it has a cake. Also, how are you doing? There is quarantine in SA?
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 10, 2020, 09:21:08 AM
Hi, DoT!
How are you?
I always admire people who can restrain themselves NOT to read sample chapters, when they are available and you know it. ;)
I know, I can't not read them.

I'm trying another book (a detective story without magic) in the days between. It's lying in front of me, but I'm still just looking at the cover. It's only a little over 200 pages. Perhaps I am able to give it a chance. They even have made movies about it, that I have watched, so I know, it is funny. Usually the books are better than the movies, so...
We'll see.


PEACE TALKS!!!
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Post by: Dina on July 11, 2020, 04:25:23 AM
When I was younger I had the habit of not reading the sample chapters. And I stayed away of any spoiler section. Then someone spoiled me the name of Dresden's daughter in a not spoiler section. I was so angry!! It was all a thing.because I told the other person that I hated them (I don't even remember who did it). And Iago scolded me, with the Hammer of God. So for a book or two I simply stayed away of the forum for a month or so, when sample chapters began.

And then, I lost part of my love for the books. So I decided that I better embrace the spolers, read the chapter and not stay away for the amazing forumites!

And that is what I do now. I only stay away a few days since the book release until I finish it. Did that with TWA too.
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Post by: Dina on July 14, 2020, 12:38:40 AM
Well, sorry for the double post but I wanted to say that I will be Away from the forum until I finished the book, which will probably take some time as this is a busy week for me.
Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and see you later!
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Post by: wardenferry419 on July 17, 2020, 01:49:41 AM
I am most definitely a follower of Harry from "When Harry met Sally" when it comes to books. Let's see how many get the reference. LOL.
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2020, 04:35:51 AM
Finished it!  :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 22, 2020, 07:31:06 PM
Hi everybody.
I'm seriously thinking about reading PT again soon. This week I shouldn't, because there is a lot to do at home. But maybe starting Sunday evening...
There were some details that may have escaped me. Reading during nightshift with several breaks in between is not the same as reading concentrated and in quiet at home.
I wanted to wait until the first week of September, but I have begun two other books already and am stuck in the first chapters. One of them seems really good. But I have read most of the discussions about PT now, and I want to return to the Dresden Files. I'm not sure I can prevent myself from starting before Sunday. LOL
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2020, 09:21:55 PM
I will be rereading it soon too, perhaps not this week but next one. I always miss things in my first reading because I am too worried about what is going to happen to my favorite characters. On rereading I am more relaxed.
I reread "Christmas Eve" and now I am trying to harden myself for what will be a very difficult reading of BG.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 24, 2020, 04:13:23 AM
Honestly, I liked PT. My biggest problem was all the random things people were raging about on the subreddit. Especially about
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Post by: Dina on July 24, 2020, 06:44:35 AM
(((((((((DC)))))))))))))
I don't think any of those things are true but I do suspect
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 24, 2020, 04:27:45 PM
Well, if you will go to Reddit, best be prepared for madness and salt.
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Post by: Dina on July 24, 2020, 06:01:38 PM
((((((((((PD))))))))))))))

I won't (go to Reddit) :)
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 24, 2020, 08:49:18 PM
(((((((((Dina))))))). Reddit seems to have started strong but it looks to have turned out the way a lot of social media.
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Post by: Dina on July 24, 2020, 10:06:08 PM
So I've been told. I only check reddit once in a while to see a particular thing. I did not explore it too much.
How are you doing?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 25, 2020, 06:17:04 AM
(((((((((DC)))))))))))))
I don't think any of those things are true but I do suspect
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Yeah I can see that.

Well, if you will go to Reddit, best be prepared for madness and salt.
Most of the subs I frequent are pretty good about that, honestly, but yeah I'm not sure what I expected.
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Post by: Dina on July 25, 2020, 06:37:27 AM
*glomps DC* Hi! How are you doing?
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 25, 2020, 09:02:42 PM
Yeah I can see that.
Most of the subs I frequent are pretty good about that, honestly, but yeah I'm not sure what I expected.

A Youtuber I follow calls it “REEEEEEEddit”, REEEEEEEEE being the sound of autistic screeching. (Autistic being used in the non-medical sense.)


BTW, as a sidebar, is it me, or does this board seem a lot quieter than it was? Weird used to move like a rocket, and the RPG area is virtually dead. It’s not like the old days. Is nostalgic
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Post by: Dina on July 26, 2020, 07:22:09 AM
Yes, it is a lot quieter. And you were one of those keeping it alive, now, not so many people here (And Regen and others seem to be busy now, or perhaps it is the other way around, and they are on holidays). I know some of the people is doing fine (Ren, Chiana, Spot, CWG) but I am worried about Snowy (she is not answering my mails and I don't know her FB or twitter. Apparently many cool people are there now)

So, have you read Peace Talks?

My students had their second test this week, I hope they did well.
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 26, 2020, 08:09:32 AM
Hey there!!!
I was busy and tired. ;)
To be honest, I'm still busy and tired, but at the moment I'm sitting in front of my second morning coffee. I need that to be able to continue. We are having guests today. It's birthday week. Yay.
Thank God the family will come in the afternoon. Weather prognosis says, it will be sunny then. Or at least not raining, I hope. That's the other side of the coin, if you have a summer birthday. You have to prepare both for outside and for inside. But if you can stay outside, it is great.

We were lucky yesterday. We went to a corn maze with my big daughter and some of her friends for her kid's birthday party. The maze isn't difficult or big, but you have to find the 15 questions hidden everywhere inside and answer them correctly. That's always fun for everyone. Also there is a large playground there with lots of tables and benches, most of them under roofs.
We were there last year, too. And I think we will continue to go there on her birthdays until the kids are too old to have fun there. I saw a maybe 15 year old boy and he didn't look bored. So yes, the future birthday location is secured.

And yuck! I just got touched by a wet cat!!!!

I did kind of a re-read of Peace Talks this week. I didn't have time to read, so I listened to the audio book. Nice.
You can do that while doing boring work like laundry or cleaning. But careful when baking: "did I put in the sugar already or not...?"  ;D

I'm not sure if we will travel somewhere. I have two weeks extra from when I worked so much over time during the beginning of Covid19. Perhaps we will drive to Austria. There is a lake, we like and there's family around. But we will ask our relatives first, because it would be bad, if there was a second lockdown and they wouldn't let us go home again in time. The kids both start at (new) school in September.
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Post by: Dina on July 26, 2020, 08:22:21 AM
Ohhh, I summoned you, Regen! That is a power I use to have  :)

I love mazes and that with the questions sounds super fun! I am so glad things are getting better for you in Europe (we are having a lot of cases, still not a peak, probably. We can only dream with travels. I am actually leaving home less and less). I am super glad your kids had fun and also pleased that you had a "birthday location" problem solved for a while.

I never got into audiobooks. I don't understand enough oral English for an English audiobooks and I never bought an audiobook in Spanish, I feel like I want to hear the characters in my own voice. Still, I could change my mind someday. I know many people loves audiobooks and it has a lot of advantages like, as you say, doing other things while listening. And of course, I totally understand you cannot cook (or do things like that) while listening. Very distracting, and I guess that is specially true for Marsters.
Hubby is thinking in buying the Sandman audiobook though, we don't know. It is too expensive for us, but perhaps we do it anyway. We love Sandman and this version will have amazing voices.

kitty!! Don't be mean to them!

We had some weird time here. A few days ago it was actually hot, like a nice Spring day. It think it reached 24°C. Now, back to Winter, as it should, it is quite cold tonight. But worse than that, there were several gray and extremely humid days. Yucky. But apparently the weekend is better, if cold.

Going for a coffee :-)

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Post by: Regenbogen on July 26, 2020, 09:16:48 AM
Ohhh, I summoned you, Regen! That is a power I use to have  :)

LOL. I even got the nutella! But weird thing, getting summoned.

Everywhere you go, you have to fill out a form with the date, the time you spent there, your name, address and phone number, so you can be contacted if any of the other guests were tested positive on covid.
Persons in direct contact have to be tested and stay in quarantine. A friend of mine had a kid in her facility who got sick. So she has to stay at home now.
The numbers of infection are increasing again, but that was to be expected, when you loosen the rules. I hope we won't go into a second lockdown in autumn.

And of course, the kitty is safe. Even when she puts her claws into me so I get up and let her out. But I hiss at her. She understands that.  ;)

I prefer reading myself, but Marsters is great.
But I never listen to an audio book, I haven't read before myself. You don't notice everything in detail. In fact, I only bought an audio book, because I wasn't able to read on another book and with audio it isn't so easy to stop. I wanted the book finished so I could read the next one.
Edit: and I only wanted to try out ONE book read by James Marsters. But after listening to the first one, I ended up buying all of them. LOL
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Post by: Dina on July 26, 2020, 09:32:06 AM
I had nutella yesterday too, I suppose PT made me wish that. We Argentinians don't eat that much nutella. We are very fond of "dulce de leche" instead (caramel)

Some of those rules apply here for travels inside the county but getting out it is not so easy, and you need to do a strict 14 days isolation when returning.

I like that you understand cats  :). I new they would be safe, I was just scolding you just a little for the "yuck". It's still a cat touching you, unless they are really dirty, it is a nice feeling.

LOL about Marsters! And yes, I don't think I could concentrate that much in an audiobook, reading helps catching the details. That is why I am planning a PT reread soon.
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 26, 2020, 10:06:36 AM
Dina: I haven’t read Peace Talks yet. I’m working my way through a bunch of other books at the moment, and my reading list is growing space with mostly non-fiction. I will get around to it, though.

I keep up with CWG on Twitter. She’s fed up with the isolation, as you might imagine.

I have concluded: this version of 2020 sucks. Can we get a new one?
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Post by: Dina on July 26, 2020, 10:16:19 AM
Yes, I read her twitter too (CWG, I mean). I wrote her several times but not answer, so I just read to see how she is doing. Of course she is fed up, but this thing is necessary.

Well, if you wait some more for PT you will be able to read it along with BG, and perhaps that is better.

Ey, have you seen "the Crown", if so I am curious about what do you think about it. I liked it a lot so far, but I am not a British subject  :). I even planned her assassination once or twice when I was a child with an imagination  :P
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 26, 2020, 10:26:37 AM
I’ve seen a few episodes. It looks very well done, especially from a technical and casting point of view.
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 26, 2020, 10:31:07 AM
Hey, PilgrimDan!
What are the books you are reading at the moment?
With me it is like this: as soon as I know, there is a book out, that I desperately want/need to read, I'm not able to read anything else until I have read that book. Even when I was still in school. I could not concentrate on reading school books as long as the new book was not read. I'm far from disciplined when books are concerned.


And Nutella:
I usually eat muesli for breakfast, but once in a while when I smell some fresh bread, I crave Nutella on it. But only the original, the other ones don't taste that good. So there is always at least one jar of good Nutella in the house. Restricted to consumption only on weekends.
Or if you manage to eat some in secret. LOL

And Dina: it really feels icky, when a wet cat uses the skin of your calf as a towel, especially when you don't expect her to be in the room. But at least she doesn't smell like a wet dog.

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Post by: Dina on July 26, 2020, 06:58:10 PM
You are right, a wet cat is far less smelly than a wet dog, and yes, I admit even cats can be icky (specially if you are surprise by it)

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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 27, 2020, 04:42:35 PM
@Regenbogen.... one is a WW2 memoir called One of Our Submarines by Edward Young, the first Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer to command a submarine. The thing is, he also worked for Penguin Classics before the war and designed the jacket and logo. To honour him, Penguin Classics made his memoir their 1000th publication. 

Another is Blacklisted By History: Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies by journalist M Stanton Evans, which is a tome.

Finally, there’s Shadow of the Conqueror: Chronicles of Everfall by Shad M Brooks, an Australian Youtuber I follow who is a medieval enthusiast, pop culture fan and who has created one of the most refreshingly original secondary worlds in fantasy.
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Post by: Dina on July 27, 2020, 07:43:53 PM
((((((PD))))))
What is a secondary world?
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 27, 2020, 08:49:39 PM
Tolkien came up with the term in his 1947 essay On Fairy Stories, which I recommend getting hold of if you can. But it can refer to any internally consistent fictional or fantasy world. It is called “secondary world” to distinguish it from the real “primary world”.
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Post by: Dina on July 27, 2020, 09:59:58 PM
Ah, thanks, I did not know the term.

I forgot to answer about the Crown, I agree with you, it is well done. I have been enjoying it and looking forward for the next season.

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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 31, 2020, 01:31:12 AM
Another is Blacklisted By History: Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies by journalist M Stanton Evans, which is a tome.
Does it paint McCarthy in a positive light? Because that is a...controversial position, to put it delicately.
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Post by: Dina on July 31, 2020, 03:54:59 AM
LOL! You think?  :P
I actually chose not to ask about that
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 31, 2020, 04:56:14 AM
Is he as infamous outside the US as he is in the US? Controversial is about the most polite word I could think of to describe McCarthy. :P
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Post by: PilgrimDan on July 31, 2020, 03:18:26 PM
Just read the book, is all I’ll say, and make up your own mind.
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Post by: Dina on July 31, 2020, 11:37:28 PM
Is he as infamous outside the US as he is in the US? Controversial is about the most polite word I could think of to describe McCarthy. :P
Well, the "idea" of him is very infamous. I mean, we know about blacklist, anti-commie activities and the word "mcCarthysm". We also know, more or less, when all that happen. But in general we have not idea who he was. I mean, if he was married, if he had children, how and when he died.
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Post by: PilgrimDan on August 01, 2020, 11:00:30 AM
And there’s a very good reason for that, as the book explains in great detail. I’d give some bullet points here, but TT.
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Post by: Dina on August 01, 2020, 08:00:42 PM
It's ok  :)
I had a mean headache today but I am pain free now. Still, I feel lazy, so probably won't be doing anything productive today.
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Post by: Fcrate on August 04, 2020, 12:59:27 AM
Hello weird!
Dina, I feel for you. Headaches are the worst. :/
My copy of PT will arrive when my sister comes to visit next week :D
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Post by: Dina on August 04, 2020, 05:00:41 AM
((((((Fcrate!))))))  I missed you!

To be honest, I rarely have bad headaches or migraines. I can't complain, I've seen what those things can do to my friends. But sometimes (like the other day) I had a persistent low-key headache that mostly breaks my concentration. Sometimes it is a dehydration problem, I know because after having a glass of water or two it gets better, but sometimes I don't know where it came from. Stress perhaps, or lack of sleep. In most cases it fades without need to any medicine, but if it is worse, an ibuprofen helps. That is what I did this time.

Oh, so you are looking forward some fun! Fair warning, I thought the first episodes were slow and somewhat disjointed, but then it gets more interesting (at least, that is my opinion).



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Post by: Fcrate on August 07, 2020, 12:57:03 AM
I missed you too Dina :) My sister arrives in 3 days, and I'll go meet her at the airport. It doesn't have anything to do with getting my copy of PT, let me tell you. Just brotherly love and duty as a bag carrier :D
Migraines run in the family on my mother's side. Luckily, I'm the only one of my brothers and sisters to get them, and with more exercize, slightly better diet and (mostly) stress-free living in the countryside, I don't suffer them as often or as severely.
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Post by: Dina on August 07, 2020, 01:00:48 PM
(((Fcrate))) I am glad most of your family is free of that issue, but sorry about you. It is good that you found great ways to cope. I agree stress seem to be a serious trigger, so it is good that your life is perhaps less hectic that many people in the big cities.

I have to go before I have a Zoom meeting but be good with your duty with your sister. Is she moving back Egypt or is just visiting? I don't know Egypt travel restrictions

I'll be back (much) later
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 07, 2020, 07:16:13 PM
!!!!!Fcrate!!!!!
I missed you, too. :)
Enjoy your sister's visit. And the book. :D
Headaches are evil. I have them often. Mostly it is because I feel change in weather. We have that a lot here during summer. Or when I eat to much raw garlic or onions. But then it is my own fault and I choose to live with the consequences.  ::)
Real migraines I don't have very often, and I'm very glad about it. Those, when you can only stay in the dark, every little noise threatens to make your head explode and sometimes it makes you throw up. Good for you that you have found a way to deal with it.

I've been doing a lot of funny things these last days. I've worked a lot during July, so I can stay mostly at home during school holidays. I hope they don't call me, because I'm only at home from the hours I have worked, I'm not on vacation. Those who are just reducing work hours are usually called in first.
So I try to enjoy the time I have.
I'm sitting outside now and waiting for the bats. The sun is almost gone, they will be here any time now.... Ah, damn that was just a sleepy bird... But soon I will see the bats.
The kids are watching Frozen 2. We were in the local open air bath today and yesterday. That's really nice now that you have to announce yourself the evening before. And they only let in 400 people. So it is not crowded as usual without covid. They open from 10-13, then time to disinfect everything and in the afternoon from 14-18.

As I can't read anything else until I've read Battle Ground, I started a read along with a friend who currently reads Changes. But she is faster. I'm still at Turn Coat. We compare the translation. Sometimes it is really good, but sometimes the joke is lost, because you can't translate it into German. Mostly the language based jokes.

And joy: there was the first bat. You have to look at the same spot you saw the first, because the usually have a hunting routine.
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Post by: Dina on August 07, 2020, 07:42:22 PM
I like that you like to watch bats and I am sad my dear Chiroptera (she is a forumite) is not visiting often anymore. You two would have get along so well.

I read quite slowly in English but I am a more or less fast reader in Spanish. I used to be very fast but now that I don't see so well it takes me more time (yes, I wear glasses. Even so)

What is an air bath?
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 07, 2020, 07:59:34 PM
Open air bath. I don't know if it is the right words. It is an artificially created area with big swimming pools and so on, which is outside, only open during the summer months. Nothing fancy but you can swim or have safe fun in the water with the kids. There are lifeguards watching the whole area.
Today and yesterday I continued teaching my little one to swim. I do that mostly in their swimming pool because she can see the ground and there is the edge to hold on to, if she needs a break.



Today the bats were mostly near the ground where we couldn:'t see them so well with the dark trees in the background. But one came very close. My 6 year old watched them with me. Now it is too dark to see. Maybe tomorrow evening.

I've become quite fast in reading English, almost as fast as in German, but sometimes I pause to look something up. If I don't know a word, or if I thought I knew the word, but in the context it wouldn't make sense.
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Post by: Dina on August 07, 2020, 08:12:22 PM
So charming, watching the bats with your child  ;D

I am not so fast, mainly because of the "informal" expressions, because many of them are unknown to me.

Oh, I understand air bath now, lots of summer fun!
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 07, 2020, 09:11:02 PM
While reading I sometimes have difficulties with the background stories. For example in Small Favor. The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
At first: wtf is a gruff?   ???
And I don't know the story. I looked it up.
But I was interested in the translation, so I asked my friend what it says at that point. And in fact, the 3 Billy Goats Gruff was replaced by a story which is widely known in Germany: the fairytale by Brothers Grimm " Der Wolf und die sieben Geißlein" The Wolf and the Seven goats
There are no bigger brothers and no trolls. There is the wolf who tries to trick mother goat's kids into letting him in while she is gone.
It really doesn't make sense to replace the story, just so that the readers have a tale they know.

And she sent me an excerpt out of Changes, which made her laugh. The part where Harry visits Monoc headquarters. When he sees the finger nails of the receptionists. He decides not to say anything, but his mouth did without the rest of him agreeing. LOL
So I sent her the English part with the comment yes, it is funny, but this will make you laugh even more.
They completely left out the "go go gadget wisdom". But why? We know the series. It was on TV here, when we were children.
But at least the translation isn't wrong, like I read in the Farseer series by Robin Hobb. There is a page where he says that a boy has his father's eyes. In the translation he says the boy has my father's eyes. And this is not the only error. 

But sometimes translation errors are funny. Like when I was reading Dead Beat: the title of the book with poems about the Erlking. Only 4 words and 3 of them wrong. LOL. I thought, omg did no one tell Jim before the book was published? But ok, it isn't that important. Then in Turn Coat it was Peabody's fault and Harry made fun of him.  ;) Made me laugh.

And Dina: I'm watching bees, too. I like them. I always plant lots of flowers and keep the lawn " messy" so that they have enough pollen to collect. Also there a several people in my village who are bee keepers. So if I buy local honey, maybe my garden contributed to it.
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Post by: Dina on August 07, 2020, 11:35:07 PM
I had the same "wtf is a gruff" moment, but I goggled it. Of course, that took me longer like just keep reading. I should try to find what the Spanish version says but I normally don't like the translations, even when they are correct. For instance, for Harry Potter Dead Eaters is "mortífago". which is more or less fun but awful  :)

That said, I agree about Go go Gadget. We would understand that too.
Also yes, translations are funny. The D&D player's handbook (AD&D technically) in Spanish was a classic example that made hubby, friends and I laugh a lot. For instance, the X bow (crossbow) was translated to Arco X. (a literal bow with an X). And druids cannot became undead! while it means they can´t do the the spell "turn undead".
But since many years ago I try to read English speaking books in English. I used to do the same with French but I spent a lot of time without doing it and apparently forgot everything. I tried to read a French book last year and couldn't, I was too slow and it got boring.

Bees are great! So clever insects, amazing actually. Thanks for the flowers and for helping the bees. I've heard than in Europe there was a movement to keep the gardens more or less wild because wild flowers are many times important for bees. I am very interested in anything keeping bees around. Also butterflies.

Funny enough, I am not that fond of honey. I mean, I don't hate it, but if I can not eat it, I don't.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 09, 2020, 01:51:03 AM
I honestly had the opposite reaction when I read the gruff story. I was like, okay, Jim made something up. Then uh...I got to the part where Harry looks it up. Was pretty funny when I realized what he was talking about. The weirder thing for me is how my readings of the books have changed. I was 14 when Changes came out. I don't have kids, but I have a few more years under my belt and a serious relationship down the drain and everything that happens leading up to the ending of that book is just different now.
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Post by: Dina on August 09, 2020, 05:21:33 AM
((((((DC)))))))
Of course, even for me (an adult the first time I've read the books) things are different when I reread them.

Also, I've heard you have some good news?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 10, 2020, 01:32:17 AM
Do I have some good news? The only real good news I have is that I haven't managed to catch covid-19 yet despite working a job where it's statistically more likely.
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Post by: Dina on August 10, 2020, 06:20:08 AM
Ah, all right then. Sorry about my mistake but ey! No covid is always good! I am so far good but I am indoors pretty much all the time. Hubby and I are hermits together now  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 10, 2020, 05:40:47 PM
Hello, weird!
I agree. No covid is always the preferable option. It would be nice, if I've had it without symptoms. I've had contact to positive tested people. But I rather think I just didn't catch it.

Tomorrow the weather will cool down a bit, and after that there will be two days of heavy rain. I'm glad about it. The grass is brown already. So tomorrow before the rain I will start plum harvest. I won't manage everything, because I will have to do it alone, so I hope the plums will still be good Saturday evening. Maybe I can get the kids to help, but they tend to panic, when the wasps fly in their faces. OK, I have difficulty to stay calm myself, but it is not healthy to flail your arms when you are on a ladder in a tree, lol. So I pretend to be cool.
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Post by: Dina on August 10, 2020, 06:18:17 PM
LOL! It is part of the sacrifice of being a parent.

When I was a teen. we had one (only one) plum tree, a short one. It was so great when it became covered in flowers! Then it had nice red plums. Sadly, the tree was old and died sometime when I was already an adult. i still miss it but I think if somehow there is a soul for the trees, that one is happy somewhere, because he gave a lot of joy and had a long and prosper life  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 10, 2020, 07:21:27 PM
When I was a kid, my parents had several Apple trees, one cherry and one plum tree. The plum tree I didn't like so much, because there were masses of wasps. I got stung a lot. Once between my toes. That hurt. But I always liked the plums.
On the apples there are wasps, too, but with the plums I think they exaggerate.

There was one apple tree I liked the most. It had very low thick branches, so several children could climb on it without much effort at the same time. And you could put a hammock between the trees.

At first my parents wanted to build a garage for the car and our tools. The lowest branch was in the way. So our beloved tree lost an arm. A few years later it became sick and we had to remove it completely.

Another apple tree was already hollow inside, when we moved there, but it had the best apples and there were birds breeding inside every year. There were two holes in the trunk, the little birds were safe from cats in there. And you could see their mouths open when you looked inside.
This tree almost killed my mother when it fell down suddenly.

Now they have only one apple tree left.

And yes, I can pretend not to be afraid sometimes. If you don't look at me for too long. I only scream when spiders surprise me. As a kid I learnt not to show any fear as the only girl among boys, lol. I didn't want them to put spiders into my bed or in my schoolbag or something. So I pretended to be cool.
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Post by: Dina on August 10, 2020, 09:49:36 PM
I am terrified of spiders, so you are my heroine. But I understand the rest, you are amazing  :)
I grew up in an apartment, where I still live, but I spent all my teen and my first adult years in the house I mentioned. It only has a small garden, but it has two vines, a plum tree and a lemon tree. Also some shrubs and flowers. Not much, but for me it was heaven.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 12, 2020, 03:27:09 AM
Ah, all right then. Sorry about my mistake but ey! No covid is always good! I am so far good but I am indoors pretty much all the time. Hubby and I are hermits together now  :)
I just realized that what they were probably referring to is that I paid off my student loans as of Friday.
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Post by: Dina on August 12, 2020, 07:21:01 PM
That was it, but I thought you wouldn't want to talk about that here. I've read it in your FB  :)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
((((((((((((((DC))))))))))))))))))
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 16, 2020, 01:11:08 PM
Hey everybody!
Long time no post.
It is hot. Hot. Hot.
I feel like my blood is boiling. The promised bad weather did not reach my home. There was one day it cooled down a bit. There was some clouds and wind and a few rain drops. But not enough.
Ok, I shouldn't complain. There were floodings in other parts of the country. I was glad the really bad weather didn't reach us. The river was quite full of water. It almost got over the shore. But there's the reinforced dam also. So the village is mostly safe. Except from ground water coming up.

Soon it will be Tuesday again. I'm excited what will be on JB's website then.

Yesterday a few kids were here to celebrate my little one's birthday (the real birthday was in April, but we promised her, there will be a party as soon as we are allowed to. As she has not forgotten, I had to do the party now. But I'm glad it's over.). Today I refilled the rubber pool and she is in there with her playmobil mermaids. I will join her soon.
We are doing a lazy Sunday.

And I'm debating with myself what I should read now. I have a few books to try. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, What's its title by Patrick Rothfuss, and a funny one starring a Bavarian police man. All of them good ones. Maybe I'll start with the police story, because it is extremely different in it's stile from the DF.
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Post by: Dina on August 16, 2020, 07:16:10 PM
I am so glad your child got to enjoy her bithday. And the pool! Also, I love playmobil with all my heart. I even have 2 of them in the living room now. One is a princess, in a pretty dress,with a lovely purple unicorn. The other one, is an Argentinian football player. But I have a couple more on the sleeping room and even more stored.

Here is unseasonably hot too (we have 18°C) but is cloudy.

About what to read: Many people here love P. Rothfuss work. I had not read him. I did read Neverwhere and liked it a lot. As it takes place in London, when I was there a couple of years ago I couln't stop enjoying the underground names that are menioned in the book. But I agree, perhaps it is good to read something very different while waiting for more Dreden. Oh, Priscellie has confirmed that we will have sample chapters for BG (not information of how many or when)


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Post by: Regenbogen on August 16, 2020, 11:46:39 PM
I love playmobil too. I have a vampire couple on my bedroom cupboard. The female has bat wings. Pretty cool.
It is amazing what funny and detailed things there are today. I love to look for that in the stores. You can get that almost everywhere now. Mostly it is very expensive, but there are small figures in a surprise bag to put together yourself, that are sold for 2€. I buy them as little presents for kids.

And I've heard about Rothfuss, too. I wonder, why I have never read some of his books. They are even in the library.
It's the first of the king killer books. A colleague lent me the book.
That was funny. It was during the nightshift week, when Peace Talks came out. I told him that I was so excited about the book. So he asked what it was. Turned out he likes similar books. So I recommended J. Butcher and he recommended P. Rothfuss.
And he saw my reaction after I went to the fire stairs after midnight to get access to the internet to see, if the book was already there. And it was!!!
I may have expressed my joy in a loud way.  ;)

Maybe I'll just force myself to finish the police book. I have started before Peace Talks, but put it away. It is no high literature. Mostly I don't really like the protagonist's attitude. He is a cynical asshole, but sometimes it is really funny. But I'm not sure I can endure several books or even the one I read now. I fear this is the second time I really prefer the movies to the books. The first one being "The Name Of The Rose" by Umberto Eco. I really tried to read that, I managed about 80 pages I think, but it was sooooo boring for me, sorry, Umberto.  ;)
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Post by: Dina on August 17, 2020, 12:49:35 AM
I think I did not read the P. Rothfuss books because I've felt they were a rip-off of Dresden. I don't say that is right, in fact, I know many people here who love it. But that is how I roll  :)

And I loved The name of the Rose! I was in my secondary school and I've got hepatitis, so I stayed at home and read it. And it was great. I also read "Foucault's pendulum" but I was disappointed because, after loving the novel all the time I was reading it, felt that the ending was lacking.
The Name of the Rose, the movie, was very good, I love Sean Connery so much. Also, we Argentinians read the blind librarian as a reference to our Jorge Luis Borges, our greatest writer, who was blind and  (for a time) the director of the National Library.
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 23, 2020, 03:07:05 PM
Hello!!!
I'm back.  ;) We were busy with the harvest. The plums are done. We donated about half of them to plumless people ;D. Now it's apple time.

I still don't read any particular book. But have started three different ones, but can't get the right feeling to continue any of them.

But we managed to watch the fifth season of Lucifer. At least the first 8 episodes. It still is not clear when the rest will be available. It was fun to watch. Took us one evening and one night.
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Post by: Dina on August 24, 2020, 04:07:10 AM
Congrats about the plums, and I hope the apples are great.

I watched two episodes of this season of Lucifer, so far I am really liking it. Last week we also began watching Lovecraft country (It's a new HBO show). I am not a Lovecraft fan at all but this looks interesting because it happens in the Jim Crow years. So I can tell that the idea is that racist humans are worse than Lovecraftian monsters.
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 26, 2020, 03:57:06 PM
Lovecraft country sounds interesting. I've watched the trailer now. But it's not on Prime Video. So we'll have to wait a bit.
But soon there will be the next season of "The Boys". We are waiting for that.

And I have found a book I can manage to read, I think. Ink&Sigil by Kevin Hearne. I'm at chapter 2 already. Started yesterday. But it may take a while, because I have to concentrate a lot. Direct speech is in (fake) Scottish dialect most of the time. Thank God I have watched Outlander in preparation, LOL.
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Post by: Dina on August 26, 2020, 07:48:02 PM
OMG, that would be almost impossible to me. I even suffered with Hagrid.
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 28, 2020, 10:20:15 AM
Oh. It's actually pretty good. It's about crime solving. And I like the main character. I'm glad I finally found something I can keep on reading. That doesn't mean, I don't like all the other books I have started in the past weeks, but they were not what I needed. I will read them at the right time. Or not.
Sometimes the taste changes or develops. Sometimes I suddenly like a story I didn't like ten or twenty years ago.  Or I put emphasis on different aspects of a story than I did before.

So maybe I might give The Name Of The Rose another try someday. I was about 20 when I tried to read it. And maybe I'll give Hamlet another try, too.

But for now I am content with this new book, which I am able to continue in spite of the first chapter of Battle Ground only days away.  ;D ;D ;D
It frustrates me when I don't read anything. And it always has to be fiction. And I have to like the main character or at least one of the characters, if there are several.
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Post by: Fcrate on August 28, 2020, 11:51:51 PM
Hello Weird!
So... Met my sister at the airport, got PT, escorted her home (the sister). She has two lovely daughters that made for a fun ride. Yes, I just said that... A ride with two children and I had fun, weird, eh?
Finished PT. Was quite good, the only part I didn't like was
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I loved the first part with Ebenzar :D
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Post by: Dina on August 29, 2020, 12:42:25 AM
I did not like the first chapters too much, they seemed...like postcards, separated from each other. But as the book become more integrated, it was much better.
I am so glad you had fun with your nieces  :).

@Regen, it is true that tastes change with time. The Name of the Rose was perfect for me at the time, perhaps if I had never heard of it and I would find it now I wouldn't like it. Who knows? And about your books, I was not criticizing its quality, only saying that I am awful reading Scottish accent.
And I totally agree with you, it is very important for me to like the main character (or at least one of them)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 31, 2020, 11:18:17 PM
@Dina
Oh, I didn't take it as critique. I was surprised I enjoy it so much. I've tried the other two series by him. But I stopped reading both, because one was too dark and the other too funny. Weird. But not bad, just not what I needed at that time.
I also stopped reading the police story, because the main character is an asshole. LOL. I think I will rather watch the movies, because you don't have to listen into his head. Then it is funny.

@ Fcrate:
Peace Talks:
For me especially the parts of Harry
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But I didn't like
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But otherwise the book was great.
 Tomorrow there will be the first chapter of Battle Ground online, but I will try not to look, because I haven't finished Ink&Sigil yet. I hope I can do it. Wish me strength of will. ;)
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Post by: Dina on September 01, 2020, 04:15:47 AM
First of all, be strong! You can do it! (I don't know what I will do myself) Seriously, I know you can.

I agree with what you said about PT. And about the police story, now I am curious. What movies?
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 01, 2020, 09:36:00 AM
And about the police story, now I am curious. What movies?

They made movies from the first 2 or 3 books.
Reading them is not easy. They are written in dialect and the grammar is not correct, meaning the whole book is a first person narration and it feels like the guy is sitting beside you telling his life story. Exactly how someone from a really small village somewhere in the country would talk. That was funny at first, but a whole book written like this was getting on my nerves. Especially because I know people like that and I tend to slip away before they can talk too much.
My husband and I watched one of the movies a few months ago. That was the reason why I tried the book. Before I didn't want to read it, because the people recommending it had a completely different taste in books than me. Especially my mother. LOL. I have learned that if my mother really likes a book, it is best for me to not read it. There are exceptions, but they are rare, and even then these are books that are OK to get through but I don't really like them. So we were surprised the movie was so funny.


https://m.imdb.com/title/tt4129876/
That's the one I tried to read.

And this is the first one. There is more info:
https://m.imdb.com/title/tt2969050/plotsummary?ref_=m_tt_ov_pl

Edit: I have looked. There are no English subtitles. You can have German ones. That makes sense, because someone from the north or east of Germany might have difficulties in understanding.
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Post by: Dina on September 01, 2020, 06:10:43 PM
Ah, thanks for the info. Of course, I won't be able to watch it, as I don't speak German.

Which reminds me, a trivia about me. I actually learnt a few German words in kindergarten, as I went to a "German" school. Meaning, it was founded by German people and even when the classes were "normal" in Spanish, all the normal subjects, they taught you German too. In kinder, only a few words, it was supposed to be very good in primary and secondary, but I only went there for kinder.

Still not sure if reading the chapters, because they are 2 of them
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 01, 2020, 07:37:47 PM
Oh, so it is true. 2 chapters. No! I won't read them. Not today and not tomorrow. I'm preparing my little one's room for school. Now everything is clean, and tomorrow I'm going to empty the old little  school desk from the living room and carry it upstairs. This will do for the first two years. Her room is not big, I had to remove some things so the desk fits in.

I always wanted to learn Spanish, but in my school they didn't teach it.  :'(
I took English, Latin, French and Italian (though the Italian class was a bit ridiculous, we only sang a few songs, and I didn't learn much. I only participated, because there was no Spanish, and they told me "So take Italian, if you want another language")
In school I wanted to become either a biologist, archeologist or translator. I tried to learn Polish taught by my grandmother, but couldn't get into it. Though I know some words and I mostly know how to pronounce what I read.
And lol, I know two Czech sentences. Took me 3 days in the metro in Prague to learn them. It's what the voice from the speakers says at each station.  ;D "Please stop getting on or off the train. The doors close automatically. Next stop..." LOL I can say it, but I have no idea how it is written.
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Post by: Dina on September 01, 2020, 08:01:39 PM
That sounds great about the desk.

When I was a child, only the private schools had foreign languages in primary. When I left kindergarten I did the first year of primary school in a private school that had English but then my parents couldn't afford to keep me there, and they sent me to a public primary school that has not foreign language. Nowadays, almost all public schools teach English, some of them teach Portuguese, and in some provinces there are some schools that teach original inhabitants languages, like guaraní or quichua.
In secondary school I had English, French and Latin though. I can tell you, if you know Latin, French and Italian you pretty much know Spanish  :).

Well, I am a biologist, and I also have a certification as "literary translator" from French, but my French is very, very rusty now. I dreamt about being an archaelogist too.

Oh, I've learnt a few words in Klingon too! And I can read some Portuguese but not talking or writing.

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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on September 04, 2020, 05:25:59 AM
Oh. It's actually pretty good. It's about crime solving. And I like the main character. I'm glad I finally found something I can keep on reading. That doesn't mean, I don't like all the other books I have started in the past weeks, but they were not what I needed. I will read them at the right time. Or not.
Sometimes the taste changes or develops. Sometimes I suddenly like a story I didn't like ten or twenty years ago.  Or I put emphasis on different aspects of a story than I did before.

So maybe I might give The Name Of The Rose another try someday. I was about 20 when I tried to read it. And maybe I'll give Hamlet another try, too.

But for now I am content with this new book, which I am able to continue in spite of the first chapter of Battle Ground only days away.  ;D ;D ;D
It frustrates me when I don't read anything. And it always has to be fiction. And I have to like the main character or at least one of the characters, if there are several.
Hamlet was very stuffy and overblown for me, honestly. Very much a Shakespearean tragedy but almost too much if that makes sense?
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Post by: Dina on September 04, 2020, 09:17:00 PM
I'll be honest, I have not read Hamlet. I've read other books, like Romeo and Juliet, Richard the V, and others but I never tried Hamlet or MacBeth. Perhaps one day
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 05, 2020, 06:18:00 PM
I've read Romeo and Juliet (was forced to in English class, but I surprisingly liked it, maybe because we analysed it for a few weeks, and my teacher was so enthusiastic she infected me somehow ;)) and Much ado about nothing.
A midsummer night's dream and Hamlet I watched in theatre.

And now I have to confess. I was weak tonight. I read the Battle Ground sample chapters.
I am alone this weekend. Nobody home but me. Now would have been a good opportunity to read without disruption, but the book isn't out yet. A pity.
And I got punished immediately. After reading the first lines in bed, I saw a shadow in the corner of my eye. There was a big fat spider sitting on the wall a few centimetres from my head. Scream.

I think the cat is getting old. The last few weeks we had an unusual amount of fat spiders in the house. The same happened when the last cat died. But she still catches mice.

All the cats liked to play with spiders and eat them afterwards. They seem to be tasty. But only a certain kind. And they move in an interesting way, when you hit them with your claws and throw them around.
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Post by: Dina on September 07, 2020, 12:05:14 AM
Yeah, I am arachnophobic, so I would hate to live in a place with "an unusual amount of fat spiders". I live in an appartment now so we have few spiders, and not very large. When I lived in a house we had 3 or 4 cats, so it was not too bad.

What do you think about the chapters? (without spoilers)
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 07, 2020, 10:06:18 AM
I loved the chapters. I'm very curious how it will go on. I hope there will be one more chapter tomorrow, but somehow the text on the website wasn't clear. There was something about a next chapter in a future drop. We will see tomorrow.

And I am glad that there are no bigger fat spiders in Germany than about 5 cm with feet. There are some very thin spiders with longer legs, but none of them is poisonous to humans. Not that I would appreciate any spider coming so near that it can bite me, I'm afraid too. I know it is irrational and I am able to remove them but not alive. So when someone else is in the house (my husband) I ask him to throw it out alive, but I get out of the way while he is transporting it.  :-\
But if I am alone, I have to do it myself. I can't sleep when I know there is one in my bedroom.  ;)
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Post by: Dina on September 07, 2020, 05:48:50 PM
Ok, that is bad, but not that good either. I had seen really large spiders and it is awful.
I can deal with the bodies too but I also call hubby to kill spiders for me. Unless I am alone and then I have to do it. If they are very small, we take them out but in general I feel better if the monsters are killed. I know, irrational. It is, I never pretended to be a Vulcan.

Luckily in the lockdown hubby is always with me, so at least one problem less.

In other topics, it is 16°C now and a bright, sunny day, but my home feels cold. I am enjoying the cold, though, as it is probably the last few weeks.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 07, 2020, 10:35:20 PM
Here autumn is coming. You can feel it in the air. And some leaves have turned yellow and red.
Tomorrow or better today as it is past midnight now school starts with a new year. My little one is a firstgrader and my older one now goes to the next school. Is it called secondary school? There are several kinds of public schools you can go to after elementary school.
The common ones are Mittelschule, Realschule and Gymnasium (not a hall to do sports in, that's the German name for grammar school or so, I'm not sure, if this is correct). To the first you go, if you want to become something like a craftsman for example. Very  practical, not much theory.
The second (the one my daughter goes to) is for everything else you need a higher education than the first, the big middle so to speak. The last one you need too attend if you want to study afterwards or take on an academic career. Your grades need to be better for the last one than for the first two.

They are trying to start as normal as possible. The kids and teachers will have to wear masks like before the holidays.  The classes are not allowed to mix. That means at first there will be no going outside during the first break. Each class has to stay in their room. Some schools do shifts with going outside. The first graders of our village are allowed to use the church for the welcome speech. This is great, because the church is bigger than the school hall, so every child can bring up to two people as company. After the welcome speech the kids will go into their classrooms (the school is just over the street from the church).
When they do it like this, they hope that there would maybe be no need to shut down the whole school again, if one child has the virus. But only one class. In theory. Let's see what the future brings.

I want it to bring a certain book about some weird wizard guy kicking ass and getting his ass kicked in return.  ;)
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on September 08, 2020, 03:16:40 AM
It's always kind of amused me that the different types of post-primary German schools translate as "Middle school" (which is what it's most often called in the US), "real school" and... well, you know. :P
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 08, 2020, 04:18:59 AM
It's always kind of amused me that the different types of post-primary German schools translate as "Middle school" (which is what it's most often called in the US), "real school" and... well, you know. :P
That's why I didn't translate.  8)
There is no equivalent. Not really. Because the system is different. In my youth "Mittelschule" was called "Hauptschule" (main school), but it is the same. I didn't look it up, but someone told me it was supposed to change the image. And when I was going into fifth grade Realschule started with 6th grade. So everyone except those who went to Gymnasium went to the former Hauptschule and after 5th grade you could go on to Realschule or stay. Realschule got a 5th grade when I was in 8th grade I think. I talked about it with a friend last year who was there when they changed it and remembered the sudden "invasion of babies" LOL, meaning the masses of little 5th graders.
There are other types of school but this would be too complicated to explain and I'm no expert in this. ;)

Now I have to be cruel and wake up everyone. Muahaha! See you.
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Post by: Dina on September 08, 2020, 08:08:08 PM
I hope all went well with the first day!!

It is very interesting to know about things in other countries. I am always complicated with k- and things like that and sometimes I even forget what is a sophomore, even when I think I learnt the details here in the forum (thanks to you, DC).

Let's see. In my country we have kindergarten (which is mandatory since 3 years old). At 6, you go to "primaria" which I translate as primary school. Traditionally, primary school has 7 grades. Then you have "secundaria" (secondary school) which could be 5 or 6 years, I will explain later. But in general it was 5. In the 90's we had a reform and primary finished in grade 6, and what was "7th grade" and the  1st and 2nd grade of secondary become grades "7, 8, and 9" in secondary. And 4 and 5 became "1st and second of the EGB, which was an acronym that standed for general basic education. It was a mess, specially because not all the provinces got with it. So, about a decade ago, we were back to the classic: 7 grades of primary, 5 of secondary, unless you were in a special system with 6 years.

What students got 6 secondary grades? Well, many years ago that was for magisterium (people becoming teachers of primary), técnicos (something like Mittelschule, I think), artistic, or those from one of the few schools that were dependent of the university and had a different schedule. All the first allowed to students to have a diploma that allowed them to do certain jobs. Then, magisterium changed (now, it is more professional, and you need to do more study after leaving school). And about those dependent from university...well, before the 80's, there was an exam to allow you to go to public universities. And the students of those schools (which had an extra year, remember) were dispensed from the exam. Then, in the 80's it was established that everyone going to a public university (not to private ones) wouldn't pass a test but they needed to approve a year of a courses that have the purpose of reduce the differences among schools and give everyone a base to go to the university. A couple of classes were mandatory for everyone (one related with citizenship and history of our country, and another related with scientific thinking) and the other were specific of the branch that you wanted to follow. For instance, people wanting to be medicine doctors, dentists, veterinaries, biologists, engineers in agricultural practices, etc, had biology and chemistry.  Students of the schools dependent of the university don't do the "general" course, but they have an extra year. So, in time, it is the same. But it is different because it is like an extra year of secondary, at your school, while the other students need to go to other place for its course.

uf, I hope you understood something of all this. I am a product of one of those schools depending from university.

Oh, and years ago we had secondary schools for "commercial" branches and other for the rest. Same years, different curricula. Now it has changed.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on September 10, 2020, 01:02:18 AM
That's kind of interesting to me. As far as I know, you're pretty much locked into the public school system until you're bare minimum 16, and even then you have to have special permission to drop out. After you finish that you can decide on trade school, university, etc.
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Post by: Dina on September 10, 2020, 07:26:12 PM
Going to school is mandatory here (3-17 years old) but if you have money you can go to a private school, which is (usually) better and fancier, with extra classes and things like that. We don't have home schooling except for very few people that really can't leave their home, so the teacher visits them.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 10, 2020, 09:12:54 PM
Here, going to school is mandatory for 9-10 years, starting at the age of 5 or 6 years, depending on the county.
Kindergarten is not mandatory, but most people send their kids there. The pre school year here is mostly happening in the Kindergarten, how they do it depends on the kindergarten. My kids were still in their usual group, but they had a few hours in a seperate room doing pre school stuff. After that the usual kindergarten routine.
In some parts of the country in the pre school year the kids are actually separated from their former groups and become a pre school group. And I have heard of schools that have extra pre school classes, but this is not in Bavaria.

I can't remember as a kid having done any school things in kindergarten. I learned everything directly in school. I don't know when it was called pre school. Or maybe it was, and I didn't notice. I admit, I just wanted to see my friends and play with the cool stuff. I should ask my mother.

Grundschule in Bavaria starts at the age of 6 more or less, and goes 4 years. After that at least until 9th grade Mittelschule, or 10th grade Realschule, or 13th Gymnasium.
By the way, when you go to the Gymnasium and finish the 10th grade, you automatically have a school leaving certificate without ever having an exam. I could have done that, but I thought I wanted to have a real exam, and to finish what I started, because otherwise it would have felt like giving up or cheating. So I continued until grade 13 with exam, though I didn't need it. But I thought, if I didn't like the job, I could still start to study something.
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Post by: Dina on September 11, 2020, 07:33:49 PM
We also call "pre-school" the last kindergarten year. That was mandatory since before I was born (but the previous classes, for 3-4 years old, were not mandatory until about 10 years ago, I believe). There were not many differences between pre-school and the rest of kindergarten but I believe there were more works oriented to perform an specific task. Anyway, I don't remember much of that time of my life, except that I was happy, we sang, we listen to stories and yes, I've learnt a few German words  :)
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Post by: Otlan on September 15, 2020, 09:12:29 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cVHreGgTJEM

Yes, I'm still alive n_n .
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Post by: Dina on September 15, 2020, 09:16:07 PM
((((((((Otlan))))))))))

It is so good to see you!!

How are you doing? And your family? Have you read PT? I am so looking forward to BG. Today they dropped the 3rd and final sample chapter. Only 15 days to go...:-)
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Post by: Otlan on September 15, 2020, 10:43:38 PM
((((((((Otlan))))))))))

It is so good to see you!!

How are you doing? And your family? Have you read PT? I am so looking forward to BG. Today they dropped the 3rd and final sample chapter. Only 15 days to go...:-)

*HUGLESSUPERTIGHTBACK* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's good to see you too Di-Di n_n <3 !

I'm doing alright, just been very busy lately, and getting very sick and tired of both this plage and this year -_- . How are you? My family are all doing well, as far as I know. Need to check up on my Big Brother though, haven't heard from him in awhile. How's everyone in your family? I sadly have not read Peace Talks yet -_- . But my frined is going to let me Barrow his copy so I can n_n .

I was actually caught off guard and more then a little surprised when Mr. Butcher announced the next book release so soon XD . My frined and I are getting nervous though that we're comeing to the end of the series -_- . I know all good thing must come to an end, but it's so hard to sat goodbye -_- ...*Shakes my head* Sorry Di-Di, I hope you enjoy Battle Grounds when it comes out, I'll be looking forward to reading both n_n <3 !

Hope the Video I sent made you smile n_n .
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Post by: Dina on September 15, 2020, 11:01:17 PM
I have not seen the video yet as I am more or less busy, and about to watch a class (we subscribed to some streaming courses, this one is about philosophy).

I believe PT is...complicated. The first part is a mess, then becomes great but is over before BIG THINGS happen, so I think it would be a great idea to read both books together. Also, don't worry about the end of the series, we still have many, many books in front of us and JB is taking a lot of time between them. This are not two books, but one that is split. So, we still are very far away of the end of the series. And his next book is going to be of the other series (Cinder Spires). So...lots of time.

We are all doing fine, but Argentina is having a lot of cases, so things are complicated. I have been very busy too. But I missed you. I am missing playing our RPG too. I was thinking about some of our stories just yesterday
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Post by: Otlan on September 16, 2020, 10:12:43 PM
I have not seen the video yet as I am more or less busy, and about to watch a class (we subscribed to some streaming courses, this one is about philosophy).

I believe PT is...complicated. The first part is a mess, then becomes great but is over before BIG THINGS happen, so I think it would be a great idea to read both books together. Also, don't worry about the end of the series, we still have many, many books in front of us and JB is taking a lot of time between them. This are not two books, but one that is split. So, we still are very far away of the end of the series. And his next book is going to be of the other series (Cinder Spires). So...lots of time.

We are all doing fine, but Argentina is having a lot of cases, so things are complicated. I have been very busy too. But I missed you. I am missing playing our RPG too. I was thinking about some of our stories just yesterday

Ahh, ok, well I hope your class was, if not fun, at least enlightening n_n .

Oooohhhh, it's one book split into two, ok, ya, that makes sense XD . Deffinetky going to have to read both of them together then n_nd ! I haven't forgotten about the Spire Series, I'm really looking forward to when it comes out n_n .

I just pray to God, that if Mr. Butcher get's Movie adaptations made of his books, that he dosn't let Disney get they're meat hooks into them -_- .

*Hugs tight* Sorry to hear that Di-Di -_- . I hope you all stay safe n_n .
Awww, I've missed you guys too n_n <3 ! *Huggles more* I'm sorry I haven't been on more, things have been Stupidly busy and Hectic on my end, especial my GDF Job -_-# ...I'm gonna try to be on more though, and many, hopfully get an RP going again n_n .

Which reminds me, anyone her from Snow lately? With everything going on in California  I wanted to check up on her and make sure she's ok.
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Post by: Dina on September 16, 2020, 10:48:53 PM
*loves hug, hugs back*

Do you know that a study of I don't remember who ( :P) proved that Argentinians are very, very into hug each other, and the country in the world which less respects personal space. The polar opposite is Finland, where, according to the stories, has not even realized there is a social distancing policy, as that is normal life for them. So, I really miss be with friends and hugging them. But I am so grateful for technology allowing us to keep the contact with each other! Classes, meetings, and I still play RPG with my party  :)

Sorry about your work, but again glad to hear that you are safe

I have been very worried for Snowy too, but just today I confirmed she is ok. At least, she is safe. But she is not really well, here: https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/board,41.0.html

I forgot to watch the video you posted, so I will do it now

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Post by: Regenbogen on September 22, 2020, 04:06:35 PM
Hello! I'm back.
How are you?
Only 7 days now to Battle Ground. I'm already so excited, I'm getting a weird butterfly feeling in my stomach.  ???
 ;)
I wonder what will be the new post on the website. I'm hoping for new photos from the set of the BG trailer.

I was very busy still with the kid's room or I should say more with the things that are no longer in her room. I haven't sold or given away everything yet, so there is still a lot standing in the way. Looks kind of chaotic. ;D

Next week I am not at work. I didn't plan this. My boss told me to stay at home. As if she knew. LOL. So I know what I will do come Tuesday.

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Post by: Dina on September 23, 2020, 02:22:51 AM
Sometimes, chaotic is good  :)

I am very excited about BG too, and I am trying to organize things so I will be able to not work on Tuesday.

We had pizza today, so everything is well in the world  :)
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Post by: Otlan on September 26, 2020, 06:36:07 PM
*loves hug, hugs back*

Do you know that a study of I don't remember who ( :P) proved that Argentinians are very, very into hug each other, and the country in the world which less respects personal space. The polar opposite is Finland, where, according to the stories, has not even realized there is a social distancing policy, as that is normal life for them. So, I really miss be with friends and hugging them. But I am so grateful for technology allowing us to keep the contact with each other! Classes, meetings, and I still play RPG with my party  :)

Sorry about your work, but again glad to hear that you are safe

I have been very worried for Snowy too, but just today I confirmed she is ok. At least, she is safe. But she is not really well, here: https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/board,41.0.html

I forgot to watch the video you posted, so I will do it now

*Gives 1 Million Hugs*

Honestly not surprised XD . I remember watching the Johnny Carson Show, and they talked about how people in certian parts of the world were very affeconiate in they're greetings. I can't find it atm, but if I do I'll post it. Anyway, they were talking about this one guy and how he'd hug you to greet you and kiss your cheeks and probabbly kiss you on the mouth if you let him, but they were talking about Machismo at the time, what it means to be a man and that that was a perfect example of being Machismo.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoy virtual hugs as much as real ones Di-Di, and I'm glad your still able to play with your frineds n_n .

Bah, this Virus couldn't kill me if it tried XP . I'm more worried about the Coustomers that are eventually going to snap -_- .

Well, glad to hear she's alright, sucks to hear the other news though -_- . Really hope she's able to get treatment, thanks for letting me know Dina n_n .

Hope you enjoy it, and here's another one for you guys n_n .

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uS90B4sZf7U
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Post by: Dina on September 26, 2020, 06:42:09 PM
(((((((Otlan)))))))
I certainly liked your other video and this one, well, I quite familiar with the song. And the video is so fun to watch  :)

So far it seems that I will be free on Tuesday, for BG! So excited!
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Post by: Fcrate on September 27, 2020, 08:54:45 PM
Maen all! All is well here and I missed you all. I just recovered from a nasty cold, during which I self quarantined as a matter of common sense. I read your post Dina about how Argentinian people are very... Hugging. Lol. Egyptians are the same, it's expected to hug and kiss your friends when you meet them, and it's been a nightmare fending off people without offending them while I was sick. I explain time and time again that I'm sick and I don't want to put them at risk, but still some people take offense at that.. Meh...
Hey Otlan.. I feel like sneezing, come here and let me say hello. :D
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Post by: Dina on September 27, 2020, 09:32:05 PM
Hi Fcrate!! So good to "see" you! I've missed you. Also, yes, I remember before the lockdown, when we wear not wearing face masks or anything but still the official word was "not to kiss or hug". It was terrible, because everyone gives you a kiss when you see somebody and some of them became a little offended when you told them "not because of that virus" (it was still not a pandemia). By the way, cases keep raising here, it is very bad.

Tuesday is BG day!  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 28, 2020, 07:36:51 PM
Hey!
I would like to hug you, too. Last week I accidentally hugged a friend for her birthday. She hugged back. We looked at each other and both said something like at least no one sneezed.

In about 2 ½ hours it is midnight here. Peace Talks as e-book was on my device at that time. So I hope I can start Battle Ground at midnight. I'm doing a countdown.
When the book is there, I'm going to be absent again for a week or so. To have time to rethink it on my own.

Today my stomach ached a bit. I think I ate something bad. There was an egg that smelled weird yesterday.
My older daughter told me, that I should read a book, this helps her, when the belly aches. LOL. She says it distracts you from the hurt. Very intelligent child. I told her that I would have to wait till midnight for my belly ache to disappear.
I already made some fennel tea.

In my daughter's school there was one child tested covid positive. They closed the class and all teachers who had contact stay at home for at least one week. All the other classes continue like before.
In Munich the cases were rising, so they ordered people to wear masks even outside and restricted gatherings to 50 people inside and 100 people outside like in the first time after the lockdown. They said the cases are going down again, so the restrictions can be loosened again in a week or so.

And none of my colleagues was infected for a long time now. There were some patients, but there has been established some routine by now. But let's see what autumn brings. I definetly am going to get my influenza vaccine.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 28, 2020, 07:49:55 PM
Sorry for the double post.

@Otlan
I just watched your videos. The Jedi song made me laugh. Thank you. ;D

And my father has a guitar. A very cheap one he bought somewhere in Spain during his youth. He has it still. He can't read music notes, but he had three pieces he taught himself. One was The House of the Rising Sun. He played that every day during my childhood.
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Post by: Dina on September 29, 2020, 02:10:19 AM
One hour until BG here. I will be off too, for some days, but I hope there are not more cars at the school and that your tummy gets better very soon. And now, ((((everyone)))
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Post by: Otlan on September 30, 2020, 01:24:22 AM
(((((((Otlan)))))))
I certainly liked your other video and this one, well, I quite familiar with the song. And the video is so fun to watch  :)

So far it seems that I will be free on Tuesday, for BG! So excited!

*Huggles back* I'm glad you liked the Videos Di-Di n_n . Been in a 60's mood lately XD .

I'm still reading Peace Talks, but I'm gonna try and get BG on Thursday n_n .

@Fcrate: Perhaps once this mess is over with Mi Amigo XD . It's good to hear your alive at least n_n .

@Regen: I'm glad the song made you laugh, as that was my intention by posting it XD . Couldn't help but think about Harry and his frineds when I listened to it XD .

Never heard the song played on a Spanish Guitar, would be intresting to hear XD . And I did some digging and found out that while the rendition by The Animals is one of the most popular versions, the song is actually much, much older then that and has a few variants XD .
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Post by: shades of grey on October 03, 2020, 11:32:29 PM
Is everyone off reading BG?

Huh.
Weird.
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Post by: Otlan on October 04, 2020, 02:33:41 AM
Is everyone off reading BG?

Huh.
Weird.

Sadly, no, can't buy it yet -_- . I did finish reading Peace Talks a couple of day ago, and HOLY S**T O_O !!!!!!
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Post by: shades of grey on October 04, 2020, 07:28:53 AM
I can't believe weird is so quiet.

Do yourself a favour, Otlan, avoid BG spoilers as much as you can.
I wasn't careful enough but mind still=blown.
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 04, 2020, 04:00:38 PM
Do yourself a favour, Otlan, avoid BG spoilers as much as you can.
I wasn't careful enough but mind still=blown.

You are right. Don't go there if you have not read it yet.
I spent the last days reading through all the posts. But I avoided them until after I was done with the book.
My next thought was screw Cinder Spires, I want to know how Harry's story goes on.  ;)
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Post by: Otlan on October 04, 2020, 09:00:43 PM
I managed to avoid Pat's Spoilers, so avoiding the ones for BG won't be hard n_n . Thank you both for the warning though n_n .

