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Re: Inspirations

Postby Angua » Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:13 am UTC

I can no longer hear the phrase 'let it go' without being Fro-Rolled.
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Fro-Rolled??? Google failed me.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby eSOANEM » Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:24 am UTC

Angua wrote:I can no longer hear the phrase 'let it go' without being Fro-Rolled.


I make sure to always sing the words whenever I need to say the phrase.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Angua » Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:37 am UTC

Sombrero Cat wrote:Fro-Rolled??? Google failed me.
Like rick-rolled, but with a more modern ear worm. I made it up.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby brenok » Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:20 pm UTC

I like how the "casualties" section of the infobox on the Wikipedia article on the hundred years war just says "high".

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brenok wrote:I like how the "casualties" section of the infobox on the Wikipedia article on the hundred years war just says "high".

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:29 am UTC

I would really like the Decemberists song Don't Carry It All. Except I can't help being hopelessly thrown by the lyric "Let every vessel pitching hard to starboard, Lay its head on summer's freckled knees"

You can't pitch to starboard. You pitch fore and aft, you can roll , heel or list port and starboard (depending on if it's repetetive and caused by waves, continuous and caused by the force of the wind on the sails, or continuous caused by an uneven weight/buoyancy distribution).

Sometimes I hate my inner pedant - I know it doesn't matter, but that somehow doesn't help me enjoy the song.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Neil_Boekend » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:50 am UTC

Maybe each vessel throws balls towards the home plate.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby elminster » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:38 pm UTC

I just realised that I've ran a total of several hundred Km while wearing an XKCD tshirt. Although that's not a whole lot for dedicated runners, it's a lot of casual runners. The first one was actually got worn out, stitched, then worn out again, the second is still going strong. If you see one near Regents park, London, it's almost certainly me (Given the fact that I've ran past tens of thousands of people by now and not seen anyone else with one).
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:47 pm UTC

elminster wrote:I just realised that I've ran a total of several hundred Km while wearing an XKCD tshirt. Although that's not a whole lot for dedicated runners, it's a lot of casual runners. The first one was actually got worn out, stitched, then worn out again, the second is still going strong. If you see one near Regents park, London, it's almost certainly me (Given the fact that I've ran past tens of thousands of people by now and not seen anyone else with one).


I'll keep an eye out - although I'm normally around further south than Regents park.

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That is absolutely fabulous. Am I allowed to create a Safari equivalent?

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Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:20 pm UTC

Why do "reasons for unsubscribing" questions always have "I no longer wish to receive these emails" as an option? Surely that's automatically implied by the very fact that you are electing not to receive them any more.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby ucim » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:58 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:Why do "reasons for unsubscribing" questions always have "I no longer wish to receive these emails" as an option? Surely that's automatically implied by the very fact that you are electing not to receive them any more.
To give you a viable "none of the above" to check when their other excuses don't apply?

Quercus wrote:You can't pitch to starboard.
Sure you can. Modern supertankers can just about hold a baseball field sideways on deck. Put home plate on the right and you can pitch to starboard. If you have some partly refined crude for a baseball, you can even pitch pitch to starboard. And in rough seas you can pitch pitch to starboard while the ship pitches fore and aft. And if there's a golf cours.... ok, I'll stop here.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:13 pm UTC

ucim wrote:
Quercus wrote:Why do "reasons for unsubscribing" questions always have "I no longer wish to receive these emails" as an option? Surely that's automatically implied by the very fact that you are electing not to receive them any more.
To give you a viable "none of the above" to check when their other excuses don't apply?

Sure, but you can only select one option - this option always applies even if one of the others does too, so I find it a little weird that they worded it that way rather than saying, literally, "none of the above" or "other". There's probably some real reason that they choose to do it that way, and I'd be interested in finding out what that is if anyone knows (I realise I worded my question kind of sarcastically, but I'm actually getting curious now).

Quercus wrote:You can't pitch to starboard.
Sure you can. Modern supertankers can just about hold a baseball field sideways on deck. Put home plate on the right and you can pitch to starboard. If you have some partly refined crude for a baseball, you can even pitch pitch to starboard. And in rough seas you can pitch pitch to starboard while the ship pitches fore and aft. And if there's a golf cours.... ok, I'll stop here.

