1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:07 am UTC

Weather Report:
Rain.
Spoiler:
It was Raining.
It is Raining
It will continue to Rain.

Noah's got nothing on Oregon!
Oops.
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By Decree:
You must tell us Stories.
You Can Make Something Up.

Yet; True Stories are Best.
Spoiler:
You can't make up something like
driving into a river and living to tell the tale.

Or; Oscar, The Face jumping Squripe.

Please, forgive my spelling....
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:19 pm UTC

New OtherComic.

Decree:
Spoiler:
Three years ago, I worked near a tree1 that had a raptor-chirpy home in the upper branches. Each day one parent would guard the tree, while the other hunted mice and squirlpies to bring back for the louder chirpies.
One afternoon the bringing-back-mice parent brought back a louder chirpy of a different species. The parents of that chirpy weren't pleased, and began attacking the raptor parents, who were too big and slow to retaliate. After the raptor parents got fed up with that and left, I told my friend to watch for them to come back, and warn me; I was going to climb up to the chirpy home. The lower trunk had no branches so I climbed a nearby tree and swung back and fourth until it leaned far enough that I could hop across to the really big tree.
I was about sixty feet up (this is not an exaggeration, we checked later) when I was hit in the side of the head with a baseball bat wrapped in a towel. Or at least, that's what it felt like. My hat and sunglasses fell out of the tree, and I lost my grip on the branch I was hanging on. I managed to catch myself before I fell too far, and my friend yelled "Oh hey, the bird is back" to warn me.


The story does not usually e . . . there, but it will this time.
Possibly because the next part was not legal, and this is a public forum.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:19 pm UTC

ooohh....Good Job!
That Story left us hanging.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:05 pm UTC

Urgent delivery for Addams:
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RSIR:
Spoiler:
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Wait on.

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Kieryn wrote:They have a culture involving hat wearing. What kind of a collective would come up with such a thing!?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:52 pm UTC

ha-ha-tee-hee-hee)
I know you mean well...

Do you have any idea what each of those two items would Do to me??
ha-ha-tee-hee-hee) I can laugh, because I will Not touch either.

From your resident Chatter-Box:
Spoiler:
I can't help it!
I have stuff to tell you!

I Did It!!
I've been working on it for over a year!
I have habituated the local Deer herd!

I'm so excited and happy.
The babies eat from my hand!

The responsibility falls on Me.
They are like any other herbivore.

They will bite me,
not knowing it is me, not food.

When feeding herbivores,
Hold your hand very flat.

Do not let them get at your fingers.
Those things have Sharp Teeth!

And they are So! Darned! Cute!!
I can scratch them behind the ears and on the withers.

Yey! Me!
I Did It!!

oh, GnomeAnne.
GnomeAnne; GnomeAnne....
You can't leave us Hanging...

umm..By PM request?
Finish that Story, one of these fine days.

Then, for those of us, hanging...
A Private Ending would sure be appreciated.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:03 pm UTC

Happy 9200 posts, Addams!

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Kieryn wrote:They have a culture involving hat wearing. What kind of a collective would come up with such a thing!?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:26 pm UTC

(gasp) so cute.
Thank you, ZooMan.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:49 pm UTC

New What-if. I suppose this would be even more difficult in the hyper-saline Mediterranean. I wonder whether there would be whales there in Time, and if so how they might have adapted? How would the saltiness compare to the Dead Sea? Also, are there whales in the Mediterranean now? So many questions!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:30 pm UTC

addams wrote:By Decree:
You must tell us Stories.


Yesterday we had an intruder. MSW spotted him, but that did not deter.
For an hour he paced the front of the house, seeking passage.

Spoiler:
gopher.jpg


Then MSWFP, opened the garage door.
Next thing we knew, the intruder was in the garage.

He was given a bit of carrot, the dogs were secured, and we steered him around the garage, into the backyard.

Of course, there was a barrier there too, so we got out ladders. One on our side, one we lifted over to the other side.
I climbed over, GHWFP put the intruder into a box, and handed him over to me.

I carefully tilted the box over, the intruder climbed out, and continued on his journey.

I do not know why he so insisted that he needed to be behind our house, but there is an easement there, he's got a wide swath of no-man's land he can call his own.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:48 pm UTC

My dear Addams, you are One Tough Cookie.