I also think I have an idea of why Thomas did what he did.
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Post by: Dina on October 05, 2020, 05:51:59 AM
I am here! My mind has been blown-up and I've been sad, but not that sad. I won't say more here because in a while, not now, I will be posting all what I can in the DF Spoilers section  :)

I hope everyone is fine. Things here are very bad but there are two "positive" things. The cases seem to have stabilized in my city and the surrounding area, which concentrates most of the people in the country. And...Spring is here. Strangely, we have quite coldish days now but I am sure it will be over soon and then it will be hot.
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 05, 2020, 03:24:56 PM
Dina!!!
I hope the summer heat will kill the virus in your country.
It's autumn here. Wet and cold in the mornings. Wet and warm in the afternoons.  ;)
My cousin and her boys had a cold with fever. They have been tested, but thank God it was just some regular cold. They are feeling better now.

Hey! Not long now till Christmas ;). I'm so hoping we will get some short story or microfiction showing Harry on diplomatic mission.
***giggle giggle***
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Post by: Dina on October 05, 2020, 08:29:16 PM
Hi! Hope so too. And I am glad to hear your cousin and their family are not infected.

This is going to be an interesting week. There is a scientific meeting in..something that is not the same but similar to what I work at, and this year due to Covid they made most of it accessible to everyone via zoom. So I've been watching (it began today but it is all the week). Problem is in France, 5 hours difference with here, so it's 5-10 a.m. for me. No problem, I took a nap around midnight and another after the thing.

It is a little exhausting though because it is in English and I am not that good with oral English so I have to focus and pay a lot of attention.
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Post by: Fcrate on October 05, 2020, 11:09:22 PM
Hello weird... I'm also avoiding spoilers section till I can get my copy. None of my friends and family abroad are coming to visit soon, so it's going to be an ebook. Unfortunately Im already over budget regarding books this month, so I'll have to wait.
Dina! I hope you enjoy your conference, and practice makes perfect. Oral English was a huge problem for me until I started playing online, and now I can even understand Scottish people! Mostly. Ha.
@Regen:
Glad your cousin is okay, a microfiction about a diplomatic mission sounds awesome, think peaceful mayhem and diplomatic destruction.
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Post by: Dina on October 05, 2020, 11:15:22 PM
Hi Fcrate!

Apparently there is WoJ that he would be doing some microfictions covering the time between BG and Christmas Story. I really need them.

Of course I got an ebook, no money for paying the shipping cost, or a hardcover book.

About playing online, yes, hubby told me the same. Interestingly, he had a lot of problem understanding Cubans living in USA for long time...even when they speak Spanish. And yes, I will keep practicing.
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Post by: Otlan on October 06, 2020, 12:52:33 AM
Why dose my language suck so much XD . I get it, there's a lot of slang words and what not, but could it be the accent too?
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Post by: Dina on October 06, 2020, 12:54:30 AM
Brb after dinner
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Post by: wardenferry419 on October 06, 2020, 09:12:56 PM
Good maen y'all. Status unchanged; operations within normal parameters. Hit level 40 on Pokemon last month. Read and was exhausted by BG. Hope all is well.
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Post by: Dina on October 06, 2020, 09:21:19 PM
((((((((WF))))))))) Hello! Level 36 here (IIRC)
I also read BG. It was exhausting, also mind blowing in a way. Besides that, all is well. Only this week is interesting because I've been seen conferences on a meeting of my specialty...from around 5 to 11 a.m.
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Post by: wardenferry419 on October 06, 2020, 09:49:33 PM
Reading it was like doing a sprint pace over a marathon distance. My eyes were blurry towards the end. Darn bifocals.
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Post by: Dina on October 06, 2020, 10:46:02 PM
My problem was that my eyes got tired with my kindle, so I decided not too read too much at the same time. Also, it was exhausting in the emotional sense, like watching a Game of Thrones episode
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Post by: PilgrimDan on October 08, 2020, 06:58:59 PM
S’up, Dresdenites?
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Post by: Dina on October 08, 2020, 08:45:26 PM
(((((((((PD)))))))))
How are you? Good to see you!  :D
Have you read PT/BG?
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Post by: PilgrimDan on October 09, 2020, 09:59:34 PM
Not yet. I promise to get around to it. :P
In other news, I have new glasses. The old ones practically had dirt ground into the lenses.
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Post by: Dina on October 09, 2020, 10:11:57 PM
Hello again!
I know what you mean and I am glad you have new glasses! So, are you liking how you see life now?
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Post by: PilgrimDan on October 09, 2020, 10:24:08 PM
The new glasses are very well.

But life has effectively ground to a halt because my government has lost its mind in its overreaction to a respiratory ailment. 4000 British medical experts have written to the government to that effect. Following the rules is like playing Calvinball, they change so rapidly and unpredictably. 110,000 people have had to wait for over a year to get treatment because the NHS has been preserved in amber so “it’s not overwhelmed”. Professor Karel Sikora, Oncologist at the University of Manchester, predicts between 20,000 - 50,000 excess deaths from cancer due to this hyper focus.

COVID-19 is a blip. The long term consequences of the overreaction will not be. Especially the psychological ones.
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Post by: Dina on October 09, 2020, 10:28:08 PM
Oh I completely disagree. People is dying like flies from Covid and still they want to go for a beer or a coffee. My city has allowed bars to be open and have people in the tables (luckily, outside so far) and I am very worried for that. There are plans to go back to school and the number of cases keep raising. I feel like many people has stopped caring.
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Post by: Otlan on October 13, 2020, 08:13:22 PM
Almost done reading BG. In the home stretch now. Gotta say, so far only thing happened I didn't see coming. The rest I kind of already predicted and was proven right. Sometimes I hate it when I'm right -_- . This has been quite the Rollercoster ride though -_- .

As for the Whole Covid thing, I have to agree with PD on this. You see, my countries burning, both literally and metaphorically. Hundreds of Thousands in not millions of people are with out jobs or homes right now. They're ability to do anything is extremely limited, what with most everything shut down/permantly closed. Instead of helping the people that are in desperate need, my governments to busy fighting over which brain dead fucking moron gets to be King, and Winter is coming, which means a .ot of people are going to Starve/Freeze to Death. A lot more people then this fucking Virus has even killed in my country.

The long term ramifications from this, are going to be the real nightmare, and the people who should care. Who should be doing something. Who claim ownership of the people they're supposed to protect, are literally sitting on they're fucking hands, and doing nothing. This Virus, is nothing, compared to that.
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Post by: Dina on October 13, 2020, 09:30:15 PM
Yeah, wait until the ending and then you tell me how much of it you predicted  :)

Oh yes, my country is burning metaphorically too. Lot of job losses, stores closing for ever, things like that. The government is doing with they can, helping the poorer, but that means middle class (in general) is doing quite poorly. We are a poor country, we simply don't have the money to help everyone, so they choose to help the poorer. It's just not enough. So people is in the streets, protesting and asking that they open everything (we have been slowly opening things, and in all cases, the Covid cases rised). But I prefer jobless than dead, so I want lockdown, I want things close, I want people caring for the others. People is dying, I don't understand how other people don't care. I know you may think I say it because I have a job and I am doing fine, but believe me, I say because I am scared. Terrible scared.
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Post by: Otlan on October 13, 2020, 10:45:50 PM
Yeah, wait until the ending and then you tell me how much of it you predicted  :)

Oh yes, my country is burning metaphorically too. Lot of job losses, stores closing for ever, things like that. The government is doing with they can, helping the poorer, but that means middle class (in general) is doing quite poorly. We are a poor country, we simply don't have the money to help everyone, so they choose to help the poorer. It's just not enough. So people is in the streets, protesting and asking that they open everything (we have been slowly opening things, and in all cases, the Covid cases rised). But I prefer jobless than dead, so I want lockdown, I want things close, I want people caring for the others. People is dying, I don't understand how other people don't care. I know you may think I say it because I have a job and I am doing fine, but believe me, I say because I am scared. Terrible scared.

Will do n_n .

And I understand that Dina. I understand people being scared. But your not thinking. What happens when they're are no more jobs? What happens when people can no longer afford food, clothing and housing? What happens when your economy literally implodes? Your country is going to collapse. People are going to starve or be murder for what they have, rioting and looting will run rampant. People will die by the score, and your country will likely never recover.

Now, Picture that on a Global Scale. People want things to reopen, because our very survival depends on it. Cowering in fear will solve nothing. It's worse then doing nothing Dina. The world as we know it, is quite literally standing on the brink of Oblivion. All it's going to take is one little push, and when the Dominoes begin to fall, there will be no stopping it. People know that, and they're afraid.

The people trying to get things open again? They're the ones starting into that gapping maw, though they may not realize it. They're trying to pull the world back from the brink. They're not heros, but they're smart enough to know we're all of us in trouble. Deep trouble.
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Post by: Dina on October 13, 2020, 11:22:44 PM
Will do n_n .

And I understand that Dina. I understand people being scared. But your not thinking. What happens when they're are no more jobs? What happens when people can no longer afford food, clothing and housing? What happens when your economy literally implodes? Your country is going to collapse. People are going to starve or be murder for what they have, rioting and looting will run rampant. People will die by the score, and your country will likely never recover.

Now, Picture that on a Global Scale. People want things to reopen, because our very survival depends on it. Cowering in fear will solve nothing. It's worse then doing nothing Dina. The world as we know it, is quite literally standing on the brink of Oblivion. All it's going to take is one little push, and when the Dominoes begin to fall, there will be no stopping it. People know that, and they're afraid.

The people trying to get things open again? They're the ones starting into that gapping maw, though they may not realize it. They're trying to pull the world back from the brink. They're not heros, but they're smart enough to know we're all of us in trouble. Deep trouble.

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What happens when they're are no more jobs? What happens when people can no longer afford food, clothing and housing? What happens when your economy literally implodes? Your country is going to collapse. People are going to starve or be murder for what they have, rioting and looting will run rampant. People will die by the score, and your country will likely never recover.

That is your first World vision talking. That happens every 10 years here. And no, very few people actually starves or is murdered for food. We recover, moderately. Some decades we can even get better than we were the decade before. And never as many people dies as with the Covid, or so awfully, or, the most important, risking so many other people. Cowering in fear solves nothing. What solves, well, everything in this case, is staying at home, and when you get out keep the distance, use masks and wash your hands. Stop doing bbq, gender revealing parties, going out with your friends. Stop going out for a beer. (and in your country, stop complaining and use masks!). Stop going to buy things.
We were doing great with few cases until people began complaining and asking openings and decided not to hear to the government. Now we are the 5 country in the world in cases, with a much smaller population. And it is because people is selfish and don't care for the others. Don't care for their parents, or grandparents, for sick people, for inmunodepressed, for me, for my hubby, for my cousin's mother in law, for my boss wife, for my elder neighbor, for many others.
And what is worse, we have no excuse. We knew what happened in the European Winter. We knew it and we were cocky because things were going well. And you have no excuse either, because you knew what happened in the European Winter and you knew what happened with us. We are a cautionary tale, and apparently you won't listen.
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Post by: Arjan on October 14, 2020, 05:25:28 AM
Will do n_n .

And I understand that Dina. I understand people being scared. But your not thinking. What happens when they're are no more jobs? What happens when people can no longer afford food, clothing and housing? What happens when your economy literally implodes? Your country is going to collapse. People are going to starve or be murder for what they have, rioting and looting will run rampant. People will die by the score, and your country will likely never recover.

Now, Picture that on a Global Scale. People want things to reopen, because our very survival depends on it. Cowering in fear will solve nothing. It's worse then doing nothing Dina. The world as we know it, is quite literally standing on the brink of Oblivion. All it's going to take is one little push, and when the Dominoes begin to fall, there will be no stopping it. People know that, and they're afraid.

The people trying to get things open again? They're the ones starting into that gapping maw, though they may not realize it. They're trying to pull the world back from the brink. They're not heros, but they're smart enough to know we're all of us in trouble. Deep trouble.
Most first world countries are rich enough to prevent at least the worst of it otherwise they just lack the political will to do so. It is just a matter of implementing some safety nets until the worst is over. So no I do not expect mass rioting and civil war unless those governments mishandle things on a scale unheard of until now.



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Post by: Dina on October 14, 2020, 07:06:28 AM
Ok, and social commentary aside, how is everyone doing? I've working in a small video I need to do explaining a poster for a workshop (as it will be all virtual). Last week has been fun. I've been watching lectures and things in another scientific meeting hold on France. So it began at 5 a.m. my time (and ended at 6:30, 7:30 or 10:30 depending of the day). It was fun. Monday it was a holiday here (something like Columbus Day) so I took it as free and was lazy.
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Post by: Arjan on October 14, 2020, 07:50:23 AM
I am working from home since March, just the normal work I used to do at the office. I do miss regular contact with some people but I do see my family more often and got a better bonding with my cats.

Worst thing happened is that one of the person who took care of my son got Corona and we had to keep him home and quarantaine for ten days.

And we had to cancel a trip to France. Did not want to risk it. Just first world problems really.
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Post by: Dina on October 14, 2020, 07:55:59 AM
LOL, you can watch Emily in Paris. I've actually been in Paris a few days ago and I began watching Emily in Paris just to try to see a little of the city. So pretty. (Only episode 4, I believe). It has handsome men to watch too  :D

Hubby and I are working from home since March too, and in the first semester I give my classes (I am a TA at the university) via Zoom. It was very different, very interesting and weird. It was also surprisingly pleasant, I liked it.
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Post by: Arjan on October 14, 2020, 08:34:06 AM
It is just that my son has severe autism and we can only do short trips when he is in the respite home for a few days. We can not really risk not getting home on time and things were unreliable with sudden new travel bans popping up on a daily base.

We went to Paris a few years ago, I wanted to see the Louvre and the statue of Gudea in particular.

https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/gudea-prince-lagash-seated-statue-dedicated-god-ningishzida

We tried to find it but every time we found a route it was blocked because another room was closed because of la Greve. We just were lucky our train did depart, others did not.

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Post by: Dina on October 14, 2020, 08:38:12 PM
Well, even without any children I wouldn't risk a travel to Paris, is too uncertain (in fact, I don't think my country is allowing trips to France right now. I mean, yes, you can go, it's the coming home what I don't think it is allowed).
How is your son taking the quarantine measures?
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Post by: Arjan on October 14, 2020, 08:53:18 PM
Well, even without any children I wouldn't risk a travel to Paris, is too uncertain (in fact, I don't think my country is allowing trips to France right now. I mean, yes, you can go, it's the coming home what I don't think it is allowed).
How is your son taking the quarantine measures?
Better than we thought actually but he is more tiresome because all kind of outdoor activities he liked and tired him a bit became difficult. He liked crowds and eating spicy food and that is a bit problematic now.

I wouldn't go to Paris now even if it was allowed because all those measures make a city trip too complicated and not enjoyable anyway.

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Post by: Dina on October 14, 2020, 09:28:48 PM
You are right about Paris.

Out of curiosity, why is it difficult to get spicy food now for you?
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Post by: Arjan on October 14, 2020, 09:58:31 PM
You are right about Paris.

Out of curiosity, why is it difficult to get spicy food now for you?
I can make it myself of course and I do but what I used to do with my son is visit places in our local chinatown and try things. There is a chinese bakery he likes to visit and a shop where you can get durian ice cream and a lunchroom that is very child friendly where I can get all kind of dishes.
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Post by: Dina on October 14, 2020, 10:42:57 PM
Ah, I was thinking that you could do take away or have it delivered to your home, but I understand that going to the place is part of the experience that your kid enjoys.
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Post by: Otlan on October 15, 2020, 05:44:14 PM
Most first world countries are rich enough to prevent at least the worst of it otherwise they just lack the political will to do so. It is just a matter of implementing some safety nets until the worst is over. So no I do not expect mass rioting and civil war unless those governments mishandle things on a scale unheard of until now.

Arjan, Donald Trump is the current President of the United States -_- . How much more Mishandled do you think our Government is?

@Dina: Maby your right Dina. Maby I'm panicking over nothing. In my town, the majority of people ware mask, especially the Essential workers like me. We use hand sanitizer and wash our hands. We did have one case of COVID where I work, but nobody else got infected, the person recoverd, and we didn't see another spike in cases until the college students came back. I guess we'll see were the chips fall.

Oh! Finished reading BG a couple of days ago n_n . What exactly was I supposed to brace myself for? There were some things I didn't see coming, but most of it I saw coming from a mile away.
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Post by: Arjan on October 15, 2020, 06:49:35 PM
Arjan, Donald Trump is the current President of the United States -_- . How much more Mishandled do you think our Government is?
Ah you are living there, I live in Europe.

I don’t think it will get much worse, there is a limit to what Trump can mess up domestically and with a bit of luck he is gone next year.

But a lot of what is going on is structurally and is going wrong for years now before Trump. It is just more visible partly thanks to modern technology. 
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Post by: Dina on October 15, 2020, 07:53:26 PM
Ok Otlan, if you don't see a spike of cases then you may try open some things, but mind you, when we try to do that, our cases began to rise.

Ok, SERIOUS SPOILER ABOUT BG, don't read unless you finished it:
(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Otlan on October 16, 2020, 12:19:00 AM
Ah you are living there, I live in Europe.

I don’t think it will get much worse, there is a limit to what Trump can mess up domestically and with a bit of luck he is gone next year.

But a lot of what is going on is structurally and is going wrong for years now before Trump. It is just more visible partly thanks to modern technology.

Oh believe me, that man will find a way to make it worse -_- .

And ya, I know things have been getting bad for awhile now. There was one man who tried to fix things, and everyone Crutchfield him for it -_- . I mean Barack Obama. At least he tried. Trump just said fuck it and started targeting everything apart -_- .
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Post by: Otlan on October 16, 2020, 12:25:40 AM
Ok Otlan, if you don't see a spike of cases then you may try open some things, but mind you, when we try to do that, our cases began to rise.

Ok, SERIOUS SPOILER ABOUT BG, don't read unless you finished it:
(click to show/hide)

It ain't up to me, it's up to our govoner, who just threatened to cut Schools Funding in the Hot Zones who weren't following the rules.

(click to show/hide)

And is it just me, of dose it seem like the Outsiders are bound more to Natural Law then Wizards are? Makes you wonder who the real Monsters are.
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Post by: Dina on October 16, 2020, 01:20:27 AM
I've meant "you" in a generic way, not "you" personally (what actually is one of the problems of English for me).

And no, you said you had read a lot of the book by the time I told you to brace up, I was more thinking in the climax and the ending. About the Outsiders, not sure I agree (but I won't discuss more of it in this area of the forum)
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Post by: Otlan on October 17, 2020, 07:27:12 PM
I've meant "you" in a generic way, not "you" personally (what actually is one of the problems of English for me).

And no, you said you had read a lot of the book by the time I told you to brace up, I was more thinking in the climax and the ending. About the Outsiders, not sure I agree (but I won't discuss more of it in this area of the forum)

Ah, that my bad then n_n; . Ya, English is a pain in the rear sometimes -_- .

Ya, that I did not see coming, and it kind of made me laugh my ass off XD . Honestly though, I'm glad Jim included the Christmas Eve Short story at the end. After everything that had happened in BG, it was nice to have that moment of Heart and Humor n_n .

To the PMs then XD !
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Post by: Arjan on October 17, 2020, 07:31:10 PM
I've meant "you" in a generic way, not "you" personally (what actually is one of the problems of English for me).

And no, you said you had read a lot of the book by the time I told you to brace up, I was more thinking in the climax and the ending. About the Outsiders, not sure I agree (but I won't discuss more of it in this area of the forum)
Two different words in some languages.
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Post by: Otlan on October 17, 2020, 07:39:26 PM
Two different words in some languages.

*Nods Sagically* u.u ...
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 07:48:13 PM
Yes, like in Spanish. That is why the English "you" sometimes confuses me. Still, there are clases where even in Spanish the use is confuse. Like when you say "one does that thing" but you don't mean one person but "any given person".

But don't believe English is so bad, it's only a little vague sometimes.
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Post by: Otlan on October 17, 2020, 08:10:09 PM
Yes, like in Spanish. That is why the English "you" sometimes confuses me. Still, there are clases where even in Spanish the use is confuse. Like when you say "one does that thing" but you don't mean one person but "any given person".

But don't believe English is so bad, it's only a little vague sometimes.

I gotcha, like when Barhomier said, "One dose not simply walk into Mordor." He wasn't referring to anyone in particular, just that it was a task that simply could not be done.

Well the problem with English is all the slang terms you. For example, "You" can refer to a single individual, but "Ya'll" Can refer to one person, or a group of people.
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Post by: Arjan on October 17, 2020, 08:12:55 PM
Yes, like in Spanish. That is why the English "you" sometimes confuses me. Still, there are clases where even in Spanish the use is confuse. Like when you say "one does that thing" but you don't mean one person but "any given person".

But don't believe English is so bad, it's only a little vague sometimes.
In dutch there is a separate word for it but it is not always used so that can cause confusion as well. We also have a more polite form comparable with french tu and vous. Language changes though because I often heard the polite form in my youth and now it is barely used.
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 08:26:55 PM
Yes, Otlan, is the same in Spanish.

Arjan, yes, in Spanish we have Tú and Vosotros, with the same sense that in French, but Vosotros is only actually used in Spain, while in Latin America we say "ustedes". And the verbs that go with those pronouns have different form (I mean, for example, "vosotros amais" vs "ustedes aman". But to complicate things even more, Argentinians do not use "tú" but "vos", and the verbs are conjugated in a different way than if they were with "tú".
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Post by: Otlan on October 17, 2020, 08:42:58 PM
*Chuckles* This reminds me of our discussions in the Swareing Thread XD .

In English we say thing like "it's impossible" or "you can't do that" I like the way you guys say it better n_n .
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 08:46:47 PM
In dutch there is a separate word for it but it is not always used so that can cause confusion as well. We also have a more polite form comparable with french tu and vous. Language changes though because I often heard the polite form in my youth and now it is barely used.
That is interesting about the polite way being discarded by use. Apparently that is what happened with vosotros and its transformation in ustedes- By the way, we (Latin Americans) also have a formal "usted" use for a single person.

Otlan, I did not understand what you mean by that. We have things similar to "it's impossible" or "you can't do that"
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Post by: Otlan on October 17, 2020, 08:51:17 PM
That is interesting about the polite way being discarded by use. Apparently that is what happened with vosotros and its transformation in ustedes- By the way, we (Latin Americans) also have a formal "usted" use for a single person.

Otlan, I did not understand what you mean by that. We have things similar to "it's impossible" or "you can't do that"

Sorry Dina, I was referring to your use "one dose that thing." Folks in America don't really talk that way. We tend to be more straight forward and to the point. I think that's why people in other countries tend to see us as rude or crass.
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 08:57:06 PM
It's complicated. Sometimes you use one option, sometimes you use another. We have similar phrasings, we also say the same things English speaker say, more or less. Only it seems like Latin languages are more versatile in some aspects. But don't worry, it does not sound rude. (And I believe the fame of rude is only because people of other countries is resented by USA power, nothing else. I mean, there are many rude people in USA and they are highlighted by the whole world, while there are many rude people here but it is not so well-known because the rest of the world couldn't care less).
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Post by: Arjan on October 17, 2020, 09:17:32 PM
Sorry Dina, I was referring to your use "one dose that thing." Folks in America don't really talk that way. We tend to be more straight forward and to the point. I think that's why people in other countries tend to see us as rude or crass.
That is why you should not translate literally. But the dutch can be pretty straightforward as well.
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 09:21:40 PM
If you want to share, where are you from, Arjan?
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Post by: Otlan on October 17, 2020, 09:22:54 PM
It's complicated. Sometimes you use one option, sometimes you use another. We have similar phrasings, we also say the same things English speaker say, more or less. Only it seems like Latin languages are more versatile in some aspects. But don't worry, it does not sound rude. (And I believe the fame of rude is only because people of other countries is resented by USA power, nothing else. I mean, there are many rude people in USA and they are highlighted by the whole world, while there are many rude people here but it is not so well-known because the rest of the world couldn't care less).

*Nods* Latin is a lot more Versatile then English. For example, you can can say the same phrase, but depending on how you say it, it takes on a diffrent meaning. In English, that's a lot harder to do without changing...Ooohhh, what's it's called. The inflection you put on the words? I think that's it. Language is not my forte n_n; .

Well, ya, I could see that. Dose help we put Assholes in power and then they act like Assholes to other countries -_- . There are good people living here too though. Problem is they get overshadowed by the Assholes -_- .

@Arjan: There's another way to translate? I have no knowledge of the Dutch Culture, so I can't weigh in there.
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Post by: Arjan on October 17, 2020, 09:40:04 PM
If you want to share, where are you from, Arjan?
Netherlands. A small town in the province of Southern Holland between The Hague and Amsterdam.
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 09:50:33 PM
Sounds so good. Thank you  :)
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Post by: Arjan on October 17, 2020, 11:00:58 PM
I am not a translator myself but translation is always a compromise.

Take this dutch saying:

Alle gekheid op een stokje

The literal translation is: all crazyness on a little stick.

It means: time to get serious

But like every translation the meaning and all associated feelings with the words can be slightly different. You could try a similar saying in english (I don't know one) but you never get it completely right. I think literal means follow the words as far as possible and a free translation sacrifices the literal meaning for a better representation of the original idea.

But it also depends on what you are translating. Translating poetry is a challenge if you also want to preserve some ryme for example.
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Post by: Dina on October 17, 2020, 11:12:53 PM
Yes, or songs. I understand exactly what you mean.
Also, technically I am a translator. I mean, I've got an (unofficial) title in an important private academy. Two problems, though. One is that I am a translator French-Spanish, which have quite similar logic and syntax. The other is that that was almost 20 years ago, so I have it quite rusty. So, I can't help much when speaking about English translations (and of course, I know nothing of Dutch).
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Post by: Fcrate on October 20, 2020, 10:58:53 AM
Hello weird... :D
It's laundry day.... Again.. I've been dreading this for two weeks...
On the bright side, I bought Battle Ground yesterday, and I'm keeping it till Friday at least. Have to stretch it out until The Rhythm of War in November. Once I start reading, it'll take me two days at most, so...
But I haven't read the sample chapters yet, so that's something. :D
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Post by: Arjan on October 20, 2020, 03:51:36 PM
Hello weird... :D
It's laundry day.... Again.. I've been dreading this for two weeks...
On the bright side, I bought Battle Ground yesterday, and I'm keeping it till Friday at least. Have to stretch it out until The Rhythm of War in November. Once I start reading, it'll take me two days at most, so...
But I haven't read the sample chapters yet, so that's something. :D
Here every day is laundry day.
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Post by: Fcrate on October 20, 2020, 06:07:52 PM
And thus you have earned my respect, and maybe a little sympathy.
I live alone, and I only do laundry when I have nothing left to wear. Lol
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Post by: Dina on October 20, 2020, 06:20:03 PM
Hello Fcrate!
I don't do laundry myself (except for underwear and the occasional very delicate piece of clothes that need to be washed by hand). The rest mostly goes to laundromatic twice a week.

Well, BG is a ride and sometimes is tiring, but is not particularly long, so yeah- But after you read it, you will have the chance to come to the forum and read all the threads. Oh, all the WAGs, the critics, the discussions. You will be in November without realizing it
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Post by: Otlan on October 20, 2020, 11:03:03 PM
I have to do laundry every week. It cost me about $10-$20, depending if I have quarters left over from the previous week.

@Arjan: A similler saying to Alle gekheid op een stokje in English would be "No more Mr. Nice Guy."
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Post by: Dina on October 21, 2020, 02:30:06 AM
((((Otlan))))))

I am sure we have to have a similar saying, but I can't think one right now.

Local expressions or idioms are so fun. For example, when you want to tell someone that you are too angry and not in the mood of being disturbed, here we say "el horno no está para bollos", which literally means "the oven is not ready for bollos". Now, as far as I know, bollos are the name used in other Latin America countries for quite small breads, but we don't use that word. We use the word "bollos" for several other things, but not one related with ovens. So, the expression is never used in its literal sense in Argentina.
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Post by: Arjan on October 21, 2020, 05:31:29 AM
I have to do laundry every week. It cost me about $10-$20, depending if I have quarters left over from the previous week.

@Arjan: A similler saying to Alle gekheid op een stokje in English would be "No more Mr. Nice Guy."
It is similar but it has a different feeling to it. It both changes the content and mood of the conversation but I think they have different before and after content. The Dutch expression is more from a funny banter avoiding the problems to tackle to a serieus conversation about problems to tackle. Together.

We have a family of three and a son who does not mind his stuf gets dirty. That generates a lot of laundry. It might not be literally every day but it gets close. But I have heard of people who have two washing machines.
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Post by: Dina on October 21, 2020, 05:57:39 AM
"two washing machines". That would be crazy, but yes, I've heard that too.
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Post by: Fcrate on October 21, 2020, 06:52:30 AM
My neighbors have 6 kids between the age of 2 and 13 - I think - they have a huge fully automated washing machine, and a smaller one.
I mean, just so sound of the machine depresses me, not to mention the very irritating hum of the cycle. I once bought 2 pairs of underwear that I didn't need just to delay the laundry.
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Post by: Dina on October 21, 2020, 08:39:02 AM
I understand. Also, I don't like your neighbors, you know.
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Post by: Fcrate on October 21, 2020, 10:00:14 AM
Hah, it's not what you think, really.
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Post by: Dina on October 21, 2020, 06:31:51 PM
Oh, ok
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Post by: PilgrimDan on October 22, 2020, 05:15:23 PM
*pops in to see who’s about*
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Post by: Otlan on October 22, 2020, 06:25:55 PM
((((Otlan))))))

I am sure we have to have a similar saying, but I can't think one right now.

Local expressions or idioms are so fun. For example, when you want to tell someone that you are too angry and not in the mood of being disturbed, here we say "el horno no está para bollos", which literally means "the oven is not ready for bollos". Now, as far as I know, bollos are the name used in other Latin America countries for quite small breads, but we don't use that word. We use the word "bollos" for several other things, but not one related with ovens. So, the expression is never used in its literal sense in Argentina.

*Huggles back* Hi Di-Di n_n !

Yes, idioms are very fun. *Chuckles* I like that expression XD . And I get it, it kind of means your overworked, tired, exhausted, you just need a brake. I like that n_n . I can't think of a similar expression we have in English, don't think there is one.

@Arjan: Well yes, usually we say our saying at something or someone when we're pissed off at them/it and are about to do something that will lead to cuts and bruises XD.  In the context, it means your done screwing around and are about to get serious.

Two washing Machines?? That seems a little hard to believe. I've head of people with washers and dryers, but never two washing machines.

@PD: Yo n_n !
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Post by: Arjan on October 22, 2020, 06:30:52 PM
*Huggles back* Hi Di-Di n_n !

Yes, idioms are very fun. *Chuckles* I like that expression XD . And I get it, it kind of means your overworked, tired, exhausted, you just need a brake. I like that n_n . I can't think of a similar expression we have in English, don't think there is one.

@Arjan: Well yes, usually we say our saying at something or someone when we're pissed off at them/it and are about to do something that will lead to cuts and bruises XD.  In the context, it means your done screwing around and are about to get serious.

Two washing Machines?? That seems a little hard to believe. I've head of people with washers and dryers, but never two washing machines.

@PD: Yo n_n !
My wife heard it. Really big families.
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Post by: Otlan on October 22, 2020, 06:39:59 PM
My wife heard it. Really big families.

People must make good money then. That's exspensive on every level.
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Post by: Dina on October 22, 2020, 07:50:32 PM
Good maen, everyone! Busy today, so of course when I came here I discovered that I missed everyone. Glad to see you back, PD!

I've heard rumors of a couple of families with two washing machines, but I can definitely vouch for one of them. It was almost cheating, because the grandma had moved to her daughter home to help with the children (5 I believe) and she took her own machine with her. So sometimes they used both machines at the same time, but not always. That way they could sort the white clothes from the other ones.

Apparently we are going to buy churros today. Despite what you may think, I have not eat them in several weeks so I am looking forward to it. Argentinian churros, unlike Spaniard ones, are filled with dulce de leche. I don't remember what is the case with Mexican ones.

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Post by: Arjan on October 22, 2020, 09:08:06 PM
People must make good money then. That's exspensive on every level.
Found it on a Dutch site. Dutch farmers with a strict religious background and ten children.
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Post by: Fcrate on October 26, 2020, 06:26:42 AM
MAEN all.Today I threw my cat at a rat, maybe 4-4.5 m up the wall. After a minor course correction, the cat got it, and successfully landed on the ground. Where her kits immediately stole it from her and started fighting over it. This is the third successful maneuver of this kind, although the first one where she came back meowing for dinner. :D
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 06:31:22 AM
Good maen!!
Well, the kids are learning.

How are you?
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Post by: Fcrate on October 26, 2020, 07:25:10 AM
I'm fine, Dina, thanks. And you?
Temperatures are decreasing here, so summer is officially over. Thank God.
Still holding out on Battle Ground, trying to make it last.
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 07:32:08 AM
Instead, it is becoming hotter but the last few days have been rainy and windy, so it feels like Winter.  It's good to stay home.
I am very fine. Sunday evening we played some RPG (via zoom). It was fun. And I've been watching tv most of the weekend (except for a few hours of housecleaning).
I am glad you are making BG last. Do you remember what chapter are you in?
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Post by: Fcrate on October 26, 2020, 07:37:54 AM
Um, I didn't explain correctly. I meant I haven't started yet, except for page one. Once I start I'll never be able to stop.
RPG via zoom, what's that like? I bet it was a bit complicated.
I've always wanted to play RPGs, but nobody around me does this sort of thing. The only RPGs I have ever played either include blowing up tanks and helicopters or slashing at demons in Diablo game.
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 07:48:09 AM
Ah, all right about BG.

It's not complicated actually, I was surprised of how easy it was the first time (which was around March, before even the lockdown, when it was just a suggestion not to gather indoors). We have been playing almost every week and it has been very fun. And we don't eat as many snacks, which is less funny but healthier.
I wish I could invite you to play some day, but we don't play in English.

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Post by: Fcrate on October 26, 2020, 07:53:53 AM
That's alright Dina, thanks. I'm glad you're having fun with this. The amount of time I spend gaming online has increased dramatically since the outbreak of covid. As has everyone else's. I get together with my brothers twice a week and we play some CoD.
I've just read your earlier post and it reminded me that I need to do some cleaning as well. Thanks for that. -.-
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 08:12:39 AM
Sorry, not my intention  :)

Still, lockdown is a great moment to learn how to play table RPG. You just need to find a good group.
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Post by: Fcrate on October 26, 2020, 08:53:19 AM
Yes, lock down is a great time to do many things, including finally learning French, but I mostly finish work and then lazily hang around on my bed, reading. Sometimes I muster the energy to sit up and shoot some people in CoD, but that's about it.
It's funny, but I seem to get less things done than before.
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 08:57:20 AM
Well, RPG is much easier than learn French  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 26, 2020, 12:52:03 PM
Hey, weirdos !  ;D

Got myself lost in other books, but I'm back now. Just needed some distance from the DF and it worked.  8)

We have one washing machine for 4 people and depending on circumstances we do laundry every second or third day.
I don't know any one who has more than one machine. A friend has 4 kids. She does laundry on a daily basis. But her machine is bigger than mine.

More later. Have to go pick up my little one from school. It's raining a lot. Autumn so far has been wet and muddy.

See you.

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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 06:11:18 PM
((((((Regen)))))

It's finally sunny here. I will go to the autolaundry in a while.
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Post by: Otlan on October 26, 2020, 06:21:46 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FkGK7bitav0&t=154s

Too funny not to post this XD .

@Fcrate: If I had Internet at my House Amigo, I'd start an RPG group with you and teach you to play DnD n_n . I miss playing -_- .
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 06:39:55 PM
 :D
((((((Otlan)))))))
That would be awesome
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 26, 2020, 07:37:43 PM
Kids are in bed. I'm happy. So we are going to watch NOS4A2 season 2. I hope they don't sneak down without us noticing. This is definitely not for children.
I did that as a child. Sneak into the living room to watch some movie I was not supposed to. Most of the time, when I succeeded I had to sneak back into bed again through the dark. That was horrifying. But my own fault, I know.

I would work the nightshift this week, but I called in sick. I will start tomorrow night instead of last Saturday. So I will work only 4 nights instead of 7. That's OK. I think I can manage that without being completely healthy.
On the upside I had time to read. I read 3 books in the last week. Two of them this weekend. Go me.
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Post by: Otlan on October 26, 2020, 07:59:22 PM
:D
((((((Otlan)))))))
That would be awesome

*Huggles tight* Hi Di-Di n_n ! What would be Awsome?

@Regen: My parents just let me watch Scary movies XD . The two worst ones were Chucky and Arcnaphobia -_- . Hope you guys enjoy your show though with no kiddies n_n !
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 08:37:27 PM
It would be awesome that you and Fcrate played together, Otlan.

Regen, excellent about reading so much! I hope you get better soon. About terror movies, I was always scared for them, so I wouldn't even dream to spy on them. In fact, when I heard disturbing music and hurried to my bed as fast as I could. I still don't like terror movies and, for example, I thought NOS4A2 was not for me. I did watch Helstrom, which is a "terror" series inspired in a comic by Marvel, but it is not really that scary. Sort of Supernatural (which I love). It's not "real terror". You may have a jump here and there, but in general you are not really scared.
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Post by: Otlan on October 26, 2020, 08:49:38 PM
It would be awesome that you and Fcrate played together, Otlan.

Regen, excellent about reading so much! I hope you get better soon. About terror movies, I was always scared for them, so I wouldn't even dream to spy on them. In fact, when I heard disturbing music and hurried to my bed as fast as I could. I still don't like terror movies and, for example, I thought NOS4A2 was not for me. I did watch Helstrom, which is a "terror" series inspired in a comic by Marvel, but it is not really that scary. Sort of Supernatural (which I love). It's not "real terror". You may have a jump here and there, but in general you are not really scared.

Oh! Ya, it would be if we could XD . Maby we could even rope you into it Di-Di XD .

Which reminds me, are they still selling the Dresden Files Table Top Game?
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Post by: Dina on October 26, 2020, 09:05:47 PM
I think so. Also, there was a sale on STEAM of a card game, I don't know if it is available

https://www.reddit.com/r/dresdenfiles/comments/jgt1lg/dresden_files_cooperative_card_game_is_on_sale_on/
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 26, 2020, 10:31:14 PM
Hey, guys. We watched 2 episodes. My husband almost fell asleep during the second one, so we had to stop there. I think Zachary Quinto is a really good bad guy.  ;) I loved him as Sylar in Heroes and I even loved him as Spock though I couldn't believe anyone could play Spock like Nimoy, but he did a really good job. And I love him as Charlie Manx.


OK, now to the books I read. I wanted to write more before,  but I can't do that while watching TV. LOL
I finally found the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. The first one was given to me by a colleague. I'm not sure he warned me that they are not finished, but if he did, I forgot. He gave the book to me in the week Peace Talks came out. I told him, that I definitely wouldn't be able to read that at least until somewhere in October. And I was right.
It took me some days to get of through the first few pages, but I noticed, it was really well written. You could feel that even in the translation. I loved it.
I knew it was supposed to be a trilogy and found another two books in our public library. But reading the titles I found out, that the second book had been made into two books in the German translation. Wtf! And the original was published in 2011. But he seems to be writing the last one at least. Amazon has a publication date alternating between 2025 and 2035. I hope the second one is a joke.
And because I had time this weekend, I asked myself, why the book was splitted in the translation.

And I came to the conclusion that it must have been the language. Sometimes you need more and longer words in German than you need in English to convey the same meaning. And in the translation it also has to sound good. And these books were translated in a very beautiful way. I was impressed.

Then I understood, why it got split up in two: The original book has about 1000 pages. The German translation has more than 300 pages more.
I compared other books and most of the time the translation was about 30-33% longer than the English one.

I have never thought about that. I put the two books (paperback) on top of each other and they were really heavy together. And as thick as my hand with the side on the table and the thumb on the upside.

Now I have to calculate with all my other books, to see if I am right.

LOL. What funny ideas one gets, when finally having some spare time. ::)
But I'm sure for every professional translator this is old news.


@Otlan:
My father noticed me of course and he had his fun pretending to stand up, so I had to sneak back. So some day he watched those movies (not all of them) together with me and explained all the time how this was done and that was done and how the actress that got killed pretended she was dead, but in real life she was hopping happily around singing happy songs and smiling.
From that time on we went to movies together and he would explain to me how all the special effects were done and how the music was done to make you feel happy, sad, tense or frightened. It was fascinating.

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Post by: Fcrate on October 27, 2020, 08:14:32 AM
@Otlan: Would be awesome. If you're ever available for that, give me a shout.
@Regen: Kingkiller Chronicles is amazing, but maybe the long wait ruined it for me a bit. I suggest you hold off on reading "The Wise Man's Fear"  until 2022 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, there was a novella about Auri. Did you reach the Auri's part yet? You'll love this character.
About the translation: it's actually the opposite for us in Arabic. I remember buying the Harry Potter books back when they were first published, and the books were roughly the same size, although the translation was horrible, even if I didn't notice that at the time. I knew it was bad, but not exactly how bad. When we got to book 5. I missed the first print, and on the second one, a translator who actually knew what she was doing took over and it was beautifully done. It was 65-75% of the original book, which I bought a year later at the book fair.
And still, no matter how beautifully done a translation is, I still prefer the original nowadays. Somethings are completely dependent on the culture and can only be approximated.
I'm also not a fan of horror movies. I read lots of horror when I was a kid though, and it was always fun. I once tried to read it as it meant to be read, in the dark, 3 am, on candlelight while everyone is asleep. I had nightmares for a week.
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Post by: Dina on October 27, 2020, 08:58:47 AM
I was never a fan of nightmares either  :D

I had never read Dresden in Spanish because I've had bad experiences with other books (example, Harry Potter 2) and the titles themselves are...meh. Of course, it is difficult to translate the puns in the titles (Like Fool Moon, full moon) but even so, it seems that they are not even trying. For instance, Summer Knight was translated "El caballero", which of course means "The Knight". It leaves out the Summer part at all (of course, it is impossible to make the pun with Summer Night in Spanish). Anyway, I think the size of the books in Spanish are roughly the same than in English, but I am not sure. I never thought about that.

I did not know if Arabic was "short" or "long". They say it is sweet though. I always remember the first time I'd heard the legend about the language. Fcrate, I am sure you are familiar with it, so correct me if I say something wrong, but I tell it for the other folks. The story goes that eons ago, when God was creating the world, he has angels doing the "furniture". And the angel that was taking the bag with all the sand for the beaches and dunes and stuff had a problem, the bag broke and a lot of sand fell over Arabia (in the wide sense of all the area). Of course, as legends go, that couldn't be undone. But to make up for that, God gave a few extra gifts to the Arabs. First was the most beautiful night in the world, so the stars could cheer the hearts of the people, and show them their way in the desert. Then, the camel, who was able to take them long distances without needing as much water as a horse, for instance, and who would be invaluable for them. And last, the most beautiful language in the world, so they could tell stories and poems about the stars, and the camels, and the desert, and the love, and the life, and God, I guess. :)
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Post by: Fcrate on October 27, 2020, 10:17:37 AM
Actually I've never heard about that part before. The old Arabs worshipped quite a few gods, but nothing much of them survived the coming of Islam, except their names.
As for Islam itself, there is a verse in Quran that God gifted us the camels for ease of travel through the desert, and iirc the sky to gaze upon and remember His name, but nothing specific to Arabs themselves, but humans as a whole. There is nothing in Islam to say that Arabs were especially gifted with anything. In fact there's a quote by the prophet that says "No blessing upon either Arab or Foreigner except for piety" which means the pious of whichever race is the most gifted. But I digress. Your legend is quite beautiful though. :)
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Post by: Dina on October 27, 2020, 06:01:14 PM
Oh  :o
Well, I suppose there are variations for every legend. It is pretty though.
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 31, 2020, 04:06:50 PM
I made a wand: ;D

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mzUVeUm3oLbPak07gIO0CVl2vRynm9ZF/view?usp=drivesdk 


My daughter and some of her friends wanted to dress as death eaters. We have black cloaks with cowl  ;D  (I was thinking of holding a skull instead of a wand, but the kids don't know about Bob, LOL.), tattoos painted on the left arm, black masks and my cool wand.

But as we are in some sort of second lockdown now, they have to stay at home.

At work I painted tiny skulls on flasks of diluent and other things. During Christmas time I always paint little Santas and angels everywhere.

My daughter painted this:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n2KjXMjpjGRxODCijhknq-WA7sL2ZfLn/view?usp=drivesdk
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Post by: Dina on October 31, 2020, 08:21:08 PM
That is a very good zombie!
And the wand looks very professional, what is the material?

Also, sounds like you and them had a blast doing the costumes. And about work, that is so fun! We never do much at work. We are boring.
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Post by: Regenbogen on October 31, 2020, 11:35:32 PM
Flat wooden stick, rubber band, aluminium foil, paste and newspapers. And black and brown paint.
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Post by: Dina on October 31, 2020, 11:48:39 PM
Excellent!
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 01, 2020, 01:38:02 AM
Worked out better than I thought. Maybe I'll make a second one. I still have enough materials at home.

Sometimes we do fun stuff at work, like the last three nights someone built a little tower of (empty) plastic sample racks. Yesterday I put a rack out of the centrifuge on top of it.
Or sometimes someone leaves little humanoids build out of test-cups with painted faces on your workplace. Sweet.
Or stacks something in a different way, for example a pyramid or a heart shape.
During Christmas time the X-ray people send us an X-ray christmas card.
And I paint little Santas with black and red marker pens.
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Post by: Dina on November 01, 2020, 01:47:22 AM
That is so great.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 01, 2020, 02:41:36 AM
I just remembered something macabre. This is always there and you don't see it any more, because it has become normal:
The boss put a picture of a bloody severed hand on one of the centrifuges with a warning not to grab into the centrifuge while it is running... as if anyone would be stupid enough to do that. But the picture is gross.
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Post by: Dina on November 01, 2020, 08:01:27 AM
LOL! I should thinking in placing one of those pics in our own centrifuges.
You reminded me something I had not thought in years and years. In my high school, there was a real severed hand which was in a big flask at my high school. It seems directly from a horror movie, specially because the hand...was not in the best condition. I've felt horrified and fascinated for that at the same time. My school had a sort of Natural Science museum, with a lot of cool things but some of them I did not like at all. One was the big flask with a lamb faetus with 2 heads that I always avoided to look. The other was a small human foetus. Those two...I just couldn't. But all the rest it was great- Bat skeletons, whale vertebrae (we can sit on them!), several discarded serpent skins, real serpents in formaldehyde, things like that.
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Post by: Fcrate on November 01, 2020, 09:38:24 AM
@Regen: very cool wand. The rubber bands to give it the knotted look, yes? Where does the aluminum foil come in?
Wow.. That painting is quite good. Your daughter is a little scary. Lol
@Dina: Sounds totally disgusting, and I really want to see it now...
The two headed lamb foetus, we had a still born in the farm once like that. It took a lot of work to take it out without hurting the mother.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 01, 2020, 04:19:48 PM
@Regen: very cool wand. The rubber bands to give it the knotted look, yes? Where does the aluminum foil come in?
Wow.. That painting is quite good. Your daughter is a little scary. Lol


Maybe because we are related.  ;D
I'm so proud of her. This shows I did something right.  ;D

And yes, the rubber bands are the knots. The aluminium foil is in the handle.

@Dina:
When seeing something like that I always ask myself how did it get in there? Once I asked the pathologist who made those and he told me he didn't know. They were here before his time. But he showed me some frogs, rats and other small animals he prepared himself.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 01, 2020, 06:36:49 PM
Double post:
I forgot, that I wanted to write something about the German titles of the Dresden Files. By the way, my husband is still stuck in the middle of Storm Front. He doesn't read much. But he says he likes the book. OK. He's been reading it for almost a year now. Sigh. This is something we don't have in common. If I like a book, I don't stop reading for weeks, and I read at every opportunity. Even sometimes during cooking. If it wasn't considered impolite, I would even take books to parent's meetings, to have something interesting with me, when the conversation gets boring.  ;)
I always carry some book around with me.

OK, now to the titles.

Storm Front → Sturmnacht
That would translate as Storm Night. To be honest, not a bad title but the German phrasing Sturmfront does also exist and means the same, so why not take that? Whatever *shrugs*

Fool Moon → Wolfsjagd
=Wolf hunt. It's OK.

Grave Peril → Grabesruh
= the quiet or stillness of the grave
Not quite the meaning. The people translating the title either didn't understand the pun or they had no idea how to put that into the title.

Summer Knight → Feenzorn
= the wrath of the fae
That's OK. Referring to the content. There is no way to write a sound alike Summer Knight and Summer Night. The exact translation would be "Sommerritter", but I wouldn't buy a book with a title like that. That sounds like Rosamunde Pilcher doing middle ages. LOL

Death Masks → Silberlinge
referring to the silver coins. I'm not sure about the translation: maybe silverlings?
That title sounds pretty harmless, compared to the content if the book.

Blood Rites → Bluthunger
=blood thirst or more exactly hunger (funny, it's the same word)
I would have called it Blutritual.

Dead Beat → Erlkönig
OK. Someone has read the book and chose the title representing another aspect of the content. The Erlking.

Funny, when I try to describe the books using only one word or one sentence, Dead Beat is "zombie dinosaur" for me. ;D It took me a while to remember the Erlking was in there, too.

Proven Guilty → Schuldig
= guilty. This is the only title I like better in German, because it's only one short and precise word.

White Night → Weiße Nächte
= White nights, plural. Why plural? No idea. A title translated almost exactly, except for the plural.

Small Favor → Kleine Gefallen
The same, also plural.

Turn Coat → Verrat
= treachery, a turncoat would be "Überläufer/ Verräter"

Changes → Wandel
Exact translation even in the context oft the book. Another word would be "Veränderungen", but this doesn't sound quite so fitting as a book title.

Ghost Story → Geistergeschichten
Another word for word translation only set in plural again. It seems, the title creator seemed to like plural.

Cold Days → Eiskalt
=freezing / cold as ice

Skin Game → Blendwerk
Hm, a bit archaic version of "deception". But fitting as a title for this book.

Peace Talks →Friedensgespräche
Word for word and this time the plural is even in the English title. ;)

Battle Ground → ?
I can't find it yet on amazon, but I predict it will be called "Schlachtfeld" or "Schlachtfelder", as the title creator likes plural, LOL


OK. I admit, some of them are not so bad, considering you can't possibly do every pun or wordplay in another language.


Also the Dresden Files are called "Die dunklen Fälle des Harry Dresden"= the dark files/cases of Harry Dresden.
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Post by: Dina on November 01, 2020, 07:39:19 PM
Yes, it is difficult to translate titles when they involve puns.
I don't know all the Spanish titles, but those I remember are La Tormenta (The storm), Luna Llena (Full Moon), La Tumba (the grave, completely avoiding the danger part), El Caballero (the knight), Máscaras de muerte (Death masks, literal), then I am not sure.I believe blood rites became "derecho de sangre", which would be blood rights. And I am pretty sure White Night was translated "El trono blanco (the white throne). Not sure about the others. I think Turn Coat become Renegado (renegade), which is quite fitting actually.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 01, 2020, 09:28:15 PM
Yes, it is difficult to translate titles when they involve puns.
I don't know all the Spanish titles, but those I remember are La Tormenta (The storm), Luna Llena (Full Moon), La Tumba (the grave, completely avoiding the danger part), El Caballero (the knight), Máscaras de muerte (Death masks, literal), then I am not sure.I believe blood rites became "derecho de sangre", which would be blood rights. And I am pretty sure White Night was translated "El trono blanco (the white throne). Not sure about the others. I think Turn Coat become Renegado (renegade), which is quite fitting actually.
Yes, I think renegado is right. The Spanish titles pop up, when I just put in the author's name in the search function.
La tormenta I have seen, too. This confused me the first time. I thought it was a new book. Thought it means " torture" at first until I saw it was the Spanish title of Storm Front. LOL
Mascaras de muerte I like. Definitely better than death masks or Silberlinge.
Would summer knight be el caballero de verano?
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Post by: Dina on November 01, 2020, 09:34:33 PM
Yes, or probably "el caballero del verano" . It's a subtle nuance. Literally, would be the difference between "of summer" and "off the summer". In Spanish, sounds more natural "el caballero del verano"

How weird that the Spanish name appears in your browser
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 01, 2020, 09:43:18 PM
Ah, thank you. Yes, it's weird. I never bought any book in Spanish.
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Post by: Dina on November 01, 2020, 09:54:34 PM
I like your line about Buffy patrolling tonight  :)
Yes, or probably "el caballero del verano" . It's a subtle nuance. Literally, would be the difference between "of summer" and "off the summer". In Spanish, sounds more natural "el caballero del verano"

How weird that the Spanish name appears in your browser
I meant "of the summer", not off
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 02, 2020, 12:23:38 AM
I sleep better when I know that Buffy is patrolling. ;-)

And I did a search again. There are also French and Polish versions when I search for "Jim Butcher". But nothing Italian or Czech.
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Post by: Dina on November 02, 2020, 12:31:03 AM
Weird.
I wonder how Harry sounds in French  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 02, 2020, 12:44:54 AM
Weird.
I wonder how Harry sounds in French  :)
Storm Front → Dans l'oeil du cyclone
No audio, but few positive comments. From what I understood, the translation seems to be really bad.

Edit: some of the others seem to have better reviews.
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Post by: Dina on November 02, 2020, 12:48:05 AM
All right then. Well, the idea is there.

I've playing RPG all the dinner, so no cooking. We ask some burgers for dinner, hope they are tasty (it is a new place, I don't know their burgers yet)
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 02, 2020, 12:50:10 AM
Cool. Have fun with the burgers. ;D
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Post by: Dina on November 02, 2020, 12:50:37 AM
Thanks! I'll let you know how they were.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 02, 2020, 01:02:45 AM
Thanks! I'll let you know how they were.
Appreciated.    :)
We finished watching the second season of NOS4A2. Looks like there might be another season.
As I can't sleep yet because of the nightshift a few days ago, I am going to read a bit until I fall asleep. I'm reading the last book of "The Trials Of Apollo" by Rick Riordan. Everyone else is asleep now. It's 2am here. Sigh. But I'm used to the sleeplessness after night shift. I read so that I don't get frustrated. The kids don't have to get up early, because in Bavaria there are one week holidays because of All Hallows Day. So it's OK for me to sleep long.
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Post by: Dina on November 02, 2020, 05:24:28 AM
I am going to bed soon (it's 2:20 a.m. here). I need to watch a meeting at 10:30 but I won't have my camera on, so I can get up quite late and get ready without a hurry.

Burgers were great. I have 2 (they were not very big). One was a simple cheeseburger. The other had pickles and it was delicious. Weirdly, the best part were not the burgers but the bread, which was perfect .
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Post by: Dina on November 09, 2020, 09:51:15 AM
So, was it something I said?  :'(
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 09, 2020, 12:43:33 PM
What????? Oh no. I'm so sorry!!!!! I've read your post, but couldn't answer right away. Than I simply forgot.
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Post by: Dina on November 09, 2020, 04:40:47 PM
LOL! Nobody was posting anything, it's not only you.  :)

How are you doing, Regen? How is school in Germany? We are doing a little better (I guess, because of Spring) about covid, so we are opening schools for a couple of hours every day, so children can reconnect with classmates and teachers before the end of the year. Classes themselves are still virtual.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 09, 2020, 09:00:58 PM
LOL! Nobody was posting anything, it's not only you.  :)

How are you doing, Regen? How is school in Germany? We are doing a little better (I guess, because of Spring) about covid, so we are opening schools for a couple of hours every day, so children can reconnect with classmates and teachers before the end of the year. Classes themselves are still virtual.
Ah, that's a relief. You are not mad, because I ignored you. LOL

The cases here have increased a lot since September, so we are again in some sort of lockdown. They call it lockdown light. Sounds like some diet. LOL
The increased cases were not from schools, kindergarten, workplaces and restaurants, but from people having parties and getting drunk and saying f**k corona. There has been a significant change in the age of the infected people. Now it's more younger people, less old ones.

But still they shut down the restaurants again. At least they are allowed to do take away food. So we are ordering from the two local restaurants once a week, so that they at least get a little bit money. And I left a generous tip there.

It is called light because schools and kindergarten stay open with the kids having to wear masks all day.
The children are not allowed contact to others than their group or class. During the breaks each age group has their separate area to stay in. And during lessons they open the windows every 20 minutes for 5 minutes to change the air in the rooms. So the kids are allowed to wear their winter jackets in class, because otherwise it would be really cold.
They have been doing this since school started in summer. But back then the classes were separated. One half at home, one half at school.

But learning at home turned out to be difficult for a lot of kids. And it shows in lack of knowledge. Not only those whose parents were not good at school were disadvantaged, but also those whose parents had to use the computer for work, those whose parents had to work away from home (hospital staff, police, firefighters ... have family, too), those with several siblings who had to share one computer or those who can't afford a computer at all and many more.
And as there is a law, that every child has the right of good education and equal rights and there was not one case here where a child was the reason for an outbreak, they decided to keep the schools open as long as possible. And to decide individually, if either just some classes or the whole school has to go into quarantine when there are cases.

So, we'll see.

And next time I'm going to eat a cheeseburger, too.  ;) The restaurant is only about 300 m away. We can walk there and take the food with us. They are making really good food. This Saturday I had Gyros with tsatsiki and some French fries. It was ok, but the gyros in the Greek restaurant in another village is way better. But their tsatsiki tasted better. And they do yummy beef.
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Post by: Dina on November 09, 2020, 09:23:05 PM
Wow, I will be very honest with you. I thought first world did not have those problems. From here, we see Germany as a place with a computer per capita. And a good one.
Of course, we had the same problems here (and some connectivity ones, as not every place has a good internet). I don't have children, so I am not sure how this is working here. According to what I gather from talking with several friends, high schoolers are doing quite well, even when they miss hanging out with each other. But many primary school children are struggling. They miss each other and they are not so good at studying alone. But my "sample" is not too big, I don't know what is happening in the rest of the country. Also, the reality is different in different provinces.

We ordered a new set of bedsheets today, I am looking forward its arrival as I had not have new ones in a while. It is a good feeling.
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Post by: Fcrate on November 10, 2020, 08:34:42 AM
So, was it something I said?  :'(
Yes.. The part about not having to get up early had me envious. Also the part about burgers.. I haven't had burgers in 3 years. So I decided to boycott the thread until my inner pain subsides.
@Regen: I'm with Dina, I didn't think you'd have these kind of problems, but I suppose it's a matter of scale. I don't have kids, but my nephews go to school like normal. I heard they're going to close them down again in a week or so, but I'm not sure. In the village where I live, education is so fucking horrible that it doesn't matter either way imo. I've met 18 year old people (and now a few of them either) who have middle school degrees and a diploma for mechanics that can barely write their own names. And can't read at all.
My friend's daughter is 10 years old and doesn't understand the multiplication table. She knows it by heart, as she's a good student, but I had to explain to her how it came to be.
I recall I had that explained to me when I was 7.
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Post by: Dina on November 10, 2020, 03:43:29 PM
Sorry, Fcrate  :P
Living in Buenos Aires is good if you like food. It is not New York, there are some things that are difficult you find, but you have many options and pretty much everything has delivery. Pizza, empanadas and icecreams are our fortes, though (for delivery, I mean).

Last week, I "was" in a Congress. It was very interesting but I ended tired, so I am happy to say I am more relaxed now. If only the neighbors stopped screaming...
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 11, 2020, 08:40:29 AM
I believe education is good here. And IMO it is important. The more you learn and know as a child the more chances you have with jobs as an adult.
As for the computers: depending on what your job is, not everybody needs a computer at home. We used ours for writing letters (and printing them) or email, or for some years now for online banking, since the banks reduced their staff and their buildings outside the cities. Or for playing games. LOL And I think most people did the same.
Also we "inherited" a around 20 years old computer from an old neighbour of my parents, whose son had passed on 2 years ago. It belonged to her son. She had no use for it, so she gave it to us.
So we had in fact two computers at home when the lockdown started.
And, fun fact, my husband had to bring his computer from his workplace to work at home.
So counting, we are 4 persons with 3 computers. But we bought only one of them and my husband's belongs to the company.
Now everyone can work at the same time.

