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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Rapparee 28 Aug 07 - 12:47 PM
Amos 28 Aug 07 - 10:04 AM
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Rapparee 28 Aug 07 - 08:53 AM
Little Hawk 28 Aug 07 - 01:02 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 12:47 PM

Yeah. You could have it gilded. And if you shaved your dachshund you could him gilded as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 10:04 AM

Little Hawk, you would look awesome with a completely shaved head. Just AWESOME, man.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 09:44 AM

I've been growing my hair longer also, but it's on my neck and driving me nuts, so I'm going back to a look a couple of inches shorter. My hairdresser died six weeks ago and we were working on a new style. Now that his vision is gone (and I found someone who used to work with him, but she's less experienced) I'll go back to an earlier look I liked.

No dachshunds were harmed in my haircut, however.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 09:36 AM

BTW, this is Mom's 385th page. That's gotta be worth something.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 08:53 AM

Try rearraning you hair and giving your dachshund a haircut. You may have someone else rearrange your hair, but you have to shave your dachshund yourself.

"Shave your dachshund" sounds both vaguely threatening and smacking of strange sexual proclivities.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 01:02 AM

I am thinking of getting a haircut. I'm getting a bit tired of the long hair for some reason.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 12:46 AM

Me!! What about Still? She'd rearrange your dachshund and make you get a haircut!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 12:21 AM

You're almost as hard to please as some of the women I've gone out with, Amos... ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 12:16 AM

Amos, you messed up Mom's front page with all of that unwrapped text a few messages back! What were you thinking?


    Many chemotherapy drugs work by interfering with the cell-division cycle. The drugs reach healthy cells and cancer cells alike, but they do most of their damage to the cancer cells. Unfortunately, some types of healthy cells divide as rapidly as cancer cells and are badly damaged as well. Such cells are found in bone marrow, the lining of the digestive tract, and hair follicles, so chemotherapy patients often lose their hair and are susceptible to infection. The damage to healthy cells limits the drug dose that a patient can tolerate and therefore limits the treatment's effectiveness.

    Yoram Palti, of the Technion?Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, and his colleagues have demonstrated another way to disrupt cell division: alternating electric fields with intensities of just 1?2 V/cm. The fields they use, with frequencies in the hundreds of kilohertz, were previously thought to do nothing significant to living cells other than heating them. But Palti and colleagues have conducted a small clinical trial showing that the fields have an effect in slowing the growth of tumors.1

    In studies of tumor cells in vitro, Palti and colleagues observed two distinct effects, both of which depend on the direction of cell division with respect to the applied field.2 First, they found that cells in the electric field take longer than usual to divide, as shown in figure 1a. Second, they found that dividing cells sometimes disintegrate just before the division process is complete, as shown in figure 1, panels b and c. They offer an explanation for each effect.

    The researchers suggest that cell division is slowed because the electric field hinders the formation and function of the mitotic spindle, the structure that guides the newly replicated chromosomes as they separate into the two daughter cells. The mitotic spindle is made up of microtubules, formed by the polymerization of dimers of the protein tubulin. (Microtubules and other cellular structures are illustrated in PHYSICS TODAY, September 2006, page 80.)

    The tubulin dimers and polymers have large dipole moments, so they are affected by the electric field. But most other biochemical processes also involve polar molecules and structures, and small oscillating electric forces don't appear to have much of an effect on them. The difference, says Palti, is that when the tubulin dimers assemble into the mitotic spindle, they all line up in the same direction. If that direction happens to be orthogonal to the direction of the electric field, the microtubules are less likely to function normally.



That looks better, but it's too late for the page now. These 50 will always be out of whack once we move onto the next 50. Be more careful next time!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:45 PM

Oh, M. Hack.!!! Indeed ??? Surely, a man of your, um, prowess and vast experience can come up with something better than, "Indeed"!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:44 PM

We used to mix e-rud-ite with lard and rub it into the youngun's skin to get rid of the scabes. Worked good with head lice too.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:18 PM

Indeed.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 09:08 PM

I am honored to play the Apollonian to my esteemed Dionysian colleague from I-da-ho.

