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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in The Miscellaneous Thread   
    I went on to Youtube this evening. For some strange reason that I can't fathom (given that there's no possibility of relevance to any cookies from other websites I've visited recently) this was a listed suggestion:
     
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in The Miscellaneous Thread   
    A couple of animal-related pics.
    This one is from a Twitter account. Funny, but not sure if it's true. However, a good reminder that little creatures, either toddlers or pets, can end up in trouble if you're not alert to the multitude of possibilities.

    I used to be owned by cats. I'd like to get another cat, but I know I'd end up with one like this:

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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in Thread for the Great and the Good who are nameless   
    There are loads of people who are great and good because, even in small ways, they make our lives just that little bit better.
    I went to one of our small local supermarkets today. I would never want to work in retail, because they can get so much abuse from customers, especially the drunks. The young woman on the checkout was lovely, and we had a giggle about how slow the card machine was working, "must be because it's Sunday". Such a tiny little thing but it was just that human connect, if you see what I mean.
    When I developed the rash, and google-diagnosed it as shingles, I phoned my GP practice just after 8 a.m. on the Monday (their busiest day). When I mentioned "shingles", the person on the phone immediately booked me in with one of the practice's nurse-practitioners for 11 a.m. that day. The nurse diagnosed shingles and prescribed meds to reduce the effects, approved the pain-relief schedule that I'd already put myself on, treated me as a sensible individual, and encouraged me to come back if things weren't going well. That's two people who cheerfully looked after me that day.
    The great and the good aren't always the big and the famous.
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    Libby got a reaction from seesthru in The Miscellaneous Thread   
    I don’t know how much of this was staged, nor how many takes were needed:
     
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    Libby got a reaction from The Old Man in "The Ballad Of Lucy Butler"   
    William - love that! Great find.
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    Libby got a reaction from The Old Man in Jon Polito (Eddie in Omerta) has died   
    I don't usually follow celebrity news, but I recognised his name in the headline on a news page, and immediately knew who he was. He was so very good as Eddie in Omerta.
    Then I looked at his imdb page:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0689237/
    He appeared in so many movies/TV shows, which I always think is a sign that he was not only a good actor but also a good guy on set/in real life.
    He was only 65. Apparently, he contracted an infection following melanoma surgery. He's survived by his long-term partner, Darryl Armbruster.
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    Libby got a reaction from seesthru in The Miscellaneous Thread   
    Examples, should you ever have needed them, of why the English can seem just a little bit odd:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4305774/Hilarious-British-situations-caught-camera.html
    I'm currently watching a UK TV programme called "Coast", which is a collection of all the various things that goes on around the coastline of the British Isles, from people to history to geology. This episode had a segment on a jigsaw puzzle competition, which has been going on for years. The winners are whoever manages to put together the most jigsaw puzzle pieces in the time available. It's not easy to describe, but I'll do my best:
    The tables are provided by the organisers, and they're placed on the beach between the low and high water marks. The competitors have to decide when to call it quits, as the tide rolls in and threatens to wash the puzzle pieces away. Some seasoned competitors manage to hold up the floating tables while up to their waists in water, using their skills and knowledge to judge whether it's wise to try to fit in another piece before the next wave hits, or risk losing it all. Totally nuts! But quintessentially funny in that British way.
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    Libby got a reaction from The Old Man in Happy Birthday Selfosophist   
    Belated birthday greetings, Scott.
    I have so got to watch that episode again.
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    Libby got a reaction from The Old Man in Happy Birthday Graham "The Old Man"   
    Many Happy Birthday greetings, Graham.
    Quiet birthdays are good.
     
