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Thaddeus Kosciuszko

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  1. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in So before someone hides this as political... was marked as the answer   
    I think we should lighten up on the moderators.  Comments of late seem to have become somewhat more sharp.
    They make judgment calls, which means there's no set formula because everyone's judgment is a bit different.  On rare occasion they may remove a thread preemptively or they may make a mistake.  If that occurs I would suggest our understanding and forgiveness should reflect that we realize that all humans err and the bounds within which moderating occurs are not absolute.
    On the whole they keep this place enjoyable for a group of people who have a wide range of viewpoints.  Conflict is essentially non-existent; I would dare say what conflict does exist here is at a far lower level that what you might find in most 'real' families.
    The pay stinks, there's no glory, little thanks, and of late increasing criticism.
    Most of us have been here long enough to have a good sense of the tone and temper of the Forum, so we should be familiar with what subjects and comments are likely to merit action in the eyes of a moderator.  There should be few surprises and on the whole I think that's the case.
    I would suggest there are three options for those who find this site over-moderated: understand the moderators are doing the best they can, volunteer to be a moderator, or find a site that meets your expectations for moderating.  I have no concerns if people want to express concerns about threads being moderated, but I would make the appeal that such concerns be expressed with a measure of grace and with appreciation for what the moderators try to do.
  2. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Remember the Texas tornado truck? was marked as the answer   
    With his experience, I bet Whataburger puts him in charge of making the milkshakes.
  3. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Would someone please explain was marked as the answer   
    Dear Razor,
    Please tell your multiple personalities that replying to each other, especially within the same thread, gives other Forumites the impression that you are replying only to yourself.  Regretfully, this is considered a breach of etiquette.  Please gently instruct your personalities that manners are important in the general discourse of the Forum, and that we are here to help them learn and understand how important this is.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you, with my sincere apologies to any of the personalities I neglected to thank.
  4. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in If you could be anyone else, who would you be? was marked as the answer   
    It's not as much fun as you might think.
     
    Yes, it is.
    Shut up you twit!
    Quiet, you two!  You'll wake up all the other guys.
  5. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Hey denniS was marked as the answer   
    Torquing your abutment sounds like something a proctologist would do, not a dentist...
  6. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Someone must have got it wet, or fed it after midnight was marked as the answer   
    Oh for goodness sake!
    I was single at the time, just out of college, working my first job in a new area.  I bought a titled-as-junk, high-mileage, cobbed-up-smashed-and-crashed-body-repaired unpopular car that everybody snickered at even when it was new,
    and I took it apart and fixed it.
    It's what engineers do. 
    And even if the car hadn't been broken in the first place - I would have taken it apart and fixed it anyway.
     

  7. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Question for my home gym was marked as the answer   
    I would suggest three of these:

     
     
    and three of these:

     
    Let's assume there are 2x4 wood studs in the wall, as would be for typical construction.  (You could ask your maintenance people to confirm.)
    Put the eye hooks in at the three different heights you want.  Clip one carabiner into each eye hook.  When you want to use that particular height, open the carabiner and slip the resistance band in, and close the carabiner.
    Use the closed eye screw hooks, not the open ones.  You don't want the bands or carabiners slipping off the open eye hook and clipping you in the back of the head.
     
    Another variation:
    Closed eye hook up high, a second closed eye down low.
    Get a piece of chain slightly longer than the distance between the two hooks.  Clip a carabiner to the top of the chain, and one to the bottom.  Then clip the carabiners into the eye hooks.  
    Hook a third carabiner through any chain link, and run the resistance band through that third carabiner too.
    Now instead of three heights you'd have at least six for every foot of chain.
    A note of caution with this approach: Make the chain a bit slack between the two screw eyes.  As you pull on the resistance bands, a tight chain will multiply the tension on the screw eyes toward the middle where the band is attached.  This will tend to bend the screw eyes or pull them out of the wall.  Install the chain so it makes a slight 'V" when you pull on the resistance bands, and this will cut down on the tension exerted on the screw eyes when you pull on the bands.
     
