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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Eiseley 13 Apr 11 - 09:30 PM
Rapparee 14 Apr 11 - 12:38 AM
Acme 14 Apr 11 - 01:17 AM
MMario 14 Apr 11 - 09:10 AM
MMario 14 Apr 11 - 09:11 AM
gnu 14 Apr 11 - 04:10 PM
GUEST,Rapparee 14 Apr 11 - 08:04 PM
Amos 14 Apr 11 - 09:18 PM
Eiseley 14 Apr 11 - 11:45 PM
Rapparee 14 Apr 11 - 11:54 PM
Acme 15 Apr 11 - 12:03 AM
MMario 15 Apr 11 - 10:08 AM
Rapparee 15 Apr 11 - 10:53 AM
Amos 15 Apr 11 - 02:15 PM
gnu 15 Apr 11 - 02:22 PM
Amos 15 Apr 11 - 08:55 PM
gnu 15 Apr 11 - 09:04 PM
Rapparee 15 Apr 11 - 09:08 PM
Acme 16 Apr 11 - 12:09 AM
Amos 16 Apr 11 - 12:23 AM
Acme 16 Apr 11 - 12:18 PM
gnu 16 Apr 11 - 01:17 PM
GUEST,Don McBride 16 Apr 11 - 02:20 PM
Amos 16 Apr 11 - 05:17 PM
Rapparee 16 Apr 11 - 06:04 PM
Amos 16 Apr 11 - 06:10 PM
Little Hawk 17 Apr 11 - 12:29 AM
Amos 17 Apr 11 - 10:26 AM
Eiseley 17 Apr 11 - 11:09 AM
gnu 17 Apr 11 - 03:46 PM
GUEST,Rapparee 17 Apr 11 - 05:54 PM
Amos 17 Apr 11 - 09:04 PM
Rapparee 17 Apr 11 - 10:52 PM
Acme 17 Apr 11 - 11:58 PM
Eiseley 18 Apr 11 - 12:41 AM
Rapparee 18 Apr 11 - 10:47 AM
gnu 18 Apr 11 - 01:50 PM
Little Hawk 18 Apr 11 - 03:24 PM
gnu 18 Apr 11 - 03:40 PM
Little Hawk 18 Apr 11 - 04:17 PM
Amos 18 Apr 11 - 04:34 PM
gnu 18 Apr 11 - 04:56 PM
GUEST,Albert Einstein 18 Apr 11 - 07:40 PM
gnu 18 Apr 11 - 08:22 PM
Rapparee 18 Apr 11 - 09:35 PM
Acme 18 Apr 11 - 10:36 PM
Rapparee 19 Apr 11 - 10:25 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 09:30 PM

Wonderful palindrome, Rapparee! This one, though, is 4+0+4+0+5, which equals 13, which happens to be the same number as the date today: (13). And I just came home from a soggy but successful open house for our bookmobile in which 40+40+5 people came (85) and ate 404+05 cookies (409), adding a collective 40405 calories to the total intake of people in Pocatello. So there.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 12:38 AM

The snow falls down
When it hadn't oughter.
I've had enough
Of this frozen water.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 01:17 AM

Really? It was nearly 90 here today.

Good maths there, Eiseley!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:10 AM

Hi MOM! I know this isn't BS - but....

"2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake" is a kindle book produced by a twitter community in the two weeks post earthquake in Japan - all profits go to Japan Earthquake release.

I'm not sure if this counts if you purchase through the MUDCAT Amazon link but it can't hurt...contributing twice with one purchase as it were....

My niece lives in Tokyo with her husband as does his family; and a short piece by her is included in it.

MMario


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:11 AM

BTW - the group has the realatively modest goal of a thousand copies sold - but of course the more the merrier!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 04:10 PM

SRS? 90? 90F? as in F***in too hot for me? Good lord. I shall never leave the True White Frozen North.

Of course, it'll be that Ffin here in less than two months. Shovel... air condition... shovel... air condition... life here is a circle... jerk.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Rapparee
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 08:04 PM

I awakened from a nap this afternoon with one abiding thought in my mind. Because it is so deep, so very philosophical, so penetrating, I will share is here. It is in the form of a question, and here it is:

Are a dozen Denver werewolves a menace?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:18 PM

Only to non-werewolves.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 11:45 PM

. . . and if you're in Denver.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 11:54 PM

No, they were getting off the train here. I think Denver shipped them to Idaho.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 12:03 AM

Where wolves? Not a problem.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 10:08 AM

Agreed.

