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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

gnu 09 Mar 11 - 01:41 PM
Eiseley 09 Mar 11 - 10:59 AM
Amos 09 Mar 11 - 10:32 AM
Acme 09 Mar 11 - 10:24 AM
Rapparee 09 Mar 11 - 07:57 AM
Amos 09 Mar 11 - 03:53 AM
Little Hawk 09 Mar 11 - 01:25 AM
Acme 08 Mar 11 - 10:57 PM
Rapparee 08 Mar 11 - 10:47 PM
Amos 08 Mar 11 - 06:49 PM
Eiseley 08 Mar 11 - 04:50 PM
Amos 08 Mar 11 - 03:46 PM
Rapparee 08 Mar 11 - 03:22 PM
Amos 08 Mar 11 - 11:41 AM
Rapparee 08 Mar 11 - 11:22 AM
Acme 08 Mar 11 - 12:55 AM
Little Hawk 08 Mar 11 - 12:47 AM
Eiseley 07 Mar 11 - 11:08 PM
Acme 07 Mar 11 - 10:15 PM
Rapparee 07 Mar 11 - 09:40 PM
Amos 07 Mar 11 - 08:14 PM
Amos 07 Mar 11 - 07:46 PM
Eiseley 07 Mar 11 - 10:33 AM
Rapparee 07 Mar 11 - 10:03 AM
Acme 07 Mar 11 - 01:22 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:41 PM

"... a water leak somewhere between the main and my house."

Details please. The most LIKELY spot for the leak is at the valve just before your property line. Such would be the responsibility of the local government.

Of course, you also said "... under the maple tree..." soooo, that's the second most likely spot. Hmmm... is it YOUR maple tree? If so, do you have a wood burning appliance? You can always borrow a chainsaw.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 10:59 AM

I'd rather live in a yurt, actually, like this one I stayed in a couple of weeks ago.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 10:32 AM

Some folks think TP is the solution to every plumbing problem. But it isn't.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 10:24 AM

Would he loan her his teepee? (I started to ask a different question, but in the plumbing context it came out too creepy, by association.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 07:57 AM

I know a guy called "Crazy Coyote" who spent three years living in a teepee outside of Soda Springs. Eiseley know him too, I think.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 03:53 AM

You are being a bit liberal in your use of the word "real", there, Hawkster!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:25 AM

The only real answer is to go and live in a teepee or a grass hut and give up on modern plumbing entirely.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 10:57 PM

Murphy has a law about this, I am sure. I've been hijacked by the plumbing trade a few times also.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 10:47 PM

Well, crap.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 06:49 PM

Oh, grim reality, cruel reality, unfeeling, dullwitted, harsh abrasive and abusive reality, why is it you get to be called "reality" instead of all the nice stuff???


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 04:50 PM

Alas. Fate has just ruled out the possibility of my going to visit Stilly with my son or sons so I can walk through graduation. No, I haven't received word that I flunked my exams, but I did just finish talking with the city water works and the plumber, then wringing my hands after finding out that I have a water leak somewhere between the main and my house. I have to get a whole new water hook-up through the concrete, the embankment, under the maple tree, and through the foundation in two places. That necessary but unwelcome bit of repair will cost me all my savings, drabbit it! So, instead of a nice trip to visit Stilly River Sage, I'll be able to go down the basement and look at my new shut-off valve. OUCH!

My only consolation is that they may use one of Amos's inventions to pinpoint the leak.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 03:46 PM

Ah, so. Solly.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 03:22 PM

Time, Amos. 0.4 x 60 minutes = 24 minutes. That's the amount of time necessary to clean up the seats after a missile misses your plane.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 11:41 AM

How do you walk away from .4 of a combat mission?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 11:22 AM

He also flew 1,385.4 air combat hours. The obituary doesn't tell half of it.... I'll post one or two of his adventures when I get home, in the very brief period before I have to take off for DC.

As Tom Paxton wrote,

"I've been traveling most of my life
And the thrill is a long time gone...."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 12:55 AM

I found those musical notations going back at least three years in a search, but they're new to me!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 12:47 AM

Your brother Ted was born very near to when I was, Rapparee. About a month apart.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 11:08 PM

Very nice obituary, Mike. Thank you for sharing.

Amos, those are wonderful definitions! I'm going to send them on to my dad right now.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 10:15 PM

Where's these gems come from, Amos?

ALLREGRETTO: When you're 16 measures into the piece and realize you took too fast a tempo

This kind of humor provided the clue to me that something was wrong at my Dad's house. I'd send him the same kind of thing yet didn't hear back via email about it. The neigbor calling to say he had passed away was more news than I was prepared for, but I was at the point of trying to track him down.

Thanks for the obit, Mike.

I've been running tests on the next door neighbor's computer. A nine-year-old Dell, on its last legs. The blue screen of death has appeared many times in recent days, and it is now undergoing the slow but meaningful rite of passage called chkdsk.