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in Happy Birthday Walkabout   
    You're still younger than me!
    OK, pizza for breakfast is standard fare for students. But one of the really great things of getting to that milestone age is the freedom to do what what we [expletive] well like.
    Cake is also good for breakfast. You can trust me on that.
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in Happy Birthday Walkabout   
    You're still younger than me!
    OK, pizza for breakfast is standard fare for students. But one of the really great things of getting to that milestone age is the freedom to do what what we [expletive] well like.
    Cake is also good for breakfast. You can trust me on that.
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in Happy Birthday Walkabout   
    Happy birthday, Walkabout.
    Love the horse theme!
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    Libby got a reaction from SadEyes in Goodbye to all that   
    You're right, SadEyes. No matter how much I try to find something of value in that episode, there really isn't much there. I think there was an assumption that season 7 was going to be the last season of the X-Files, hence some of the episodes. But, there I go, making excuses for them again.
    Anyway, they'd already done an episode (can't recall the title/season) which involved voodoo and drugs to mimic death leading to people being buried and then exhumed alive. Pretty easy to imagine the MM Group having access to drugs like that. It would be the ultimate undercover technique, if you'll pardon the somewhat tasteless pun. And that would have fitted into both the XF and MM universes much better.
    But, yes, zombies. Whoever came up with that idea should have been booted out of the writers' room immediately.
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in The Miscellaneous Thread   
    That list is a reminder that just because the fighting has stopped, that doesn't mean that it's peaceful from then on. Western European countries have the resources to quickly deal with munitions that get discovered. Far too many other countries don't have that; the people there just have to hope.
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    Libby got a reaction from SadEyes in Goodbye to all that   
    Yes, I've read various interviews with Frank Spotnitz about that episode. It seems that the 1013 people felt that the final episode of MM wasn't a good enough closure to the Frank and Jordan story, though I don't personally see that. So they scheduled in a crossover, got Lance and Brittany signed up into their shooting schedule (and that's often quite difficult to ensure they'd both be available during that time). And once all that had been arranged, they then had to sketch out the story for that episode. Since most XF fans didn't watch MM, the crossover story had to be shoehorned in to what would make sense to XF fans. How on earth can anyone explain the MM Group conspiracy theme to an audience who hasn't watched MM and you only have 45 minutes to do that? It was impossible, and they quickly realised that they'd scheduled in something they couldn't actually do. Hence the mess of that crossover episode that wasn't pleasing to fans of either show.
    But I thought the initial engagement between Frank/Mulder/Scully was very good. Given that Frank and Mulder were both highly expert in their respective, yet similar, fields, it could have been a challenge between two (kinda) alpha males. But the script and David Duchovny played up the respect that Mulder had for Frank so well.
    I loved the bit just before the end when Frank and Jordan were reunited, just for the fact that Lance and Brittany probably loved meeting up again.
    The final scene pissed off the many XF fans who only tuned in for the luurve, because there wasn't a full-on M&S smoochy kiss. Two different universes with two very different sets of fans, and there was no way of reconciling the different expectations. That realisation came too late in the planning process.
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    Libby got a reaction from SadEyes in Goodbye to all that   
    Yes, I've read various interviews with Frank Spotnitz about that episode. It seems that the 1013 people felt that the final episode of MM wasn't a good enough closure to the Frank and Jordan story, though I don't personally see that. So they scheduled in a crossover, got Lance and Brittany signed up into their shooting schedule (and that's often quite difficult to ensure they'd both be available during that time). And once all that had been arranged, they then had to sketch out the story for that episode. Since most XF fans didn't watch MM, the crossover story had to be shoehorned in to what would make sense to XF fans. How on earth can anyone explain the MM Group conspiracy theme to an audience who hasn't watched MM and you only have 45 minutes to do that? It was impossible, and they quickly realised that they'd scheduled in something they couldn't actually do. Hence the mess of that crossover episode that wasn't pleasing to fans of either show.
    But I thought the initial engagement between Frank/Mulder/Scully was very good. Given that Frank and Mulder were both highly expert in their respective, yet similar, fields, it could have been a challenge between two (kinda) alpha males. But the script and David Duchovny played up the respect that Mulder had for Frank so well.
    I loved the bit just before the end when Frank and Jordan were reunited, just for the fact that Lance and Brittany probably loved meeting up again.
    The final scene pissed off the many XF fans who only tuned in for the luurve, because there wasn't a full-on M&S smoochy kiss. Two different universes with two very different sets of fans, and there was no way of reconciling the different expectations. That realisation came too late in the planning process.
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    Libby got a reaction from The Old Man in Millennium Gadgets Pack (for Rainmeter & Windows)   
    Oh, so that's what your cryptic message in the shoutbox was about.
    Looks great. I might try it.
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    Libby got a reaction from SmokeyPSD in Gmail phishing attack   
    If you have a gmail account, you should probably read this article. (I gather that anyone who has an Android device will also have a Google account.)
    https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/01/gmail-phishing-data-uri/
    Briefly: you get an email from someone you know, with what looks like an attachment. You click on that, and you get taken to a fake Google sign-in web page. You can tell it's fake because of what's in the address bar of your browser. The real one reads: " https: // accounts.google.com.... " but the fake one starts: " data: text / html, https:// accounts.google.com ...."
    But how many of us actually look at the address bar? Apparently, even very techy people have been caught out by this one.
     
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    Here's another image posted by a FB friend:

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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    I've often found that to be so very true. Just figuring out why something doesn't work or that I ended up with the wrong answer can lead to much better understanding.
    Meanwhile, this was posted by one of my FB friends:

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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    I've often found that to be so very true. Just figuring out why something doesn't work or that I ended up with the wrong answer can lead to much better understanding.
    Meanwhile, this was posted by one of my FB friends:

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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    I've often found that to be so very true. Just figuring out why something doesn't work or that I ended up with the wrong answer can lead to much better understanding.
    Meanwhile, this was posted by one of my FB friends:

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    Libby got a reaction from The Old Man in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    But if I were to have a plan for this year, it’d be pretty much the same as last year, and year before... but with some additions.

    I really do want to finally understand modern physics. You know, all that quantumy stuff. I do try, and it’s fascinating, but it often gives me a headache.

    I want to learn how to draw and paint and have already got some teaching resources. That idea was prompted by the passing of dear Erin. I will never have her talent; it’s not in my soul as it was in hers. But I would at least like to learn some techniques.

    I’ve just realised that those two things kind of demonstrate that I’ve finally got out of the rat-race. It doesn’t matter if I’m no good at something (i.e. doesn’t earn me money), what matters is that I have a go at something that interests me and not be afraid of turning out to be totally useless at it.
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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    I've often found that to be so very true. Just figuring out why something doesn't work or that I ended up with the wrong answer can lead to much better understanding.
    Meanwhile, this was posted by one of my FB friends:

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    Libby got a reaction from Walkabout in MLM Group 2017 New Year Resolutions   
    I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, especially the “lose weight” and “take more exercise” types. I mean, who wants to think about salads and jogging when we’re in the depths of winter? If I were to make resolutions like those, I’d use the ancient Roman calendar which started in March.
    But having a plan for writing a book or studying sounds good. The initial stages can be done while being indoors in the warm, with biscuits/cookies and mugs of hot chocolate to hand. That would suit me.
    Yes, less worry and stress would be a good thing for a lot of people. So, let's hope for that this year!

     
     
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