     
  8. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Liquid gold. was marked as the answer   
    So....
    I'm going to guess homemade jalapeno/tomato vanilla bourbon extract?
    Without beans?
  9. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in So, if we all love Square Wheels was marked as the answer   
    Maybe the menage a cinq cent cinquante-et-un is just what's needed to bring them back...
  10. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Sometimes logic and stupidity are a fine line. was marked as the answer   
    This is what you get when feelings and hope take precedence over reason and reality.  With deference to Wilbur, that's a bit different than logic vs. stupidity.
    I don't know how anyone could justify this, other than to completely ignore the question put to them.  And I believe we will see this type of behavior more frequently in the upcoming months.
     
    Government officials are recognizing the public more and more is ignoring the guidelines and mandates anyway.  The CDC director recently said part of the reason for reducing the covid isolation time from 10 to 5 days was “It really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate.” 
    I think, too, that government officials are finally recognizing that the tools they have relied upon aimed at eliminating or reducing the spread have not proven as effective as they wished or as they pronounced.  The public is weighing the claims vs. the reality they see.  The tools officials used from the beginning of the pandemic did not stop the last variant and did not appear to much slow the rapid spread of the latest variant.  Which is what the public expects in return for the efforts, changes, and sacrifices they have made and continue to make.  I suppose one might say it would have been worse without the guidelines and mandates, but that's a 'what if' that's hard to prove to the public.
    These sorts of things, understandably, are uncomfortable for some people to hear. Those who say such things become unpopular, attracting to themselves sideways glances and labels such as 'anti-vaxxer' and 'anti-science' - whether said out loud or not.
    In the end, if you look back and look closely you can see the patterns repeating and other patterns emerging, which in turn will help one set expectations on the probabilities of where the eventualities will pan out.
  11. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Sometimes logic and stupidity are a fine line. was marked as the answer   
    This is what you get when feelings and hope take precedence over reason and reality.  With deference to Wilbur, that's a bit different than logic vs. stupidity.
    I don't know how anyone could justify this, other than to completely ignore the question put to them.  And I believe we will see this type of behavior more frequently in the upcoming months.
     
    Government officials are recognizing the public more and more is ignoring the guidelines and mandates anyway.  The CDC director recently said part of the reason for reducing the covid isolation time from 10 to 5 days was “It really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate.” 
    I think, too, that government officials are finally recognizing that the tools they have relied upon aimed at eliminating or reducing the spread have not proven as effective as they wished or as they pronounced.  The public is weighing the claims vs. the reality they see.  The tools officials used from the beginning of the pandemic did not stop the last variant and did not appear to much slow the rapid spread of the latest variant.  Which is what the public expects in return for the efforts, changes, and sacrifices they have made and continue to make.  I suppose one might say it would have been worse without the guidelines and mandates, but that's a 'what if' that's hard to prove to the public.
    These sorts of things, understandably, are uncomfortable for some people to hear. Those who say such things become unpopular, attracting to themselves sideways glances and labels such as 'anti-vaxxer' and 'anti-science' - whether said out loud or not.
    In the end, if you look back and look closely you can see the patterns repeating and other patterns emerging, which in turn will help one set expectations on the probabilities of where the eventualities will pan out.
  12. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in So is there any difference between a diva and a prima donna? was marked as the answer   
    I would say a prima donna is someone who undeservedly holds a high opinion of herself or himself and inflicts that opinion on those nearby to everyone's annoyance and discomfort.
    A diva is someone like Zephyr.
  13. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in The Jsharr Kia Loaner? was marked as the answer   
    That's not good.  Somehow you got yourself on their sh!+ list...
  14. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in I’m a Balrog! was marked as the answer   
  15. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Bike Man Cycling is a very good name for our forum was marked as the answer   
    It sounds like the start of a movement.
    So much so, in fact, that I don't think anyone should poo-poo the idea.
  16. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in The forum needs some fall decorations was marked as the answer   
    I like fall decorations!
    Especially when the fall decorations look like a bike!
     