Life is whole.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 08:04 PM

That's generous of you... ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 07:50 PM

I am quite capable of erudite expression. I have both an education and a vocabulary and I am unafraid to use either. Indeed, I believe that I shall begin a whole new School which I shall call "Erudite Expressionism." This can be followed by "Post-Erudite Expressionism" and even "Post-Post-Erudite Expressionism." There is, in fact, no end in sight for Erudite Expressionism in its many and varied facets.

I will leave "Post-Post-Erudite Expressionistic Deconstructionism" to Amos.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 05:50 PM

LOL!!!!!!! Aw, jeez.....

You know, Rap, you and Amos are like the two bookends between which the infinite field of all reality is nervously poised....each of you positioned at the farthest opposite extremity and somehow holding the whole thing tenuously in place.

You and Amos are the Alpha and the Omega. The Yang and the Yin of all Creation. He baffles with exquisitely erudite blather, you counter with roaring, foaming, chest-beating primitivism.

Cosmic, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 05:40 PM

Nail-Teeth Ned picked a fight with me up at the Legion Hovel 'tother night, LH. Neddy was thought to be the meanest, dirtiest-fighting, guy in these parts. Used to bite ears off his opponents, chew them up, and spit them back into the guy's face. He collected noses that he'd pulled off. His body odor was such that he lived at the dump and kept it free of rats and flies; his hair was so greasy bedbugs used it for a ski jump. Every now and then he'd eat a boulder "ta keep ma breth fresh" as he so quaintly put it.

Anyway, he started in about lace doilies, and then he tried to "muckle into" me.

I laid him out with one punch and shoved his feet so far down his throat that he disappeared completely.

Today an awful lot of overdue books were returned....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 05:31 PM

By the way, Chongo is so full of bananas that even the whites of his eyes are starting to turn yellow...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 05:28 PM

Ho! Ho! Great list of insults there, Rapaire...

Look, man, I wouldn't even work up a light sweat with the daily troubles you face in your neck of the woods. Pansy stuff. I'm surprised you dare to show your face around town now that word has got out about your collection of lace doilies...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 04:52 PM

WHAT! Why you good for nothing, cheap, low down, bushwhacking, louse covered, bloodsucking, claim jumping, well poisoning, cattle stealing, sister pimping








What, Mom? I'm to be nice to Amos? Mom, that's a LONG time to be nice to Amos. Okay, okay. I'll be nice to him. I'll try, Mom. I promise. Please don't cry. I'll really, really try. Now c'mon and we'll have a nice cup of tea.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 04:23 PM

..On the other hand, Little Hawk, it is easy to concede that channeling Spaw was much easier than channeling Rapaire -- less adversarial and antagonism, less eee-mo, if you know what I mean...



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 03:55 PM

A loaded gun and bowie knife just to take out the trash? And you call THAT living on the edge of the Wilderness??

Hell, sonny-boy, when I took out the trash last Friday I had to fight two grizzlies and a mountain lion before I could get it to the street! Fight 'em with nothin' but a used toothpick, my fingernails, and pair of twin .458 revolvers, a sawed-off ten gauge, and a machete in each hand.

Even then I barely made it back alive.

Wimp.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:43 PM

I am glad to hear that is the cause of the condition, Mistuh Chongo, as it is curable, especially in one so attuned to spiritual matters. I was afraid he might have had a secret addiction to broccoli.

In other news:


Many chemotherapy drugs work by interfering with the cell-division cycle. The drugs reach healthy cells and cancer cells alike, but they do most of their damage to the cancer cells. Unfortunately, some types of healthy cells divide as rapidly as cancer cells and are badly damaged as well. Such cells are found in bone marrow, the lining of the digestive tract, and hair follicles, so chemotherapy patients often lose their hair and are susceptible to infection. The damage to healthy cells limits the drug dose that a patient can tolerate and therefore limits the treatment's effectiveness.

Yoram Palti, of the Technion?Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, and his colleagues have demonstrated another way to disrupt cell division: alternating electric fields with intensities of just 1?2 V/cm. The fields they use, with frequencies in the hundreds of kilohertz, were previously thought to do nothing significant to living cells other than heating them. But Palti and colleagues have conducted a small clinical trial showing that the fields have an effect in slowing the growth of tumors.1

In studies of tumor cells in vitro, Palti and colleagues observed two distinct effects, both of which depend on the direction of cell division with respect to the applied field.2 First, they found that cells in the electric field take longer than usual to divide, as shown in figure 1a. Second, they found that dividing cells sometimes disintegrate just before the division process is complete, as shown in figure 1, panels b and c. They offer an explanation for each effect.