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ucim wrote:
Quercus wrote:Why do "reasons for unsubscribing" questions always have "I no longer wish to receive these emails" as an option? Surely that's automatically implied by the very fact that you are electing not to receive them any more.
To give you a viable "none of the above" to check when their other excuses don't apply?

Sure, but you can only select one option - this option always applies even if one of the others does too, so I find it a little weird that they worded it that way rather than saying, literally, "none of the above" or "other". There's probably some real reason that they choose to do it that way, and I'd be interested in finding out what that is if anyone knows (I realise I worded my question kind of sarcastically, but I'm actually getting curious now).
Treat it like a multiple choice test where multiple answers might be correct, but you're expected to choose the most correct.

In other words, they'd like you to pick the most specific option. If none or more than one of those apply, got for the generic last option.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:39 am UTC

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Quercus wrote:You can't pitch to starboard.
Sure you can. Modern supertankers can just about hold a baseball field sideways on deck. Put home plate on the right and you can pitch to starboard. If you have some partly refined crude for a baseball, you can even pitch pitch to starboard. And in rough seas you can pitch pitch to starboard while the ship pitches fore and aft. And if there's a golf cours.... ok, I'll stop here.

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Postby phlip » Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:45 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:
ucim wrote:
Quercus wrote:Why do "reasons for unsubscribing" questions always have "I no longer wish to receive these emails" as an option? Surely that's automatically implied by the very fact that you are electing not to receive them any more.
To give you a viable "none of the above" to check when their other excuses don't apply?

Sure, but you can only select one option - this option always applies even if one of the others does too, so I find it a little weird that they worded it that way rather than saying, literally, "none of the above" or "other". There's probably some real reason that they choose to do it that way, and I'd be interested in finding out what that is if anyone knows (I realise I worded my question kind of sarcastically, but I'm actually getting curious now).

Well, it doesn't necessarily always apply... in fact, I'd wager the majority of the time, it doesn't apply... as it implies you ever wanted to receive the emails. If you never signed up for the list, you just bought something from someone and they automatically included you in their marketing lists, or you signed up for some list and they stealth-added you to a bunch of other crap too, then it's not a situation of "I no longer want them" it's "I never wanted them", and the other options in the survey cover those options.

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Postby Quercus » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:00 pm UTC

phlip wrote:
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ucim wrote:
Quercus wrote:Why do "reasons for unsubscribing" questions always have "I no longer wish to receive these emails" as an option? Surely that's automatically implied by the very fact that you are electing not to receive them any more.
To give you a viable "none of the above" to check when their other excuses don't apply?

Sure, but you can only select one option - this option always applies even if one of the others does too, so I find it a little weird that they worded it that way rather than saying, literally, "none of the above" or "other". There's probably some real reason that they choose to do it that way, and I'd be interested in finding out what that is if anyone knows (I realise I worded my question kind of sarcastically, but I'm actually getting curious now).

Well, it doesn't necessarily always apply... in fact, I'd wager the majority of the time, it doesn't apply... as it implies you ever wanted to receive the emails. If you never signed up for the list, you just bought something from someone and they automatically included you in their marketing lists, or you signed up for some list and they stealth-added you to a bunch of other crap too, then it's not a situation of "I no longer want them" it's "I never wanted them", and the other options in the survey cover those options.


You are quite correct, thanks.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby ucim » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:30 pm UTC

phlip wrote:Well, it doesn't necessarily always apply [...] as it implies you ever wanted to receive the emails.
True, but I would be really surprised to see an option on one of those unsubscribe things:

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[ ] You can't spell either. Geez - take a lesson from the Nigeria scam folk.
[ ] I'd insert a "yo mamma" joke here but she wouldn't fit.
[ ] And your father smelled of elderberry.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby speising » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:13 pm UTC

ucim wrote:[ ] And your father smelled of elderberry.

I don't get that one? Why is that bad?