     

     

  17. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Did I Rescue A Gamera Spawn? was marked as the answer   
    Instead of moving it over onto the grass you should have just let it pass you, already.
  18. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Electric weed eater? was marked as the answer   
    I've owned several electric weed whackers and found using them essentially became an exercise in frustration getting the string to feed properly.
    So, I threw then out and bought a propane-powered model:

  19. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in We effed up. Sad. Couldn’t there have been an alternate reality? was marked as the answer   
    I guess it depends on your point of view.  If not petroleum or fossil fuels, what would we have chosen had we more knowledge or clairvoyance?
    Continued use of whale oil, to the extermination of all the whales?
    Wood, the burning of which releases particulates and isn't nearly as energy dense as petroleum?  Granted, wood is a renewable resource but it wouldn't have been renewed at the rate it was consumed.  I've read numerous accounts where a factory or an industry closed up and relocated simply because they'd burned up all the timber within an easily and economically transportable range.  It was cheaper to move the factory than to keep transporting the timber.
    Come to think of it now, in some sense whale oil could be considered a renewable resource...
    There's nothing wrong with imagining alternate realities, because that's were great ideas sometimes originate.  But in looking back and looking forward those great ideas have to have some bridge to reality - announcing humanity should have transitioned to cold fusion at the beginning of the Industrial Age serves no purpose but to create an excursion in fantasy.
    Everybody in today's petroleum economy can do something.  It just depends upon the depth of their convictions.  Everyone can turn off lights when they leave the room, leave their car parked instead of driving to the next store a few blocks away.  Small everyday actions that simply reduce waste or avoid needless use. 
    Or, depending on your convictions and commitment, go big.  Recycle or don't buy a cell phone.  Recycle or don't buy clothing made with petroleum.  Get rid of your house and move into a small energy efficient apartment or one of those tiny houses featured on that TV show.  Grow all your own food and put aside enough to carry you and your family through the winter or through the off-growing seasons.  Hey, it's been done before.  Hardly realistic, though, if one wants to continue to participate in today's modern society - but if one's commitments and convictions are deep enough that's one way to follow them.
  20. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Puzzling paragraph was marked as the answer   
    If her remains were found in the lake, and she was found dead in her home, then the obvious conclusion is her home is in the lake.
  21. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Post your best was marked as the answer   
    Get some bricks of white tofu, maybe 10 or 12:

     
    Some medium sized lentils, preferably smoke-flavored:
      
     
    Of course, we'll need some chili:

     
    A large quantity of beans, probably cheaper to buy in bulk in bags:

     
    Combine everything together, seasoning lightly with herbs while mixing vigorously in your food processor:

     
    Cook under medium to high heat on an outdoor charcoal grill for 20-30 minutes, basting occasionally with a light olive oil:

     
    Set aside in a large container to cool:

     
    Once cool, take the top off and share with friends and neighbors!

     
  22. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Is there a reason for Swiss cheese's continued existence? was marked as the answer   
    Swiss cheese disappoints if you focus on its individual qualities.
    To truly appreciate Swiss cheese, you must take a hole-istic approach.
  23. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in So what did I miss last week? was marked as the answer   
    Well, there was that episode where the gay man that delivered Parr8's rowing machine ran off to Las Vegas with DH's friend, Mr. Mooseknuckle.
  24. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in neurology checkup today was marked as the answer   
    I had one of those done.  The doctor came out with all the test results.  I asked "So, what's going on?"  The doctor said "Oh, nothing, really."
     

  25. Thaddeus Kosciuszko's post in Documentary fans - what should I watch? was marked as the answer   
    I would suggest a documentary about life and people's views of the afterlife.
     
    It's called 'Dracula - Dead and Loving It'.
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