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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Little Hawk 24 Jan 08 - 01:11 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 01:11 PM

Wow. I can't figure why that has not become the top-selling superhero character concept of all time.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 12:55 PM

"In darkest day, in brightest night,
No carrion shall escape my bite!
MAGENTA MAGGOT!"

I was chosen by The Ancient Elders Of Eldritchdom and given the Ring Of Power that transformed me into the Magenta Maggot whenever I recited the above bit of poesy in the presence of Something Dead And Rotting (which was usual in the Student Union). There would be a flash of magenta light, a fetid odor, and the Magenta Maggot would appear where before there was only a mild-mannered News Editor for an obscure college newspaper.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 10:06 AM

This sobriquet--was it invented by you? Or supplied by one of your secret liaisons? Enquiring minds want to know...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 09:09 AM

We also used to have rocket wars. We'd make rockets out of paper matches and shoot them at each other. Finally the Student Union Gestapo made us stop.

And I will make a confession now, after all these years. I will disclose my alter ego, my secret identity.

                I was the Magenta Maggot.

Surprise you? Yes, I once stood for all that was Good and Pure and Truthful and Rotting! But that was years ago, and much has happened since then; the World no longer requires my services. But be aware that I still have the pipe and I still know how to smoke it!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 12:18 AM

21700!

Okay, so I'm a little slow in acknowledging it. I just counted back. It was me. I confess.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 11:01 PM

Excellent tale, Rapaire, and it disproves my hypothesis. You have clearly been a troublemaker all your years. :D


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:47 PM

The usual bunch were sitting around the Student Union, drinking Coke and talking and harassing each other between classes when the talk got around the slapping someone.

I told one of the women that if they ever did have to slap someone to cup their hand. That would concentrate the force of the slap.

The next Monday she came in, laughing like crazy. Seems like over the weekend she and her boyfriend had had a discussion and he had said something to the effect that a woman couldn't slap him hard enough to cause him pain. So she slapped him as I told her to.

He passed out from the pain. Seems like slapping that way concentrates the force into the trigeminal nerve -- and that's EXQUISITELY painful.

He never made any such comments again and she was glad to take the wind out of him!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 08:52 PM

Perhaps the slaps managed to get something through dense material? Or was material density increase the cause of the problem in the first place?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 08:42 PM

Or the one I used to make to young ladies in college...the one that got me slapped a lot?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 08:36 PM

You mean like "of" or "on"? That kind of proposition?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 07:28 PM

Or even assorted subtleties. A difficult proposition.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 07:10 PM

I've tried to get things through dense material, so I know just how a meson feels. I wonder if mesons have tried 2x4s like I did?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 06:53 PM

Here. You may need this:

A NEW CALCULATION EXPLAINS THE MECHANISM BEHIND CARBON DATING in
terms of the way the mass of mesons changes as they travel through
an atomic nucleus. Mesons (particles such as pions, containing a
quark and an antiquark) are thought to mediate the nuclear force
between two nuclei.
Radiocarbon dating began in 1949 when Willard Libby said that the
amount of carbon-14 (the radioactive cousin of carbon-12) left in an
object (such as a fossil tree) could provide an estimate of how old
the object was. The thinking was that the organism, while it was
alive, would constantly ingest enough of the rare C-14 to replace
those nuclei that were decaying into -14 (the other products being
an electron and a neutrino). But as soon as the organism died, the
ratio of C-14/C-12 would begin to drop exponentially since the C-14
was no longer being replaced. Measuring the ratio in terms of
radioactive half-lifes would provide a good estimate of the fossil.
This method has been used by archeologists ever since to measure the
age of things, at least those things that had been alive.
A big questions presented itself: if the radioactive half-life of
C-11 is 20 minutes, and that of O-14 is 1 minute, and that of O-15
is 2 minutes, and that of N-13 is 10 minutes, why is the life-time
of C-14 some 3 billion minutes (5730 years)? This is what Jeremy
Holt and his colleagues at Stony Brook, TRIUMF (the accelerator
facility in Vancouver), and the University of Idaho have set out to
determine. Holt says that the anomalously long C-14 half-life has
been a mystery to theorists for half a century. An earlier theory,
called Brown-Rho scaling (named for Gerry Brown and Mannque Rho,
advanced in 1991), suggested that the masses of most mesons decrease
uniformly when (insofar as they carry the nuclear force operating
inside nuclei) they travel through dense nuclear material (see
figure at http://www.aip.org/png/2008/294.htm ). Holt
(jeholt@tonic.physics.sunysb.edu, 631-632-9843) and his fellow
authors bring things up to date by accounting, with fair accuracy,
for the observed long C-14 lifetime. (Holt et al., Physical Review
Letters, upcoming article; designated as an Editor*s Suggested
article)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 02:37 PM

Because nothing has ever gotten you under the bed, eh?


