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by afew Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 10:34:12 AM EST

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Let it rip.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 10:34:38 AM EST
Leslie Nielsen's epitaph.

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:08:37 AM EST
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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:40:58 PM EST
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by Bernard on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:31:34 PM EST
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I want John Cleese in a plane asking the hostess for the fart trousers.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 11:36:22 AM EST
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Within the last 12 months I've done a voiceover for a very simple disposable plastic device that is inserted into the anus to allow continuous balancing of internal and external pressure. And not only soundless, there is also an odour-removing filter.

The video (unseen by me) was made for doctors. If I recall correctly, it claimed (and therefore I also claimed) that letting Polly out of prison is a major medical problem. It was one of those jobs where one hopes the video won't go viral.

OTOH I have amassed clear proof that farting has been providing social entertainment since Paleolithic times. Which means, if we compress all that time since the Stoners into 24 hours, that the whoopee cushion has come in at a fraction of a second before midnight.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 03:03:35 PM EST
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Approximately 98% of Indo-European has vanished.  Of the 2% there's about 100 words linguists are 100% positive existed.  One is *pezd- to "fart softly" and another is, something like *pazd- to "fart softly."

As Churchill remarked, albeit in another context, "Makes you proud to be British."

(Even if "you" aren't.)

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 03:18:57 PM EST
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*pazd- s/b "to fart loudly"

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 03:19:53 PM EST
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iPazd - to fart during online social networking.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 04:01:43 PM EST
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You could pitch that plastic anal device to Apple, they're looking for new gadgets.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 04:15:12 PM EST
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Yes, I'm beginning to think they lost the plot. But learning a new OS at my time of life? - I'd rather learn how to fully use the software I've already got.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 05:22:28 PM EST
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I have too much couth to post:

(I'd embed from Vimeo if they had it.  Which they don't.  So I won't.  And since I have too much couth to post it, it's not there anyway.)

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 05:39:07 PM EST
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Post-punk's tribute to pre-punk.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:12:23 AM EST
Post punk rockabilly?

(i remember under 18 shows by under 18 Green Day at some yoot club in Berserkely.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 01:08:27 PM EST
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This is fun:



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 12:31:25 PM EST
You've all seen the videos, but they don't come with this sense of the power...



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 01:04:53 PM EST
PS. Care for your speakers.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 01:09:02 PM EST
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OK, if you don't get the power of these blasts, then we go back to the political.

i post this because we are now going to war in 'Schland. I've been weeks long depressed by energy politics events (months), and me finally beginning to find how to fight.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 05:06:37 PM EST
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is that russian for 'holy f***'?


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 10:51:48 PM EST
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and even way before... they're both still alive and pushing a century, starting in May this year, somewhere south france.

(me setting some new goals)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 01:17:03 PM EST
In the Portuguese Parliament's fortnightly 'PM questions' today:

It comments itself.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 02:48:00 PM EST
A former editor of the Economist in a movie about the Italian crisis. Heartwearming, isn't it?

by epochepoque on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:05:56 PM EST
good, wasn't it?

you could feel his identification and love for the country and culture.

fascinating connections with the psychology of confession, and the indolence Dante spoke about.

can't rec it highly enough...


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:39:13 PM EST
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Someone - not THAT Someone - asked for photographic evidence of the existence of number 6.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:06:26 PM EST
Intersection of popular music and the time machine.

by asdf on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:25:00 PM EST
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One of the better McGoohan interviews about The Prisoner:



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 05:02:19 PM EST
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anyone seen it?

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:17:12 PM EST

who sees waldo?

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 10:48:41 PM EST
Once he's found, he's hard to miss. (She?)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 03:00:18 AM EST
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better known as: Appalachia Spring

For those who think classical music needs a huge honking pile of instruments to create a large, full, quality, sound I give you:

Orchestra consists of:

2 first violins
2 second violins
2 violas
2 cellos
1 bass
1 flute
1 clarinet
1 bassoon
1 piano

Total: 13 instruments

Here's the rest, in case:



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:01:48 AM EST
Youtube is useless in Germany, and i forgot where the very simple proxy site was, where you just past in the youtube.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 03:01:38 AM EST
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This work for you?



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 04:13:35 AM EST
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Ja Danke

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 06:17:13 AM EST
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Most of the size of a regular orchestra is because it takes 20 stringed instruments to match the volume you get from one wind instrument.

The finale of the William Tell Overture is a good example, this particular Youtube version chosen only because of the frenetic camerawork...

by asdf on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 07:52:23 PM EST
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I hope everyone will watch this film trailer, as a metaphor over our "civilization." This is an example of externalities not included in the cost of doing business. (full screen is good)



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 03:18:25 AM EST
Despite being created with a Y chromosome, this makes me want to cry.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 12:30:07 PM EST
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It makes me furious.

But (and I always have to put my "but" in) I realize there isn't a damn thing I can do to fix it.  All we can do is make sure we "tread lightly" on Mother Earth.  Empirical evidence gives we are in a tiny minority.  Which is a Good Thing since the predatory capitalist system utterly depends on a vast majority borrowing money (via a credit card) to buy useless shoddy shit that will break as fast as planned obsolescence can manage so they have to borrow money (on a credit card) to buy more useless shoddy shit.  If the cycle of borrowing money (via a credit card) to buy useless shoddy shit that will break as fast as planned obsolescence can manage is broken ... you get Greece, Spain, & etc.  In order to manufacture the useless shoddy shit millions of tons of industrial waste must be disposed of as cheaply as possible which means dumping it in the nearest ocean.

Which is where the garbage from high population/high manufacturing centers, e.g., the Los Angeles urban area, ends up.

shrug

 

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:27:32 PM EST
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nice planet, funny people!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:34:51 PM EST
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thanks

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:51:07 PM EST
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