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  1. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    https://nerdist.com/article/star-trek-red-shirts-werent-statistically-the-most-likely-to-die-after-all/
  2. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeah, I was wearing a puffy jacket inside another puffy jacket and still feeling cold. Once the light started fading I decided I'd just get it to a state where it wouldn't fall apart overnight/during the week...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I'm part-way through putting together my new shed. The house didn't have one, so I bought one to install. Spent the last few weeks dealing with the floor (laid some concrete, but wasn't too happy with it, so I got some pavers and mortared them on. Much happier now). Spent most of the weekend putting the shed itself together in the cold wind. The four walls are (almost) together, just need to add the roof and bracing and then fix it to the floor...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    The article says that Canada's $20 limit was the lowest of any western country. That may have been the case in the past, but Australia's government decided to lower our threshold to nothing a year or two ago. And force overseas retailers to collect the GST on their behalf. So now I have to pay GST on a 95c USB cable from China or anything like that I'm trying to buy...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Looks like a swordstaff to me...
  6. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Umm... I think you may be looking in the wrong place for that... Maybe on some of the other threads, but certainly not this thread...
  7. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Wah I don't have funds for another month or two...
  8. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    If you think that's bad, imagine what it's like for those of us growing up in a neutral country which gets media from both UK and USA. I had to deal with both foreign associations while growing up...
  9. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Google can help... Japan seems to be using the American plug system, although at only 100V compared to the USA's 120V.
  10. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm... we just had a multicultural lunch at work... so much good food...
  11. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Back from my long weekend playing board games. I got SWMBO along this time and she seemed to enjoy herself. She did manage to steal me away a couple of times to go sightseeing and eat out, but I still got a decent number of games in.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    So the move-in went pretty smoothly. But SWMBO was starting to come down with something which hit full force on Monday. I took the day off to take care of her and she's been taking it easy since then. Hope she recovers sufficiently before we go away for the weekend (and that she's sufficiently recovered for the road trip she's taking with her sister today).
  13. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    2 days until SWMBO moves into our new house with me. We're having her family and someone else over tonight for dinner...
  14. sumbloke

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    A guy in my gaming group used to do that here in Pennsylvania. In Los Angeles there's also something similar but it's not 'archaeology', it's 'random ice age animals preserved in tar'. In both cases there's a dude who stands around during breaking ground. The construction company hopes (and sometimes bribes to ensure) there's nothing found. Because if there is something found construction stops while it's all dealt with and the company begins losing piles of money every day. Artifacts/fossils/bones/etc are carefully and quickly cataloged and carted away then construction resumes. I hear that's the reason the Rome Underground is taking so long to build...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Gastric acid is stronger than carbonic acid. Several other foodstuffs are also quite acidic, which is why they taste sour. Pineapple juice, for example, is similar acidity to soft drinks. Acidity is unlikely to cause much harm to the teeth. It's in the mouth for a very brief time and would be counteracted by saliva (which is alkaline). The main issues with teeth come from food getting caught and feeding tiny nasties which also eat enamel. If anything, drinking soft drinks would help against that because the acidity could kill off the tiny nasties...
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