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Forum: Police Blotter 18 April 2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 621
Posted By ChasFink
Even WITH appraisal, forgeries are sometimes...

Even WITH appraisal, forgeries are sometimes accepted as real. A documentary (http://artandcraftfilm.com/) I saw on PBS followed a man who forged art in many styles, often using crude techniques, and...
Forum: Amusement Bark 17 April 2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By ChasFink
You know, seeing it again I'm fascinated by how...

You know, seeing it again I'm fascinated by how he supports the illusion of all that stuff working: the knee device actually works the grappler, his left pinky is stiff and at an odd angle from the...
Forum: Police Blotter 17 April 2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 621
Posted By ChasFink
This means the stolen goods are likely headed for...

This means the stolen goods are likely headed for the crucible and not a collector's shelf. A pity. But I wonder: is there not less conspicuous gold out there to be stolen?
Forum: Amusement Bark 17 April 2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By ChasFink
Vanishing This is sad. I liked his standup/magic even more...

This is sad. I liked his standup/magic even more than Night Court - very much in the vein of Penn and Teller, and I think more appealing to a wider audience. A memorable bit he did on SNL...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 13 April 2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 756
Posted By ChasFink
I think the Slate article is essentially right -...

I think the Slate article is essentially right - The Times headline seriously overstates the problem. Many respondents severely underestimate the number of Jews killed, don't know what Auschwitz...
Forum: Business Bytes 12 April 2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 15,154
Posted By ChasFink
Mister Ed That's it! Let's drop all this stuff Google and...

That's it! Let's drop all this stuff Google and Tesla and everyone else is doing and bring back the original, one-horsepower, self-driving vehicle!
Forum: Business Bytes 11 April 2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 15,154
Posted By ChasFink
Initiating a whole new class of things bad...

Initiating a whole new class of things bad drivers do.
Forum: Business Bytes 11 April 2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 15,154
Posted By ChasFink
Icon101 My bad. I didn't follow the story very closely...

My bad. I didn't follow the story very closely and actually wasn't aware that Tesla's available technology was already at this level, so I assumed this was a test program.

Still, if the technology...
Forum: Business Bytes 11 April 2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 15,154
Posted By ChasFink
Driver Because the whole reason you're out there is to...

Because the whole reason you're out there is to prove the autopilot works. His previous experiences may have made him more attentive at that spot; maybe it wasn't enough.


I do agree that...
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 09 April 2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,151
Posted By ChasFink
Neener, Neener On the 13th, leftover eggplant.. and you wish you...

On the 13th, leftover eggplant.. and you wish you had some shallots to go with it. :lol:
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 09 April 2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,151
Posted By ChasFink
Chef I don't have any experience with these things,...

I don't have any experience with these things, but I have to ask this question. If you are a reasonably good cook, why wouldn't you just have a reasonably stocked pantry that would allow you to make...
Forum: Social Studies 07 April 2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,010
Posted By ChasFink
Icon05 I fear we're getting very off topic, but: On...

I fear we're getting very off topic, but:

On Jeopardy! the other day a clue concerned a currency that was abbreviated zl (Trebek said "zee-el"). The response that was accepted was "What is the...
Forum: SLC 06 April 2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 1,021
Views: 262,541
Posted By ChasFink
In later years I had many dreams similar to that,...

In later years I had many dreams similar to that, set in buildings much like abandoned shopping malls. (The setting was sometimes very much like a strip mall I went to a lot as a child.) I had always...
Forum: SLC 05 April 2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 1,021
Views: 262,541
Posted By ChasFink
Icon95 This is one from long ago; I reminisce on this my...

This is one from long ago; I reminisce on this my 60th birthday:

The house I grew up in has two front doors. Each opens into a completely separate place, but those two places coexist in the same...
Forum: Social Studies 05 April 2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,010
Posted By ChasFink
BTW Orleans, Massachusetts is "or-LEENS". No...

BTW Orleans, Massachusetts is "or-LEENS". No accent marks of any kind.
Forum: Police Blotter 04 April 2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By ChasFink
Yow! The full quote is Sounds like a real...

The full quote is


Sounds like a real party in that kingdom.
Forum: Social Studies 04 April 2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,010
Posted By ChasFink
Reporter This is all reminding me of what I like to call...

This is all reminding me of what I like to call the Nicaragua Effect (pronounced "nee-ha-RAH-hu-wah"), after a Saturday Night Live bit some years ago. It's the tendency for newsreaders to...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 03 April 2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By ChasFink
Reading I'm not sure I fully agree with the additions...

I'm not sure I fully agree with the additions erwins makes. Most of that stuff is bias, or bad reporting, or unnecessary attention. But before Trump's appropriation of the term I always thought of...
Forum: Social Studies 03 April 2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,010
Posted By ChasFink
Ponder I remember Don Adams pronounced it that way on...

I remember Don Adams pronounced it that way on Get Smart, and he was from New York City. Go figure.


... or Skaneateles (NY).
Forum: Social Studies 03 April 2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,010
Posted By ChasFink
A very short street near the house I grew up in...

A very short street near the house I grew up in is called Dubois Avenue. We always knew when someone wasn't local (i.e. from more than a mile away) because they pronounced it doo-BWAH instead of the...
Forum: Social Studies 02 April 2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,010
Posted By ChasFink
Goldfish It's also the Latin name for Switzerland, hence...

It's also the Latin name for Switzerland, hence the CH country code (for Confoederatio Helvetica).

The part of New York I'm from is properly pronounced 'lawn-GUY-land". :)
Forum: SLC 02 April 2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 837
Views: 48,651
Posted By ChasFink
Cow When I was a child, most sliced cheeses were not...

When I was a child, most sliced cheeses were not individually wrapped and didn't have the paper, either. Just a block of cheese that you could peel slices off of. For some reason, most cheeses seemed...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 30 March 2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,813
Posted By ChasFink
I certainly agree with you there!

I certainly agree with you there!
Forum: Soapbox Derby 30 March 2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,813
Posted By ChasFink
What I meant was the stereotype of the activist...

What I meant was the stereotype of the activist student as someone who wants to destroy whatever the speaker believes is great about America - or indeed any extreme stereotype some conservatives...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 30 March 2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,813
Posted By ChasFink
I think there are people like that, and I think...

I think there are people like that, and I think they are not small in number. Whether they would get any media attention is another thing. Not polarized enough.

Something left-leaning folks like...
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