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  1. Remi and Romeo teaching the puppies the finer points of napping. Romeo is in charge of lap naps and Remi handles bed naps
  2. ...why do you also have a house phone/land line?
  3. Her guilty plea in Russian court about carrying marijuana/hash oil vape into Russia? It’s a fascinating case, with a confession that a) could be legitimate, b) could be strategic, (hoping for leniency, a la a plea deal), or c) could be coerced. All in the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, with the US funding a large portion of the defense of Ukraine against Russian invasion. *I’ll accept her “confession” as having actually happened, as it was reported on by an English speaking Reuters reporter in the court room. If the US State Department believes it was a forced/coerced confession, then obviously political attempts at intervention should continue be applied. And the US should to be involved to ensure humane treatment while in custody, and to ensure her punishment doesn’t exceed standard Russian criminal sentencing for similar convictions. But if she’s guilty of breaking Russian law, what official US response is warranted? The US drug laws very so much between states and Federal, and so many Americans are incarcerated at home for possession for personal use, that I view official US criticism of Russian law as being hypocritical. I’ve read some calls for a prisoner exchange, but the proposed Russian involved is a convicted arms dealer, which seems unbalanced. So what should the US do? I think there’s a high likelihood that she’s guilty. That she intended to bring a vape into the country for personal use, thinking she’s never get caught. Alternatively, she brought it in accidentally, unintentionally in her luggage, but still within her responsibility. Intended for personal use, no intent to distribute. So to me, it’s likely a true confession in that sense. Maybe, without the war, she’d have simply been convicted and deported. But as long as the sentence isn’t contrary to Russian law, that’s simply the risk of traveling in a foreign country, let alone a hostile one, with drugs. Wooed by big money, paid by oligarchs to play basketball, she made some terrible decisions. discus.
  4. He seems at least decent as an announcer, and is aware when someone needs explaining. CVV is fine, if not too subdued. I miss the old Bob Roll promo pieces from 15-20 years ago, that was my favorite Bob.
  5. Freakin' gets me every time. You know, driving home with a plastic bottle of Ggatorade or a cold bottle of water. Containers are so flimsy and cheap these days. You finish your drink, put the cap back on then 2 minutes later, POP!!! 😲🥴😵‍💫 That unexpected snap, crackle pop! Gets me every time. Good thing I don't have any stomach problems. Crap 💩 😆😄😆
  6. How do you tag a member in these posts?
  7. I was wondering, why is there not an approximate symbol (≈) on a cell phone Some people use the Tilde (~) but that's not the same Then I learned holding down the equal sign unhides ≈, ≠, ∞ Some of you may of known this, but I didn't I believe they work in iphones too. https://lifehacker.com/how-to-access-the-hidden-symbols-on-your-android-phone-1847481210
  8. ....all about Lindsey Vonn's phone habits The alpine skier and Olympic gold medalist, 37, whose new memoir is called Rise: My Story, shares what’s on her phone. Number of contacts: 1,750. Most-used app: Oura [sleep and activity tracker]. Most-recent Uber trip: From my home to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Two miles. $20. App you wish someone would invent: A teleportation app. It would just make life so much easier. App most likely to be viewed in a checkout line: WhatsApp. Most-used entertainment app: Apple TV— Ted Lasso, The Morning Show andYellowstone. Cities listed in weather app: Park City, Utah; Los Angeles; New York City. Alarm settings: 7:30 a.m. weekday; 8:30 a.m. weekend, but my dogs usually wake me up much earlier. Favorite picture on your Instagram feed: The picture from my last ski race, in February 2019. Favorite food-related app: Vivino (wine rec app) Strangest place you’ve lost your phone: Back pocket of an airplane seat when I was 12. It was my mom’s brand-new phone she let me take to ski camp, and I lost it on the first day. Times you’re off your phone entirely: Vacations, meals and when spending time with family and friends. Person you FaceTime most: My mom. Most-listened-to album: Jay-Z, The Blueprint. Favorite shopping app: The RealReal. Strangest autocorrect mishap: It spells my name wrong: Lindsay instead of Lindsey. It is one of my biggest pet peeves when someone spells my name wrong, so the same stands for autocorrect. Or Conn instead of Vonn. Game you wish you could delete: If you consider Duolingo a game, then Duolingo, as that would mean I have learned a new language
