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by ivnja
Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8151
Views: 969105

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Thank you :D The cryogenic clinic managed to make 8 vials ( = 8 fertilization attempts) out of my deposit, which should be enough to safely make one mini-me. So now the question is whether to go down again before starting on HRT. I'll be giving the NP at the family planning clinic doing the hormones...
by ivnja
Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8151
Views: 969105

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Hi all. I guess I belong here now. After over three years of agonizing over things (and with the greatly appreciated advice of several forumites who post regularly in this thread, though they may not realize it because I was posting under a different username (although it'd probably also not be part...
by ivnja
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 46032

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Glancing through their [866ourvote.org -ivnja ] site however, it's not particularly difficult to find instances of people being ... well ... dumb. From their real stories page: Michael L., Columbia Station, Ohio "All I'm asking for is verification of who I voted for." Michael L., Columbia...
by ivnja
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 46032

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

When Nader threw the election to Bush (and yes, it's clear that's what happened) a LOT of smart people cried out for ranked balloting. Most voters still never even heard of it. We can't make the change from that direction. If you want a more diverse political ecosystem, advocate at the local and st...
by ivnja
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89618
Views: 5417305

Re: Passing ponderments

If you're playing table tennis and you hit a shot with such vicious backspin that the ball barely clears the net, bounces on your opponent's side of the table and comes back over the net to your side without your opponent ever touching it, do you win or lose that point? I've always played that you ...
by ivnja
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2215084

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

[Background] My mother moved my grandmother into her (my mother's) house because she (my grandmother) can no longer live on her own. My mom works, so caretakers were hired to come in during the day. I'd been living and working in a town about two and a half hours away, but I was in the process of st...
by ivnja
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9526
Views: 896477

Re: What are you listening to?

Kate Rusby - Here We Come a Wassailing

As it turns out, it's the only song off of her Sweet Bells album - or, for that matter, any of the rest of what I've checked out on youtube - that I particularly like, but I do really really like this one.
by ivnja
Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

I haven't been following the Vuelta, because it's not covered here the way the Tour is, but I just found this video from Stage 2 on Sunday...damn is Nibali fast. Even the team car is barely keeping up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi24TVdZFyc

Yeah, he was booted for that.
by ivnja
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Yeah, it was a seriously interesting backdrop for a climb, but I can't see them routing a descent down something like that. It would be slow and dangerous.
by ivnja
Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

You're right - Quintana was wearing Sagan's white during stage 10 this year and took back enough time to pull it on for himself on the podium that night. And I suppose it shouldn't be that uncommon - whoever is wearing the loaned jersey is in second place, after all - but I guess I've just never not...
by ivnja
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

which team has a jersey that's largely yellow? Not the fluorescent one of Tinkoff-Saxo, but one that veers fairly close to Froome's yellow jersey. It's difficult to pick out the leaders of those two competitions from the massed peloton, apart from mainly seeing them near the front, and Froome being...
by ivnja
Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Well, as expected, the beginning of the Alps blew up the standings, but I don't think anyone expected it to happen quite like that with the abandonment of van Garderen. Poor luck for Contador coming off and losing his chain on that descent - Richie Porte, who was right there, said in an interview th...
by ivnja
Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

This is the best video I've found online so far: http://www.3news.co.nz/sport/video-geraint-thomas-crashes-into-lamp-post-during-tour-de-france-2015072109 It does show a bit of rubbing shoulders at around the 1 second mark, with Barguil bouncing back out to his right a bit, but unfortunately it's no...
by ivnja
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

I don't like Sagan much, but he sure does ride well. I wonder how he could do in GC if he rode for time, rather than just for points (/ stage wins). Only two riders (Merckx three times and Hinault once) have won both the points competition and the overall classification. In somewhat offbeat Tour new...
by ivnja
Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

I hate seeing Van Garderen lose time (and placement), but I love finishes like that (stage 14). No helpers, no lead-out men, just the big names head to head. Quintana looked great and got that GC time that he needed, and Froome is just so strong. The Alps are going to be so good. Apparently a specta...
by ivnja
Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Today's was the first stage I was able to see this week, and I guess I missed a lot with the start of the mountains. Froome looked good today (aside from the odd decision to attack with 5k or whatever it was to go), Thomas looked great leading him, but his close competitors held up well too. Were th...
by ivnja
Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Well, that was close. I don't think any of the top teams will be upset with that except Astana. BMC got their team win (although I was surprised at how early some of them cracked), Sky limited Froome's (what a beast) losses to just one second, and Movistar had a solid ride and limited Quintana's los...
by ivnja
Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

I could see Van Garderen taking it if BMC are on the form they have been so far - not that Froome would necessarily be pleased to have his closest GC rival be the one to get the jersey. Sky are a strong time trial team as well and have the advantage of the final start time, so even if BMC win the st...
by ivnja
Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

I missed yesterday's stage, but glad to see that Cav got his timing right and took one. So now the pressure for stage wins is back on Sagan. Losing both sprints yesterday must have stung for him. Today's stage was relatively boring. I'm sure that was a welcome relief for the riders. The only crash I...
by ivnja
Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Aw, jeez. He did make an official announcement, a few hours ago. And it was working out as such a happy stage, too, with Daniel Teklehaimanot making history in polka dots. Martin really did not look good on the ride in after he got up from that fall. Small consolation that his teammate did get the w...
by ivnja
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Good on Tony Martin! He could not have timed that move more perfectly. Doubly impressive considering that he finished the race on his teammate's bike after getting a late flat and having to come back. It was good to see that while the cobbles were grueling, it was a safe stage for everyone, and the ...
by ivnja
Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Well, that was an unexpected twist today. I wasn't able to catch the stage live this morning, so I just finished the evening replay. I don't think I've ever seen the organizers neutralize the field before, but it does make sense, with two different heavy crashes there. As of the end of the stage, I ...
by ivnja
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When do we capitalize the word 'state'?
Replies: 6
Views: 2299

Re: When do we capitalize the word 'state'?