Patzer! Hi, Patzer! I see our plan to infiltrate the dreams of those in the Basement in order to summon them here is working! Bwahahaha...

svenman wrote:In all these three examples, I've also taken the liberty of providing these stories with titles that I felt were appropriate choices. By the way, it is my habit in such cases (also with songs and poems) to put the titles in quotes if I chose them in the process of wikification (in the absence of an explicit choice by the author), but leave titles without quotes if they were explicitly stated by the original authors.


That sounds to me like an excellent plan on all fronts. I am so grateful to you for your wonderful work on the wiki. Weally! I mean, really!

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In SCB news I have made it to np 10000! With 3.89 x 10^83 vacuums. Big Suck indeed!

Weather quite nice here, looks like I'll be crossing the pond again at the beginning of June.

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Well, if you're back this way in June, I would expect much less Zanclean m*stard to get in the way of visiting. :)

I've always wanted to do a proper Blitz, but I just can't see it happening. I've been here since NP4something, but I know I've missed big chunks of the OTT here and there. I suppose I could skim the pages that I've already read, which would speed things along.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:56 pm UTC

Addams:
ZoomanSP wrote:Urgent delivery for Addams:
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The image is a link to an article about the DEC depriving people of doughnuts.

I will finish the story sometime and send it to you.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:10 am UTC

SBN wrote:
addams wrote:By Decree:
You must tell us Stories.


Yesterday we had an intruder. MSW spotted him, but that did not deter.
For an hour he paced the front of the house, seeking passage.

Spoiler:
gopher.jpg

Then MSWFP, opened the garage door.
Next thing we knew, the intruder was in the garage.

He was given a bit of carrot, the dogs were secured, and we steered him around the garage, into the backyard.

Of course, there was a barrier there too, so we got out ladders. One on our side, one we lifted over to the other side.
I climbed over, GHWFP put the intruder into a box, and handed him over to me.

I carefully tilted the box over, the intruder climbed out, and continued on his journey.

I do not know why he so insisted that he needed to be behind our house, but there is an easement there, he's got a wide swath of no-man's land he can call his own.

(Gender is assumed, not known.)
oh, SBN;...

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taixzo wrote:New What-if. I suppose this would be even more difficult in the hyper-saline Mediterranean. I wonder whether there would be whales there in Time, and if so how they might have adapted? How would the saltiness compare to the Dead Sea? Also, are there whales in the Mediterranean now? So many questions!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:44 am UTC

taixzo wrote:New What-if. I suppose this would be even more difficult in the hyper-saline Mediterranean. I wonder whether there would be whales there in Time, and if so how they might have adapted? How would the saltiness compare to the Dead Sea? Also, are there whales in the Mediterranean now? So many questions!

According to this website, the answer to the last question is yes.
As for the question of living in very salty sea1 water, a bit of googling tells me that we don't even know exactly how they deal with current levels of salt in the sea1 water. From what I read, among the best guesses (based in parts on studies on seals and sea1 otters) is a combination of avoiding excessive salt intake (getting the necessary amounts of water from food) and very efficient kidneys that produce concentrated urine.
On the other hand, a hyper-saline Mediterranean would provide more buoyancy, which would allow them to become even more seaish.
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S02E15: "Project Exodus"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:12 am UTC

Autumn came in like a raptor ball and it was rather cold on Wednesdip but yesterdip and todip have been warmer. Started doing some packing already. (Most of what I've packed is socks :P) We leave Sundip mornip, travelling progressively northwards. The first wip is camping at a variety of places and the second wip is staying at a holidip house that belongs to friends of some relatives (with, incidentally, those same relatives) which is at the beach. Last time I went to the beach was just a few wips before my cancer discovery so hopefully this one will turn out better ;)

I'll have my lapleopard and leopad so I'll be able to do lots of writing and read books and listen to audiobooks and probably ott a bit too. Maybe I'll have some pics to share, we'll see.

My parents are travelling separately in a camper van, which means myself and my two siblings who have licenses will be sharing the driving, though I don't think any of our trips should be longer than three newpix. (Longpix, not shortpix, and not the newer but not that new reallylongpix some TaTs have used.)

For some epsilon reason, I cannot see uploaded images, but I can see the redundant copies in the spoilers. Mustard! (It's been like that for a while actually but I forgot to mention it.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:34 am UTC

Ed? I have a personal question
Spoiler:
How did you know to ask for a diagnosis?
Were you ill? Were you in pain? like me?
Or; Was it a routine exam?
Yey! Camping and a Beach House to get cleaned up in.
Somebody knows how to plan a good Road Trip.

I hope you have the most fun ever.