  9. We love the new house. Love the view. There is one part of my commute that is really dangerous. You would think a short 30 mph section with a 20 mph at the top might have people slow down. Nope. It is narrow, has zero shoulder and there is a ditch runoff. There is yet another go around that I can add to my commute. It totally avoids the bad section, but it can only be used during certain parts of the year. Right now, it is too snowy. Then, it will be too muddy for a while. It isn't like I am afraid of mud, but this mud cakes. I would get stuck and stop in about ten feet. Everyone here knows that I cherish trail and do not ride ultra-muddy trail. This isn't pristine single track. Just a dirt road with no gravel. There is light shralp on it, but kinda fun. Nothing major. Every day I utilize these crazy go around over hill and dale to avoid downtown. This is yet another one of those. When the road is ridable it will turn my commute into a much harder ride. I think it will add about 500 more feet to my 700 foot ride. Yesterday, I was buzzed by two vehicles. One was a truck and the second was a hells angel troop. The Angel chose to get close to me, even though they had an ENTIRE lane. I have tried to take the advice from here and put my wheels in the right tire track. That is even more dangerous they buzz me even closer. If I am there and hear cars, I move back over to the white line. The lane going down the road in the am is fine. No cars that time of the day, and I can get down it easily with hardly any issues. The lane going up is very narrow. The road is a double yellow divider. Many cars do not move over or slow quite often. I have even been buzzed by a school bus. Trail Boss and I talked, and the resolution was to put my bike on the bus rack and take the bus up that one section. I will get home later, which means harder cooking crunch for dinner. I am kind of crushed. This resolution is so I don't get crushed. Maybe some will think I am spineless, so be it. This is such a short section, but it is my daily dread, and not due to the incline. People are terrible! Most are nice, but the two yesterday made me re-think this one section. I want to live. More bus tokens in my Constanza wallet.
  10. Hmm - bring back the 5 game max? Seems reasonable to me, but so much more as well. It Might Be Time to Retire 'Jeopardy' The end of a cultural icon? By Tom Nichols Think pieces about Jeopardy have to begin with a cute opener that echoes the way the revered game show phrases its clues. Here’s mine. Answer: It’s a cranky rant about television and popular culture. Question: What the hell is Tom going on about now? It is also a requirement for former top players—I was in the 1994 Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions, and was once listed in the Jeopardy Hall of Fame—to affirm that we love the show. Some of us have loved it since childhood. On sick days from school, my mother would come home from her lunch hour and play along with me back when Art Fleming was the daytime host. Consider this my assurance that the show has had a place in my heart for over a half century. But Jeopardy has lost the spirit that made it an American institution. I am not the first to notice that the show, like other formerly amateur pursuits in America, has become professionalized and mostly closed to the casual player. It is no longer a show that celebrates the smarts of the average citizen; it is now a showcase for people who prep and practice, who enter the studio determined not to shine for a day or even a week but to beat the game itself. This, combined with the abolition back in 2003 of the long-standing rule that you must retire after five wins, has created long streaks where a few players over time crush the daylights out of the sacrificial lambs who have no real chance of beating the reigning champ without either a dash of luck or an unforced error. Before I explain why I think this is bad, let me tell you how the game works, so that you can get a better idea of why these long streaks are possible and why they violate the spirit of the game, and then I’ll suggest why the audience shouldn’t necessarily be cheering them on. First, get it out of your head that Jeopardy players are freaky geniuses, or that the big winners are somehow more brilliant than the losers. (There is, apparently, a pandemic-related problem with contestant quality control lately, but I’ll come back to that.) In my experience, both as a player and a viewer, most contestants are excellent. That’s because the show uses a combination of a very tough written test to measure your smarts and an in-person simulation to make sure that you’re not, in game-show parlance, a “Bambi” who will stare like a deer in the road once the studio lights go on. Yes, there are some prodigies; I personally was a fan of Matt Amodio, whose breadth of knowledge was amazing. Mostly, however, Jeopardy players have one unique ability in common: We have brains like lint rollers. We hear a factoid, and for some reason we remember it. Here’s an example from one of my games. The clue was from the category “Anthropology” and it was something about the Leakey family discovering “this human ancestor whose name means ‘handy man.’” I don’t really know anything about anthropology, but I know I learned in a sixth-grade social-studies class the little factoid that “handy man” is Homo habilis. You probably did too. The difference between me and you is that I remembered it and I was able to recall it faster in a TV studio than you can. And while good Jeopardy players don’t have to be brilliant, they do have to get the hang of parsing the game’s weird riddles. The writers lard up the clues with irrelevant facts, but usually the answer is staring you in the face. I still chuckle when the game throws out something like “Large pyramidal objects in this modern Egyptian capital city were meant as burial chambers for emperors of the many dynasties that included rulers such as Neferneferuaten.” The difference between decent Jeopardy players and everyone else is that the players know, after straining out all that extraneous information, that all they’re really being asked is: “What’s the capital of Egypt? Duh.” This leads to an even more important point. If knowledge isn’t the edge, what makes the difference? The thing that makes champions so hard to beat is not brainpower; it’s the buzzer. Mastering that