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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Little Hawk 18 Nov 10 - 12:37 PM
Amos 18 Nov 10 - 12:11 PM
GUEST,Albert Schweitzer 18 Nov 10 - 11:42 AM
GUEST,Mileva Marić Einstein 18 Nov 10 - 11:30 AM
Amos 18 Nov 10 - 10:32 AM
Amos 17 Nov 10 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,Albert Einstein 17 Nov 10 - 09:55 PM
gnu 17 Nov 10 - 08:22 PM
Rapparee 17 Nov 10 - 08:13 PM
Rapparee 17 Nov 10 - 05:01 PM
Amos 17 Nov 10 - 04:17 PM
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MMario 17 Nov 10 - 03:55 PM
Amos 17 Nov 10 - 02:36 PM
gnu 17 Nov 10 - 01:55 PM
Amos 17 Nov 10 - 01:46 PM
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Rapparee 17 Nov 10 - 01:12 PM
Acme 17 Nov 10 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 12:37 PM

I don't know, but they do make for some interesting reading, don't they? Quite refreshing in the context of this demented little coffee klatch here.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 12:11 PM

Okay, that's it. Who's channeling these guys?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Albert Schweitzer
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 11:42 AM

I just finished building an organ for God. It has 12804.333333 pipes--exactly 1/3 the amount of entries in this large and ineffable thread. My reward, God says, is that I can make contact with the temporal plane via further entries herein. Perhaps I will dip down next week and give a report on the concert Bach is preparing for the organ's inauguration. He composed a new cantata for the occasion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Mileva Marić Einstein
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 11:30 AM

Albert, you dumkopf! I did all the work on that relativity thing while you watched mensur fights at the University with the faculty! You schmuck! You not only didn't give me the credit for the mathematics as you said you would, but you never ever put the toilet seat up and when you did you never put it down! There's good reasons why I divorced you, scheisskopf! You should have stayed in the patent office where you had a good job!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 10:32 AM

But...wait...you DIED!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 10:34 PM

ALbert, no-one would be more welcome.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Albert Einstein
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 09:55 PM

All numbers in this thread are irrational, as are all who post here, including me. I was playing dice with God the other day. When I won, he gave me the privilege of posting here whenever I want as my prize. I may just show up again.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 08:22 PM

Irrational? I thought that was the premise?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 08:13 PM

Shucks, set it to 3. Or even pi.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 05:01 PM

Dibs on the next irrational number!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 04:17 PM

Correction: Xn/T


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 04:07 PM

Well, we could try accelerating exponentially, posting at the rate of Xn/T. We would have to do some math for the exact rate allowing us, say, five years to ten years extension and another 367K to go compared to the initial curve of 38.4K/2753.5 days (an average rate of 13.9/day).

If we simply set n to 2, we would make the target in between five and six years. Simple!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 03:55 PM

I think it say to say
that we shall all quite age-ed be
when MOM shall reach 401 k.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 02:36 PM

Or, wild and free
The aged We
Might frothing, loud
And gibbering be?
With posts of no
Reasoned connection
Landing on Mom
From all directions?
A geriatric verbal flood!
More fun, at least,
Than throwing food.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 01:55 PM

When on the day
We reach 401k
Will we be in decay
With nowt to say?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 01:46 PM

Our vessel now has reached the shore
Of thirty eight of Kay and Four
And if we're skilled, and stay alive
We'll soon see THirty Eight and Five.
And on an even brighter day
Drop hook at Thirty Nine of Kay!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 01:44 PM

Fine, big guy. No more library links for you!! And your comment is most unchivalrous considering how willing SRS was to give you credit for the link...

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 01:12 PM

BFD, Amos. The LA Times is just catching up with what libraries have been doing for about 10 years now. Periodically some newspaper says, "Wow! Libraries have COMPUTERS!! And Internet access!! And electronic books!! And interactive stuff!! Wow!! And some are on Facebook and do electronic reference and.... Wow!!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 12:19 PM

Thanks, Rap! I posted that on the library's facebook page. Food for thought, as we allow in coffee shops and host regular recreational game evenings in the library to bring students, particularly those who live on campus, into the library to see what it's all about.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 12:05 PM

The Re-Invention of Libraries. Just for those who know the business...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 10:55 AM

All of this gadding about!

I've been engaged in a little armchair travel. Don't know how sensible, but I went tracking down a couple of west coast siblings and cousins in facebook. Good thing that if you unfriend someone later it isn't conspicuous. That's probably good for all of us. :-/


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 10:53 AM

Still:

38,000 minus 37,950 do4es not equal five.

