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The final frontier? - mike, Wed Dec 13 11:24
Gentlemen, I would value your opinion of this movie, or rather its content from an informational viewpoint, not as entertainment although there's no reason to exclude that aspect. It's entitled 'The Mars Underground':- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcTZvNLL0-w However if, for whatever reasons, you are unable or... more
  • Thomas stunts - mike, Tue Dec 12 07:48
    An amusing stunt made with Brio trains (or a Brio knock off) https://youtu.be/me5ifeBFaFo
  • my apologies for being absent - mike, Mon Dec 11 21:10
    It's been a rather undecided week or two. Tammy has gone to New York again, left Sunday morning and as usual it leaves me in a chair bound funk watching old tv shows like Yes Minister and the usual slew of various documentaries. Prior to that my preoccupation was the Churchill books that can even slow down a notorious ... more
  • I couldn't resist a poke... - Sarge, Sat Dec 9 11:57
    ...at PC stupidity. Some greeter at a store hit me with "Happy Holidays" (with all the vapid shallowness of "Have a nice day" and "Thank you for your service"), which just struck me as so absolutely vague as to have lost any meaning whatsoever. I said, "Why thank you. I especially enjoy Fourth of July and Father's... more
  • I think you'll like this guys - mike, Tue Dec 5 12:33
    Its a fairly short (13 mins approx) video of a radio controlled model construction site, inside an exhibition hall in Germany is my guess. The star of the show is a giant crane remotely assembling a wind generator. https://youtu.be/uHECyVAD4bE
  • Gentlemen, (Roger and Sarge) I know that this stuff isn't your thing so please feel free to ignore it if you wish. I find this message base a very good place to put the occasional essay because it'll be easier to find it here than a forgettable file name stored god knows where on who knows which USB chip or folder on... more
  • Dog before daughter? - mike, Fri Dec 1 09:02
    I'm in a quandary. For the last two Christmases my daughter has put us up in a local hotel for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to spare us from having to pretend to be happy in a crowd of happy boozers when we'd rather be curled up with a book (me) and a TV (Tammy). Also she gets special rates and even more... more
  • Professor part 45 - mike, Sat Dec 2 18:09
    Professor Chapter 45 IN WHICH:- THE PROFESSOR LETS TOLBERT KNOW THAT THE COLONEL IS NOW IN CHARGE - TOLBERT DECIDES TO LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN - POETRY & THE DELIGHTS OF DINING CAR SILVER SERVICE - LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK Next day the telephone rang before my alarm clock, blearily I rolled out of bed... more
    I'm sure you know about audiobooks - mike, Fri Dec 1 19:21
    Most nights I send myself off to sleep with the laptop playing an audiobook of my choice. Sherlock Holmes is my most frequent choice because I know the stories so well that I don't mind drifting off and missing bits although I tend to surface briefly throughout the night, listen for a few moments to catch to which... more
    What happened to me? - mike, Thu Nov 30 11:18
    I'm so out of touch it's frightening! Despite my occasional forays into the technical side of a 35 year old computer design that I still don't really understand fully as to its capabilities and how to make the most of them, I am by no means a computer guru - but I used to be. Time was I installed the local high... more
  • Monday bloody Monday - mike, Tue Nov 28 10:13
    A mixture of chit chat coming your way. First the anxiously awaited story, I have the next episode almost ready but its too short so its waiting on me to add more. Also I got stuck on what to do with the names on the list, I'm considering not having them investigated but passing thru on the assumption it has been done ... more
  • Food For Your Muse... - Sarge, Sat Nov 25 18:20
    Non-lingual communication, that between us and other living things, seems to be something we do in spite of ourselves. To Whit: Today has been a busy day, and my spine has pretty well packed it in by about 2:30 or so. So a painful afternoon, and an evening with the rough edges smoothed by the recliner and some Para's... more
  • There was me stuck for something to read which is partly why I was mucking about with programming again and there comes a knock at my door.... Thanks very much, I shall get stuck into the books immediately. How nice, I do enjoy a good read and although I've often had Churchill's books recommended to me I never got... more
  • The kids checked in - mike, Thu Nov 23 16:05
    Daniel the second son, who's working for Amazon now, says he's waiting to get into Amazon Robotics doing the warehouse automation. I hope it works out for him and he manages to keep it together this time. Heather my youngest called about an hour later, she just had a knee operation to remove muscle tissue that should... more
  • I'm having a small break from story telling because of Thanksgiving, all the preparation and cooking just for the two of us, its insane but for Tammy Thanksgiving is like Christmas is for me. I don't have that embedded American tradition of Thanksgiving and she being Jewish doesnt have the Christmas one. So I make... more
  • Happy Thanksgiving Chaps! - mike, Wed Nov 22 20:19
    We're cooking like mad to get ready for tomorrow although it will only be Tammy and I nobody else scheduled to show up. Never mind, all the more turkey for me to eat. I have plenty to be thankful for including you guys, I hope you enjoy your feasting.
  • See! - mike, Tue Nov 21 08:01
    https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2014/04/29/307981803/plants-talk-plants-listen-here-s-how
  • Professor part 43 - mike, Sun Nov 19 13:08
    Professor Chapter 43 IN WHICH:- THE COLONEL AND TOLBERT EXCHANGE VIEWS ON VARIOUS MATTERS. TOLBERT IS UNHAPPY WITH THE CLUB'S TREATMENT OF THE PROFESSOR AND BY EXTENSION, HIMSELF. HE POINTS OUT THAT THE CLUBS SECRET PROJECT MAY VERY WELL BE ALREADY OUT IN THE OPEN THANKS TO THEIR OVERLOOKING THE LETTERS IN THEIR OWN... more
  • Professor part 44 - mike, Mon Nov 20 09:25
    Professor Chapter 44 IN WHICH:- THE PROFESSOR ARRIVES AT TOLBERTS HOME ANGRY ABOUT HOW THEY ARE BOTH BEING TREATED BY SIR THOMAS. HE SAYS THAT THE SECRET THE CLUB HOPES TO HIDE IS A WORTHLESS IDEA THAT CANNOT WORK. TOLBERT EXPLAINS THAT HE HOPES HE HAS CONVINCED THE COLONEL OF THEIR WORTH. THE COLONEL TRIES TO EXPLAIN ... more
  • Professor part 42 - mike, Sat Nov 18 05:11
    Professor Chapter 42 IN WHICH:- THE COLONEL EXPLAINS HIS ANTECEDENTS TO TOLBERT HOPING TO PUT HIM AT HIS EASE AND INVITES HIM OUT TO LUNCH AT SIMPSSONS IN THE STRAND. "Well since you've let the cat out of the bag Wagstaff, you may as well give young Tolbert here the guided tour whilst Ronald and I adjourn to my... more
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