The researchers suggest that cell division is slowed because the electric field hinders the formation and function of the mitotic spindle, the structure that guides the newly replicated chromosomes as they separate into the two daughter cells. The mitotic spindle is made up of microtubules, formed by the polymerization of dimers of the protein tubulin. (Microtubules and other cellular structures are illustrated in PHYSICS TODAY, September 2006, page 80.)

The tubulin dimers and polymers have large dipole moments, so they are affected by the electric field. But most other biochemical processes also involve polar molecules and structures, and small oscillating electric forces don't appear to have much of an effect on them. The difference, says Palti, is that when the tubulin dimers assemble into the mitotic spindle, they all line up in the same direction. If that direction happens to be orthogonal to the direction of the electric field, the microtubules are less likely to function normally.


This is interesting, and good news. It means Royal Rife was essentially right.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:30 PM

It's what he secretly dreams of, Amos. He can hardly bear the ignominy of not being a Yank, a citizen of the greatest country on Earth, like Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzennegger. He hates the fact that I am a naturalized American citizen, and that I live in Chicago, the greatest burg in the world. He's green with envy.

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:28 PM

Now come I to this thread again
With nineteen-thousand, one and ten!
This posting rate is out of hand,
And might result in Twenty Grand!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:19 PM

Relate to it? Hell, you're channeling him!!! And doing a better job of it than you did channeling Catspaw, old fruit. :D

If you keep practicing your mindless braggodocio and transcendental narcissistic megalomania, you'll outdo him!! Then, you'll be qualified to apply for Citizenship in the Great U-S of A!! Howdja like THEM apples, compadre?????



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:16 PM

I would never deign to live in the suburbs. The suburbs are for milquetoasts and couch potatoes. I live at the edge of the Canadian wilderness, in an environment filled with the heady scent of danger and sudden death. I carry a loaded gun and a Bowie knife out with me when I put out the garbage. I chew on grass stems and pick my teeth with pine splinters. I wrassle bears bare-handed and laugh at death.

I know Rapaire can relate to this... ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:09 PM

LOL~!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 02:09 PM

As for houses in the suburbs, you could do a LOT worse, I would mention, than to have one. I do, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I mean if you HAVE to have shelter in this bloody universe, why not have one that suits your needs and is full of your favorite tools and toys? They are useful for raising yonkers in, handy for bringing more than one visitor together at a time for lively conversations, useful for storing food, bedding, books, films, informational libraries, and toiletries in, convenient to hand, and for providing a safe and comfortable resource for spending the nights enjoyably.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 01:53 PM

Instead of all this concept-coshing,
You, who do not, might take up washing.
'T would palliate your social fears,
And mayhap open up your ears
And this -- if you should take the trouble --
Your language skills might soon redouble
Your mind would stride, instead of hobble,
Cruise instead of stall and bobble
(Assuming that said mind is fillable)
When you can hear more than one syllable!

Gundersen Dammegud Ferjia
Danish on Wry -- Songs from the Frozen North

Tolkabiit & Bogeidaaend, Kobenhavn, 1973


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:58 PM

Sounds like you're handling it very well, Stilly. ;-)

Boy, the loss of that pencil still hurts, I tell you! I fear that Pamela is now fat, married, had the kids and the house in the suburbs, gone to seed, and barely in any way resembles the girl I knew back in '65. Mortality is a terrible thing.

*****

Oh, Amos, savant that you are,
You ramble on like an antique car
Eschewing those more common words
Enjoyed by we, the unwashed herd
You blather and pontificate
You dance and mince and prance and prate
In ways that do astound...and more!
But when, sir.....
When will you give o'er?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:30 PM

Little Hawk, I read and appreciated your jeremiad regarding your lost pencil. My condolences. I did notice a girl's expired id tag in a box on his dresser, now that we can see the top of his dresser, but I haven't asked about it. He receives calls at the house from male and female friends, but I haven't detected a decided preference.

