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post #2011 of 2605 Old 06-18-2019, 06:00 AM
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Thank you for asking, @SueC ! Speaking of Middle Earth, yesterday I did a solo ride on Acicate, and it was so magical, I felt like I was in Middle Earth. I wondered if I would come across an elf or a hobbit. Part of where I ride is full of ancient oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. The air felt mysterious and magical, and it was so lovely.

Our family friend is getting along better with Acicate. She gets to ride Chorro once or twice a week and he is staying sound. I cannot figure out what was causing Chorro to be "off." But, so far, so good. We took her tubing down the Itchnetucknee River on Saturday and everyone had a grand time. So, that predicament seems to be smoothing itself out.
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Thought the science lovers here would get a chuckle out of this story I heard on NPR this morning:
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A woman in England who recently celebrated her birthday requested a cake decorated with a picture of her favorite singer, Mariah Carey. However the birthday girl was probably feeling emotions when she saw the result, which was topped not with the singer of "Hero" but with the face of one of science's heroes: Marie Curie, who conducted groundbreaking work on radioactivity.

A more in-depth report available below

https://www.livescience.com/65726-marie-curie-cake.html
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I'd rate Marie Curie above Mariah Carey in the big scheme of things, but I'm an old guy who believes playing Mariah Carey songs to prisoners of war would violate the Geneva conventions. Better looking, too:



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post #2014 of 2605 Old 06-18-2019, 02:33 PM
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@bsms , you're not wrong on all of the above!
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We'd much rather the Marie Curie cake and anything else for that matter. Thank you @egrogan for our daily hilarity, and @bsms for amusing commentary. Indeed!

The way you feel about Mariah Carey being against the Geneva convention - does anyone here know that crime against humanity called Achy Breaky Heart? I mean, do any of you know a song that is actually worse than that one? If so, please tell! Acoustic torture, indeed... I had to grit my teeth through the abovementioned song at a wedding once... Has anyone here got any stories like that, of having to endure really bad music?

Worse still than Mariah Carey, to me, has been Whitney Houston. (Now someone here is going to love one or both or might even have walked down the aisle to Achy Breaky Heart, and if that's you, thank you for putting up with this exchange, and you don't have to hide, you can tell us, and I promise not to make fun of you. Tastes do vary...)

An English teacher pointed out to me when I was 16 and our class was doing a music project that "I don't personally like" and "this is crap" are not actually the same thing - and neither are "I love" and "this is brilliant." Granted, I still find it hard to apply that with things like Whitney Houston, and any other kind of yowling (see!), where my kneejerk reaction would be very similar, but I just never went to her concerts because of it, and tried very hard to bite my tongue around people who adored Whitney Houston's music - which includes a really good friend of mine, actually, so I once endured that eardrum-shattering bilge (see! this is the uncensored thinking, but it doesn't make it objectively right, or polite, or a good idea to say it, no matter how much short-term satisfaction it might give my shadow self) at high volume during a four-hour car trip, giving a credible impression of a poker face, and being sociable and warm - because I love my friend - when under any other circumstances I would have run screaming and disinfected myself...

@knightrider , that was such a lovely scene you painted. Glad you enjoyed your ride, and things are working out re Chorro. When's the last time he was off?
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Achy Breaky Heart is quite bad, but I'd submit it can actually be worse.

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, @egrogan ! The pit goes deeper than I thought!
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I liked Whitney Houston's voice, but I often felt her singing was about showing off her voice instead of bringing out the meaning of the song. My daughter is a huge Sinatra fan. I respect his singing but rarely listen to his songs. Still, he acted his songs, so to speak. I don't drink - not a religious objection, just don't like the taste - but I can "feel" this song. I've pulled enough guys out of bars at 2 AM to have some feel for it, but it is mostly Sinatra making me believe:


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My sister and I watched that movie in the theater. It was strange though, because it didn't seem like the other people watching had seen or read any Jane Austen or else didn't understand the jokes. We were the only ones laughing. That happened to us once at a Shakespeare play also. We were cracking up and everyone else just sat there silently. It was as if they didn't understand the old English or the humor was not obvious enough.
Isn't that sad? Here in Australia, they've been taking Shakespeare off the curriculum more and more. The language is so rich... it's such a shame that such decisions get made.

Ever read The Screwtape Letters? This song to me is Screwtape running the education system, TV programming etc...


Mike Scott had been having fun with distortion and being noisy, after spending some years in Ireland doing traditional Irish music influenced material...



Wasn't the proposal scene hilarious in the Zombies version? The funniest thing of it all I think was when Darcy was dusting himself off after all that combat, apologised, and politely wished Lizzy all the best for her future etc!

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My taste in literature and film is quite bipolar. My favorites are Jane Austen and The Walking Dead, so when they came out with the zombie versión of Pride and Prejudice, I was so excited, but no one has wanted to watch it with me. So now you have inspired me to re-re-reread P&P and find the film online.


Gun violence in Spain is practically non-existent. Handguns are illegal and licenses for hunting rifles are strictly controlled. However, terrorist violence here has always involved explosives. Can't say one is better than the other, but I feel zero need for a gun.


@Caledonian mentioned the death rate resulting from violence against women. This week, the Spanish government released a chilling statistic: 1000 women in Spain have died at the hands of their significant others or former significant others since 2003, which is the year when these data started to be registered. Without handguns, most of these deaths were stabbings, strangulations or beatings. When there is a will, there is way.
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