@Fcrate:
There are people here, who can't read or write, but I don't know any personally.
I know some who are not good at reading, writing or calculating, but this is not, because they went to bad schools. More like their talents lie elsewhere.

But if for example you are a really good mechanic, but you can't calculate or read, then you can go on working for someone, but you would have enormous difficulties and depend on others helping you, if you wanted to become the boss of a group of mechanics. Just an example.

@Dina
Yeah, Fcrate is right, I was jealous too for you being able to sleep long, though I don't have to get up  before 6am this week.  ;)

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Post by: Dina on November 11, 2020, 09:05:35 AM
We had a proud tradition of a very good education, but sadly it has deteriorated a LOT in the last 2 decades, for several reasons. Economics mainly but also politics. Still, I don't think is that bad even know, specially at my city. Also, university keeps being quite good and I try to do my best everyday to do my tiny contribution to it. The education of my students is one of the things that I take more seriously in my whole life.

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Post by: Regenbogen on November 13, 2020, 08:43:19 AM
@Dina:
You are doing good. You can be proud of what you are doing. :)


I was busy these last days. Trying to get some Christmas presents for the kids. And planning how to do the birthday present for my dad and my husband. I planned on arranging archery lessons. This would be nice to do together. Even the kids would be interested. Last year I had the idea. But as everything is closed down, maybe I'll get a voucher or something for lessons in spring or summer. I don't know. My dad is turning 70 and my husband 50. I wanted something special for them.
My husband and I wanted to do that for more than a decade but there was never the time. We even lived beside a popular archery parkour for years, but at that time he had a very time consuming job and I was working almost every weekend.

And I am trying to help my daughter learn English. She had a very bad grade in the last test. Everything was wrong. Half the words she didn't know, and those she knew she spelled wrong. ' But Mama, I knew the word, I just wrote it wrong.' 'That's nice, but wrong is still wrong.' So we are doing exercises every day. I hope this will help her to become better.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 09:04:14 AM
Thank you, Regen. And for what I heard, you are doing very well with your daughter's education.

Archery sounds so fun! I only have a bow in my hands once, many years ago. Hubby and some of our friends we celebrate the birthday of one of us in an archery place. You could rent a bow and a teacher for a while (I don't remember if an hour or so) and they taught you the basis. Of course, if you knew how to shoot you could just rent the bow and court, it's was cheaper. But we had a teacher. I did it...not great, which is not a surprise as I was always bad at sports, but not so awfully as I had imagined. Apparently me hand-eye coordination was not that bad. So I felt quite pride of myself. And the following day, my arm hurt! But it was a lot of fun, I wish it would have been more than once.

I like to see people doing archery, I always had a soft spot for Robin Hood.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 13, 2020, 09:37:09 AM
Yes, I want to do it like that. Some teacher to show us how to do it and then you can go anywhere to rent a bow. One can even buy equipment legally without having to join a club, other than with firearms. My dad was in a firearm club for years and he was really good at shooting. But it is illegal to do that outside the club. Exception is when you do it as your job, e.g. police, soldiers, hunters etc.
An arrow you are even allowed to shoot in your own garden, if I understood correctly. I have to inform myself better soon.
I tried it several times, and I think I'm not bad at it.
And my husband and I are looking for some fun stuff to do together apart from watching TV and playing games, lol. We tried dancing once but that wasn't much fun, because he always forgot his steps and I wanted to do the cool stuff. And he couldn't lead, so I did, which annoyed our teacher, lol. It didn't work out at the end. We agreed, that we both like to dance, but not with each other.  ;)
When I was 17 I participated in a dance formation with about 50 dancers, and the girls wearing wedding dresses. That was really cool. The audience was mostly high society. I felt a bit out of place but pretended to be cool. It was great to be a part of the show. And to get to wear an extremely expensive wedding dress. The manufacturer of the dresses used the event for advertising their products. We were only allowed to wear them for the dance and had to give them back immediately after it and to put on our own dresses.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 09:50:03 AM
That is nice, it must have been all an experience. I never used something like a wedding dress ("hubby" is not really my husband. "Just" the man that shares my home since 20 years ago) but I had an elaborated dress for my 15 years (I know you are probably familiar with the name "quinceañera" but that is the Mexican name for it. We have the same tradition of a big party for a girl who reaches her 15, but we don't call it "quinceañera"). Anyway, with that dress I did the waltz and I danced some more and I still remember the nice feeling. Also, I think I told you I took ballet classes for a several years when I was a little girl and every year we did a final concert, with costumes and all that. I still remember the feeling of wearing ballerina dresses. I know it's not the same of elaborated wedding dresses, but it is the closest thing I remember to what you mention. It sounds extremely cool.

And about archery, oh yes, it sounds like fun and healthier than other options. Also, just a comment, I have a friend who did salsa with her partner. It was good for them before not all the dancing was as a couple. It allowed for some alone action.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 13, 2020, 10:06:19 AM
I've found a good example of such an event. We were casted out of the dancing school. You had to show them that you could dance in a formation. Some had to leave, because they couldn't. I chose this example for fun, because it was in Dresden, LOL.
Just imagine the girls each wearing a different white wedding dresses. Our dance was a lot like that:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WqNOjcbgTp0

And thanks for the salsa tip. I would like that, too, but he doesn't understand the moves, lol. I asked him if we should do salsa or something like that instead. But he preferred standard.

Edit: some of the moves I recognize, I remember us doing them too.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 05:37:38 PM
Awesome video!

Well, I can't blame him. I found salsa movements quite difficult (I never had classes, though, I am sure that would help  :))

Totally random comment, but last night we bought a very dark chocolate and I just had a piece. It is delicious. We love dark chocolate.
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Post by: Arjan on November 13, 2020, 06:21:25 PM
Awesome video!

Well, I can't blame him. I found salsa movements quite difficult (I never had classes, though, I am sure that would help  :))

Totally random comment, but last night we bought a very dark chocolate and I just had a piece. It is delicious. We love dark chocolate.
Up to a point. I once bought 99% and it was really not edible. Good for a hot chocolate drink though.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 06:35:37 PM
Yes, 95% is already too much for me. But this one was 80%.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 13, 2020, 06:55:41 PM
I love dark chocolate, too. ~80% is OK.
Once I put too much cocoa-powder into muffins. I didn't have enough chocolate,  but I had the powder. Those muffins were almost not edible. We had to eat them with a glass of milk to wash them down.

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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 07:17:57 PM
LOL! I can't imagine muffins so dark.
As a side comment, I also like coffee and tea without sugar.
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Post by: Arjan on November 13, 2020, 07:36:11 PM
LOL! I can't imagine muffins so dark.
As a side comment, I also like coffee and tea without sugar.
But with milk
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 13, 2020, 07:43:30 PM
But with milk
Me too. Coffee without sugar but with milk, though I admit mostly it's milk with coffee.
Black tee with milk. Other tee pure.

By the way, my father-in-law did something disgusting but funny: when he visited us once a month, he mostly stayed 2-3 days. He had a 4 hour drive. To stay awake, he had a 1,5l bottle coke in the car. Most of the time there was some coke left in the bottle. This he kept cold during his stay and on the way back he made himself some coffee and put it into the rest of the coke in the bottle. LOL. Because caffeine is caffeine as he said. I could never bring myself to taste that.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 07:45:08 PM
I sometimes drink latte or tea with milk, specially if it is at breakfast. But in general, I drink all of that alone. Lady Grey is one of my favorite teas and I would never drink milk with it.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 13, 2020, 07:56:01 PM
Sometimes I drink warm milk with chamomile tee.  ;D
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Post by: Arjan on November 13, 2020, 08:21:08 PM
Assam tea with milk. Lighter more delicate teas like jasmine tea without milk. Coffee nearly always with milk unless I put whipped cream in it.

In Holland people usually drink tea without milk probably because they learned drinking tea from the Chinese who can not digest milk but I have a British wife and they learned about tea in India.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 08:28:18 PM
I do like chamomile tea with milk.

Arjan, Oh, so a British wife? Are there any funny cultural differences between you?

Regen, I've read your edit and that sounds very, very disgusting.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 09:21:51 PM
Sorry about the double post, but I just remember something. They are selling here Coke with a touch of coffee. I gave it a try, I did not like it at all.
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Post by: Arjan on November 13, 2020, 09:25:32 PM
Arjan, Oh, so a British wife? Are there any funny cultural differences between you?
There are but the difference between brexit and remain is probably greater  ;D
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 09:26:53 PM
LOL! I was thinking things like the temperature of the beer  :)
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Post by: Arjan on November 13, 2020, 09:46:41 PM
LOL! I was thinking things like the temperature of the beer  :)
I usually drink cider when I am there. You can get good cider everywhere in Brittain but in Holland you get only bad sweet stuff or you have to buy it in special shops that sell UK products.

I believe it is called hard cider in some countries and what they call cider is just apple juice.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 09:52:01 PM
I am not sure. We say "Sidra" for the alcoholic beverage but it is not common to drink it outside of the Holiday season. It is very associated to Christmas and New Year. It is also used in Weddings and other celebrations, mainly as a cheaper alternative to champagne. So, it is very unusual to have sidra on a bar, as an ordinary drink.
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Post by: Arjan on November 13, 2020, 10:39:43 PM
I am not sure. We say "Sidra" for the alcoholic beverage but it is not common to drink it outside of the Holiday season. It is very associated to Christmas and New Year. It is also used in Weddings and other celebrations, mainly as a cheaper alternative to champagne. So, it is very unusual to have sidra on a bar, as an ordinary drink.
I know they make sidra in spain but I never tasted it.  Brittish cider is different from french cider, it is more in the style of beer and it is drunk like beer often from tap in pubs while the french ciders I tasted where more like weak apple wine with bubbles. A cheaper alcohol free version with bubbels is sometimes used for children so they have their own "champaign" for the beginning of the new year.
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Post by: Dina on November 13, 2020, 11:47:55 PM
Yes, we also have Sidra sin alcohol (alcohol-free) for that purpose. As a child, I loved it. I don't know about French cider, but I'd say is probably more like our sidra then.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 16, 2020, 10:02:40 AM
Hey guys!
I just wanted to tell you that I've tested myself COVID negative on Saturday at work. The boss said we should test ourselves at least every two weeks so that we can react in time. Wouldn't be good if there is no more lab in the house.


I like British cider. I always ordered that when I was in Ireland, because I don't like Guinness.  ;D
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Post by: Dina on November 16, 2020, 03:52:08 PM
Glad to hear that, Regen! And yes, it is a good measure to test every two weeks when you are on the Health system.

We are having some warm days here. It's not so much the temperature but the high humidity, so it feels worse. The other day walked only 2 blocks and arrived home with my cheeks all red for the heat.
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Post by: Fcrate on November 17, 2020, 07:19:30 AM
There are but the difference between brexit and remain is probably greater  ;D
Arjan, be very careful or you'll brexit your way out of a marriage. It has happened.. :D
About drinks (and food) I'll give everything a first try. But I have to say, I'm very conservative about my drinks. It's just plain tea for me (tea pot, not tea bags) or regular coffee. My mother used to put milk on the tea, half and half, and sometimes spice it with a little cardamom. Was very good.
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Post by: Arjan on November 17, 2020, 07:58:36 AM
Arjan, be very careful or you'll brexit your way out of a marriage. It has happened.. :D
About drinks (and food) I'll give everything a first try. But I have to say, I'm very conservative about my drinks. It's just plain tea for me (tea pot, not tea bags) or regular coffee. My mother used to put milk on the tea, half and half, and sometimes spice it with a little cardamom. Was very good.
You can put cardamom in your coffee too.

Brexit is not that popular among the brits I meet here in Holland, Probably because it messes up their whole life.

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Post by: Fcrate on November 17, 2020, 08:27:43 AM
I tried it a few times, as long as the flavor isn't strong enough to shock me, it's fine. I generally love cardamom in my food.
As for brexit, I play maybe 3 times a week with a few friends from Europe, and one of the brits is quite passionate about it. Always expect at least one argument between him and the French guy every week about brexit.
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Post by: Arjan on November 17, 2020, 11:17:37 AM
I tried it a few times, as long as the flavor isn't strong enough to shock me, it's fine. I generally love cardamom in my food.
As for brexit, I play maybe 3 times a week with a few friends from Europe, and one of the brits is quite passionate about it. Always expect at least one argument between him and the French guy every week about brexit.
I know all the arguments. A friend of mine came here about two decades ago because even with good papers it is easier to go to some foreign country than trying your luck in the south of England if you are a northerner and the economy was better here at the time. It fluctuates.

Of course he is against Brexit, his whole life is based on the opportunities Europe gave him and Thatcher and co denied him. His nephew however stayed there and is now a brexiteer. We had long discussions on Facebook.

I suppose patriottisme is fine but if you have no other arguments than that you are probably duped by people who abuse your emotions. They think they lost their sovereignty to the EU. No army, police or foreign authority is stopping them if they want out. It is an insult to all those people who had to fight to get rid of the English. My wife is half Scottish and half Welsh so she understands.

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Post by: Dina on November 17, 2020, 04:59:36 PM
Good maen everyone!  :)

I won't say anything about Brexit (or about Thatcher. Specially about Thatcher), because I don't want to be kicked out of the forum.

What I will say is that I love cardamom in my coffee and in some foods, I don't remember if I tried it in tea. Cardamom is something you can found. here but not in every place. My favorite place is one called "el gato negro" (the black cat) and it has very good spices.It is also a cafeteria, I had coffee (latte) with turmeric. It was very, very weird.
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Post by: Fcrate on November 17, 2020, 06:31:28 PM
Ha.. Did it taste like chicken by any chance? :P
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Post by: Dina on November 17, 2020, 07:09:03 PM
LOL, not really. I don't actually liked it but it was fun to try it, and somehow it felt like it would be good for my health  :)

I am also a genuine lover of salt mixed with other things. I have a lot of flasks of salt with many different things. My favorite varies according to my mood, but most of the times it's a particular blend of salt, pepper, and lemon. Delicious. Very good with chicken but also interesting in salads, as tabulli (tabuleh? I don't know how you call it, Fcrate).
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Post by: Fcrate on November 17, 2020, 08:01:51 PM
We call it Tabboula (The salad I mean) , although it originated in lebanon/Syria and they call it Tabblouleh.
It's a derivative from "Tawabel" which means spices. You can also call this"Tatbila" which is the blend of spices you use on a specific dish, mostly BBQ or salads.
If you like salt, pepper and lemon on a salad, I guarantee you'll love it if you add a small amount of cumin and a spoonful of olive oil on your salad.
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Post by: Dina on November 17, 2020, 08:41:44 PM
Ok, I've seen several different spellings here. Tabbulli and Tabbule are the more common. Olive oil I sometimes do but I don't think I ever did cumin
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Post by: Fcrate on November 18, 2020, 05:02:34 AM
All of them are correct. It's not exactly spelling, it's about accent.
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Post by: Dina on November 18, 2020, 05:07:14 AM
Ah, interesting.

In a totally unrelated note, I found a picture of a young Jeff Godblum and I think he looks a lot of the Harry Dresden that is in my head. He is also tall
(https://external-preview.redd.it/gqIBzQXudzDsoFqscGbAL1UPZWz0UoZoMGlqbGOny8Y.jpg?auto=webp&s=78974bb41ca830df3776c94f75e2e38f3521cea2)
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Post by: Fcrate on November 18, 2020, 10:59:42 AM
You're right... Huh...
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 18, 2020, 12:59:14 PM
Ah, interesting.

In a totally unrelated note, I found a picture of a young Jeff Godblum and I think he looks a lot of the Harry Dresden that is in my head. He is also tall
(https://external-preview.redd.it/gqIBzQXudzDsoFqscGbAL1UPZWz0UoZoMGlqbGOny8Y.jpg?auto=webp&s=78974bb41ca830df3776c94f75e2e38f3521cea2)

You are right. A pity he is too old now. But he could be the Gatekeeper instead.  ;D
When watching the PT and BG trailers I thought, that Jason Bernardo (the guy playing Harry) looked suprinsingly a lot like my image of Harry. And Paul Blackthorne from the series looked not so much like my head-Harry, but how he played him looked so much like I imagined Harry would behave. And how I imagined his body language and his facial expressions.
So my perfect Harry would be a mixture of the three.
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Post by: Dina on November 18, 2020, 04:56:28 PM
I absolutely agree about Blackthorne! I love that man (watching him in Arrow was a delight) and I think he did a great job as Harry.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 18, 2020, 07:01:02 PM
I absolutely agree about Blackthorne! I love that man (watching him in Arrow was a delight) and I think he did a great job as Harry.
Oh yes, I watched Arrow only because of him. :-* Otherwise I didn't like Arrow so much.

My little one fell from the sofa today and her arm is still hurting. I hope it is not broken. If it is not better tomorrow and there is swelling, we will have to go to the hospital. I hope not. I would like to avoid hospitals with my kids these days. But none of the other doctors has x-ray.

Today we were at a side arm of the river. There are ducks who like to be fed. We had fun. The ducks are cute. When they notice someone coming, it looks like they run over the water towards you. We are definitely not the only ones feeding them. One of the adult male ducks is already very fat.

After that we threw maple seeds from the bridge into the river. That was fun too, because when falling they look like little helicopters, and you can do a contest, which one stays in the air the longest.
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Post by: Fcrate on November 18, 2020, 07:21:35 PM
I hope your daughter is okay Regen. Here there are lots of private labs with x-ray. Nothing like that where you live?
Today we were at a side arm of the river. There are ducks who like to be fed. We had fun. The ducks are cute. When they notice someone coming, it looks like they run over the water towards you. We are definitely not the only ones feeding them. One of the adult male ducks is already very fat.

Okay that part just made me hungry..
Think orange peel marinade and an oven.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 18, 2020, 07:53:58 PM
I hope your daughter is okay Regen. Here there are lots of private labs with x-ray. Nothing like that where you live?
Okay that part just made me hungry..
Think orange peel marinade and an oven.
Yummy. LOL. I hope no one gets the idea. There are only 6 of them yet. And only one female. A beautiful cream coloured one. I do think they were put there on purpose. This area has been created artificially out of a compromise the water power company had negotiated with the community to reestablish the wild life there, because the original bed of the river has dried out and a lot of animals who lived there died, because of the canal the company built. You can still see, where the original side arm of the river was. I believe the ducks were part of that wild life revival, or they came on their own. I don't know. But they were not here a few years ago.
I even gave them "names" already. Like "Fat old Mr Duck" or "Bella Duck" or "Biting Duck Jr" . ;)

And no. All of the doctors around have given up their x-rays. Not sure why. But maybe I can try at the orthopedic centre. It is in the city too, in the same building as a little hospital, but not the hospital itself. Usually you have to wait a few weeks to get an appointment there, but maybe they can take us in as an emergency and because she is a child. But I fear they will say, we have to go to the hospital and come to them for treatment afterwards. This would be the usual way. You have a broken limb, you go to a hospital, they fix you, you go home, and everything that has to be done afterwards is done by your local doctor or by an orthopedic doctor.
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Post by: Dina on November 18, 2020, 08:24:00 PM
Oh Regen, I hope your daughter is fine. I think in this case it would be worthy the risk of going to the hospital.

That about the ducks sounds awesome,and I love to see the maple seeds falling. It is fun indeed.

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Post by: Regenbogen on November 18, 2020, 08:40:43 PM
Thank you all.
I think it is not so bad. She fell asleep very fast. So the pain can't be too bad any more. I'll just look for swelling or haematoms in the morning, and if there isn't any, she can go to school.
She said she bumped her head and her elbow. Could be she hit the wrong nerves so the pain spread.
This is what you get, when you do acrobatics on a sofa. Usually it is for sitting or sleeping. ;)
I always said, a sofa is a dangerous place to be, if you don't use it for it's purposes. Once I sprained an ankle getting up. What does life want to tell me? Stay seated! LOL
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Post by: Dina on November 18, 2020, 09:05:55 PM
Many moons ago, we used to play that here in Weird we were in a fantastic place called the SHOV (Secretly Hollowed Volcano). In that magical place (where I still live, mind you, we citizens of the SHOV are for ever) we had some special couches and sofás. One of them used to eat people. The other has been rescued and we had educated him, so he has learned not to eat people, only wallets and things like that. And one of them had a soft spot for remote controllers.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 18, 2020, 10:55:40 PM
Omg that's funny. ;D
Our sofa used to stick little daggers in your butt, if you sat on it. LOL
In reality it was the little cat beneath it, who had a lot of fun hunting for hapless body parts that touched the seat.
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Post by: Dina on November 18, 2020, 10:58:03 PM
LOL, that was funny!

Shades of Grey, one of us, was the expert in couches. She sometimes told us stories about them. She is absolutely hilarious when she is in the mood.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 18, 2020, 11:14:39 PM
Maybe you have summoned her now. 8)

The cat was a crazy one. You had to put a fat cushion behind you, if you wanted to stay seated or sit on the edge where she couldn't reach you.
And she attacked everything that was seen outside a blanket except the head and everything moving under a blanket.
And the weirdest thing: she had a plastic fetish. There are still plastic garden shoes and Barbie dolls with bite marks. She destroyed every plastic bag she could find. But such a funny cutie.
I remember when we had guests and they wanted to sit on the sofa.
Wait a moment. OK. Better not. Wait until she is gone and when she comes back... run. LOL

But I have to sleep now. I'm tired. Good night. "See" you.
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Post by: Dina on November 18, 2020, 11:18:39 PM
LOL!

Well, in the old days, that worked like a charm, I always was good at summoning her or DC here. But, of course, I had to called their Name thrice. Here I used his forum name but of course I mentally do the spell using their real Names.

Shades is English, and one of the funniest things was watching the London 2012 opening ceremony here. Everyone in our cases, watching. I distinctly remember saying that the opening needed some Mary Poppins and presto! A lot of Mary Poppins were there. Shades and I had a good laugh about that.

 
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 19, 2020, 07:34:05 AM
Maen!
I just wanted to tell you, Mikrome is fine. She can move her arm any way she likes and there is no swelling, just a lot of blue and red skin.
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Post by: Dina on November 19, 2020, 07:37:54 AM
Oh I am so glad to hear that  :D  *does a happy dance*
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 19, 2020, 11:30:49 AM
Oh I am so glad to hear that  :D  *does a happy dance*
Yeah. Me too.  ;D
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Post by: Dina on November 19, 2020, 04:44:11 PM
Has she been able to sleep well?
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 19, 2020, 06:43:36 PM
Yes. And now she is hopping and bouncing around like always as if she has swallowed several rubber balls. LOL
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Post by: Dina on November 19, 2020, 07:04:15 PM
LOL! That is good to hear.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 20, 2020, 03:19:16 PM
Hi!
I might be absent for a week or so. Tomorrow I'm starting with the first of 7 nights. ... First of Seven not Seven of Nine lol
By the way, my husband and I admitted once that sometimes we only watched Star Trek Voyager because of Seven of Nine. She was rocking that thight fancy one piece suit. And I was fascinated by her hair. I wanted to copy it, but didn't understand how to hide the ends. Every time I thought I came near, suddenly half the hair was in my face again, LOL.
I think they might have used a lot of hair spray.

Soon there will be the next Alex Verus on the market. I've already ordered my copy. It is at the shop but I'm not allowed to get it before the release date.
Funny story. They called me, my ordered book is there. I said OK, I come and get it. Then I called back (because I am too honest and stupid ;) ), that can't be the right book, because the release date is next week in the USA and Canada and everywhere else in two weeks. I didn't expect it arriving before Christmas, to be honest.
Then they looked it up and found out about the release date, but the delivery came without information. And they are not allowed to sell it before. If they had known, they wouldn't even have called. So if I hadn't been too lazy to drive all the way to the bookstore for the presumable wrong book, they wouldn't have known. And I would have the book now.

... I think, working in a book store would be a good idea for my older daughter. *makes innocent face*
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Post by: Dina on November 20, 2020, 03:41:26 PM
Ok Regen, I hope your week is not very tiring.

I love 7of9 hair and I agree with you, the secret must be tons of hairspray! Voyager was ok but I was never inlove of it as I was with TNG or DS9. But 7of9 was a very interesting character and I liked it. I also liked to finally see a female captain! (it's not the first on screen but it's the first with her own show). And I think she was a good captain.

Today or tomorrow we will see another episode of Discovery. Also, the Mandalorian. I am such a star person  :)

It is good that you are honest and I hope you don't have to wait too much for your book.

Working in a bookstore has been a fantasy for me since ever  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 20, 2020, 03:56:25 PM
I like Discovery too. Though they did that alternate universe stuff again. This is so old in Star Trek and has been done so many times I can't count. So it got a bit on my nerves. Sweaty dark cajal Kirk was funny and goatee Spock too, but alternate universe has been used too many times IMHO. But I admit, in Discovery they did it quite well. And I thought Oh no, I liked the captain!!! Damn.
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Post by: Dina on November 20, 2020, 04:06:24 PM
I actually liked all the mirror mirror episodes, even those of the newest series (Kira's tiara was so kitsch!) but in Discovery it tired me, it shouldn't be a long season plot, it should be a thing played for fun, like tribbles. And I liked the captain too  :(

Still, not interested in Mirror Mirror Dresden  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 20, 2020, 04:26:53 PM

Still, not interested in Mirror Mirror Dresden  :)

Yeah. Me too. But we'll give it a chance of course ;)
If you have low expectations you can't become disappointed.
For me it was like that with Storm Front. I had very low expectations. I refused to read it for years. It just didn't appeal to me. Some wizard PI in Chicago. And he is wearing a hat. Wtf?  ;D
Then I was hanging around between books and I thought, I'll give it a try. If it was as bad as expected, I could still give it back, so what.
The beginning was so lala. But as soon as he vomited in the bucket, Butcher had me on his hook. LOL
At this moment I understood, this is not some cool and perfect guy, who knows everything and can do everything. No, this is a guy, who tries to pretend to be cool and all knowing and so on, but fails. And I said OK, I give this guy a chance, and it turned out well. I never regretted it.

 Edit: Funny, at first I didn't even read what it was about, because of the title and the cover. I thought it was about some kind of PI with a hat in the city of Dresden. ;)
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Post by: Dina on November 20, 2020, 08:35:42 PM
I will never understand why JB chose the name Dresden. The first time I heard there was something called "The Dresden Files" I thought it was something about the bombings on the war. And then, hubby told me that I was been stupid, that he has seen the advertisement and it was a tv show about a modern wizard.
I had not heard of the books at the time, but I watched the show, liked it, learnt there were books, suspected the books were better, so I buy SF and...down throught the rabbit hole. I love Harry (the character). Still it was not until SK that I was definitely fascinated with all the Dresdenverse. Then I was seriously hit by Maggie Jr. I hate her existence with a fury. But, time helped me to adapt to the idea (and the PT conversation between her and Bonnie melted my heart). Because of that, C, GS and CD are among my less favorite books, but I loved SG.

This forum has also kept me a fan, people here is amazing  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 20, 2020, 09:05:14 PM
I agree. This forum helps to be a nerdier nerd. And to obsess more intensively about the books.  8) ;D
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Post by: Dina on November 20, 2020, 09:11:27 PM
Yes, it's not only the DF. Many of us are trekkers, star wars fans, RPGplayers, gamers in general, discworld fans, and many other fandoms around. Like, in my case, superheroes.
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Post by: Dina on November 25, 2020, 04:52:07 PM
I just wanted to say that Maradona is dead and I am so, so sad.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 25, 2020, 06:15:10 PM
I just wanted to say that Maradona is dead and I am so, so sad.
:'( I'm sorry.
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Post by: Dina on November 25, 2020, 06:22:01 PM
Thanks. He means a lot for us.
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Post by: Fcrate on November 27, 2020, 09:01:11 PM
Everyone here is sad about his passing. Kids playing on the streets here still nickname the best amongst them Maradona.
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Post by: Dina on November 27, 2020, 09:06:25 PM
Maradona did that for kids all around the world. And I think that was one of the things that made him prouder.
I loved him so much. When he played, it was magic.
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 07:41:12 PM
Hey weirdos.
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 07:47:27 PM
(((((((((((((SoG))))))))))))))))) :)
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 07:55:08 PM
Heya Dina. How's you?

((((((((((Dina)))))))))))
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 07:58:18 PM
I am well, thank you. They had been some sad days
I just wanted to say that Maradona is dead and I am so, so sad.

but I am feeling better now. And I am delighted to see you here! How are you doing?
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 08:05:18 PM
2020 has been a harsh year.

I'm glad you're ok though. :)

I'm so-so. Luckily I have a week's holiday this week so get to out my decorations up at my leisure.
Are you decorating?
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 08:12:46 PM
Sorry to hear about the so-so
No, I am not decorating. First, we traditionally do the decorations (Tree, and some things like that) on December 8, which is a religious Holiday. But besides, this year is going to be sad. Hubby and I will spend Christmas alone.
But a week's holiday sounds very good!  :)
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 08:27:53 PM
I don't usually decorate so early, but this year it's more that I want to get the outside lights up for the locals.

I'm going to miss visiting family and miss an anniversary for the first time in five years. It's tough, but needs must.

On the plus side we've started stocking The Cupboard.
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 08:30:38 PM
What do you mean by that? (stocking the cupboard?)
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 08:38:02 PM
Ah, The Cupboard.

So important it merits Capital Letters.

It's where all of the non perishable festive treats are kept.

WOE BETIDE THOSE WHO RAID THE CUPBOARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 08:43:42 PM
Ahhh! That sounds very, very important. I am sure you will have some delicacies. We are thinking in buying a pionono (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pionono) and, of course, I will have an icecream cake, but that will be bought the previous day  :)

If you get bored on your free week, you can always read here the Spoilers section. It has been quite interesting after BG. For the first time in many years I am dying for a new DF book.

Also, your PM is full.
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 08:47:41 PM
It is very important! It was always the cupboard of mystery when I was a child.

Mmmmm, ice cream cake. That may go in the list.

I haven't reread BG yet, then I'll go see what the Duck thinks before going to the spoilers. 😁

Yes, there are messages I don't want to delete yet. I'll go see what I can syphon out.
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 09:01:53 PM
Don't worry, I just wanted to answer yours, nothing too important.

That sounds so fun about the cupboard.

Icecream, you have to remember we will be in Summer, so icecream would be a must. It almost is now, and today we only had 24°C.

I wish I know what the Duck thinks, but she is not posting here. And I actually finished rereading BG a couple of days ago. It has been much better the second time, because I was not so worried.

Oh, did you see about Captain Jack Harness?
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 09:11:37 PM
Us Brits will eat ice cream at any time of the year.
*Nods sagely*

The Duck is her usual punny self when I see her on farcebook. People still despair when we get going.

Noooooo... What about Captain Jack? Enquiring minds HAVE to know.
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 09:27:00 PM
Well, that he will be appearing in the DW Holiday Special this year  :). Also, there are some flashy blue daleks I am not too interested about.

You do well in having icecream all year long. Many of us are like that, but not everyone. I don't know why because our icecream is delicious.

Please, send the Duck my regards. I miss her so much.
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Post by: shades of grey on November 28, 2020, 09:29:42 PM
I hadn't seen that!
Something to red pen in the Radio Times when I get it.

I'll say hello for you. :)

I'm going to sign off now, Blackadder is about to start and it's the Tom Baker episode.

((((((Dina)))))))
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Post by: Dina on November 28, 2020, 09:30:56 PM
Enjoy! I hope to see you soon!
(((((((((((((SoG)))))))))))))
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Post by: Fcrate on November 29, 2020, 10:58:30 AM
Ah, The Cupboard.

So important it merits Capital Letters.

It's where all of the non perishable festive treats are kept.

WOE BETIDE THOSE WHO RAID THE CUPBOARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE
Ouch. Does it survive the first night? I'm usually quite smart about this. I never get caught.
Also hi Shades. :D hey Dina.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 29, 2020, 11:21:54 AM
Hey there!
How are you guys?
I'm back from the nightshift week. At least physically. My brain will have to catch up later.  8)

@Shades, what's usually in The Cupboard? Food or presents?
I have a place in my bedroom cupboard, where I hide presents, though I might have to change the hiding place. It has been compromised.

Oh, I'm excited about Captain Jack. I hope they show the same episode here. Is it a Capaldi or a Whittaker episode?

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Post by: Arjan on November 29, 2020, 01:40:17 PM
https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffnt&q=kerstkransjes&atb=v117-1&iax=images&ia=images

We used to hang these things in the christmass tree as a lot of people do in the netherlands. Guess how long they stayed there with three young children.  ;D

Blame your brother, blame your sister and if that not works blame the cat. She can not protest.
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 29, 2020, 06:03:44 PM
Our tree was with caramel candies and chocolate. My mother always had a lot more hidden to replace those who had gone mysteriously missing.
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Post by: Arjan on November 29, 2020, 06:56:23 PM
Our tree was with caramel candies and chocolate. My mother always had a lot more hidden to replace those who had gone mysteriously missing.
But not enough to keep the tree stocked :)
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Post by: Dina on November 29, 2020, 07:18:12 PM
Oh, I'm excited about Captain Jack. I hope they show the same episode here. Is it a Capaldi or a Whittaker episode?

This will be this Holiday Season, not sure if Christmas or New Year Day. So, it's for the current Doctor, Whittaker. Also, Capt Jack has appeared for a short moment in the last season, but his part will be larger this time, I believe.
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Post by: shades of grey on November 29, 2020, 07:28:57 PM
I've only just seen the advert.
I miss there being a Christmas day special.

Still, interesting premise for the episode.
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Post by: Dina on November 29, 2020, 07:49:41 PM
Welcome back!
I remember seeing it on London of Christmas Day. But the last two years it was on NY Day, so I bet that is what they are going to do this year.
It's ok, I think there is a chance I can watch WW1984 on HBO on Christmas day, that would be a nice gift for me.
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Post by: shades of grey on November 29, 2020, 08:17:09 PM
It's NYD for us so I wouldn't be surprised.

There's a St Mary's short story out for Christmas so I may be reading that. 😁
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Post by: Dina on November 29, 2020, 09:03:45 PM
St Mary?
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Post by: shades of grey on November 29, 2020, 10:20:56 PM
The Chronicles of St Mary's.
Brilliant series.
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Post by: Dina on November 29, 2020, 10:31:02 PM
Ah, well, I hope you enjoy it then!

Shades, have you heard of LC lately?
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Post by: Regenbogen on November 30, 2020, 09:33:20 PM
The Chronicles of St Mary's.
Brilliant series.
Is the author Jodi Taylor? The first book called "Just One Damned Thing After Another"? I'm going to read an excerpt when I've finished the new Verus.

And I'm still hoping for a Christmas surprise DF short story.

This week I 'm going to be occupied with the search for Christmas presents for the family.

I think I will create some kind of birthday voucher for my father and my husband for archery training in spring or summer and hope we can do that then.
And I've found a book with real stories of the town my father grew up in. For my husband I still have time.
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Post by: Dina on November 30, 2020, 10:23:51 PM
Oh, that about the book sounds great.
And of course about archery.

Yesterday I finished watching the new season of "The Crown." Several memories came to me.
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 01, 2020, 09:35:44 AM
There is snow !!!!! I was at the river feeding the ducks. I feel close to Mab now. I got the complete snow experience with snow in my shoes and snow down my collar (a tree suddenly jumped in my way and released himself on top of my head ;D). Yay!
Now I have to clean the sidewalk. Though I can take my time doing it.
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 01, 2020, 11:11:45 AM
Sorry for the double post. I had to stop, because my dad was calling. I had to bring him home from the hospital. No emergency, just a control to see if his cancer has been stopped from spreading with the medication. But once out of the building he wasn't allowed back in because of the covid-rules. So he had to wait outside in the cold. Next time I told him he could call out from the middle of the entrance hall. So he could wait inside where it is warm and dry. In most places in the lower sections there is no cell phone reception.

So I finished showeling the snow. It was wet, but not heavy. I can take my time with it, because we are the second to last house in a dead end street. And the neighbors in the last house always come and go by car. I rarely see them walk.
Tonight it is going to freeze. Tomorrow there will be ice everywhere. Today my daughter could join her friend in their car to school.
She had an English test. The one we've been learning together for weeks. I hope she has become better now. At least most of the time she knows how to write the words now. In the last test she had grade 6. That's the worst you can have. So we had to do a lot of work to make it better. I hope it was a success. If she keeps having bad grades she'll have to repeat the class.
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Post by: Dina on December 01, 2020, 12:33:58 PM
Lovely about the snow! So pretty  :D

I hope your dad has not been in the cold for too long.

And crossing fingers for your daughter results in English. Let us know how it works.
Now, in half an hour I have a zoom meeting (work) so I am getting ready.
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Post by: shades of grey on December 03, 2020, 10:52:57 PM
Is the author Jodi Taylor? The first book called "Just One Damned Thing After Another"?

Yup.
I started JODTAO on a Tuesday. By the Sunday I'd downloaded most of the books and was making good inroads to reading them.
High recommendation.
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Post by: Dina on December 03, 2020, 11:41:29 PM
Hello Shades! ((((((((((((SoG)))))))))) Sorry I was not here when you were online.
Watching your avatar I was thinking, is The Watch tv show aired already?

(After the Supernatural ending I am currently watching only two weekly shows, all star ones. Star Wars (The Mandalorian) and Star Trek (Discovery).  :)
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Post by: Dina on December 05, 2020, 05:06:36 AM
Sorry about the double post but this is important

https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/topic,53961.0.html (https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/topic,53961.0.html)
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Post by: Chiana on December 05, 2020, 11:27:35 PM
*INCOMING GLOMPS*

Hi Weird. Where's the Christmas tree?
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Post by: Chiana on December 05, 2020, 11:45:03 PM
I just read through some of my old pm’s going back to 2010. Tears. I’m glad they are still there. The one that mdodd sent when I reached my 10000 post and my pants dissolved made me miss him again as much as when he first passed. He had the best sense of humor. 

((((((Shades))))))) so good to see you back in the SHOV. Mdodd’s partner in hilarity.  ;)

(((((((Dina)))))))) the Queen Mother of Weird. So happy to see you too. Love you guys!
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Post by: Dina on December 06, 2020, 12:20:49 AM
((((((((Chiana)))))))))) I am so glad to see you here.

Yes, I have some mdodd PMs too and they are so bittersweet. His humor was so amazing  :'(

There is a Christmas Tree over the chimney, of course! Here on the SHOV, I mean. I will only decorate my tree at home on Dec. 8 (which is a Holiday).

And how are you, my dear Blue Lady? Are you and yours safe?


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Post by: Chiana on December 06, 2020, 08:52:53 PM
*hangs the wizard wand and slightly crooked Elder Gruff ornament on the tree*

I am doing well, Dina, as is my family. So grateful that we are all safe at this time. Been really busy with work and a houseful of cats.  How are you and hubby?
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Post by: Dina on December 06, 2020, 08:56:28 PM
Hi Lady!

We are doing well, working from home and isolating but it's all well. Have you read BG?
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 12, 2020, 05:33:10 PM
Hey, guys.

How are you?
I'm OK.

Today I played some Christmas songs on the violin to make myself feel more "Christmassy" LOL

At work someone did a lot of decoration with lights , glitter and artificial snowflakes in the noninfectious area. We turned off the lights for a few minutes to appreciate it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-AUE4ZrMItI

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Post by: Dina on December 12, 2020, 07:37:24 PM
Ow, the video  :'(

That is so great about the songs and the decorations. I finally have my tree ready  :).
In another topic, is very hot here. I mean, the temperature is around 30, but it feels worse. But at home with the AC, it's great.
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 12, 2020, 11:14:14 PM
Here it's between -3 and 0°C.
We don't have a tree yet. The ones we found so far were either too small or too big. I would feel OK with a small tree, but my husband has exact plans for it's size. ;) I let him have his fun.

I will have my last day of work on December 23 and after that I won't have to work on Christmas or New Year for the first time in ... I can't remember when I ever have not worked on either days. Except those two times when I was at home with newborn babies. :)
Next year I will work on Christmas morning. I am glad it is not afternoon or night, because that's so depressing, you get all the suicide attempts. I like better working the nightshift on Dec 31. There are mostly alcohol and drug patients and those who hurt themselves using fireworks. And around midnight usually there is some kind of stand still. Everything quiet and then we take turns climbing the outside stairs up to the roof. From there you can watch the whole city. That's pretty cool.

Only this year there might not be any fireworks. They are talking about a complete lockdown. And it might be forbidden to go outside at all after 9 pm. Except for going to work. Sunday morning we will know more.
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Post by: Dina on December 12, 2020, 11:42:23 PM
Hi my dear!
I hope you find a nice tree soon. We have just a plastic tree, but I bought it last year (I believe, or the other one) so it looks well.

I was laughing the other day because a journalist I followed on twitter posted that she always take care not to have a blue decoration near a golden one. She did not say why but everyone following her knows it's because blue and yellow and the colors of boca, the rival football (soccer) team. And that reminded me that the first time we bought decorations for the tree (20 years ago!) I insisted in buying only silver and red decorations because River, my team (and said journalist team) colors and white and red. And so we did. With the years, I relented and bought some golden decorations too because they are pretty, but I would never have a blue one. Never.  :)

I am glad you don't have to work on the holidays. This year has been very bad and many people will be alone, so it will probably be quite sad. About the shift, have you seen that Netflix show called "Home from Christmas"? It's Norwegian, I think, but it could be another Scandinavian country, I forgot. I just checked and the original title is Hjem til Jul. Well, the main character is a nurse and there are a few plot points about having to work the Christmas shift. It must be so difficult to work those shifts. I've been grateful to Christmas workers all my life since I am a Christmas baby  :)

We will spend Christmas alone, hubby and I, but we will probably do a virtual toast after midnight.


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Post by: Regenbogen on December 22, 2020, 09:57:04 AM
Hello, hello!!!!!!!

I just wanted to tell you that we found a tree. Today we will put in in the living room. It has been down in the cellar for the night to get used to warmer temperatures.
Today the kids went to help their grandparents to decorate their tree. We will be spending the 24th there.

It is 5-10°C outside and raining. Typical Christmas weather of the last years ;) .

Our decoration will be colourful. A mix of everything. I will make a picture. I hope I don't forget to post it here.
We will have fondue like every year. With broth. There will be meat of different animals (pork, beef, turkey, chicken, duck and lamb and wiener sausages), mushrooms and Brussels sprouts to put into the broth to boil.
And different sauces, which I will make. And some salad and bread.


On the 25th we will order Vietnamese.

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Post by: Arjan on December 22, 2020, 11:17:16 AM
We are going to try this one: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/slow-cooker-beef-bourguignon
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 22, 2020, 11:23:04 AM
We are going to try this one: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/slow-cooker-beef-bourguignon

Yummy! Looks good.
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Post by: Dina on December 22, 2020, 04:48:54 PM
Looks very good indeed. And Regen, fondue! Delicious! Even when I prefer fondue of cheese instead of meat, I think I would like to try that for a special dinner. Not for Christmas here, though, as it is too hot.
We think we are going to do a sort of buffet froid. Piononos, salads, several cheeses and cold meats, things like that.
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Post by: Arjan on December 22, 2020, 05:34:16 PM
Looks very good indeed. And Regen, fondue! Delicious! Even when I prefer fondue of cheese instead of meat, I think I would like to try that for a special dinner. Not for Christmas here, though, as it is too hot.
We think we are going to do a sort of buffet froid. Piononos, salads, several cheeses and cold meats, things like that.
But it is winter here and we need comfort food. Stew with potato mash and Brussels sprouts. We probably make too much but stew freezes well.
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 22, 2020, 06:05:20 PM
But it is winter here and we need comfort food. Stew with potato mash and Brussels sprouts. We probably make too much but stew freezes well.
Us, too. So you have food for the next days without having to cook anything new. We'll probably eat meat, sprouts and bread with sauce for two days. Mushrooms usually are eaten up on the first day.
Sauces last for 3-4 days. My mother remembered the garlic butter.
So we just need bread afterwards. That's OK. I have everything at home to bake some. Also the bakeries are open. So all kinds of delicious bread and other things are available. For the holidays you just have to reserve some at the bakery.
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Post by: Dina on December 22, 2020, 11:07:49 PM
We have decided to add some Arabian food to our buffet froid. Tabulli (still with this spelling  :P), koeppe, probably some falafel. I won't be cooking it. I just will buy it in the morning.  And yes, hopefully we will have leftovers for a couple of days.
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Post by: Fcrate on December 23, 2020, 02:47:07 PM
Hello Weird! Today I'm cooking, and lazy, so I'll just grill some catfish slices. I've spent a month buying coriander, parsley and Rocca from the market while mine were still growing, but finally my garden is ready and i can say goodbye to inferior food. So a huge bowl of fresh salad tonight. :D
@Dina: what is koeppe?
Spelling is fine, but please add a b :P
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Post by: Dina on December 23, 2020, 06:41:34 PM
Well, Lebanese here write it Keppe (without the o, I don't know why I've felt the English spelling should have an o). The Wikipedia in English calls it kibbeh, but in Spanish it says "Kibbeh (también kipe, quipe, kebbe, kibi, kipi, kepi, kibba, cupi, kubba, quibbe, árabe كبه)".  :)

So great about home-grown veggies! What is Rocca?

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Post by: Fcrate on December 23, 2020, 09:22:45 PM
Ah, yes. I don't know about the o, but yes, bb instead of pp. Delicious regardless of the spelling. Lol.
Rocca is another edible herb. Like parsley, but with a much wider leaf. It's great in salads, as it has a slightly bitter and earthy taste. Also if you ask for a felafel sandwich here, they always come with it. I'll send a picture in the morning if I can remember. :D
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Post by: Dina on December 23, 2020, 09:30:11 PM
Perhaps is what in English is called Rugula?
I came home with some veggies today, lemon, cucumber, celery, cherrie tomatoes, lettuce and green olives. Some of those will be in the pionono.
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Post by: Fcrate on December 23, 2020, 09:36:07 PM
Yes, that's it exactly. We call it gar-gir here.
That's a lot of green and red. Isn't piniono a type of sweet roll?
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Post by: Dina on December 23, 2020, 09:48:47 PM
There are sweet piononos (in Argentina, most sweet piononos are filled with dulce de leche). But there are also savory (salty) ones, like with turkey, or chicken, or ham. Ours will probably have ham, cheese, tomato, lettuce, olive and mayo. Perhaps another one with pastrami instead of ham and cheese. Hubby hates celery so I will add some of it to my servings.

Ok then, rugula. I am not really a fan (I mean, I can eat rugula and I do it often as many take away dishes have rugula but I never use it myself).
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Post by: Fcrate on December 23, 2020, 10:58:47 PM
I have to agree about the celery. Some dishes are great with a little bit of celery, but I prefer it ground up and spread all over the dish instead of a concentrated taste with the leaves intact.
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Post by: Dina on December 23, 2020, 11:33:09 PM
I understand, but I just love celery. I sometimes just took the sticks, add some lemon and salt and eat them like that  :)

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Post by: Fcrate on December 23, 2020, 11:51:50 PM
Hah, I feel the same way about Rugula. Sometimes when I'm working on my garden I just pick up a batch and eat them just like that. Especially if it was the first cut. I do the same with parsley.
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Post by: Dina on December 24, 2020, 12:02:10 AM
Yes, Parsley fresh from the plant is really tempting.
Well, Arabian food is here. We have tabulli, kebbe, humus, kebab, and falafel.
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Post by: Fcrate on December 24, 2020, 09:04:53 AM
That's a LOT of protein...
Fun fact. Felafel here is strictly breakfast food. Also we make it out of beans in Egypt, not humus. (chickpeas?)
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Post by: Dina on December 24, 2020, 06:58:18 PM
LOL! I never had falafel for breakfast. And yes, it's a lot of protein, Hubby loves to have dead meat in his plate (that is something said on a TV show and we adopted it years ago). I am fortunate we are having a couple of salads  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 24, 2020, 08:18:49 PM
Would be weird, if the meat was alive on the plate. Probably trying to escape or to argue with you about not eating it. LOL

We always call the meat for fun by the sound the animal makes. What is this? It's moo, for example.

As there is a lot of moo, meh, quak, oink, baa, Wiener sausages and sprouts and mushrooms left, we decided to eat the leftovers tomorrow at noon as birthday food. No need to order Vietnamese. We will do that another time.

For tomorrow we have prepared a little show for my dad. We will use single socks as hand puppets, complete with wool hair and button eyes. The sock puppets will sing Ramalama Ding Dong. I hope, it will be funny. We want to make him laugh.

Now I am so full of food. At first I could barely move. The little one fell asleep on the way home (it's less than 5 minutes).

 I won't be up long either. The day started early. The cat woke me up.

Edit: the little one was very happy about the little wand I made for her. :)
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Post by: Dina on December 24, 2020, 10:44:46 PM
I am sure, that wand was great! And the show for your dad sounds so fun! Tell us how it went, please.

We are just getting ready for Christmas dinner-I wish you everyone that you have a great time!
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 25, 2020, 08:18:26 PM
(https://ibb.co/Zdc61Qd)
The tree.

(https://ibb.co/GszPYk4)
The wand.

There should be images. I can't see them in the preview. If they are not there, I'll try again. I'm not so good with this. LOL

We did the sock show today. ;D It was fun and it was filmed. The old neighbor came by so she had to watch and laugh, too. My dad was very moved. It was a good birthday.

We had precaution measures, too. I had myself tested covid negative. And before the test result, I used a mask and gloves to prepare the sauces.
The neighbour wore a mask, when she came and she sat a bit apart from everyone else. Everyone else was only my little family and my parents.

The kids created some landscape from paper and we put a playmobil archer in it. So we will do this for real in spring or summer. Also we had him a T-shirt with his birth year and some fun stuff on it and a coffee mug that says: it took 70 years to look this good.  8)

After the fondue lunch today we had some apple cake and coffee.
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 25, 2020, 08:21:46 PM
Damn. No pictures. OK, so I'll send the links. Hope it works.

(https://i.ibb.co/GszPYk4/Zauberstab.jpg) (https://ibb.co/GszPYk4)
It looks a bit as if she is making little stars. Magic!!!!!!

(https://i.ibb.co/Zdc61Qd/Christbaum2020.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Zdc61Qd)
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Post by: Dina on December 25, 2020, 08:27:29 PM
Lovely!! Your child looks so cool with her Minnie dress and her wand! And that is a pretty tree with a nice Nativity scene. As I am a catholic, that is very important for me.
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 25, 2020, 08:42:35 PM
I am catholic, too.
LOL. There is a little TARDIS on the right directly beside the barn, but the picture is not very clear. I have to shoot the fotos with my cell phone. My camera doesn't work anymore. Only the not digital one.

 (https://i.ibb.co/k4H79KC/IMG-20201225-214839-635.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ByzprLM)
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Post by: Dina on December 25, 2020, 09:46:27 PM
I see it! It´s awesome.
We don't have any Christmas Tardis, but we have 5 Tardis in total, plus the screen saver of hubby's phone who gets a wreath every Christmas  :). One of our TARDIS is a salt shaker and another one is a kettle.
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Post by: Chiana on December 25, 2020, 10:48:49 PM
Happy Christmas to all of Weird! Hope you’ve had a magical day and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
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Post by: Dina on December 25, 2020, 11:43:58 PM
 :D Thank you, my dear Chiana! Same for you!
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Post by: Regenbogen on December 31, 2020, 11:54:13 PM
As it is already 2021 here:
I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. May your wishes come true and all the last year's demons be banished!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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Post by: Arjan on January 01, 2021, 04:29:26 AM
I wake up in the middle of darkness and see the year is more than five hours old.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am going back to sleep.
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 01, 2021, 01:58:53 PM
LOL

Midnight was weird, but still we had fun.
You couldn't buy fireworks, and all the sparklers were sold out. So we went out with pot covers to make noise and glow lights and met with the neighbours at the fence. They had a fire going.
Some people still had last year's fireworks, but not many.
So we sang a few songs, drank some punch and after that we put out the little telescope the kids got from the grandparents for Christmas to look at the moon.
It was half past one when the kids finally went to bed and I followed at 2, while my husband fell asleep on the sofa watching
an Alice Cooper concert.
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Post by: Arjan on January 01, 2021, 03:16:50 PM
We drank baileys and ate some pastries from a local bakery. On bed. Watching telly. The two of us while watching telly. Just like last year.
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Post by: Dina on January 01, 2021, 09:36:36 PM
Happy new year!!

We ate a lot and have a lot of leftovers. We are also enjoying a lazy day today. I spoke with a lot of people yesterday but today I bet everyone is recovering.
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Post by: Arjan on January 01, 2021, 09:43:49 PM
The three of us had a long walk. That always helps.
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Post by: Dina on January 01, 2021, 10:24:15 PM
I don't think I ever walked much on New Year day. Normally hubby and I spent the end of the year at my cousin's home, where we spend the night. And the first day of the year, we do a small walk (couple of blocks) towards the bus stop. Then at home we take a nap, as we would have slept little and not too well. And then it's just a pretty normal evening. But this year, it has been different, as we stayed home. But we went to bed very late as we watched tv and hubby played games. It just did not feel right to go to bed early- It's New Year!
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Post by: Arjan on January 01, 2021, 10:52:08 PM
I don't think I ever walked much on New Year day. Normally hubby and I spent the end of the year at my cousin's home, where we spend the night. And the first day of the year, we do a small walk (couple of blocks) towards the bus stop. Then at home we take a nap, as we would have slept little and not too well. And then it's just a pretty normal evening. But this year, it has been different, as we stayed home. But we went to bed very late as we watched tv and hubby played games. It just did not feel right to go to bed early- It's New Year!
We have a very well isolated house so sometimes we just have to get out to get some fresh air and to move around so we get enough exercise to stay mobile.
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Post by: Dina on January 01, 2021, 11:39:55 PM
Yes, yes, I totally understand. I just mean that I never do that on New Year day, but that is me.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 02, 2021, 04:57:57 AM
Hello weird, happy new year. My family surprised me with a visit and they brought a bribe of marinated chicken and ribs for BBQ, so I couldn't tell them to leave and be safe. :D
Thanks to my brother's organization skills and the vast space here at the farm, we managed an almost completely safe meeting, with disposable utensils, plates and lots of face masks. Even the children were behaved :O
My brother's magnificent beard looked extra funny when he took out his face mask to get a new one, and it looked like he trimmed his beard around the mask. Lol
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Post by: Dina on January 02, 2021, 05:06:48 AM
Excellent, that sounds so good!  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 02, 2021, 02:05:21 PM
@Fcrate:
LOL your brother!
I think men with a lot of beard look funny with masks on. Mostly it looks as if the mask is growing hair all around. ;)
My husband has a beard, too. Usually it is rather short, but recently he let it grow. He says he wants to try something new,  but in reality I think he is just too lazy to trim it properly. When we sent Christmas pictures to the family they said it's the wrong colour. White would be better to go as Santa.  ;D
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Post by: Dina on January 02, 2021, 08:11:18 PM
Hubby has a beard, mostly white  :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 02, 2021, 11:18:29 PM
Hubby has a beard, mostly white  :D
8) cool
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Post by: Dina on January 04, 2021, 08:12:47 PM
Good maen everyone! Happy first work day of the year.

Totally random comment but I was reading some article about the top 100 universities in the world. They are mostly from USA, UK, Australia, China, Japan. But only one of them is completely free. Mine. The university where I studied and where I work and teach. I feel happy for that  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on January 04, 2021, 11:54:11 PM
MAEN Dina.. You must be very proud. Being part of that success. Question. Though, what do you mean by free university?
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Post by: Dina on January 05, 2021, 12:03:17 AM
Maen Fcrate!
I meant that you don't have to pay to study there. Anything at all.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 05, 2021, 12:16:37 AM
Wow. And it's in the top 100 too. That's very impressive indeed. Keep up the good work. You must have impressive management.
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Post by: Dina on January 05, 2021, 12:34:03 AM
LOL, I wouldn't say that much. But (and believe me, it's not because I am a TA there), we have excellent teachers and some of the deans are actually quite competent  :). For example, at my faculty (which is one part of university) there are several careers. Biology (mine), Chemistry, Physics, Sciences of the atmosphere (meteorology), Computer sciences, Geology, and a few shorter ones, including teaching sciences. Our dean is actually pretty good, and that has been true for a couple of decades, actually (not the same dean, several different deans)
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 06, 2021, 04:22:04 PM
@Dina.
Wow. So you can be proud to work there.

I'll go to work next on Monday. The winter holidays last until the end of the week, so I'm at home now.

There is some snow, but mostly it is cold dirty mud.  ;)
The family was comparing snow fotos today. My cousin's kids actually could build big snowmen and ride their sleighs down the hills. Technically we could have done that, too, but we would have been stuck somewhere halfway and after that would look kind of crusty brown with bits of grass, not crystal white, LOL.

I have counted the ducks. Found 5 of 6. But maybe I just couldn't see the last one.

My mother is in preventive quarantine, because she had contact to an infected person. The old neighbour she is taking care of.  :-\ Don't know how the woman caught the virus, probably from one of the other neighbours helping her, but she is in a coma now. I have the feeling that I won't see her again. She wasn't healthy in the first place. She has been found because she left her door open in the cold. She was found sitting asleep in her armchair with high fever.
My mother has been tested negative but has to stay inside until the end of next week. 
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Post by: Dina on January 06, 2021, 10:15:11 PM
Enjoy the last of your holidays, Regen. I hope your mom is going to remain healthy, sorry about her neighbor. That sucks.

we are having a serious raising on the covid cases, probably because of people relaxing and doing things like going to parties.
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 06, 2021, 10:43:48 PM
Thank you. The cases have increased here, too. So we are in a stricter lockdown until the end of January.
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Post by: Dina on January 07, 2021, 12:08:04 AM
I thought that would happen in Europe due to Winter but not here, but apparently the Holidays have been hard, as people refused to take as many precautions. Specially young people. So most of the cases are among yoingsters.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 07, 2021, 04:51:35 PM
Sorry about your neighbor Regen. My father had recovered from his bout with covid, though he gave us quite a scare for a while. He's still refusing to stop praying in the mosque, though he now uses more precautions.
on the positive side, Thursday is market day for our cluster of villages, and for the last 8 months I've been almost the only one out of thousands with a mask. Made me only go once a month instead of my weekly trip. Today though, I've seen almost half the people there with masks, so that's an improvement. I also started seeing people walking in the village with masks, whereas before anyone wearing a mask was met with silent ridicule. Sometimes jokes would be said, and a little laugh and (No Corona here, leave it to God, you won't get it). Ignorance of both science and religion gets on my nerves. They claim to leave it to God, when it says in Quran "Take your precautions then trust in God" (I paraphrased so that you can understand).
I was never on the receiving end of such ridicule though, which is quite weird. They see it as okay for an educated - or city born - man to take precautions, while they almost discourage their families from doing the same.
Sorry about the rant. :D anyway, the improvement of people's attitudes was due to a scare campaign, not sure if it was just a rumor or that someone in the government had a hand in it, but they say the most ridiculous things about the new strain of covid, that it shreds your stomach to pieces that you can see in the toilet. And that's the least of the rumors. Lol
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Post by: Dina on January 07, 2021, 07:53:47 PM
Ugh, that is so disgusting (I mean, the rumor)

I am sorry is so bad there with the masks and it is weird what you mention about they accepting that you use it. Here people (in general) understand the reason for using masks and do it but some of them (specially young) are fed up masks after so many months wearing them, so many are starting to take them off. Still, with the new raise of cases things are somewhat better, as if people has been reminded this is serious.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 08, 2021, 10:25:47 AM
I'm glad people are getting more cautious over there Dina.
Today, someone was on a car and microphone telling people to get masks for Friday prayer. First time that happened, so when the imam started his speech by saying that he'll talk about the most serious problem afflicting the world and how to solve it, I was very optimistic. Turns out he says we should return to God, stop sinning and start praying and Corona will go away.
Okay....
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Post by: Dina on January 08, 2021, 07:17:50 PM
Well, if you do all that and wear masks and keep social distance... :D.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 09, 2021, 06:49:01 AM
Well, if you do all that and wear masks and keep social distance... :D.
That's what I was hoping he'd say. :D
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Post by: Dina on January 09, 2021, 06:57:55 AM
I would hope our priests are saying that at least. I have not been in mass (in fact, for months all reunions in churches were banned. I do believe they are authorized now, I am not sure. I know they are transmitted for some webpages and priests accept that if you see them, you did your duty of Sunday assistance to Church. But of course, no communion, so...I don't know what they say about that.I think the Pope gave a special permission to everyone to skip communion or something like that.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 09, 2021, 08:44:06 AM
Here they unbanned gatherings in churches and mosques, but with a rule that everybody wears masks, keeps a distance of 2m and bring their own prayer mats.
Regardless, presence of law here is quite feeble, and people ignore it, so I haven't been to prayer since covid started. But the law against loud speakers in prayer is also unenforced in my village, so I hear the speech every Friday.
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Post by: Dina on January 09, 2021, 08:53:17 AM
Oh yes, you need to wear masks here for everything, basically.