Midway? You in a WW2 re-enactment thing, Rap?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 10:34 AM

No, straight through from SLC to Midway. All the kids on the flight were yelling, "YEAH! Do it agin! WHEEEE! That was fun!" Adults were saying, "I'm LDS and I don't drink -- gimme a whiskey! In fact, gimme six or seve!" The pilot said, "Oopsy! Sorry 'bout that!" and the cabin attendants said lots of thing too, none of them fit for polite company.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 02:39 AM

Landing gear accounts for that last five feet, no doubt. It was a connecting flight, I presume?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 11:15 PM

With what?

I know Eiseley and I wouldn't doubt that she, well...no, I can't speak that way about a lady. Gentlemen simply don't do that.

I made it, Mom! Even though at one time the plane dropped 37,950 feet, we were over Kansas so we didn't hit anything because we'd been cruising at 38,000 feet. Pesky potholes in the air.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 04:08 PM

Worthy?? Hell, they're a damn sight better than most!!!

LEJ might give you a run for your money, but these are right up there.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 02:40 PM

Permission granted, no forgiveness needed. Gratitude instead that you would deem my bits of unrhymed verse worthy.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 12:24 PM

I have done so. Now may I, lacking permission, seek forgiveness?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 10:32 AM

One plane at a time, please, Rap!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 10:29 AM

Ah, poetess, i'sooth you have disarmed me entirely.

But now I cannot fight duels with yon Rapparee, who is always turning to arms.

Still, I like it better.

For one thing I don't chew my fingernails since I was disarmed.


I would like to post these in the Mudcat Poetry Corner.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 09:01 AM

Well Mom, I guess this is goodbye. When you think of me, think of me kindly. Perhaps someday, perhaps as soon as this evening when I get to Indiana, I'll post again. But if the plane crashes or something I'll still try, just to annoy everyone because ectoplasmic fingers just don't operate keyboards as well as fingers of bone and muscle. So if you see a message like "al e p Rapp j Amos is took the number I had dibs on th r w s" you'll know I've been here.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:06 PM

Goooooooooooooooooooooooooood girl!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:43 PM

Part of the Answer

What is success?
Grasping at icicles,
Harvesting the drips,
Eating gold.

Aren't beans more substantial?

You look at each others' store of
chocolate, with envy.
Who could possibly eat so much?
There aren't enough days in the
year to wear all those clothes even once.

Don't you have anything to love?
Nothing to treasure?
Nothing to hold in your hands, or your arms,
Or even stroke with your fingertips?
Nothing so comfortable to wear that it molds
to your body from long use?

Poverty!

Come sit down here on this box.
I'll give you some thoughts,
and my attention.
I'll stay up late and write a letter,
one you can hold in your hands
and feel the paper crinkle
against your fingers.
It's the attention that really matters.

To how many people in your life did you really pay attention?
Did you really never see that golden light
streaming onto the concrete
through the turning leaves?
How do you think you'll recognize it now?
When the shell is gone, you'll be hollow inside.

So sit outside in the sun or the rain.
Then at least you'll be filled with
light and water.
And something planted in your soil
can grow.


Eiseley

HA!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:43 PM

Meditation

Open a door into a quiet, changing room.
Sometimes it has no roof, no walls.
Sometimes it is dark and still, dusky light with a comfortable couch.
Still other times it is simply a window with a raindrop trailing down, following almost but not quite the tracks of countless other drops,
And the quiet of the room behind the window.

Who is there, sharing that vast, enclosing, freeing space?
There is a presence, benign.
Malignancy can't find the door, doesn't even know to look. But if he did, the way would be indistinguishable in his dark corridor.

But for you, the outline shines with a silver light.
Step inside. Everything is waiting for you.
Lining the walls are the placidly smiling Buddhas, their eyes twinkling with delight and welcome.
But don't be shy. They're in their own rooms, after all.
This is the in-between space where everyone and no one is.

One is waiting, ready to let you see through his eyes.
You can feel it, can't you---
The acceptance, the peace, the air like breathable music?
Veiled though you are, and shrouded in blind mortality,
Here is the space between.
Come, wander and rest,
There's a door on this side, too.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:42 PM

Creativity
What is it?
Longing mixed with involuntary music,
Upwelling from the heart of things,
Unfinished, hidden, partially obscured.

Why is there no resolution?
It takes a kind of perseverance
Beyond just the regular flitting from thing to thing.

