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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

gnu 11 Mar 11 - 01:39 PM
Little Hawk 11 Mar 11 - 01:19 PM
Eiseley 11 Mar 11 - 01:17 PM
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Eiseley 11 Mar 11 - 11:14 AM
Acme 11 Mar 11 - 11:03 AM
gnu 11 Mar 11 - 10:45 AM
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Rapparee 11 Mar 11 - 09:57 AM
Little Hawk 11 Mar 11 - 02:39 AM
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Amos 10 Mar 11 - 10:01 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 01:39 PM

Haven't heard much about the reactor that lost it's primary and secondary cooling.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 01:19 PM

Walk right out to the edge of the beach, Amos, to get a really gooood look. ;-) That's what I always do when there are tsunami warnings issued.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 01:17 PM

No! Wait until the tsunami passes.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 01:14 PM

EIseley has volunteered as the Designated Reader, so the rest of you can continue drinking. But Eiseley, I am not in Oregon, and I don't think we'll see much impact. I may swing by the cove to see how high it has gotten this afternoon.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 11:14 AM

Amos, please stay away from the beach today so you don't get swept away by the tsunami.

Eiseley


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

So it's not a novel full of hand-wringing, it is full of dish towel-wringing?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 10:45 AM

Congrats A.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 10:30 AM

Dees mahn, heee SOOOO funny!! I tink wee tayk hees HED OFF, ya?


A


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

Using my Librarian Instincts and Abilities, I was able to ferret out this small excerpt from a forthcoming book by Someone Well Know To Mom:

"Dear, where's that stuff we put in the dishwasher to keep spots off the glasses? The dispenser is empty."

"It's in the back -- beyond the Cascade."


A book full of danger, thrills, love, laughter, philosophical mutterings, kraken, pirates, and all sort of exciting stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 02:39 AM

Not at all. I don't like to impose on anyone. I prefer the idea to be 100% mutual.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 02:19 AM

I thought you dreamed of imposing on her...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 01:18 AM

Funny, it didn't even occur to me to call up Winona. I guess it's because I really don't want to impose on her.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 12:50 AM

Maybe she won't return his calls?

BTW if you ever get a chance to hear the BRUBECK BROTHERS Quartet, don't miss it. They are just amazing.

http://www.facebook.com/BrubeckBrothers


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 11:59 PM

Why not just have Winona Ryder appear instead?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 07:29 PM

Since there seems to be little hope of Mr Shatner gracing us with the 40,000th post, I am getting in touch with Angelina Jolie instead. Keep your fingers crossed.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 01:55 PM

Yay Amos! Share, please.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 12:48 PM

Oh, I see. Well, congratulations. I do hope you haven't included any libelous innuendo about Chongo in that novel.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 10:01 AM

No, it's a novel. I announced I was leaving Mudcat to complete it in 2000, I think it was, but I failed to leave, so it took another ten years to write, rewrite and rewrite.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 10:00 AM

No, it's an op-ed piece in "Physics Today."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 12:55 AM

Amos, is "Beyond the Cascade" a music CD you have done?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 12:45 AM

Is that Max's film? I was reading about it today on his About.me page (I'm thinking about setting one up, if Max finds it was helpful).

Mike, funerals are entities to themselves. You'll be processing the information and will sort out your brother from the ceremony in the coming months and years. And, as the Internet is saying these days, it gets better. Easier, at any rate.

I have two Bette/ys in my life these days, and they both have had computer problems this week. I spent several hours next door before pronouncing her 2002 Dell almost-dead; it clearly has computer Alzheimer's. The mother board or the hard drive - and neither is worth the trouble. Either the expense of a mother board or the trouble of reistalling antique software on a new hard drive. I'll go with her Friday to look at new computers (I am recommending that she get an HP all-in-one this time. It doesn't have the bulk of the desktop but it is a lot faster than the laptop and she isn't interested in taking it anywhere). My other Bette is long distance, near Tucson, and she was on the floor unplugging the data plug from her old desktop in order to plug it into and then restart her laptop. All of this time she's been playing solitaire on her laptop because she didn't know how to plug it in. [knocks forehead on desk] She's 77, she needed some help. I wish I'd called weeks earlier.


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

Mom!!!

"Beyond the Cascade"   has just received a rave review by one of its development reviewers, an Oscar winning film director.   He writes, simply,

"YOU DID IT!!!!
You freakin' did it!"

Which after some fifteen years of writing, re-writing and editing, is consummate acknowledgment. Big win for the day.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 10:51 PM

It was a raw Spring day, windy and damp without the warmth promised by the ambient temperature. We left the funeral home in procession to the church. A Requiem Mass was read and at the end the white pall replaced by the American flag. We processed to the cemetery, where my brother lies between the graves of my parents and maternal grandparents. Another set of spiritual reading and prayers, and then two officers in dress blues (one a woman) folded the flag and presented it to Teri, Ted's widow. The Honor Guard fired three volleys and "Taps" was played; the bugler turned out to be an old sort-of friend.

Afterward we went to the community room at the parish school we had all attended for a lunch, and the Catholics can out-Jello the Mormons any day. I had two helping of what I thought was gelatinous space alien brain matter but which turned out to be blue Jello with blueberries. Too much sugar! Also industrial sized pans of tuna-noodle casserole, since this is Ash Wednesday and a day of fast and abstinence, one of only a few remaining, and which everyone except the church ladies had forgotten.

And that's the story of the funeral, Eiseley. We'll be back in Idaho this coming Sunday evening, and leave for DC for a week the following Wednesday or Thursday. "...the thrill is a long time gone...."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Eiseley
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 09:24 PM

Thank you, gnu. Yes, the electrical system is grounded to the old pipe that is still sticking through the foundation and deep, deep into the soil. It would be shocking if it weren't.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 08:05 PM

The best way to ground something is to get William Shatner to sit on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 07:55 PM

New blue pipe... if it replACES COPPER, MAKE SURE YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS PROPERLY GROUNDED.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:41 PM

I had a short conversation with Mr Shatner today. I'm afraid I have bad news. There is almost no chance that he will show up here to post the 40,000th post.

It's tough, but we're just going to have to tighten our belts and get through it somehow without him.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 04:53 PM

Thank goodness for moles---the equipment that has a pencil-shaped rod that bangs its way through soil and rocks and pretty much anything in its way. There is now a slick blue pipe running from the water main, up under the embankment, through the foundation in two places, and it will soon be connected to the old pipe with a crimp and a prayer. The whole process was painful on the pocketbook, but fairly smooth otherwise. Hey, it's only money.

The break was somewhere along the 90-year-old pipe, probably somewhere under the front yard. The guys couldn't really tell. But it was obviously not on the city's property. I'll try to post some photos if I can figure out how Amos did it with his front door pictures. The maple tree is still intact.

Right now I'm more interested in how Ted's funeral went.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:44 PM

If the line was broken by the tree roots it's likely the city's problem since the tree is on their easement. In fact, if your basement is flooded and the break in outside of the property line, well, the city carries insurance.


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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?


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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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