We shall have some new by morning, I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 09:40 PM

Obituary....

Seven rooms have been reserved here for the contingent from Chicago alone....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 08:14 PM

NEW MUSIC TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

ALLREGRETTO: When you're 16 measures into the piece and realize you took too fast a tempo

ANGUS DEI: To play with a divinely beefy tone

A PATELLA: Accompanied by knee-slapping

APPOLOGGIATURA: A composition that you regret playing

APPROXIMATURA: A series of notes not intended by the composer, yet played with an "I meant to do that" attitude

APPROXIMENTO: A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch

CACOPHANY: A composition incorporating many people with chest colds

CORAL SYMPHONY: A large, multi-movement work from Beethoven's Caribbean Period

DILL PICCOLINI: An exceedingly small wind instrument that plays only sour notes

FERMANTRA: A note held over and over and over and over and . . .

FERMOOTA: A note of dubious value held for indefinite length

FIDDLER CRABS: Grumpy string players

FLUTE FLIES: Those tiny mosquitoes that bother musicians on outdoor gigs

FRUGALHORN: A sensible and inexpensive brass instrument

GAUL BLATTER: A French horn player

GREGORIAN CHAMP: The title bestowed upon the monk who can hold a note the longest

GROUND HOG: Someone who takes control of the repeated bass line and won't let anyone else play it

PLACEBO DOMINGO: A faux tenor

SCHMALZANDO: A sudden burst of music from the Guy Lombardo band

THE RIGHT OF STRINGS: Manifesto of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Violists

SPRITZICATO: An indication to string instruments to produce a bright and bubbly sound

TEMPO TANTRUM: What an elementary school orchestra is having when it's not following the conductor

TROUBLE CLEF: Any clef one can't read: e.g., alto clef for pianists

VESUVIOSO: An indication to build up to a fiery conclusion

VIBRATTO: Child prodigy son of the concertmaster


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 07:46 PM

THree ninety-nine and twenty
Our back trail dark had stained
With only eighty more to go
Through wind, and ice, and pain.

The dogs were thin, and working slow
Their eyes rolled bloody white
And we'd lost all sight of Rapparee
Gone ahead in that frozen night.

Our hearts were failing in the cold
And the icy went bit deep
But a power moved us to mush on
For the vow we had to keep.

So we plunged along that pitch-black trail
Toward the frozen edge of day
And the thrumming thought in all our minds
Was "MUSH!!! For the next of Kay!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 10:33 AM

My ancestors thank your ancestors.

Did you bring that bottle from your mantel to send Ted off with, Rap? Please do as much laughing as possible.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 10:03 AM

BUT the town did take in the Mormons fleeing from persecution in Missouri a few years ago, and it is the birthplace of many important people, including Paul Tibbets and...ah...well...me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 01:22 AM

What a difference a year makes, to be sure!

I'm dropping in before heading to bed, just doing my part to push MOM to greater heights.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 12:09 AM

I am in Quincy, Illinois, home of the Quincy Gems...wait, the Three-I League went out of business years ago. Home of...ah...David Baldwin, the balloonist! Yeah! Not even people here remember him.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 10:45 PM

One year ago today I made my first sally onto the field known as MOM. Much has happened since then, and I've found good friends and have collected some wonderful memories. Here's to much more of the same!

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 03:36 PM

They do a similar "gig a frog" event in the Trinity River in Fort Worth at the Mayfest in Trinity Park in downtown. At least they used to. I'll have to check on that.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 01:27 PM

Give that duck a quacker.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:34 PM

There's a smallish town called Coldwater near here. It is commonly said to be the home of someone named "Dick Shrivels, from Coldwater"...but I digress. At any rate, Coldwater has a festival once a year when they release thousands of little plastic yellow duckies into the river that flows through town. Hundreds (thousands?) of people congregate to watch the duckies float down the river and you can buy tickets or something, as all the duckies are numbered, and if your duckie crosses the finish line first, you win a prize. I don't know what the prize is. The chances of your duckie winning are almost infinitesimal, so this encourages people to buy many tickets. I think. I've never bought a ticket, but I did see the duckies released one time, and it was quite something to witness. They covered the river in a merrily bobbing carpet of yellow. I have heard that one of those plastic duckies somehow made it all the way to China, having eluded the people who gather them up, gone all the way down the river to the Great Lakes, thence out the Saint Lawrence to the Atlantic, around Cape Horn, across the Pacific, finally making landfall several years later in China. That's perservance!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:23 PM

What we owe to jellyfish (aside from ancestor-worship):

"In 1925 Evelyn Waugh burned his unpublished first novel, “The Temple at Thatch,” and attempted to drown himself in the sea after a friend gave it a bad review. (Stung by jellyfish, Waugh soon returned to shore.) "