little clicker is everything. You can’t see it at home, but the board has lights that go on just off-screen that let you know when the host is done speaking. (This is why you never hear anyone ring in over the host: You can’t.) When the light goes on, your buzzer goes hot, and each player tries to buzz in a millisecond before the other guys. Buzzing in early will lock you out for a split second; two of you buzzing in at the same time locks out both of you. Usually, all three of you know the answer, and it’s just a matter of getting there first. (“Triple stumpers,” where all three players stand there dumbfounded until the timer beeps, are pretty rare.) Why does this matter? Because the more times you use the buzzer, the better you get at it. It really is a learned reflex. It takes a little getting used to, and then you develop a rhythm. And as my friend Jonathan Last pointed out to me recently, veteran players who master this ability have a greater chance of finding the Daily Doubles (where contestants can make big wagers beyond the value of the clue) because they can control the board for longer stretches. The Daily Double used to be a shot at changing the game’s momentum, sometimes with a dramatic bet. (I won some and lost some.) Now it's mostly a way for the returning champs to invest in padding out a lead. Another factor here is that the more times you win, the more comfortable you are in the studio. To play the game well, you have to get over the shock of realizing: Holy cats, I’m in the Jeopardy studio and that really is Alex freakin’ Trebek standing right there addressing me by name and wishing me luck. Believe me, getting past that distraction is worth a lot of money. Watch the veterans play after they’ve won a few games. They have cracked the code, which, as paradoxical as it seems, includes completely ignoring the host. The losers—again, you can watch this happen—are very focused on looking at the host, but the winners are looking at the board. They’re reading ahead, forming an answer, and waiting for the light to go on. In my best moments on the show, it was me and the board, that little light, the buzzer, and nothing else. If you’ve done all this even two or three times, new players are at an instant disadvantage. No one wants to play against a returning champ. The day I played—I did five straight games in one day—there was wonderful camaraderie among us all in that sequestered contestant room, but there was just a little hesitance to sit with me at lunch after I’d turfed a bunch of other players. During the intro to one of the games, Alex said he’d overheard one of the other players saying “Someone’s gotta get this guy”—hey, thanks, Alex!—but that’s kind of normal, since I’d won a few already. Now imagine going up against someone who’s won a half-dozen games. Or a dozen. Or 15 or 20. It’s inherently unfair. What makes it worse is that players like James Holzhauer basically turned the game into a full-time job before they even got there. As I said at the time, it was about as interesting as going to the Sportsbook room at Caesars Palace and watching guys handicap the ponies or figuring out the spread in a college-basketball game. Don’t get me wrong—Holzhauer’s damn smart. But when he finally lost, it was to someone who had literally written a graduate thesis about Jeopardy. That’s a bit more commitment than you’ll find in the average player. The charm of the game, the thing that made it beloved to so many people, was that you weren’t watching a brute-force match between a Vegas odds guy and a Jeopardy scholar; you were watching a New York City cop and a librarian from Tucson, Arizona, and a homemaker from Dubuque, Iowa, battling it out with little more than a high-school education and some quick recall. Worse yet, this has actually improved ratings, which says something bad about us, the viewers. Americans no longer care about the triumph of the everyman or everywoman. They want to see someone bust the board. They want a Trivial Pursuit version of Conan the Barbarian who will crush their enemies, see them driven before them, and hear the lamentations of their women. They want winners. To their credit, most of the long-streak players seem like lovely people. (Okay, Holzhauer was kind of smirky, and let’s not talk about Arthur Chu, but most of them.) That’s not the point. Jeopardy was originally a kind of celebration of the smarts of the average American, not a colosseum where the crowds could cheer the slaughter of new players who had no real shot against champs who had mastered the game mechanics through sheer repetition. So maybe it’s time to retire the game—especially as they’re having trouble finding hosts who aren’t annoying. (Chu recently wrote about how the hosts, and not the contestants, have become the focus of the show, and he’s right.) At the least, the show needs a post-Trebek retooling. Bring back the five-game rule. And tighten up on contestant selection. Apparently, the pandemic eliminated some of the in-person screening, and it shows. I’ve seen a few games recently in which some of the contestants simply had no chance even on a more level playing field. I want everyone on Jeopardy to have a good run, not just wave to Mom and Dad and then get creamed. Jeopardy used to be a spirited, and limited, competition among ordinary Americans. Now we watch because we want to see James or Matt or Amy squash a passel of newbies every week, hapless victims for whom victory is mathematically out of reach within 20 minutes. This doesn’t reflect well on our culture. Bring in more people and make it about watching your friends and neighbors again.
