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  1. 3 hours ago, haldir said:

    FEB 2nd Question of the Day


    It's the Day of the Rodent or as some people call Groundhog's Day, here in the US. Do you believe in the rodent or do you just look out the window & say "Eh, it'll be spring, when it wants too."


    Also, members outside the states, do you have a similar day like ours?




    Not really a thing here in UK. When the rain gets up to a certain temperature we call it Spring.

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  2. 36 minutes ago, Rob Dean said:

    I’ll come back to this later, but I’m now curious about the rest of you who were “mature” (for some value of mature…) in 1981. Do your gaming interests still include some/most/all of the stuff that was interesting then?  


    Basically yes.

    As I said, going to sea had put a stop to 90% of my hobbying, but I had done a lot of table top gaming by then and just discovered D&D. All those passions are still with me.

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  3. I was 23. Spent the first 4 months in college, sweating my way through the first part of my Chief Engineers exams. Passed the exam by the skin of my teeth. Very glad to get the paperwork out of the way.

    Then did a short trip on a minesweeper to fulfil my required time with the RNR, a very bouncy few weeks in the North Sea.

    Then away for a long trip on a VLCC: "Mobil Condor", joined in the Arabian Gulf and slow steamed to Rotterdam and back, which took up most of the rest of the year.

    As I was living out of a suitcase most hobbying was on hold. When I passed my exam I treated myself to a copy of SPI's "Highway to the Reich". Drooled over the maps and counters, but didn't get a chance to actually play any of it until several years later.

    Oh yes, somewhere in all that I got engaged... 

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  4. 19 hours ago, TGP said:

    Emergency Substitute Question—

    20 January 2022:

    Ever go into the kitchen, and find yourself unable to decide what to fix, because there are too many choices?



    But... nothing is broken?

    (Perhaps this is an example of January 19th. quizzle)

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  5. 9 hours ago, Auberon said:


    The amusing part about that is "inflammable" is the traditional English word, and "flammable" is a more modern one.  If you were to travel back in time and chastise the American revolutionaries that their incendiary rhetoric would inflame the passions of the populace and ignite the flammable tinderbox of war, they would have to point out you inflame inflammable objects. Flammable won't come about for another generation or so.


    Related, but admittedly getting away from the question...


    Consider the altered current meanings of "Objective" and "Subjective."

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  6.  Just finished reading "The Fear and The Freedom" by Keith Lowe. Sub-titled: "How the Second World War Changed Us".


    Unsurprisingly he concludes that it changed us massively, and continues to do so, often in unexpected and even contradictory ways. (Hence both fear and freedom in the title.)


    The author explores the many aspects of this change by starting each chapter examining the life of a typical participant in the war. (A Hiroshima survivor, a wounded and decorated US serviceman etc.) and relating what they experienced, how it changed them at the time and continued to affect them throughout their remaining lives. Some of the outcomes are quite surprising. He then expands the discussion to show how the changes in these individuals were mirrored in their entire societies. 


     I found this very interesting and broadly agreed with the authors conclusions. But a word of warning; Mr Lowe does not hide the fact that his sympathies lie with what would be called the Liberal Left. Many will find that he is too lenient to the old Warsaw Pact countries and down-plays modern concerns about the new non-democracies.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Quizzle for 14 January 2022

    Have you ever attended school or worked in another State, Province or Country?


    Like Chaoswolf my career in the Merchant Marine meant that I saw a lot of the world.


    And as my schooling was a long time ago... "The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there." (L.P. Hartley)

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  8. 7 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Quizzle for 13 January 2022:

    Seeing as this is the 13th, are you superstitious? [even just fun stuff for grins]


    Not superstitious, just slightlystitious...


    Having said that I would never walk under a black cat.

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