ED; The three of you in one car will, most likely, produce some good Stories.
Maybe, you can keep a journal. Then share the HighLights or Silliness with us.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Felstaff » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:29 am UTC

Randall wrote:
Tomorrow's what if xkcd: how many forum posts can be accumulated by posting a well encrypted and suspenseful comic

We're still waiting for this What If?, Randall! At the moment, it's 102,656.
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1190: "Time" - Time Randomly Revisited - np3086

Postby mscha » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:00 pm UTC

QUAVERONGLY...
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OTT Time Travel

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:00 pm UTC

New OtherComic.

Hi Felstaff!
Felstaff wrote:
Randall wrote:
Tomorrow's what if xkcd: how many forum posts can be accumulated by posting a well encrypted and suspenseful comic

We're still waiting for this What If?, Randall! At the moment, it's 102,656.

Now that the Other OtherComics are being made again we should all email the Randall and ask him various versions of this question and see if we can get him to write an article about it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby balthasar_s » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:31 pm UTC

addams wrote:You must tell us Stories.
!

One of my sisters.
She likes music.
She sings; she plays on a piano.
Recently, she decided that she would like to also try a guitar.
She needs a guitar for this. (We have one but it's not in a very good state).
Just a few days later
she wins a guitar on a competition.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thunk » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:38 pm UTC

ggh wrote:
This is a place we know too, eh?
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If we zoom out we see:
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our old friendly neighbourhood from:
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rsir:
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wait, is b going geohashing?
I just went geohashing. that is, for a wade in Port Phillip Bay.

It has one connection to the sea (which is (not very) big).
There was some evidence that it used to be dry, and filled up Zanclean-style.
linked article wrote:"Aboriginal oral history talks about it happening very quickly during a great flood," says Holdgate.

"The traditional story involves a group of young boys being left behind at camp while the adults were looking for food. The boys threw a spear into a magic water container which burst, causing the area to suddenly flood."

Holdgate et al. wrote:(1) ‘Port Phillip was once dry land where kangaroos and emus were hunted. One day some small boys were throwing toy spears near some wooden troughs full of water when one spear upset a trough. This was a magic trough and held a lot of water, which came rolling down engulfing all the land and threatening to drown all the people. Bunjil felt sorry for them and placed a rock where Mornington now is, and told the water not to go any further. Then with two other rocks he made the heads, and told the water to run out between them and meet the ocean.’ (Presland 1998).

(2) ‘Murray, an aborigine, assured me that the passage up the bay, through which the ships came, is the Yarra river, and that the river once went out at the heads, but that the sea broke in, and that Hobsons Bay which was once a hunting ground, became what it is.’ (William Hull’s testimony to the Parliamentary Committee, 9 November 1858).
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1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby Link » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:32 pm UTC

I did me a seaish ketchup over the last few dips!
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The Outside has kept me distracted for a few mips. At some point I stopped keeping keught up because I was busy, and never restarted when I was no longer busy. The result is a frontstump of about 25NP. Anyway, I'm finished with my courses (epsilonishly got a good grade on an exam I was certain I'd failed, and got a mediocre grade on an exam I thought I'd aced -- but I passed, which is all that really matters in t** **d), and have been for about a mip, and it suddenly dawned on me that the molpish little corner of the blagoblag known as the OTT had been conspicuously absent from my life. Anyway, all keught back up now, and hopefully I won't be distracted too much any more now.

@addams: so much has happened to you these mips! You're always so positive in the light of terrible situations, and now you've even got deerpies eating out of your hand. I'm becoming more and more convinced you are in fact a fairy, with weird and wonderful magic powers.
@balthasar_s: BSTA is looking good! Unrelatedly, for your REDUNDANT bike light, have you considered using a diode bridge instead of a single diode, so you can get full-wave rectification? The complexity you add is marginal, and it wouldn't blink as much if you used a smaller capacitor.
@ggh: your stories are so fascinating! My life is so incredibly dull compared to yours. I just sit and stare at lizards most of the time, and my go-to thing for clearing my head is going for a cup of coffee. You, on the other hand, just go and drive around in a different country!

No stories from me this post; the only story I can think of at the moment is the altogether unmolpish one of ongoing Zanclean m*stard involving myself, my mum, micromolpies, hospitals and seaish amounts of epsilonly coloured fluids escaping human bodies near the speed of sound. Maybe I'll post it when it's over, if anymolpy is interested, but suffice to say it ain't pretty.

