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Forum: Soapbox Derby 18 July 2018, 12:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
I think maybe I am running this thing into the...

I think maybe I am running this thing into the ground, though; and quite possibly I should leave it alone. But, just in case it clarifies, what I took to mean 'criticizing him for trying to help' was...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
OK, I won't stubbornly keep on by explaining why...

OK, I won't stubbornly keep on by explaining why I thought you said that, then.

:fish:

-- thorny -- picking nits since the 1950's -- locust
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
Why doesn't the first of those fit? It's not...

Why doesn't the first of those fit?

It's not a criticism in itself; it just points out why the thing wouldn't work, despite Musk's insisting that it would have. If it would have worked, there...
Forum: Rantidote 17 July 2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 849
Views: 274,161
Posted By thorny locust
DawnStorm, there ought to be, if there isn't....

DawnStorm, there ought to be, if there isn't. It's pretty common.

I've caught myself trying to do it, from time to time.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,653
Posted By thorny locust
OK, we (me included) have just spent four pages...

OK, we (me included) have just spent four pages discussing, with varying degrees of indignation, something that for the most part didn't happen.

Well, I've been wrong before --
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
I don't think anyone is trying to fault him for...

I don't think anyone is trying to fault him for trying to be helpful; at least, not on this thread.

I think people are faulting him a) for insisting that the sub would have worked to get the boys...
Forum: SLC 17 July 2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 61,837
Posted By thorny locust
I think you can get food poisoning from just...

I think you can get food poisoning from just about anything. If it's edible, there's probably a number of other species that can live on it, some of them hostile to human digestive systems.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 920
Posted By thorny locust
And they're out in all weathers, and unlit at...

And they're out in all weathers, and unlit at night.

But then I've never understood why it's supposed to be patriotic to wear flag patterns on your butt if you're right wing (though it was...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By thorny locust
There's lots of news, almost all of which never...

There's lots of news, almost all of which never makes it on to the main channels. It's not possible to cover, in 24 hours, everything that happens in a given day someplace in the world. The problem...
Forum: SLC 17 July 2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,179
Posted By thorny locust
One of the new vendors at a farmers' market I go...

One of the new vendors at a farmers' market I go to sells primarily meats (raised on their farm.) They said they were having trouble with the hot dogs because they're all beef hot dogs, and some of...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
Yes. And they might well, in the same frame of...

Yes. And they might well, in the same frame of mind, have told Musk to go ahead and keep working on the sub, in case he could come up with something that might work.

But that doesn't mean that...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 17 July 2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 144,748
Posted By thorny locust
2. In geology, strike-slip, dip-slip, and...

2. In geology, strike-slip, dip-slip, and oblique-slip are the three types of what?

Earthquakes?

3. The longtime advice column for the online magazine Slate is named for what 1968 Beatles song?...
Forum: Rantidote 17 July 2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 849
Views: 274,161
Posted By thorny locust
In the context of 'I'm not an x, but I'm going to...

In the context of 'I'm not an x, but I'm going to say this thing that only somebody who's an x would say' there's a good deal to be said for that line.

However, I just discovered, having not...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 July 2018, 01:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
What if it got stuck, blocking a passage that...

What if it got stuck, blocking a passage that they needed to get through, both for supplies and for the eventual actual rescue?

And it strikes me as perfectly possible that the rescue crew -- who...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 July 2018, 11:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 681
Posted By thorny locust
Yeah, I'm waiting for his promised video showing...

Yeah, I'm waiting for his promised video showing that the sub could actually get through there.

Definitely not holding my breath while waiting, however.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 July 2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,653
Posted By thorny locust
This. Very much this. Which of them is more...

This. Very much this.

Which of them is more important, by whatever definition of "important", really doesn't have much to do with the issue.
Forum: SLC 16 July 2018, 01:28 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,179
Posted By thorny locust
Morning, I have a silver Civic because it was a...

Morning, I have a silver Civic because it was a used car of the right type in the right age range and my mechanic had been taking care of it and vouched for its condition and upkeep.

That's not...
Forum: SLC 15 July 2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 61,837
Posted By thorny locust
The depth of your grief is also the depth of your...

The depth of your grief is also the depth of your potential joy.

And 'someone to stay alive for' is also a thing that matters.

But again, only you know what and when is right for you.
Forum: SLC 14 July 2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,179
Posted By thorny locust
Whether it's less unpleasant for the people...

Whether it's less unpleasant for the people around them is going to depend a great deal on the person. I find most scented stuff somewhere between mildly annoying and extremely unpleasant, to the...
Forum: SLC 14 July 2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 61,837
Posted By thorny locust
I need to have more than one cat, partly because...

I need to have more than one cat, partly because the cats seem to like it that way, but partly because when I'm grieving a house with no cat at all in it would be more than I could bear.

But...
Forum: Rantidote 13 July 2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 870
Views: 71,668
Posted By thorny locust
I agree that the note should be signed -- and, if...

I agree that the note should be signed -- and, if the signature alone won't clarify who you are, add 'your neighbor in Apt 27', or whatever.

While talking to the neighbor in person may go over...
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 13 July 2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 603
Posted By thorny locust
Flavor of meat is also affected both by what the...

Flavor of meat is also affected both by what the animal's been eating, and whether it got any exercise.
Forum: Moot Court 13 July 2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,305
Posted By thorny locust
Sorry, I'm tired. I was thinking that at the time...

Sorry, I'm tired. I was thinking that at the time it took 60 votes to confirm; but you're right, at the time it took 60 votes to move the vote, not to confirm once the vote was called.
Forum: Moot Court 12 July 2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,305
Posted By thorny locust
For the party as a whole, it provided far worse...

For the party as a whole, it provided far worse cover. It looked much worse than voting him down would have.

For individual Republican senators, it may indeed have provided better cover. But, if...
Forum: SLC 12 July 2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 61,837
Posted By thorny locust
Seaboe, I hope he's still got some good time...

Seaboe, I hope he's still got some good time coming, and that you'll be able to get there during it.
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