I didn't toss what I weeded unless it was out and out trash--that was also mentioned earlier. It's in boxes in the living room for the moment. This morning I asked him if it felt like he had a new room and he said yes, and clearly likes the new arrangement. He's free to rearrange if he wants, as long as he cleans as he goes (I don't think he realized that, but of course they can rearrange if they want.) I told him I want to sell some of the toys, explained which ones and why, and told him I'll split the cash with him (I'll cover my eBay fees and pay myself something for the time to list them). That surprised him, but they are his toys and anything with a fairly high-dollar value seems it should be discussed and agreed to. Heck, he can go back through the stuff and retrieve what he wants, but he has to put it away neatly, that's my requirement.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:26 PM

Gentlemen don't go around reading ladies' diaries!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother Theresa of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:25 PM

Mother Theresa knew BS when she saw it.
According to Mother Theresa's diary, she didn't buy into the whole God thing either.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:44 AM

Of 19 thousand and two hundred posts I sing,
By making this one - just the very thing,
To tweak you, Hack, a bit, and cast yeshame,
For claiming ignorance in virtue's name.
And strutting loudly, as has been your wont,
Using the words you know to vilify the words you don't!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:39 AM

"apperception"?????? Christ! Another pretentious and overblown word to add to my lexicon. Thank you, Amos.

Your suggestion about the urgent philandering is a good one. I shall act on it when the next occasion of Tilley embarassment arises.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:27 AM

Oh, ye of little apperception. You have slandered the best hat that ever was. Don't worry about it, M. Hack. Just tell him you have some urgent philandering to attend to.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:20 AM

I know a man who actually wears a Tilley hat now and then, specially when he is out "birding", and my GOD it looks stupid! The poor fellow probably imagines that he is right in style, so I have not troubled him about it. Why burst his bubble? I do try, though, to avoid being seen in his company in public places when he is wearing it. I make excuses. I say I got an important call and must rush off. You know how it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:16 AM

It's not for me to say, of course, how many heads you have.

But I think if you had a Tilley, even one bought through REI, it would be unmistakeable. I got my first Tilley there and it was clearly branded, and complete with Owner's Manual and Brag Sheet slips in the crown pocket.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 11:11 AM

I have a Clancy hat from New Zealand, a Pendleton from Oregon, a camo from the VN War, a whole bunch of caps, and what might be a Tilley as made for REI. And a straw hat I got at the CAL Ranch store. I have flat wool caps, stocking caps (toques), balaclavas, and even a black felt hat in the style of the 19th Century US Cavalry complete with gold cord and crossed sabers. I have a tam, a tricorn, and a flat-crowned cowboy hat. I have far, far more hats and caps than I have heads to wear them.

So there, neener-neener-neener.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 10:57 AM

I believe your are a non-owner, sirrah, and presumptuous to boot (to hat, also).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 09:43 AM

No true outdoorsperson would be caught without their Tilley hat. If they violate any of the Laws of the Wild (natural or man-made) they are forced to actually wear one.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 03:26 AM

Stilly, you were lucky you didn't throw out some ordinary-looking, yet precious object belonging to your son whilst cleaning that room. Very lucky. Note my earlier post at 7:38 PM, which you may have missed.

By the way, I have encountered exactly the same problems with those damn mattress pads. Just as you describe. It took me about 15 very frustrating minutes to get one back on the mattress a couple of weeks ago (after having washed it). I'd get 2 or 3 corners down and...SPROING!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:56 AM

My sister swears by them.

19191


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:31 AM

More than one of my Tilley hats may still be riding the currents that flow from Florida Bay, across to the Yucatan, then on down the east coast of South America.

I like to think they follow the migration of the krill.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 12:24 AM

As a trained Parks and Rec person (my undergraduate degree) I can attest to the dexterity and ingenious moves that many Park and Rec folks use to approach such novel tasks. But as many of those aforesaid former Park and Rec folk will concur, my first thought and theirs would be "bring the sandblasting stuff to the rock." As Amos already noted.

