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  1. A thread for sharing jokes, humorous situations or comments from real life, amything you find amusing. Please try to keep it light-hearted in general -- we want to be amused here, not depressed. ;-) Went to an event last weekend where a friend of the organizer posted on Facebook that she'd be wearing a Doctor Who T-shirt she knew she'd like. Well, there must have been a couple hundred Doctor Who T-shirts at the event! Including on me. That's what you get when you tell everyone in the Facebook group what the event organizer is into, and everyone wants in on the gag! I saw a trio of ducks outside my townhouse this afternoon, two drakes and a hen. The drakes didn't appear to be fighting or trying to edge the other out, they were just walking in a triangle, the boys leading the way almost side by side, the girl following close behind. I couldn't help but think a cheery, "You go, girl!" Which reminds me....why does a chicken coop have two doors?
  2. story

    Clearly she needs a Handbag of Holding!
  3. a) Sounds like a job for audiobooks! Can you nicely ask Mrs Prof from us to please at least post a quick update? Let us know you're done and recovering? c) or are we going to need to take up a collection to get you a nice, small, light tablet you can hold comfortably and peck out messages on one-handed?
  4. One of my favorite novels of all time, Uhura's Song by Janet Kagan, slipped in a rule I often wish had spread to be right up there with Clarke's Third Law or Godwin's Law. Kagan's Law of First Contact: You'll surprise you more than they will. Meaning, when in a first contact situation, you'll kind of expect the other species to be different so they won't surprise you by it, but you'll learn a lot about both your own species and the individuals on your team/in your crew/above you in the chain of command when you're comparing them to both the other guys and your own expectations.
  5. This thread is for sharing your favorite quotes! Just a reminder, as in the previous forum's version of this, please don't type up transcripts of entire scenes. "You know when, sometimes, you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, and you meet them and you think, "Not bad, they're okay." And then you get to know them, and their face sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met." -Amy Pond, Doctor Who, "The Girl Who Waited" "It's hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes are important: Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History tells us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now; but heroes tell us who we want to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me. But when they made this particular hero, they didn't give him a gun -- they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn't give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter -- they gave him a box from which you can call for help. And they didn't give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray -- they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts! And that's an extraordinary thing. There will never come a time when we don't need a hero like the Doctor." -Steven Moffat
  6. If we start role playing, my favorites were always TOON and Teenagers From Outer Space. ;-D
  7. Unlike your pain meds, there's no limit on venting. Indulge as often as might help, and feel free to air on the side of extra venting. Perhaps a good audiobook? I really enjoyed both Gail Carriger's Soulless (the reader is a hoot!) and Big Finish's recent audio series The Diary of River Song. If they can play music, you'd think they could play anything else audio, too.
  8. story

    I just came across another character who has rather long, sharp nails....
  9. The animal hospital is closed on Sundays, but a client showed up knocking on the door tonight with his dog in the car wanting me to just take a look at her. That's not what's annoying, although it would be if I weren't already too far behind on Game of Thrones to be trying to get to a viewing party. It's a good client, and his daughter works for us, so I didn't mind checking their pooch. No, what's annoying is that his cell phone went off, playing just the first eight notes of Bach's Minuet in G. Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons will know this piece. And I had it stuck in my head for at least an hour, with periodic relapses since. Aren't cell phones bad enough without people putting earworms on them???
  10. It's a quote from Doctor Who, when he offers someone the chance to join him in the TARDIS. "All of time and all of space....where do you want to go?" I think my first answer would be The White City. That is, the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, the World's Columbian Exhibition. It was a massive affair, a huge attraction for its day, with wonders of the modern world far and near. I've been hearing about it for years, and it would be really cool to see it in person. Then, I'd like to go somewhere with dragons. Nice ones, mind, not ones that eat virgins and burn villages down that get too clever and decide to run out of virgins all at once. Something like the dragons on Pern, or in How To Train Your Dragon. Or even miniature dragons, like fire lizards or Flinx's minidrag. I'm sure what I'd want to see after that would depend on how the dragons turned out. So, how about you? If you could go any time or place in the near-infinite universe, where would you want to go?
  11. weather