Stop.
Dig deep into the recesses.
Find the glittering prize and bring it out into the light.
It's worth showing to the world.
Things shouldn't remain hidden.
That smacks of ingratitude.

It doesn't matter if you can't do it all.
At least do some,
And do it well.
Don't leave one treasure covered in muck
Because you're so anxious to find the next.
These things take time.

And in the end there will be jewels enough,
Sparkling in starlight.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:41 PM

Words of the Sculptor

We will now discuss Death,
That changing of one thing into another,
A reality beyond which we cannot see,
Stuck as we are in the undaunted hereness of now.
We work upon substance
As firm as marble, as fragile as porcelain.
Don't go into the next room.
There is nothing inside---
No floor.
Take this chisel. Make your scratches on the rock.
Let the people coming in later wonder what you meant
By your wild profusion of grapes.
In a little while you can go stand
At the door of the floorless room
And toss in a shard.
But don't expect to hear it clatter at the bottom.
The one I threw is falling yet.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:13 PM

I wish you could recover the ability to read simple sentences correctly, Rapp. It is very trying to have one's statements misunderstood all the time.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 08:33 PM

Chongo abandoned his mother to work in the sex trade, which forced her into it so that she could support his baby sister, who had to work in the sex trade when his mother became old and crippled and couldn't work any more?

Is that what you're saying, Amos?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 07:56 PM

Cedar is what the beams are --not teak, I misspoke-- but the lattice frames are only available in redwood. Hell, with a good sealant opil in them, the buggers will choke to death before they can start a cave.


My lifestyle, Chongo? At least I did not abandon my mother and drive my sister into the ilicit sex trade just so she could support her aging parent. You walk in shame with every step you take, sir. Go back to the trees.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 06:50 PM

Amos, yesterday (Nov. 14) my gardening guru talked about some new kind of treated lumber for outdoor use. I didn't get the name, but I've heard about a couple lately.
Here is a link to the page to find his podcasts. The program is three hours on Sunday morning, I didn't hear the first hour or so, so if you want to listen to the last couple of hours you'll find it.

Last week on This Old House on the second half hour when they go out in the field with the various experts, the gardener put in a raised bed using beams that were treated with glass to make them quite durable without having the toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil. So you might want to look up that program also.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 05:02 PM

Amos - "the vinyl lattice I bought is limp and the edging that is supposed to support it is wonky"

Sounds like it would fit in perfect with yer whole lifestyle! ;-D   Ook! Ook!

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 04:52 PM

No cedar out there A?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:02 AM

The turning point came the day Shane discovered God. The thin bubble of desperately erected illusions came crashing down like the walls of Jericho.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:52 AM

I suppose in your fevered jungle of an imagination a pessury is kind of a low-pressure ant-eater system?

Anyway, the old ones are smithereens. Pay attention. Do you have any idea how much chloroxeninic tetrafoibles get released when you coat smithereens with epoxy? Why don't you care about the environment?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 06:20 AM

Use epoxy paint on the old ones and reuse them! Reuse, recycle, repair! Do you know how much greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere with every cuss word you utter? Why, this project alone has probably slain thousands of hectares of rain forest!

Jungle killer. Meanie. Somewhere a cute, fuzzy, little baby pessury is dying because of you! PETA and The Animal Liberation Front have targeted you as a possible target for direct action. Thousands of minks will be released on your property any minute now, and pictures of a nude Divine rejecting the wearing of anything will be on the billboards across the street.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 10:58 PM

The people at Lowe's were very nice and refunded me all my money.

Later this week, I am SO going back to redwood lattices in relatively sturdy frames. Coated in preserving oil they will resist the buggers just fine for eight years. Oy!! The American Dream is a rough road to travel, I b'leeve.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 10:29 PM

I think he's got it!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 08:58 PM

Fuggit. I am gonna take this vinyl crap back to Lowe's and do redwood. Eight years from now I can hire a college kid to replace it again for me.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 08:42 PM

You could take this as a sine from above....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:59 PM

Absolutely frustrating, is what. I got ALL the panels off, sawed into smithereens and bagged and cleaned up the yard. I touched up the trim paint and re-oiled the support teak timbers. But the vinyl lattice I bought is limp and the edging that is supposed to support it is wonky and the whole deal will make a bunch of sine waves in summer, when the polymers expand. I could add 1x4s as rigidizing supports but that would require redwood again, because there's no shaped lumber in vinyl at our home depot. I dunno. I may end up building a steel frame, just to be ornery. The physical universe is SO damn contrary-minded sometimes...


A


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