  11. ...for the rest of us dolts to appreciate! And don't deedeegee it, you rascal!
  12. ...to add emergency contact info to your phone:
  13. ...that putting "JR" or "III" or similar on a team jersey is MORANIC!!! Ex - Odell Beckham Jr's jersey says "BECKHAM JR". Is there ANOTHER Beckham on the team Is his dad playing for them too? WTF would a suffix be added to a jersey name? This is an insanely DOPEY practice and I assume @Randomguy agrees. On old example:
  14. ...may enjoy the challenge! These folks take @MoseySusan's Wordle SERIOUSLY. From today's paper: Wordle, a once-a-day online word game, has taken the world by storm. Now its devotees are arguing about how best to play it. Some rush to the website to play before others. Others have spent hours debating strategies with friends, family and strangers online. Some have gone to extreme lengths by building spreadsheets to analyze the best way to play. Sam Sheridan plays Wordle the moment a new game drops, at midnight while he’s in bed, “which probably sounds kind of mad,” said the psychologist from London. The game is simple. You have six chances to guess the day’s secret word, which has five letters. Type in a word as a guess, and the game tells you which letters are or aren’t in the word. The game is free and has no ads. The aim is to figure out the secret word with the fewest guesses. Fans typically have a favorite first word they think gets them to the answer fastest. Two groups have emerged: those who type in vowel-heavy words first and those who go after common consonants. Mr. Sheridan types in “arise” first, to eliminate three vowels at once. “I have not failed yet,” said the 30-year-old, who started playing a week ago. He likes to tease his girlfriend, Anna Taylor, who has no strategy at all. “I only find it fun if I can move instinctively and quickly,” said Ms. Taylor, 31, who works in clinical research. “His plotting frustrates me!” Rebekka Power, 46, prefers more consonants in her first try and usually types in “stear.” She dismissed those who think a first guess should have more A’s, E’s, I’s, O’s or U’s. “Words aren’t made of just vowels,” said the communications director from Melbourne, Australia. Bertrand Fan, a software engineer in San Francisco, took a peek behind Wordle’s website to get a leg up. He looked at the code used to build the site and found a list of words used in the game. But he didn’t use it to cheat. “It would ruin the game if I actually looked up the answer for each day,” he said. Instead, Mr. Fan used the list to find the most recurring letters in the words. His analysis found that E, A, R, O, T, L, I and S were the most-used letters in the answers. He swapped out his previous favorite starting word “adieu” for “soare,” which means young hawk. “I’ve never seen that word before,” said Mr. Fan, 41. He thinks it helps him win one try faster than “adieu.” The game encourages people to share their results online, which helped it go viral. Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” tweeted his results to his 51.4 million followers last Tuesday. “Who else is playing #Wordle? Addicted,” he wrote. Three days later he posted an update. “Still hooked,” he said. Players paste the Wordle game on social media, which has filled Facebook and Twitter timelines with a sea of green and yellow squares. In the game, when a guess is made, the color of tiles change to show you how close you are to the secret word. If you guess “weary,” as the instructions say, and the “W” turns green, the secret word starts with a W. If the E turns yellow, the letter is in the word, but is in the wrong spot. Letters that turn gray aren’t in the word. Stefan Geens, 52, started playing last week after seeing the green and yellow tweets. He discussed with friends the best first word and settled on a few: “ratio,” “toner,” “tears” and “irate,” because they contained the most commonly used letters in the English language. Then he realized he could do better. He spent a Friday night and a Saturday morning creating a Google spreadsheet to figure out the best first word. Using an online list of 2,499 five-letter words, it showed the most common occurring letters were E, S, A, R and O. He has now changed his first word to “arose.” “That’s clearly the best guess,” said Mr. Geens, a product designer in