Just don't bring a microscope down there with you. You will freak out to realize what is getting at you,...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 02:15 PM

I deliberately ignored it because I live in the present, plan for the future, and learn from the past. So my plan is to go home and crawl under the bed and stay there.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 01:19 PM

21700 is so, like, 5 posts ago! Stick with the present! None of this woolgathering nostalgia.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 01:09 PM

We blew right through 21-700 without batting an eye. W emust be getting JADED!!!!!!!!


JADED, I telll you!!!

Wake up, AMurrica!!!



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 11:28 AM

I believe such graceful creatures are special agents, but I do not think you have the first clue as to what it is of which they are agents.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 11:24 AM

The Canada Geese are special agents. They are in the front lines of our plan to take over the USA and turn it into several Canadian provinces. William Shatner secretly controls all of them, but there's no way you'll ever figure out how he does it!

Heh! Heh!

You're all doomed!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:49 AM

The Tundra (Whistling) Swan has been seen quite a bit in the Puget Sound area of late, particularly in the Skagit Valley. They're in fields along the highway (I think this is the bird I was seeing out there the last time I drove north from Seattle in the winter). Canada Geese are all over the place also. They may have finally officially tipped over into the "pest" category.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:17 AM

Yes. They were on both the Firehole and Madison Rivers. I even got to some of them doing the "tip-up" -- mooning us as we passed by.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:04 AM

rolling back the thread a bit - You got to see Trumpeters? I've only seen them in an aviary - almost any swan you see here in the East is a mute swan. (with an occasional black swan - which if I recall is Australian in origin(


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 08:59 AM

Well, I wish ta heck they'd get it closed! It's 0.6F here right now and it's only going up to 15F today! Can't depend on them Canadians to do anything...unless...unless...

it's part of a plot by Canada to freeze the US solid and then take over!

My God! I've just discovered The Nefarious Plot! I'd best inform the President. He'll want to know, since he hasn't bombed anybody in the last few days!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 07:22 PM

And you know how cold will get through a bobwire fence when the gate's left ajar.

And when it gets left abucket its even worse...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 07:07 PM

Dagslabbed Albertans left the gate on the bobwire fence open agin....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 05:32 PM

Your cold is still leaking down here, Rap. I wish you'd get that gap fixed. Brrrr! I picked up a pot roast and have it going in the crock pot for dinner this evening. It'll still be cold outside but that comfort food smell will hit us when we walk in the door from my son's guitar lesson.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 05:07 PM

My daddy he was a moonshine man
A regular sort of feller
He kept Ma plastered for forty years
With the still he ran in the cellar.

I remember the folks who sampled his stuff
The glassy looks on their faces
One day our spaniel inhaled the fumes
And dropped dead at twenty paces.

Us boys we got in the moonshine game
And gave the business new birth:
The oldest is now at Marion
And the youngest at Leavenworth.

But they never caught my father though
And they no longer raid his place
And the revenoors now buy his stuff
For use at a missile base.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 03:50 PM

Well, I come from an odd combination of talents. Although my father was a moderate Conservative who supported Ike, my mother was a demonstrating Socialist in her youth, a liberal all her life, and drove the family station wagon to Mississippi in the early Sixties to assist voter registration during the peak of the civil rights movement.

So I grew up respecting individual freedom and dignity and rights, while also honoring the brilliance of good organization, production and management. Sigh. Of course, there is no place in the world for such as I.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 12:54 PM

MY daddy was a Union Man through and through, and so were my grandfathers and uncles. My parents and grandparents were members of the Democratic Party and supported FDR; my father and my father-in-law both were in the CCC (my daddy served two hitches!).

You obviously have my ancestry confused with your own neo-conservative progenitors.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 09:35 AM

SO sorry, wrong tent. Or ward. You may have had CNS damage from the cold, or something. It is clear you have me confused with your father.



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 09:20 AM

Well, Amos, there's your political neoconservatism. I really don't like your borrow-and-spend economic proposals, and I do think that you should at least consider withdrawing from Iraq.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 11:01 PM

Or, use FlickR or one of those guys.


Glad you are back in one set of attached and still moveable pieces. What should we squabble about?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 10:17 PM

Good to see you got back safely. No frozen fingers or toes?

Use Photobucket. It's very easy and you don't have to do any page design.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 10:04 PM

Nous sommes retournee.

It was -22F (-30C) this morning at the Visitors' Center near Old Facefull. When we arrived home (two hours and forty-five minutes after leaving West Yellowstone, MT) or rather, at the restaurant for dinner, it was 0.4F.

We saw bison, bald eagles, trumpeter swans (is there another kind?), elk, snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, and a large, lonely, dog.

All in all we had a nice time.

I have a webspace which I can use for a website; it comes with the Internet package I have. I'll try to post some pictures.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 08:15 PM

Humanity at its finest. Take notes, there, sludge-brain!! Courage, wit, compassion, and grammar all in one post!!!

(Even if she is offering soup to a thread...).

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 05:12 PM

It's a cold, wet day out there mom. Here's some of my homemade chicken soup. I think you'll find it is just what you need to warm you up, despite the nonsense about all sorts of fancy dancy designer foods you hear from Rapaire when he's around here sucking up looking after you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 12:24 PM

Major challenge, man! Major. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 12:13 PM

You could try becoming human...