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Postby Neil_Boekend » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:17 pm UTC

I gather you haven't seen Monty Python's quest for the Holy Grail lately?
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Postby speising » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:33 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:I gather you haven't seen Monty Python's quest for the Holy Grail lately?

Ah, no, it's been a while.

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Postby Sprocket » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:20 pm UTC

speising wrote:
ucim wrote:[ ] And your father smelled of elderberry.

I don't get that one? Why is that bad?

it never seemed bad to me either.

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Postby bachaddict » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:30 pm UTC

The insult is that your father's always drunk on elderberry wine.
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Postby Quercus » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:34 pm UTC

My new hot-chocolate making technique (made possible by the fact that we now have an espresso machine with a steam wand*) seems to result in something which tastes good. Now if I could only work out how to stop quite so much of it ending up spread in a thin layer over the inside of the microwave and the outside of the mug that would be grand.


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Postby eSOANEM » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:49 pm UTC

bachaddict wrote:The insult is that your father's always drunk on elderberry wine.


That sounds really tasty.
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Postby Quercus » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:11 pm UTC

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bachaddict wrote:The insult is that your father's always drunk on elderberry wine.


That sounds really tasty.


Apparently from my googling it can be quite tannin heavy, so I'm not sure it would taste like it sounds. I suspect you are thinking (as I was) that it would taste of elderflower. There is also elderflower wine though, and if you like those sort of flavours in your alcoholic beverages you might like moscato wine , which tastes to me like someone worked out how to bottle a summer morning.

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Postby eSOANEM » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:05 am UTC

I was thinking primarily of elderflowers (although I have also eaten and enjoyed elderberries). Tanin-y doesn't sound ideal though.

Ah well, guess I'll stick to tea and mead (not together, that'd be weird).

Edit: I do sometimes drink wine and think I've had moscato before. I tend to suck at remembering stuff about wine though but will try to remember it (wine is significantly cheaper than mead so it's useful to know what wine I like).
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Quercus wrote:
eSOANEM wrote:
bachaddict wrote:The insult is that your father's always drunk on elderberry wine.


That sounds really tasty.


Apparently from my googling it can be quite tannin heavy, so I'm not sure it would taste like it sounds. I suspect you are thinking (as I was) that it would taste of elderflower. There is also elderflower wine though, and if you like those sort of flavors in your alcoholic beverages you might like moscato wine , which tastes to me like someone worked out how to bottle a summer morning.

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Postby Angua » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:25 pm UTC

The randolph hotel is currently on fire. Apparently, the oxford internet institute is a fan of webcams and had one up already pointing right at at.

http://webcam.oii.ox.ac.uk/camera1.cfm?hc_location=ufi

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Postby elminster » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:26 pm UTC

Eyelashes are great for keeping stuff out your eyes, but my eyes are great at catching eyelashes that have fallen out. Argh...

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Postby Aleril » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:25 pm UTC

I find the term "Stuffing your face" silly.

I don't picture someone putting food in their mouth, I picture someone shoving food and stuff in every orifice on their head.
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Postby Quercus » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:57 pm UTC

Aleril wrote:I find the term "Stuffing your face" silly.

I don't picture someone putting food in their mouth, I picture someone shoving food and stuff in every orifice on their head.


I picture autotaxidermy

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Postby FierceContinent » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:48 pm UTC

Angua wrote:The randolph hotel is currently on fire. Apparently, the oxford internet institute is a fan of webcams and had one up already pointing right at at.

http://webcam.oii.ox.ac.uk/camera1.cfm?hc_location=ufi

I did not know Oxford had live webcams around.


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Postby elminster » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:06 am UTC

Quercus wrote:
Aleril wrote:I find the term "Stuffing your face" silly.

I don't picture someone putting food in their mouth, I picture someone shoving food and stuff in every orifice on their head.


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Postby Magnanimous » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:57 am UTC

That reminds me of self-mummification. (Warning: kind of creepy.)
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Ubik » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:08 am UTC

The sunglasses seem out of place in the picture of that article.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:21 am UTC

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