Stockholm. London-based Starling Bank Ltd. turned the game into an ad. “Britain’s Best Bank?” it tweeted. The names of rivals were wrong answers, while the word “Starling” was in green. Workers are fans of the game, said Oliver Mott, the bank’s head of social media. “We couldn’t resist doing a mock-up,” he said. JJ Edmondson started a Facebook group last week as a place where people can post their results. About 170 people share their Wordle scores, as well as hints, clues and tricks. There is one important rule: “DO NOT REVEAL THE ANSWER!,” wrote Ms. Edmondson, 53, a teacher from the Australian town of Korumburra. One trick she shares is how to get around Wordle’s once-a-day game limit. She suggests using the Wayback Machine, an online internet archive where people can see Wordle’s website from past days and play old games. Ira Lilien, a retiree from New York, wishes there was a timer with the game to see if someone spent hours figuring out the word. When he plays, he types in words that contain S, T, E or R, letters he uses often in another word game, Scrabble. Josh Wardle, the man who invented Wordle, is a software engineer from New York. He created a prototype in 2013 and during the pandemic he dusted it off for his partner, who liked playing word games. It started to take off in mid-November, Mr. Wardle said, when technologist Andy Baio put a link to the game in his blog. Then Mr. Wardle noticed fans in New Zealand were posting results with color boxes they drew themselves. So Mr. Wardle made it easy to share results, and things went viral. He said 1.8 million people played last Friday, compared with 90 people on Nov. 1, 2021. His email inbox has been filling up with people explaining their own strategies. He doesn’t know which one is best. “You’re asking the wrong person,” he said. “I’m very bad at it.”
  15. ...but folks love these little phrases! #5 is a HUGE hit! Wait, what? No worries At the end of the day That being said Asking for a friend Circle back Deep dive New normal You’re on mute Supply chain
  16. Ignore us? I'd blame @jsharrwick for repeatedly dropping the "fresh avatar" ball, but honestly, it had to be @Dottles fault.
  17. ...in length, let alone 2hrs 15min. The perfect length for a comedy (and most movies) is 90 mins. Anything more than that is poor editing.
  18. At the place where I swim, they have Peloton bikes, which I have been meaning to try. So I did. First, I am generally not a big fan of spin classes, which tend to sound good until you find out a few things: The instructors are generally not cyclists They have extremely poor taste in music They won't shut the hell up, ever, and feel compelled to spout nonsense throughout They do the dumbest things, like repeated 2 second "jumps" out of the saddle, then back down, then out again, ad nauseum. Also stupid stretches that real cyclists see immediately for what they are, which are giant injury risks. I was hoping that Peloton found a way around these issues, but upon trying it, it turns out they mostly doubled-down on them. I tried a few different classes, and the instructors did strike me as folks not likely to own a bicycle, or to have a clue about stupid stuff to not do on a bike, like lift weights or 'stretch' (but you can look for classes without the weights at least). They still have poor taste in music, but you can find a class or so based on era or category, so the sucking is more finite. The instructors still will not stfu, ever, or at least didn't in the three different classes I jumped in on. Anyway, all the same limitations and 'one note' approach to cycling, which is the normal spin class that you see out in the world, including the aspects I don't enjoy. Add to that the downsides of not being able to discreetly perv on the hot students in your class. I would definitely prefer an actual ride simulation/non-spin platform personally. Anyway, I am definitely being harsh on Peloton, and I imagine non gym-goers and non-cyclists would glom onto it more than people like me, and it would also be good for other folks that just want to go along with things without thinking much about it, so there is that. Question for the Peloton folks - Can you stream Netflix to the monitor? I can see that being better than just a video of a spin class.
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