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Re: 1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby balthasar_s » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:28 pm UTC

Link wrote:Unrelatedly, for your REDUNDANT bike light, have you considered using a diode bridge instead of a single diode, so you can get full-wave rectification? The complexity you add is marginal, and it wouldn't blink as much if you used a smaller capacitor.
But then the redundant light and the regular light couldn't have the same ground. And that would be a big change because the bike frame is the ground.
Also, it's already good like it is now.
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Re: 1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby Link » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:18 pm UTC

balthasar_s wrote:
But then the redundant light and the regular light couldn't have the same ground. And that would be a big change because the bike frame is the ground.
Also, it's already good like it is now.

Yes, that makes sense. :)

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Re: 1190: "Nuts"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:09 pm UTC

Last nip during dinner my whole family somehow fell into the activity of thinking up bean puns. (Actually, it was my fault because I referenced a movie called Lord of the Bean (a VeggieTales LotR parody) and pretended to misrember the name.) They were of similar quality to bag puns. Actually, some were actual puns too, for example "Bean to the Future". And I also got the last word in with "Mr Bean" :P :P :P

addams wrote:Ed? I have a personal question
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How did you know to ask for a diagnosis?
Were you ill? Were you in pain? like me?
Or; Was it a routine exam?
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I hope you have the most fun ever.

ED; The three of you in one car will, most likely, produce some good Stories.
Maybe, you can keep a journal. Then share the HighLights or Silliness with us.

Personal answer to personal question:
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I wasn't at all ill. Actually I never experienced any direct symptoms other than the presence of the tumour itself.
I felt some soreness and initially thought it was just normal, but then I checked and there was very obvious swelling, as well as lumpiness. As soon as I felt that I knew something was very wrong, and scheduled an appointment with my GP. He then referred me to have an ultrasound and blood test which confirmed it was a tumour.
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Actually it'll be five in the car (it's an 8 seater but we have the back row down for extra luggage space) since the younger two don't drive quite yet.
It'll be fun for sure :D
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:17 pm UTC

ZoomanSP wrote:
taixzo wrote:New What-if. I suppose this would be even more difficult in the hyper-saline Mediterranean. I wonder whether there would be whales there in Time, and if so how they might have adapted? How would the saltiness compare to the Dead Sea? Also, are there whales in the Mediterranean now? So many questions!

According to this website, the answer to the last question is yes.
As for the question of living in very salty sea1 water, a bit of googling tells me that we don't even know exactly how they deal with current levels of salt in the sea1 water. From what I read, among the best guesses (based in parts on studies on seals and sea1 otters) is a combination of avoiding excessive salt intake (getting the necessary amounts of water from food) and very efficient kidneys that produce concentrated urine.
On the other hand, a hyper-saline Mediterranean would provide more buoyancy, which would allow them to become even more seaish.


I think extreme buoyancy might be a problem for whales; they dive underwater to catch their food, after all. If they float, it would be very hard to dive.
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Suddenly!

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Suddenly!
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Re: 1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby ggh » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:03 am UTC

Link wrote:@ggh: your stories are so fascinating! My life is so incredibly dull compared to yours. I just sit and stare at lizards most of the time, and my go-to thing for clearing my head is going for a cup of coffee. You, on the other hand, just go and drive around in a different country!

Haha! Most of my stories are totally boring! Here's a case in point: in it, I see a movie and it doesn't change my life.
I call it “Oh. There is a spoon after all”
Spoiler:
Relevant background factoid #1:
Before the Little Wonder was born, I loved to play touch rugby. I wasn’t any good at it - I am fairly uncoordinated and slow - but I loved it. My defense wasn’t all bad though, largely because I’ve always been tried to make up for my lack of speed with a kamikaze-like willingness - nay, eagerness - to dive. I loved throwing my body at all sorts of lovely blokes.

Anyways, it would have been nice to be faster. I’m no paragon of fitness (I believe the word is chubby) but even so, I’ve always suspected that a good part of my lack of speed is mental - an upper limit set by a fear of going fast. I wondered if I could overcome that. I also wondered if better running technique could help. I looked for tips online….

Relevant background factoid #2:
I liked The Matrix a lot. I saw it in theatres 24 times. Possibly 25. It probably mostly appeals to me because I am a hopeless romantic, but also there is some element of Neo’s self-discovery that I find… inspiring? That may not be the right word. Or maybe it is. When they’re driving him to see the oracle in the matrix, he sees a place where he used to eat noodles, and he remarks that none of his memories from his life actually happened, and asks what it means. Trinity replies, “That the matrix can’t tell you who you are.” That line struck a chord with me, because whether the world is real or not, what I know about myself comes through seeing how I interact with my circumstances. If my circumstances were different, I would learn different things about myself. If I want to learn different things about myself, I can choose to push myself into different circumstances. I don’t, but I could. I’m not entirely sure why I find this uplifting, but I do. Maybe I still think I'm The One.