In other notices, I watched WW84, I don't know if you know this about me, Fcrate, but I am a HUGE Wonder Woman fan. And I liked the first Wonder Woman. But this one is truly bad. There are some pretty scenes and a few moments I liked, and the mid-credits scene made me squee, but the rest of the movie is depressingly bad.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 09, 2021, 09:23:53 AM
Haha, I liked the first Wonder woman too, that said, I only read one of the comics when I was a kid, I don't even remember if I liked it, but back then I liked everything I could read. Lol
The bad reviews about WW84 make me hesitant to watch it while I liked the first one, I didn't think it was good enough to carry a franchise.
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Post by: Dina on January 09, 2021, 09:31:20 AM
I disagree, it could have carried a franchise perfectly well. I suspect a WW3 is still possible, actually. But there is no doubt this movie was not good.

Totally random question. Do you know what tango is? Do you like it?
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Post by: Fcrate on January 09, 2021, 10:55:35 AM
You mean the dancing? Umm.... Okay, any type of movement that's not in a straight line will probably see me flat on my ass.
Edir: About Wonder Woman: The first movie was about a child's disillusionment of her people's ancient beliefs, after the shock wore off and she came into her power, she defeats the main bad guy, who is God level disaster (Literally) and despite that she's only a baby, half God, and no training whatsoever, she defeats him. - That part didn't fly with me, but it was okay- Then in Justice League we see her teaming up to go against Steppenwolf who thrashes the hell out of them until superman comes dues ex machina  style and saves the day. The scene where they all fight superman and getting squashed is what killed the whole cast of characters for me.
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Post by: Dina on January 09, 2021, 11:14:45 AM
I agree about JL, particularly that scene was bad.

About tango, well, tango is music and dance. I don't dance tango either, I was asking if you had heard any tango and if you like it. Tango is our music and even when younger people are not such a fan of tango is our history. I was hearing some tangos today and that is why I wonder about that.
And sorry, I have to go now. Good maen for you and everyone else!
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Post by: Fcrate on January 09, 2021, 11:41:19 AM
MAEN Dina. I don't think I listened to any tango before. Give me a couple of good links?
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 09, 2021, 04:07:18 PM
We agree that dancing tango is fun. I don't know if I am able to just listen.  ;)
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Post by: Dina on January 09, 2021, 09:32:06 PM
Ok, here are some examples, there are different styles.

"modern" tango: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTPec8z5vdY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTPec8z5vdY)

classic one:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZugWCk_q3_o
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZugWCk_q3_o)
My grandma favorite (it has lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr6oWgzyeWw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr6oWgzyeWw)

One very famous one (female singer, disregard the picture): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nRqlKuLn3o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nRqlKuLn3o)
(here you have the lyrics in Spanish and an English translation)

No more for now  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on January 09, 2021, 10:42:49 PM
Your grandmother's favorite reminded me of The Godfather for some reason :D
I loved the last one. Her voice is... Omg.
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Post by: Dina on January 09, 2021, 11:12:37 PM
She is called Adriana Varela, nicknamed "La gata", which means the female cat- She was the protegé of a great old singer (already departed), a man called Roberto Goyeneche. His style of thing had changed with the year, and at his old age, his singing was raw and raspy (another singer compose a song in his honor, calling him sandy throat). Well, Adriana followed the same style. And that in the link is one of the tangos she does best, because it suits her voice. The lyrics says that the singing of Malena  has a dark tone, given by alcohol and an old love.

Ok, last one. It's a segment of a movie. It's our most famous singer, Carlos Gardel, singing one of the most famous tangos ever: Volver. It's the song of a man who comes back to Buenos Aires after 20 years abroad. There are recordings of the song with better quality but I thought it would be fun to see how the movies and actors were at the time (1935)   
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9r6AAyEsis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9r6AAyEsis)


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Post by: Chiana on January 09, 2021, 11:44:06 PM
In other notices, I watched WW84, I don't know if you know this about me, Fcrate, but I am a HUGE Wonder Woman fan. And I liked the first Wonder Woman. But this one is truly bad. There are some pretty scenes and a few moments I liked, and the mid-credits scene made me squee, but the rest of the movie is depressingly bad.

I totally agree with this Dina. I thought it was terrible and didn’t wow me at  all. Not enough of WW’s power. I didn’t buy the love between her and Chris Pine either. Very flat.

And Hello Weird!

((((((Dina)))))))
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Post by: Dina on January 10, 2021, 12:14:45 AM
(((((((((Chiana)))))))))))

How are you, my blue Lady? it's 2021 being gentler with ypu?

And yes, it's a shame about WW.
I am planning to watch a match (football/soccer)
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Post by: Fcrate on January 10, 2021, 11:45:48 AM
Thank you Dina, I've enjoyed it quite a bit. My favorite is still Adriana Varela though :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 10, 2021, 12:24:02 PM
Me, too. Thank you, Dina. I've listened to all the links and after that looked for more. Maybe I'll find something like that I can play with the violin alone. That would be nice. I'll keep looking.

Hi, Chiana!

@weird
I have to admit, I've never read or watched anything about Wonder Woman. OK, once I think as a teenager, but I didn't like her, so I turned it off.
I am more fond of Superman and Batman (especially the coloured series Batman and Robin, that was fun, was it from the seventies I think?) and Spiderman. Though even as a child I thought how weird that no one recognized Superman only because he wasn't wearing his costume, had glasses on and his hair parted on the other side, LOL.
We were often making fun of the fact, that I must be a disguised super hero or a super villain, because I wear glasses AND most importantly: my initials are the same letter twice!!! Ha!
That's the clue to recognize them!
How are they all called?

Peter Parker
Clark Kent (OK, only in sound, but that's the most clever disguise, I can tell you)
Lex Luthor
Lois Lane
Dare Devil  ;D
Bruce Batman LOL
Ok. Batman is an exception. That's why he is wearing that big mask, because he doesn't have the protection of his initials.

Also there are some Kids show characters we included in the theory:
Bibi Blocksberg (a teenage witch, I loved that as a kid, had several cassettes)
Benjamin Blümchen (a talking elephant, LOL)
Bastian Balthasar Bux ( Never ending Story). He even has 3 B! Maybe he needed the third B to be able to safe the world of fantasy.

There is a saying here, when someone is doing jokes all day.
I must have swallowed a clown for breakfast. I think I did that today and it tasted delicious.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 10, 2021, 02:02:34 PM
Regen, that was absolutely nerdy.. I love it :D
Oh, sorry. Hi Chiana.
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Post by: Dina on January 10, 2021, 07:42:39 PM
Good maen all!

Oh yes, that about the double initials is so fun. Specially the LL for Superman related things (besides Lex and Lois, we have Lucy Lane, Lori Lemaris, Lana Lang, Lena Luthor, Lionel Luthor). And me any Stan Lee characters, if we move to Marvel.
Also, JKR took the idea for several Harry Potter names (specially Hogwarts founders)

I've read WW since I long as I remember. I have a small book (it was not a comic book, it was a book with illustrations but not vignettes) that told a story of Diana against the nazi. And I remember reading it when I was barely learning to read (I read since 4 yo, apparently, so I was really little). It was the first place where I've heard about the goddess Diana. I asked my mom and she told me and then I searched for more and learnt a few things about mythology (Roman and Greek) and I loved it.
But the most importance influence was, of course, the TV show. I LOVED IT.

I am glad you liked the tangos. Regen, perhaps try  "valses criollos" (valses: plural of vals, waltz).Here are some things https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=valsecito+criollo.

I know many Germans iike tangos but I have not idea about Egyptians.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 17, 2021, 04:17:43 PM
Hello weird. It's been a while. Responding to Dina's last comment:I don't have a clue about Egyptians either. I don't socially mix with people who like foreign music. Lol
Yesterday some people bought a bull from the farm, they took everything, but they didn't want the skin or the bones. So I spent early morning making a stand on the roof to stretch the skin out on, and salted it.
I spent the afternoon breaking bones. Heh. I'm making bone soup tonight. :D
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Post by: Dina on January 17, 2021, 07:23:20 PM
Finally! Someone decide to post here again  :D
Thanks Fcrate.
Enjoy your soup!

I am going to play RPG in a short while, so have a good maen everyone and see you later.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 18, 2021, 06:53:00 AM
I hope you enjoyed your game Dina. The soup was delicious, but today for some reason one of my coworkers crowded me from behind and I growled at him.. :D
Hopefully it will pass.
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 18, 2021, 07:33:28 PM
I hope you enjoyed your game Dina. The soup was delicious, but today for some reason one of my coworkers crowded me from behind and I growled at him.. :D
Hopefully it will pass.

As long as you don't scratch him, it should be fine.
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Post by: Dina on January 18, 2021, 09:05:52 PM
LOL about the growling.
I enjoyed the game, thank you very much. We manage to blow a whole house, but it was not our fault,I swear  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on January 19, 2021, 09:21:57 AM
Not your fault.. Hmmm, where have I heard that before? :P
@Regen: biting was my primary concern. Anyway, I saved the broth (and there was a lot of it) so that I can make pot roast and other delicious meals in the future. I boiled it for a while to concentrate it, and after it cooled it congealed into gelatin that I froze.
In other news, I've finally finished Malazan book of the Fallen. Wheew. I didn't think I ever would, as I didn't like the tone of book 9 and struggled through it. Took me a year to finish. But overall, I'm satisfied, those were some good books.
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Post by: Dina on January 19, 2021, 08:21:45 PM
Not your fault.. Hmmm, where have I heard that before? :P

I'm sure I don't know what you are talking about  :P
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 20, 2021, 07:58:49 AM
Hi, weird!
I couldn't be here so much lately, because I had a lot to do. Work related and school stuff. At the moment I'm sitting with my first grader helping her with maths and reading and writing.
The other one works mostly on her own.

Today it's my husband's birthday. This afternoon we will eat cheesecake. I'll take it out of the fridge myself. ;)
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Post by: Dina on January 20, 2021, 11:00:47 PM
Happy birthday to him!!   :D
And enjoy the cake.

I have a busy day because our bidet broke (the connection with the wall, not the bidet itself) and we had to call a plumber. It was solved now but I only could take a shower a while ago. (Most Argentinian homes have bidets, by the way).
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 23, 2021, 04:41:50 PM
Sorry about your bidet. I hope it is fixed now. We don't have one. I've never lived in a place with one, but I know people who have one. Mostly our bathrooms in all the homes I lived in, were too small for a bidet anyway. The house my parents moved into when I was in kindergarten had such a small bathroom, that you couldn't open the door completely. The reason for that was, that in the time the house was built (1944), people had their toilets outside and a small bathtub was placed in the kitchen and filled with hot water from the stove. So when the people living there decided to build a real bathroom there wasn't much space in the house to do so. So they went for one small room for the toilet and another for a built-in bathtub and a sink. My parents removed the bathtub and replaced it by a second toilet and a shower. After that, the door could be opened the whole way. As a child I went to my grandmother's home, when I wanted to take a bath. That was cool. I was often there over night. And each time I bathed before going to bed. At least in winter. A good way to get warm again.

For the birthday, the girls and I made a little show with the socks we used for my dad's birthday. We put a staff on two chairbacks, an blanket over it and did the Mahna Mahna song from Sesame Street. He laughed a lot.

Currently I'm rereading Grave Peril. It has been a while. You tend to forget a lot. I wanted to read something different, but couldn't concentrate on it.

My daughter read the first 5 Percy Jackson books over the holidays. The first 3 I have in German, and the other 2 can be read in the online library as the real library is still closed and I'm sure won't be opened until at least midFebruary. Pity they don't have the Heroes of Olympus series online.
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Post by: Dina on January 23, 2021, 11:27:04 PM
Yes, my bidet is repaired, thank you. It is working well. We have a little bathroom too but at least it has enough room for it. I never lived in a place without bidet, except the three months I stayed in Mexico (and some hotels, of course).

I am glad you enjoyed the puppets.

Yes. I need to do a rereading at some point because I don't remember much of the first books.

I never read the Percy Jackson books. I just saw the movies,which were not that good.

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Post by: Regenbogen on January 24, 2021, 02:05:12 PM
That's right. There were only two movies and they didn't do the books justice. I liked the books. They are cute, somehow. Though in the beginning of the first book Latin was meant to be the same as ancient Greek. This annoyed me. But this was the only thing I didn't like. And it was never mentioned again in later books, so I am OK with it. The story was fun to read. I would recommend it. I've also read all the spin off series so far. Or not exactly spin offs, but stories set in the same world but with other pantheons. Magnus Chase with the Norse Gods and The Kane Chronicles with old Egyptian Gods. Though in the Kane Chronicles the protagonists aren't demigods but wizards doing magic with hieroglyphs. The only real spin off is The Trials of Apollo. Apollo is transformed into a human teenage boy with pimples (he is a very vain and arrogant god) by Zeus, as punishment, because of what he did in the Percy Jackson books. This one should be read after the 10 Percy Jackson books.
I think the movies are kind of like some of the Harry Potter movies. If you don't know the books, some actions don't make sense and a lot of things or characters that were cool in the books were not even mentioned in the movies. Like in a lot of movies made from books.

And one more thing. I did enjoy the cakes. We ate for 3 days. Now I have to see that my trousers fit again. All that eating and sitting around doing school stuff is showing now. Sigh.
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Post by: Dina on January 24, 2021, 07:40:36 PM
Well, take a few days of light food and you will be fine, I am sure. And, as Chiroptera (another weird-citizen) used to say, "cake is food for the soul. It's good".

Thanks for all the info about the books. When the first movie was released I considered reading the book but I was discouraged because they were too many of them. Also. I don't know if I am going to like them because I like Greek mythology and...I don't know, I don't want to see it messed around with.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 24, 2021, 08:09:47 PM
Ha! I knew that the movie looked like it was based on a book. Thanks for confirming this Regen. The movies had that incomplete look about them. Cake is just... Awesome. I'd gladly gain a few kg for decent cake to take with my morning coffee/tea/milk. Although plain milk is best, and in my case, 10 minutes from the cow.
Here in the farm, I own 3 cows for myself, they're grandmother, mother and daughter. The daughter is maybe 18 months old, pregnant and still learning the ropes. Almost bit my hand off today while I was giving her a treat. She'll learn though. To be honest, I can't imagine a world where I can't have fresh milk and cream every day. All that's missing is cake. :D
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Post by: Dina on January 25, 2021, 06:55:16 PM
Good maen everyone!

I have to admit I never had fresh milk or cream. My mom used to say it was delicious. Generally speaking, I don't drink milk (of course I use it for cooking. And sometimes I have milk with my coffee, but it's not everyday).

It's another very hot day here, I am so glad for our AC. And the fan in the bedroom.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 26, 2021, 08:21:37 AM
I still remember when I started working summers at the farm, I was 14,and lived in a city all my life. I still had "fresh" milk everyday from vendors in the city. My first taste of real fresh milk was that summer, with breakfast. Ambrosia. (breakfast also had fresh homemade cheese, sunny side up eggs with real butter, lettuce, coriander, parsley and Rocca cut 5 minutes ago).
I recently visited my aunt in Cairo and got her a gift of fresh milk and some greens from my garden. She immediately boiled the milk and had a cup, the expression on her face was priceless :D
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Post by: Dina on January 26, 2021, 08:27:24 AM
That is awesome!
I haven't even been near fresh milk in my life I believe.
As I said, I don't drink much milk anyway. I am, though, a fan of most cheeses. I just hate blue cheese and the like, but the rest...yummy. I actually had Parmesan with my salad today and it was glorious.
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Post by: Fcrate on January 26, 2021, 08:47:02 AM
Parmesan is just amazing, right? It can transform most food into delicious food. I usually have parmesan and olives on my salad when I have a BBQ.
Wait wait wait.... There's a blue cheese?  :-/
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 26, 2021, 05:45:57 PM
It's a mould cheese with blue mould. I like that on bread with pepper. But not on pizza.
I like parmesan on salad, too.  ;D
That reminds me: next time I go to the supermarket, take some cheese. There are so many different ones.
Somewhere I have seen green cheese. But that was because of the herbs in it. I didn't buy it. It was very small and too expensive, but it looked funny.
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Post by: Arjan on January 26, 2021, 06:01:37 PM
Mascarpone and Gorgonzola. They sell a combination of those two here, small stripes of both combined. Huge chunks on bread  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 26, 2021, 07:31:33 PM
Sounds delicious.  ;D
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 26, 2021, 07:35:42 PM
LOL. With all this talk about cheese, I had to think about this hilarious Buffy episode, where they are all in some sort of disturbing dream sequences and everywhere you suddenly see this weird guy with the cheese slices asking if they want some.
I think it's the one in which they meet the first slayer, but I'm not sure.
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Post by: Dina on January 26, 2021, 07:44:54 PM
I love mascarpone. And Gruyere, that I believe you know as Swiss cheese.

I actually ate a green cheese a couple of times, it was tasty (not the most wonderful thing I ever ate, but tasty and fun). As you said, it has herbs (probably not the same ones that in the green cheese you saw in Germany).

Blue cheese is not actually blue, it has...blueish spots. We called it Rochefort, but now that we are globalized it's blue cheese. (Actually, Rochefort is a place in France where they made that cheese, and apparently only their cheeses have the right to that name. The other similar cheeses are called Blue cheese. I intensely dislike blue cheese, the smell, ugh.

But yes, Parmesan in salads is great.

I've only seen a few episodes of Buffy, definitely I have not seen the one you mentioned. I watched Angel, though.
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 26, 2021, 09:13:50 PM
I looked it up. The mold is called Penicillium roqueforti.
We mostly eat Gorgonzola (Italian) or Bavaria Blu (German).

I have seen every Buffy and every Angel episode. I even have the whole Buffy DVD collection.
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Post by: Dina on January 27, 2021, 05:17:47 AM
Sadly I had no cheese today.

Gorgonzola is a blue cheese, I believe.

Regen, you have a quote of Buffy under your picture so yes, I imagined you liked it. I did not watch it for several reasons (one of them is I simply don't like vampires too much) and never had the interest to watch what I had missed. Still, I watch a lot of TV, don't be foiled by my overshadowing of Buffy  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on January 27, 2021, 02:23:35 PM
I understand herbs. But I'm surprised that some people find mould appetizing. I mean, I'd take penicillin as an injection, but ingesting mould sounds like a generally bad idea to me. No offense Regen :D
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Post by: Dina on January 27, 2021, 04:11:58 PM
Agree

I also enjoy cheese with some pepper in it.
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Post by: Arjan on January 27, 2021, 04:55:13 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/Belegen_nagelkaas_en_belegen_boerenkaas.jpg/276px-Belegen_nagelkaas_en_belegen_boerenkaas.jpg)

Frisian cheese with cloves (the smaller one)
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Post by: Dina on January 28, 2021, 01:02:42 AM
Oh, that looks delicious  :)
The other cheese looks like "Fontina", a cheese I am quite fond of when I want softer flavors (by opposition to hard and stringent cheeses, like Parmesan, Reggianito, Provolone...
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Post by: Arjan on January 30, 2021, 04:21:58 AM
Oh, that looks delicious  :)
The other cheese looks like "Fontina", a cheese I am quite fond of when I want softer flavors (by opposition to hard and stringent cheeses, like Parmesan, Reggianito, Provolone...
It is matured Gouda like cheese produced somewhere in the Netherlands. It gets harder and the taste changes when it matures more. This is the kind of cheese you are likely to get if you just ask for cheese on your bread in Holland.

There are six age groups. This is group three.
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Post by: Dina on January 30, 2021, 04:50:01 AM
I like Gouda. I don't know it's exactly like the one you can find in the Netherlands but I certainly like it.

My dose of cheese today was some Reggianito grated above my gnocchi.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggianito (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggianito)
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Post by: Regenbogen on January 31, 2021, 12:11:25 PM
I understand herbs. But I'm surprised that some people find mould appetizing. I mean, I'd take penicillin as an injection, but ingesting mould sounds like a generally bad idea to me. No offense Regen :D

None taken  ;)
I only started eating those in my mid-twenties. Before that I found them disgusting. The only cheese with mould I ate was Camembert, where it is only outside and not in the cheese. And it doesn't taste mouldy. Actually it was my father in law. He brought those cheeses when he visited. He always stayed at least one night. So I was confronted with blue cheese in the morning. As he brought the cheese for everyone it would have been impolite not to eat at least a little bit. So I did it, but put an awful lot of pepper onto the cheese, in the hope that the pepper burn would overlay the mouldy taste. And I was surprised that I actually liked it.

Something similar happened with my dislike of yoghurt. The story is a bit disgusting so brace yourself:

As a child I ate yoghurt until one of my cousins vomited into his. My mother removed the vomit and he insisted on eating the rest, well, because I think he was always hungry and it was the last one my mother had.
After that I couldn't bring myself to eat yoghurt for many years.  :o
Until I was on vacation on Crete. We were taken to a farmer who made yoghurt of goat milk. It was served with honey. I ate a small portion to be polite and after that I started to like yoghurt again.


I can have fresh milk, if I like. There is a farmer in the village who sells some.

Gouda here is sold in three age groups. Though mostly you find two: young and middle aged. We always take the middle aged one.
My husband calls it Knight Gouda, LOL. Because of the middle ages.
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Post by: Arjan on January 31, 2021, 04:09:18 PM
I like Gouda. I don't know it's exactly like the one you can find in the Netherlands but I certainly like it.

My dose of cheese today was some Reggianito grated above my gnocchi.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggianito (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggianito)
I think the difference is more in variety and it is not just Dutch cheese. When you live far from the country of origin you only get a few different types of what traders think is suitable for export.

For example you can make a difference between hay cheese from cows that spend the winter in stables and grass cheese I used to buy in early summer when I lived near an open street market from cows that had left the stables. There are also local differences. Sometimes buttermilk or goat milk is used or a whole variety of herbs can added in the production process. But usually only one or two at the same time. Different regions in Holland have different cheeses. They are more or less produced the same way but clearly different.

But from what I have seen most European countries have a huge variety of cheeses.



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Post by: Dina on January 31, 2021, 07:17:51 PM
As we are a country of cows, we also have several cheeses  :)
Regen, I understand why you stopped eating yogur (I would have to, probably) but it was a serious loss, as yogur is delicious.
I eat Camembert without problems, even when it is not among my favorite, but blue cheese is disgusting for me. Problem is, hubby loves it, and when he has it I cannot kiss him until he washes his teeth  ;D
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Post by: Arjan on January 31, 2021, 07:40:33 PM
You can do so many things with milk  :)
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Post by: Dina on January 31, 2021, 10:33:15 PM
Cheese and icecream are my favorite. But yogur and butter are delicious too  :D
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Post by: Fcrate on February 01, 2021, 08:42:37 AM
I only eat yogurt with honey. But I use it to make a side salad that we call a "Tahina salad".
Sometimes I use it on BBQ, and sometimes I use it to raise the flour while baking pizza.
And Regen: Thank God I don't have a strong imagination. :-\
@Dina: I really confuse the names sometimes. What is the difference between Reggianito and parmesan?
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Post by: Arjan on February 01, 2021, 02:26:35 PM
Parmesan comes from around Parma in Italy and you are not supposed to make it anywhere else otherwise the Italians get angry.  ;D
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Post by: Dina on February 01, 2021, 07:31:15 PM
Basically, yes  :)
I don't know the specific, they are similar (but the "crust" is of a diifferent color  :)) I would say Parmesan is a touch...denser but the taste is slightly softer (perhaps less salty too) than reggianito. Argentinians use any of them for grating it over their pasta.
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Post by: Fcrate on February 02, 2021, 09:12:20 AM
And you wouldn't want angry Italians to scream at you. I understand completely. Hehe
We call this cheese here Turky/Romy cheese. "Turkish/Roman cheese". They're sold to vendors in those round drums that chased the cats in Tom and Jerry's "Napoli" episode :D the vendor in turn grates them or slices them with a machine for resale. I buy them in blocks though, to grate them myself.
A sandwich with this cheese's slices and slices of tomatoes is pure heaven.
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Post by: Dina on February 02, 2021, 09:12:53 PM
Yes!
Actually, just bread and that cheese is awesome.

In other topics, we had a few cool days (like 14°C) which was weird for Summer. The "cool wave" seems to have finished yesterday but today is temperate, not at all as hot as past week. The cool wave felt good too, we could give the AC and fans a rest, and sleeping at night was bliss.
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 04, 2021, 07:11:39 AM
Funny. Do you feel the same? When it is hot, you can't imagine it to be cold. And when it is cold, you can't imagine being hot. No matter which temperature, one always seems to crave the opposite, because one seems to forget that both can be equally annoying. ;)

January has been almost typical January this year. Ice cold. But it rarely goes beneath -7°C any more. Sometimes there were warmer days and the snow began to thaw, but not completely. After that it snowed again and was freezing, so we had plates of ice beneath the snow for days. Once we had to hack ice plates on the way to our house, so that nobody would slip and break something.

But now it is warmer, wet and windy. Ha! www  ;D It is 9°C and it feels like the beginning of spring minus the wind.
At least there was enough snow to go sleighing before.
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Post by: Dina on February 04, 2021, 07:19:17 AM
Well, when you have many days of a given temperature (specially if it is uncomfortable), a change of pace is always welcome. In Winter, we have what we call "Veranito de San Juan", which is like the Indian Summer for US people. Some hot days in Winter. They are always wonderful. But it is much rarer to have colder days in Summer. Anyway, we are having nice warm but not too hot days now. So I am enjoying it.

We are beginning to plan the classes for the university this year (We began in March) and we think we are going to have another "online semester". We will see though. We are still not sure.
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 04, 2021, 07:55:57 AM
My kids will be at home at least until midFebruary. At the moment I am with my first grader learning new letters and grammar. The teacher has made a plan for each day of the week. Today I learned something new to me, too. LOL. I admit, most of the time I didn't pay much attention to grammar in school. I just did it by feel. I still do. I was surprised there actually was a rule about the h in words. I always assumed you just had to know when to use it and when not. Because there are exceptions, of course. But there are rules, when to make an exception.
After that we'll be doing maths.

The other kid has online lessons.
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Post by: Dina on February 04, 2021, 09:13:21 AM
LOL! I imagine German grammar is a nightmare.
We have a radio host here that once joked that German language does not exist, it's German people making fun of the rest of the world, while among them they talked in a reasonable language  ;D

In Spanish, h is usually placed in the position where an f would be in the original Latin. Or if it was a Greek word, h is just kept. Still, there are other reasons. In general, it reminds me to the ^ in French, that many times shows that a letter (generally an s) was missing from the original Latin word. For example, fenêtre comes from fineStra (window).
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 04, 2021, 09:32:42 AM
Oh no! That's supposed to be secret. How did the radio guy detect that. We were so careful. Must be the internet! Damn! ;D

Oh, that's cool. An indication of a missing letter.
In German you can put a lot of words together into one really loooooong word. That can be funny, so there are a lot of jokes or tongue breakers about it.
A famous one is for example Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmütze which means the cap of the captain of a steamship fleet or a company which cruises on the river Donau. LOL.

Edit: actually the word was so long I forgot a part of it and had to edit. ;)
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 04, 2021, 09:41:38 AM
... and yes, it really has to be written with 3f, because of a change in orthography in 1998 or 1999 to make the spelling easier.  ;) No joke. I don't think it is easier, just different. That got a lot of people confused, so they still are not sure how to spell certain words.
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Post by: Dina on February 04, 2021, 09:58:35 AM
LOL, that is so fun!

You know the whole world thinks German are mad for speaking German  ;D. I know only a couple of worlds, but I know it has a few things like Latin (declination and such), complicated grammar, different letters and things like that. What an fff means?

Spanish can be tricky too but some things are easier than in German...or so I've been told.
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 04, 2021, 10:23:33 AM
Explanation to the fff:  ;)
If you put two words together and one of them ends in two similar letters and the other starts with the same letter:
before the change in orthography rules you just left out one of the 3 letters. It was against the rules to write the same letter thrice.
The words "Schiff" and "Fahrt" put together would have been written "Schiffahrt" before 1998.
Some lunatics decided that now the combined words had to be written the same as the separate words, which would have been OK, but with the new rule you sometimes have cases where there are the same letters thrice.
So, by the old rules the words Schiff and Fahrt put together would have been "Schiffahrt" and by the new rules it is now "Schifffahrt" which means "shipping".

Edit:
I forgot to translate the separate words:
Schiff = ship
Fahrt = journey/ride
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Post by: Dina on February 04, 2021, 10:16:11 PM
That was very interesting! And I actually would have been pro keeping the 3 letters too, so to respect the original writing of both words.
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Post by: Fcrate on February 05, 2021, 06:59:50 AM
Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmütze... Word!
I did try for 5 minutes to pronounce it, I sounded like I had a stroke. Then I gave up and looked up how it sounded in Google translate, I tried for 5 more minutes then gave up and had a little more respect for German speaking people :D
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Post by: RSL on February 05, 2021, 05:35:54 PM
Howdy, Folks :D 8)
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Post by: Dina on February 05, 2021, 10:41:10 PM
(((((RSL))))  :D :D :D
Welcome back!

Fcrate, told you! They are mocking us!
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 05, 2021, 11:19:46 PM
Hi there!  ;D
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Post by: RSL on February 06, 2021, 12:42:40 AM
*Waves to all*
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Post by: Dina on February 06, 2021, 05:32:02 AM
Glad to see you back.

Random comments.
I bought a Star Wars book today. I have a few SW books, very old ones, that are from hubby and I don't actually read them. So, this is my first time buying a SW book for myself. I had not begun it yet, but I am intrigued.

Apparently, our semester will be online again, so hopefully it will be less stressful that the first semester of 2020. We teachers and students are "trained" now.
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Post by: RSL on February 06, 2021, 05:45:30 AM
glad to be back
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Post by: Dina on February 06, 2021, 07:37:43 AM
Have you been writing again?
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Post by: RSL on February 06, 2021, 04:13:30 PM
ya ha 8) ::)
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Post by: Dina on February 06, 2021, 07:27:40 PM
 :D
Today, Summer is back. It's hot.
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Post by: RSL on February 06, 2021, 07:43:36 PM
Still winter for us, we're just starting what looks to be about a week or more  Polar Vortex for us... means frigid, well below zero  F temps
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Post by: Dina on February 06, 2021, 07:48:01 PM
Yes, I've read that NYC had some of the worst snowstorms in recent memory. The good thing is that keeps people at home, enforcing social isolation.
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Post by: RSL on February 06, 2021, 10:10:33 PM
we got a little of that storm, but only about 4 or 5 inches of snow
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Post by: Dina on February 07, 2021, 06:52:01 PM
In what part of USA are you,RSL?

Lazy Sunday is good  :)
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Post by: RSL on February 08, 2021, 12:26:12 AM
Wisconsin.   about 180 miles(290 kilometers?) north of Chicago
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Post by: Dina on February 08, 2021, 02:47:02 AM
I actually know, more or less, where Wisconsin is. Many years ago, one of my high school classmates spent almost a year there for a cultural exchange thing. To give you an idea what we were talking about, we sent each other LETTERS. Real letter, in the "airmail paper", which was light and almost transparent. And we wrote with smaller letters so we could tell us more things with less paper. Heavier letters were quite expensive!

And she also sent me pictures! Some of them from a lovely landscape that seemed like Narnia itself and had me dreaming with snow postcards and snow falls.

I loved the letters we exchanged, even sometimes there was a month between each other. And I hope your part of Wisconsin is as beautiful as those pictures she sent me.
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Post by: RSL on February 08, 2021, 03:29:11 AM
The prettiest pats of wisconsin are the forests in  Northern WI, the southeast corner where Wisconsin Dells are and probably the Kettle Moraine area- southeast of us, but, I guess the Fox River Valley is okay -- mostly farmland in this area.
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Post by: Dina on February 08, 2021, 04:15:01 AM
Sounds pretty indeed. I am afraid I don't remember what part of Wisconsin she was staying at the time.
She was one of my best friends at high school, I still remember many of our conversations. For instance, she was the first person to speak to me about Lord of the Rings. Or Dune (which I never read9. Or mists of Avalon (which I never read either). The last thing reminded me that I still want to see Cursed, a Netflix show about the Lady of the Lake (or so I think).
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 10, 2021, 05:13:40 PM
Finally, Mab has found time to remember us, too. She probably was occupied in Wisconsin.  ;)
But now it is very cold here. The snow immediately turns to ice after landing on surfaces.
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Post by: Dina on February 10, 2021, 06:01:36 PM
So dangerous, I feel I would spend the Winter falling in the floor if I lived in such a place.I am quite clumsy and I have fallen several times in the street just because I tripped on or I slide off, and that is in snowless streets!  :o. I can only imagine how many times I would fall in a place with snow, not even ice.

Meanwhile, I had icecream! 3 flavors. Tangerine, "alfajor" which has chocolate, and vasuveda (which is lemon and basil). This is a place quite fancy, the ice cream (gelato style, I think you call them) are delicious.
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 10, 2021, 07:37:10 PM
You just need good shoes. And no sudden movements. ;D

Funny thing today. I was in the supermarket when I suddenly heard a cat
meowing very noisy. Sounded almost exactly like my cat. I looked up, asked "Katze?" (Cat) and found a baby in a shopping cart staring at me and crying "MEOW MEOW...!!!" I had to laugh very hard and the parents looked at me irritated.  :o
It sounded like a very loud and grumpy cat.

Edit: We throw gravel on the sidewalks after removing most of the snow. So one can walk without slipping.
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Post by: Dina on February 10, 2021, 09:52:42 PM
LOL! I've noticed that sometimes babies cry quite like meowing, I realized that because sometimes in my apartment we hear a neighbor baby, and sometimes those babies (different babies along the years) made me think they are cats.

I am pleased with the cat in one of the stores I bought my groceries because she is friendly and I can pet her. It feels so good.

Today is our anniversary, so we are indulging in things we are not enjoying other days. One of those things? We order a table of cheeses (an assortment of cheeses) for our dinner. It will be delicious  :) :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 10, 2021, 10:56:56 PM
Happy anniversary!

For me it was always the other way around. Cats outside sounding like babies. The little guy today didn't look like he was crying, more like he was telling me something important. He had such a serious expression on his face.

It would have been weird to see a cat in that supermarket. Usually they don't let animals in because of hygiene. At least not in the city.
In our village there are some cats that accompany their humans everywhere. One red tomcat is known to the whole village. He is always there at every event in the village. Sometimes he is in the kindergarten, sometimes in the school. I even met him at the river once.
He doesn't visit us any more since we have Bella.  ;)
She makes it clear that she is the boss and he is not allowed in her territory.
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Post by: Dina on February 11, 2021, 12:07:36 AM
Thanks!
Yes, here is the same about supermarkets, but this one is a local store, a small one, which I don't think many inspectors will control. Also, I don't think salubrity is a problem as they mostly sell things that are pre-packaged and, due to covid, I disinfect what I buy anyways.

I understand Bella but I hope you still see the tomcat often in the village.
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 11, 2021, 07:33:29 AM
Haven't seen him for weeks, but I know his human servants, lol. He is still around, they say.
Bella does not stay outside for long in the cold. Understandable. I would do the same if I had no warm shoes. ;D
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Post by: Dina on February 11, 2021, 08:13:27 AM
LOL! Cats like to be warm. The tomcat probably found some place to be cozy in Winter  :)

One of my cats (many years ago) managed to burnt his fur with an electric heater because he loved to stay very, very close to it.
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Post by: Fcrate on February 11, 2021, 05:18:59 PM
MAEN all. My 11 years old cousin could make cat sounds perfectly. For every mood and age. We were having a family BBQ last month (If you can call it that during covid) and she meowed near where I was stacking the steaks that were done. Gave me a bit of a scare trying to find the little thief before we all went hungry.
As for warmth, my cat loves sleeping under the blankets with me. She usually comes in late at night while I'm sleeping and gives me a nudge on the head, so that I can lift the blanket for her. :D
@Regen:Bella kicks out males from her place? Weird. I know  only female cats have a territory, but my cats in the past only kicked out other females, they don't mind the males.
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Post by: Dina on February 11, 2021, 08:13:17 PM
Oh yes, the feeling of sleeping with a cat under your blankets is wonderful!

our cheeses last night were delicious, and we have some leftovers. We also have a dessert that we call a "vigilante" which is cheese (a soft creamy one) with  
quince cheese (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quince_cheese) or a sweet potato one.
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 11, 2021, 10:51:52 PM
@Fcrate:
Yes, she kicks out every other cat. Except the very young ones.
My Darla always slept under my blanket, too.

@Dina:
The cheeses sound delicious. LOL vigilante cheese! I had lasagna today at work. Tomorrow we plan to order sushi.
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Post by: Dina on February 11, 2021, 11:14:47 PM
Minor correction, is not vigilante cheese, the dessert is called just "vigilante". It's because "vigilante" is what we call the policeman of the street. Years ago, the owners of restaurants and bars gave the policeman of their street a free serving of cheese and a quince or sweet potato solid jelly as a "reward" for their work. And a way to have them with more energy. In time, that combination was called "vigilante".
It's a classic  :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 11, 2021, 11:57:38 PM
Minor correction, is not vigilante cheese, the dessert is called just "vigilante". It's because "vigilante" is what we call the policeman of the street. Years ago, the owners of restaurants and bars gave the policeman of their street a free serving of cheese and a quince or sweet potato solid jelly as a "reward" for their work. And a way to have them with more energy. In time, that combination was called "vigilante".
It's a classic  :D
Aaaaah! That's cool.  :)



Today when I came home my cat greeted me with her ugly meow. Most of the time she uses only her intimidating voice to scare off trespassing cats. Surprisingly it
often works.
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Post by: Dina on February 12, 2021, 03:16:50 AM
I was just talking today about how amazing is to arrive home and being greeted by a happy pet
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Post by: Fcrate on February 12, 2021, 09:43:00 PM
Hah, I had errands to run today, and I went home to some angry dogs. My German shepherd was in heat, and the 3 male dogs were almost killing each other. Had to separate them, which was no easy task. The alpha male was going quite crazy. Had to sedate him. I have 2 weeks of pandemonium ahead of me.
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Post by: Dina on February 13, 2021, 12:01:48 AM
Uuh, that is terrible.
I almost never had dogs of both genders at the same time. The only time I remember it happening, we gave the two girl dogs away quite fast.
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Post by: Fcrate on February 17, 2021, 06:03:45 PM
Hello weird. It's finally over, been a short one, though 6 days without food made my dog look like a starving street dog. He never eats when a bitch is in heat.
In other news, it's finally cold and raining here, and has been for 2 days. It was a very mild winter here. I'm very happy with the rain, as I don't have to water my garden. Lol
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Post by: Dina on February 17, 2021, 08:54:05 PM
I hope your dog recovers well and I am glad it is over.
We had several rainy days too, but it is over now, at least until Saturday, or so they are forecasting. It's hot again, but on the good way (no more than 30°C).
Today is the first day of classes in primary schools on my city. It's the first time children have to physically go to their schools since March 2020. I am worried (even when I don't have children of my own).
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Post by: Fcrate on February 18, 2021, 08:38:18 AM
30 c is good enough for me. In summer, where I live can get up to 44 c during a heatwave, although 38 or 40 c is quite normal.
I hope the kids will be fine Dina, as long as everybody takes precautions it'll be fine. Here they're having the first term exams late, and for elementary school students they have all their exams abbreviated, and in one day. Just a couple of questions per subject. I don't know if its a good thing or a bad thing.
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Post by: Arjan on February 18, 2021, 10:43:34 AM
30 c Is panic here and we can not stand it for too long.  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 18, 2021, 06:22:23 PM
30 c Is panic here and we can not stand it for too long.  :)
I agree. We can only stand by surrounding us with big amounts of water or ingesting ice cream.
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Post by: Fcrate on February 18, 2021, 08:00:35 PM
On the other side, we freeze here at 10 or 12°C. Lol
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Post by: Regenbogen on February 18, 2021, 09:49:48 PM
LOL
Last week we had -13°C. This week feels like the beginning of spring. It has 10-12°C, the snow and ice has thawed and there are some flowers like snowdrops everywhere.

Next week my first grader is allowed back to school. As her class is only 15 kids, it doesn't have to be parted.

At the moment we are watching Star Trek Lower Decks.  ;D Funny.
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Post by: Dina on February 18, 2021, 10:59:36 PM
Good maen everyone!

I admit I was a little disappointed by Lower Decks. It has a lot potential but I did not think it delivered a lot. I did not like the main characters that is the problem.

It was a hot day (32°C, I believe) today, and very bright. I had to go out for some chores and I was so glad when I finally arrived home  :)

Thanks for your wishes to our children Fcrate. I hope your children have no problems at school either, Regen.

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Post by: Regenbogen on February 20, 2021, 04:20:34 PM
I liked Lower Decks. Though it isn't something to watch and relax. But funny it was.

I'm done for today. There is nothing in my body that doesn't hurt. In the morning I met with a friend and we were out by the river walking for 2 ½ hours. After that I did some heavy things in the house and the afternoon I spent with cutting my roses (I didn't have time last year, so that was a lot of work) and other plants, and I cleaned the sidewalk from the winter gravel and removed a lot of hidden acorn seeds. Last year I didn't remove them, so now we have a lot of little acorns everywhere.
I would have liked to prepare the soil for planting vegetables, but the roses took so long and I am exhausted.
Now I desperately need a shower and something for the cuts by the roses .
These were Sleeping Beauty roses, I can tell you. Long strands interwoven. Pretty cool, if they were in the back yard. I would like to see, if they would become a deadly hedge, lol. But they are out front, where everybody sees and you have to be able to walk by without hurting yourself, so they need to be kept small.
They are different colours. Red, pink, white, yellow and some beautiful pink mixed with yellow, which smells very nice.
It was a pain to cut them. But now it's done and I am glad I finally did it.

Tomorrow I'm going to sleep as long as possible.

My older daughter was very happy today, because she could finally meet with a class mate. They went eating ice cream and then to the playground.

And lol: my husband cut his hair today. Oh dear.
He always just buzzes it off very short in spring, but this time it looks like he's bald. Maybe because he left the beard long. And maybe because he has a new hair clipper it became a bit too short. I will have to help him correct some parts. There are still a lot of longer hair in between. Looks funny. LOL
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Post by: Dina on February 20, 2021, 09:16:00 PM
OMG, that sounds so exhausting. I am glad it was rewarding though and I am sure your garden looks awesome! I hope you enjoyed your shower and can sleep a lot tomorrow, you deserve a lazy Sunday after all the hard work.
The depiction of your roses was fantastic. Sorry about your scratches, though.

And I am happy for your daughter  :)

Hubby got rid of his beard after several months and he looks weird too but in a good way, I prefer him without beard.
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Post by: Dina on March 02, 2021, 10:56:39 PM
*looks around*
Anybody is here?
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Post by: Arjan on March 03, 2021, 05:15:06 AM
Looks around. It is 06:15 here. Goes back to sleep.
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Post by: Dina on March 03, 2021, 06:12:55 AM
*sleeps*
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Post by: Fcrate on March 03, 2021, 05:03:22 PM
Good MAEN Dina... :)
Had a hard week at work, but today I slept for 10 hours, then took a siesta for 2 hours :D
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Post by: Dina on March 03, 2021, 07:31:05 PM
Good maen!
Ah, sometimes we are so tired, our body needs to shut off itself. I am glad you could sleep that much. Sorry about the hard week though.
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 03, 2021, 08:47:49 PM
Maen.
Everywhere talk about sleep. Makes me tired.
We had dry ice today at work. LOL. Funny how everybody went by and put water on it to create a witch cauldron feeling. And you can shoot little ice cubes across the tables. Not that anybody did that. Nooooo.  ;)

And by the way. Good news. I am vaccinated against COVID-19 now. Got my second shot on Friday.
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Post by: Dina on March 04, 2021, 09:31:12 PM
Maen everyone!

Great about the vaccine!

Dry ice is so fun! When we played tabletop RPG with friends at home, sometimes we ordered ice cream. And some of the providers included small pieces of dry ice to keep the ice cream cold while delivered, so of course we added them to glasses of water and we have our potions! Very fitting for D&D settings.

Also at the university we sometimes received reagents in boxes with dry ice and we loved to drop them on the sink add some water and look at the effect.

Still, the coolest use of dry ice is making a cloud chamber  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on March 05, 2021, 06:53:33 PM
Never seen dry ice in real life. The witch's cauldron sounds awesome :D

But several practical jokes using dry ice just popped in my head *lightbulb*
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Post by: Dina on March 05, 2021, 07:56:54 PM
In most places that sell ice cream they have lots of dry ice, perhaps you can ask for a couple of small pieces for free (or even buy it, I don't think is too expensive)
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Post by: Fcrate on March 05, 2021, 08:40:31 PM
I live about 3 hours away from civilization. Lol. And ice cream places haven't been that popular when I was growing up in Alexandria. Most of them sold stuff that was quite inferior to what you'd find in a supermarket. From what I heard that changed and there are a few popular ones in Alexandria now. But somehow I don't imagine them having dry ice.
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Post by: Dina on March 05, 2021, 09:23:19 PM
And if they are too fancy, they probably won't like anyone asking for it anyways. Sorry  :(
But if you ever have the chance to have fun with dry ice, don't let it pass.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 07, 2021, 02:54:30 PM
Well, tonight we're having taro stew with fresh beef. (I just googled the name in English, and I laughed for 5 minutes).
This is a traditional Egyptian recipe. Egyptians are divided about Taro. Some love it and some hate it. No middle ground. Lol
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Post by: Dina on March 07, 2021, 06:50:51 PM
I just googled it. I never heard of Taro before.
That said, a stew with fresh beef sounds good. Let us know how it resulted.
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Post by: Arjan on March 07, 2021, 06:54:46 PM
The Chinese shop sells taro ice cream, maybe I should try it.
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Post by: Dina on March 07, 2021, 07:47:10 PM
Chinese had very interesting flavors of ice cream but there are not taro here.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 07, 2021, 08:11:26 PM
The Chinese shop sells taro ice cream, maybe I should try it.
Um... That sounds like a really bad idea. Kinda like carrot or clover juice (yes, some people drink that, including my father).
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Post by: Dina on March 07, 2021, 08:15:01 PM
Clover juice?

I had not problem with carrot juice
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Post by: Arjan on March 07, 2021, 08:23:09 PM
https://www.orientalwebshop.nl/en/ki-a-peng-sian-taro-flavoured-ice-bar-6x85g-6x85g

Carrot cake is quite popular here in some circles.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 07, 2021, 08:25:56 PM
Carrot jam was a staple breakfast food for me growing up, but it's more the sugar and the cloves that made it taste good, and even then it wasn't my favorite. Takes an obscene amount of sugar to make it palatable.
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Post by: Dina on March 07, 2021, 08:40:35 PM
I just like carrots
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Post by: Fcrate on March 07, 2021, 09:56:23 PM
Me too, I just don't want to drink them :D I usually eat raw carrots as a snack. I eat them daily, and most days I grate some on my salad.
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Post by: Dina on March 07, 2021, 11:57:49 PM
Yes, I admit carrot juice is not one of my favorites, I just find it quite tasty once in a while.
For some reason, I would like a watermelon juice right now. My mind is wired weird, I guess.
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Post by: RSL on March 08, 2021, 08:26:57 AM
I think a trillion bytes of data should be called a Trilobyte ::) - who's with me?
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 08, 2021, 07:45:30 PM
I think a trillion bytes of data should be called a Trilobyte ::) - who's with me?
Absolutely.
And an animal with 4 feet should be called a quattropus.
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Post by: RSL on March 08, 2021, 07:51:15 PM
I'm for it :D
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Post by: Dina on March 10, 2021, 05:58:19 AM
I agree with both things!
Convrsation about trilobytes would become so weird  :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 10, 2021, 03:32:33 PM
When I told my colleague today, that it would not be convenient to have autoantibodies, because one would have to walk to work or take the bike all the time, she told me it was time I went home.
Antibodies against cars. LOL
I decided she was right and left work early.

The quattropus cat is sick and has to take antibiotics and some juice against the fever.

The same week my car broke down. The repairs would cost half as much as the car is worth would I try to sell it. Great. I intended to look for another car this year, because there were a lot of repairs in the last years and they were starting to become really expensive. This time it's the engine. So I decided to say good-bye to my car. Maybe it had antibodies, meaning it is against bodies. I have a body, so .... *shrugs*
The car dealer and mechanic takes it and wants to sell another one to me. I have yet to decide what to do. I already did some driving around with available cars from his garage. That was fun.
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Post by: Dina on March 10, 2021, 08:24:30 PM
LOL! I believe your colleague was right, you needed to be home  :)
Is your cat ill?
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Post by: Fcrate on March 10, 2021, 09:11:39 PM
@Regen: hah.. Autoantibodies... Or antiautobodies?
May your car RIP wherever faithful cars go when they die...
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 10, 2021, 09:38:32 PM
Anti-Autobodies! LOL
Thanks, Fcrate. The car was kind of special to me. I know, one shouldn't attach oneself to a thing, but I do that. I talk to cars, I talk to analysers in the lab, I talk to everything.
This was the first car, I bought new. I did it, because I had a car accident and I thought, this car had brought me luck. I've seen pictures from the car just after the accident, pictures a bus driver made, who was one of the witnesses. It didn't look like anyone could have survived. And it actually was close. I almost got pierced by parts of the other car that got pushed into me.
The guy who caused the accident payed a lot of money to me and the others who got hurt because of him. And his insurance payed the rest, so I could afford to buy a new car. And I chose the same car that saved my life with three differences: I ordered it new, I chose it to be diesel and I chose another colour.
RIP my trusted companion. ;)

@Dina: yes, the cat has a fever, sore throat and she sneezes a lot. Otherwise she is just her usual grumpy self. :)
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Post by: RSL on March 11, 2021, 03:14:45 AM

Convrsation about trilobytes would become so weird  :D
  :D ;D That's why I want to do this ;D :D
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Post by: Dina on March 11, 2021, 04:26:04 AM
I hope cat gets better soon.

I don't drive, but I still cherished the memories of the old family car, I understand the feeling. I remember years ago another forumite was sad because she had finally got rid of her and it was going to be destroyed soon, and she was having a hard time imagining her car sad and lonely, waiting for its demise. So I know you are not the only one.

I actually have a hard time almost every time I threw a thing I liked. I threw them if I must, but only if I see no other option (I mean, if the thing is actually ruined) and I always try to thing that that is the nature of things. And always try to thing that as long as I have my memories of them they are not truly gone. Because those memories are what made the things "our" things.
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Post by: Dina on March 16, 2021, 04:57:39 PM
I can't believe that it's been a year of pandemics...
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Post by: Fcrate on March 17, 2021, 10:17:18 AM
And I can't believe that my cat gave birth on my bed... Again... :@
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Post by: Arjan on March 17, 2021, 01:00:59 PM
And I can't believe that my cat gave birth on my bed... Again... :@
It is the best place.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 17, 2021, 01:17:29 PM
I made a perfectly good and dark den for her in the my storage room, and deposited her there before I went to sleep when it became obvious that she's giving birth in a few hours.. I went to sleep and woke up to find that she gave birth in the bend of my knees. I just spent an hour washing the blankets.
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Post by: Arjan on March 17, 2021, 01:27:22 PM
I made a perfectly good and dark den for her in the my storage room, and deposited her there before I went to sleep when it became obvious that she's giving birth in a few hours.. I went to sleep and woke up to find that she gave birth in the bend of my knees. I just spent an hour washing the blankets.
She likes being with you and trusts you. Of course she won’t go to a dark and lonely storage room. Cats go where it is nice and warm.
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Post by: Dina on March 17, 2021, 06:01:01 PM
LOL! Again!  :D
Of course she prefers being with you in that stressful time. Arjan is right.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 17, 2021, 07:06:20 PM
She's an evil creature. She can come AFTER she gives birth, but no, I have to wash heavy blankets. Manually. Lucky its winter and I have a heavy blanket under me or I would have had to do something terrible to the mattress.
To be honest, I don't mind having the kittens in my bed, in the last time I had them on my bed until they could start climbing up and down. Its just that...
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Post by: Dina on March 17, 2021, 07:59:54 PM
Yes, I understand how that is annoying. I was mostly teasing you.
Well, tell us. How is the mom? The kitten? How many? Do not let them anywhere near your neighbors, please!
 
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Post by: Fcrate on March 17, 2021, 08:06:14 PM
They're all fine and kicking. The mom stole a steak that I was leaving to marinate above the fridge, so dinner tonight was noodles and boiled eggs :D
There are three kitten. Its always three kittens with this cat. He daughter also always gives birth to 3 kitten, but she's about 1 month later in the cycle.
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Post by: Dina on March 17, 2021, 08:11:18 PM
Well, if you leave the steak just there...you can't blame the poor mommy.  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on March 17, 2021, 08:43:35 PM
I didn't blame her, but I saw her full belly as if she was still pregnant, and I looked at my dinner of noodles and eggs and I thought: If cats were edible I might still have a BBQ. Lol
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Post by: Dina on March 17, 2021, 09:02:53 PM
LOL! You are mean.
I imagine she thought it was her reward for all the effort of giving birth  :)
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Post by: Arjan on March 17, 2021, 09:47:32 PM
On the fridge? My wife’s mother had a cat who could open fridges....
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Post by: Dina on March 18, 2021, 04:45:12 AM
That is a real problem
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Post by: Arjan on March 18, 2021, 05:00:58 AM
Her father secured it with a hook and ring construction.
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 18, 2021, 06:54:00 AM
LOL Fcrate! But not that you had to wash the blankets. And aaaaw, kittens!!!

Our cat is well again. She was a bit sad, when she didn't get any more antibiotics. The pills seemed tasty. She always looked for more ;).
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Post by: Fcrate on March 18, 2021, 05:22:40 PM
Glad your Bella is okay. Delicious antibiotic pills. Wow, do you have delicious tapeworm medicine as well? I always struggle with my dogs to get them to take it (I do it periodically) although my stash is almost gone, and niclosamide seems to have disappeared from Egypt in the past two years.
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Post by: Dina on March 18, 2021, 07:34:50 PM
LOL Fcrate! But not that you had to wash the blankets. And aaaaw, kittens!!!

Our cat is well again. She was a bit sad, when she didn't get any more antibiotics. The pills seemed tasty. She always looked for more ;).

Wow. I am glad she is better but I never heard of a cat liking their antibiotics.It's normally hell on earth to feed a cat any pill.
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Post by: Arjan on March 18, 2021, 08:24:48 PM
Wow. I am glad she is better but I never heard of a cat liking their antibiotics.It's normally hell on earth to feed a cat any pill.
Oh Yes: https://www.pawsperouspets.com/humor/catpill.shtml
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Post by: Dina on March 18, 2021, 08:31:01 PM
Much closer to my experience that what Regen told us.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 18, 2021, 08:40:50 PM
Bahahahahahahha.. Nice one. Thankfully I never had to give my cat any pills. Twice I had to give her atropine injections and once she got sick and I gave her a course of injections. Wasn't fun, but I'd learned from the atropine :D
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Post by: Dina on March 18, 2021, 09:49:06 PM
I had several cats in my life and some of them occasionally required pills. It was a real pain. Sometimes I grinded the pill and mixed it with the food. Sometimes I  forced the pill on them. Quite often, it has been traumatic, both for me or my parents and for the cat.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 19, 2021, 09:52:15 AM
I mix medicine in food for my dogs as well (mainly worm medicine) but otherwise it's always injections, for which I'm thankful. I have medicine for large animals in the farm and all I need to do is to calculate the proper dose for a dog or cat. As for dogs after a couple of years I can usually reach my hand all the way down their stomach without them panicking. Lol
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Post by: Dina on March 19, 2021, 10:20:54 AM
Dogs are much easier  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 19, 2021, 12:22:41 PM
Oh Yes: https://www.pawsperouspets.com/humor/catpill.shtml

LOL. Made my day!  ;D

I was surprised, too. When the veterinary told me to give the pills to her for seven days twice a day, I was shocked and then I bought a lot of liver sausage. That is the only thing she never refuses, but she usually gets it only when I give her the pills against worms or those against fleas every 3 or 4 months.
I always have to grind the pill to a powder and roll the liver sausage in it. On the second day I tried to put in in her mouth just for fun. She didn't even let me try to touch her, because she was very interested in the pill in my fingers. I had to drop it and she ate it from the ground. LOL.
I will try it with the worm pill next time and tell you how it went.
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Post by: Dina on March 19, 2021, 08:27:12 PM
Ok,first of all, liver sausage?

I liked to mix the grinded pill with tuna or something like that too.

I hope you have luck with the worm pills too  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on March 19, 2021, 09:15:01 PM
Ok,first of all, liver sausage?
First thing that I noticed as well xD
@Regen: A friend of mine sent me this. Lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXSSsMJt5RY
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 20, 2021, 07:23:54 AM
First thing that I noticed as well xD
@Regen: A friend of mine sent me this. Lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXSSsMJt5RY

LOL

Leberwurst:
https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leberwurst
I chose the Spanish version because of the pictures. The English version says something of slices, but you can't do  slices with that kind of sausage. It can't be cut. You spread it on bread like butter.

https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leberwurst
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Post by: Dina on March 20, 2021, 10:56:28 AM
LOL! I actually know leberwurst! Hubby loves it and I eat it sometimes myself, even when I am not terrible fond of it. I did not realized that was what you meant. And yes, we eat it on pieces, or spread over bread or crackers.

My cats loved leberwurst too, at least those I remember having tasted them (I had several cats in my life).

