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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Have you ever received one of those sheets of return address labels for free? I receive them in the mail all the time, but I only keep two or three sheets on hand. I don't mail things too often and when I do, I tend to print my own custom envelopes.
    I'm almost disappointed when the mail doesn't include someone send me a free set of address labels. It seems to be a recent phenomenon and rather pointless since I pay almost all of my bills electronically and hardly ever need return address labels any more.

    Ditto for charities that send me pre-stamped envelopes. I donate via their website, so don't need them. I've accumulated so many by this point that I think I'll be able to send out this year's Christmas cards without buying any stamps other than ones needed to make up the postage difference. (They never seem to use Forever stamps.)
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    It bugs me that I didn't realize the Alan Shepard stamps wouldn't be sold after 2011 ended, so I used most of mine up. I'd have bought more if I'd known.

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    One of my trifling pet peeves is the jargon and the assumptions about the user in some of our applications software. A case in point is Windows Media Player, with which I frequently copy and save CD recordings I have made. They use cutesy terms like "rip" for copying, and they assume it is a music album and that the individual tracks, if any, are "songs." For all anyone knows, my CD could be the minutes of a business meeting, though it usually is a recording of our church service I have made for shut-ins who could not attend. There is plenty of music but the sermon is the main event.

    I attribute this practice to the marketing muckety-mucks, though I may be wrong here, so don't take it as gospel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caveman1917 View Post
    You're taking him into the library? Does he already realize that it's supposed to be quiet there so that he doesn't cry or otherwise make noise when being there?
    He's usually asleep. Yesterday, he started fussing as I was checking my books out, and I just took him out as soon as I was done.
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    My priorities are screwed up. I keep mistaking my college diploma for a fancy, leather bound sketch pad. I keep moving it around, yet every time I see it, I get all excited.
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    "But scientists thought the giant squid was fake until 2004 so how can you say the megalodon can't still be alive?"

    I can't say that it's IMPOSSIBLE the megalodon could still be alive, but I can say that the giant squid was known from carcasses, observations of dying specimens, and scars on the bodies of sperm whales to be a real animal and not "fake" long before an adult specimen was first photographed alive in the wild in 2004 and that no comparable evidence exists for surviving megalodons.

    And relatedly: "But we only just made it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench so [etc.]"

    If by "53 years ago" you mean "just". Did the news reports about James Cameron's dive last year that you read seriously not mention the Trieste? Because all of the ones I read did.

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    The "England crush Australia at Lords" thread. Not the content, which may as well be in Greek, or Sanskrit, or any of the other myriad languages I don't understand, but the title.

    England is singular. Australia is singular. Americans want to see it as "England crushes Australia at Lords". Oh, and you guys spell "colour" wrong, too.

    We would say "New York crushes Seattle", but "Yankees crush Mariners."
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    "And etc." The "et" in "et cetera" is Latin for "and."
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    I love it when people use "i.e." instead of "e.g.": "If you've ever been to a country in Europe, i.e. France..."

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    After about a year of use, my iPhone autocorrected Tim Horton's to Tim Gordon's today. There maybe some truth to all those autocorrect stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    I love it when people use "i.e." instead of "e.g.": "If you've ever been to a country in Europe, i.e. France..."
    It helps me to remember which is which by thinking 'i.e.' is In Other Words, 'e.g.' is For Eggsample. Cheesy? Yep. Effective? Yep, at least for me.

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    One of my friends got to drive this today:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/image...ture_1265.html

    And I didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    One of my friends got to drive this today:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/image...ture_1265.html

    And I didn't.
    That is so totally unfair. Did you yell "dibs"?

    You'll just have to build your own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    That is so totally unfair. Did you yell "dibs"?

    You'll just have to build your own.
    Agh, who cares about who drove what? A car is a car, it's no big deal.

    [Clicks link]

    That is so totally unfair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    One of my friends got to drive this today:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/image...ture_1265.html

    And I didn't.
    Did you at least yell "Shotgun!"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    One of my friends got to drive this today:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/image...ture_1265.html

    And I didn't.
    Did he manage to back it into a light pole like James May on Top Gear? And did he get to climb in the suit and step out the back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Did he manage to back it into a light pole like James May on Top Gear? And did he get to climb in the suit and step out the back?
    If she did, she's not admitting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I'm getting really tired of the question, "Is this your first?" For one thing, I'm not sure how to answer--he has an older sister, but I'm not raising her and haven't even seen her in two years. For another, it's an example of how being a mother somehow makes you public property. Is it really the business of a random stranger in the library?
    I keep thinking of snarky outrageous answers to the question:
    "No, he's number five but the buyers are picking him up tomorrow and we'll get started on number six."
    "He's actually number five, but the others all died."
    "Oh he's not actually mine, I found him in a basket up on the third floor and decided to keep him."
    "What baby?"
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    I can't relate, Gillian.

    I'm rather sure if I had a baby, I'd like for people to fuss over him or her to some extent.

    People around here are so reserved and cold-hearted, I'd LIKE friendlier.

    But to each their own.

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    The other day on arriving home we discovered our car had been guano-bombed by a bird or birds. There was quite an amazing array of white spots, ranging from 1/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter (that's about 3 to 12 mm to you in the civilized world) all over the hood, roof, and left side.

    This morning I figured out where it happened. That's because I suddenly realized there were also spots on the inside of the door, which had come in through the window when it was down. That could only have happened while we were stopped waiting for a ferry. It also means I was sitting right there and didn't notice it. Yuk!
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    I can't make either Opera or Firefox play the videos on the Comedy Central website. I'm in the US, so it isn't that. Maybe my ad blockers are the problem, but I can't see why it only seems to be a problem on that site.
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    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    I can't relate, Gillian.
    For some reason, my reaction to this is "So what's new?"
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    People who wrap up the electrical cord on anything, a drill, hair dryer, drop light, any appliance really, so that the cord where attached to the device is bent sharply at an acute angle. These same people complain when the cord becomes fragile and broken at that point. Grr.

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    No one ever showed them how to make up a cord. I've seen it in the industry. And some people embrace "hacker" practices
    where fast is everything. Ha!!! And they never count the lost time when the tool fails for want of proper care, or they get
    fined ( and properly so ) for having dangerous tools on the job. There's a right way and a wrong way. Thimk !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I'm getting really tired of the question, "Is this your first?" For one thing, I'm not sure how to answer--he has an older sister, but I'm not raising her and haven't even seen her in two years. For another, it's an example of how being a mother somehow makes you public property. Is it really the business of a random stranger in the library?
    How about "Oh, we decided to give our children names, not numbers"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    How about "Oh, we decided to give our children names, not numbers"?
    I call my kids - Trouble 1, Trouble 2 and Trouble 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I call my kids - Trouble 1, Trouble 2 and Trouble 3.
    So you're doing the George Foreman thing, then?

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    Only when they are in a little trouble*. It makes them giggle and therefore, easier to deal with.

    *Little Trouble = Opened my new oil paint set and actually painted a canvas. Big Trouble = Opened my new oil paint set and painted each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    One of my friends got to drive this today:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/image...ture_1265.html

    And I didn't.
    I agree, that would make me mad jelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I call my kids - Trouble 1, Trouble 2 and Trouble 3.
    I see thay are all the same unimatrix.

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