Thanks, Janie, for thinking of me. I didn't need to exit the window, though I did have to suck in my gut to get between the desk and the couch a couple of times. My back is a bit sore now, but the room is looking great. I warned his dad to bring him home a little later than usual to give me extra time, but not to tell him why. I'd moved and cleaned and rearranged by the time he came in.

There was a dim "why'd you rearrange things?" but as soon as he saw that he can now sit on his couch and easily play his video games, and can easily change out the cables between the games (he used to have to turn the television on the shelf to reach to AV plugs in back--now the shelf is perpendicular to the wall and easy to reach), AND that there is room for both of his guitars and his amp, he relaxed. His bed is repositioned but there is a lot more room now that two ugly shelving units are out. In this high school sophomore's bedroom I bailed out papers going back to the fifth grade (accretion of papers in bins, on which the next year's papers are stacked or a new bin is added, then shoved in the closet or under the desk, etc.) Gum becomes liquid when the sticks sit around in dark places for a really long time. Hard candy becomes soft. Fortunately ants didn't come and carry off his room with all of the food wrappers I found in there.

The sheets, blankets, and mattress pad are all freshly laundered and the bed made. Have you ever tried to put one of those really really stretchy-edged mattress pads on a queen sized bed by yourself? It involves kneeling on the first corner, laying on top between the first and the second corner, sprawling to reach the third corner and being spreadeagled* to reach the fourth. By the time you finish you're sweating so much it doesn't seem like the fresh mattress cover is still as fresh as it was or if it was worth the trouble. I did that twice today, on my bed and on his. What a workout.


*Don't attempt this if you don't have a cell phone in your pocket. If the corners pop off when you're spread out like that you'll be trapped in the mattress cover and must call 911 to have them release you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 10:39 PM

Well, I suppose you could take out the police station first, with a preliminary charge...then do the rock right after that, and claim that you are a victim of collateral damage. ;-)

Blame it all on "terrorists". Say you saw some swarthy looking types with facial hair and Arab headgear snooping around just before it happened.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 10:36 PM

I was heartbroken during my recent trip to San Jose to discover I had lost my Tilley Air-Flo three-times-through-an-elephant* hat.

Today, on the occasion of my Best Beloved Wife's birthday, I am happy to report that we stopped at a hat store in artsy-fartsy Hillcrest and found its duplicate in my exact size. Plus we had a lovely brunch at Bread & Cie where they make all their own bread. Delicious.

Now that I am again equipped to adventure into the world, I feel renewed. Life is good.

A

(*This is a true story. An animal keeper lost his beloved Tilley hat to the curiousity and appetite of an elephant, and he was so fond of the hat he waited for it to reappear, washed it throughly, and resumed wearing it. This recurred three times. The Tilley company offered him a new one if they could have the 3-times-through-an-elephant hat for their museum; he refused passionately. Tilley owners do not part with their headgear lightly.)

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 09:59 PM

Inukshuks are used in the Arctic as signposts, religious objects, markers of caches, ways to tell others "I went this-a-way", markers of good hunting areas, etc. etc. There are several entire books on them.

An Inukshuk will be the symbol of the Winter Olympic Games in British Columbia. Go to Canada and you'll find them all over. I, as usual, am simply ahead of the rest of the US.

LH, I thought about computing the distance and trajectory necessary, snakeholing the charge, and sending the rock on its way. However, it is presently located about 50 yards from the door to the police station and THAT presents certain problems. I'll probably just ask Parks and Rec to do it -- besides, the folks that have it will load it into a truck for us with a forklift, and the monument company will take it out and reload with one.

Not at all like the old days, when I had to use a chain hoist to load the stones on the truck or to move them around...and skid boards, rollers, dock trucks older than I was, and similar "old fashioned" equipment. Heck, the chain hoist was probably installed in 1888, when the shop was built.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 08:45 PM

Actually, Rapaire, it would be lots easier -- if the rock is where you think it ultimately will stand -- to move the sandblasting equipmet to the rock. It is usually designed to be portable, as you probably know.

That Inukshuk is an interesting thing, a sort of dolmen on steroids. Reminds me of the fields of menhirs one sees in Brittany. What is it about? Whose tradition is it found in?

I know I could get a straight answer from Google, but I thought you might have some depth on the subject.


A


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