What Wolves? also no problem

Why wolves, likewise.

Who wolves and when wolves - now they can be problems.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 10:53 AM

It's okay now. They found there way to the Legion Hovel and skulked out of town with their tails between their legs, muttering things like "I newer thought anything could be so vicious!" and "Good God, the smell!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 02:15 PM

Rapparee's fertile creativity defines new depths to the human psyche!! Yayyyy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 02:22 PM

I wish I could turn my futile creativity fertile.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 08:55 PM

Break through the crust, good Gnu, and you will find as the ancient sage explained, "It's all fertile from there on down."



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 09:04 PM

Shit rolls downhill? Ahhhh, thanks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 09:08 PM

That is true -- and I live up in the mountains so it's all downhill from here to San Diego. As a sign I saw said, "What you flush today they drink in Las Vegas next month."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 12:09 AM

Eww. Better use an extra dab of toothpaste, Amos. It'll help cover the taste of the water. (As I recall, San Diego water tastes pretty vile already.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 12:23 AM

The vector of Rapparee's creativity plotted against decency is definitely the set {X<0}. Our water is not that bad, probably on a par with Texas'.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 12:18 PM

No, I've tasted both. The San Diego water (out of the tap, not out of the chilled five-gallon bottle over in the corner) tasted like dirt.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 01:17 PM

Don't let me forget to watch that fracking show on CBC tomorrow at noon eh.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Don McBride
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 02:20 PM

Hey! Watch the language, eh?

- Don


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 05:17 PM

Guess I've been brushing my teeth in it so long I don't notice it anymore. That McBride clan is a piece of work, though. Why, if there were just a smidgen more credibility to their phantasmoagoric quality of being, I'd say a ballad should be written 'bout them all, but I ain't gonna get sucked in.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 06:04 PM

Probably related to Sawney Bean's bunch.

Well, I'll make the announcement here.

Next week the roses in front of our house will be transplanted (professionally, I kill things). We will then power-wash the hard-water scale off the bricks, probably get the concrete painted (Pat vetoed pink camouflage for some reason), and the professional-type landscaping will begin. When we are done later this Spring it will include an entirely new look for both the front and back of the house, two new patio doors, and two new pedestrian doors.

In the meantime I've been removing landscaping gravel -- literally by hand -- so we can get new mulch. I am, to make an understatement, a bit sore and will continue to be as the gravel is relocated.

Anyone who wants to come by and help....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 06:10 PM

I went through that loop a few years ago--shoveling and sifting tons of gravel from the front yard. Our landscaping is now done and in bloom, I think...

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 12:29 AM

If you paid Shane's bail and bought him an airline ticket, Rap, he could come down and help you with that.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 10:26 AM

I have started enquiries into something most bold. Mwahaha. I will advise if anything comes of it.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 11:09 AM

Whew! I just submitted the last paper I will have to write for my MLS! Now I can finally turn to more exciting endeavors---like finishing reading Amos's brainchild.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 03:46 PM

"... probably get the concrete painted ..."

Aaaaagggghhhhhh! Never paint concrete... unless you live in Calleeforneeahhh.

Stain, okay. Paint, nay nay.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Rapparee
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 05:54 PM

Why not? Was gonna use epoxy paint.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 09:04 PM

Well, it didn't pan--I volunteered the wife and meself to crew on a schooner leaving Toronto in May up the Saint Lawrence and bound over Labrador to Greenland. Would have made an interesting sabbatical.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 10:52 PM

Sure, I know your plans. Just outside Canadian waters you lead a mutiny and take over the ship. Running down the coast of North America you loot, pillage, and burn (in that order) towns and ships, then swing east and do the same in the Caribbean, then the same down the coast of South America. Then across the broad Atlantic to the western coast of Africa, where your deviltry is repeated in place after place. Eventually, you set sail for Madagascar where you live palatially on your ill-gotten loot.

