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Old 29 June 2014, 02:42 AM
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Did New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal have a place to buy coffee in it in the 1980s?
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Old 30 June 2014, 09:08 PM
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I mentioned in the movies you've seen recently thread that I watched Priscilla, Queen of the Desert last weekend. There are two scenes in that movie where we see someone walking down the road pulling this strange contraption behind him. It's really hard to describe, but if you've seen it you probably know what I'm talking about. Unless I missed something this is never explained. Can someone explain what those scenes were about?
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Old 30 June 2014, 09:27 PM
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At the very beginning of the movie, as the trio get ready to set off, the woman (it's a woman) with the cart is in the background also getting ready to set off. There's a crowd gathered, and a man explains that she's preparing to cross Australia on foot.
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Did New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal have a place to buy coffee in it in the 1980s?
I was there in '91 and I can't remember. But I was not a coffee drinker then.

http://www.panynj.gov/bus-terminals/pabt-history.html

This hints at a 70 shop indoor mall being started in the 1970s and completed in the '80s. I can't see that many shops without a coffee shop being included.
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Is it possible for a satellite dish feed to "lose" the HD feeds? We're having a series of bad storms here, and our power has gone out twice tonight, and for some reason we have lost our HD channels. There isn't a setting on the television itself, nor anything in the menu for the dish receiver, but it seems we've been demoted to 480 for the time being. For that matter, I can't get the menu to show HD and non-HD channels, just one set.

Storm related interference?
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Old 01 July 2014, 04:45 AM
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It's possible the HD and non-HD signals are handled by different satellites, and there's a problem with reception of the former. Although in that case, I'd think the HD channels should still show up in the online listings.
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Did New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal have a place to buy coffee in it in the 1980s?
Yes but not really a modern coffee shop, more diner type places, according to my mother. However that would have been 80-82ish.
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Old 03 July 2014, 04:25 PM
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If you're at the North Pole, the North Star Polaris is 90 degrees overhead.

Does the degree of the North Star change exactly with your latitude? Like, if you're at 45 degrees latitude, is Polaris also exactly halfway between the horizon and the zenith?
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Just as a note, the North Star is a few degrees off dead north. But otherwise, yes. Which was an easy way for sailors to determine latitude.

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Do network affiliates have to air network programming on a specific day of the week and time as directed by the network, or are they free to air it in whatever time slot they see fit?

That is, if the CBS affiliate in Waco wants to air The Good Wife at 10:00 PM on Thursday instead of 9:00 PM on Sunday, can they do so? (I realize there are good reasons for an affiliate to stick to the network schedule, but I'm curious whether they have to.)
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Old 03 July 2014, 05:35 PM
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Growing up in Oklahoma, prime time network TV was often preemted by tornado warnings. As such, shows were often re-broadcast (for us, just broadcast at a different time) later in the evening.

Anecdotally, then, they wouldn't necessarily have to.
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I had a great stupid question to ask earlier, but now I've forgotten it. Does anybody know what it was?
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Old 03 July 2014, 05:43 PM
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After Googling who knows how many search terms (because curiosity got to me so much), I found this entry on Wikipedia.

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In some smaller markets in the United States, a station may even be simultaneously listed as an affiliate of two networks. A station which has a dual affiliation is typically expected to air all or most of both networks' core prime time schedules – although programming from a station's secondary affiliation normally airs outside of its usual network time slot, and some less popular programs may simply be left off a station's schedule.
With digital signals, though, apparently these stations now just broadcast both at the same time.
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That is, if the CBS affiliate in Waco wants to air The Good Wife at 10:00 PM on Thursday instead of 9:00 PM on Sunday, can they do so? (I realize there are good reasons for an affiliate to stick to the network schedule, but I'm curious whether they have to.)
The CBS affiliate in Sacramento starts their prime time programming an hour earlier than most for some reason. So if The Big Bang Theory starts at 8:00 on Thursday* for the rest of the Pacific time zone, it starts at 7:00 on Thursday here. According to Wikipedia it had something to do with when their local newscasts aired before they became a CBS affiliate.

*I have no idea when The Big Bang Theory actually airs; I haven't watched anything on CBS in ages. I just made up that time slot.
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I had a great stupid question to ask earlier, but now I've forgotten it. Does anybody know what it was?
How can you be in two places at once, when you're not anywhere at all?
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Prized possession(s) or prize possession(s)? I always thought it was "prized", but I see "prize" all the time.
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"Prized" makes more sense as an adjective. "Prize" could be an adjective in the sense of "prize marrow" (a marrow that has won a prize).

I suspect this is undergoing the same process we see in "skim milk," "ice tea," and "bake potato."
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Would anyone mind if I just went home?
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No.

I have to stay because I have a student in the lab with my keys.
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"prised possession" - i.e., prised away from some poor schmuck
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