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:13 PM

Today's random excerpt from the memetic maelstrom of meandering maroons:

"At once frivolous and freighted with cultural symbolism, the plastic duck makes a perfect subject for a writer of Hohn’s ambition. “What misanthrope, what damp, drizzly November of a sourpuss, upon beholding a rubber duck afloat, does not feel a Crayola ray of sunshine brightening his gloomy heart?” he asks. But both the birth and the afterlife of the duck, Hohn soon learns, are toxic. Adrift on the ocean, the toys can become coated with “persistent organic pollutants” like polyvinyl chloride, bisphenol A and phthalates. Photodegraded into smaller pieces, they can be fatally ingested by sea creatures and will endure, in swirling gyres, for years. "

(From a NYT review of a new book, "Moby Duck", concerning a container of plastic bath-toy ducks lost overboard in the Pacific... Cui bonum??)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 08:49 AM

...the influence of these wormholes on ordinary quantum fields at low energies in the asymptotic region...

But he doesn't take into consideration the influence of wormholes on EXTRAordinary quantum fields or ordinary quantum fields at high energies. Or either in a symptotic region.

Not only is it bad science to ignore these things, you can reduce the self-esteem of quantum fields by calling them "ordinary" or "low energy." Quantum fields, wormholes, and closed universes have feelings too, you know. And to call an entire universe "asymptotic" is really insulting and degrading. I can't imagine why the peer jury even let this article be published.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 01:34 AM

They're trying hard to catch our tails, Mom, but if you're not the lead dog, the view will never change, and I think we have a head start on'em...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 01:29 AM

Any reasonable theory of quantum gravity will allow closed universes to branch off from our nearly flat region of spacetime. I describe the possible quantum states of these closed universes. They correspond to wormholes which connect two asymptotically Euclidean regions, or two parts of the same asymptotically Euclidean region. I calculate the influence of these wormholes on ordinary quantum fields at low energies in the asymptotic region. This can be represented by adding effective interactions in flat spacetime which create or annihilate closed universes containing certain numbers of particles.

The effective interactions are small except for closed universes containing scalar particles in the spatially homogeneous mode. If these scalar interactions are not reduced by sypersymmetry, it may be that any scalar particles we observe would have to be bound states of particles of higher spin, such as the pion.

An observer in the asymptotically flat region would not be able to measure the quantum state of closed universes that branched off. He would therefore have to sum over all possibilities for the closed universes. This would mean that the final state would appear to be a mixed quantum state, rather than a pure quantum state.

© 1988 The American Physical Society
URL:
http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.37.904


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 11:28 PM

Actually 39901 after Eiseley....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 09:53 PM

I notice that Amos copped 39900....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 09:52 PM

We leave tomorrow, flying out of SLC at 2:05 for St. Louie, where we'll rent a car. We'll be gone for a week (Amos, the cops are watching the house while we're gone -- just a word to the wise). I'll be checking in periodically.

What I did not mention in the other thread is his ability to hash songs into extremely funny parodies. E.g.,

He drove his car to the racing ground
He was the only driver there.


does in "Tell Laura I Love Her". I wish I could remember all of them.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 01:46 PM

I'm sorry, Mike. I just spotted the other thread, I'll go read it now. Take care, stay warm.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 01:27 PM

The obit thread certainly shows of Ted's achievements and character at a glance. Quite a guy.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 11:52 AM

Tears and hugs, Mike. Stay strong and open.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 11:51 AM

I'm so sorry, Mike

Kathryn

To Charles Williams

Your death blows a strange bugle call, friend, and all is hard
To see plainly or record truly. The new light imposes change,
Re-adjusts all a life-landscape as it thrusts down its probe from the sky,
To create shadows, to reveal waters, to erect hills and deepen glens.
The slant alters. I can't see the old contours. It's a larger world
Than I once thought it. I wince, caught in the bleak air that blows on
the ridge.
Is it the first sting of the great winter, the world-waning? Or the cold of
spring?

A hard question and worth talking a whole night on.
But with whom? Of whom now can I ask guidance? With what friend concerning your death
Is it worth while to exchange thoughts unless?oh unless it were you?


C.S. Lewis


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 11:35 AM

Mom, my youngest brother, Ted, just died. I'm off to Illinois ASAP.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 10:59 AM

I'd be safe and warm,
If I was in LA.
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 10:35 AM

Sure, okay, Rapp, sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 09:42 AM

I just realized something: Spaw is my youngest brother!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 12:20 AM

You and Ted are in my thoughts tonight, amigo. Let fortune smile on you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 09:43 PM

No change: still on dialysis, still has lower-than-desired BP, still will respond to voice commands (blink your eyes, etc.), still unconscious, still wired and tubes in nearly every natural orifice.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 09:37 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your brother, Rapparee. Tough times to go though.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 08:03 PM

I still have no words. I THINK know how you feel, Rap. Take care eh.


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