When Matrix Reloaded came out, I saw it at a midnight screening with some friends from my FFS. Say what you want about the sequels, but I was excited to go. My usual attire can best be described as Bag Lady, but I tried to make an effort that night. I wore a Matrix form-fitting black long-sleeved tee I had been given, and burgundy-print shorts that were light and blousy, and hung more like a skirt. I got a few compliments that night - not as many as the Time I wore a second set of boobs to a Mutant Bowling Night - but enough to make me feel quite pleased. Again, I know some folks were seriously disappointed with Reloaded, but I had a lovely night out and felt quite charged up. Bouncy and feisty.… I was beginning to Believe....

After the movie, my friends dropped me back at my car, by my FFS. By the field where we played touch rugby. I was feeling something. Instead of putting the key in the ignition, I looked over at the floor of the passenger seat. There they were. I put on my cleated rugby boots.

I gathered myself behind the chalk line, levelled a fiery look upfield, and took off as fast as I could go. It felt great.
I walked back to the line.
I had read that I should keep my elbows at ninety degrees and pump hard and straight with my arms. I’d try that.
I took off again - I was flying. I was focussed. My arms were driving the pace and I felt that I was running faster than I’d ever run before. Amazing.
I walked back to the line.
I had read that to get the quickest stride, when each foot leaves the ground, I should pull it up and forward with my knees bending tight, so that my heels would nearly hit my butt as my legs pistoned forwards. Okay, let’s add that.
I burst off the line, arms ninety degrees, pumping hard, legs circling high and tight. It felt incredible. This was easily the fastest I’d ever run. Ever.
And then two things happened in quick succession:
I felt my boot catch in my blousy shorts.
The ground hit me everywhere at once.

It was about 3am and I was laying on a field looking up at the dark sky, with suburbia asleep beyond the fences. I wondered if it would be okay to try to move soon.
I stayed there a while, on my back, not moving.
Then I got up, walked to my car and drove home.


Suddenly!
Spoiler:
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FTH: Hello!
Ah, so Polish turns to English in the fq box.

Also, having to look at the title "Suddenly!" for over 12 hours is deliciously cruel. :)


Edit: Gninja'd!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:06 am UTC

Ha ha ha ha ha!
Spoiler:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:09 am UTC

Hey, while you're here, I gneed to gnow what happened in that tree!
Also, 60 feet up is really really high. You are a gutsy gutsy dude.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:14 am UTC

I'll pm you when I have time to do a decent job writing the rest.
And, not all my stories are set in trees, those just seemed more related.
Have you seen the version of the matrix made entirely of green ascii characters? It is surprisingly watchable.
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Re: 1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby addams » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:26 am UTC

Link wrote:No stories from me this post; the only story I can think of at the moment is the altogether unmolpish one of ongoing Zanclean m*stard involving myself, my mum, micromolpies, hospitals and seaish amounts of epsilonly coloured fluids escaping human bodies near the speed of sound. Maybe I'll post it when it's over, if anymolpy is interested, but suffice to say it ain't pretty.
No Stories??
You Aced a class you thought you might fail.
Nearly Failed a class you though you'd Ace.
That is an Interesting Story, all by its self.

Then you retold our Highlights.
We are human. We like that.

umm...I'm interested in The Bodily Fluid Story.
My University Education is in Medical Stuff.

It might belong in a Spoiler.
Not everyone likes that Stuff.

I Do.
And; As you know;
I have had some serious medical experiences of my own.

(chuckle-chuckle)
I Have had Adults accuse me of being a Witch.
You are more charming about it than they were.
You are enough to make me wish I were Magical.

Thank you for answering my question, ED;
And; Everyone Else; You Posters are Great!

I, still, can't make a bike light;
Redundant nor Otherwise.

It is Fascinating to know How and Why it can be done.
And; That it can be done other ways. (but, not as well.)

Please keep posting.
I'll be waiting....oh!

Weather Report:
Spoiler:
I got in the car and drove to my nearest neighbor's to check.

A person needs to check, sometimes.
All the rain made me unsure of myself.

It's True!!
It Stopped Raining!

He and I looked at one another and around at a world illuminated by SunLight and Laughed.
It is funny. He made a joke about how pale we are and how we are both dressed in Black.