I suppose you can't eat leberwurst. Fcrate.
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Post by: Fcrate on March 20, 2021, 12:12:24 PM
Um, why not? I love liver usually, most ways it's cooked.
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 21, 2021, 02:20:15 PM
I tried the worm pill today and she ate it!!!!!! Cool. She didn't do that a few years ago. Now I can eat the Leberwurst myself. LOL.
No, she can eat some, too. As a reward. And because she looks cute with her big eyes. And because she is the cat. 
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Post by: Dina on March 21, 2021, 06:47:22 PM
Um, why not? I love liver usually, most ways it's cooked.
I thought you didn't eat pig  :o

I tried the worm pill today and she ate it!!!!!! Cool. She didn't do that a few years ago. Now I can eat the Leberwurst myself. LOL.
No, she can eat some, too. As a reward. And because she looks cute with her big eyes. And because she is the cat. 
Awesome! And yes, she deserves it!
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Post by: Fcrate on March 21, 2021, 07:18:21 PM
Yes, we don't eat pig, that's true, but it says that only some varieties contain pig.
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Post by: Dina on March 22, 2021, 06:26:02 AM
Ah ok. In Argentina, leberwurst is generally made of pig, but I suppose there are other varieties, perhaps in kosher stores or something. I just never searched for it (as I said, I am not that fond of it).
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 22, 2021, 06:57:36 AM
Ah ok. In Argentina, leberwurst is generally made of pig, but I suppose there are other varieties, perhaps in kosher stores or something. I just never searched for it (as I said, I am not that fond of it).
Maybe because it's pig. I like calf best, but only the smooth one. On bread with lots of pepper and some onions. And sometimes on Breze.
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Post by: Dina on March 22, 2021, 07:09:46 AM
I agree, I like cow meat more than pig one, as a general rule. The notable exception are the chorizos (it's a kind of sausage, but apparently Argentinian chorizos are not exactly the same than Spanish ones). I really like our chorizos. Argentinians love to have them in a sandwich, sort of a hot dog, that we call choripan. (chori from chorizo, pan means bread). It's almost mandatory in all our bbq and it is also a common food in the stadiums when there are football (soccer) matches.
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Post by: Arjan on March 22, 2021, 03:59:40 PM
We can get Spanish chorizo here, you can cut it in cubes and use it for cooking or fried with eggs on a sandwich. Slices of leverworst is something many butchers in the Netherlands give to children of their customers.
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Post by: Dina on March 22, 2021, 05:57:48 PM
Really? I never thought in leberwurst as particularly appealing for children.
And good about the chorizo, I am sure it is delicious.
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Post by: Arjan on March 22, 2021, 07:24:04 PM
Really? I never thought in leberwurst as particularly appealing for children.
And good about the chorizo, I am sure it is delicious.
Children like sausages. Mine does, all kinds of sausages.
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Post by: Dina on March 22, 2021, 10:04:35 PM
"Normal" sausages are children favorites  :)- Leberwurst, I am not so sure. Perhaps I am mistaken.
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Post by: Arjan on March 22, 2021, 10:33:35 PM
"Normal" sausages are children favorites  :)- Leberwurst, I am not so sure. Perhaps I am mistaken.
Start young and children can learn to appreciate almost everything.
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Post by: Dina on March 23, 2021, 06:40:06 AM
I agree, I just don't think that particular case is happening here. Argentinian children love the sort of sausages you can buy in a package, but not leberwurst.
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 27, 2021, 05:30:28 PM
We spent the afternoon colouring eggs for easter. That's always fun.  8)
I had 20 eggs. The kids painted some with water colours and I made a colour bath with vinegar. On these we put bunny stickers and such stuff.
After that I went to the farmer for 20 more eggs. LOL. I know what we will eat for the next days.
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Post by: Dina on March 27, 2021, 07:29:50 PM
That sounds so much fun! I wish we had that tradition but we never had it. We do buy chocolate eggs, though  :)
Actually, even when we are full grown-ups, hubby and I will buy a chocolate egg this week.
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Post by: Arjan on March 27, 2021, 10:48:21 PM
That sounds so much fun! I wish we had that tradition but we never had it. We do buy chocolate eggs, though  :)
Actually, even when we are full grown-ups, hubby and I will buy a chocolate egg this week.
Yes but any excuse is good for buying chocolate ;D
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Post by: Dina on March 28, 2021, 12:17:22 AM
Totally! Chocolate is amazing.
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 28, 2021, 12:21:09 AM
Yes but any excuse is good for buying chocolate ;D
Sure there is. ;) If course there will be chocolate eggs, too. They go into the easternest the kids have built outside. And the easter bunny will hide chocolate everywhere. It's nice to watch them searching. And fun hiding things... Or so I've heard from the bunny... ;)

As a child, I loved painting the eggs.
I always made one golden egg with silver lines and one silver egg with golden lines. Those were to give to my grandmothers and later to my parents. This time I forgot to look for golden colour. Maybe there will still be one golden egg when I find some.

Fun fact about the golden egg. In German egg means Ei, which is pronounced like English eye. So the golden egg for me has always been the "Golden Eye". I even sing the song while painting it. LOL
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Post by: Dina on March 28, 2021, 12:44:36 AM
LOL! (about golden eye. I have visions of you having fun while watching the movie)

I am happy to report that I have some chocolate tablets at home right now, so I will indulge in it even before Easter (traditionally, we don't eat the chocolate eggs until Easter Sunday, unless it is a social gathering where you are expected to do so)
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 28, 2021, 12:51:00 AM
Oh, what cruel social gatherings, where they expect you to eat chocolate. LOL
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Post by: Dina on March 28, 2021, 06:41:20 AM
I know, right?  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 28, 2021, 10:40:23 AM
I'm impressed. Such a heroic deed to eat all the chocolate.  ;)
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Post by: Fcrate on March 28, 2021, 11:48:08 AM
*selflessly sacrifices himself and eats most of the chocolate so Dina won't have to*
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 28, 2021, 01:23:03 PM
Oh, Fcrate!
You will always be in our hearts for your sacrifice.
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Post by: Dina on March 28, 2021, 06:54:35 PM
Oooh, chivalry! I am very grateful for your sacrifice.

I laughed at this today, speaking of Pesaj: Moses was the first downloading a file from the Cloud to his tablet  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on March 28, 2021, 08:45:52 PM
Oh, Fcrate!
You will always be in our hearts for your sacrifice.
Oooh, chivalry! I am very grateful for your sacrifice.
This is what men do..
I laughed at this today, speaking of Pesaj: Moses was the first downloading a file from the Cloud to his tablet  :)
Lmao :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 28, 2021, 09:48:03 PM
I laughed at this today, speaking of Pesaj: Moses was the first downloading a file from the Cloud to his tablet  :)

LOL
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Post by: Dina on March 29, 2021, 09:48:01 PM
 :)

Today has been vaguely cold. Somehow I forgot that we are officially in Autumn now. Today has begun totally grey and ominous but around noon something shifted and now we have blue skies and sun. It's good.

Also, I am happy because we will be having gnocchi tonight, which I like a lot. I don't remember if I told you (I said this many times in this Forum but I don't remember if you people were around) but it is an Argentinian tradition to eat gnocchi every 29 of the month. We put some money under the dish and it is supposed to attract more money to the household. And besides, it is delicious  :). So it is a tradition I kept. (Yes, we can eat gnocchi other days, but we don't put money under the dish those days. And for some reason I don't eat them so much the non-29 days. It does not have the same feeling, I guess  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 29, 2021, 10:34:22 PM
That's a nice tradition. Why is it on 29th, do you know? Why not on 15th or 1st? Or 28th? What is so special about 29?
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Post by: Dina on March 29, 2021, 10:55:35 PM
Apparently the traditions comes from Italy  (Most Argentinians are from Italian or Spanish ancestry, and our food is strongly based on them). I am not completely sure about the 29, but I think it has to do with the fact that normally we received our salaries at the beginning of the month, so but the end of the month many people are struggling because money is running out. So gnocchi, which are cheap to do, are ideal for the worst days of the months. I am thinking that perhaps it is not the 30 because many people wouldn't even have a coin to put under the dish that day.

A very interesting derivation of this is that we use "gnocchi" (it is actually spelled "ñoqui" in Spanish, by the way) as a derogative term for people who has a job but don't do it, as they are lazy and probably have connections with influential people so they won't be fired even if they don't do their jobs. The term is used specially for people who got their jobs for knowing a politician or government related person. It's very insulting. By why do we call those people "gnocchi"? Because in some jobs (sometimes in the government bureaucracy) salaries are actually paid on the 29 of each month (unlike what I told you above). And those people are said that nor even go to their works...except the 29 for getting their paycheck!  ;D  (of course, that was long before salaries were just transferred to a bank account)
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Post by: Otlan on March 30, 2021, 01:52:19 AM
Yo n_n . I finally have Interweb at my House, so hope to see youbguys again soon, miss you all n_n ~ <3 !!
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Post by: Dina on March 30, 2021, 05:34:40 AM
Yay! (((((((((Otlan))))))))  :)
We missed you too!
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 30, 2021, 09:38:13 AM
!!!!!! OTLAN !!!!!!
Long time no see... read.... whatever!
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

And congratulation for your internet thingie at home. Yay!
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 30, 2021, 03:34:01 PM
Double post!!!!

I am outside without socks!!!!

Daring, I know. But I wanted you to know that it is warm enough to go barefoot without toes freezing off.
Bella is roasting herself on the tiles in front of the door. I'll have to be careful, when I touch her not to burn myself on her hot fur, LOL.
I have planted some lettuce, ruccola, carrots and red and white radishes.
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Post by: Dina on March 30, 2021, 05:37:18 PM
Oh, very good! I am sure they will be very yummy

Well, Bella and Regen, enjoy your weather  :). It is quite warm and sunny here too, Fall is pretty in Buenos Aires, I believe.
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Post by: Otlan on March 31, 2021, 04:10:11 AM
*Huggles Dina and Regen tight* Glad to see you both n.n ~ <3 . And yes, I'm very happy to have Internet too n.n ~ <3 !

The weather here was nice n.n ~ <3 . But they're calling for Snow on April 1st -_- . Really hope it's just a prank -_- .
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Post by: Dina on March 31, 2021, 06:54:38 AM
 ;D A creative April's fool.

How are you doing, Otlan? I am getting ready for my classes. On the other hand, this Thursday and Friday are religious holidays.
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Post by: Regenbogen on March 31, 2021, 01:35:57 PM
Tomorrow, it's my little one's 7th birthday.  Her second one during pandemia.
We are going to order lunch at the Greek restaurant in the next village.
And I will bake Zwetschgendatschi. It's a plum cake with frozen plums from last year. And cheese cake.

Her birth was kind of funny. Ok, not really. She came 4 weeks early. My water broke and I woke my husband with the words: "This is no April's fool prank. The baby is coming." I thought he wouldn't believe me if I didn't say so. LOL

Tomorrow it's going to be warm, too. So we can sit outside. I have some balloons and party decoration.
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Post by: Dina on March 31, 2021, 06:17:03 PM
LOL! I hope your little one has a great birthday and that she enjoys her Greek food and cake.

The Weasley twins were born on April 1st, IIRC  :)

I was a premature baby too. I was due on January 27 but on Christmas' Eve my mom's water broke. I arrived near 4 a-m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. You can imagine how it messed with the family plans for the Holiday and how it was a story to tell  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on April 01, 2021, 10:23:32 AM
Lol Regen. I hope you didn't cry wolf earlier in the day before your water actually broke.
hey Otlan! You have internet? What's that?
Ok so earlier today I was milking my cow in the brisk morning air, the sun was warm and everything quiet. There's a one footed pigeon who nested in the farm, and s/he always eats from the special treat mix that I feed my cows while milking. Anyway, today something spooked the pigeon, and while I had my head resting against the cow's stomach, face towards the sun, the pigeon flew overhead and dropped a bomb on us both.. Hit me right in the forehead.. Grrrrrr
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Post by: Otlan on April 01, 2021, 11:20:37 AM
;D A creative April's fool.

How are you doing, Otlan? I am getting ready for my classes. On the other hand, this Thursday and Friday are religious holidays.

Unfortunately, it was no April Fool's prank -_- . It really did Snow here -_- ...less then an inch, but still enough to blanket everything -_- . Guess Mab decided to have one last laugh at us. At least, I hope it's the last -_- .

I'm doing as well as I can be Di-Di, thanks for asking n_n . Right now, my dad's in Tennessee on vacation for a couple of weeks with my Sister and her family, so I'm watching the house and the chickens for him until he get's back. Yhen tomorrow my 2nd oldest brother and his family are going down there with em and staying for a week, so then I'll also have to watch his home and take care of they're cats until they get back and that's on top of me having to go to work -_- . So things are gonna be kind of hectic here for awhile -_- .

That's awsome that you were born on Christmas Di-Di n.n ~ <3 !! Bet your family was happy with they're special Christmas Gift n_n <3 .

@Regen: Hope you guys have fun n.n !

@Crate: Internet is this thing that helps me stay connected with my frineds and family and allows me to do stuff online,  like Google who does the voice of Kermit the Frog n_n .

They say if a Bird Bombs you it's supposed to be Good Luck n_n ....Me I think it's just hilarious XD !
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Post by: Dina on April 01, 2021, 06:22:35 PM
Fcrate, LOL about the bomb! But Otlan is right, it is good luck!

Otlan, I will answer your PM soon. And yes, my character Dina is born on Christmas Day too and it has some interesting consequences for her that not many are aware (Ala is one of those, I think FW too)-
And well, at least the snow was not too bad.

Regen, enjoy with your little one!!  :)

Piece of trivia. In Argentina there is no April's fool tradition. Instead, the day for pranks was December 28. That day is where all the babies that died by order or Herodes while trying to kill the Christ. That awful act is considered the slaughter of the innocents. And for some reason that evolved in a day where people made fun of the innocence of the others. In fact, traditionally people pull a prank and then the victim was told "May your innocence serves you well!".  That said, it seems that this tradition is getting lost, in the last decade I barely heard of a few pranks.

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Post by: Fcrate on April 01, 2021, 06:30:41 PM
Hah, we say here that if you spilled coffee on your clothes that it's a sign that you'll get new ones for free. Some people extend that to bird bombs as a joke.
@Dina: I don't follow this about December 28, who is herodes and why did he order babies killed?
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Post by: Dina on April 01, 2021, 06:45:53 PM
We don't say anything about new clothes, but we say that spilling wine means good luck too. There is a tradition about salt that I don't remember well. I think if you spill salt on the table is bad luck unless you take a pinch and throw it over your left shoulder. I don't know why or how it originated. Apparently it is also bad luck to pass the salt shaker to anyone sharing the table with you on their hand, so if someone ask you to pass them the salt, you need to place the shaker on the table where they can reach it, but not put in on their hands directly.

Herodes is apparently how we called it, but in English is Herod. According to the Bible, Herod was the king of Judee at the time of Jesus birth. The Magi (the Wise man of Orient) told him they were searching for a baby who was the Messiah. Herod knew prophecies about the Messiah and did not want him around, so he asked the Magi that when they found the baby they told him where he was (of course, not telling them he has nefarious intentions). But on a dream they Magi were told not to do that. So, when Herod realized a child was born with that manifest Fate, he ordered to have him killed, and when they couldn't identify him, Herod order to kill every male enfant born around that time (2 years!) and place. This is known as the massacre of the innocents. (By the way, Jesus family ran to Egypt and they were safe, of course)

I don't think there is any historical record of that event, but that is what the Bible says.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 01, 2021, 07:36:37 PM
Ah! I'm familiar with the story in a general sense, but I didn't recognize the names or that he ordered a general massacre like that. I thought you were talking about a historical event in Argentina. *shudders*
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Post by: Dina on April 01, 2021, 07:47:48 PM
No no. Nothing of that sort  :)
I think you are a Muslim, so I don't know how familiar you are with the Bible. I was not surprised you asked. Herodes is probably closer to the original name, though.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 01, 2021, 08:33:25 PM
I'm not sure I know about the bird bomb meaning good luck, but it sounds familiar.
About the spilled wine: here it is not only wine but any beverage spilled by a person on a table. If the liquid spilled by another one lands on the stomach of a young woman, it is said to mean, that she is going to be the next one pregnant.
Pretty silly. Often proven wrong but sometimes right, so it is valid. LOL.

About April Fool's day. I've read that it has unclear origins somewhere in Europe somewhere between the 14th and 16th century depending in which wiki you look.

Lucky traditions I can think of:
Knocking with your knuckles three times on wood means good luck.
To breath on dice before throwing.
To throw salt over your shoulder.
Chimney sweepers are said to bring good luck.
And of course finding four-leafed clover.

The birthday was nice. In the afternoon there were drops of rain. But we insisted on staying outside for a long time telling each other that it wasn't raining. It will stop soon. But then the cake got too wet and we decided to rescue it.
The birthday girl got some of the Barbie Disney princesses she wished for. She wants to collect them all. I know she is serious, when she says that. She is lucky to have so many aunts and uncles and grown-up cousins. So there are a lot of people she can tell which presents she'd like. LOL. So they asked and I provided them with the links to order the dolls.
And now we have a happy child. And lots of dolls.
And a full stomach.
The chess cake is gone. The Greek food was very good. And we still have half of the plum cake for tomorrow.
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Post by: Dina on April 01, 2021, 09:02:34 PM
LOL! I love the Disney princesses. I have an Ariel someplace. No other Barbie Disney princesses, but I have a Wonder Woman Barbie which I treasure (I also have a DC Superhero girls  Wonder Woman doll which is awesome too. I have plenty of Wonder Women. One of them was a gift from 3 people of this forum.)

We have the four-leafed clover too and the breath on the dice. We just touch wood (3 knocks sounds familiar but it is not necessary) when we want to prevent a jinx. Like when you say that all is going very well and then touch wood so not to jinx it. A twist on that tradition is that said wood cannot have legs, so you can't use a table or chair, you have to find a door, wood wall, shelves...)

I remember red things against the Evil Eye, white rabbit legs, a couple of decades ago everyone here had small red horns (like from a bull or something) trinkets "against envy".

Bad luck
Open an umbrella indoors
Walk under a ladder
wishing someone "happy birthday" because the actual birthday
Number 13, specially Tuesday 13 (yes, not Friday. Tuesday)
My family said there was also bad luck to have you measured (as that is what the funerary person would do if you die, to have the casket done for you). So you were supposed to use a ribbon or something to have your shape and then you measure that ribbon. But my husband family had not that tradition, so I don't know how spread it is.

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Post by: Fcrate on April 01, 2021, 09:11:04 PM
@Dina: yes, I'm a Muslim, but I read the occasional reference to the Bible in some novels. Our own story of the birth of Christ is somewhat different.
@Regen: glad you enjoyed your day. And more cake with coffee tomorrow! :D
Here they used to say (And I think still do in some places/older people) Touch wood when you're speaking about a possible bad future so that it doesn't actually happen. And as Dina said, to prevent jinxing of good fortune. Also they used to spray salt seven times on happy occasions like weddings, etc to prevent evil eye.
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Post by: Dina on April 02, 2021, 07:39:59 PM
Good maen everyone!
I am sure there are many good/bad luck traditions that I am not remembering now.

I had empanadas today! (corn, tomato+basil+cheese, cheese+onion). No meat for me today (Good Friday).
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Post by: Fcrate on April 03, 2021, 03:24:22 PM
Sounds delicious Dina. No meat? But that recipe almost begs for slices of chicken breasts.
Question: are empanadas crispy? You did mention once that they were fried.
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Post by: Dina on April 03, 2021, 09:49:35 PM
Empanadas can be baked or fried. Bakes are not crispy at all, fried are a little crunchy but not that much either. Most people liked fried empanadas better but I actually prefer the baked one, because the filling is less juicy.

I am also not particularly inlove of chicken-filled empanadas (hubby likes them a lot though). The more classical Argentinian empanada is, of course, the (cow) meat one. Those are delicious and my favorite. But I won't eat meat on Good Friday (actually, I don't eat meat on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, my personal choice). But Sunday will have meat (beef, probably) and chocolate eggs).
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Post by: cephis on April 03, 2021, 10:53:08 PM
It has been many years since I have graced this bar. I still recognize many denizens
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Post by: Dina on April 03, 2021, 10:58:42 PM
Ah, you are one of the old guard! I remember your name and your signature.
Welcome back, Cephis. The bar is open for you as always. Grab a drink, my treat  :)

How are you doing?
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Post by: cephis on April 03, 2021, 11:15:19 PM
Thank you Dina, I sort is tapered off when Jim stopped coming out with his annual two books a year,  who did he think he was Stephen King?  I've since moved from Mac's brown to cloudy IPAS. Its been less than a decadeI think. I got a wife, lost a wife and moved back to Chicago.  How are you? It's very similar to coming to a bar that you haven't been to in a while.  The decor is the same,  but you remember it being busier
Ah, you are one of the old guard! I remember your name and your signature.
Welcome back, Cephis. The bar is open for you as always. Grab a drink, my treat  :)

How are you doing?
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Post by: Dina on April 03, 2021, 11:41:25 PM
Yes, it has been much, much busier. Many people moved to other places, like Facebook or Twitter or I don't know what, but the lights are still on here.

I am glad, thank you. I managed to keep the same hubby and both of us love working from home due to pandemics. I am a TA at university and next week I will begin my second year of dictating my classes online. Hopefully it will be easier this time, even when we have more students (distance allows us to have students from many distant provinces, and even from other countries).

Well, have you read PT and BG yet?

Happy Easter Sunday (for tomorrow)  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 04, 2021, 08:41:56 AM
Hello, Cephis.
I'm relatively new here. I'm a medical laboratory technician.

@all
Happy Easter Sunday!

I played easter bunny today and almost got busted. The kid got up early because she wanted to watch the bunny hiding things. I told her to go back to sleep. The bunny doesn't come, when children are watching. My mother told me she texted her earlier to ask if she thought the bunny was real.
I will act like my parents did with me. Never admit, but never deny.
Technically it was my mother's fault, because she let herself be seen last year, as she put something into the easter nest. I explained, that the bunny left things with her, because it didn't know, we wouldn't be allowed to visit, so grandma corrected the error.  8)

We will visit them today, but stay outside. I hope it won't be too cold. There will be cake and I made chocolate muffins.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 04, 2021, 10:55:14 AM
Hello Cephis. I'm relatively older than Regen :D
Happy Easter, people. If anybody is scared of getting fat, I'll take those chocolate eggs off of your hands. I'm that nice a guy.
@Dina: To be honest, I prefer meat to be an ingredient of any meal. Only economic and health awareness stop me from a 100 percent carnivorous diet :P
Ok the kittens are hungry, and the mother is out sunning herself somewhere. I'll go boil some milk.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 04, 2021, 12:08:49 PM
Hello Cephis. I'm relatively older than Regen :D
Happy Easter, people. If anybody is scared of getting fat, I'll take those chocolate eggs off of your hands. I'm that nice a guy.
Thank you. You are too kind. Would you eat chocolate bunnies, too? We have three different kinds. But I'm afraid, the kids want to get fat. ;)
I tried to get some chocolate from them without success.

Is the milk for the kittens?

It is about 22°C outside in the sun. Some grey clouds at the hills in the west. This is where most of the weather comes from. Not sure about the rain. I hope, this time we can eat the cake without water from above, LOL.

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Post by: Arjan on April 04, 2021, 12:45:28 PM
The milk of course is for chocolate milk. Mmmmm
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Post by: Fcrate on April 04, 2021, 01:19:08 PM
The milk is for the kittens, yes. For me, I just drank some cold. It's 29 degrees here.
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Post by: Arjan on April 04, 2021, 03:03:01 PM
The milk is for the kittens, yes. For me, I just drank some cold. It's 29 degrees here.
It is just 7 degrees here so I am going to drink my milk hot. With some aniseed flavoured sugar actually. The sun is really nice outside, not something to flee from.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 04, 2021, 04:58:55 PM
I'm back. It was very nice. We could stay outside for almost 4 hours. Tonight the temperature will be below 0. But the days are sunny. Tomorrow I will either got to the river with the whole family or risk hurting myself while doing some inline skating with my little one. In my youth I did a lot of skating. I would like to take that up again. Maybe the little one joins me one day on a tour. My father gave me his skates, because he doesn't want to risk his joints and bones at his age. Understandable. I didn't skate for almost 14 years, first because of bad and steep streets. Then because my feet fell asleep too soon after putting them on.. It is weird. I have bigger feet now than before the pregnancies. But hey, so I fit into my father's shoes. Yay. I'm bigfoot.
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Post by: Dina on April 04, 2021, 06:50:40 PM
Hello everyone! I am glad you are enjoying your Easter Sunday! Here it is a very pleasant day too, with amazing 25°C and plenty of sun.

I hope the kitten enjoyed their milk.

I am going to do a Zoom RPG session later, it will be fun  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 04, 2021, 09:00:56 PM
Have fun with your zoom RPG, Dina
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Post by: Dina on April 04, 2021, 09:03:20 PM
Thanks, we are about to start now. I am going to buy a new armor.
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Post by: Reginald(Formally GW) on April 04, 2021, 11:04:49 PM
*pokes head in*
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 04, 2021, 11:10:00 PM
I will be around starting today. I missed you all.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 05, 2021, 09:11:19 AM
Hey, there!

*pokes head in*
I will be around starting today. I missed you all.
Not sure how and if to ask politely, not meaning to be rude, only confused, so I just blurt it out:
Are you the same person?

@Dina:
How was RPG yesterday?

@all:
The daily Regenbogen weather comment in two words of same length:

****** Storm Front ******  :o

(OK, no inline skating or visiting rivers today. I'll just change that to 'lazy day')
Maybe I'm doing some reading today. I've started the Mercy Thompson series again. The first one was so long ago, it almost felt like a new book, lol.
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Post by: Arjan on April 05, 2021, 11:33:06 AM
Arctic Blaze

Well not that cold but the air comes from the Arctic and the windchill factor is still -3

Seven degrees lower than the temperature. And there is cold rain. I’ll stay inside mostly. Probably a short walk to experience it.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 05, 2021, 12:01:46 PM
Just to make sure it is justified to stay inside. I did that too. Minus the rain and the arctis.
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Post by: Arjan on April 05, 2021, 12:04:25 PM
Just to make sure it is justified to stay inside. I did that too. Minus the rain and the arctis.
It is snowing!

It melts as soon as it reaches the ground but....
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 05, 2021, 01:37:11 PM
It is snowing!

It melts as soon as it reaches the ground but....

Oh no! Quick. Outside. Sacrifice ice cream for Mab.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 05, 2021, 02:39:01 PM
@Regen: look at the signatures. Same person :D
30°c today. Warm and sunny without being too hot. It goes downhill from here.
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Post by: Dina on April 05, 2021, 03:36:04 PM
Hello everyone!

GW presence made my day. He is indeed the same person, at some point on his life he forgot how to access his account, so he made a new one. Then I don't remember if he found the password or had it reset by the mods, but anyway, the two accounts are available.

I hope you know how happy I am to see you, GW (((((((((((GW)))))))))))))
Now, answer my mail or you will have to face an angry Dina. And you know, that may mean maggots.

Arjan, so cold! It's freezing my imagination.

Regen, my RPG was actually quite boring, as it mostly involved a shopping spree. I have a new armor and cloak, though and I look awesome.

Also, we had chocolate egg yesterday and it was great  :). Actually we had two. One had pistacchio and a touch of sea salt. The other was dark chocolate. Yum and yum!
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 05, 2021, 03:55:14 PM
Dina, next time I hope you can make use of the new armor.  ;D
We have chocolate bunnies of different tastes of chocolate. It's just simple chocolate but from different manufactures, just chocolate taste. But no dark one.
Today the little one opened the door and found another nest outside. No name but I know it is from her godmother by the way she painted the bunnies on the card. More than enough chocolate to last several weeks. If it is too much we can still send some to Egypt. I heard there is a selfless guy who can help getting rid of it. ;)
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Post by: Arjan on April 05, 2021, 03:59:03 PM
Hello everyone!

GW presence made my day. He is indeed the same person, at some point on his life he forgot how to access his account, so he made a new one. Then I don't remember if he found the password or had it reset by the mods, but anyway, the two accounts are available.

I hope you know how happy I am to see you, GW (((((((((((GW)))))))))))))
Now, answer my mail or you will have to face an angry Dina. And you know, that may mean maggots.

Arjan, so cold! It's freezing my imagination.

Regen, my RPG was actually quite boring, as it mostly involved a shopping spree. I have a new armor and cloak, though and I look awesome.

Also, we had chocolate egg yesterday and it was great  :). Actually we had two. One had pistacchio and a touch of sea salt. The other was dark chocolate. Yum and yum!
It snows and we had a nice walk in the sun. Strange weather but cold enough to make sauerkraut mash, time for comfort food.

I am just sitting on the couch listening to music and gathering the will to start cooking.
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Post by: Dina on April 05, 2021, 04:12:19 PM
Enjoy your music!
Regen, I am so glad for your daughter, I imagine she was delighted  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 05, 2021, 05:54:27 PM
Arjan, what did you do??? There is snow here, too now!  :o
;)
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Post by: Arjan on April 05, 2021, 06:38:39 PM
Arjan, what did you do??? There is snow here, too now!  :o
;)
I did not sacrifice my ice cream to Mab! it is still in the fridge. I did not promise it either.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 05, 2021, 06:41:46 PM
OK. So I just wait and let it move south. 8)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 05, 2021, 10:17:14 PM
(((((((Dinasaur)))))))
So I did my original account which is good because now I have the symbols around my name to protect me from the resident REDs on this site.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 05, 2021, 10:44:23 PM
Hey, there!
Not sure how and if to ask politely, not meaning to be rude, only confused, so I just blurt it out:
Are you the same person?

@Dina:
How was RPG yesterday?

@all:
The daily Regenbogen weather comment in two words of same length:

****** Storm Front ******  :o

(OK, no inline skating or visiting rivers today. I'll just change that to 'lazy day')
Maybe I'm doing some reading today. I've started the Mercy Thompson series again. The first one was so long ago, it almost felt like a new book, lol.
Hey! Nice to meet you. I have been in and out for years. Always good to see new people join weird as we are a mercurial bunch.
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Post by: Dina on April 05, 2021, 10:50:18 PM
 :) But a good bunch
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 05, 2021, 11:25:50 PM
:) But a good bunch
That is true as well ((((((DINASAUR)))))

So Im making a ship for these island quests they are about to go on and im not sure what exact ship to use as the model. Its a supposedly above board ship with a slight bit of antiquities smuggling.

Oh to be clear, Im DMing a group and having them go island hopping. There will be pirates and sea serpents oh mai.
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Post by: Dina on April 06, 2021, 12:31:45 AM
I am very bad with ships, and I need some context about your history but have you considered Gilligan's boat?  ;D
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 06, 2021, 12:40:20 AM
Honestly that is so funny, I have to do it.
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Post by: Dina on April 06, 2021, 12:41:37 AM
I knew it  ;D

I promise I'll write you later, probably much later, I am preparing some things for tomorrow.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 06, 2021, 12:46:07 AM
I knew it  ;D

I promise I'll write you later, probably much later, I am preparing some things for tomorrow.
Great!

So the boat is called the SS Minnow. After the boat from giligans island
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Post by: RSL on April 06, 2021, 04:32:10 PM
I suggest hiring Captain Ron 8) - he knows how to handle Pirates of the Carribean
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Post by: Dina on April 06, 2021, 10:16:26 PM
Hi RSL!

And good maen for everyone! I am tired...
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 06, 2021, 11:05:31 PM
I suggest hiring Captain Ron 8) - he knows how to handle Pirates of the Carribean
While that is a good choice. I have a name for the captain.   Captain Thiago Seyboth Wild
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Post by: Dina on April 06, 2021, 11:20:59 PM
I like the name Thiago. At least, today. For some reason when I was younger I did not like it.
It is sort for Santiago.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 06, 2021, 11:46:48 PM
All Members of the crew are named after Tennis Players around the world. Not a tennis fan but I noticed some good names i wanted to use.
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Post by: Dina on April 07, 2021, 12:18:20 AM
Gabriela Sabatini  :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 07, 2021, 12:40:38 AM
I will add her to the list.

Also I am adding a cleric because none of these people have healing. or much at least. I was hoping to name her after you if you are ok with that?   Dina the Cleric!
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 07, 2021, 05:55:49 AM
Good maen.
I just woke up and looked outside.
... Mab decided to stay. She left snow everywhere!!! Enough to build a snowman.  :o

Boris the pirate? ;)
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Post by: Dina on April 07, 2021, 07:05:51 AM
I will add her to the list.

Also I am adding a cleric because none of these people have healing. or much at least. I was hoping to name her after you if you are ok with that?   Dina the Cleric!

Oh yes, that would be awesome!! Thank you!!  :)
For a while, my default character was a cleric. I mean. when I played with a new party, most times I chose a cleric. Then they changed the system and I was not so familiar with the spells and I chose different things.
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Post by: RSL on April 07, 2021, 05:44:09 PM
hey, (((Dina))) and good mean to everyone else from me,too :D
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Post by: Dina on April 07, 2021, 05:50:18 PM
(((((RSL))) Hi! How are you doing?

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Post by: RSL on April 07, 2021, 06:38:57 PM
Doing well considering - (pandemic 'n' stuff) ... yourself?
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Post by: Dina on April 07, 2021, 07:21:42 PM
Idem. This week I began my second year of teaching online. I really like it.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 07, 2021, 08:06:10 PM
This is a time, I am once more glad, that I am no teacher.
I often admire my kid's teachers' patience. Watching from a distance can be funny though ;). Example: teacher tells kids: tomorrow is video conference at 8am. Please be there on time with your books.
Tomorrow is there: Kid#1 Oh sorry I'm late, nobody told me I had to be online.
Kid#2 I forgot my book. Wait I look for it.
Kid#2 disappears. Everybody has to wait for his return. He returns 5 min later with his cat, but no book.
Finally everybody is there at 8:15.
Teacher: OK, now we can begin. Open your books on page xyz.
Kid#3: Wait. Do we need the book? I didn't know.
Kid#4 notices that kid#2 got to show his cat and dissapears without a word to fetch his own pet.
Teacher tries to get everybody to pay attention.
Kid#3 cries: I can't find my book.
Kid#5: what book?

.... to be continued.
LOL
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Post by: Dina on April 07, 2021, 09:01:29 PM
Yes, I am a TA at university, so my students are adults, thanks the Heavens  :)

Primary school teachers are heroes always but specially now.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 08, 2021, 12:59:40 AM
Primary School teachers are saints for their efforts right now.
All teachers are TBH
I would also not like to be a student right now.
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Post by: Dina on April 08, 2021, 01:01:52 AM
Oh, I would love to be a student now. Not having to commute everyday, I would had so much more time now than when I was a student. So many facilities now too. My career would probably be easier.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 08, 2021, 01:06:39 AM
My brain would have told me that i could pretend to do the work in class and i would get it done later. This would have led to a very stressful day of which i of course wouldnt have learned my lesson
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Post by: Dina on April 08, 2021, 06:43:31 AM
Yes, to be honest, I don't know how it would have worked for me, I am just optimistic that I could have done it well  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on April 13, 2021, 09:55:08 AM
@Dina: I'm quite sure I'd have been too lazy to follow through on anything. Lol
Okay, first day of Ramadan here, also my dog is giving birth right now. 5 puppies so far xD
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 13, 2021, 06:08:38 PM
@Dina: I'm quite sure I'd have been too lazy to follow through on anything.
LOL
Me too, I'm afraid. I was the kind who hid fantasy books in school books to pretend I was learning. To imagine what I would have done, if no teacher watched me...  :o
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Post by: Fcrate on April 13, 2021, 06:28:22 PM
LOL
Me too, I'm afraid. I was the kind who hid fantasy books in school books to pretend I was learning. To imagine what I would have done, if no teacher watched me...  :o
Oh God.. . That's so... Me :D my mother used to look under my pillow, next to the bed, under the bed, in all text books and make sure i don't have any fantasy/fiction hidden while I was pretending to study. After that I'd open my school bag and take my pocket book out and have my fun xD
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 13, 2021, 07:34:00 PM
My mother used to sneak up to my door at night (at least she tried to, but I heard her most of the times), when I was supposed to be asleep, to look through the keyhole if there was light and listen if there were turned pages. I used to read at night with my fingers on the light switch (I had a lamp directly beside my bed), so I could turn it off without noise as soon as I heard her moving. Her bed was creaking no matter how careful she tried to get up and the floor was creaking too.
My father was another matter. He didn't even try to be quiet. He was fast. I knew, my mother wouldn't come in, if she didn't see light or hear me, but my father would be there with a few fast steps and open the door at once. I was just lucky that he mostly didn't care, if I was asleep or not. In his opinion it was my own fault, if I was tired the next day. And he was right. LOL. I often suffered the consequences of my late reading.

I always have a book with me, when I go somewhere where there might be waiting involved. I read while cooking, I even read while playing some stupid games on my cell phone. I read while I'm having breakfast and if I was alone I would read during the other meals, too. I read in bed, in busses and trains, on the toilet (lol),...
At every opportunity.

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Post by: Fcrate on April 13, 2021, 08:24:42 PM
Haha, my mother always knocked before entering. Father? No. And he had (still has) a scary way of opening doors, very loud and sudden. He always scolded us for closing the doors in the first place. Only my sister was allowed a closed door. Anyway, I didn't have a problem with the light, as my room had a window overlooking a balcony by some weird design, and we always kept the balcony lit during the night. Enough light to read by even through the curtains. As a result I still prefer very soft light in everything. My computer and phone screens brightness are always at the lowest setting.
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Post by: Dina on April 13, 2021, 08:56:56 PM
Good maen everyone!

I never switched a book (a fun one for a dull one) but I always tried to read instead of sleep. As a child,I couldn't close the door either. My parents shouting me to turn off the light was a classic.

Do you remember that I told you that Tuesday 13th is considered bad luck here? I never cared too much for that, most Tuesday 13 had been good or neutral for me. Today, though, was not good. The class has been complicated, we had several problemas, and I had bad news about a paper. Still, it could have been much worse, so I am not complaining.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 13, 2021, 09:10:42 PM
Oh no, Dina, I hope it gets better tomorrow.
I'm still at home until the end of the week. Today and yesterday I read an old children's book to my little one. I did not remember it to be written in such a funny way. Or maybe I didn't understand the humour as a child.

My parents also were not fond of my closed door. I did it only so that no one would see the light, but argued that I did it, because I couldn't sleep, when my father was snoring so noisily? LOL. And that was no lie either.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 13, 2021, 09:12:16 PM
Sorry about your bad day Dina. Look on the bright side. It can only get better from here. :D I also had a rough day at work today. And some problem with water, which took a few hours to fix, and I had to carry water to my 3 cows by bucket from the water pump until I could get the main pipes fixed. Did you know that a cow can drink up to 45 liters in one go? Neither did I, but I found out today. Heh. I didn't realize it was the 13th till you said it. Maybe there's something to that after all. Lol
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Post by: Dina on April 13, 2021, 09:19:15 PM
 :)
I am not surprised, actually. Cows are really massive. But no, I did not know.
How is the new mommy? (the she-dog, I mean)

Thanks for your good wishes, people.

Regen, sometimes it is surprising to revisit books, specially if you read it when you were a child, or too young. I know it happened me a lot with Astérix, I was understanding more jokes as long as I grew old.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 13, 2021, 09:26:05 PM
She is fine, it's her first time so she's a little stupid (Almost smothered a couple of them) but she'll learn. She didn't pick a good place either. A bit windy at night, so I moved built her a temporary wind break. Tomorrow when I have more time I'll move them to a better spot.
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Post by: Dina on April 13, 2021, 09:45:03 PM
Poor thing, yes, take care of her
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 13, 2021, 10:27:32 PM
Were there 5 babies or more?

Wow. 45L! Impressing. And a lot of water to carry.
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Post by: Arjan on April 14, 2021, 12:58:56 AM
A pocket flashlight under the blanket is a classic and worked well for me.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 14, 2021, 04:33:12 AM
Were there 5 babies or more?

Wow. 45L! Impressing. And a lot of water to carry.
Yes, she stopped at 5. And ofc I didn't carry the whole thing, my bucket is 18 liter, I filled it with 15 and took about 9 trips. Water is hard to carry.
A pocket flashlight under the blanket is a classic and worked well for me.
Too easy to get caught in the summer, and makes reading very difficult. One hand to hold the blanket and the book up, another with the flashlight, cuts down on the options for a speedy escape.
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Post by: Arjan on April 14, 2021, 07:06:43 AM
Yes, she stopped at 5. And ofc I didn't carry the whole thing, my bucket is 18 liter, I filled it with 15 and took about 9 trips. Water is hard to carry.Too easy to get caught in the summer, and makes reading very difficult. One hand to hold the blanket and the book up, another with the flashlight, cuts down on the options for a speedy escape.
Only for colder climates apparently.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 14, 2021, 07:20:20 AM
I only used flashlights a few times. There was the escape problem mentioned by Fcrate, and it wasn't really good light, and my parents asked about all the missing batteries. And there was the danger of falling asleep and being caught in the morning with a flashlight in your bed.
And it was too hot and bad air under the blanket.
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Post by: Arjan on April 14, 2021, 07:31:46 AM
I only used flashlights a few times. There was the escape problem mentioned by Fcrate, and it wasn't really good light, and my parents asked about all the missing batteries. And there was the danger of falling asleep and being caught in the morning with a flashlight in your bed.
And it was too hot and bad air under the blanket.
There was a window on the top of my bedroom door above eye level, you could not really look through is but you did see if there was light shining in the room so they only looked if there was light shining through when going upstairs, they slept in the attic. Hiding the light was the most important thing.

 
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 14, 2021, 07:45:35 AM
So, it depends on the living conditions. My light could only be seen through the door. To see my window one would have to go outside, around the house into the meadow to the back. Not much sense to do that in the dark. And I would have heard the frontdoor. It is a very small house. The front door is directly opposite the stairs leading up to the bedrooms. When my father worked the late shift, I would know when he was getting home. That wasn't so late, still in the timeframe being awake reading was allowed.
Also I could close the window shutters so almost no light was seen outside.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 14, 2021, 08:05:58 PM
I used to read while eating but now my opinion is why should I combine two of my greatest pleasures? One at a time is enough. :)
Edit: @Regen: I didn't notice that you modified your post. Now mine sounds quite Random. Lol
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Post by: Arjan on April 14, 2021, 08:17:50 PM
I read a few times while walking. It works under the right circumstances.
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Post by: Dina on April 14, 2021, 08:25:03 PM
If I am alone while eating, I often read. If not, I watch tv. It is very unusual that I just eat.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 15, 2021, 12:13:02 AM
These days mostly a movie with dinner, certain people though, are impossible to watch a movie with.
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Post by: Dina on April 15, 2021, 12:35:12 AM
True.
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Post by: Arjan on April 15, 2021, 02:02:45 AM
These days mostly a movie with dinner, certain people though, are impossible to watch a movie with.
Yes, me  :)
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 15, 2021, 04:41:50 AM
The other day I was reminded of this quote. "Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets."

SpongeBob was a wild show when I was a kid. It leaves me with so many questions.
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Post by: Dina on April 15, 2021, 05:44:46 AM
(((((((((((DC)))))))))))  :D Good to see you here.
Yes, so people told me. I haven't seen it too much.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 15, 2021, 05:59:01 PM
I'm not fond of Spongebob. But I have watched some episodes. OK, they are funny, but it's a kind of funny, that my fun nerves are over satisfied after one episode a week.  ;)
My husband loves the show, so I still get to see it sometimes. I have to be careful not to laugh, or he will hop around in triumph and shout that I do like it, though I said I don't.  ;)

Most of the times I just leave the room to read in the kitchen or in the bedroom.
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Post by: Dina on April 16, 2021, 07:13:15 PM
Ah, the eternal problem of significant others liking a show you don't, specially if it is a funny one. It happens me sometimes with "Family Guy", for instance  :P
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Post by: Fcrate on April 18, 2021, 06:01:22 PM
I watched Family guy till season 9, and I like it. I especially like the music numbers that they make. Some episodes dragged on, but generally I liked it :D
Heatwave the last 3 days. 38°c here :/
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Post by: Arjan on April 18, 2021, 06:26:56 PM
I watched Family guy till season 9, and I like it. I especially like the music numbers that they make. Some episodes dragged on, but generally I liked it :D
Heatwave the last 3 days. 38°c here :/
That is what they call here “The sparrows fall dead from the roof”

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Post by: Dina on April 18, 2021, 07:01:17 PM
Sorry about the heatwave, Fcrate!
We are still having warm days.

About Family Guy, it's ok. Everyone has different likings, which makes life interesting.

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Post by: Regenbogen on April 18, 2021, 07:03:49 PM
Tomorrow my vacation is over.  :( I don't look forward to going to work. But at least it won't be the weekend or the nightshift.
I'm thinking of helping out at the small covid testing centre in the main village. They need people who do the actual testing. Not taking the samples. There are enough people who do the writing stuff. But not enough who want to do the testing.
I think I'm going to ask the apothecary. His wife is a friend, she told me.

It is still cold here. 3-5°C. Next week should be warmer. Around 12-13. Yay.

Edit: I know Family Guy. But I don't watch it on purpose. I have never seen one full episode.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 19, 2021, 09:58:52 AM
That's very good of you Regen. I'm sure they'll appreciate your help.
I just spent 90 minutes cleaning my little pool, me and a friend of mine here built it last year, and it helped us survive the summer. Unfortunately it's basically a plastic sheet over a square of sandbags, which meant that i had to keep it full all through the winter or the sun would have destroyed the plastic. Anyway, I'm filling it up now. In 20 minutes I'll have the best siesta ever :D
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Post by: Dina on April 19, 2021, 06:47:36 PM
I hope you enjoy your siesta!

Regen, that sounds awesome  :). I hope your first day was light. I also hope cold retreats soon.

I began watching "The Nevers" (It's an HBO show, initially by Joss Whedon but apparently he left the production now). I thought it was quite good, even when people had told me it was bad. It's not the best show ever, mind you. Nothing mind-blowing. But the pilot was interesting enough for me.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 20, 2021, 07:09:34 AM
Heatwave is over now. Damn I only got to use the pool once :/
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Post by: Dina on April 20, 2021, 07:21:49 AM
Well, it's Egypt, I am sure you will have the chance to use it again soon.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 20, 2021, 07:44:46 AM
Yes, starting Mid May I think, but I'll have to empty it and clean it again -.-
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Post by: Dina on April 20, 2021, 07:58:01 AM
Just wait, maybe the heatwave has some "echo", meaning another hot day soon.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 20, 2021, 08:11:57 AM
Hah, I hope and hope not at the same time. Lol
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Post by: Dina on April 20, 2021, 08:13:56 AM
Ah yes, I've got it.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 20, 2021, 11:09:54 PM
Hey weird!!!   Between moving and being stuck in the late great state of texas Ive been quite busy this past week. I hope everyone is doing well!
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Post by: Dina on April 21, 2021, 05:54:20 PM
((((((((GW)))))) Oh? Do tell? (you said your bday was an eventful one).
So, how is the new place?  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 21, 2021, 06:51:30 PM
Hi, GW.
Did you move to another state?
And happy belated birthday!

@Fcrate: the pool sounds awesome. I hope you can enjoy it again soon.

@Dina: I haven't heard about the Nevers, yet.

We've been looking for some new series to watch, watched a few movies in between. One sounded funny at first but was very very boring. We managed the first 20 minutes or so. It was supposed to be about a zombie apocalypse. It has been praised at lot and I believe even won some award. But nothing happened. The few zombies you could see, were no danger. It was like a boring road movie with the occasional rotten human. But nothing interesting happened.

Now we have begun to watch Swamp Thing. We have only watched the pilot so far, but it looks like a good series.
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Post by: Dina on April 21, 2021, 07:53:11 PM
Good maen, Regen!
I watched Swamp Thing and found it all right. I specially liked the Swamp Thing itself, I mean, how he is done visually, and the appearance of other DC characters that I won't mention (I don't like to spoil anything).
I am not so fond of zombies. I watched several seasons of the Walking Dead but I abandoned it. Same with Fear the Walking Dear (I watched only a season of that). I get bored easily. If you are interested, a friend recommended me an Asian show on that topic. It's called "Kingdom" and it's in Netflix. Not too long either.

I began watching "the Falcon and the Winter Soldier". The first episode was just fine (IMHO) but they were apart from each other, in the second they are together and I liked it much more. Their banter is funny and you can feel their love for Steve Rogers.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 21, 2021, 08:37:35 PM
Thanks, Dina.
I'll see, if I can find it. We don't have Netflix, but sometimes you can find those on amazon video.
We also watched a few seasons of TWD. It was interesting at first, but at one point I started to dislike it. It became too brutal for my taste. So we switched to something more humorous: Z Nation.
We liked that a lot.
Actually I never liked zombie movies before TWD. Most of the movies showed the outbreak. And they were over, when either everyone previous alive was dead or zombies themselves, when the last remaining protagonists were able to flee, or the more optimistic version: when all the zombies were defeated (though I can't remember having seen any ending like that).
But TWD was the first series I knew that showed life after the outbreak. So I was interested.

Z Nation has funnier zombies and definitely crazy ideas. ;)

The last series we watched was Twelve Monkeys. At first I wasn't sure, if I wanted to watch a show in which a virus kills almost all human life. But basically it was more of a time travel series. With a very cheesy happy ending, but we really liked it in spite of the missing logic and paradoxes. LOL
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Post by: Dina on April 21, 2021, 09:21:35 PM
Yes, the premise of TWD was interesting, but for me it became old after a while. And I decided to take a break from zombies, so no Z-nation for me.

I liked the movie 12 monkeys but I was not interested in a show about it.

I don´t remember if I told you but I also began watching the new Kung-Fu. It's in CW, with a female lead. I saw two episodes and so far I liked it.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 21, 2021, 10:03:13 PM
What new Kung Fu??? OMG, I'm so uninformed, lol.
Is it a remake of the series with David Carradine?
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Post by: Dina on April 21, 2021, 10:36:46 PM
It is, in a very loose way. The setting is current age. A young Chinese-American woman from San Francisco gets fed of her family, specially her mom, and when they are in China she runs and ends in a Shaolin Temple, with a female Teacher and female monks with amazing warrior skills. I know, it's silly. But if you can roll with it, the rest is fine, because after an attack (ninjas!) that destroys the temple, kills the Master and steals a Very Important and May Be Supernatural sword, our lead goes back home. And she has an interesting family, an interesting ex, a new possible romantic interest...
So, you see, the only things in common with the David Carradine one was Shaolin, Shaolin master, San Francisco and a generic Search for Justice Quest.

It's a very new show, it is not weird that you don't know it about it. Every time I see an Arrowverse show, they promote "Kung-fu", so I decided to try it
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 21, 2021, 11:36:56 PM
((((((((GW)))))) Oh? Do tell? (you said your bday was an eventful one).
So, how is the new place?  :)
(((((DINA))))))
My new place is nice though i havent fully unpacked I still have 300 plus books just lying on the ground waiting for me to invent a brand new book organizational system.
I got sent to Texas for work and was supposed to only be there til thursday. Well they "forgot" to tell us they put competitors fluids. I had to flush their entire machines. Then they had billing issues which i helped them resolve. Then I stayed to help them on my birthday to get them running and they had the gall to get mad at me. They impatiently stood over my shoulder. The one guy leaned over so far he fell on me and we broke a part on the machine and they tried to blame me for it and tried to get a free replacement. At that point I called my boss and got out of there. It was frustrating. I spent the rest of the day traveling.
I have also watched the Nevers.  I am enjoying it so far.

@Regenbogan  Thank you! I just actually moved down the street to an apartment building that wasn't inconvenient to get in and out of.
Have you watched the Man in the High Castle? its pretty good. Please let me know what you think of Swamp thing.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 21, 2021, 11:37:46 PM
Yes, the premise of TWD was interesting, but for me it became old after a while. And I decided to take a break from zombies, so no Z-nation for me.

I liked the movie 12 monkeys but I was not interested in a show about it.

I don´t remember if I told you but I also began watching the new Kung-Fu. It's in CW, with a female lead. I saw two episodes and so far I liked it.

The 12 monkeys show is good for 2 seasons and then it kind of loses its way
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Post by: Dina on April 22, 2021, 12:12:35 AM
I am glad your new place is fine, and I hope you can enjoy it a lot now that days are becoming warmer for you. Also, it's fine about unpackaging, take your time. And find a good home for all those poor books.

I am so sorry about your troubles on your birthday but I am glad you are not in Texas anymore (not because it's Texas but because it is not your home).

(((((((((GW))))))))))
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 22, 2021, 12:43:17 AM
I am glad your new place is fine, and I hope you can enjoy it a lot now that days are becoming warmer for you. Also, it's fine about unpackaging, take your time. And find a good home for all those poor books.

I am so sorry about your troubles on your birthday but I am glad you are not in Texas anymore (not because it's Texas but because it is not your home).

(((((((((GW))))))))))
Aww its alright. Thank you (((((DINA))))) I had a decent day after so it ended up all right. Just chilling.

So in my DND campaign I created a lava joust tournament where they had to pick rocks based on speed and strength. they had two points to spend between the two. The Speed would aid in attack and strength in not getting knocked out. Dina the Cleric made it past the first round with a fast rock!\
How have you been?

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Post by: Dina on April 22, 2021, 06:19:19 AM
Aww its alright. Thank you (((((DINA))))) I had a decent day after so it ended up all right. Just chilling.

All right then  :)
So in my DND campaign I created a lava joust tournament where they had to pick rocks based on speed and strength. they had two points to spend between the two. The Speed would aid in attack and strength in not getting knocked out. Dina the Cleric made it past the first round with a fast rock!\
Yay! Good for her!  ;D

I've been well. I have classes tomorrow, hopefully it will be a good one. And on Friday I have a Zoom with my boss and coworkers about a paper we are writing. So, looking forward to the weekend for rest and some RPG too.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 23, 2021, 01:05:44 AM
Nice! Whats the paper about if you don't mind saying?

Glad you are getting in some RPG this weekend! What are you playing as?

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Post by: Dina on April 23, 2021, 09:24:28 PM
It's an analysis of mitochondrial DNA of the fly I work with. We made some general genetic analyses and proposed how that fly arrived at our country and how it spread over it.

And I am playing Pathfinder. My character is a really  dangerous Swashbuckler (we began playing about two years ago. We are quite overpowered right now, so I am not kidding about my character being dangerous. She is also a very cute catfolk.)
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 25, 2021, 05:05:07 AM
Mitochondrial DNA is fascinating. I really wish there were more opportunities for biological research that didn't involve academia and/or grad school. It would be so much fun.
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Post by: Arjan on April 25, 2021, 07:01:59 AM
Mitochondrial DNA is fascinating. I really wish there were more opportunities for biological research that didn't involve academia and/or grad school. It would be so much fun.
I did chemistry in the eighties in Leiden. It was not my speciality but I did some courses. It was one of the more demanding courses because of the enormous amount of facts, names and other things you had to learn by heart before you could even start understanding things in depth. The technology has improved by now but you needed a lab and infrastructure an a lot of time to do meaningful experiments and a lot of time with professionals to learn how to do it properly.

Forty years later if I want to know how science has progressed in this field I would just go to wikipedia and then read some popular science book.

It is really not worth it unless you spend loads of time and money on it and then you can better go to school.

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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 03:49:16 PM
It's an analysis of mitochondrial DNA of the fly I work with. We made some general genetic analyses and proposed how that fly arrived at our country and how it spread over it.
And I am playing Pathfinder. My character is a really  dangerous Swashbuckler (we began playing about two years ago. We are quite overpowered right now, so I am not kidding about my character being dangerous. She is also a very cute catfolk.)
I don't know if its a thing in Argentina but in America, there is a common teaching joke that "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell"   its interesting because they made a baby with three parents where the kid got their mitochondrial DNA from a third parent.

Mitochondrial DNA is fascinating. I really wish there were more opportunities for biological research that didn't involve academia and/or grad school. It would be so much fun.
DC how are you doing?

I did chemistry in the eighties in Leiden. It was not my speciality but I did some courses. It was one of the more demanding courses because of the enormous amount of facts, names and other things you had to learn by heart before you could even start understanding things in depth. The technology has improved by now but you needed a lab and infrastructure an a lot of time to do meaningful experiments and a lot of time with professionals to learn how to do it properly.
Forty years later if I want to know how science has progressed in this field I would just go to wikipedia and then read some popular science book.
It is really not worth it unless you spend loads of time and money on it and then you can better go to school.
I mean I have learned more random info from just curiously looking up stuff than I did in most science classes in school. More specific things I guess.
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Post by: Arjan on April 25, 2021, 05:01:28 PM
I don't know if its a thing in Argentina but in America, there is a common teaching joke that "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell"   its interesting because they made a baby with three parents where the kid got their mitochondrial DNA from a third parent.
DC how are you doing?
I mean I have learned more random info from just curiously looking up stuff than I did in most science classes in school. More specific things I guess.
Depends on the school and the subject. I learned so many details at university that my head could not contain them all thirty years later.

If you want a global overview Wikipedia is wonderful. If you want to know more there are really wonderful popular science books. But for a really in depth study something not that wide nothing beats a good university.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 05:16:36 PM
Depends on the school and the subject. I learned so many details at university that my head could not contain them all thirty years later.

If you want a global overview Wikipedia is wonderful. If you want to know more there are really wonderful popular science books. But for a really in depth study something not that wide nothing beats a good university.

I never went to real college so maybe I would have learned so much more. I just read random non fiction books now and look stuff up.
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Post by: Arjan on April 25, 2021, 05:41:16 PM
I never went to real college so maybe I would have learned so much more. I just read random non fiction books now and look stuff up.
Much more about much less probably. It is all very specialized.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 05:42:35 PM
Much more about much less probably. It is all very specialized.
What did you major in?
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Post by: Arjan on April 25, 2021, 05:56:25 PM
What did you major in?
Physical chemistry. I did a lot of measurements on extremely thin solutions of long big molecules. Viscosity and so on. As I said I forgot most of it because I became a programmer.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 06:09:54 PM
Gotcha. Missed that. Was there a specific thing that caused you to switch to programming or was it just something you enjoyed and turned into a career?
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Post by: Arjan on April 25, 2021, 06:25:01 PM
Gotcha. Missed that. Was there a specific thing that caused you to switch to programming or was it just something you enjoyed and turned into a career?
I had no real programming experience at the time but I knew my math.

Just no job opportunities in chemistry at the time, far more graduates than new openings. The big companies like Philips were closing their labs.

And then came the IT boom in the nineties. If you had a good education in some other field so they thought you could do it you could get a course and on the job training. They were that desperate to get people. The rest is history.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 06:31:57 PM
I had no real programming experience at the time but I knew my math.

Just no job opportunities in chemistry at the time, far more graduates than new openings. The big companies like Philips were closing their labs.

And then came the IT boom in the nineties. If you had a good education in some other field so they thought you could do it you could get a course and on the job training. They were that desperate to get people. The rest is history.
Its amazing how sometimes things just happen at the right time and change the trajectory of your life.
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Post by: Arjan on April 25, 2021, 06:36:10 PM
Its amazing how sometimes things just happen at the right time and change the trajectory of your life.
Hard work is not enough. You need some luck too. But it is no accident that my wife found a job at the same time. Along with a lot of people.
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Post by: Don on April 25, 2021, 07:26:36 PM
Hello, my Weirdoes.

I suppose it's that time to do my biannual check-in. (Or is it semi-annual? I don't remember the last time I posted.  Either six months ago or two years ago.  One of those.)

I'm still alive.  Doing fairly well, in fact. 

I'm still an asshole, and people seem to tolerate me anyway.  I'm being told that I have to grow up and work on that stuff.  I suppose I knew it was coming sooner of later, so I'm giving it the old college try.  Results are mixed.

Hope all is well in the SHOV.
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Post by: Don on April 25, 2021, 07:30:51 PM
Oh yeah,

and I would also like to take the opportunity to gloat a little..

Mirror Mirror has garnered a lot more interest than Peace Talks in public appearances.

Jim is obviously working on a double release.  Peace Talks  has been in the can for some time now.

 :P

I correctly called the double-release of Dresden Files books two years ago.  :P  I was thinking it would be Mirror Mirror coming out and not Battle Ground.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 08:00:03 PM
Oh yeah,

and I would also like to take the opportunity to gloat a little..

I correctly called the double-release of Dresden Files books two years ago.  :P  I was thinking it would be Mirror Mirror coming out and not Battle Ground.
DON! apparently Biannual can mean either twice a year or every two years. Its confusing and wild.
Did you enjoy the two new books?
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Post by: Don on April 25, 2021, 08:07:00 PM
Hey!  It's good to see you here.

