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by Chaise Murphy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Sore Shoulder Break 2018-04-11
Replies: 25
Views: 2078

Re: Sore Shoulder Break 2018-04-11

Technically, there is no Iowa bourbon. "Bourbon" is a denomination of origin. By definition, it's distilled in Kentucky. :twisted: Actually, Wikipedia says "Bourbon's legal definition varies somewhat from country to country, but many trade agreements require the name bourbon to be reserved for prod...
by Chaise Murphy
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5401
Views: 721030

Re: More Stuff

It looks like you've got a pretty skewed view of those who would join the military, because not one person that I met when I was going through basic joined because they thought war was glorious or anything like that. In fact, if anyone said anything like that, the drill sergeants set them straight ...
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?
Replies: 194
Views: 25816

Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

- in Houston, they've been destroying roads to put in bicycle lanes. Speaking as an occasional cyclist, I hate cycle lanes. They almost invariably put them in between the traffic lanes and any on-road parking, so you still run the risk of smacking into suddenly-opened doors and have to avoid cars p...
by Chaise Murphy
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Lost a bunch of photos (plus other files)
Replies: 23
Views: 3117

Re: Lost a bunch of photos (plus other files)

jwhouk wrote:8 inch diskettes? OMG I think they only held 640K, didn't they?
They ranged from about 80K to 600K, but some could be flipped, thus doubling the storage capacity. I'm not sure they ever made double-sided 8-inch drives.
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Pretty Sure 2018-02-21
Replies: 10
Views: 1010

Re: Pretty Sure 2018-02-21

Well... isn't this what they came looking for? Don't be rude, say 'Hello'... There were only two situations where ghostly apparitions frightened me- one I already mentioned was Gettysburg. Another is where the individual apparently was unaware of their demise and saw me as an intruder. Others were ...
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5401
Views: 721030

Re: More Stuff

[ "Our entire stock of suits knit out of spun sugar is simply ruined !!!" When I was at school, one of my classmates, arguably the best-looking girl in class (she signed my yearbook "Sexy Suzy"), had a bathing suit consisting of a series of wide straps held together by a glass ring over her navel. ...
by Chaise Murphy
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Nurturing Smile 2018-02-09
Replies: 37
Views: 2897

Re: Nurturing Smile 2018-02-09

Field Hockey players are all right-handed.

They don't make left-handed hockey sticks.

Fencers, on the other hand, tend to be left-handed more commonly than the general populace, moreso the higher up the rankings you look. In the world champs, lefties outnumber righties most years.
by Chaise Murphy
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Nurturing Smile 2018-02-09
Replies: 37
Views: 2897

Re: Nurturing Smile 2018-02-09

lake_wrangler wrote: As for me, I'm a weird mixture: I am right-handed, but if I handle a hockey stick or a golf club, I do so like a left-handed person.
Me too! I've never met anyone else like that, but now I know I'm not alone. Cool.
by Chaise Murphy
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Vibrator w/16 gig memory (and gold-plated base), only $349)
Replies: 35
Views: 5819

Re: Vibrator w/16 gig memory (and gold-plated base), only $

Nah, if I was that concerned about it I’d enlist my real hacker buddy and he’d make the target computer release all it’s magic blue smoke. :twisted: Someone who knows what they're doing can find out the street address of your average troll. A really good way to make them leave you alone is to send ...
by Chaise Murphy
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Registered at last.
Replies: 18
Views: 6982

Re: Registered at last.

... you may also like the Warlock In Spite Of Himself series by Christopher Stasheff. Welcome to our big, happy, slightly dysfunctional family. Thanks for the welcome. I read The Warlock In Spite Of Himself years ago, and liked it. I vaguely remember a sequel, but nothing about it. I'll keep an eye...
by Chaise Murphy
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Nurturing Smile 2018-02-09
Replies: 37
Views: 2897

Re: Nurturing Smile 2018-02-09

Maybe Valerie can get a decoration like Bia's diadem , only with multiple expressions available on it. There was a character in Marvel's Excalibur who had a diadem which reflected his emotions. Also a villain in Adam Warren's Dirty Pair had a headband which showed his current thoughts (in words). T...
by Chaise Murphy
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Left Out 2018-02-07
Replies: 12
Views: 1273

Re: Left Out 2018-02-07

Thanks, FreeFlier. Who knows how long it would've taken me to remember that? If ever...
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Left Out 2018-02-07
Replies: 12
Views: 1273

Re: Left Out 2018-02-07

FreeFlier wrote:"He thinks he's faking it, but he's the one." ("He" was faking it . . . but he did do the job.)
Gah! I know I've seen that. Where's it from?
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: The Tea Room
Topic: Steampunk Events
Replies: 1
Views: 885

Steampunk Events

I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread for upcoming cons/events/etc.

As a starter, if anyone is in New Zealand, you might want to check out the Oamaru Steampunk Festival: https://www.steampunknz.co.nz/
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Registered at last.
Replies: 18
Views: 6982

Re: Registered at last.

Welcome aboard from another peep who remembers booting systems by flipping switches then hitting the Load Register button, then repeat x10 times to get the l'il beastie going. Have fun or something like it! Oh, yeah. BTDT and woe betide you if you keyed in a bum number in the middle of the sequence...
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: The Tea Room
Topic: Favorite Steampunk Media
Replies: 10
Views: 6561

Re: Favorite Steampunk Media

I recently read Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Garriger. Wikipedia describes it as a steampunk paranormal romance novel, which I can hardly improve upon. It's set in an alternate Victorian England which includes werewolves and vampires as well as steam-powered airships. There are four mo...
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: Captain Queeg commits genocide ...
Replies: 66
Views: 11693

Re: Captain Queeg commits genocide ...

I rather liked Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It's not a great movie, but it's fun, has some really pretty effects, and the plot is at least as good as any of the Star Wars movies (not, admittedly, that that's saying a lot...) I also saw the Fifth Element, and I think Valerian is signi...
by Chaise Murphy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Registered at last.
Replies: 18
Views: 6982

Re: Registered at last.

Hi Dave. Our posts overlapped, but I just had to respond. The Witches of Karres is one of my all-time favourite comfort reads, up there with Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury and A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. I suspect a Monica/Telzey fight would be like a gunfight - all down to initiative....
by Chaise Murphy
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Registered at last.
Replies: 18
Views: 6982

Re: Registered at last.

Thanks for the welcomes. GlytchMeister, I checked out the Fan Art section, but suffered a severe attack of TL;DR when looking at the fanfics. Might check them out when I have a day to spare sometime. I downloaded some of the art, though. Only sad that the pictures of Jay-Em's statue of Nudge seem to...
by Chaise Murphy
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Registered at last.
Replies: 18
Views: 6982

Registered at last.

Chaise Murphy here. Old white male, resident of New Zealand. I used to be a computer programmer in the era of punch cards and COBOL. That's a bit like being proficient in Sumerian nowadays, so I earn my living as a temp labourer until I can qualify for the Superannuation benefit. This leaves me plen...