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Re: Random thoughts

Postby Detritus » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:46 pm

Ducatista wrote:Mmmm, scrambled eggs with scallions and a little sharp cheddar. Perfect replenishment after my first work all-nighter in many months. Didn't have heavy cream, but the half and half did all right. And DAMN this coffee is good.

That sounds GREAT. I didn't pull an all-nighter, but I am running on less than five hours of sleep for the third day running.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby Ducatista » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:58 pm

It was SO GOOD. I rarely make eggs, gonna have to do it more often.

Hope you catch up on sleep soon. One all-nighter is a lot easier to recover from than a stretch of not enough Zs.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby narcoleptish » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:15 pm

Ducatista wrote: One all-nighter is a lot easier to recover from than a stretch of not enough Zs.


Sounds like an utterance from the Scrabble world championships.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby Detritus » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:26 pm

narcoleptish wrote:
Ducatista wrote: One all-nighter is a lot easier to recover from than a stretch of not enough Zs.


Sounds like an utterance from the Scrabble world championships.

The big problem in Scrabble isn't too little Z but too much E. Something that I believe Gozer regularly refers to in his postings.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby Detritus » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:43 pm

Ducatista wrote:It was SO GOOD. I rarely make eggs, gonna have to do it more often.

Hope you catch up on sleep soon. One all-nighter is a lot easier to recover from than a stretch of not enough Zs.

Thanks! I typically run on 6 hours a night, so it's not as bad as someone who needs a full 8. I make eggs once or twice week, but usually either Chinese egg-and-tomato soup or Japanese steamed egg custard (chawan mushi).
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby narcoleptish » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:30 pm

Come on.....enough Adele.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby Ducatista » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:02 pm

At this juncture I'm pretty happy that, while I would probably recognize Adele when I heard her, I couldn't hum you a single Adele tune. And I'm a really good hummer. (You heard me.)
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby narcoleptish » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:10 pm

Nice.) While I would blank for awhile if asked to hum something from her, I can pretty much guarantee that I'm going to wake up tomorrow with one in my head. I'll just sit there on the edge of the bed, Adeleing away.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby narcoleptish » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:28 pm

Am I watching a Best Of Antiques Roadshow?

The last guy collected antique women's eyeglasses. The guy appraising it had to be an actor.

This lady paid 15 grand for a fake Faberge egg.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby narcoleptish » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:32 pm

Andy Kaufman in a yellow plaid suit is appraising a poster.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby kurt_w » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:56 am

Earlier this week, I happened to land on an NPR station that was doing a story about the man who devoted his life to producing the first and only Yiddish-Japanese dictionary.

What impulse would drive a man to become Japan's leading expert on Yiddish?
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby snoqueen » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:08 am

That was what the people in the feature seemed to be wondering as well.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby narcoleptish » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:19 am

Wasn't there a guy associated with the UW who was an expert on the elf languages from the Lord Of The Rings?
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby kurt_w » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:29 am

narcoleptish wrote:Wasn't there a guy associated with the UW who was an expert on the elf languages from the Lord Of The Rings?


Here is someone who has written a fly-fishing guide to the rivers of Middle Earth.

And here's someone who analyzed the coordinate system for the maps in the Lord of the Rings, complete with equations to project points on the map into other map coordinates, and then superimposed Middle Earth on a real map of Europe. That application of real 3D geometry made my day.
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Re: Random thoughts

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:21 pm

narcoleptish wrote:Wasn't there a guy associated with the UW who was an expert on the elf languages from the Lord Of The Rings?

Richard West?

http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~rcwest/
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