I did.  I feel like I missed a lot.  I haven't had time to give them the attentive reread I usually like to do with a new Dresden book.  Overall, they were cool.  I'm happy to still be excited about the series.

How's tricks?
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 08:24:41 PM
I wasnt a big fan of peace talks but i really enjoyed Battle Grounds so it brought me back. I'm doing well just getting by like everyone else. Good to see you here. 
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 25, 2021, 10:55:56 PM
Oh yeah,

and I would also like to take the opportunity to gloat a little..

I correctly called the double-release of Dresden Files books two years ago.  :P  I was thinking it would be Mirror Mirror coming out and not Battle Ground.
Oh, wow. You saw the future there in a way.


@GW:
We watched Swamp Thing today and something weird happened. I fell asleep somewhere during episode 6 and woke up somewhere during episode 7. And I was confused, because I remembered the dialogue, music and other sounds from falling asleep. And then I saw the pictures including the sounds again after waking up. I mean, I heard the sounds twice. Once while being asleep and the second time including the visual. And I asked: did we watch the same episode twice? But we didn't. I'm confused now. So I'm going to bed.

I liked both new books, though I believe they suffered from the splitting. There seemed to be scenes included that were not necessary just to make each book longer and a book on it's own. In PT it was the feeling of a long prologue before the action finally started, though I liked the first chapters but it felt like he had several ideas how to begin and decided to just use all of them.
And BG had too much battle in it.
But this has been discussed in the spoiler section a lot, so I won't say anything about it any more.

This year has 4 book releases I'm interested in, and one of them is already out. The others will be in August, November and December, if I remember correctly.
The first was an Alpha&Omega book (Mercy Thompson Spin-off by Patricia Briggs), the others are Blood&Paper (not sure about the correct title) by Kevin Hearne, the next Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon and the last Alex Verus by Benedict Jacka.
I'm looking forward to those.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 11:29:15 PM
@GW:
We watched Swamp Thing today and something weird happened. I fell asleep somewhere during episode 6 and woke up somewhere during episode 7. And I was confused, because I remembered the dialogue, music and other sounds from falling asleep. And then I saw the pictures including the sounds again after waking up. I mean, I heard the sounds twice. Once while being asleep and the second time including the visual. And I asked: did we watch the same episode twice? But we didn't. I'm confused now. So I'm going to bed.

I liked both new books, though I believe they suffered from the splitting. There seemed to be scenes included that were not necessary just to make each book longer and a book on it's own. In PT it was the feeling of a long prologue before the action finally started, though I liked the first chapters but it felt like he had several ideas how to begin and decided to just use all of them.
And BG had too much battle in it.
But this has been discussed in the spoiler section a lot, so I won't say anything about it any more.

This year has 4 book releases I'm interested in, and one of them is already out. The others will be in August, November and December, if I remember correctly.
The first was an Alpha&Omega book (Mercy Thompson Spin-off by Patricia Briggs), the others are Blood&Paper (not sure about the correct title) by Kevin Hearne, the next Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon and the last Alex Verus by Benedict Jacka.
I'm looking forward to those.
Sounds like you had an out of Body experience. So you are liking Swamp thing?

I dont think ive heard of any of those. I know the name Patricia Briggs but cant place it.

I have a couple books Im Looking forward to.
The two Star Wars Books that already came out this Year. Light of the Jedi and Into the Dark were both great. Looking forward to the next one.
A book called Rabbits which is based on the Podcast of the same name. Empire of the Vampire By Jay Kristoff. As well as the last Expanse novel, Leviathan Falls By James A Corey which comes out at some point this year.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 25, 2021, 11:35:16 PM
I never went to real college so maybe I would have learned so much more. I just read random non fiction books now and look stuff up.
No, you made the right choice. College in the US is, more often than not, a well-structured Ponzi scheme at this point.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 25, 2021, 11:44:39 PM
No, you made the right choice. College in the US is, more often than not, a well-structured Ponzi scheme at this point.
Hey (((DC)))   Didnt you go to college?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 26, 2021, 12:18:18 AM
Hey (((DC)))   Didnt you go to college?
I did. For the most part, I regret it. The field I got my degree in is largely nonexistent without a masters or a PhD which I was lied to about from the beginning. I was never interested in grad school, which made that realization deeply frustrating.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 26, 2021, 12:25:13 AM
I did. For the most part, I regret it. The field I got my degree in is largely nonexistent without a masters or a PhD which I was lied to about from the beginning. I was never interested in grad school, which made that realization deeply frustrating.
I'm sorry to hear that. So what are you doing now?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 26, 2021, 12:54:25 AM
I'm working at a grocery store until I can get into one of the many fields I should have gone into that will look at my resume and go "Why would I hire you?" before they toss it thanks to not having the degree they want.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 26, 2021, 12:57:28 AM
I'm working at a grocery store until I can get into one of the many fields I should have gone into that will look at my resume and go "Why would I hire you?" before they toss it thanks to not having the degree they want.
Well shoot, I'm sure you will find something. What fields are you trying to get into?

Also what is Mayochup?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 26, 2021, 01:46:07 AM
Well shoot, I'm sure you will find something. What fields are you trying to get into?

Also what is Mayochup?
I'd just like to get something with "engineer" in the title, given that I have an engineering degree. Though really at this point I'd settle for something that lets me rent my own apartment and have spending money on the side. A lofty goal, I know, but it's what I want.

Mayochup is an abomination. It's a combination of ketchup and the worst condiment ever created: mayonnaise.
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Post by: Dina on April 26, 2021, 01:47:50 AM
Hi people!
I am glad to see GW, Don and DC are here  :) :) :) :)
DC, so, perhaps you should try for a master or Ph.D.?
Don, I'll answer your PM soon, I promise.
Regen, are you enjoying Swamp Thing, besides falling asleep in one episode?
GW, I bought Light of the Jedi. I even began reading it, only a few pages, but then I felt too sad and decided to take a break...and then life happened and I did not take it back. But I will, I am interested in the new approach to the High Republic.
 
Finally Raya and the last Dragon became available in my Disney+, so I watched it yesterday. I liked it!

Mayonnaise + ketchup is called Salsa Golf here, because one of our Nobel prize winners (we only have 5) invented it in a Golf Club. It is quite common a condiment here.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 26, 2021, 02:11:01 AM
I'd just like to get something with "engineer" in the title, given that I have an engineering degree. Though really at this point I'd settle for something that lets me rent my own apartment and have spending money on the side. A lofty goal, I know, but it's what I want.

Mayochup is an abomination. It's a combination of ketchup and the worst condiment ever created: mayonnaise.
Keep your head up. You are a smart guy, it'll happen for you soon.
I'm a fan of Siracha and Mayo. But that sounds horrible. Sirachha and ranch is my favorite combo tho.

Dina. I'm sorry to hear that you were sad. It really is a good book. The sequel, which feels very different in style is much better for character growth.
I've been meaning to watch Raya. I have heard great things about it.
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Post by: Dina on April 26, 2021, 02:23:04 AM
Oh, I am sure the book is good, it's just that in the first pages there is a lot of death and angst. I am sure it will be better, it just...I think I was not in the right mindset at the moment.

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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 26, 2021, 02:25:34 AM
Oh, I am sure the book is good, it's just that in the first pages there is a lot of death and angst. I am sure it will be better, it just...I think I was not in the right mindset at the moment.


I think I understand. I have stopped many books that way, most recently Rhythm of War by Brandan Sanderson

I rather am enjoying the Nevers. I'm torn between loving the main girls friendship and wanting to Ship them.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 26, 2021, 02:28:49 AM
Hi people!
I am glad to see GW, Don and DC are here  :) :) :) :)
DC, so, perhaps you should try for a master or Ph.D.?
Don, I'll answer your PM soon, I promise.
Regen, are you enjoying Swamp Thing, besides falling asleep in one episode?
GW, I bought Light of the Jedi. I even began reading it, only a few pages, but then I felt too sad and decided to take a break...and then life happened and I did not take it back. But I will, I am interested in the new approach to the High Republic.
 
Finally Raya and the last Dragon became available in my Disney+, so I watched it yesterday. I liked it!

Mayonnaise + ketchup is called Salsa Golf here, because one of our Nobel prize winners (we only have 5) invented it in a Golf Club. It is quite common a condiment here.
I'd be more inclined to get a masters or phd if I hadn't heard horror stories from the people I know in grad school. There's also the money aspect, since I've been informed that your experience with both will be heavily dependent on funding, the lab I'm in etc etc (all of which I'm sure you're intimately familiar with. :P )

Keep your head up. You are a smart guy, it'll happen for you soon.
I'm a fan of Siracha and Mayo. But that sounds horrible. Sirachha and ranch is my favorite combo tho.

Dina. I'm sorry to hear that you were sad. It really is a good book. The sequel, which feels very different in style is much better for character growth.
I've been meaning to watch Raya. I have heard great things about it.
It'll happen eventually, but the in-between is quite annoying.

I think I understand. I have stopped many books that way, most recently Rhythm of War by Brandan Sanderson

I rather am enjoying the Nevers. I'm torn between loving the main girls friendship and wanting to Ship them.
Apparently a lot of people felt that way about RoW. I really liked the book, personally. It didn't feel too dark.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 26, 2021, 02:36:51 AM
I'd be more inclined to get a masters or phd if I hadn't heard horror stories from the people I know in grad school. There's also the money aspect, since I've been informed that your experience with both will be heavily dependent on funding, the lab I'm in etc etc (all of which I'm sure you're intimately familiar with. :P )
It'll happen eventually, but the in-between is quite annoying.
Apparently a lot of people felt that way about RoW. I really liked the book, personally. It didn't feel too dark.
It just kind of bummed me out. I'm gonna read it eventually because i loved the others, i just need a few books in between. I'll eventually hit a deadline of the next one coming out and knock it out in a weekend. I need a kick in the butt.

Also if you need help looking over your resume, or anything. Please let me know.
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Post by: Dina on April 26, 2021, 03:17:16 AM
I rather am enjoying the Nevers. I'm torn between loving the main girls friendship and wanting to Ship them.
I only watched one episode so far, I intend to continue though.

DC, yes, I understand what you mean. In fact, many of my colleagues never finished their ph.D. (or even began it). It is not easy.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 26, 2021, 03:25:12 AM
((((DINA))))) ((((DC)))) ((((OTHERS IN THE SHOV))) Good night, I am drifting off.
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Post by: Dizzy on April 26, 2021, 04:06:55 AM
Hello?
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Post by: Fcrate on April 26, 2021, 04:56:19 AM
Hello?

*Is it me you're looking for?* :D

Hello to all the people I haven't met yet.
Rhythm of War was awesome. But I did find that reading depressed Kaladin's chapters a bit difficult.
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Post by: Dizzy on April 26, 2021, 05:07:18 AM
"I can see it in your eyes..."

I haven't read RoW yet, was finishing up The Grimnoir Chronicles. RoW will be a big commitment, lol
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Post by: Arjan on April 26, 2021, 05:17:47 AM
No, you made the right choice. College in the US is, more often than not, a well-structured Ponzi scheme at this point.
I have heard about that and it is sad. There are a lot of places on earth where good education is organized by the state and not that expensive or even free and a minimum quality is maintained. Wasting your time and money on bad education does not help anyone.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 26, 2021, 05:40:29 AM
I like Swamp Thing.

I must admit, I have never read any book by Sanderson.
I've started the first Mistborn years ago, but it bored me in the first chapters, so I put it away for a later read that never came. Now it is on the shelf in the section for books that might be good to sell.
But I've heard and read that the books were good, so I can't bring myself to give it away yet. Maybe it's the translation again. The Dresden Files are really lame in translation, maybe this is what pushed me away.
I've found the first mistborn for 0,99€ in English. I'll give it a second try once I'm through with the 4th Mercy Thompson.
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Post by: Arjan on April 26, 2021, 06:13:15 AM
I like Swamp Thing.

I must admit, I have never read any book by Sanderson.
I've started the first Mistborn years ago, but it bored me in the first chapters, so I put it away for a later read that never came. Now it is on the shelf in the section for books that might be good to sell.
But I've heard and read that the books were good, so I can't bring myself to give it away yet. Maybe it's the translation again. The Dresden Files are really lame in translation, maybe this is what pushed me away.
I've found the first mistborn for 0,99€ in English. I'll give it a second try once I'm through with the 4th Mercy Thompson.
I did not even try the Dutch translation. A good translator must be good in two languages and have good writing skills as well. They are underpaid and under appreciated so not all books get the attention they need.

Especially fantasy books and other genres with less status suffer from this.

Besides reading them in the original language is good for your own language skills.
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Post by: Dina on April 26, 2021, 06:32:46 AM
(((((((((GW))))))))))) Sleep well

I have heard about that and it is sad. There are a lot of places on earth where good education is organized by the state and not that expensive or even free and a minimum quality is maintained. Wasting your time and money on bad education does not help anyone.
Yes, here for example  :)

Regen, I am glad you are liking Swamp Thing.
I have the feeling the DF will be bad in Spanish. I am still sore for Harry Potter. I've read Chamber of Secrets in Spanish because I couldn't find it in English at the moment, and it was much worse than Philosopher's stone, which I had read in English. (The other HP books I've read it in English).
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 26, 2021, 06:56:17 AM
((((Dina))))
You are awake!

The German Translation of the Harry Potter books is really good. So are some of the other fantasy books I like to read. But not all of them. Some are even good despite of bad translation.

I've read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss in German. I had the first book from a coworker and the second from the library. It was beautifully translated. Once the next book is out, I'm going to buy the others in English. I'm very excited to read the original. I'm a bit nerdy about how a story is written. And I love authors who can use their words in artful ways, if you know what I mean.

But now I have to do school stuff. The little one is learning the letter C.
And cursive handwriting. I'm not sure this is the right word.
As there are not many German words that begin with C, there are mostly English words in use here to read and write, like Computer, Cowboy, Clown, Comic.
There is a lot of C in the middle or the end of words, but mostly it is in the combinations CH and CK, which is not the same as a single C.
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Post by: Arjan on April 26, 2021, 07:19:53 AM
The C is a complicated letter. Sometimes pronounced as a k like Cow and Celt but sometimes as an S like Caesar and Celsius. And if followed by an H it is different again like in Scottish loch.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 26, 2021, 07:27:42 AM
That's right. Must be the reason they always learn it so late in the school year.  ;)
Now there is only X, Y and Q missing.
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Post by: Dina on April 26, 2021, 06:26:04 PM
Good maen everyone!
How funny that there are no many words beginning with C in German. There are a lot in Spanish.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 26, 2021, 10:03:49 PM
I like Swamp Thing.

I must admit, I have never read any book by Sanderson.
I've started the first Mistborn years ago, but it bored me in the first chapters, so I put it away for a later read that never came. Now it is on the shelf in the section for books that might be good to sell.
But I've heard and read that the books were good, so I can't bring myself to give it away yet. Maybe it's the translation again. The Dresden Files are really lame in translation, maybe this is what pushed me away.
I've found the first mistborn for 0,99€ in English. I'll give it a second try once I'm through with the 4th Mercy Thompson.
I don't know that Mistborn is really a good starting point for Sanderson. It's a series that gets significantly better on rereads when you can connect the dots on stuff you learn earlier. Vin gets a lot more interesting as the story goes on but the early story does drag a bit.
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Post by: Dina on April 26, 2021, 10:55:56 PM
*glomps DC* Good to see you here  :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on April 27, 2021, 12:50:47 AM
I don't know that Mistborn is really a good starting point for Sanderson. It's a series that gets significantly better on rereads when you can connect the dots on stuff you learn earlier. Vin gets a lot more interesting as the story goes on but the early story does drag a bit.
I think this is an accurate assessment. It was actually the Wheel of Time series that got me into Sanderson. He breathed new life into the series making it funny and allowing the story to move forward again. He turned Egwene from one of my least fav characters to maybe my second fav. I loved her ending arc.



I've read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss in German. I had the first book from a coworker and the second from the library. It was beautifully translated. Once the next book is out, I'm going to buy the others in English. I'm very excited to read the original. I'm a bit nerdy about how a story is written. And I love authors who can use their words in artful ways, if you know what I mean.
Listen, I don't mean to break your heart, only manage expectations. Did you hear the uproar last summer about it?
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Post by: Fcrate on April 27, 2021, 04:59:23 AM
Listen, I don't mean to break your heart, only manage expectations. Did you hear the uproar last summer about it?
Well, I didn't, but I decided 4 years ago that it's a bust and stopped looking for a release date. I assume it's not coming?
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Post by: Dina on April 27, 2021, 05:08:14 AM
It's another GRRM?
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 27, 2021, 05:16:19 AM
I don't know that Mistborn is really a good starting point for Sanderson. It's a series that gets significantly better on rereads when you can connect the dots on stuff you learn earlier. Vin gets a lot more interesting as the story goes on but the early story does drag a bit.
OK, thank you. Where would you suggest I start?

Listen, I don't mean to break your heart, only manage expectations. Did you hear the uproar last summer about it?

Do you mean the release of a book named Slow Regard of Silent Things or something like that?
Was that even last year? I think I've read that a lot of people thought it was the next book, but in fact it is only a side story.
Maybe it is a nice story, but I'm not interested in the character.
If there is the last book about Kvothe one day, I'm going to be excited, but if not, I'm OK with it. I would like to see the story come to an end, but if not, I will remember it for it's style of writing.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 27, 2021, 05:17:46 AM
Well, I didn't, but I decided 4 years ago that it's a bust and stopped looking for a release date. I assume it's not coming?
I don't look either. I'm sure we will notice when it is out. If ever.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 27, 2021, 07:45:09 AM
I think this is an accurate assessment. It was actually the Wheel of Time series that got me into Sanderson. He breathed new life into the series making it funny and allowing the story to move forward again. He turned Egwene from one of my least fav characters to maybe my second fav. I loved her ending arc.
To be honest, I still hated Egwene's character. I don't know why. But I agree with you, Wheel Of Time is when I first started getting interested in Sanderson. I looked for more of his books after that.
OK, thank you. Where would you suggest I start?
I also started with Mistborn, and while I loved it, I agree it's not a good starting point. Gets a bit confusing. Sanderson has regular books, and Cosmere books, Mistborn is Cosmere. The Cosmere books are all related to one extent or another, they all happen in the same universe, albeit in different planets. I would suggest starting with "The Emperor's Soul" novella. It's a little different but it explains the fundamentals of the magic systems nicely. Personally I loved this book. Follow it by "Elantris" which happens on the same planet but on a different continent and time. If you're still interested after that, go for "The Stormlight Archive" series, books one and two. After THAT you can read Mistborn. If you manage that you'll probably end up reading everything Cosmere.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 27, 2021, 08:37:25 AM
Cool. Thanks, Fcrate.
There seems to be some kind of anniversary. The E-books are less than 2€ on amazon. I can live with that. LOL
That's something new to read after my Mercy Thompson reread.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on April 28, 2021, 04:34:24 AM
To be honest, I still hated Egwene's character. I don't know why. But I agree with you, Wheel Of Time is when I first started getting interested in Sanderson. I looked for more of his books after that.I also started with Mistborn, and while I loved it, I agree it's not a good starting point. Gets a bit confusing. Sanderson has regular books, and Cosmere books, Mistborn is Cosmere. The Cosmere books are all related to one extent or another, they all happen in the same universe, albeit in different planets. I would suggest starting with "The Emperor's Soul" novella. It's a little different but it explains the fundamentals of the magic systems nicely. Personally I loved this book. Follow it by "Elantris" which happens on the same planet but on a different continent and time. If you're still interested after that, go for "The Stormlight Archive" series, books one and two. After THAT you can read Mistborn. If you manage that you'll probably end up reading everything Cosmere.
Personally, I agree with The Emperor's Soul but I would not read Elantris until/unless you're invested in the rest of the cosmere. Elantris suffers very strongly from "First book syndrome" in that basically every other book he's written is better than it. I think Warbreaker and the Emperor's Soul are a good starting point for the cosmere.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 28, 2021, 06:26:10 AM
Thank you too, DC.
I've now the Emperor's Soul on my e-reader. It might be a while until I can start, but I will sooner or later.
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Post by: Fcrate on April 28, 2021, 01:16:44 PM
You may be right about Elantris, DC, but there are some good reasons for reading it in that order. Most of them are tldr, but one is that if you read it later, it's as horrible as eating an apple after a chocolate cake :D
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Post by: Dina on April 28, 2021, 07:05:25 PM
LOL, I liked that comparison  :)

I have a busy day but I wanted to say hi to everyone, I will probably be back later.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 28, 2021, 07:29:45 PM
The comparison is awesome.  ;D
We are listening to Never ending Story. Finally I convinced one of the children to join me in listening to the audio book  ;)
It is told with different voices and sounds.
I have the book, too. It is written in red and green. This fascinated me as a kid. Red is for the real world. Green for Phantasien.

 
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Post by: Dina on April 28, 2021, 07:48:08 PM
Yes, I have the book too! In Spanish, and I think the translation must be good because it feels very natural. I still can't get over Artax's death though. I am glad I was not too little when I've read the book because I have always been over sensitive to animal deaths (Hedwig!!) and it was worse when I was little. That said, I really liked the story, the two colors, the ouroboros in the cover, the name Xayide :-)

I saw the movie before reading the book, and in the end of the movie Bastian gives the Empress a name that is not revealed. I was shocked to see that in the book, the name was known! (By the way, in my head, I had named her with a name of my own)

I have only read another Ende book (I know I told you this before), Momo, which I loved even more (no dead horses).

I think a neverending story audiobook with diferent voices must be very fun! That reminds me, when I was a child, here we had a collection called "Musicuento" ("cuento"=tale). They were discs (Longplays!) with short stories narrated by some actors, with a lot of songs. But which was amazing for me was that it also had the story with really amazing drawings, so you can read it at the same time that you hear the story and enjoy the art too! They were very well done, I love them. They were not so cheap, so I didn't have all of them, but I had Cinderella, Puss in boots, Plum Fairy and one or two more.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 28, 2021, 08:20:35 PM
Sounds nice.
I watched the movie, too, before reading the book. I think I was in elementary school. And Artax' death hit me, too. But the ancient Morla was great in the movie. And disgusting how she sneezed on Atreju. LOL
We had a teacher in 5th grade who let us watch several movies and analyse them. And write stories in the style. We also watched Ivanhoe, Prince Valiant and Princess Bride.

I always played I was Atreju. I even played the swamp scene with Artax dying, which was difficult, but I maneged to use some mud from the garden. LOL. My mother was not amused.
And I once sat on the original Fuchur in the Barvaria Filmstudios in Munich. It is still there.

In the movie Bastian did say the empress' new name. It was during the storm, everything was very noisy and he called her "Mondenkind". Only once, but he did it. I'm sure the name has been translated. In English it might be Moon Child or something like that. She cried a lot and said " say my name" several times, but he still refused to believe she was really talking to him, until she called him by his name.

I still hate it, when animals die in movies or books. Each time I watch a new movie and there is a dog, I warn the movie not to dare to let the dog die! But most of the time they do. With a few exceptions.

And I cried when Hedwig died!!!!  :'(
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Post by: Dina on April 28, 2021, 08:30:39 PM
I played that I was a friend/somewhat crush of Atreyu, but I always was with him in the swamp and together we managed to survive it with Artax (we gave hope to each other).

Yes, in the book the name of the Empress is Moon Child, but in the version of the movie I saw I was pretty sure that Bastien shouted the name but the public did not hear it because of the thunder noise. Perhaps in my version the volume was not so high! ;-), I don't know, but I was pretty sure the name was not revealed, that is why I invented one myself.

Have you seen Stranger Things? In the last season there is a reference to Neverending Story that I loved.

I was in denial about Hedwig for several pages. As the cage has been dropped I hoped they would manage to find him alive somehow, perhaps having performing magic of her own or something. I never forgave JKR for that. Besides, I had to control myself and not cry or throw the book or something before I did not want my husband to know I was upset. It would have been a sort of spoiler. But I insulted her mentally. A lot.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 28, 2021, 08:37:12 PM
But I insulted her mentally. A lot.
LOL

I've seen Stranger Things. But I didn't notice the reference. What was it?

And yes, I didn't understand what he shouted into the storm the first time I watched the movie. But my father had it recorded from TV, so I got to see it several times. My first thought was "what a silly name", but now it is OK. ;) Doesn't matter. At least she has a new name and everything is safe.
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 28, 2021, 08:46:09 PM
Sorry for the double post, but I had to look:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xaILTs-_1z4

There it is. The first time I watched it in English. LOL He really screams Moon Child. But maybe, if you don't know the name in advance it is difficult to understand.
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Post by: Dina on April 28, 2021, 08:59:18 PM
Well, thanks!  I think I watched the movie in Spanish (Hija de la Luna is the name and it is difficult to put it there, so perhaps they did not do it. Or if I saw it in English there were no subtitles in that part for some reason). Anyways, I did not realize about the name at the time, and when I read it, I thought it was a silly name too. But if Bastien likes it, it's fine with me.
For a while, I only told the name I chose to my best friend. I told her if she ever suspected I had been replaced by someone else with my face (as it happens) she should ask me that question. And no, I will not tell the name here. It was a safety question, that the ones the banks use now or what Bill Murray asked Andie McDowell in Groundhog day  :D

And the Stranger Things was the entire song of Neverending story  :D :D. I know I said it was a reference, but it was a very important one
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Post by: Regenbogen on April 28, 2021, 09:06:04 PM
Oh yes, now I remember. They sang the whole song. It was so cute. Of course I've seen that.
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Post by: Dina on April 28, 2021, 09:50:55 PM
Yes, if you saw the episode, of course you saw it. It was super cute  :). And Dusty things so well...
Hubby hates the scene, thinks is too cheesy and stupid, but I loved it.


Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Doroga's Cousin on May 02, 2021, 02:33:44 AM
You may be right about Elantris, DC, but there are some good reasons for reading it in that order. Most of them are tldr, but one is that if you read it later, it's as horrible as eating an apple after a chocolate cake :D
That's fair. I picked up Elantris from the local library after reading the Stormlight Archives, Warbreaker, and Mistborn era 1. I was...less than impressed, let's say, but you have a good point about maybe needing to read it first. :P
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Post by: Dina on May 02, 2021, 06:45:02 AM
Just wanted to say "Hello DC" (and everyone in the SHOV)

edited: Here is the last update about our dear Snowleopard. She is a new place. I wrote to some people (whose address I have) but in case you have not seen it, here is the link.
https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/topic,53961.75.html
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 04, 2021, 12:22:32 AM
Im writing to her tonight. Thank you for the link to the new address.

How is everyone?
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Post by: Dina on May 04, 2021, 02:49:03 PM
May the 4th be with you!
I am well, thank you, but I am worried because several persons I know are with Covid (with a different degree of seriousness). Also, I have my classes in a while, so I am doing last minute preparations, but I wanted to say hello. And thanks for writing Snowy! Please send her my regards if you can.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 04, 2021, 07:58:46 PM
Hah Dina! You beat me to this one :D May the 4th be with you too.
It's extremely hot here these days. 40-44 °C. My pool is getting a workout.
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Post by: Dina on May 04, 2021, 08:20:33 PM
OMG, that is terrible!
We are having around 15°C. Yesterday it rained a lot but today is mostly sunny.
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Post by: Dina on May 04, 2021, 11:48:57 PM
Sorry about the double post. I wanted to comment that I tried the Tajin dressing tonight. It's a Mexican mix of peppers, salt and lemon. Sometimes it is written Tahin which is confusing, because Tahini or Tahine is an Arabian sauce, not similar at all. Anyways, tajin is delicious. I even took a shot of tequila and had the border of the small shot laced with tajin. Really tasty.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 05, 2021, 12:24:53 AM
May the 4th be with you!
I am well, thank you, but I am worried because several persons I know are with Covid (with a different degree of seriousness). Also, I have my classes in a while, so I am doing last minute preparations, but I wanted to say hello. And thanks for writing Snowy! Please send her my regards if you can.
Oh no I hope they get better soon.

I passed on your regards. Need to get out of work when the post office is still open to get stamps, hopefully tomorrow. if not then definitely thursday.

Sorry about the double post. I wanted to comment that I tried the Tajin dressing tonight. It's a Mexican mix of peppers, salt and lemon. Sometimes it is written Tahin which is confusing, because Tahini or Tahine is an Arabian sauce, not similar at all. Anyways, tajin is delicious. I even took a shot of tequila and had the border of the small shot laced with tajin. Really tasty.
Sounds very interesting, I think im going to track it down to try it.

Hah Dina! You beat me to this one :D May the 4th be with you too.
It's extremely hot here these days. 40-44 °C. My pool is getting a workout.
Try to stay cool my friend.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 05, 2021, 04:14:47 AM
I am well, thank you, but I am worried because several persons I know are with Covid (with a different degree of seriousness).
Oh, that's sad. I hope they'll be better soon.

I have news about the old woman my mother is taking care of: She is back home!!!! We didn't think we would ever see her again. She had covid and was in a coma.
She is not well and she needs more help now than before but she is at home. She even went to the supermarket. My mother was angry with her about that, because she is still so weak. Usually one of the neighbours including my mother goes shopping for her or with her, but she went alone. And she bought some chocolate for the kids.

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May the 4th be with you!
Facepalm! LOL. It took me a while to get that!

It's extremely hot here these days. 40-44 °C. My pool is getting a workout.
:o OMG that's really hot. Enjoy your pool!
It is cold and wet here again. But my vegetables are growing well. I hope there will be sunny days next week.


Could be that my little one can go to school again next week. They do tests twice a week, which is good. And I hope the vaccine will soon be allowed for children, too.
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Post by: Dina on May 05, 2021, 07:29:19 AM
Thanks for your good wishes for the ill people I know.

@GW, thanks a lot for passing my greetings (regardless when they are actually sent). And yes, the tajin is worthy a try.

@Regen, I am glad to hear about the old woman and how sweet from her to buy chocolate  :).
Also, how is Neverending Story going?
I hope your little one can go to school safely soon.
I am also glad about your vegetables  :) :) :)

And Fcrate and I did not invent the May the 4th be with you thing. It's the Star Wars day!!!  In USA at least it's a thing, and since I have several friends there (many of them from this forum) I adopted it. My real life Argentinian friends and I also exchanged the greeting, they are nerds like me, but even my Disney+ account reminded me of it, as they released "The bad Batch" (a new SW animated show) to celebrate it.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 05, 2021, 06:32:40 PM
Also, how is Neverending Story going?
She has finished the audio book. She liked it, though she was afraid of the Gmork. I can understand that. He was in a lot of my nightmares, too, when I was her age.
I've found the movie. I hope we will be able to watch it this weekend.

I didn't know about Star Wars Day. Now I do. Thanks. ;)
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Post by: Dina on May 06, 2021, 05:40:19 AM
I didn't know about Star Wars Day. Now I do. Thanks. ;)
You are welcome, nerds should help each other  :)

I hope you and your child enjoy the movie.  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on May 06, 2021, 06:39:24 AM
A Greek friend of mine introduced me to the saying a few years ago, but I didn't know about Star Wars day either.
MAEN all. Hope you and yours are in good health.
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Post by: Dina on May 06, 2021, 06:53:15 AM
Good maen! I hope the same for you.
I've learnt it a couple of years ago. I love SW, so...
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 06, 2021, 07:21:07 AM
Maen!!!
I like Star Wars too. I also like Star Trek.

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Post by: Dina on May 06, 2021, 03:09:13 PM
Oh, I am a Star Trek fan too, even more than SW .But when I was a child (even when I always loved Spock) my heart was on a galaxy far, far away. I saw the original movies in the theater with my parents and they were amazing. Only later I rediscovered Star Trek and became a real fan.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on May 07, 2021, 03:07:34 AM
I reread BG over the past couple of days. It's a hard book to read. Lots of bad shit happens.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 07, 2021, 06:06:06 AM
I reread BG over the past couple of days. It's a hard book to read. Lots of bad shit happens.
My condolences. ;)
It took me a while to recover from reading it.
A friend asked me two days after I was finished, how it was. And I said, puh, I can't talk about it yet. I need some time to get over it.

Edit: oh now I see. You said REread. But still... ;)
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Post by: Dina on May 07, 2021, 07:01:51 AM
I reread it shortly after finishing it. Perhaps I will reread the whole PT/BG again soon, now that it has been a while.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 07, 2021, 07:17:03 AM
Me too. I'm going to finish Mercy Thompson, then maybe start with Sanderson and after that, I will continue the reread of the DF with Changes to Battle Ground. But I will listen to the audio books this time. I still have not listened to BG, at least I can't remember.
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Post by: Dina on May 07, 2021, 07:20:39 AM
I don't do audiobooks, my oral English is not that good sucks. Also, I want to read "light of the jedi" first. I am rather busy though.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 08, 2021, 12:45:22 AM
I think I will reread the series the moment the release date of the next book happens.

I don't do audiobooks, my oral English is not that good sucks. Also, I want to read "light of the jedi" first. I am rather busy though.
Says the person who knows 5 languages. You genius.

Spanish, English, French, Klingon, I do not remember the last one.
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Post by: Arjan on May 08, 2021, 06:48:34 AM
Here tv programs are subtitled and not dubbed so we are exposed to spoken English from an early age. I almost never look at the subtitles anymore.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 09, 2021, 08:13:40 AM
Mean, weird!
We watched Neverending Story yesterday. The little one asked at the end "what? That's it? Where is the rest?"
I have seen the movie first as a child and read the book years later. For me it was more like "cool, there is more."

Today it's Mothers' Day.
They made breakfast with coffee and Prosecco. I feel very happy and loved.
This afternoon we are going to the grandparents. I'm baking a plum cake now with last year's plums.
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Post by: Dina on May 09, 2021, 06:10:29 PM
Good maen, everyone!

I think I will reread the series the moment the release date of the next book happens.
 Says the person who knows 5 languages. You genius.

Spanish, English, French, Klingon, I do not remember the last one.
Amazing memory! To be honest I have not used the Klingon in too many times, I cannot mention it anymore. But I did take a few classes of it. The other language is probably Latin, which I've learnt at school. And I don't "talk" it but I can read and analyze it (more or less).

But really, I am not good at oral English. Or even French despite having studying it quite a lot (I was much better at it around 15 years ago. I could spoke French more or less fine at the time).

Here tv programs are subtitled and not dubbed so we are exposed to spoken English from an early age. I almost never look at the subtitles anymore.

When I was a child, it was unusual to have subtitled TV shows and movies only were subtitled if they were not "for children". Now, children movies often offer the two versions (subbed/subtitled). And most shows in cable are subtitled but I suppose I was too old for learnt. I still need the subtitles. i am really bad at oral English  :'(

Regen, yes, I saw the movie first too, so the book was a pleasant surprise.
And happy Mother's Day!!! (Here it is in October). Enjoy it with your family!  :)
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Post by: Arjan on May 09, 2021, 06:37:29 PM
I had some French and German at school but I forgot most of it. During my studies most books were in English and I worked five years for a South African firm. I also married a half Scottish and half Welsh wife so I have to switch to English sometimes and use English with her family. The only thing that works is listening to it often and actually audio books are great for that.

But audiobooks are quite expensive if you already have bought the digital and dead tree edition. BBC also has nice podcasts and this one is really good, it is an adaption of the Lovecraft story and they did a few others too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06w5zwg
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Post by: Dina on May 09, 2021, 06:44:49 PM
I have a weird relationship with Lovecraft. I am not a horror stories person and so I did not like too much what I've read by him. But I enjoy some aspects of his universe, I liked Lovecraft Country and I like to play tabletop games set on his universe.
That said, I suppose I can try some audiobooks. There are some free or very cheap options. Many years ago, I used an "audible" promotion to download Storm Front. I got bored about page 2 and even having reread the book several times. I did not understand enough to hold my interest.
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Post by: Arjan on May 09, 2021, 07:04:16 PM
I have a weird relationship with Lovecraft. I am not a horror stories person and so I did not like too much what I've read by him. But I enjoy some aspects of his universe, I liked Lovecraft Country and I like to play tabletop games set on his universe.
That said, I suppose I can try some audiobooks. There are some free or very cheap options. Many years ago, I used an "audible" promotion to download Storm Front. I got bored about page 2 and even having reread the book several times. I did not understand enough to hold my interest.
It is not exactly an audiobook but a radio play adaption placed in the current time in England, in some ways it is better to handle than the original. A retelling. It is also with different actors with different voices.
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Post by: Dina on May 09, 2021, 07:32:19 PM
That is good, makes things more interesting.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 09, 2021, 10:43:52 PM
I was never a fan of audio books in any language. When I was a kid I enjoyed a radio version of Arabian nights, but I didn't have the radio to myself so I couldn't always listen. This happened during our summer vacation to our family in a different city, where the TV didn't support Nintendo (black and white), and I ran out of books to read, and played cards till we got sick of them. After all of this, radio was fun :D I tried listening to it again a few years ago and I realized that it was only boredom that made me like it. LOL.
My mother has got covid now, and my sister on law as well. They're fine, but I hope my father doesn't catch it again. It was quite hard on him the first time.Truth is, everybody got a little bit lax about social distancing.
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Post by: Dina on May 11, 2021, 02:22:48 AM
Oh, I hope they get better soon. Most people I know with COVID is getting better. The younger ones are already recovered, so I am quite relieved.

As I told the Weird some days ago, I loved the "Musicuento" (audio books-quite short, more tales- with songs) when I was a child, but after that, I rarely listened to audiobooks in my own language. One or two books of some writers I love but no more. And in English, I told you, I just can't understand enough.

I had a busy day today, I only launched the Pokemon Go around 19:00, which is telling  ;D
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 12, 2021, 01:22:46 PM
Oh, Fcrate. I hope your mother and sister in law will get better soon.
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Post by: Arjan on May 12, 2021, 01:52:34 PM
Lately we listen to podcasts when we can not sleep in the evening, you tend to forget that you can not sleep and it is interesting but the next time you have to sort out we’re you lost attention and drifted into sleep. Some presenters have real calming voices.

Radio can be great and podcasts are even better. And radio stations often have apps so you can pick and choose.
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Post by: Dina on May 15, 2021, 10:21:44 AM
I'll be honest. I think I've never heard a podcast. Perhaps one, long ago, about some comics.

In random comments, I began watching Jupiter's Legacy. It seems a quite obvious story with a touch of Watchmen, but I like the fighs and powers. They are cool.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 16, 2021, 07:18:37 PM
Maen all :) Been a busy couple of weeks. How is everyone?
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Post by: Dina on May 16, 2021, 08:13:46 PM
Hello there! I am going to play RPG right now but I will come back here later to chat.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 17, 2021, 09:23:31 AM
Okay.. Ouch, just closed a gate on my big toenail and turned it back on itself. Ouch....
hope you had fun at your RPG Dina. And just in case you have a spell caster character, I'm going to burn my toenail. :D
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Post by: Dina on May 17, 2021, 11:05:32 PM
LOL! No spellcaster. I have a Swashbuckler.
I hope your toenail is better now. Those are very, very painful.
Sorry I did not come back yesterday, after RPG we began watching something on TV, had dinner, more tV and to bed because I had an early day today (due to a Zoom meeting). Then I was busy most of the day (except for a short nap)  Among other things, we are preparing the mid-term exam for my students. Nothing easy. We will have another meeting tomorrow 9:30 a.m. to shape it.

Yesterday there was an...let's say interesting match on our National League. It was the round of 8 and my team played with its arch-rival. Problem was a couple of days ago my team had a tsunami of Covid + results. As a consequence, we had to play with a couple of young players, a couple of seasoned ones which had not been playing in a few weeks due to some reason or another, but, and here is the main problem, with a young goalkeeper who had never played in the First League. In fact, it was a reserve in the inferior categories. So, we were ready to receive a lot of goals.

But, can you believe it? The young goalkeeper did a wonderful job. My team played very well, sometimes better than the rival and the match itself ended 1-1. Sadly we still lost in the penalty kicks to define which team would continue to the following round. Even so, the goalkeeper caught one of the shots.

So, we still lost, but we did a very good job and we (the fans) are very proud of our team!
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Post by: Fcrate on May 18, 2021, 11:34:26 AM
It's alright Dina. Glad you had fun. And it looks like your team has a promising future, no? I didn't come online either, had a rather unlucky day, where my cat got a painful case of mastitis, and I had to spend half an hour putting an ointment on it (and holding the cat so she doesn't lick it off),  and a cow stepped on a puppy's front leg (some luck she didn't turn the pup into a pupburger) and I had to splint it.
On better news, looks like my mother is fully recovered from covid. So is my sister on law, though I doubt she had covid at all :D
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Post by: Dina on May 18, 2021, 12:30:44 PM
Oh, that is great news about your mom and sister in law but I am sorry about your unlucky day. I hope both cat and dog are better, even when it's a shame about the puppy.
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Post by: Otlan on May 19, 2021, 03:20:23 AM
*Pokes my head in and looks around, missing everyone*
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Post by: Dina on May 19, 2021, 10:07:20 AM
Mm, it smells like werewolf *Really hopes the puppy is all right*

Good maen everyone, is very early here, I will be back later.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 19, 2021, 02:22:25 PM
Hey Otlan. :) Yes Dina, the puppy is fine, and she drank some milk yesterday. And she's not hurting as much now.
My cat's mastitis is still quite severe though. Looks like I'll have to give her some antibiotics.
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Post by: Dina on May 19, 2021, 09:06:17 PM
Well, I am glad about the puppy and sorry about the cat.

Today we will have a fun match. I told you about the COVID cases in my team. Well, today my team needs to play a match for the Libertadores Cup (something like the Latin America UEFA). Well, as once the lists are closed it is not possible to add new players, and only players on the list can play...we will be playing with only 11 players (I mean, no replacements available) and the goalkeeper is actually a field player. It's crazy.

How are you doing?
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Post by: Fcrate on May 19, 2021, 10:11:28 PM
I'm doing great thanks. You? I think your team will do much better than expected. People have a way of out preforming their standards when their backs are to the wall.
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Post by: Dina on May 19, 2021, 10:39:12 PM
I am fine, thank you. I've got an early start today so I took a 2 hour-nap in the afternoon. I've felt feeling a little dizzy but after a tea I felt much better. I bought 2 teas yesterday (I knew them, I had already tried that brand but I had not seen them in a while. One of them even before the pandemics). One of the brands is a Orange, cinammon and anise. The other one is lemon, lime, ginger and mint. Both are delicious. I am glad I have a new provision, now that Winter is coming.
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Post by: Dina on May 20, 2021, 03:27:28 AM
I'm doing great thanks. You? I think your team will do much better than expected. People have a way of out preforming their standards when their backs are to the wall.

Can you imagine? You were right!! We won!! (2-1). I am so proud  :D :D :D :D :D
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Post by: Fcrate on May 20, 2021, 08:11:40 AM
Hah! I wish I bet some money on that. LOL. Congrats.
I should take a siesta today. I played some Call of Duty with my brother and his wife and stayed up quite late. I didn't manage to get more than a snooze yesterday afternoon;hopefully today I'll manage a couple of hours.
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Post by: Dina on May 20, 2021, 03:42:46 PM
Well, did you manage that siesta?
I am still so happy about my team  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on May 20, 2021, 06:08:02 PM
Yes I did! 2 hours and 10 minutes. Damn but I feel great. Also my cat responded well to the antibiotics, the swelling is down to a less than half. :)
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Post by: Dina on May 20, 2021, 06:58:22 PM
Oh, I am glad to hear that.
I came here to say hello while I took a coffee break. I am "in class" but they are doing the exam.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 21, 2021, 07:32:54 AM
Hah, the benefits of online learning. Let me guess. Pijama bottoms? :D
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 21, 2021, 04:50:24 PM
Hey guys! Just dropping in to say hello! I had a busy time. Work related. But it's OK now.

Great match, Dina. Congratulations!

Poor puppy, poor cat, Fcrate. Hope they get better soon.

Hah, the benefits of online learning. Let me guess. Pijama bottoms? :D
LOL
I often go to work the nightshift in my pajamas. But unly those who look like loose jogging clothes, well OK, that's because some ARE jogging clothes. Only on weekends, when the risk is not so high that I am seen by too many people. That way I can just fall into bed, when I arrive at home.
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Post by: Otlan on May 22, 2021, 11:45:43 AM
*Walks in and flops face down on a couch, putting up a Sign* 'Brain out to lunch back whenever I feel like it.'
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Post by: Dina on May 22, 2021, 09:36:34 PM
Hah, the benefits of online learning. Let me guess. Pijama bottoms? :D
Actually yes  :)
Normally I give my classes wearing normal clothes (jeans, most of the time) but on exams we only have the camera for a short while at the beginning and at the end, so the chances of me having to get up were very low. Anyways, those particular bottoms look like socially acceptable leggings.

We have a long long weekend, because May 25 is a National Holiday (the day we had our first independent government, in 1810) and May 24 was declared not-working day so to have a long weekend and help people to stay at home.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 23, 2021, 08:41:11 PM
It's different for Dina, Regen. She teaches in Uni. For me, at the farm sometimes I work in just my underwear at night; the animals don't care. Lol
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Post by: Dina on May 23, 2021, 09:59:55 PM
LOL! No, I don't think they care. I insist, I generally wear normal clothes. That exam was special.
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Post by: Otlan on May 24, 2021, 02:07:12 AM
....................Wait, you guys have been wareing cloths this whole time ??? ?
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Post by: Dina on May 24, 2021, 06:50:17 AM
LOL! Well, yes. I also had to go to the grocery stores and things like that, you know? And yes, I am dressed for my classes.
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Post by: Fcrate on May 24, 2021, 06:59:43 AM
LOL! Well, yes. I also had to go to the grocery stores and things like that, you know? And yes, I am dressed for my classes.
And with this piece of news, the hearts of hundreds of students were broken.. .  ;D
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 24, 2021, 08:40:47 AM
Poor things. Their view of the world as it should be completely destroyed.
Dressed people online, who would have thought that was reality...?  ;)
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Post by: Dina on May 24, 2021, 07:05:53 PM
I know  :)
I admit to have some curiosity about them. Are they wearing any pants? (probably yes, as it is May and all that, but I don't know if that was true at the beginning of our semester, particularly for some of the warmest provinces)
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 26, 2021, 05:29:01 PM
Cool stuff. We were there to watch the crane being erected. There is a construction site in the plot next to our direct neighbours. I've never seen a crane being erected with my own eyes.
OK, the crane is cool. But we are not so fond of the construction site, because they want to build a big house there with many people living in it. At least they will have their own parking lot, but there will definitely be more cars driving around.
The owner of the property was an old lady who died last year. Her sons wanted to sell the whole property but wanted a huge amount of money, no average person could afford. So they splitted the property and just sold the house seperately, removed all the trees in the huge garden (sad, because there were beautiful trees in it.), and sold the garden to the municipality. They have been looking for large plots to build big houses for years. So now there will be one in our street, too.

And just saying... All the workers wore clothes. Because it was cold and raining, I'm sure.
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Post by: Dina on May 26, 2021, 09:28:30 PM
Sounds fun! I never seen a crane being erected either.
Sad about the trees.
It's the destiny of places. Near home, there is a tower building (quite old already). My dad used to tell me that before that building was constructed, there was only a house there, with a nice garden and an old lady as the owner. That lady knew my dad since he was a child. And now, where she lived alone, there are a lot of people living.
This is a problem for electricity supply, sewer, water, etc.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 27, 2021, 10:32:45 AM
They already dug up the street a few weeks ago for the sewers and water update. LOL. We were allowed to look into the deep hole before they secured it.
We will see if it is too much for the sewers. Yay. We had our basement under water several times. Mostly in late winter and beginning of spring, when the ice and snow in the mountains is melting and it is raining a lot. The ground can't hold any more water, so it starts coming up. Most houses have a device installed that closes the basement, once the ground water gets too high. Since the last time we have one, too. But thank God it was ground water, not sewer water. I could safe most of the stuff. The last time I had all the bedsheets and big stuff down there. I think that was our luck, so the water stayed at the deepest point. And the fire brigade helped us pump the water into the sewers.
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Post by: Dina on May 28, 2021, 12:39:52 AM
Don't worry, I am sure things will go well. I know those devices exist here but they are not very common. My university is in land that has been "won over" the river, so sometimes the lower basements got water. Mostly ground water but along the years there had been a few accidents involving the sewer (that only affected a small portion of the basement, but the smell took over a lot more of it).
Luckily, most houses don't have any problems of that sort.

Today is a sad day. The father of a friend died from COVID (he has been in the hospital for a few weeks). And I read a mail about a former colleague of mine, who has passed away too. He was retired, so I haven't seen him in a few years, but still it is very sad to hear that. He was a good colleague, I respected him and liked him. He has been a TA when I was a student.  :'(
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Post by: Fcrate on May 28, 2021, 06:31:43 AM
I'm so sorry Dina. May these be the last of your sorrows.
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Post by: Dina on May 28, 2021, 10:18:52 AM
Thank you.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 28, 2021, 12:17:39 PM
Today is a sad day. The father of a friend died from COVID (he has been in the hospital for a few weeks). And I read a mail about a former colleague of mine, who has passed away too. He was retired, so I haven't seen him in a few years, but still it is very sad to hear that. He was a good colleague, I respected him and liked him. He has been a TA when I was a student.  :'(
How sad. I'm feeling with you. Sorry for your loss.
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Post by: Dina on May 28, 2021, 09:03:04 PM
Thank you.

Speaking of lighter things,  hubby bought me an snuggy (is a wearable blanket with sleeves). It's not cold enough yet, but it will be useful quite soon  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on May 28, 2021, 10:29:39 PM
My mother used to have one of those. I stole it from her all the time.
My cat is fully recovered now. And today the puppy's mother chewed the splint off, and the puppy's leg looked quite fine. I tied it on again, but it looks like I'll remove it in a few days.
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Post by: Dina on May 29, 2021, 05:55:41 AM
Yay! I am glad for both of them  :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 29, 2021, 01:24:19 PM
Good morning weird.
Hope everyone is doing well.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 01:38:24 PM
Good maen too !!!
 I'm fine. How are you?

It finally feels like spring outside! Yay!
I'm making some muffins for tomorrow. We want to do a picknick in the forest.
Maybe we will visit the zoo on Monday, but not sure. Maybe do something else, now that they are slowly reopening.

@Fcrate: I'm glad, the cat and the puppy are better. :)

@Dina: Sounds nice, your snuggy. :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 29, 2021, 03:08:26 PM
Good maen too !!!
 I'm fine. How are you?

It finally feels like spring outside! Yay!
I'm making some muffins for tomorrow. We want to do a picknick in the forest.
Maybe we will visit the zoo on Monday, but not sure. Maybe do something else, now that they are slowly reopening.
Sounds like you have a good weekend planned. I'm going to a cook out tomorrow.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 03:39:42 PM
Have fun tomorrow.  :)

I made raspberry-tangerine muffins and chocolate muffins. We will take them with us. And some sandwiches.

There is some kind of detective game you can play in that forest. I needed to download on my cellphone. Never been there, but it sounds fun. And the best part: it doesn't require any testing or wearing masks.

Originally I wanted to be in London tomorrow, but... well... you know.  ::)
Hopefully next year.
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Post by: Dina on May 29, 2021, 09:01:56 PM
((((((GW))))))) Have fun!

(((((Regen)))) Have fun too! That sounds so good, mixing a nice forest with the technology of the cellphone. And I love picknics. Please, tell us how it goes.

London? Have you planned a vacation? Well, it will be fine, London will still be here.

I finally can relax a little after the exam, it was difficult to make the exam and grade it.
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Post by: Arjan on May 29, 2021, 09:13:40 PM
We went to Edinburgh just before corona and Brexit hit. Not been out of the country since then. But I am scheduled for my first vaccination on Tuesday.
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Post by: Dina on May 29, 2021, 09:35:42 PM
Good news!  :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 29, 2021, 09:40:56 PM
((((((GW))))))) Have fun!

(((((Regen)))) Have fun too! That sounds so good, mixing a nice forest with the technology of the cellphone. And I love picknics. Please, tell us how it goes.

London? Have you planned a vacation? Well, it will be fine, London will still be here.

I finally can relax a little after the exam, it was difficult to make the exam and grade it.
Thank you! ((((DINA)))) I'm glad you can finally relax. I'm hope you have a good weekend.

Im currently reorganizing all my books into somewhat arbitrary categories. I made the executive decision to put a book series about studying dragons scientifically in the "Non Space Scifi" category. It has been fun but also driving me a bit crazy to create this new system.
So far I have these categories:
-Space Scifi
-Non Space Scifi (mostly Michael Crighton books tbh)
-High Fantasy
-Dark Fantasy
-Urban Fantasy
-Non Fiction
-Contemporary
-Superhero novels
-Comics
-Weird books (mostly terry pratchet and Douglas adams)


Nice Arjan
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 09:55:37 PM
Arjan! That's great news.

I wanted to spend a weekend in London. It's my birthday tomorrow. ;)

But maybe we will change that to two weeks UK tour. Next year. This year in August we plan to visit our relatives in Austria. Usually we stay at a certain holiday home in the city where most of them live.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 10:00:26 PM
@GW
weird books LOL.
Nice system.
I have to admit, I don't have a system, not really. My books are organized more in the categorys:
-Read only one time, but keep here
-Plan to read again
-Read several times and will read again

And same author of course ;)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 29, 2021, 10:15:32 PM
@GW
weird books LOL.
Nice system.
I have to admit, I don't have a system, not really. My books are organized more in the categorys:
-Read only one time, but keep here
-Plan to read again
-Read several times and will read again

And same author of course ;)
Just created a classics category after realizing how many there were. Also I have split up authors if they have books in different genres.

Thats a good system for function but Im out here being extra. lol
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 10:24:20 PM
LOL
I almost drove my husband insane, because I categorized our collective CD collection into genres. Each category was in itself in alphabetical order and I even labelled the categories. He wasn't able to find anything, which I couldn't understand. He didn't understand my system.
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Post by: Dina on May 29, 2021, 10:26:28 PM
Regen, such amazing plans.  Hopefully next year.
I've spent my birthday in London in 2017. It is a big deal because it's very far from here.

GW, I love your categories, specially Weird books.
My books are mostly organized by collections or more or less genre, but they are also organized by "enough space to put similar books together". That s why I have 3 World of Warcraft books (hubby's. I have not read them) adjacent to the 13 "A series of unfortunate events" books. Of course. Dresden Books are all together.

I don't remember if we talked about this, GW, but I loved the Good Omens show.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 10:31:20 PM
Good Omens was amazing.
We have watched Lucifer season 5 episodes 9-11 today.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 29, 2021, 10:43:32 PM
Regen, such amazing plans.  Hopefully next year.
I've spent my birthday in London in 2017. It is a big deal because it's very far from here.

GW, I love your categories, specially Weird books.
My books are mostly organized by collections or more or less genre, but they are also organized by "enough space to put similar books together". That s why I have 3 World of Warcraft books (hubby's. I have not read them) adjacent to the 13 "A series of unfortunate events" books. Of course. Dresden Books are all together.

I don't remember if we talked about this, GW, but I loved the Good Omens show.

I loved the Good Omens show. Tennent was amazing. The overall feel was great. Such a great adaptation. I think I should do a rewatch here soon.

LOL
I almost drove my husband insane, because I categorized our collective CD collection into genres. Each category was in itself in alphabetical order and I even labelled the categories. He wasn't able to find anything, which I couldn't understand. He didn't understand my system.
Well that sounds like his problem lol. As long as it makes sense to one of you lol.

Good Omens was amazing.
We have watched Lucifer season 5 episodes 9-11 today.
I need to watch that still. I kind of forgot that was still going.


Also I may need to subdivide the Urban fantasy section as I have been a little loose with organizing that and it is by far the largest section. Maybe I'll take out harry Potter, Percy jackson and Artemis Fowl and call that Youth Urban Fantasy. The goal is to finally make a catalog of all my books and how many times ive read them.

Have any of you read the Long Earth series by Terry Pratchet and Stephen Baxter? Such a unique take on parallel worlds and honestly made me think so much. Such cool concepts.

If I ever meet the guy who put so many books in my apartment, he and I are going to have words.

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Post by: Regenbogen on May 29, 2021, 11:20:51 PM
Actually now I remember, in our old home I had themed bookshelves. Though mostly the themes changed in the shelf itself. For example there was one with encyclopedias, science and medicine books. And the same shelf contained young fantasy.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 29, 2021, 11:52:20 PM
Actually now I remember, in our old home I had themed bookshelves. Though mostly the themes changed in the shelf itself. For example there was one with encyclopedias, science and medicine books. And the same shelf contained young fantasy.
Themes are fun. young fantasy of course belongs with those books because what is young fantasy but science not yet explained lol

I realized now just how many books were stuck in odd places at my last apartment. I need more book shelves.
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Post by: Dina on May 30, 2021, 12:05:45 AM
Yes, books are everywhere here, not only in the shelves. Thank God for Kindle.

We were aware Lucifer season 5B arrived to Netflix yesterday but we have not seen any of it yet. Soon, I guess. I really like the show, even when it is nothing that Gaiman's Lucifer in the comics.

Sorry, I have not read the Long Earth series. In fact, I had not heard about it.

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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 30, 2021, 12:18:01 AM
Yes, books are everywhere here, not only in the shelves. Thank God for Kindle.

We were aware Lucifer season 5B arrived to Netflix yesterday but we have not seen any of it yet. Soon, I guess. I really like the show, even when it is nothing that Gaiman's Lucifer in the comics.

Sorry, I have not read the Long Earth series. In fact, I had not heard about it.
I think I need two more book shelves.

Lucifer is one of those loose adaptations that you dont really care if its a perfect one. I liked the crossover with the other DC shows though.

Oh man, its not like the Discworld books. Its a little more grounded, but it is a wonder of imagination. Terry and Stephen really did a good job building the world. I actually think I'm gonna do a reread here soon. I have a new rule. Two books I haven't read for every reread.
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Post by: Dina on May 30, 2021, 05:30:54 AM
We always need more shelves  :D

I agree about Lucifer and I loved the crossover!!

Is Long Earth fantasy?

And Happy birthday Regen, here you have a thread! https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/topic,54276.0.html

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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 30, 2021, 01:10:16 PM
We always need more shelves  :D

I agree about Lucifer and I loved the crossover!!

Is Long Earth fantasy?

And Happy birthday Regen, here you have a thread! https://www.paranetonline.com/index.php/topic,54276.0.html


Honestly it kind of feels like if you dressed up a fantasy book in scifi clothes. It has a lot of fantasy tropes but it technically is scifi i guess. However the technology to cross worlds is based on a potato and they don't actually know how it works.

Happy Birthday Regen
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Post by: Arjan on May 30, 2021, 01:16:51 PM
Like Lord of Light? The wiki page calls it science fantasy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light

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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 30, 2021, 01:18:46 PM
Like Lord of Light? The wiki page calls it science fantasy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light
I have never read that but it looks interesting. I think it leans more scifi than that though.
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Post by: Arjan on May 30, 2021, 01:41:26 PM
I have never read that but it looks interesting. I think it leans more scifi than that though.
Zelazny was a major influence on Jim Butcher, especially the Amber series.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on May 30, 2021, 01:57:33 PM
Zelazny was a major influence on Jim Butcher, especially the Amber series.
Well its added to the list. Thank you.
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Post by: Dina on May 31, 2021, 07:39:34 AM
I have never read Zelazny, but I know that a character in the show Andromeda Ascendant has it's name as an hommage. I am savvy that way.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 31, 2021, 09:13:27 PM

Happy Birthday Regen
Thank you. :)

Zelazny was a major influence on Jim Butcher, especially the Amber series.
I've heard that, but never read him either. Though the Amber chronicles are on my list of need-to-read books, too.

