Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    I would love parroting states rights arguments to Republicans. Ah, but States Rights don't apply to non-Republican states....
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    Here is some graphs I'm just seeing a blank screen when I follow that link....
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    And then there's the recipe for cooking a coot… Which involved gutting the bird, inserting a brick, covering with clay and baking in a fire for a long time, cracking the clay, throwing away the coot and eating the brick...
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    I didn't reinvent them at all, just relabeled them to get around ageist prejudices. That was sorta my point, given that our current society seems to worship newness and looks down on experience....
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    It WAS raised. Just not as loudly as for O. Thus confirming it was a mostly racist campaign?...
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    The trick is practice and not to close your mind. Which sounds like what the French do… https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/why-french-children-are-happy-eaters-7712217.html...
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    Make them the knowledge keepers and certain functions of administrators. You've just reinvented Elders....
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    Not just the limitation of foods 1947-55 or even 1960, but the ghastly, appalling revolting cooking of most people at the time. "But the contest is next week! You must begin boiling the vegetables now!" (One of the funnier lines...
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    In the US (west?) there are Rocky Mountain Oysters. What are they called elsewhere? We called them prairie oysters in Saskatchewan and Alberta....
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    All that changed when I got my little doggie. He doesn't maintain a military pace. Not unless a military pace includes stopping and sniffing every few feet, no…...
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    All I can think of it that cows with udders are "she", not "he". What if that's not how they see themselves? Surely a cow can choose their preferred pronoun?...
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    The true heroes of Steampunk, as in the actual C19th were the Engineers, of various sorts. One of the funnest character backgrounds in Space: 1889 was inventor/engineer. Game had detailed rules for inventions, so you could gradually refine/improve your devices...
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    I might also note that is, presumably, a parody of Space: 1999. Not at all. The name is a play on Space: 1999, of course, but the game has no relation to it — and at the time GDW was...
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    You're right, I did. Looked at mph and thought km/h. I've occasionally walked past joggers in my local park. I frequently get told I walk fast. I think my gait settled in when I was a small child walking fast...
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    Operator errors are part of your FMEA. One of my favourite lines from Star Cops: "People are part of the system. It's dangerous to forget that."...
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    common mode failure (e.g. you have two engines, but they were overhauled by a mechanic who made the same mistake on both) You have two fibre trunks for redundancy, which your lowest-bid contractor laid together in a single trench so...
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    No. Space: 1889 was a role-playing game published by Game Designers Workshop in 1988. It's been called 'steampunk', but it isn't really — it's more retro-SF in the style of Verne and Kipling. I prefer the GDW version. The rules...
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    4 m/s = 9 mph. That's a really brisk walk. It is? That's my normal walking speed. I can go faster if I'm in a hurry....
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    If you get a chance, listen to some Thai blues. (Apparently the king is a blues musician.) Some of his songs are 13-bar (which is apparently hard to play), which sounds really cool once you get used to it....
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    You read the manual & LEARN before anyone is shooting at you. And you practice. Then you practice until you can do it correctly, BY THE BOOK, every time - with your eyes closed, in the dark hiding under a...
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    True, but he counts as native-born under jus sanguinis because his mother was an American citizen(*). Which is why I found it amusing, because Cruz backed nativists who claimed Obama wasn't American because he wasn't born there*. *Ignoring the fact...
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    As much I would wish otherwise, there is just no financial, scientific or defense justification for a large sustained human presence in space. There is similarly no rational justification for not wearing a simple face mask when interacting with others...
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    the current mantra of any loss of life is unacceptable Very ironic given the acceptance (in the same country as NASA) of an incredible murder rate, including more school shootings than anywhere else in the world… Not to mention...
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    "the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants." Which is rather amusing, given that Ted Cruz wasn't born in America… I think you're right about it being a stand-in term for white supremacy....
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    people have been talking about "cleansing" libertarians Well, looking at many of them on the news, they look like they could use a good cleansing, as well as a healthier diet and more exercise…...
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    Roughly summarized: evolution works by survival of the fittest genes, not the fittest individuals or species. It's all about carrying those little sequences of DNA into the future… Lots of math to back up the argument, which was unusual for...
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    Interesting article. Thanks. He's wondering why they installed a pirated version rather than upgrading to a more modern system? Probably because the system they had worked, and no one wanted to spend the effort/money it would take to install a...
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    Well for hard science there's always "Space 1999". I much preferred Space: 1889. :-)...
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    Oh, and all this about PowerPoint, etc.... think about it. Here's someone well-paid... and they're spending time producing a report, rather than handing it off to a lower-paid specialist in the production of reports (that is, a secretary). At my...
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    Mac Users I know (there are a lot of them in Academia) use Word and Excel, but swear by Keynote. I use Pages and Numbers — don't have Word and Excel — and yes, I swear by Keynote. When I...
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