Don't try to teach your old grampa to suck eggs...I mean, I know what you were up to!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 11:58 PM

I am strongly tempted to paint the brick on the sides and back of my house. The front is an attractive limestone - why they didn't do the entire thing in rock is a puzzle to me. The bricks need sealing/re-pointing, so it won't happen any time soon. A friend whose husband is an architect described my house as "Queen Anne in front, Maryann in back."

I think there is a dead mouse under my dishwasher. Anyone need any rancid fishing bait or to put it in a crawdad trap - it's yours if you want to move the dishwasher to retrieve it. (I need to call a plumber also, so I may just have him look to be sure everything is okay before pushing it back in.) The plumber must finish his work before my basil fills that side bed. No way do I want one of those electric snake machines in my herb garden. Best finish the work before the seeds sprout.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 12:41 AM

Good luck with the plumbers, Stilly.
Too bad you couldn't go on the vessel, Amos.
Tote that barge, lift that bale, Rapparee.

I'm off to bed.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 10:47 AM

Eiseley, that post mean you were up until NEARLY 11:00 P.M.!!! Your mother told me that your bedtime is and always has been 8:30 p.m. I'm gonna tell your mommy, I'm gonna tell your mommy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 01:50 PM

Rap... I assume "concrete" means the foundation. Even though it is common practice to apply two (yeah, right... they onely ever apply one) coats of bituminus paint (now illegal in some jurisdictions) to concrete foundations below grade, unless your dwelling was built lately and expansion joints were properly installed, you WILL get water in the crete. The water will wick up and push the paint off the crete. Here's the bad part. When the paint peels, it doesn't ALL peel and water (rain) gets behind the paint. It saturates the crete. The crete freezes. The crete spalls. Yer fucked.

Now, epoxy, well THAT won't peel. And, it will hold the wicked water in the crete. And, the crete will spall (fucked again) more slowly depending on the thickness of the wall and other avenues of water escape such as at the framewall sill plate (if the sill plate does not have a proper gasket it could rot and you'll be really fucked) or on the interior of the wall where it will leave efflorescence.

On the other hand, you may never have a problem with it but I would give that about a 5% probability.

There is an "up side". At your age and with your money, paint it. It'll look nice for a few years if you scrape and wire brush it and repaint as required... usually every year.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 03:24 PM

So, are you saying that it's best not to paint concrete at all? Just to leave it "natural"? How about on a basement floor?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 03:40 PM

Basement floor... it depends. 99% of the time, foundations are not backfilled properly and the weeping tile gets silted up (it takes a while and the newly required 5 year warranty is up, of course). In such a case, the same thing will happen with the paint on a basement slab if the water table is above the level of the slab. Of course, this in the case in most locations.

I tried to build houses that were designed (I had some really neat "extras") and built to avoid such problems... not just with foundations but with lots of things... and I couldn't compete. People who don't know the difference just look at the $.

As for YOUR basement slab... is there efflorescence on the top of the slab near the walls? That's a first step in assessing the situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 04:17 PM

This basement used to get water in it every spring, coming in from the east wall. I eventually cured that problem by extending the eavestroughs at the eastern end of the house so that the rainwater would get dumped about 10 feet out from the house instead of right at the edge of the walls. That seems to have fixed it. It's much drier now. (I assume all that water was saturating the soil on the east end and slowly leeching right through the concrete walls and foundation.) As for the concrete floor, I've covered most of it with synthetic floor tiles (they're made of some kind of thin plastic material that looks like a ceramic floor tile). There used to be a ratty old carpet down there (terrible idea!) and it got mouldy, of course, so I ripped it all out, used bleach and vinegar on the floors to kill the mould, dried the place out, then put down the plastic tiles over the concrete. And I use dehumifiers down there in the warm weather. So far, so good.

The water table is definitely higher than the basement floor. I have a sump pump here, and it runs quite frequently. When and if the sump pump fails (which has happened the odd time), the basement will flood to a depth of a few inches of water...assuming one stood back and did nothing about it. There's always been someone here to do something about it when that happened. In the case of an extended power failure, the only recourse would be to run the sump pump with a generator, and I had to do that on one occasion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 04:34 PM

Little Hawk nabbed 40444. In four hundred more posts we shall see the Grand Quattro Grande Quaternary post, number 4444. Such an occasion has never befor3e been seen on the MOAB!! The only post that came even close was 3,333.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 04:56 PM

Always use synthetic flooring in a basement no matter if there are no water problems becuase there will be (99.9%) some day.

