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Aw, man, I loved Melbourne! It's been... phew! Ten years since I visited, while on a choir tour, and aren't Australians the friendliest people? We learned so many things there. Like that the only thing nastier than Vegemite is Musk Flavored Life Savors. That Tim Tam Slams are awesome. That if you pour sugar into ginger beer, you get an interesting result. That "to root" has quite a different meaning to Aussies. That kangaroos are as much a nuisance to them as deer are to us. And that Aussies think living in a land full of poisonous bugs & other creatures isn't as scary as living in Tornado Alley. I still have my kangaroo-leather hat...
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2012 on Greetings from Australia! at WWdN: In Exile
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It works both ways! I'm not sure if you'd call it "mechanic-adjacent," but my brother's hobby is cars. He's a licensed car salesman and does a lot of his own mechanic work. After decades of listening to him talk cars, I don't have much trouble communicating with my mechanic. (You may be surprised with Doctor Who. It's been known to draw in the non-geeks.)
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Amazing, how they always find the clothes they least match. When I was growing up, we had a black-and-white cat who was very good at getting into fresh laundry. It didn't matter what color you were wearing. The cat hairs showed up.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2012 on in which a suitcase is packed at WWdN: In Exile
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Reasonable and friendly internet communities are not to be taken for granted! Neither are entertainingly geeky blogs. Thank you for pointing out that there really are a lot of cool people among the internet masses! (As a devout Christian, I feel obligated to say that I agree with you wholeheartedly that abuse is never justified. It makes me ill to think that so many people ignore the abuse that goes on in the world. We need to stop making excuses.)
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"The universal language of nerds." True, that. I visited Germany on a choir tour some years ago, and before I went, I asked my grandfather (whose first language is German) if there were any words or phrases I needed to know. He told me, "All you need to know is 'danke'." (He was right.) Though you may get some fun out of "Keine Panik." As for surreal moments, ours was probably hearing a German choir sing gospel. German choirs can ace Mozart on the first try, whereas gospel's a challenge. You could tell they loved it, though.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2011 on FedCon day one at WWdN: In Exile
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I think you're right. It just doesn't occur to people that we are *gasp!* all different, that some people must alter their diets one way, others must alter them another way, and some of us are blessed to be able to eat anything (in moderation). I also understand that there are "types" of gluten intolerance, going from "makes you feel ill if you eat more than a little" on up to "NO GLUTEN IN THE HOUSE EVER." Because people are different. It's how we're made. People don't get that either. (Can't help thinking this is like how I get when people wear glasses to "look smart." I have severe myopia. I don't mind wearing glasses, but it annoys me that people use a sight aid as a fashion statement.)
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I agree completely. It doesn't matter what you bond over, the point is that you bond. In my case, I've been making new friends over Doctor Who. Five of us form a Geek Night on Fridays that's been going on for... *checks calendar* ...over four years now. (We watch a variety of things, but it started with Who.) Two more come on Thursday nights now, with a third possibly joining soon. (And? We are all women.)
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Re: the locking thing - seriously? That sounds like the salesman's attempt to turn a bug into a feature.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2011 on technology makes you stupid at WWdN: In Exile
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Or "cyclist." IIRC, most people end up with hybrid bikes, as they are more rugged than a touring bike, but not as heavy as an off-road bike. (And cheaper than a racing bike. Those things are insane.)
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2011 on technology makes you stupid at WWdN: In Exile
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Thirded. In-person or written things for me. Calling's just... I don't know, awkward? No, the funny part is not even thinking about calling. We've had telephones for how long now?
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2011 on technology makes you stupid at WWdN: In Exile
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So excited to see you on Leverage again! My friends and I love that show. My parents had a very similar experience with a floor. Twenty years ago, they bought a house with shag carpet through most of it. Ugly dark brown shag, no less. When they pulled it up, they were shocked to find a solid oak floor in pristine condition. In every single room except the dining room. We can't even begin to fathom why it was ever covered up. Mahogany parquet, though! That sounds gorgeous.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2010 on nobody can see in our holler tree at WWdN: In Exile
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That reminds me of walking around Germany and being ambushed by architecture. You could be walking down this street of completely unremarkable mid-twentieth century apartment blocks, all stained concrete and lackluster landscaping, and then WHAM! Fourteenth century Gothic church! I've always been taught that "context is everything". I wonder how that effects this phenomenon...?