We finished Lucifer today. I liked it, though I found Chloe very un-Chloe-like. She appeared very insecure.
There will be a season 6 and this will be the last one.

We spent a wonderful day in the forest and successfully solved the case, lol. After that we drove to a nice playground for the kids, but didn't stay long. Then on the way back we ate ice cream in the small town where my husband works. That was weird, because there were a lot of people in my opinion.
I'm no longer used to so many people in one place.
I had lemon and dark chocolate ice cream.
It's a cute little town, so we stayed a while at the fountain in the middle of the market place. They even had a small maypole. Not the traditional big one painted in blue and white (the traditional erecting of the maypoles and the feasts have been forbidden due to covid restrictions), but an actual birch tree decorated like the small birches young men would erect for a loved one on the first of May.
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Post by: Dina on May 31, 2021, 09:42:36 PM
We finished Lucifer today. I liked it, though I found Chloe very un-Chloe-like. She appeared very insecure.
There will be a season 6 and this will be the last one.

We spent a wonderful day in the forest and successfully solved the case, lol. After that we drove to a nice playground for the kids, but didn't stay long. Then on the way back we ate ice cream in the small town where my husband works. That was weird, because there were a lot of people in my opinion.
I'm no longer used to so many people in one place.
I had lemon and dark chocolate ice cream.
It's a cute little town, so we stayed a while at the fountain in the middle of the market place. They even had a small maypole. Not the traditional big one painted in blue and white (the traditional erecting of the maypoles and the feasts have been forbidden due to covid restrictions), but an actual birch tree decorated like the small birches young men would erect for a loved one on the first of May.

We watched 2 episodes of the 5B (I mean, the second half) of Lucifer. I loved the musical episode. So far, I am liking it, and Chloe is confident and...normal. Now I am worried for the following episodes.

I am glad you enjoyed your birthday, that you finished the case and had ice cream. Lemon and dark chocolate are two of my favorite flavors too  :D
Maypoles look like a fun tradition.
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Post by: Regenbogen on May 31, 2021, 09:54:44 PM
About the lemon ice cream, lol.
There is a funny song we like and we sang that on the way, after we decided to go for ice cream. I'm going to translate the part about the lemon ice we sang on the way. So of course, one of the flavours had to be lemon. :) And also because I like it.
 The song goes like this:
It is summer and it is hot. Because of this, I buy lemon ice. Even if it costs a lot of money, lemon ice is my world.
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Post by: Dina on May 31, 2021, 10:08:11 PM
Oooh, I liked it!

One of the icecream stores here has a flavour called vasuveda, which is lemon with basil. It is very refreshing (but sometimes I prefer just lemon. It depends of my mood).
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 01, 2021, 06:39:02 PM
Sounds good.

I have sad news. The old lady I told you about, the one who had covid and was in a coma, but was back home again ... She died yesterday. Her heart simply stopped. She came into the hospital again because of extreme oedema in her legs and she died the same day.
I cried a bit yesterday, but honestly I don't feel that bad for her. I will miss her, but she didn't suffer, she didn't die alone after weeks in the hospital, she got to spend her last months at home and now she is with her son. If we are allowed in, we will go to the graveyard for the funeral. I've known her almost all my life. My father told me she has been a waitress in a bar he went to during his apprenticeship. That's how they knew each other before they became neighbours.
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Post by: Dina on June 01, 2021, 08:28:24 PM
((((((Regen))))) I am so sorry for your loss.
I suppose it was kind of a shock because as she has been back home one imagined she was doing better, but you are right, in a way she has the chance to say goodbye.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 01, 2021, 08:59:39 PM
Thank you. We didn't think she would survive the virus. She was already in bad health before. So it was more a surprise to see her again. :)
I'm grateful that we were able to say goodbye, and I think she was OK with leaving when she did.


Enough sad news. Another topic:
We will go swimming tomorrow. I hope there won't be too many people, but otherwise I'm looking forward to fun in the water again.
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Post by: Dina on June 01, 2021, 09:19:48 PM
Ooh, swimming, that is great! Are you talking about a river or a public pool?
(I'll be back later)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 01, 2021, 09:29:24 PM
A public pool. The river would be too cold for now. Outside the air is about 20 to 25°C. The icy river water I enjoy, once it is really hot outside in July or August.
Though there are several small lakes in the vicinity, too. But I'm teaching my little one how to swim, so I prefer a pool for now, because there is the edge to hold on to and I can see her better, should she go down. Especially since I won't be wearing my glasses in the water, because I want to do water fights with my elder daughter, lol.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 03, 2021, 12:01:42 AM
Hey all, I hope you are all doing well.

Wish me luck at the doctors tomorrow, hope they can figure out whats wrong with me besides the obvious.

Regen, Sorry to hear about your loss.

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Post by: Dina on June 03, 2021, 03:31:06 PM
Good luck, GW!!  ((((((((((((((((GW))))))))))))))

I received the first dose of the vaccine  :D
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 03, 2021, 04:05:18 PM
Good luck, GW!!  ((((((((((((((((GW))))))))))))))

I received the first dose of the vaccine  :D
Congrats!! Which one did you get? I got the PFizer.
 
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Post by: Arjan on June 03, 2021, 04:52:33 PM
Congrats!! Which one did you get? I got the PFizer.
Pfizer. Me and my son both. Now waiting for the second dose.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 03, 2021, 05:13:43 PM
Pfizer. Me and my son both. Now waiting for the second dose.
Nice, I felt a little bit tired after but didnt really have any symptoms after my second shot. My Grandma and sister got Moderna.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 03, 2021, 06:18:32 PM
Me too. I only felt tired after the second shot. And I remember sitting for hours on the couch and staring at the wall thinking nothing. I was totally happy with the wall and only noticed as a sidenote that my arm hurt from the shoulder to the fingertips.
At work there were some colleagues who were really sick for 3 days. But we planned it so that not all of us would be down at the same time, in case someone had symptoms.

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Post by: Dina on June 03, 2021, 08:41:43 PM
Sputnik. A friend of mine told me that she got a high fever with the Sputnik, but so far hubby and I are fine (we got our shots yesterday). So far all is well, no marks in the arm and feeling well.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 03, 2021, 11:21:17 PM
Sputnik. A friend of mine told me that she got a high fever with the Sputnik, but so far hubby and I are fine (we got our shots yesterday). So far all is well, no marks in the arm and feeling well.
Good to hear. I haven't heard of that one.
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Post by: Dina on June 03, 2021, 11:28:49 PM
It's a Russian one. In my country we have several kinds. Astra-Zeneca, Sputnik, a Chinese one I don't remember the name, I don't think the Pfizer one is used. There has been some politics problems.
The government vaccinates according with what they have in any given moment.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 01:58:02 PM
It's a Russian one. In my country we have several kinds. Astra-Zeneca, Sputnik, a Chinese one I don't remember the name, I don't think the Pfizer one is used. There has been some politics problems.
The government vaccinates according with what they have in any given moment.
As a huge space fan, I love the name of the one you got.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 02:17:10 PM
As a huge space fan, I love the name of the one you got.
LOL.
And when I first heard AstraZeneca in the news, I thought they were talking about a car. The newest Opel model. The new successor of the Opel Astra!  LOL
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 02:48:22 PM
LOL.
And when I first heard AstraZeneca in the news, I thought they were talking about a car. The newest Opel model. The new successor of the Opel Astra!  LOL
LOL See, now I can't unsee that.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 03:08:33 PM
Yes, I know. Me too.  ;D
I even looked it up. I was convinced there was at least a Opel Seneca, but there isn't. It totally sounds real. There even have been requests that Opel should name the new Astra model Astra Zeneca, but there will be an Astra L in 2021. So I wasn't the only one, lol.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 03:21:54 PM
Sorry about the double post, but for some mysterious reasons I couldn't edit.

I wanted to see what it looks like and I found an absolutely hilarious colour called "Erlkönig"! ROFL!!!
Just look at the picture!

https://m.motorsport-total.com/auto/news/der-brandneue-opel-astra-l-2021-posiert-schon-wieder-als-erlkoenig-21040901
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 04:00:05 PM
That car has an interesting look to be sure. I can't place how it makes me feel.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 04:22:45 PM
That car has an interesting look to be sure. I can't place how it makes me feel.
Probably.
With this colour you could drive trough a sunflower field without being seen.

LOL. I answered to your post before you edited. The colour is ugly
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 04:41:22 PM
Probably.
With this colour you could drive trough a sunflower field without being seen.

LOL. I answered to your post before you edited. The colour is ugly
The show pushing daises would use it as a plot device Im sure.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 04:46:01 PM
It would be very easy to find in a big crowded parking lot, if you didn't remember where you parked it.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 04:55:51 PM
That's true. Also, it would be less likely to be stolen.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 05:00:36 PM
You are right. Who would want it anyway? And everyone would know, it is yours, because who else would be crazy enough to choose this colour...  ;)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 05:03:55 PM
You could buy this car to start building an eccentric appearance. The more people think you are eccentric the more they just ignore the small things like you coming in late with mud on your shoes. Your cryptic comments about the missing person in the paper. Your insistence that the old dump should not be dug up for a condominium.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 05:21:36 PM
You could buy this car to start building an eccentric appearance. The more people think you are eccentric the more they just ignore the small things like you coming in late with mud on your shoes. Your cryptic comments about the missing person in the paper. Your insistence that the old dump should not be dug up for a condominium.
Yes. That sounds reasonable. ;)
I actually saw one a few months ago. Almost bumped into it, because it confused me so much I could only stare driving by. Because of this, I think it is more dangerous to drive a noticable car than a boring coloured one.
Thinking about it, now I understand, why I saw it. It happened to be an Opel. Probably the new Astra, because there actually is a Opel dealer where it came from. But it really confused me, so that I'm not sure what kind of car it was.

Also as an experienced ex-driver of red cars, I can tell you, that people tend to bump into them more than into other coloured cars. Probably because they can see them too well. Like "oh, it is red, let's have a closer look" *crash*
And while driving red cars I was stopped by the police a lot. Probably because they wanted to save me from a future crash.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 06:02:11 PM
I had heard that red cars get pulled over more. Until my current car I coincidently had 3 blue cars. So with this new one I felt I had to keep up the tradition.
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Post by: Dina on June 04, 2021, 07:02:28 PM
I love the name Sputnik too.

I saw that car Regen, I like the name of the color  :D- But the color itself...wtf? I had a laugh.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 07:33:50 PM
I love the name Sputnik too.

I saw that car Regen, I like the name of the color  :D- But the color itself...wtf? I had a laugh.

That's what I thought, when I first saw it. It's a wtf colour. LOL

My new car is dark blue by the way. The car I had the bad accident with was silver, the next one was light blue metallic, the one some drunken person decided to climb onto the roof to dance, when I had it for 6 months. That's the one that broke down this year, the year I decided to look for another car anyway. I think it knew that and decided to commit suicide. ;)
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Post by: Dina on June 04, 2021, 08:06:58 PM
Poor car.
Well, dark blue sounds very good and classy. Definitely not a wtf color.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 08:08:58 PM
Poor car.
Well, dark blue sounds very good and classy. Definitely not a wtf color.
Goes well with my hair. ;)
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Post by: Dina on June 04, 2021, 08:20:17 PM
That is a very cool thing to say  :)
Also, do you have blue eyes too? I know a lot of Germans do (I once had a discussion here with another German forumite, when I mentioned the stereotypical German. He was not very amused, but I was talking about two tourists with their backpacks and all that looked very German-like for me. I am not trying to be offensive.)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 08:49:16 PM
That is a very cool thing to say  :)
Also, do you have blue eyes too? I know a lot of Germans do (I once had a discussion here with another German forumite, when I mentioned the stereotypical German. He was not very amused, but I was talking about two tourists with their backpacks and all that looked very German-like for me. I am not trying to be offensive.)
Actually yes, I do have blue eyes. My whole family, except my mother and one of my cousins, their eyes are green.
The hair is not completely blue, there is pink and violet too, at the moment. And also some of my natural hair colour, which is something in between brunette and dark blonde. We call that Straßenköterblond ;) = street mutt blond
LOL. What did the tourists look like?
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 08:51:20 PM
Blue hair? Nice. I have often thought of dyeing my hair but it really wouldn't work with my job.

I also have green eyes.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 09:08:36 PM
Blue hair? Nice. I have often thought of dyeing my hair but it really wouldn't work with my job.

I also have green eyes.
Green eyes. Cool. What's your job, if I may ask?
I work in a hospital laboratory. I could have neon orange hair and no one would care.
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Post by: Dina on June 04, 2021, 09:34:03 PM
The tourist were a man and a woman. The man looked like a sort of Boris Becker. The woman was in good shape, had dark blonde hair in two braids, clear eyes (I don't remember the specific color) and they were quite red like if they had just been under the sun. Only they were fresh arrived at the airport.
They took the bus I was in. And they have short pants, shirts, big backpacks, hats. They looked like Reese Witherspoon in the poster of that movie, you know what I am talking abour. Only they were freshly arriven and probably going for a hostel or something in the city.
That is the typical German tourist look for us  :D

I have dark eyes and hair. Well, hair is grey now but I dye it, so it looks like when I was young. Also, brown skin. It's the most common phenotype in my country but I don't want you to think it's the only one. We had a lot of immigration, so many Argentinians are fair skinned, with clear eyes and all that. Hubby skin is very white but he has dark hair and eyes.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 04, 2021, 09:49:03 PM
Boris Becker  ;D ;D ;D
His looks are definitely not typical.

My skin doesn't get brown in summer, it gets red and peels and instead I get freckles and liver spots.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 04, 2021, 10:02:03 PM
Green eyes. Cool. What's your job, if I may ask?
I work in a hospital laboratory. I could have neon orange hair and no one would care.
I'm a customer service engineer. My company has a rule against people who interact with customers having dyed hair. Even if all I really do is fix machines.

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Post by: Dina on June 04, 2021, 11:23:26 PM
GW, that is so stupid.

Regen, well he was not so fit, but you understand. Very blond, reddish skin.
I do tan well but I rarely do as I am not a fan of just sunbathing. Definitely not since pandemics, I suppose I am less tan than ever. I am still brown  :) Mum was very white and dad was darker than me, I am in the middle but more on my dad side.
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Post by: Arjan on June 05, 2021, 07:39:40 AM
I'm a customer service engineer. My company has a rule against people who interact with customers having dyed hair. Even if all I really do is fix machines.
So you can not even patch some early grey spots? Is that even legal?

Personally I have never dyed my hair because I have no grey spots and the color of my hair is just part of what I am, I would feel strange with blond hair. 

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Post by: Dina on June 05, 2021, 07:48:10 AM
Well, I don't feel like me with grey hair, so it's brown as ever. I rarely had other colors. Once, very black (because the dye was the wrong color). Once lighter (experimenting). I did have a few touches of red or purple (not at the same time). And a couple of times I used color chalks for hair, only for fun.
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Post by: Arjan on June 05, 2021, 07:59:28 AM
Well, I don't feel like me with grey hair, so it's brown as ever. I rarely had other colors. Once, very black (because the dye was the wrong color). Once lighter (experimenting). I did have a few touches of red or purple (not at the same time). And a couple of times I used color chalks for hair, only for fun.
That is logical. My wife has a few grey strikes and the hairdresser takes care of that but she takes care to keep her original color more or less. But those grey patches to not fit into her self image I suppose.

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Post by: Dina on June 05, 2021, 08:09:06 AM
By the way, I always dyed my hair in the hairdresser before the pandemics, now I do it myself.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2021, 10:00:05 AM
I've been dying my hair since I was a teenager. First because I didn't like its non-colour, and because my mother also did it all the time. So I was allowed to experiment early on. ;)
And even before that, I had to dye her hair, because it soon became clear that I could do it with minimum mess. I don't know how she did it, but after hair dying done by my mother, there were always spots of hair dye everywhere in the bathroom. So I got recruited most of the time.
Also my best friend's mother is a hair dresser and now she is, too, so I got to see lots of colours in her hair.

I had a lot of different colours of hair in my life. The only ones that looked ugly were orange (not on purpose, lol) and black. OK, and the dirty green accident, that was supposed to be blue. From time to time I let the colours grow out, to see, if there is enough grey yet. Because if there is, then I would like it to be grey. But there isn't yet. Just some single white hairs, barely noticeable.

Another topic:
My daughter's school is doing some health event. The kids have to count their steps or the distance they drove a bicycle. I thought, that was a good idea. I wanted to count my steps for years, but never did it. Thing is, we are walking a lot at work, and I wanted to know how much and how much difference it is what I walk at home and so on. Also maybe a good motivation to do more sports. ;)

So I installed the app today. Of course I first want to set point zero. That means, I have to commit a lazy day, to see the difference to a normal day and a workday. And a workday at different workplaces.
Maybe I'm going to do some walking tomorrow, maybe not. Perhaps it would be good to set several points zero and calculate the average.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 05, 2021, 08:37:27 PM
That sounds like fun. Counting steps can be motivating. I should do that as well. Also can be fun because you always have a record to go for.



I just built a third book case. Now that I have three I was thinking of giving them names as if they were estates. I don't want to just name them by the types of books on them or at least name them directly that. Do you folks have any suggestions?
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2021, 09:08:21 PM

I just built a third book case. Now that I have three I was thinking of giving them names as if they were estates. I don't want to just name them by the types of books on them or at least name them directly that. Do you folks have any suggestions?
I have ideas, ideas, ideas!!!!!!
What about: Samwise, Great A'Tuin and Bene Gesserit
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 05, 2021, 09:22:45 PM
I have ideas, ideas, ideas!!!!!!
What about: Samwise, Great A'Tuin and Bene Gesserit

I love naming one Samwise. It has history, and I'll pick the one Ive had the longest to denote loyalty.

The second one seems familiar but I cant place it. The last one is not coming to mind at all.
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Post by: Arjan on June 05, 2021, 09:35:43 PM
I love naming one Samwise. It has history, and I'll pick the one Ive had the longest to denote loyalty.

The second one seems familiar but I cant place it. The last one is not coming to mind at all.
Disk world and Dune
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2021, 09:37:40 PM
Great A'Tuin is the name of the space turtle from the discworld novels. The
Bene Gesserit are from "Dune". ;)
But thinking about it, I would rather call the shelf Arrakis (the dune planet) or Dagobah
And instead of Samwise maybe Qo'noS.
So you would have 3 locations instead of  1 person and 2 locations.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 05, 2021, 09:53:56 PM
Thank you and dang it. I just reread Going Postal. I should have remembered that.

I've read Dune, and enjoyed it. But I wouldn't put it on my top ten list. Thank you for the option tho.

Great A'Tuin is a great Name. I will go with it for the second book shelf. Any ideas from a Scifi Genre?
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2021, 10:00:44 PM
Vogon!!! LOL

Edit: Cardassia Prime
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Post by: Fcrate on June 05, 2021, 10:06:27 PM
MAEN all. I've just read the past couple of pages, had a great time. (Car :D :D hair :D) I have 3 German friends that I've seen pictures of, and they're the typical Germans that Dina mentioned. Lol.
Most people here are brown, dark hair and eyes. But there are some lighter colors. And some black.
About the bookshelves: "Sanctuary" (name of the world of Diablo game, but it always reminded me of books) and "Cradle" . Just because.
Myself, I don't have any book shelves. I just have crates full of books under my bed, dresser, desk, and anywhere there's room, really. :P and they are grouped by the period of my life when I bought them. Primary school, middle school, high school, etc.
I took the splint off the puppy a few days ago, and it's almost back to normal now :D Also I sent three of them to 3 different friends who wanted a puppy, so I only have 2 left.
Edit: RiF shelf (resistance is futile)
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 05, 2021, 10:12:50 PM
Fcrate!!!

Borg? Sounds Swedish.

https://youtu.be/AyenRCJ_4Ww

Great news about the puppy!
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Post by: Dina on June 06, 2021, 12:28:01 AM
Yay about the puppies, Fcrate! That he is better and about the others finding new homes.
There are many good sci-fi names, from Tatooine to Trantor (with all the Star Trek in the middle, of course). I should choose one that made me truly happy (for me, probably Tatooine or Vulcan). You could always choose something more generic, like wormhole or portal (or stargate).

I had never read Dune but in high school I had a friend who loved it and she told me lots about the story. She also had the habit of copying parts of the books she loved in her notebook and I copied some of them because I liked how they sounded. That is how I learnt the "limutany against fear" by heart. That was a Bene Gesserit thing. I still remember it (but I don't know if that is the English name. I learnt it in Spanish). You know "I must not fear..." I used it many times before exams, to ease my mind. Yes, it sounds embarrassing but it helped me.
With the same process (copying her notebook) I memorize the ring poem of LOTR. I only read the books about a decade later.

So, I liked Samwise and Great A'tuin too  :). I wouldn't chose Bene Gesserit either because I had not read the books.

Let us know what you choose, GW!
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 06, 2021, 12:39:43 AM
Congrats on the puppies!

So I think I am gonna name the 3 I currently have as follows (I will probably need a fourth soon though):
Samwise
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/a725b29863f3be307e1d82ee9f7eacb2/59bcaa0e7ff4d311-8d/s640x960/0b299d51b9c6d231eee2862271933e0733079f12.jpg)

Great A'tuin
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/aad92459e4719b9b968e04681ed4d40d/59bcaa0e7ff4d311-08/s400x600/26c2de808147f296c24124f9047be8cccd9c859c.jpg)

Chappa'ai
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/614cf4b852c22200fe24d241160c6376/59bcaa0e7ff4d311-e1/s400x600/a9fab9f62a3a36e5465dde3ca047ff2e5d9ec574.jpg)
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Post by: Arjan on June 06, 2021, 05:37:03 AM
Looks well organized and even dust free.

Ours are called Chaos, Can not find them, There are books behind the books, We tried to order them, Where is that book I bought secondhand forty years ago? And There are piles of books next to me.

 
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Post by: Otlan on June 06, 2021, 05:51:27 AM
I need a at least one more Book shelf too XD . Got books piled up all over the place and they need a home -_- . Also, Hi guys n_n !
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Post by: Dina on June 06, 2021, 06:23:33 AM
((((((Otlan)))))) I hope you are doing well.

GW, those look wonderful! What is Chapa'ai? And I have to admit I love Samwise, looks so elegant.

Arjan, I LOLed. And I definitely can relate. Most of my shelves have actually two rows of books (the shorter ones in the front so you can see the taller books behind them).
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Post by: Otlan on June 06, 2021, 06:59:48 AM
((((((Otlan)))))) I hope you are doing well.

GW, those look wonderful! What is Chapa'ai? And I have to admit I love Samwise, looks so elegant.

Arjan, I LOLed. And I definitely can relate. Most of my shelves have actually two rows of books (the shorter ones in the front so you can see the taller books behind them).

*Huggles tight back* Hey Dina n_n <3 !! Ehhh, yes and no -_- . I'll tell you more when I'm more Coherent.
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Post by: Dina on June 06, 2021, 07:25:49 AM
Uh...ok. I'll wait, Ot.

Meanwhile, has any of you watched "The bad batch"? The new Star Wars animated show? I am enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 06, 2021, 10:14:57 AM
Congrats on the puppies!

So I think I am gonna name the 3 I currently have as follows (I will probably need a fourth soon though):
Samwise
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/a725b29863f3be307e1d82ee9f7eacb2/59bcaa0e7ff4d311-8d/s640x960/0b299d51b9c6d231eee2862271933e0733079f12.jpg)

Great A'tuin
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/aad92459e4719b9b968e04681ed4d40d/59bcaa0e7ff4d311-08/s400x600/26c2de808147f296c24124f9047be8cccd9c859c.jpg)

Chappa'ai
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/614cf4b852c22200fe24d241160c6376/59bcaa0e7ff4d311-e1/s400x600/a9fab9f62a3a36e5465dde3ca047ff2e5d9ec574.jpg)

Very impressive. On top of Samwise left and right, those aren't real books, are they? Only those in the middle. At first look, I was almost fooled.

@Dina: no, I haven't seen the bad patch. I'm not sure I would want to watch it, because I'm not so fond of animated shows, at least not, when there was a predecessor with real actors. I tried for the old animated Star Trek once, but couldn't like it, it just made me roll my eyes. I could watch Lower Decks only because it was making fun of itself.

Some thoughts about Dune: It was OK, but I wouldn't recommend reading it. I only read it, because I wanted to read that book with the giant sand worms. I've been looking for it for years. I saw a picture of a worm and a human somewhere as a teenager, without knowing anything about it. No author, no title, just that it was in some book. So I kept my eyes open for years, when I finally found it in a bookstore in the city. It was a time, when fantasy and science fiction books were frowned upon and difficult to find if you didn't know what to look for specifically. It is easier now because of the internet, lol.
The books were OK, but I found them too political to really enjoy, though I was very pleased with the worms.
I have read them again as a grown up, because I thought maybe I wasn't mature enough to understand them properly before, but I had the same feeling again. Too much politics and not in a good way, but cool worms. ;)
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Post by: Dina on June 06, 2021, 10:21:37 AM
Regen, I've got the same impression for some of the things my friend told me, that is one of the reasons why I never read it. Besides, hubby read a couple of the books and said they are not as interesting as people said.

About Samwise, yes, I believe those were bookends, but they look amazingly well.
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Post by: Arjan on June 06, 2021, 10:48:01 AM
And what a waste of space! I see wall not covered with books! (4 more upstairs and we still have to sort them out. No time)

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Post by: Regenbogen on June 06, 2021, 11:10:29 AM
Oops. I see I have to bring that in order some time, once my husband won't have to work there any more.(http://IMG_20210606_130720_029.jpg)
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Post by: Arjan on June 06, 2021, 12:04:09 PM
Oops. I see I have to bring that in order some time, once my husband won't have to work there any more.(http://IMG_20210606_130720_029.jpg)
Oh, I did not even show my study.  ;D
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 07, 2021, 12:50:57 AM
GW, those look wonderful! What is Chapa'ai? And I have to admit I love Samwise, looks so elegant.
Thank you! The Chapa'ai is the name the enemy and their minions in Stargate call the Stargate. I always liked it.

*Huggles tight back* Hey Dina n_n <3 !! Ehhh, yes and no -_- . I'll tell you more when I'm more Coherent.
Hey Otlan!!!

Meanwhile, has any of you watched "The bad batch"? The new Star Wars animated show? I am enjoying it so far.
I like it. As a huge Clone Wars fan, this gives me extra content I have been desperately wanting.

Very impressive. On top of Samwise left and right, those aren't real books, are they? Only those in the middle. At first look, I was almost fooled.
Yeah, I love it. They are cool little bookends with compartments. I haven't put anything in them yet, still thinking about it. My cousin who is one of my closest friends got it for me for Christmas! :)

And what a waste of space! I see wall not covered with books! (4 more upstairs and we still have to sort them out. No time)
Nice Book shelf. I am trying to leave room for expansion. :)

Oops. I see I have to bring that in order some time, once my husband won't have to work there any more.(http://IMG_20210606_130720_029.jpg)
I'm way behind the curve on my book shelves wow. :)

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Post by: Dina on June 07, 2021, 08:27:17 AM
Your cousin rules!  :D

I am glad you liked the bad batch. I was bored with clone wars and I had not watched many episodes but I loved Rebels even when it broke my heart. And after watching Rebels and the Mandalorian I knew that I had to watch The bad batch.

Speaking of Disney+,  I had a confession to make. I watched the entire Tangled series. It was pure and nice and I love how supporting is Eugene as a boyfriend. Yes, it is for children, but it is well done and I liked it. I think your child can enjoy it, Regen.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 07, 2021, 12:57:58 PM
I'm not sure how far you got in the Clone Wars but it does get better as the show goes on. I loved rebels and Mandalorian as well.

I may give the Tangled show a watch.
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Post by: Dina on June 07, 2021, 08:37:13 PM
I'm not sure how far you got in the Clone Wars but it does get better as the show goes on. I loved rebels and Mandalorian as well.

I may give the Tangled show a watch.
I am not sure either, I actually don't remember. I never liked it too much.
And about Tangled, I regret nothing.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 08, 2021, 12:45:33 AM
I am not sure either, I actually don't remember. I never liked it too much.
And about Tangled, I regret nothing.
Fair enough. Ashoka became one of my favorite characters in star wars but its not for everyone.



So I just watched what was supposed to be a comedy special by Bo Burnham but was actually a depressing look at my generation with laughs. I can't describe how much it was a punch right to the gut.
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Post by: Dina on June 08, 2021, 07:08:36 AM
Sorry, don't let him do that. Every generation has good people and good things and things that they are not proud of. Don't worry.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 12:06:37 AM
Sorry, don't let him do that. Every generation has good people and good things and things that they are not proud of. Don't worry.
You know, it wasn't so much him saying our generation was bad so much as showing the things our generation faces and how anxious  we are about everything. I thought he was much older than me but he is less than 2 years my senior.

But thank you (((((DINA)))))

Also I got a book I have been waiting for today. Its called Rabbits and its based on a podcast I love that sadly only had one season.
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Post by: Otlan on June 09, 2021, 02:25:00 AM
Hey ya GW, long time no see n_n .

So for anyone who's been wondering where I've been, with COVID and Winter set in I coudn't get on my Tablet much. For Christmas, my family decided they were gonna take my dad on vacation to Tennessee. With the exception my myself and my oldest brother of course. I got the privilege of staying home, watching mine and my father's house and his Chickens, My brother's House and his cats and having to do my job too -_- . That was a couple of months ago.

Shortly before they left, I finally broke down and got Spectrum TV, Internet and Phone installed in our house, and just last month I got a computer that my best friends brother made for me for about $400 n_n . I've spent the last month getting it set up and what not and I'm on Steam now too n_n .

Now comes the really bad news. Couple of weeks ago, I was helping out a Coustomer at work, a very sweet and nice older lady who appreciated my help. That is, until it came time to check out. We had trouble with the machine. It wouldn't take her coins. I was trying hard to get it to work, but no matter what I did, it wouldn't work and she just got madder and madder at me until my manager came over and helped, but she still wanted a refund for some of her food because she had to make another stop and was worried they would melt.

This of course left me feeling rotten the rest of the day. So much so that I got stuck in my own head, which dragged up all my past failures and made me feel like a rotten, miserable failure, to the point I almost broke down crying and wanting to brake stuff -_- ...Somehow though, I managed to pull myself back together, but of course my Supervisor was standing right beside me and asked if I was alright. Of course I lied through my teeth and told her I was because I still had a job to do. The rest of the day I just felt like miserable shit, but of course I had to keep working with a smile on my face -_- .

I told a frined of mine about this later and he said I was haveing an Emotinal Brake Down, and I most likely suffer from depression -_- . So on top of having to find a new job, I now also need to find a head shrink -_- . Joy, joy, joy -_- .
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Post by: Dina on June 09, 2021, 07:29:34 PM
Awww, puppy. I am sorry you are feeling so poorly but I am hoping you find someone to help you. Depression is sadly very common these days, specially with pandemics, isolating and all the economic losses pandemics brought. About head shrinks, do you know that my country is said to have the highest shrink/population rate on the world? It was even a joke when I was a child. Many people I know are on therapy, at some point it was "cool". I don't know if the ciphers are still sound but even if we were not still in the first place, we still have a lot of psychologists.

I always remember a personal story. Many years ago (not so long after my dad died) I was having some strange feelings in my legs. I began seeing doctors and one of them sent me to a psychiatrist to see if it was all in my head. The man asked me a few questions, learnt about my dad (my mom had died years before and I have no siblings) and he made me a few tests where I was alone with an computer, answering questions. Well, when the results came, the doctor told me "Well, surprisingly, you are not depressed." I actually laughed at that. But seriously, he told me that I was sad but not depressed. (in short, it turned out that my leg feelings were due to an herniated disc which was apparently affecting a nerve or something. It got much better). But most people consulting him were actually depressed (or an early stages on it) so he was surprised I was not.

Now, on lighter things I knew you had internet now and that made me real happy. And now you have a computer too. Have fun on Steam!  :D
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 07:42:38 PM
Hey man, I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. I can't offer any advice on that other than if you ever want to talk my messages are open. I'm sure your job search will be fruitful!

Dina, that is a pretty sad but also kind of funny story. Sorry about your dad, but at least they didnt just prescribe you a medicine when it was really a medical issue.

Another note, Loki was fantastic
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Post by: Dina on June 09, 2021, 07:53:34 PM
Yes, i was very glad about the fact that they were not medicine-happy.

Another note, Loki was fantastic
I have it in my Disney+, but I had no time to watch it yet. I will probably do it tonight. I love Loki even when I was not happy with what happened with him in the movies. So hopefully the show makes me happier.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 08:03:05 PM
Yes, i was very glad about the fact that they were not medicine-happy.
I have it in my Disney+, but I had no time to watch it yet. I will probably do it tonight. I love Loki even when I was not happy with what happened with him in the movies. So hopefully the show makes me happier.
I think they are really trying to tell a good character story with this show. Which is great. I loved Wandavision for that exact reason.
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Post by: Dina on June 09, 2021, 08:05:56 PM
Sounds good.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 08:54:57 PM
I unfortunately got the news back that the test results from last week were all normal except that I have a fused spine from birth that won't hurt me in any way
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Post by: Dina on June 09, 2021, 09:13:17 PM
I am confused. Why is that unfortunate then?  ???
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 09:16:56 PM
I am confused. Why is that unfortunate then?  ???
I figured they would find some superpower. But alas. I am only human.
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Post by: Dina on June 09, 2021, 09:38:47 PM
Nah, you just fooled them. They didn't test you for awesomeness, or super heart or anything like that.

I am so glad to hear about your results  :D
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 09:47:35 PM
Nah, you just fooled them. They didn't test you for awesomeness, or super heart or anything like that.

I am so glad to hear about your results  :D
(((DINA))) Thank you.

That is quite possible as the tests weren't all inclusive. First time at the Doctor in years.
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Post by: Dina on June 09, 2021, 10:38:37 PM
Well, I am pretty sure you were controlled by the doctors in the Navy so perhaps it's fine to have taken a time away for them.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 09, 2021, 10:50:02 PM
Aww yes. the navy doctors who put silver nitrate on my face for a cut. Making it hurt ten times worse. Band aids existed even in those days.
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Post by: Dina on June 10, 2021, 12:03:21 AM
Sorry about that but it only enhances my idea that it was ok to have a time off the doctors.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 10, 2021, 12:23:30 AM
Sorry about that but it only enhances my idea that it was ok to have a time off the doctors.
I'm just being a complainer. Other than the concussions I probably got from being tall on a submarine, I got out physically mostly unscathed.

What are you up to tonight Dina?
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Post by: Dina on June 10, 2021, 01:32:37 AM
Not much, really, being a week night and all that. I did some preparations for my class tomorrow and now we are waiting for delivery (for dinner). I am going to have provoleta, which is a grilled cheese and delicious. Later, I am planning to watch Loki.

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Post by: Otlan on June 10, 2021, 05:20:23 AM
Awww, puppy. I am sorry you are feeling so poorly but I am hoping you find someone to help you. Depression is sadly very common these days, specially with pandemics, isolating and all the economic losses pandemics brought. About head shrinks, do you know that my country is said to have the highest shrink/population rate on the world? It was even a joke when I was a child. Many people I know are on therapy, at some point it was "cool". I don't know if the ciphers are still sound but even if we were not still in the first place, we still have a lot of psychologists.

I always remember a personal story. Many years ago (not so long after my dad died) I was having some strange feelings in my legs. I began seeing doctors and one of them sent me to a psychiatrist to see if it was all in my head. The man asked me a few questions, learnt about my dad (my mom had died years before and I have no siblings) and he made me a few tests where I was alone with an computer, answering questions. Well, when the results came, the doctor told me "Well, surprisingly, you are not depressed." I actually laughed at that. But seriously, he told me that I was sad but not depressed. (in short, it turned out that my leg feelings were due to an herniated disc which was apparently affecting a nerve or something. It got much better). But most people consulting him were actually depressed (or an early stages on it) so he was surprised I was not.

Now, on lighter things I knew you had internet now and that made me real happy. And now you have a computer too. Have fun on Steam!  :D

We'll see, I'm not looking too hard atm, too much to do already -_- . Maby one I get things a little more organized. Honestly, given all the things that have and are going on in your Country Dina, I'm not surprised you got more Headshrinkers then People Per Captia XD . Who knows, when I find one, maby they'll be from there XD .

LOL XD !! That is kind of a Funny Story XD . Sorry about your parents though -_- . And het, sadness can become a very real Disease. I've heard of case of people going to the hospital so over come with grief that they felt like they were dieing. Turns out, through a combination of things, they're hearts had actually enlarged and where threatening to stop. The Docs called it Broken Heart Syndrome.

I'm haveing a Ton of Fun on Steam, and I'm always looking for new Games and folks to play with, so if anyone wants to add me, Otlan9999 n_n .

@GW: Thanks Amigo, I appropriate it n_n . Like I said, that was a couple of weeks ago, I'm feel better now but it's nice to know I got people I can talk to n_n . I got a couple of Promising Leads, so hopefully I can find a better job soon. Preferably one where I don't have to work with, deal ot interact with the public in any way, shape or form n_n .
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 13, 2021, 09:54:36 PM
You know, I used to work at a grocery store and the public just isnt fun to deal with so I completely understand.

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Post by: Otlan on June 14, 2021, 05:17:43 AM
You know, I used to work at a grocery store and the public just isnt fun to deal with so I completely understand.

Well, I imagine that was a few years ago too. Things have gotten a LOT worse since then, especially with this damn Pandemic -_- . It's not just the Customers either. The company I work for showed they're True Colors during this Nightmare, showing us how much they "Appreciate" us as employees -_- .
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Post by: Dina on June 14, 2021, 10:17:01 AM
I am sorry, Otlan. And I am not surprised, the same happened with a lot of companies all around the world.

I began watching Sweet Tooth and, to be honest, I don't know how I feel about it (I only watched the first episode though). There is a post-apocalyptic setting (after a pandemics, as you could suspect) and a boom of babies born with animal traits (hybrids). But the story is about a sweet boy-Bambi and it seems to be...too hopeful for the situation. It's like the series is trying to tell a Fairy tale on a post-apocalyptic environment. So...beyond weird.

Did I tell you I watched "The Mitchells vs the machines"'? It's an animated movie. The story itself is not that great but I loved the movie, it was very fun  :D
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 15, 2021, 12:07:00 AM
I am sorry, Otlan. And I am not surprised, the same happened with a lot of companies all around the world.

I began watching Sweet Tooth and, to be honest, I don't know how I feel about it (I only watched the first episode though). There is a post-apocalyptic setting (after a pandemics, as you could suspect) and a boom of babies born with animal traits (hybrids). But the story is about a sweet boy-Bambi and it seems to be...too hopeful for the situation. It's like the series is trying to tell a Fairy tale on a post-apocalyptic environment. So...beyond weird.

Did I tell you I watched "The Mitchells vs the machines"'? It's an animated movie. The story itself is not that great but I loved the movie, it was very fun  :D
I loved Mitchells vs the Machines. It was so fun. I know I will watch it again by the end of this year
As for Sweet Tooth, I wasn't certain how good it would be. Kind of Reminds me of those Schwarma books.

Well, I imagine that was a few years ago too. Things have gotten a LOT worse since then, especially with this damn Pandemic -_- . It's not just the Customers either. The company I work for showed they're True Colors during this Nightmare, showing us how much they "Appreciate" us as employees -_- .
Yeah I can only imagine. I've seen videos of people talking about it and you have my utmost sympathies. I hope you find a job where they appreciate you for real. Not for show.
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Post by: Dina on June 15, 2021, 02:55:20 AM
((((GW)))
I still watched only one episode of Sweet Tooth, so I remain on the fence. I am so glad you liked "The Mitchells..." though. I was not too interested when I saw it appeared in Netflix but then a friend of mine told me she loved it. So I decided to try it and did not regret it.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 15, 2021, 08:09:35 PM
((((GW)))
I still watched only one episode of Sweet Tooth, so I remain on the fence. I am so glad you liked "The Mitchells..." though. I was not too interested when I saw it appeared in Netflix but then a friend of mine told me she loved it. So I decided to try it and did not regret it.
((((DINA)))) Please let me know what you think.

So I got my heart looked at yesterday and its amazing how technology has progressed. Like you could even see, there in the bottom of my heart, my utter distaste for Rudolph the Brown nose cop. ;)
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Post by: Dina on June 15, 2021, 09:16:16 PM
LOL! It seems it is a common affliction, many of us are loaded with the same illness.

In my class today we discussed an old paper with data on red deer. I couldn't stop thinking in Sweet Tooth and his adorable antlers  :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 15, 2021, 10:02:17 PM
LOL! It seems it is a common affliction, many of us are loaded with the same illness.

In my class today we discussed an old paper with data on red deer. I couldn't stop thinking in Sweet Tooth and his adorable antlers  :)
Aww, that's cute. I imagine in your class you do things like that a lot. Always fun to make those connections.
How are you today ((((DINA))))

Also finally watched the new episode of Bad Batch and it had one of my fav star wars characters in it.
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Post by: Dina on June 15, 2021, 11:32:20 PM
I watched it too!  :)

I am quite tired actually, because of my class and then going to laundromat and grocery store, and it is quite cold so I was in a hurry to be back in my warm home. But other than that, I am fine. I was watching something on tv, though. It's an online course of Argentinian history (the class I was watching was about the 1910-20's.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 15, 2021, 11:38:47 PM
I watched it too!  :)

I am quite tired actually, because of my class and then going to laundromat and grocery store, and it is quite cold so I was in a hurry to be back in my warm home. But other than that, I am fine. I was watching something on tv, though. It's an online course of Argentinian history (the class I was watching was about the 1910-20's.
ooh. The 1910-20s. I'm not sure what it was like there but very interesting here.
I'm sorry its cold there. Stay warm!
I'm eating some Chicken Pot Pie. I didn't eat it for my first 20 years which is a shame because it is delicious.
Rest well!
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Post by: Dina on June 15, 2021, 11:48:28 PM
Of course it was.
Well, we were neutral in the War, mainly because UK wanted to keep buying our products without our ships risking to be sink. I mean, as we were neutral, we could sell to both sides, and UK preferred to keep buying our things instead of having our help (we did not have many weapons or soldiers to offer) and making our ships legit targets.
Besides, as Europe and USA were busy they did not sell us manufactured products. That was a significant change for us, as some of our industries were stopped because of the lack of supplies, but on the other hand, some people began producing things that were not produced here before.
But beside of that, we had a lot of inner problems, The worst was 1919, with terrible strikes that resulted in MORE THAN A THOUSAND deaths.
One of the best things, though, was the University Reform, in 1918.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 16, 2021, 12:03:41 AM
Of course it was.
Well, we were neutral in the War, mainly because UK wanted to keep buying our products without our ships risking to be sink. I mean, as we were neutral, we could sell to both sides, and UK preferred to keep buying our things instead of having our help (we did not have many weapons or soldiers to offer) and making our ships legit targets.
Besides, as Europe and USA were busy they did not sell us manufactured products. That was a significant change for us, as some of our industries were stopped because of the lack of supplies, but on the other hand, some people began producing things that were not produced here before.
But beside of that, we had a lot of inner problems, The worst was 1919, with terrible strikes that resulted in MORE THAN A THOUSAND deaths.
One of the best things, though, was the University Reform, in 1918.
Wow, that's pretty interesting. I have never thought about how the focused industry in the US during the War might have affected other countries not even involved in it.

What did the University Reform do?

I am watching baseball right now myself.
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Post by: Dina on June 16, 2021, 12:08:50 AM
Yes, to be honest at the time we were not too affected for what happened in USA as we were not trading a lot with you. But most of our commerce was with UK, so that affected us.
The 20's were very interesting from an artistic point of view though, specially literature and theater.
Also, those were the years were we funded the bases of our petrol. Our petrol company was the first in the world to be from the government instead of private.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 18, 2021, 12:10:59 AM
Yes, to be honest at the time we were not too affected for what happened in USA as we were not trading a lot with you. But most of our commerce was with UK, so that affected us.
The 20's were very interesting from an artistic point of view though, specially literature and theater.
Also, those were the years were we funded the bases of our petrol. Our petrol company was the first in the world to be from the government instead of private.
Sometimes I forget that non fiction exists. I need to add more non fiction to my reading lists.
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Post by: Dina on June 18, 2021, 12:40:00 AM
Wow, that's pretty interesting. I have never thought about how the focused industry in the US during the War might have affected other countries not even involved in it.

What did the University Reform do?

I am watching baseball right now myself.

Sorry, I had not read your edited post before.

Well, first of all, some context. By 1918, we had a few universities but they were not cheap, almost all the students were male (there were some female, but much less than male) but the worst part was probably that the professors were old and too traditionalist, dictating classes with very old-fashioned curricula. Well, the students of the oldest university in my country (Cordoba University) decided that enough was enough and they launched a lot of protests, strikes and wrote a long manifest. The protests expanded to all the country, but the main focus was at Cordoba. They had the support of the more progressive teachers and graduates. They succeeded in changing a lot of things. Better criteria to select professors, participation of students in the government of the university, revisions of the curricula, that slowly became better, more science oriented and with more robust criteria. Since then, students are represented in the Directories of the universities. Thanks to the Reform, our universities (I am talking about public universities here) became really good, and a proud for my country (it gave us 5 Nobel prize winners. I know it does not seem much compared with USA and other countries, but for a Latin American country is not bad).
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 18, 2021, 03:01:16 AM
Wow.  Way to go for those students. They fought hard and got change. Nice. I'm glad they got the push forward to make college available and affordable.

night ((((((DINA)))))))
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Post by: Arjan on June 18, 2021, 05:29:11 AM
If you read a lot of history you will recognize where some writers get their stuff from.
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Post by: Dina on June 18, 2021, 04:06:08 PM
Wow.  Way to go for those students. They fought hard and got change. Nice. I'm glad they got the push forward to make college available and affordable.

night ((((((DINA)))))))

Yes, they were really important and they change they created, still can be felt. The second fundamental change came in 1949, with all the public universities became free.

If you read a lot of history you will recognize where some writers get their stuff from.

You are probably right. I mean, I have not read a lot of history but even I realize some things, so I guess if I had more data, it would be easier  :)
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 22, 2021, 10:02:23 PM
Hope everyone is doing good here in the SHOV. I've been reading heavy the past few days!


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Post by: Dina on June 23, 2021, 08:48:59 PM
((((((((GW)))))))))
I've been doing well, working and preparing classes. I also read a couple of things, and I kept watching SW: Bad Batch and the Arrowverse shows. I also watched "Wish Dragon", which IMHO is quite a rip off of Aladdin but in a modern setting. It was sweet though, heartwarming.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 24, 2021, 12:04:36 AM
((((((((GW)))))))))
I've been doing well, working and preparing classes. I also read a couple of things, and I kept watching SW: Bad Batch and the Arrowverse shows. I also watched "Wish Dragon", which IMHO is quite a rip off of Aladdin but in a modern setting. It was sweet though, heartwarming.
The bad batch episode was heart breaking.  I don't think I've heard of Wish Dragon.
((((DINA)))))
The book I just finished was called Rabbits and it was good but needed about ten more pages.
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Post by: Dina on June 24, 2021, 12:30:52 AM
Sort of epilogue or something like that? I often feel that books need a better closure.

Wish dragon is an animated film that suddenly popped up in my Netflix. Instead of a Genie, it has a dragon which granted wishes.

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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 24, 2021, 01:23:35 AM
Sort of epilogue or something like that? I often feel that books need a better closure.
Wish dragon is an animated film that suddenly popped up in my Netflix. Instead of a Genie, it has a dragon which granted wishes.
Yes, It needed an epilogue to answer some of the questions that it gave me a burning need of the answer to.

A dragon that grants wishes. I might have to check it out,
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Post by: Dina on June 24, 2021, 08:14:48 AM
A dragon that grants wishes. I might have to check it out,
It's not Dragon Ball, mind you  :D

Yes, It needed an epilogue to answer some of the questions that it gave me a burning need of the answer to.
It often happens to me. The most frustrating example for me was Harry Potter. After so many years waiting for the final book, the ending felt hurried and the epilogue was not enough. I needed some closure for all the deaths.  I wanted to know more about what happened after the battle, not 19 years later.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 27, 2021, 02:03:14 PM
It's not Dragon Ball, mind you  :D
It often happens to me. The most frustrating example for me was Harry Potter. After so many years waiting for the final book, the ending felt hurried and the epilogue was not enough. I needed some closure for all the deaths.  I wanted to know more about what happened after the battle, not 19 years later.
Not Dragon Ball? Then why bother lol

I totally agree on the harry potter front. It needed a lot more context. Also I would have loved for harry to become the defense against the Dark Arts teacher and end the curse on the position. It would have been a lot more poetic than him becoming an auror.
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Post by: Dina on June 27, 2021, 06:51:01 PM
Yes, I completely agree.
In my mind, when he got tired of being an auror he went to teach DADA, but the curse was long gone, having finished after the war.
I even imagine that when Harry is old he will be the Headmaster  :)

It's cold here today, and grey, so I just had a soup. I don't know why Knorr has decided to test some new flavors with a sort of "organic" look. For instance, we already had a tomato and basil soup, but now it also has amaranth seeds.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on June 27, 2021, 10:53:01 PM
Yes, I completely agree.
In my mind, when he got tired of being an auror he went to teach DADA, but the curse was long gone, having finished after the war.
I even imagine that when Harry is old he will be the Headmaster  :)

It's cold here today, and grey, so I just had a soup. I don't know why Knorr has decided to test some new flavors with a sort of "organic" look. For instance, we already had a tomato and basil soup, but now it also has amaranth seeds.
(((((DINA)))))

its a bit grey here as well. Amaranth seeds? Cant say I've ever heard of them.

I do like the idea that he becomes Headmaster. He would be one that would be 10 times the headmaster that Dumbledore was.
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Post by: Dina on June 27, 2021, 11:44:30 PM
Again, I agree.
Amaranth gives the soup a touch crounchy. They are small, white seeds, with a very light salty touch.
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Post by: Fcrate on June 28, 2021, 10:37:17 AM
Hello, weird people, I hope everyone is well :)
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Post by: Dina on June 28, 2021, 05:47:32 PM
Hello Fcrate, yes I am well. Hope the same for you!
It's another grey day here, but it does not matter, I have much work to do anyway.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on June 28, 2021, 09:43:18 PM
I was a little depressed the past few weeks, but I am fine now, thanks. Today was 42°C, but now it's night and there's a fresh breeze. I am relaxing on the roof with a book a bonfire with a pot of tea on it :)
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Post by: Dina on June 28, 2021, 10:45:58 PM
Oooh, the part about relaxing in the roof with the bonfire, the tea and a book sounds wonderful! I bet the stars are beautiful? I am not one of complain about mega-cities and all that. I am a urban product and love living like that. But the thing I feel we miss the most are the starry nights. We see very few stars in the big cities.

Sorry about all the heat and especially about your depression. I know it is difficult, but if you ever felt like you need someone to talk, my inbox is open for you (and if needed, I will give you my e-mail).
We were talking about depression some days ago here. Depression is sadly all too common.

Well,about me, now I am getting ready to watch a show on Argentinian history for a while, and then a football match (Argentina-Bolivia). I need to finish reading a paper before, so I'll leave for now. Hopefully I will be back later.
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Post by: Fcrate on June 29, 2021, 08:05:13 AM
Thanks Dina, I appreciate it and I'll keep that in mind :) I don't think depression is more common now, I think we're just learning to recognise it. At least this is the case with me.
Yes, the stars are beautiful out here, although the villages modernized over the last few years (i.e they all have electricity now) and the sky isn't very busy with stars like when I first moved here. Anyway I rarely get to lay down on my back and look at them, because my dogs would welcome the excuse to lick my face and use my stomach as a wresting ring. I prefer the moon anyway.
So, who won? :D
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Post by: Dina on June 29, 2021, 09:06:00 AM
Yes, I think you are right about depression.

Aww, cute dog. And of course, I like the moon too.

Argentina won 4-1 over Bolivia, but it was not really important as it was the last match of the group phase of the current tournament (Copa America, which is like Eurocopa but for South America). Next match will be an eliminatory one, so that will be important.
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Post by: Regenbogen on June 29, 2021, 04:07:05 PM
Hello, weird people!!!!

I've been absent for a while and still need to read all the new posts on the boards. It will take me a few days, because this week I'm working the nightshift again. There is no internet available for me at work, and even if it was, I wouldn't have the time to sit down and read a lot, so it will take me a few days. ;)
I was very busy with work in the last weeks. A lot of people calling in sick. One even has a broken wrist and had surgery recently.
The nightshift is OK. I like working in teams, but I enjoy being on my own a lot more. During the night I am all alone in my part of the laboratory. It's a lot of work but I like it. I'm more of a night time person anyway.

There was a heavy storm a few minutes ago. The windows have been rattling and the crane looked as if it was about to fall down. There were sirens everywhere for a while. Now it is raining. But I like the rain. It cools everything down. It has been hot and humid weather before the thunder storm.

My little one is learning to play guitar now. My brother in law is teaching her.

2 weeks ago we have visited a 12th certury castle in the vicinity. That was fun. We managed to be in time for the guided tour. It was very interesting. And they had ice cream, cake and coffee. I wanted everything, so I ordered ice coffee and cake. The kids ate all the cake, but I managed to snatch a few bites.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 01, 2021, 08:05:18 AM
(((((((Regen))))) It's good to see you!  :) You have been missed.
Sorry about all the people calling sick. I understand liking to be working alone, and about nightshift. I am very nocturne myself.

Storms are awesome, they have something that charges you of energy. And if the thunders stop (or at not so many) and it is only rain, it is nice to sleep with it as a lullaby.

Oh, I am glad to hear that your little one is playing guitar. I believe I told you before that I absolutely suck at music, I have zero musical ear, so I never bother with an instrument as a child. Still, sometimes I think that was a mistake, I could have had some fun if I were not so self-conscious about it (I've been told how terrible I am at music since I was very, very little). If I had a child, I would let them have fun with music and play any instrument if they want to, even if they had inherited my abysmal music talent. And I definitely think any child with some talent can just love creating their own music, so I am happy your little one has that chance.

That sounds so awesome about the castle, and I have to love Europe. There is nothing so old here, not even the structures from the aboriginal people.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 01, 2021, 07:33:13 PM
Dina, we have the opposite problem.. Everything is old here. :D
Random thought: Is there any bad mood that survives playing with two puppies for 10 minutes?
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Post by: Dina on July 01, 2021, 08:05:33 PM
LOL! I don't think so, puppies are amazing that way. Also, cat's purring. It has an awesome calming effect. I always thought cats are parcially tribbles  :)
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 02, 2021, 07:55:34 PM
I used to think so, but my current cat is more than a little wild. Even when I'm stroking her fur and she's purring, I have to be on guard, as I might accidentally touch her belly the wrong way and trigger a violent response, so it's not as relaxing. Her daughter is a sweetie though, not a violent bone in her body :D
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Post by: Dina on July 02, 2021, 08:16:20 PM
LOL, your cat is a fierce beast  :)

I never had a cat so violent, to be honest. At least, not with me or the family. Some of them did not like strangers and they showed it, but with us they ranged from absolute sweetness to acceptance with the occasional scratch or hiss, but more as a warning that an actual attack.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 02, 2021, 10:15:56 PM
Lol, while I'm typing this, she's fighting off a few cats who came to investigate the smell of my bbq. I only finished work a couple of hours ago, and it was too hot to cook, now it's midnight and it's finally cool enough for me to enjoy my BBQ. Ok, she just kicked them out. And gone to chase them away a few meters. She'll be back by the time I start eating, as always. :D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 02, 2021, 10:26:21 PM
As she should. You have to pay her for her services as a bouncer for those other cats.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 02, 2021, 11:21:58 PM
I think of it more like "Taking out the trash". I did give her the skin and just a little bit of the duck :D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 02, 2021, 11:39:50 PM
That is good enough, I am sure she is happy with it.  :)
Your bbq is mainly duck or you have something else?
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 03, 2021, 04:35:48 AM
Just duck. Maybe BBQ is the wrong word, but during summer my dinner mostly consists of grilled meat of some sort, a salad and some Tahina.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 03, 2021, 06:23:30 PM
Bbq is a perfectly fitting name for that  :) I hope it was delicious (and that all your cats had a little treat)

Argentinians don't have a tradition of eat duck. I mean, it is not that we don't eat duck at all, but it is not a common occurrence. Grilled chicken is very, very common though.

Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 03, 2021, 07:31:54 PM
Duck is a common delicacy food here, and is considered a step up from chicken. If you're having people over for dinner, it's usual to feed them stuffed duck (spiced rice inside), but it's a bit expensive for everyday food, especially if you have a big family. Nobody grills them except me, I think. But I grill everything, and the first thing I ever made a BBQ of was a couple of ducks that me and a friend of mine hunted in 2011. I decided to have a BBQ, and went to the local mechanic shop and had them make me a custom spit to roast the ducks on (about 1.3m long, because I had an idea of roasting a whole sheep on it in the future). It's shaped like —|________. They also made me a couple of metal Y shaped spikes. It takes a lot of time and effort to roast anything whole though, so it doesn't see enough use for my liking. :D
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 03, 2021, 08:51:45 PM
Oh yes, duck is a delicacy here too, way above chicken, and definitely more expensive. I don't think it is common for guests though. Perhaps in the high society, but as far as I know it is something that people eats in restaurants or at parties but seldom at home.
I had duck in Paris though, that is un unlocked achievement  :D.
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Post by: Fcrate on July 03, 2021, 09:27:36 PM
Here they eat it more in the country side. In the village here, maybe one on every 10 houses have a chicken coop with some ducks thrown in, mostly to eat on Thursday dinner (start of the weekend.
My cat's daughter, Athena, has just eaten something poisoned. I isolated her from her kitten and gave her Atropine. Watching now and hoping she becomes alright. This poison is nasty stuff. goddamned bastards. :@
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Post by: Dina on July 03, 2021, 11:09:04 PM
Oh no, I hope she is going to be fine. I lost a cat by poisoning and it was awful. I had some other cats that were intoxicated with different things but they survived, but that one, a sweet, sweet tabby, couldn't. I hated my neighbours for that.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 04, 2021, 09:02:21 AM
Yes Dina,  I know the feeling, but I'll tell you more about this poison later. Well, the cat is still alive, and breathing normally now. She can sit up and rarely have muscle spasms now, although her pupils are still dilated. She's trying to crawl to my room, but her kits are inside and I don't want them to nurse from her now. The question is... How do you milk a cat?  :o
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on July 04, 2021, 04:15:12 PM
Poor cat. Hope she gets better soon, but I agree on not letting the kittens drink her milk for now, the risk they get the poison too is too high, depending on the poison.

On how to milk a cat... Puh.
Sure to say not like a cow or a goat.

As a mother myself and having had to feed a weak baby but not being a cat myself....
I would say, put her somewhere she feels safe and can't hear the baby's. She needs to be calm and relaxed, not afraid or anxious. You would need some time alone with her, keep the teats warm and try to do the Kind of Massage the kittens do with their paws. I don't know the english word. In german it is called "treteln". Then I would gently rub with both hands on each side with thumb and forefinger from the outside to the inside of the teats. And hope the milk flows. Maybe even half round gentle rubs, anything that works.
By now she surely hurts there. Maybe use one hand to scratch her behind the ears while you massage her.
If she even let's you touch her. Touching a hurting cat directly on the hurt can be interesting. I would do it only while having protection on my arms and hands.