We laughed some more.
We instinctively Know to wear Black.
We must absorb any sun that comes.

It happened slowly.
First the Rain let up.

Then, it was a mist that lingered
Then, Sun...!

I looked through a window.
I was confused. What??

I checked with my neighbor.
It's True! The Rain Stopped.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:10 am UTC

I hadn't, GnomeAnne. Treeish! Thank you. :)


About the whales... maybe they could eat brine shrimp? I'm imagining Cuegan's sea to be thick with brine shrimp.


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addams wrote:We laughed some more.
We instinctively Know to wear Black.
We must absorb any sun that comes.
I raise a glass to your good sun and to your good sense. :)


thunk wrote:I just went geohashing. that is, for a wade in Port Phillip Bay.
I didn't realise you were Down Under... business or pleasure?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thunk » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:42 am UTC

ggh wrote:

thunk wrote:I just went geohashing. that is, for a wade in Port Phillip Bay.
I didn't realise you were Down Under... business or pleasure?
uh...yes? Mainly just being an exchange student.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheGhost » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:12 am UTC

svenman wrote:[*]Invitation (PDF file)


Do that many of you live in Germany?
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Postby GnomeAnne » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:19 am UTC

This is a map.
Most locations are approximations.
https://ottermap.chirpingmustard.com
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Re: Revealer TheGhost.

Postby addams » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:56 am UTC

GnomeAnne wrote:This is a map.
Most locations are approximations.
https://ottermap.chirpingmustard.com
Yelp.
A lot of us are Europeans.
We have ever right to feel Honored.

Those are Smart people.
Spoiler:
The bike lights on those people don't go dim.


EDIT: ggh; You are Amazing.
And; You tell a darned Good Story, too.

You tasted the world not with feet alone.
But, (tee-hee) with your whole body.
Spoiler:
Maybe, You are The One.
You keep living through what might kill a lesser person.

(huh?) 've been walking up to Death's Door and I keep living, too.
I like the way you do it better. I don't get all the choices you do.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
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Re: 1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby Link » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:31 am UTC

addams wrote:
umm...I'm interested in The Bodily Fluid Story.
My University Education is in Medical Stuff.

It might belong in a Spoiler.
Not everyone likes that Stuff.

I Do.
Well, alright then. Right now I feel like telling a story, mostly because I feel too m*stardy to do much else.
Spoiler:
My mum was scheduled for cataract surgery last Randix. Since you're not allowed to exert yourself too much for about a wip after that, I had decided to stay with her for the rest of the wip. The evening before the surgery, she somehow got gastroenteritis. Projectile vomiting every shortpix, and explosive diarrhoea throughout the night. But the morning of the surgery, she felt OK-ish, so she decided to go through with it anyway.

In hindsight, that was a mistake. In the evening of Cuegandix, she fell down, and it took me far too long to help her back up. I told her I wanted to call an ambulance, but she declined. There's no arguing with that woman, so we (and by "we", I mean "she") decided to see how she felt the next dip. Well, she was very confused and too weak to walk that dip, and in the afternoon she called her GP. I said there's no arguing with my mum, but her GP is a lot worse: if you disagree with her (the GP), she will chuck a logic bomb at you, sprinkle on a few phrases along the lines of "I don't know what med school you went to, but it sucks", and make you feel like an utter fool. My mum knows this, so when the GP said she (my mum) should go to the hospital for observation, that's exactly what happened. Besides, she had hypotension, slightly low blood sugar (she has diabetes), and signs of dehydration, and since I'm neither a doctor nor a nurse, I fully agreed that the hospital was the best solution.

In the mean Time, I stayed home to take care of my mum's pets. I did some cleaning up, made a simple dinner for myself, ate it; everything was still fine. Then, about a newpix later, I felt a terrible churning sensation in my abdomen. The kind that makes you go "not good -- oh sweet Randall, this is Very Not Good™!". After a stumbling "Run!" towards the toilet, I barely managed to drop trou and put my butt down before I basically exploded. The gastroenteritis had gotten me too.

Thankfully, I had already bought activated charcoal for my mum, so I managed to stem the flow a bit for the subsequent bouts of arse-explodiness (which, by then, had taken a horrible colour that is best described as being midway between green and brown), although I still woke up every 1.5 newpix or so during the night. Yesterdip was not a very fun dip either. I got a call from my mum saying the hospital wants to keep her there for the wipend because she's still confused and weak, and they can't get her saturation to the proper level. My mum wanted me to bring her some items, but I felt much too shoddy to ride my bike the 3.5km to the hospital.