    They aren't completely bereft of sweat glands, but they don't have nearly as many as humans, who are the champion sweaters of the animal kingdom. The phrase "sweating like a pig" apparently actually refers to pig iron, and the way that, as it cools from extremely high temperatures, it eventually cools enough for moisture in the surrounding air to condense into water droplets on its surface.
  12. I just turn off any "feature" that threatens to change what I type. They're just not worth the hassle, and I usually know correct spelling and grammar better than they do.
  13. This thread is the place to discuss spelling, grammar, and everything else about the proper use of the English language. All corrections, discussions of improper use, and jokes about errors should be done here, not in the rest of the forum. Anyone who does not wish to read "Grammar Nazis" or "spelling flames" is invited to ignore this thread. If it bothers you, don't read it! If, however, English is your second (or more) language, and you would like to improve your use of it; if you're a native speaker but find that your writing lacks the eloquence which you desire; if you need to be able to write in professional contexts or other forums where poor use of the language would be a detriment; or, if you just plain love the language and want to see it used correctly (and your tongue gets sore from biting it when you see common errors) -- this is the place for you! Remember, courtesy rules of the forums still apply here. Correcting spelling is allowed, but in a polite, respectful way. Actual flames are still not allowed. Whenever possible, don't just say that someone's grammar is incorrect, explain what the error is and what the correct options are, including shades of meaning they might convey. In other words, try to be helpful! If you see something that doesn't look right to you, but aren't sure why, post it here and ask! Examples may be quoted from real life and the printed word as well as from other threads on this forum. You can use the "quote multiple posts" function to quote something in another thread and bring it to this one. Rules of this thread will be adjusted and adapted as needed -- hopefully there won't be much need to if everyone plays nicely!
  14. Remember the immortal words of Marcus Cole. "I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." You didn't do anything. Crap happens. It sucks. If we can help make it suck any less with distractions, audience for venting, and sympathy, we're here. *virtual hugs* ('cos virtual ones don't make anything hurt more, unlike real ones might)
  15. In a way, but it was two friends having a frank discussion about a very personal situation. Being less than honest could lead to a lot more problems. She didn't say it in a condemning or belittling way, only that it was a factor she was considering.
  16. np

    I recall watching a video where they had the guy at the service counter duck down out of sight behind it, and then another guy stand back up again in his place. It was fun seeing how many people didn't seem to notice.
  17. Someone once made a comment about not even knowing if Susan has a sex drive. It occurred to me while re-reading that the vampire being able to mezmerize her in France is a pretty good sign she's got one, and that it includes men, given that Nanase was probably immune because she's not attracted to men. Sure we've seen further evidence since then, but that might have been much earlier confirmation.
  18. loving language

    I am now picturing a new subspecies of alot, perhaps one with an extra pair of horns to go with its pair of 'L's? :-) (Thanks for reminding me of a fun and perspective-giving cartoon!)
  19. If I binge-watched Highlander could I gain the ability to heal any injury? Or to pull swords out of thin air? Would binge-watching The Tomorrow People give me teleportation, telepathy, and telekinesis?
  20. Heh. My roommate in college one year was an anime fan, and instead of putting pictures of ourselves on our dorm room door, her side had a picture of Alita, and mine had the female protagonist from Crying Freeman. Which matched what we looked like surprisingly well. :-)
  21. story

    You do have the option of just looking at the maps on a GPSr, you know. You don't have to go to the Get Directions item and tell it where you're going, if you have more faith in your own navigating skills than the computer's. ;-)
  22. story

    I mostly use my Colorado GPSr for geocaching. A GPSr can hold detailed maps of every town in several states. You just can't get that sort of detail in a map book. I have a road atlas, which covers every state but doesn't get down to street level in more than a small section of the biggest few cities. I also have a folding map of a couple of cities, which again include the center of the city but not any real detail in the suburbs. With a GPSr, I can navigate through any part of Greater Chicagoland, from outer suburbs to major trails in the Forest Preserve, and I can find my way around a closed section of interstate while traveling downstate to my home town.
  23. Verity!, an all-women Doctor Who podcast (named in honor of the original producer of the show). They've decided on a theme of Firsts for this year, and thus are reviewing both first episodes, old series and new. It's great hearing the breadth of perspectives on "Rose" and what everyone thought of the idea of a revival of the series at the time. The sort-of-companion-podcast Radio Free Skaro (which is all guys) often makes for a good contrast to this one, but I haven't caught up yet to learn what the boys have planned for the season off. One of my favorite review quotes ever came from a Verity! episode, describing Clara's influence on the Doctor. Something along the lines of, "Donna showed how sometimes, the Doctor needs someone to tell him when to stop. Clara has taken the brakes off and is going WHEEEEE!!!!"
  24. I should have specified, you can't change major historical events. No killing Hitler or stopping Revolutions. No telling your younger self to buy the winning Powerball ticket (unless you've already won and recall getting the numbers from a mysterious stranger). This is just places to see, things to experience. ;-P