As for a pump, an inexpensive rotary hand pump is a good idea to have on hand. Princess Auto has the on sale quite often... a pump used to fuel from a barrel. Just run a mix of water and canola oil through it after ya pump out a basement and she's good to go for years on the shelf.

I always used to tell my clients to check their sump at least twice a year. Many sumps are not fully concrete lined and I call this design an "underslab drainage" design. It works well until the fines in the underslab gravel or original soil block the trap in the weep system. Then it's up ta yer arse in alligators time.

BTW... if any of youse want to ask any questions regarding your homes, feel free. Bob Vilas and Holmes on Homes times ten and added together still seem like twits to me. I cringe when I watch their TV shows. Now, I don't know everything and I make mistakes too, but those guys should be prosecuted for their incompetence.

Oh... yeah... I have about 30 of these. left over. If ya want one, they are $25 plus shipping. They are $69 plus tax at the website. Dunno if shipping is included in their price. They are an excellent resource. I would send them for free to youse guys but Revenue Canada hires some VERY nasty accountants and I don't need them crawling up my account again!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Albert Einstein
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 07:40 PM

In 3997 posts, actually, Mr. Amos. You forgot to multiply by ten. An easy mistake, as I found when I tried to multiply the speed of light by the trajectory of a Joycian quark.

Albert


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 08:22 PM

Huh? 4444 was posted a while back... no? What am I missing here? Shrooms or sommat? Hey man, I never did no acid man. Hey man !....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 09:35 PM

If you're in the mood for something really good, try this. It's worth a quarter-hour out of your life to watch.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Apr 11 - 10:36 PM

Texas is on fire this evening. The smoke is not over us now, but if the wind shifts, tomorrow could be miserable. Too bad those tornadoes of early in the week didn't rain on and blow out the fires.

The fire is so hot that it is crowning across the prairie forests. There are actually a lot of trees down here. Or there were.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Apr 11 - 10:25 AM

And the AP reports that they may have doubled in size.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Apr 11 - 10:50 AM

Ouch! Stay safe, Still. Ready up your evac stuff just in case.


Erratum:



Little Hawk nabbed 40,444. In four hundred thousand more posts we shall see the Grand Quattro Grande Quaternary post, number 4444 44,444. Such an occasion has never before been seen on the MOAB!! The only post that came even close was 3,333    33,333.


Happy now?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Apr 11 - 11:27 AM

yepe (adj. & n.)

(1) Cunning, crafty, sly, wily.
(2) Prudent, wise, sagacious, shrewd, astute.
(3) Active, nimble, brisk, alert; bold, daring.

Used in a phrase in c1485 in Digby Myst:

"Iohn, your cosyn, most virtuus & ȝepe."

The children of the House of Mom
(While sluggish neighbors sleep)
Are dancing on the BS plane,
Full bright, awake, and yepe.
No dank retreats or sullen snooze
These stalwart artists keep
But clear and loud their posts go out
All bright, awake and yepe.
THen tell your friends, and dare your foes
No more to live asleep!
But join the sons of MOAB bold
ANd live their lives all yepe!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Apr 11 - 11:57 AM

"In scholastic philosophy, quiddity ( /ˈkwɪdɪti/;Latin quidditas) was another term for the essence of an object, literally its "whatness," or "what it is." The term derives from the Latin word "quidditas," which was used by the medieval Scholastics as a literal translation of the equivalent term in Aristotle's Greek.

It describes properties that a particular substance (e.g. a person) shares with others of its kind. The question "what (quid) is it?" asks for a general description by way of commonality. This is quiddity or "whatness" (i.e., its "what it is"). Quiddity was often contrasted by the scholastic philosophers with the haecceity or "thisness" of an item, which was supposed to be a positive characteristic of an individual that caused them to be this individual, and no other.

In law, the term is used to refer to a quibble or academic point. An example can be seen in Hamlet's graveside speech found in Hamlet by William Shakespeare. "Where be his quiddities now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures" says Hamlet referring to a lawyer's quiddities." (Wikipedia)


Clearly, he who best masters quiddities is most yeve.


A


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