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 11:41 AM

Okay, like, I was lookin' threw my littel black book, eh? Like, the one where I keep all the good stuff about my old girlfeinds, eh?

I can, like, honestly say that I'm seeing a lot of perfectly good skanks that will be finding new boyfriends, eh, either on the Net or maybe by eBay or else at the local half price donut shop or maybe outside the Beer Store, eh? Lots of flippin' skankette duplicates, some of which I can't figure out why the flip I picked 'em up in the first place (some was barrely outta flippin' Junyer High skool!) and not one was flippin' in anticipation of grad school, but I guess they was neeeded at the time, eh? Now they are totally flippin' obsoleete--so now what? I ain't got nowhere's with Officer Dana and my flippin' biodegradable clock is tickin'!!! I can't flippin' waist no more time like I used to, eh? I don't have the time or the money to cruise skank flippin' bullevard no more.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 02:14 AM

I'm seeing a lot of "perfectly good books" that will be finding new homes, either via eBay or the local half price book store. Lots of duplicates, some of titles I can't figure out why on earth I picked them up (some were in anticipation of grad school, but were never needed. Now they're obsolete--so now what?) I don't do that like I used to--I don't have the time or the money to browse books stores much.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 11:16 PM

When I left WV some 20 years ago to move into a pup tent (and then a travel trailer) I chucked all but two boxes of books, and haven't really let my collection exceed about that quantity since then.

Of course, I also don't read books nearly as much as I used to. I suspect that is because from that point, the life I began living became stranger than most fiction:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 05:41 PM

I hope Mom's size isn't scaring them off.

I've purged a lot more books. Indeed, I'm so sick of looking at books I'm ready to chuck 'em all. So I've quit for a while and will . . . order more books. (For Moonglow, for school.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 03:56 PM

Ma lying down on the job again
She'll get up but no-one knows when
Fed the rooster and scared the hens
All the doodah day.

Tweed and Bunn have gone fer good
Rustic hides out in the woods,
Bruce is up to nothing good,
All the doodah day.

King Khandu is never home now
Guess he started out to roam, now,
Sometimes Mom feels so alone now,
All the doodah day.

Pure BS at night!
Pure BS all day!
I bet my money on the MOAB thread,
DOwn where the bad boys play.


Stephanie Foister
Sewannee Melodies Stolen by My Brother
Atlanta, 1894


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:43 PM

Yes, I suppose that could be it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:28 PM

It's kid of a back-up device for the mnd. You wouldn't want all that input to just vanish, would you? You might lose your mind.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:22 PM

Most books I will read once...and that's enough. The books that I choose to read again and again are extremely rare...I could count them on the fingers of one hand.

And yet I keep ALL those other books. Why? Is it that I like to be reminded of the things I once read but never shall again? Is it that I can't let go of the past? Is it sheer inertia? Is it the desire (like Woody Allen in one of those funny movies) to impress visitors and prospective dates/lovers with my stunning and fascinating collection of books?

LOL!!! Well, it's not that last one, anyway....

Is it the fear that I might someday want to reread various of those books, so if I were to get rid of them now, then I would lose the chance later to do so?

Hmmm.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 02:35 AM

I've been organizing the books in my front room. Big job. Fifteen feet of wall space six shelves high. I'm up to the letter M now in the fiction authors as I put them back. I've culled about six linear feet of books so far, but I don't know if that's enough to fit everything in here. Amongst other sources of books, I've opened several boxes that have sat it my hall for a while. My sister has been clearing out at her house. I wish I'd opened these earlier--included in there is my father's three-volume set of Child ballads (separated from the rest of the collection at estate settling time). Back home again, finally, with most of his other books. Means I'll have to work on the shelves in my office as well.

It's enough to get them in order. Who has the time to catalog them? Oy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:13 AM

Ohh, Mom, it's growing late.
How silent now, your garden gate.
How still in shadow your porch swing,
Your parlor door and bronzed bell-ring.
Where are your children, Mom of mine?
Have they left you far from mind?
Have they wandered, free but wild?
Alas, the sting of ingrate child,
How sharper, deeper and in truth,
More poison than a serpent's tooth!
Come, sit with me, and share a glass,
Until this sorrow deep shall pass.
Oh, let it pass, this mother's sorrow --
I'm sure they'll all be back tomorrow!
Offering breakfast, and, I guess,
Begging for some of your B.S.


Winifred Doramour D'Ennui
The Rhythm Of A Lonely Night
Collected Poems, 1911-1993
Endless Publications, ed., New York, 1993.5


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 01:19 PM

Reminds me of the snowsuit scene in A Christmas Story.

"I can't put my arms down!"

"Put them down when you get to school."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 11:30 AM

Hell, if that's how they are going to spend their vacation they coulda just gone down to the basement and duct-taped themselves to the heating vents. Think of the money they'd have saved!! :D


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