I do some contract work with towns, and in their own correspondence and such, they seem to capitalize town (eg "the Town of Placename" or just "the Town") when referring to the legal entity / the municipal government, and left it lowercase when referring to the physical location ...
by ivnja
Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89618
Views: 5417305

Re: Inspirations

Huh. What options other than "Dear recipient" are there? [Firstname], [Title. Lastname], [Honorific], Dear [Firstname], Dear [Title. Lastname], Dear [Honorific], Dear [Firstname]: Dear [Title. Lastname]: Dear [Honorific]: Dear [Position at company]: To [Firstname Lastname]: To [Title. Fir...
by ivnja
Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 42
Views: 8957

Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Sporting results talk ("actual (association) football" thread, "are you ready for some 'football'" thread, etc) seems to live here in News & Articles, so here we go. Tour de France 2015 is underway. An unexpectedly eventful stage 2 in the rain in the Netherlands is just wrapp...
by ivnja
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1691872

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)


What a mess the past month has been for them. This one doesn't make sense to me.
by ivnja
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 34403

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

As a cyclist I eagerly await the advent of autonomous cars. The, complete disregard for the life of cyclists in Australia is boarder line and sometimes is actually criminal. A computer will value my safety more than most humans. As an occasional bicycle commuter myself, I'm curious how well these s...
by ivnja
Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 34403

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Suggest a metric defining how good directions have to be to meet your standard. Easy: it doesn't take me to where the place I want to go isn't. What single source gives you more correct and accurate directions more consistently than does any automated navigation software? It should probably be note...
by ivnja
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 34403

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

As a cyclist I eagerly await the advent of autonomous cars. The, complete disregard for the life of cyclists in Australia is boarder line and sometimes is actually criminal. A computer will value my safety more than most humans. As an occasional bicycle commuter myself, I'm curious how well these s...
by ivnja
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 34403

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Angua wrote:On phone, but a bunch of Georgia tech students protested a speeding ticket by all driving the speed limit on the motorway for 45 mins at rush hour. Backed it up a lot.

Here's a video they made.
by ivnja
Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5256
Views: 660238

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I used the word 'Thug' in my internal conversion. I instantly thought of this 'Thread'. What had I done!? Who did I call, 'Thug'? I was anthromiphorizing a Cluster of HummingBirds. Yes. I'm a boring person. Bird watching. I called Those Two, 'Thugs'; Two flashy males. Those two are constantly fight...
by ivnja
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hippie doctors
Replies: 24
Views: 2938

Re: Hippie doctors

promises that all I have to do is eat 30 bananas a day and everything will be fine. Ah, you found Freelee :roll: I'll add in my support for Doogly's suggestion of Tai Chi or yoga (seated yoga is a good option if standing is a problem) as a general feel-good exercise. I actually like listening to in...
by ivnja
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1691872

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I don't know to what extent this is actually "news", but it did warrant an article in the CBC ... reddit.com bans 150,000+ subscriber "Fat People Hate" subreddit (among a couple others) for harassment. Users throw tantrums all over the site, mostly aimed at Reddit CEO Ellen Pao. ...
by ivnja
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1691872

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

The Triple Crown is when a single horse wins all three of the major US horse races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes (I think the UK may also have its own triple crown). So in the 36 years in between, there wasn't a single winner of all three races, and thus no Triple Crown ...
by ivnja
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1691872

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/louisiana-gop-begs-grover-for-mercy Elected officials in Louisiana try, and fail, to convince private citizen with no official capacity (or residence) in Louisiana to give them permission to raise taxes to deal with their budget problems. Grover says no mercy.png I'm...
by ivnja
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2215084

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Maybe the elaborate plate designs help identify what state the plate is from when the stupid licence plate holder is blocking the state name. Which is great, as long as they stick to one design each. But there are so many conservation plates and organizational plates and fundraising plates and poli...
by ivnja
Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1691872

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I'm having a hard time feeling sympathetic toward the waiter here.
by ivnja
Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2215084

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Each state probably wants different colors/design to better be able to identify out-of-staters. So there is that. Also I think there is an element of preventing counterfitting, but I am not sure. I hadn't considered the counterfeiting aspect. Despite the nostalgia for some of the simple two-tone pl...
by ivnja
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2215084

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

It's partly that I try to check off all 51 plates (i.e. one from each state plus D.C.) every summer, but partly just the principle of blinged-up ID tags that I find obnoxious.
by ivnja
Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2215084

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Rant: License plates. I don't understand the US obsession with turning them into shiny works of art. They serve one purpose, to display the identification number for the vehicle. I should be able to clearly read the number and easily identify the issuing body (the state government, in my case). Why ...

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