Throughout the dip, I managed to stay hydrated and ate some rice crisps, and in the evening I even managed to eat a little bit of more proper food -- which I promptly vomited out again. Last night was much more m*stardy than the previous one. My muscles (especially my legs, lower back and neck) hurt like hell, I had a semi-permanent headache, woke up every newpix to poop and/or vomit, etcetera. Around 2:30 in the morning, I got out and drank some fruit juice, and watched some TV for around a shortpix. Things went slightly better then, although I had a lot of fever dreams/deliria.

Taking paracetamol helps a lot, at least, but my legs and lower back still hurt like hell, and I feel pretty terrible altogether. Now that I'm experiencing all of this, I can definitively say my mum having the surgery was a bad decision; going through all this while also recovering from a surgery (admittedly an extremely minor one, but still) has to be hell, especially if you consider that her overall health is much, much worse than mine (she has to take like 17 different pills a day for a whole range of chronic conditions). The only upside is that she no longer needs glasses now.

I have no further news from her at the moment. I have a phone number for the ward she's on, but I feel too m*stardy to call it. It takes a lot of effort for me to write this in a semi-coherent way, and since I dislike phonecalls at the best of times, I think I'll wait for her to call (which she said yesterday that she'd do anyway).

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:24 pm UTC

The OTT showed up in my dream last night. ggh was telling a story - in what started out as a post on the thread, but later became in person:

ggh, in an alternate reality, wrote:I was turning on my laptop, but the power didn't work. I looked and there was a little spider climbing up the power cord. I flicked it off, and another one was climbing up. This repeated for a few hundred spiders of varying sizes. Finally the mother spider climbed up the power cord. It was about the size of a box fan. I didn't like it being able to chase me so I took its legs off. It will probably turn into a mouse or something.


...Apparently my subconscious has strange ideas about the wildlife down under.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby balthasar_s » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:18 pm UTC

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addams wrote:
umm...I'm interested in The Bodily Fluid Story.
My University Education is in Medical Stuff.
Even bodily fluids have stories now?

Spoiler:
Kind of related?
My cousin wants to go to an event soon, while dressed as a character from a game.
I helped him to make a related item from plywood.
Doing this created a lot of wooden dust.
so much that I had to cover my nose and mouth.
I got wood dust into my nose anyway.
When mixed with the usual content of a nose, it created a new weird substance.
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Re: 1190: "Time": DID ANYONE NOTICE THE RABTOR?

Postby addams » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:50 pm UTC

Link wrote:
addams wrote:
umm...I'm interested in The Bodily Fluid Story.
My University Education is in Medical Stuff.

It might belong in a Spoiler.
Not everyone likes that Stuff.

I Do.
Well, alright then. Right now I feel like telling a story, mostly because I feel too m*stardy to do much else.
Spoiler:
My mum was scheduled for cataract surgery last Randix. Since you're not allowed to exert yourself too much for about a wip after that, I had decided to stay with her for the rest of the wip. The evening before the surgery, she somehow got gastroenteritis. Projectile vomiting every shortpix, and explosive diarrhoea throughout the night. But the morning of the surgery, she felt OK-ish, so she decided to go through with it anyway.

In hindsight, that was a mistake. In the evening of Cuegandix, she fell down, and it took me far too long to help her back up. I told her I wanted to call an ambulance, but she declined. There's no arguing with that woman, so we (and by "we", I mean "she") decided to see how she felt the next dip. Well, she was very confused and too weak to walk that dip, and in the afternoon she called her GP. I said there's no arguing with my mum, but her GP is a lot worse: if you disagree with her (the GP), she will chuck a logic bomb at you, sprinkle on a few phrases along the lines of "I don't know what med school you went to, but it sucks", and make you feel like an utter fool. My mum knows this, so when the GP said she (my mum) should go to the hospital for observation, that's exactly what happened. Besides, she had hypotension, slightly low blood sugar (she has diabetes), and signs of dehydration, and since I'm neither a doctor nor a nurse, I fully agreed that the hospital was the best solution.

In the mean Time, I stayed home to take care of my mum's pets. I did some cleaning up, made a simple dinner for myself, ate it; everything was still fine. Then, about a newpix later, I felt a terrible churning sensation in my abdomen. The kind that makes you go "not good -- oh sweet Randall, this is Very Not Good™!". After a stumbling "Run!" towards the toilet, I barely managed to drop trou and put my butt down before I basically exploded. The gastroenteritis had gotten me too.