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I love an expressive sky. We get them pretty often in the Great Plains. There've been a few times I've raced a stormfront home, the deep shores of soot-grey clouds roaring out of the north and west, heralded by howling winds and bringing lightning and floods in their wake. Man, that's fun. When LotR ruled the world? Yeah, I remember when the LotR movies were a daydream, an impossible future I would conjure when I was a sad and lonely sixth-grader wishing that someone, somewhere, shared my love of the awesomeness that was the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Dec 2001 to Dec 2003 was unreal. LotR popular? People pronouncing "Galadriel" correctly? Posters of Legolas up on teenage girls' lockers? What is this hallucination and when am I going to wake up?
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I liked Wesley, too. I always wanted to know what happened to him after he left the Enterprise. But I never dislike characters who are genuinely earnest about things. Wesley as a Time Lord has already made it to TVTropes.org's "Wild Mass Guessing" page. With a link to the HowStuffWorks blog.
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I know it's late, but congratulations! Hope you have many more. And incidentally, being married to your best friend rules is exactly what my parents, married thirty-three years this Thanksgiving, say.
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Powell's is made of awesome. I found semi-rare Tolkien editions when I was there two years ago. My aunt and uncle cannot be anywhere in the vicinity of Portland without stopping in (they live in Nebraska). I (along with everyone else, I'm sure) eagerly await your review of SHATNERQUAKE.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2009 on LEVERAGE: day three at WWdN: In Exile
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The moment I got hooked on MST3K was when they did a riff on my heritage. That was the first time I'd ever heard anybody in popular media make a Mennonite joke. You're right that the obscurity was half the fun! Seriously, MST3K was one of the greatest things ever to happen to TV.
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Great post. That's really the trick, isn't it? Being tolerant of the intolerant? It's so easy to get caught up in "us vs. them" and counting everything as a showdown between enemies. I'm a Republican (leaning towards Libertarian) and have never felt comfortable in any party. Because they are PARTIES, and the exclusivity is sad. I didn't vote for Obama, but I sincerely hope he is a good president - because we always need a good president, no matter what party he's from. Again, thanks so much for sharing this. Your friend really is very wise.
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This mess prompted my first ever letters to my congressmen. This parody gets it right on, on account of not being TOO much of a parody. I can't believe our government thinks it can do something so monumentally STUPID.
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Great picture! And happy birthday! (the local paper lists celebrity birthdays, and yours was in it, FYI)
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Totally agree about Obama's speech. It was reprinted in our newspaper, and conservative though I am, I was deeply impressed with the maturity of it, the ability to look at the situation from multiple angles, and to understand that both sides have their faults. Am still not convinced that Obama is shrewd enough to lead, but his campaign has been a breath of fresh air. If only more of our politicians could be so thoughtful about things!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2008 on my con sars. let me show you it. at WWdN: In Exile
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You're right, that's a truth beautifully put. Have you read Tolkien's essay "On Fairy Stories"?
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2008 on Quote of the day at WWdN: In Exile
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Bit late, but I don't think anyone's mentioned... there's a Doctor Who screen reference in TNG's "The Neutral Zone": when Troi is showing Claire her descendants, at one point the screen lists the actors who played the first six Doctors. It's a bit hard to make out, but it's there. (and it's only the first six actors 'cause DW was still on, and the Seventh Doctor hadn't yet been cast!) Recently, DW's made a few Trek references, such as Clyde in The Sarah Jane Adventures saying "Who're you gonna ring, Captain Kirk?" and Rose calling the Ninth Doctor "Spock." (The Doctor was supposed to give the line "I'd rather have 'Doctor who?' than Star Trek," but it got cut.) Your reaction to watching DW for the first time was the same as mine. It's classic, it's British, and it's sci fi. Why did it take me so long to watch it?
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2008 on genesis of the daleks at WWdN: In Exile
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