Edit: As for keeping calm: the milk doesn't flow if the mother isn't relaxed.
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Post by: Fcrate on July 04, 2021, 07:29:30 PM
Thanks Regen. I tried for 10 minutes, but the poison was still playing hell with her nervous system, and milk wouldn't flow. After an hour though, she crawled to her kits, looks like its teats started to hurt like you said and she wanted to release it. I put a net on the kits and kept them touching her, and started rubbing her like you said and managed to release some milk. I'm not sure I got it all, as I don't have a baseline for how much milk she has, but I think I got most of it. I'll do another one tomorrow. I think she's recovering :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 04, 2021, 07:36:52 PM
That sounds good. Let's hope the kittens didn't get the poison. I don't think there is a lot of milk, I mean cats are so small. Most of the milk is produced while feeding, there shouldn't be much reservoir like with cows for example.
All the best wishes to her. Athena, is it?
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 04, 2021, 08:58:16 PM
Yes, best wishes for her!
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Fcrate on July 05, 2021, 05:03:35 PM
Thank you :) She's much better now, resting comfortably and no more convulsions, but still not eating, she only drank some milk, but nowhere near enough.
@Regen:  Yes, Athena.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 05, 2021, 05:08:09 PM
Glad to hear that she is doing better  :)

I'll be back later, I have two important meeting this afternoon.
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Regenbogen on July 05, 2021, 06:17:01 PM
Thank you :) She's much better now, resting comfortably and no more convulsions, but still not eating, she only drank some milk, but nowhere near enough.
@Regen:  Yes, Athena.
I hope she will eat soon. But she has the name of a goddess, so she will be fine.

Our neighbours noticed Bella's absence and asked if she was OK. She rarely walks through their gardens any more. That's actually good news, because I think she is almost deaf by now and being careful outside. Deaf cats don't hear cars in time.
We thought for years that she might have problems with hearing enough. For months now she cries very loudly, always when she comes home and no answer from anyone makes her calm down. She only stops, when she sees someone. And she is often surprised by people "appearing" behind her.
Also ehe hasn't caught a mouse in months.
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Post by: Dina on July 05, 2021, 07:31:33 PM
Well, my first meeting went well, now to get ready for the other one.
Well, Regen, be extra sweet and caring with Bella, she will be grumpy, probably, as she does not understand how people is suddenly so sneaky around her. Still, I am glad your neighbors asked for her, it was nice from them.
See you!
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: wardenferry419 on July 06, 2021, 11:21:29 PM
Howdy y'all. It's been awhile. Just visiting and hope everyone is doing well!
Title: Re: Weird? Pretty much.
Post by: Dina on July 07, 2021, 12:01:33 AM
(((((((((((WF))))))))))) Yay! Good to see you! How are you doing?
I am doing well. My country was hit hard by the second wave, but things are slowly improving. I received the first dose of the vaccine a way ago. Luckily, we are all well, but I know several people who were infected, the parents of some friends were in the hospital and sadly the father of one of my friends passed away due to Covid.
We had a very nice weekend, quite Spring-like but yesterday and today have been clouded and cold, as one would expect of Winter.
I am also dealing with the end of the academic semester, my students have their exam this Thursday.
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Post by: Dina on July 09, 2021, 11:18:38 PM
Sorry about the double post.
It's Independence Day here  :) (so, National Holiday)
Following the tradition, we had hot chocolate with churros, and we are planning to have empanadas for dinner. I was going to make them but it is actually to hot and I don't want to turn on the fires, so we will have delivery  :)

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Post by: Regenbogen on July 10, 2021, 08:45:27 PM
Sorry about the double post.
It's Independence Day here  :) (so, National Holiday)
Following the tradition, we had hot chocolate with churros, and we are planning to have empanadas for dinner. I was going to make them but it is actually to hot and I don't want to turn on the fires, so we will have delivery  :)
That's amazing! Happy late Independence Day! Also happy late Independence Day for the US-people!
Yummy! Did you make the churros yourself? If you did, would you share your recipe?  8) ;D I'm thinking of making some this week.

It was hot? Is it spring time already?
We've had a lot of rainy storms in the last weeks and in between some hot days.
I've been having severe headaches because of the constant change in the weather and because I still suffer from jet lag due to the nightshift week. I think it's the age. LOL

Next week I'll try to convince some colleagues to divide the 7 nights into 4 and 3. I hope to get the boss on my side, because I planned it out completely so that nobody has a disadvantage and so that it would be completely voluntary to join the 4/3 group or to keep the 7 or even to do both. It would be enough to convince the boss and 3-4 people, so there would be enough people to cover the week at least most of the time.
And if nobody agrees, I'll simply try again later. As long until we do it. LOL
Did work sometimes. You just have to be patient.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 10, 2021, 08:58:06 PM
Good day weird,
I hope you are doing well.
Been crazy busy with work this week.
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 10, 2021, 09:38:27 PM
Good day weird,
I hope you are doing well.
Been crazy busy with work this week.
Hi! How are you?
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Post by: Dina on July 11, 2021, 12:16:00 AM
That's amazing! Happy late Independence Day! Also happy late Independence Day for the US-people!
Yummy! Did you make the churros yourself? If you did, would you share your recipe?  8) ;D I'm thinking of making some this week.

It was hot? Is it spring time already?
We've had a lot of rainy storms in the last weeks and in between some hot days.
I've been having severe headaches because of the constant change in the weather and because I still suffer from jet lag due to the nightshift week. I think it's the age. LOL

Next week I'll try to convince some colleagues to divide the 7 nights into 4 and 3. I hope to get the boss on my side, because I planned it out completely so that nobody has a disadvantage and so that it would be completely voluntary to join the 4/3 group or to keep the 7 or even to do both. It would be enough to convince the boss and 3-4 people, so there would be enough people to cover the week at least most of the time.
And if nobody agrees, I'll simply try again later. As long until we do it. LOL
Did work sometimes. You just have to be patient.

Hi! No, we bought the churros. You know, I did churros several times as a child but I had never done so as an adult. In fact, I lost the device we had (which was for shaping the churros). I am sure you can find some recipes online, though. We Argentinians like our churros, but they are a little thicker than the Spanish ones, and when we bought them, they are often filled with something, generally dulce de leche.

It is not Spring at all! We are in the heart of Winter, so to speak, but yesterday it was too hot (23°C) and even today we had some barmy 18. I suppose it is globar change  :'(

The idea of the 7 nights division sounds very good, I hope you succeed with it!  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 11, 2021, 12:27:02 AM
Hi! No, we bought the churros. You know, I did churros several times as a child but I had never done so as an adult. In fact, I lost the device we had (which was for shaping the churros). I am sure you can find some recipes online, though. We Argentinians like our churros, but they are a little thicker than the Spanish ones, and when we bought them, they are often filled with something, generally dulce de leche.

It is not Spring at all! We are in the heart of Winter, so to speak, but yesterday it was too hot (23°C) and even today we had some barmy 18. I suppose it is globar change  :'(

The idea of the 7 nights division sounds very good, I hope you succeed with it!  :)
Ah, I wondered. "Hot" like "too warm for the season", not like "unbearable heat".

Yeah, I found recipes online, thank you. I don't have a device either. My grandmother had one, so either my uncle has it now or he threw it away. I think he threw it away or gave it to someone else. I honestly can't imagine him using it himself, LOL.

So either I find someone who has one or I'm going to create one myself. Or, if I can't manage, I'll look for one to buy. But only if I decide to use it regularly. Don't know yet.
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Post by: Dina on July 11, 2021, 12:33:00 AM
At least here, they sell some that are quite cheap. I did not buy a new one basically because I like the churros I bought much better than those I could make.

And yes, it was warm for the season but still I did not want to turn the oven and the flames on.
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Post by: Dina on July 11, 2021, 01:57:31 AM
Sorry about the double post but I wanted to tell you that I am very happy. Argentina won the Copa América (it's like the Eurocopa, but from South America). And over Brazil, our nemesis and the host. I am so, so happy  :D :D :D :D
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Post by: Fcrate on July 12, 2021, 10:12:08 PM
Congrats Dina :D :D was it a good game?
About Athena, after she disappeared for a day, I thought she'd crawled off somewhere to die, but she came back. We butchered 3 sheep for customers (it's nearing Eid El Adha) and I asked the customers to give me the spleens, and I gave them to her. She stole some of my food today, so she's fine. Lol
Still very thin though.from 4.5 kg to 2.5.
@Regen: While the rotation of night shifts is a good idea that let's you get more things done, you'll have to change your sleep cycle twice a week for it. From what you said earlier , you get migraines like I do. This will increase their frequency and strength.JJust something to keep in mind.
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Post by: Dina on July 13, 2021, 06:39:54 AM
Well, the match was interesting, I am not sure it was that good. There were a lot of fouls. Argentina began playing better, I think. The goal came around 20 minutes in the first half. It was very good! But after that, Argentina became too careful and Brazil tried but they were not that good either. They made a goal too but it was invalidated (off side). And sadly Messi did not play a very good match. He had played very well the whole tournament but not in the final, it appears that a kick he suffered on his ankle on the previous match took a significant toll of him. Some of our players did not have a very good day either. But they had the wish to win  :)- They put their heart in it.
It was really a dream for us. To win over Brazil, the host, in the final in the Maracana? It was also an emotional component, as it was the first major Cup after Maradona left this Earth. Of course, we think he helped us, no doubt.

That previous match? It was very interesting too! We played better, having made a goal at 7´. And then in the second half they surprised us with a goal and the match ended in a tie. So, penalty kicks.
The first Colombian player scored. Then Messi did it too. Then our goalkeeper, "Dibu" Martinez stopped the second Colombian player shot. But then our second player shot it over the goal. And then things really got interesting. Dibu stopped another one. We scored. They scored. We scored and Dibu stopped another one!! He stopped 3/5 penalties! A beast! It was amazing!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL1SVxj_W1M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL1SVxj_W1M) in case you are curious  :D

I am so glad for Athena, I hope you pamper her a little with good food and pattings.
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Post by: Fcrate on July 13, 2021, 07:11:46 AM
Omg, your Dibu went in the correct direction in all penalties, I'm not sure about the 4th one, bad angle, but he really scared the Columbians. We had a goalkeeper like that around 2005,he saved 3 penalties in one match. One during the game, and two in penalty kicks. But damn this Dibu is good, where does he play?
Columbia played a very good game in my opinion. From what I see, the tie breaker was your superior goalie.
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Post by: Dina on July 13, 2021, 05:22:24 PM
He spoke to the Colombian players. He was on their heads. It instantly became viral here for his phrases "I will eat you. Look at me, I will eat you." and things like that.
He plays in an English club but I don't remember which one. He is a very good goalkeeper but I did not know he was so good at penalties.
And yes, Colombia played well. When I said that Argentina played better I was compairing that match with the one with Brazil. Messi being the main difference IMHO.
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Post by: Dina on July 16, 2021, 08:34:36 PM
Good maen everyone!
Regen, I've heard there are strong storms in Germany. Is your area all right?
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 17, 2021, 04:19:52 AM
I am consistently surprised by the number of grown-ass adults in this world without the emotional capacity to solve simple problems and lash out instead.  :o
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Post by: Dina on July 17, 2021, 08:01:53 AM
Indeed. Some specific reason for that comment=

Also... (((((((((((((((((DC)))))))))))))))))))))!!   :) :) :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 17, 2021, 04:00:45 PM
Good maen everyone!
Regen, I've heard there are strong storms in Germany. Is your area all right?
Thank you for your concern. I'm OK. The worst is in the west. I am in contact with a friend who lives there and donating money for the people in the area. She and her husband are taking food and clean water to the victims.

A few weeks ago a town only 15 minutes away from us has been flooded. Everyone was surprised, because it is quite high. The water ran down the hills. But it wasn't as bad as the pictures from the rivers Rhine and Erft. And no one died. It was because the dry ground could not keep that much rain at once.
Next the heavy weather will be around the alps. They say we might be lucky and only have some flooded basements, but I wouldn't be so sure. Water always runs down hill and there are all lot of rivers here that origin in the alps. In fact almost all of them. I'm preparing my rubber boots. Better safe than sorry. And some food in cans and water.
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Post by: Dina on July 17, 2021, 06:20:57 PM
 :) :) Well, I am very glad you are ok, and I totally understand you saying "better safe than sorry". I would do the same.

Here today is a lovely sunny day (reasonably cold for the season). I am having a lazy day after a busy week.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 17, 2021, 10:31:24 PM
Indeed. Some specific reason for that comment=

Also... (((((((((((((((((DC)))))))))))))))))))))!!   :) :) :)
I got called a narcissist for making a dumb joke that didn't land. Which...is just beyond reason, if I'm being honest. There's a totally reasonable range of responses to that and that's not it.
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Post by: Dina on July 17, 2021, 11:25:13 PM
Ah well, humor is a little difficult to judge, to be honest. Specially online, even when I don't know if that is the case. But I agree with you that sometimes the responses are exaggerated. People seem to be eager for an excuse to be offended. I don't get it.

I hope you can solve the problems with whomever lashed out at you. Of course, telling them that you understand it was a dumb joke will probably help.

IF it helps, I don't think you are a narcissist. *glomps DC*
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 18, 2021, 06:52:48 AM
I don't think so either, and neither do my friends. It's strange because I don't think this person has ever actually met a narcissist or they would be aware of how comical the comparison is.
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Post by: Dina on July 18, 2021, 07:17:23 AM
 :D Well, perhaps that person has their own issues and that is why they understood that. Again, hopefully you will talk and solve the problem.

How are you doing otherwise, DC? It has been ages since I saw you.
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Post by: Dina on July 20, 2021, 03:27:46 PM
Today is Friend's Day here, so HAPPY DAY for all of you!  :D :D :D
*hugs everyone*
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 20, 2021, 04:19:25 PM
****HUGS BACK****
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 21, 2021, 04:09:50 AM
:D Well, perhaps that person has their own issues and that is why they understood that. Again, hopefully you will talk and solve the problem.

How are you doing otherwise, DC? It has been ages since I saw you.
Yeah I dunno. I'm doing pretty well, all things considered. Work is kind of boring me out of my mind lately but that's a bit to be expected. I'm asking for a vacation in a couple of weeks and I have a couple of interviews lined up soon so that's nice.
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Post by: Dina on July 21, 2021, 06:45:50 AM
Awesome DC (I mean, the interviews) and I hope you have fun with your vacation. Do you have any plans for it?
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 22, 2021, 12:32:55 AM
Good Evening weird

DC Good luck on your interviews!

Hi! How are you?
Good thank you. How about you?

How is everyone doing in the Shov? All 12 fingers and toes?
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2021, 12:35:00 AM
Good maen everyone!

I am doing fine, GW but I am leaving because I have a match to watch. I just wanted to say hello because I saw you online. ((((((GW)))))))
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 22, 2021, 12:37:06 AM
Good maen everyone!

I am doing fine, GW but I am leaving because I have a match to watch. I just wanted to say hello because I saw you online. ((((((GW)))))))
((((((DINA)))))) GO ARGENTINA!!!

I'm really looking forward to the Olympics. Such a feat of Human amazingness.
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2021, 02:29:11 AM
Uhm...eh...actually, this was my local team, River Plate. Not the national team.
We are playing the Libertadores, which is sort of the UEFA for South America. We are still far away of the championship, but at least we won this match and are now on the round of 8  :)

Traditionally, I loved Olympics game. The raising of the Olympic flag and the lightning of the Torch never ceases to emotion me. But this year, with the pandemics and all that, I am not excited, I mostly don't care.
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 22, 2021, 05:26:15 AM
Good Evening weird

DC Good luck on your interviews!
 Good thank you. How about you?

How is everyone doing in the Shov? All 12 fingers and toes?
Good maen!!!!
I'm fine. We've been unharmed by the flood. I had to cross the river yesterday and it still has a lot of water, but not so much that it threatens to go over the shore any more.

Yesterday we were in the corn labyrinth again, like last year. It was my daughter's birthday. We had 5 girls with us and had 3 groups competing in the labyrinth. That was fun. My husband and I won, of course. LOL.
But I admit, we cheated. After the first 5 stations we used a picture of the labyrinth from above to find the last 10 more easily.
But only to be able to help the kids, should they fail to get out or to find every station.  Fun as always.
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2021, 07:18:25 AM
"But only to be able to help the kids, should they fail to get out or to find every station." 
Uh-huh. Just for that. A likely story.

I am glad you and your little one had fun!  :)
And it is good that the weather had been good and you were able to do that visit. I am sure your girl was super excited.
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 22, 2021, 10:23:57 AM
"But only to be able to help the kids, should they fail to get out or to find every station." 
Uh-huh. Just for that. A likely story.

I am glad you and your little one had fun!  :)
And it is good that the weather had been good and you were able to do that visit. I am sure your girl was super excited.
Yeah, of course. As responsible adults we had to make sure to be outside the labyrinth before the kids, otherwise how could we help them?  ;)
They all had fun. And the kids had a map, too. They've been using it from the beginning.

Today they are filling in concrete again at the construction ground. That's interesting to watch. The basement is finished, now they are filling concrete into what will be the ground floor.
We asked them yesterday, when they will do that, because you can't get in or out the street with a car and we needed to drive yesterday.

I started listening to the audio book of Benedict Jacka's "Fated". At first I was reading 1984, but that was too depressing and disturbing for now. I needed something else.
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Post by: Fcrate on July 22, 2021, 09:32:30 PM
MAEN all :)
Congrats Dina. Semi-finals soon, I hope.
@Grey Warden: I always enjoyed the swimming jump competition thingies. Also pole jumping.
@Regen: 1984 perfectly describes our political situations. I read it when I was 15 or 16, and thought: This is our future, and we'll, it happened.
I enjoyed Alex Verus. Wasn't my favorite series, but it was a fun read nonetheless.
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2021, 10:00:26 PM
I had not read 1984. Of course, I know what is the theme and I even read a few excerpts when I was studying English on a private academy, but I never read the full book. I...simply found it too depressing and never felt like trying it. And yes, of course it was horrifying. In fact, when the show "Big Brother" began airing, I couldn't understand why people were so excited. I found it terrible just from its conception.
What is indeed tragic is that some of the surveillance ways we have nowadays were even worse than what Orwell imagined.

About that:
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About the Libertadores, well, we have to face a Brazilian team, which is usually difficult, so we will see. But I am happy because our eternal rival was eliminated in this round. I am petty that way  :)
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Post by: Fcrate on July 22, 2021, 11:12:05 PM
Haha, Google is the new big brother. Facebook is maybe
...middle brother? :D
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Post by: Dina on July 22, 2021, 11:50:50 PM
LOL, maybe.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 23, 2021, 01:23:20 AM
Haha, Google is the new big brother. Facebook is maybe
...middle brother? :D
I read this book by cory doctorow called Little Brother soo....
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 23, 2021, 07:47:03 AM
Yes, I've read it too at the age of 15 or 16. But I didn't remember all the details. And indeed it is the political situation Orwell describes and its parallels to the situation now and then that disturbed me. I can't say I did not understand it as a teenager, but now I understand it even better. I will continue later, because it is really well written and very interesting, but I will do so at a later time. For the moment I need something less realistic.

Jacka has finished the last Verus novel. It will be out in late November or early December depending on the version you buy.
Edit: ...and there is a good short story or novella called "Favours" from Sonder's POV. Currently he is working on a new series. Something different, but it will be urban fantasy, too.

@Fcrate: swimming jump competition thingies! LOL
I like those too. I also like the running around in circles competition thingies. ;)
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Post by: Dina on July 23, 2021, 08:42:33 AM
Besides football, of course, I think my favorite are the artistic things. Gym, swim, skate, it the more artistic versions.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 24, 2021, 03:42:02 PM
Besides football, of course, I think my favorite are the artistic things. Gym, swim, skate, it the more artistic versions.
I'm a big fan of swimming events in the summer. Watching people do the high jump always makes me feel good, its like the the very first space race. :)

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Jacka has finished the last Verus novel. It will be out in late November or early December depending on the version you buy.
Edit: ...and there is a good short story or novella called "Favours" from Sonder's POV. Currently he is working on a new series. Something different, but it will be urban fantasy, too.
Have you seen the Kitty Norville series? I'm not sure if I loved it, but i devoured all 14 books.
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Post by: Dina on July 24, 2021, 06:36:06 PM
I actually been watching some Olympics. It will probably be our worst performance is a long time but it's all right. I admit being sad for Paula Pareto, our judoka. She is finishing her career, a wonderful one. She got gold in the last Olympics, but this year she will be back empty hands. Still, I saw her smile when she congratulated her winning rival, and she was delightful. As far as I can tell, she is a great, kind person. A doctor too, and she has been quite busy since the pandemics started.

I saw some beautiful artistics, Simone Biles and things like that, but I did not do it in an "organized" way, just let the TV on a sports channel.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 24, 2021, 07:06:43 PM
I actually been watching some Olympics. It will probably be our worst performance is a long time but it's all right. I admit being sad for Paula Pareto, our judoka. She is finishing her career, a wonderful one. She got gold in the last Olympics, but this year she will be back empty hands. Still, I saw her smile when she congratulated her winning rival, and she was delightful. As far as I can tell, she is a great, kind person. A doctor too, and she has been quite busy since the pandemics started.

I saw some beautiful artistics, Simone Biles and things like that, but I did not do it in an "organized" way, just let the TV on a sports channel.
Thats really good sportsmanship of her. Simone biles is just unmatched in her field.

Wathing badmitton right now. US mens got crushed. But fun to watch
 
(((((DINA)))))
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Post by: Dina on July 24, 2021, 07:28:04 PM
((((((GW))))))

Yes, I've saw a small interview to her (Pareto) not long after the match. And even when she was sad, she had some kind words for the rival that defeated her, a young Brazilian. She said that she was happy because the Brazilian was young and getting better and she felt that she deserved a win. They apparently know and respect each other. It was refreshing to see.
Pareto had a satisfaction though, she was one of those holding the Olympics flag in the Opening.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on July 25, 2021, 03:23:52 AM
Awesome DC (I mean, the interviews) and I hope you have fun with your vacation. Do you have any plans for it?
I'm probably going to take a trip to a big city to see some friends who live down there. Other than that I'm going to enjoy the time off.

And I'll be honest, I read both 1984 and Brave New World and...hated both of them. They were both awful and nonsensical.  :o
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Post by: Dina on July 25, 2021, 07:40:49 AM
(((((((DC))))))))
I hope you have fun in the big city!

I actually liked Brave New World. Not only because of the idea of cloning (which always interested me) but because of the "training" (not only because of Pavlovian conditioning but also as a social process to keep people happy with their lives). It was mainly a trigger for me for thinking some things. But the thing I was more interested was precisely which explained the name of the book. How enough social change can make old literature impossible to understand (even basic ideas like maternal love).

I wouldn't say I love the writing, but the ideas were very interesting.
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Post by: Dina on July 27, 2021, 11:47:15 PM
We did the final exams today, to three students. The grades were 8, 9, 10. I am happy  :)


Random comment: I remember having been taught at school how Henry Ford was a very efficient, if cold, businessman. They never taught us how much of an anti-jew he was. Just an example of how teaching history can change the socially accepted narrative.
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Post by: Regenbogen on July 28, 2021, 01:23:07 PM
Have you seen the Kitty Norville series? I'm not sure if I loved it, but i devoured all 14 books.

No, I haven't read them. Yet. But thank you. I'll put them on my list of future must-reads.

We did the final exams today, to three students. The grades were 8, 9, 10. I am happy  :)


Random comment: I remember having been taught at school how Henry Ford was a very efficient, if cold, businessman. They never taught us how much of an anti-jew he was. Just an example of how teaching history can change the socially accepted narrative.
@Dina: Congratulations to your students.
Just for understanding: what would be the highest grade?

One never learns every aspect of a person.


Tomorrow is the last day of school here before the summer holidays. My youngest is in first grade, so she won't have grades yet in her school report until next year. But there will be a written report. I hope that my older daughter won't bring too bad grades. She wasn't that motivated to learn until I found out, that I could bribe her with money. LOL. Yes, I'm paying my daughter money for good grades. I have a system. The grades go from 1 (the best) to 6 (the worst).
1 = €2
2 = €1
3 = €0,50 or nothing, depending on if it's a good or a bad 3.
4= nothing
5 = - €0,50 (she has to give me money)
6 = - €1
But only in the main subjects during the year. Don't worry, I never had to pay much. ;)
Tomorrow, I'm going to extend the payment to every subject.
After I introduced the system, she suddenly got very very motivated and started to learn a lot. ;) Only once she had to pay 50ct for a bad grade in English.

At the end of August we hope to find some place to stay for a week in Austria. We're a bit late for planning, so we probably won't find something directly where we plan to be. But hopefully not too far away from our relatives. If it was only for a weekend we would ask them if we could stay with them, but we don't dare to invade them for one whole week. LOL.
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Post by: Dina on July 28, 2021, 07:45:09 PM
Good maen!
Our grades go from 1 (the worst) to 10, the best. Finals at most universities  are approved (pass) with 4, but the partial (mid-semester, I guess, or something like that. There are exams that cover around half of the course, while the finals cover the entire course) passing grades are decided for each course's main teacher. For example, in our course, the passing grade is 5. If you don't pass, you have another chance (another exam) and if you don't pass, well, you did not pass. Traditionally, some courses have "promotion system", so if a student approve the two partials with some good grades, perhaps 6, and a good average, that could be 6, 6.5, 7, they don't have to go to the finals. They pass. We use to do that, but since pandemics we don't do promotions, because we are not 100% they don't copy each other in the partials.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 29, 2021, 12:31:28 AM
I actually liked Brave New World. Not only because of the idea of cloning (which always interested me) but because of the "training" (not only because of Pavlovian conditioning but also as a social process to keep people happy with their lives). It was mainly a trigger for me for thinking some things. But the thing I was more interested was precisely which explained the name of the book. How enough social change can make old literature impossible to understand (even basic ideas like maternal love).

I wouldn't say I love the writing, but the ideas were very interesting.
I enjoyed Brave new world for the concepts not really the story. The idea of worshiping Ford was really interesting to me. The concept rocked.

Regen that's a good system. I'm sure they will make you proud however it shakes.

DC! Enjoy your vacation


In other news, one of my friends from the Navy asked me to be his best man. I'm very excited even though I was a bit shocked to be asked.
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Post by: Dina on July 29, 2021, 01:38:16 AM
Oh, great news, GW! It is good to know your friend values you so much.
I am sure you will create amazing memories. And you will probably look very smart too  :)
Just don't forget the rings.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 29, 2021, 01:47:17 AM
Oh, great news, GW! It is good to know your friend values you so much.
I am sure you will create amazing memories. And you will probably look very smart too  :)
Just don't forget the rings.
Thank you Dina. I'm definitely going to remember the rings. I need to make a list of things a Best Man is responsible for. I'm sure one exists.
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Post by: Dina on July 29, 2021, 01:52:28 AM
Oh, I bet there is a list.
You probably should ask someone who had done the job already. Besides knowing the list, they will probably have tips.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on July 30, 2021, 03:18:50 AM
Oh, I bet there is a list.
You probably should ask someone who had done the job already. Besides knowing the list, they will probably have tips.
Thats a great idea. I know a guy who has been best man 4 times.

((((DINA))))
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Post by: Dina on July 30, 2021, 05:25:04 AM
An expert! Yes, ask him  :D

It's cold tonight
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on August 01, 2021, 11:08:42 PM
Hope everyone in the SHOV is doing well. I am currently reading a book called "A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians" and its very interesting. It takes place in England and France and is set in the backdrop of the French Revolution. In it, only aristocrats are allowed to used the magic they were born with. The rest have these bracelets that burn them when they use magic. The various types of  magic are interesting and while it does spend a lot of time on politics it feels very fresh.
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Post by: Dina on August 01, 2021, 11:52:24 PM
It seems like an original approach
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on August 05, 2021, 11:41:55 PM
Hope everyone in the SHOV is doing well.

The sequel to the Book I just finished is called "A Radical Act of Free Magic" and it might just be one of my favorite book names ever.
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Post by: Dina on August 06, 2021, 01:24:06 AM
I like that!
I am watching artistic gymnatics, loving it.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on August 06, 2021, 02:26:45 AM
(((((DINA))))))
Enjoy. I'm watching phantom of the Opera.
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Post by: Dina on August 06, 2021, 07:04:44 AM
Ah, I know you like musicals very much.
We have some musicals, Broadway-style, especially for a man called Angel Mahler. If you can find his "Dracula", I think you may like it.
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on August 06, 2021, 11:32:50 PM
Ah, I know you like musicals very much.
We have some musicals, Broadway-style, especially for a man called Angel Mahler. If you can find his "Dracula", I think you may like it.
Thanks for the recommendation!!! I will look for it.
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Post by: Dina on August 09, 2021, 12:38:28 AM
Well, the Olympic Games are over, the first ones without public in the stadiums. They were good (not for Argentina, who has a poor presentation, but at least we had silver in female hockey (our "leonas" are good) and bronze in Rugby 7 and male volleyball. Those were quite interesting, as we were not the favorites. Our men put a lot of effort and heart, so I am proud. I also proud of some people who did really good considering our story, for instance,  a 7th position in team equestry, or the 31 and 53 position in marathon (male) and a 60 something for our female representative.

So, it was not as bad as I expected, hopefully Paris 2024 will be better.

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Post by: Regenbogen on August 09, 2021, 10:58:05 AM
Have you seen the Kitty Norville series? I'm not sure if I loved it, but i devoured all 14 books.
Thank you. I didn't know it. Always glad of new recommendations.
I think I might try them some day.


I didn't have time to watch the Olympics this year, I just read some news about it and saw a few seconds every now and then.



And how is everybody?
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on August 09, 2021, 10:00:44 PM
Well, the Olympic Games are over, the first ones without public in the stadiums. They were good (not for Argentina, who has a poor presentation, but at least we had silver in female hockey (our "leonas" are good) and bronze in Rugby 7 and male volleyball. Those were quite interesting, as we were not the favorites. Our men put a lot of effort and heart, so I am proud. I also proud of some people who did really good considering our story, for instance,  a 7th position in team equestry, or the 31 and 53 position in marathon (male) and a 60 something for our female representative.

So, it was not as bad as I expected, hopefully Paris 2024 will be better.
I don't remember who they were facing but I watched an Argentina Rugby game. It was fun to watch.
Overall the olympics was kind of sad with the lack of fans, but it was a much needed respite from the realities of the world right now. I loved watching badmitton and honestly was scared at how fast they reacted.

Thank you. I didn't know it. Always glad of new recommendations.
I think I might try them some day.


I didn't have time to watch the Olympics this year, I just read some news about it and saw a few seconds every now and then.
Hey Regen. I'm doing good. Just sort of chilling and stuff. How are you?

Both of my coworkers who cover the same region and technology went on independent vacations and caught covid a week apart, so i will be all by myself this week.

Also I'm reading the new High Republic book. Its good so far.
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Post by: Dina on August 10, 2021, 09:35:45 AM
You know? I forget about the SW books I had begun. Now that the semester is over I may begin to read it again. Meanwhile, I am loving the Bad Batch, but I think the season will be over this week.

I've read that Suicide Squad is available in HBOmax in USA. I was hoping it would be the same here, but it is not. I hope it won't take long to appear. I am also looking forward to Stargirl s2. The trailer shows Jade! (Green Lantern's daughter, who is a character I like and even used as avatar in other places)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 10, 2021, 11:27:43 AM
@Grey Warden
Thank you, I'm fine. I'll have to work until the end of next week, and after that I'm on vacation for the rest of the summer holidays until one week after school starts again.
We are going to spend one week in Austria, meet with family there we haven't seen since the year before covid. We will be back in time, so if they spontaneously decide that there will be quarantine again after travelling abroad, it would be over before school starts.


I'm listening to audio books these days, though I do prefer reading. I already mentioned that I'm doing my re-read of the Alex Verus novels via audio. At first, because I got 2months audible for my birthday with 2 books for free. Then because I liked how they are read.

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Post by: Dina on August 10, 2021, 06:12:09 PM
Yay for vacations! I hope you and your family have a lot of fun in Austria, Regen.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 11, 2021, 03:26:15 AM
Update: I had fun in the big city, but was slightly annoyed at how far everything was apart in various pieces of the metro. Other than that it was a fun weekend and needed break from...well, everything. Unfortunately I came back from vacation and none of my coworkers had changed which has made work the past couple of days very frustrating.
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Post by: Dina on August 11, 2021, 11:13:09 PM
(((((((DC))))))))
I am so glad you had fun!

And about your coworkers, you really did not expect them to change, did you? I hope you can find a way to cope with that, perhaps speaking with them so they change...or just having more patience  :'(
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Post by: Fcrate on August 12, 2021, 11:21:11 PM
MAEN all. It's been a while, I was having a VERY lazy week.
 @Regen: have fun in Austria.
@Dina: I didn't get to watch any of the olympics. I turned on my TV and found out it was bustled, and I remembered that was acting up a bit the last time I turned it on (April, I think).
@DC: We have a saying here in Egypt, it goes like: Have patience with your foul neighbours, they'll either move out, or a catastrophe will move them out for you.:D
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 13, 2021, 12:02:33 AM
(((((((DC))))))))
I am so glad you had fun!

And about your coworkers, you really did not expect them to change, did you? I hope you can find a way to cope with that, perhaps speaking with them so they change...or just having more patience  :'(
It's less about whether or not I expected them to change and more about whether or not I would get a mental reset and be able to deal with it for longer. Burnout is fun.
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Post by: Dina on August 13, 2021, 10:13:44 PM
You are strong, I am sure you can deal with anything. I am sorry because I am sure it won't be easy or pleasant. Sometimes work is a %"#~ pain in the...back, but do not doubt that you will be able to deal with it. I do hope you find some coping mechanism or something that helps you deal with them. It is something that can perhaps be solved by talking or they are simply unable to do better?
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 14, 2021, 10:33:25 AM
It's less about whether or not I expected them to change and more about whether or not I would get a mental reset and be able to deal with it for longer. Burnout is fun.

Bad coworkers are a pain in the derrière.
Can you tell, what it is, that's so bad about them? Sometimes it helps to say it aloud or write it down.
Are they lazy?
Do they work against you or against each other?
Is it all of them or are there exceptions?
Sometimes it is enough that there are one or two arseholes and the rest is to scared to say or do anything and some join them in doing arseholy things just to be on their good side.
Did you ever talk about the problems?
Does anyone talk about the problems?

What needs to be changed?

Sometimes it gets a bit better just to honestly say something about the situation and one's feelings about it with everyone present. That tells them "We see you. We know who you are. We see what you do. We have been nice about it before,  but there is a line that has been crossed and we won't tolerate that any more." No need to say any names. The ones you mean will know it is them.

I've done that. I said I had enough. I told them we don't have to like each other, but I want people I can trust with work related stuff. We don't have to see each other in private. But would you please behave like adults and just do your job.

After that I thought now I am persona non grata until one if us leaves. And they do look at me with other eyes now. More careful. As if they were afraid to piss me off. And they should be. To be honest, I'm done with being pushed around. And I made that clear.
They are still bullying others but not when they think I might see or hear about that. And I did tell them, that everyone talked to me. EVERYONE!
I never used a threatening voice or said it in threatening words. But I think they understood how angry I was.
It's just two or three out of 20, but they can ruin the whole atmosphere.
I think they were impressed, because I didn't say something for myself but for two others I noticed have been bullied for a long time. And as long as no one says anything they do whatever they want with you, because they can.
I don't need them to like me. They can even hate me. I don't care, as long as they keep their personal stuff out of work. And I do the same.

I want to cite an old woman I had a talk about arrogant people. Those who try to make you feel inferior, because they supposedly have a better life, a better job, more money, are more beautiful, raise their kids better and so on. Everyone knows such people.

The woman told me: "I don't feel inferior anymore. I told myself, that I am somebody, too."
And she was right. Everyone is somebody. If you feel the need to look down on others, then I pity you. Then you don't understand that the person you are looking down at is somebody, too. Just somebody else.


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Post by: Dina on August 14, 2021, 10:38:04 PM
"I want to cite an old woman I had a talk about arrogant people. Those who try to make you feel inferior, because they supposedly have a better life, a better job, more money, are more beautiful, raise their kids better and so on. Everyone knows such people."

I hate those people, not only because they are mean and create an awful environment but because they are stupid. Everyone has things that are "more" or "better" than others, but also "less" or "worse". Besides, you can have, for instance, more money than person A, but person B has more money than you. It makes no sense to act as if you were the best in everything.

I enjoyed so much your post, Regen, so bad ass  :)
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 15, 2021, 03:02:22 AM
Bad coworkers are a pain in the derrière.
Can you tell, what it is, that's so bad about them? Sometimes it helps to say it aloud or write it down.
Are they lazy?
Do they work against you or against each other?
Is it all of them or are there exceptions?
Sometimes it is enough that there are one or two arseholes and the rest is to scared to say or do anything and some join them in doing arseholy things just to be on their good side.
Did you ever talk about the problems?
Does anyone talk about the problems?

What needs to be changed?

Sometimes it gets a bit better just to honestly say something about the situation and one's feelings about it with everyone present. That tells them "We see you. We know who you are. We see what you do. We have been nice about it before,  but there is a line that has been crossed and we won't tolerate that any more." No need to say any names. The ones you mean will know it is them.

I've done that. I said I had enough. I told them we don't have to like each other, but I want people I can trust with work related stuff. We don't have to see each other in private. But would you please behave like adults and just do your job.

After that I thought now I am persona non grata until one if us leaves. And they do look at me with other eyes now. More careful. As if they were afraid to piss me off. And they should be. To be honest, I'm done with being pushed around. And I made that clear.
They are still bullying others but not when they think I might see or hear about that. And I did tell them, that everyone talked to me. EVERYONE!
I never used a threatening voice or said it in threatening words. But I think they understood how angry I was.
It's just two or three out of 20, but they can ruin the whole atmosphere.
I think they were impressed, because I didn't say something for myself but for two others I noticed have been bullied for a long time. And as long as no one says anything they do whatever they want with you, because they can.
I don't need them to like me. They can even hate me. I don't care, as long as they keep their personal stuff out of work. And I do the same.

I want to cite an old woman I had a talk about arrogant people. Those who try to make you feel inferior, because they supposedly have a better life, a better job, more money, are more beautiful, raise their kids better and so on. Everyone knows such people.

The woman told me: "I don't feel inferior anymore. I told myself, that I am somebody, too."
And she was right. Everyone is somebody. If you feel the need to look down on others, then I pity you. Then you don't understand that the person you are looking down at is somebody, too. Just somebody else.



So, the main issue is that store leadership is not interested in doing anything about it. They're lazy but they show up for their shifts and are apparently better than the unknowns and costs of a new hire. No point in management writing them up if nothing is going to be done about it, right? Our current store leader is retiring in two weeks though so I'm sort of hoping if I have to stay here much longer the new store leader will do something about it.
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Post by: Dina on August 17, 2021, 02:24:58 AM
But, I don't understand, the problem is that they are lazy? If so, my following question is why it bothers you, because you need to work more (to make up for what they don't do), or just because you think it is unfair?  I know it seems the same, but it is not the same.
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 17, 2021, 02:56:07 AM
They are lazy and it bothers me because it means I and everyone else have to work harder to make up for the things that they don't do, which just means that there is more stress to go around. If they didn't feel the need to make everyone's work day more difficult I wouldn't care nearly as much but the number of times I have been complained to by customers or idiots from other departments who don't understand or care to see the problem about an aggressively fixable problem makes it very annoying.
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Post by: Dina on August 18, 2021, 09:56:11 AM
Yes, I completely understand and of course you are right.
Well, probably wait until the new store leader and see what happens. At this moment, I think it is the best option. Now, if the new leader keeps indulging their behavior you (and your allies, if they are) may need to do the talking. Which is awkward and annoying, I know  :'( Also, probably the only definite solution.  I am sorry it sucks (((((((((((((DC))))))))))))))))))
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Post by: ۞†Grey Warden†۞ on August 21, 2021, 12:21:29 AM
Good Evening Weird I hope everyone is doing well.

DC I offer no advice, just hope things get better for you there.
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Post by: Dina on August 21, 2021, 07:05:54 AM
((((((((((GW))))))))))))))))
Good maen everyone, I've been quite distracted with several things, but I hope everyone is doing well.

Here it is unseasonly hot, I am really worried for global charming.
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Post by: Fcrate on August 27, 2021, 07:45:51 PM
MAEN all :)
Dina, we've had the hottest summer here since 2011 I think. I don't know if it's global warming, we've had normal summers the past few years, but last winter was also quite warm.
Had a BBQ tonight, and the puppies are chewing on bones next to me now. They're making a mess but they look so happy that I don't have the heart to tell them off. :D
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Post by: Dina on August 27, 2021, 08:17:26 PM
Of course not! Let the puppies enjoy themselves!

We were having very hots Summers, but this Summer (I mean, this Jan-Feb) were not that bad. Last Winter had been more or less normal, but the current one is clearly warmer. I mean, we had some normal cool days, I would almost say July was normal. August is what is being particularly weird.

Have fun with your BBQ! I am thinking that perhaps I will have milanesas tonight (schnitzel, do you know what I am talking about?).
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Post by: Fcrate on August 27, 2021, 09:58:33 PM
Oh, yeah. Damn I haven't had that in 3 years. I basically gave up all fried foods since I decided to lose some weight. Might be time to try it again, now that you've reminded me :D
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Post by: Doroga's Cousin on August 28, 2021, 03:49:41 AM
So an update on the whole coworker thing: it won't be a problem for much longer because I've decided I'm quitting to avoid burnout
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Post by: Dina on August 28, 2021, 05:50:34 AM
Oh, yeah. Damn I haven't had that in 3 years. I basically gave up all fried foods since I decided to lose some weight. Might be time to try it again, now that you've reminded me :D
Even when I admit that they are better fried, I actually made them in the oven. They are healthier that way (and it is cleaner). We sometimes had the fried version delivered to us, but when I cook I generally do them in the oven.

So an update on the whole coworker thing: it won't be a problem for much longer because I've decided I'm quitting to avoid burnout
((((((((((DC))))))))) That may be for the best! I hope that you can find some rest and find a better job later. Keep us posted.

Are you watching "Marvel's What if...?, guys? I had a blast with Coulson in this week episode.  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 28, 2021, 07:41:03 AM
Greetings from Austria!
We are enjoying our time here and we have met some of the relatives we haven't seen for two years. That was nice.

@Dina: I almost always put things into the oven that are usually made fried. At first it was, because I had only one working stovetop and I didn't want cooking to take so long, but then because it was healthier that way.

@DC
I hope you find something better soon. It is sad, that you go, because if one thinks about it, THEY are the ones that should go, but on the other hand: when you are not there to do the work, they will have to. Muahaha! ;)

@Fcrate:
Cute puppies!!! Have fun.

The weather here is a bit like at home, though at home if it starts to rain, it won't stop for a while. Here there is sometimes hours without rain. Yesterday there was even sunshine though the whole week there were too many clouds and too much wind to either drive a little boat over the lake or go onto a mountain. That will be an option for next year, though I hope we might be able to see London next year.
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Post by: Dina on August 28, 2021, 11:20:17 PM
Regen! I am so glad you and your family are enjoying yourselves! Are you in Vienna? (I always wanted to see Schönbrunn, I've read so many Sissi stories). Also, I wanted to go to a bar there. Salzburg, with the Sound of Music fountain and all that? Sorry, I got excited imagining Austria.
I imagined for a German, Austria is not so different. But for me, both Austria and Germany are so completely foreign, so different!
The other day I was laughing at this:
https://twitter.com/Ladrillazo/status/1346841788296941568/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/Ladrillazo/status/1346841788296941568/photo/1)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 29, 2021, 02:54:27 AM
Regen! I am so glad you and your family are enjoying yourselves! Are you in Vienna? (I always wanted to see Schönbrunn, I've read so many Sissi stories). Also, I wanted to go to a bar there. Salzburg, with the Sound of Music fountain and all that? Sorry, I got excited imagining Austria.
I imagined for a German, Austria is not so different. But for me, both Austria and Germany are so completely foreign, so different!
The other day I was laughing at this:
https://twitter.com/Ladrillazo/status/1346841788296941568/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/Ladrillazo/status/1346841788296941568/photo/1)
LOL (the link)
Hi, Dina!
Actually I am here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmunden
Today we are leaving. It's only a 3½ hours drive from home by car. Assuming one doesn't have to stop or there is no traffic jam.
We'll be having lunch first with family. After that we'll get on our way.
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Post by: Dina on August 29, 2021, 03:49:55 AM
Glad you liked the link  :)

Gmunden seems beautiful! And being so close to home (I wouldn't even leave the province where my city is, in 3 and 1/2 hours) it is great, you won't even be too tired when you are back. I hope you enjoy your lunch, it is always lovely to see relatives, but especially after the pandemics, where everyone was so isolated.
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Post by: Arjan on August 29, 2021, 04:54:43 PM
LOL (the link)
Hi, Dina!
Actually I am here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmunden
Today we are leaving. It's only a 3½ hours drive from home by car. Assuming one doesn't have to stop or there is no traffic jam.
We'll be having lunch first with family. After that we'll get on our way.
Vegetable and pine cone baths? Did you try them?
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 29, 2021, 05:30:18 PM
Vegetable and pine cone baths? Did you try them?
LOL
No, I thought that might be a mistake by the author of the English text. I have never heard of those. They are not even mentioned in the German text. Maybe it means special treatments in a thermal bath, but there is none directly in the city. But in Bad Ischl, another city.
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Post by: Arjan on August 29, 2021, 07:23:45 PM
LOL
No, I thought that might be a mistake by the author of the English text. I have never heard of those. They are not even mentioned in the German text. Maybe it means special treatments in a thermal bath, but there is none directly in the city. But in Bad Ischl, another city.
It sounded weird to me yes. I had visions of people floating in vegetable soup 😊
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Post by: Dina on August 29, 2021, 08:22:26 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/8B3lAMy.jpg)
First vignette, Mafalda  (the girl): Come on, Miguelito. You have to shake off that idea that the sea looks like soup.
Second vignette, Mafalda: See? Isn't it nice to see all that people taking a bath? Right? What do you think, eh?
Third vignette, Miguelito (the boy): Noodles!
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 29, 2021, 09:03:48 PM
DINA!!!!!!  ;D
LOL!!!!
@Arjan: I was more confused by the pine cones. A bit scratchy to float in.
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Post by: Dina on August 29, 2021, 11:57:06 PM
I assumed the pine cones were in the bottom of the water, allegedly giving the water some oil or smell.

Glad you liked it, it was a running gag that Miguelito hated the sea. I love Mafalda, which is a classical Argentinian comic stripe, from the 70´s. She has many things about politics or real world things, but other were just cute kids. Argentinians love Mafalda (her creator died almost a year ago).
Here, another of the same arc
(https://i.imgur.com/yCfbhsP.jpg)
Mafalda: Poor Miguelito!
Mafalda's dad: What is wrong with him
Mafalda: Since the day he imagined the sea was a soup, he can't see it without feeling sick.
Mafalda: But...There he is! In the sea!...
Mafalda: Bravo, Miguelito! You took courage!
Miguelito: No, I took alka-seltzer.
 :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on August 31, 2021, 05:58:34 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/yCfbhsP.jpg)
Mafalda: Poor Miguelito!
Mafalda's dad: What is wrong with him
Mafalda: Since the day he imagined the sea was a soup, he can't see it without feeling sick.
Mafalda: But...There he is! In the sea!...
Mafalda: Bravo, Miguelito! You took courage!
Miguelito: No, I took alka-seltzer.
 :)
Oh, that's cute! Thank you.
We are back home, feels like summer is over. The plums are ripe. Once the rain stops, I will start collecting them.

I've started to learn Spanish with Duolingo. I think I told you once, that I wanted to learn it in school, but they only had Italian. So I meant to take lessons 'some day'. But there never was time after school. There still isn't really, but with the app on my cellphone there is no pressure because of exams, no need to vistit courses at certain times, which always is difficult for shift workers. It's only my third day, but it is fun.
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Post by: Dina on August 31, 2021, 08:25:58 PM
Here it is, again, unseasonly warm. A storm should be brewing (for decades, probably centuries, there were always a terrible storm this time of year. It was called "The Santa Rosa storm", because August 30 was Santa Rosa of Lima day, and her legend included a storm of roses). That was traditionally really strong and caused several damages, but in the last 15 years of so, the storm has been fading or disappearing. Sometimes we have a rain, but not so bad. Other years, we had nothing. I think last year we had not one, but I don't remember, with all the isolation.
Excellent about duolingo! If you have any doubt with a lesson, you can ask me  :)
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Post by: Dina on September 01, 2021, 09:30:24 PM
Well, Santa Rosa arrived today! So far, it is not so intense as other years, but it has been raining all day.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 01, 2021, 10:09:12 PM
Well, Santa Rosa arrived today! So far, it is not so intense as other years, but it has been raining all day.
... Yay?...

Excellent about duolingo! If you have any doubt with a lesson, you can ask me  :)
Thank you. I will do that. <3
So far it is OK. Though there is no grammar. But I've always been ignoring grammar, lol. But I am sure I'll need help as soon as the sentences get more complicated than ' the cat drinks milk.'
I also try to freshen up my French.
...  ;D no pun intended!!!!
But they put me with the beginners although I passed the test. Now I have to go through all the boring stuff I already know in endless repetitions.

This week I am occupied with buying school stuff (finished for the little one), shoes (their feet are growing so fast) and maybe clothes (especially some jacket that's not too thin but not too thick also for autumn and at best waterproof. School starts in two weeks.

But now I'll go to bed. I just wanted to say hello.
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Post by: Dina on September 01, 2021, 10:55:52 PM
Yes, I am happy about the storm, because it means the weather has not changed as much as I dreaded.

Well, be patient about French, it may be boring but exercising may be helpful. Bonne chance!

Good luck with the school shopping and sweet dreams tonight!
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 04, 2021, 07:09:42 PM
Maen, weird!

Just dropping by. I've finished my reread of the Alex Verus books, now waiting for the last one to arrive in early December.
Now I'm kind of floating around, browsing the internet thingie, reading a few sentences of the potential next books I'm going to read, but not able to decide yet, which one it will be.
Honestly I want the next Dresden, but one can have dreams ;).
I think I will read Mort again by Terry Pratchett.

Tomorrow I have to get up early to get as many plums as possible from the tree before the wasps and hornets defeat me again. Doing it in the afternoon or evening is a bit too challenging for me. Being stung isn't fun.
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Post by: Dina on September 05, 2021, 08:22:43 AM
Ey, Regen! Good maen!

Have you watched "The Watch" (not pun intended). It is a show about Pratchett's "The Watch". I have it in Amazon and I recently watched it. It is super weird, like it is loosely inspired in Pratchett, it was totally shocking at first. But once I accepted it as its own animal and not a faithful adaptation, I must admit I liked it. It was better than I expected and the characters have the core of what they are in the books. So my initial anger faded. Fair warning though, it ends in a cliffhanger, and I wouldn´t bet on a second season.

I need to begin reading Pratchett again, I only read a few books and I definitely need more. I even forgot what book I had decided to read next (I was doing my duty with The Watch ones at the time I left them). Nothing I can't search for though.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 05, 2021, 12:49:01 PM
Honestly, I didn't like the watch. I tried to read it once, but my thoughts drifted all the time. But I do like the ones with Death, and the ones with Rincewind. I have not tried the witches yet, but they sound nice as well.
Our library doesn't have all of them, so there are lots I haven't read yet. Some I own and some belong to my husband. But I intend to purchase all the ones featuring Death.
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Post by: Dina on September 05, 2021, 09:23:04 PM
I've read all the Rincewind ones (I think) and then I began with The Watch ones, but, as I told you, I don't remember which one I should read now.
Hubby has several Death books, but I had not read them yet.
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Post by: Fcrate on September 05, 2021, 10:05:40 PM
MAEN everyone, hope you're doing okay.
I've read a couple of Death books, and they're good. My favorites are still the early Watch books. Rincewind was amazing :D
Didn't like the Witches at all. Still, perhaps my favorite Pratchett book is "Small Gods"
@Regen: Ach, hornets :@ they destroyed my last year's grapes. This year I beat them by covering up the grapes with plastic bags filled with holes. Just before they matured.
On a side note, my neighbor let her ducks and chicken in my garden while I was away and they destroyed my salad greens, which is pissing me off to no end. I still have a running video feed in my head featuring all the manic ways I'm going to kill her.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 06, 2021, 09:40:32 AM
@Fcrate
Why does she do that? Did she do it on purpose or did she just not notice in time, that her birds got into your garden? If on purpose: That's not very nice. Does she intend to piss you off?
If she was just careless, she should apologise and give you some of her salads for destroying yours.
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Post by: ManuFS on September 06, 2021, 12:27:13 PM
Drive-by hugs for ((((all)))) <3
Yes, I still have this login and I think fondly of the days spent here. :) Hope y'all are well!
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Post by: Fcrate on September 07, 2021, 06:35:58 AM
@Manu: hey there. :)
@Regen: she's selfish, and likes to feed her birds for free. She doesn't consider it theft.
The piece of land next to me is an orange grove, and she's consistently stealing from them. She'd take maybe 50 kg or so and sell them below market price for neighbours.
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Post by: Arjan on September 07, 2021, 09:48:51 AM
@Manu: hey there. :)
@Regen: she's selfish, and likes to feed her birds for free. She doesn't consider it theft.
The piece of land next to me is an orange grove, and she's consistently stealing from them. She'd take maybe 50 kg or so and sell them below market price for neighbours.
It is theft. Sometimes if the branch of the tree hangs over the public pavement it is not theft anymore but otherwise it is. But I suppose if you just catch them in your own garden you can use her logic and make a nice curry.
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Post by: Fcrate on September 07, 2021, 05:42:02 PM
Arjan, you'd fit right in the Egyptian countryside. Who'd have thought? Lol.
Same thought crossed my mind. They'd be difficult to catch, so I'll have my rifle ready.
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Post by: Arjan on September 07, 2021, 07:19:22 PM
Arjan, you'd fit right in the Egyptian countryside. Who'd have thought? Lol.
Same thought crossed my mind. They'd be difficult to catch, so I'll have my rifle ready.
We have strict gun laws here. No rifles.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 07, 2021, 07:52:19 PM
Yes!!!! And when she asks, if you knew where all her chicken have been disappearing to, what on earth happened to them? You can tell her innocently you had no idea, but you can give her a good advice: keep your remaining chicken safe on your own ground. They definitly need better protection. It's just too dangerous for them to wander around...poor things ;) so many terrible things can happen to them... But hey, how should you know...
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Post by: Fcrate on September 08, 2021, 02:00:38 PM
We have strict gun laws here. No rifles.
Same here, but this is an air rifle. My beloved Diana 54 Air King.
@Regen: I don't think I can deliver the message that well. Lol. I can manage a stone face, but fake sympathy always ends up with me laughing.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 08, 2021, 04:12:16 PM
Same here, but this is an air rifle. My beloved Diana 54 Air King.
@Regen: I don't think I can deliver the message that well. Lol. I can manage a stone face, but fake sympathy always ends up with me laughing.
LOL. Me too.
In this case, if it were me, I would either say nothing and make use of the chicken in some way or other. For example make them my own. My garden, my chicken. ;) I wouldn't kill them.
And in case she notices and wants her back, I could either say: these are mine, I found them in my garden. Or: You can take them back, but only on the condition that you never allow them into my garden again.
Or storm over to her, red faced and spitting to yell at her to keep her chicken where they belong, or else... But this I would have to do at once or my anger wouldn't be so convincing any more.
Or after calming down I would go over to her and put on my serious face and tell her in a rational tone, what happened, and that I hoped this was just a single incident and not on purpose. Because otherwise I would consider it a unforgivable rudeness and that would be a pity wouldn't it? After that I would put on my most malicious smile and walk away without giving her the chance to answer.

The last one would be my best solution, but I have trouble not to tremble with rage when saying something like that. But maybe being considered crazy would be to your advantage in future dealings with her. LOL

In reality I think I would take option one.


LOL: about rifles: my father actually shot at chicken and stray cats with his air pistol. Several times. It doesn't kill the cats, the bullets never stuck, but it hurts and tought them not to come back. So he tried it with chicken, too. He hit one in the butt and it died. Oops. So we had chicken for dinner. One of the neighbours told him a few days later, that he had some chicken missing and we should watch out for martens. My father thanked him gravely for the warning.
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Post by: Fcrate on September 10, 2021, 09:18:28 AM
All your solutions would work on anybody with a shred of decency, which isn't the case here. This happened 3 times before. First time was about 12 years ago, and my coworker took 2 chicken and one duck before she stopped letting them "out". A few years later, I was away on vacation, and my friend was looking after my garden, he took it as a personal failing when they ruined my crop of corn, so he spread some bird feed full of diazanone, and she lost most of her flock. I disapproved of this, as poisoning an animal is abhorrent to me. It's not a quick death.  But anyway, it was very effective, as almost 8 years has passed since she tried again.
LOL @ your father. He must have shot it point blank, or had a very (Un)lucky shot that reached the heart/lungs. I don't know of any air Pistol strong enough to kill chicken in one shot. :D
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Post by: Dina on September 10, 2021, 03:22:13 PM
((((((((Manu)))))))!!!!!

I hope you are doing well. I don't think you have talked with Regen before. She is from Germany too! You have been missed.

I had a laugh with all the posts about the chicken, but I am sorry about the original post. Your neighbor is really rude, sorry you have to deal with her. Also, I agree with Regen, you should take the birds for you.

Oh no, I remember seeing cats hurt with air rifles. Not nice, poor things.

I received my second dose of the vaccine on Wednesday. This time, my arm hurt until I took paracetamol. I even have a bruise. I think the nurse was not so good as the one that gave me the first shot. I did not have other problems, so that is good.
Also, it has been raining for several days and it's cold, so it feels as it should be. September is always a coldish and rainy month, even when it marks the beginning of Spring.

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Post by: Regenbogen on September 15, 2021, 07:54:20 PM
Hey, Manu!
How are you?

@Dina:
I hope you are well again. After my second vaccination I remember sitting there and staring at the wall for hours, but I was OK with that. The wall was perfect for being stared at. LOL
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Post by: Dina on September 15, 2021, 08:55:48 PM
LOL!
Well, I was generally well all the time, but my arm hurt the whole day (the day after the vaccine) and the bruise was quite dark, and you can still see it now, one week after. But anyways, I am vaccinated now, so I am happy.

Weather has completely changed since last time, it's warm and sunny since a couple of days ago.
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 20, 2021, 06:18:35 PM
Maen!
How is everyone?

School has started last week. So far everyone is content. No quarantine yet.
Work is OK so far. But I'm tired. Should probably sleep more.
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Post by: Dina on September 20, 2021, 06:20:56 PM
Hello Regen!
I am doing well, thank you. Got a Zoom reunion in a short while, so I can't stay, but I wanted to say hello. Glad to hear that no quarantine so far. In my country cases are finally dropping, so I am feeling optimistic  :)
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 20, 2021, 06:27:19 PM
Sounds good. Have fun!
We've been rewatching the first season of Angel lately. Funny. In the first episodes Angel is a PI in a black coat working with a blonde police woman. LOL 8) I had forgotten about her.
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Post by: Dina on September 21, 2021, 03:59:39 PM
Hi!
I've never seen the first seasons of Angel, but I watched after Spike joined in. Still, I don't remember much of it. I only watched the last seasons of Buffy too. I did not care too much for vampires. I still don't, even when I like Thomas and Lara  ;D
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Post by: Regenbogen on September 21, 2021, 06:47:17 PM
Oh, I watched every episode of both. I even bought the Buffy DVD Box. And all the Angel DVDs.
I actually watched the Buffy movie from the late 1980s or so first, and was very disappointed by the vampires in the series. I thought they looked and behaved ridiculously. But after a few years I started somewhere in the middle and gradually watched everything.
Several times.  ;D
I'm a huge fan. My favourite characters are Spike and Anyanka. Oh, and Harmony as a vampire, hilarious! LOL

Edit: I love vampires!!!! ;)