Thankfully, I had already bought activated charcoal for my mum, so I managed to stem the flow a bit for the subsequent bouts of arse-explodiness (which, by then, had taken a horrible colour that is best described as being midway between green and brown), although I still woke up every 1.5 newpix or so during the night. Yesterdip was not a very fun dip either. I got a call from my mum saying the hospital wants to keep her there for the wipend because she's still confused and weak, and they can't get her saturation to the proper level. My mum wanted me to bring her some items, but I felt much too shoddy to ride my bike the 3.5km to the hospital.

Throughout the dip, I managed to stay hydrated and ate some rice crisps, and in the evening I even managed to eat a little bit of more proper food -- which I promptly vomited out again. Last night was much more m*stardy than the previous one. My muscles (especially my legs, lower back and neck) hurt like hell, I had a semi-permanent headache, woke up every newpix to poop and/or vomit, etcetera. Around 2:30 in the morning, I got out and drank some fruit juice, and watched some TV for around a shortpix. Things went slightly better then, although I had a lot of fever dreams/deliria.

Taking paracetamol helps a lot, at least, but my legs and lower back still hurt like hell, and I feel pretty terrible altogether. Now that I'm experiencing all of this, I can definitively say my mum having the surgery was a bad decision; going through all this while also recovering from a surgery (admittedly an extremely minor one, but still) has to be hell, especially if you consider that her overall health is much, much worse than mine (she has to take like 17 different pills a day for a whole range of chronic conditions). The only upside is that she no longer needs glasses now.

I have no further news from her at the moment. I have a phone number for the ward she's on, but I feel too m*stardy to call it. It takes a lot of effort for me to write this in a semi-coherent way, and since I dislike phonecalls at the best of times, I think I'll wait for her to call (which she said yesterday that she'd do anyway).
oh, Link; You poor soul.
Spoiler:
Was there something Poison in your Mum's frig?
Or; Did she infect you? If so; Where'd she get it?

It seems you are doing everything humanly possible to take care of yourself.
Keep the Fluid Intake High. You know that. But; Forcing one's self is difficult.

I'll keep my fingers crossed, my thumbs pushed and a prayer on my lips for you.
Thank you for confiding in us, behind a discreet little Spoiler.

Your resident Chatter Box, Addams, has some stuff to tell you.
Behind a Spoiler it goes. That keeps the Thread tidy.
Spoiler:
First: The Deer...
Yes, I feed some of them by hand and am able to scratch them behind the ears, on the withers and on their little antler nubs.

Yes, June Bug; It is True.
We should be discouraged from feeding wildlife.

I think we need to talk about Why.
They lose fear of people.
That puts People at risk.

These are wild animals, as cute as the are, they are dangerous.
A Deer, even a little one, can 'Kick Your Ass'.

I know I am taking a risk.
I know a little about animals.

What's life if lived too carefully?
I promise to be careful, always.

I learned something today about Deer.
They Stink. Not, just, metaphorically.

I don't like Goat meat nor milk.
I don't like the smell of Goat.

I've known most of my life:
I don't enjoy venison. (yuck)

I know Why now.
Venison tastes of Deer smell.

That cute animal Stinks.
Gackity-do- Da...

Oh!
The other Chatty Thing:

Humans like pets.
Nearly everyone does.

Our GnomeAnne reaches outside the norm when it comes to pets.
I've been thinking and thinking...What kind of pet can I have?

It is Wrong to have a pet I can't provide proper care for.
When I am ill, I'm not able to care even for a GoldFish.

Dogs and Cats? No.
A Delightful Bird? No.

What?
I want a pet...

Yey! I found one!
A low maintenance, low guilt (if I kill it) pet!

I have used a clear pyrex pan some mesh and a little duct tape
to create a habitat for a Pacific Red Footed Whorled Shell Snail!

A quick internet photo.
https://www.google.com/search?q=pacific ... Y24RIWxkYM:

S/he is pretty.
S/he's activity level is 'just right' for me.

It is silly.
Yet; it is True.

I have a pet.
S/he does not have a name, yet.
Unless S/he becomes a name.

I like the dumb thing.
If I become to ill to take care of S/he,
I'll toss S/he into the gully where S/he came from.
Weather Report:
Spoiler:
Waaa! Boo! Hoo!
My teeth are chattering.
I'm cold to the bone.

So sad...
So disappointed...

The Rain has returned.
Cold and Heavy.

Falling in sheets.
Washing a still wet world.

(sniff-sniff)
Will it Never End?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.


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