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  1. 3 minutes ago, Silver1984 said:

    Agreed, I’ll provide boxes of hankies (wholesale amounts) 😉

    And guys we need a contingency plan for when the decision is being made that season 12 is the last :cry:

    I want a Shamy novel 😊 The wohl story about the rest of their lives. Or an autobiographical narration continuation like in YS or both 😊 :popcorn: 

    Who had this lovely gif where Sheldon blows into the brown bag when they got robbed? We might need it again 😉

    Whoa, wholesale?! Woot, who doesn't love a bargain!  Besides, they emptied the warehouse of Kleenex last season.

    Here is the Sheldon gif:


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  2. 13 minutes ago, djsurrey said:

    My wife and I are at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to interest in science and technology. She has an interest in being social with anyone. Something that always eluded me. I like people, but generally at a distance and in limited amounts.

    I'm rather on the cautious side as well, at least at the outset. I'm able to interact with almost anyone if the situation demands it, but I make no bones about a quick exit once the need has been satisfied!

    My wife and I are the products of families steeped in both art and science. For example, my uncle is an astrophysicist who plays the cello and is a computer nerd. So we might end up talking about Mozart, mesons, or Microsoft. LOL!

    That was what drew me to TBBT. I wanted very much to see how accurate the characters were compared to my real life friends and family. 

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  3. 1 minute ago, Nogravitasatall said:

    Never mind the equivalences, false or otherwise. Hillary would have been at least normally competent and only normally suspect.

    Trump told everyone he was a crook when he lied about not revealing his tax returns because of audits. Trump told everyone he was a business failure with his multiple bankruptcies. Trump told everyone he was in cahoots with the Russian oligarchs when he sold property to them in what were patently money laundering deals. Trump told everyone he was a sexual predator when he said “grab ‘em by the pussy”. Trump told everyone he was a con artist when he settled the Trump University lawsuit.

    Wiling fools chose not to believe him. Gormless, feckless fellow travellers and cynical panderers road into office on his coat tails.

    And now he has, at Helsinki, told the world he is in Putin’s pocket.

    Willing fools again will choose not to believe him. It will take an election to remove him  - and elections should also remove those gormless, feckless, fellow travellers and cynical panderers who support him while he is in office. Hopefully serious people will pay attention and vote.

    What are the chances though. Maybe people want the show more than good governance.

    A thousand likes for this post. Clinton could not in our wildest dreams have done as much damage as Trump and his minions. 

    ITA, there was no mystery about who he was and what he stands for. Voters apparently wanted a reality show government. You can see it in how they react at his rallies. They love the carnival atmosphere, they cheer the barker selling his clearly specious wares, they are goaded into  pummeling the press or the "other" or anyone who points out that the emperor has no clothes.

    The short term economic gains are the shiny objects which distract them from the economic calamity that a crushing deficit will be.

    It's bread and circuses all over again. 

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  4. 13 minutes ago, djsurrey said:

    Old age perhaps? Why I was already the father of four by the time the fellowship was released as a movie. 

    My dear fellow, Arwen could stir the embers in the heart of a dead man. When you share the film with your great-grandchildren, you will still feel the power of Elvish allure!

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  5. Hm. High tech celestial objects, for $20 eh?

    Well I was trying to impress a girl once by demonstrating my knowledge of the constellations. At the crucial moment, the International Space Station was making a pass - clearly visible and easily tracked across the sky. I geeked out so badly the girl became alarmed and I lost all the progress I had made in the romance department.

    That was when I realised how very much science means to me. I am now happily married to a woman who is geekier than I.

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  6. 50 minutes ago, Nogravitasatall said:

    The only solution is for the USA not to give Republicans enough votes to form government. The US majority is not Trumpist. 

    One downside of a complete Democrat win might be universal healthcare. And maybe more sensible moves towards global environmental sustainability. And perhaps a redress of income inequality. Maybe national laws to address the stupid tragedy of death by firearm. All terrible things compared to ceding the US presidency to the geo-political rival, I know. But hey, omelettes and eggs.

    Die Zimtzicke made some excellent points in her post on the elections. I was frankly surprised that the best America had to offer was either Trump or Hillary Clinton. What a Hobson's Choice!

    Though they promote several quite sensible positions, the Democrats (or "the left" or Labour or Socialists etc., in other countries) are not the magic bullet either. What's wanting are candidates who promote the interests of their own countries within the context that this is a small planet which we must share, because there is NO where else for us to go.

    It's incredible, but geopolitics have come down to choosing the least dangerous candidate! 

    50 minutes ago, Nogravitasatall said:

    They want to believe, and belief doesn’t require evidence or intelligence. Hucksters like Trump know that. The marks want to be conned.

    This is the most disconcerting part of all. Believers will cling to their creed in the face of any evidence to the contrary. And yes indeed the snake oil salesmen know exactly what the discontented and disaffected want to hear.

    I'm once again going to recommend the five minute "Face In The Crowd" film clip I posted the other day. The Lonesome Rhodes character revels in the fact that his followers are hungry for answers and easily convinced of anything. He gleefully manipulates them using sales tactics suitable for selling cars or washing powder. He declares that his power over them has no limits.

    It really is chilling how spot on this 1957 film is. In the end, Lonesome Rhodes' destruction is his own doing, a direct result of his true opinions of his followers being exposed. If only life would imitate art; Trump cares not a fig for his loyal supporters, be it voters or those in his innermost circle. Anyone might be thrown to the wolves, so long as it isn't Donald J. Trump.

    I wonder if that is what it would take for them to see through this charlatan, or could reason possibly prevail before ruin.

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  7. On 7/10/2018 at 3:27 AM, djsurrey said:

    Sometimes I wish I was a fan so I could say stuff like that.

    The word that always made me feel that way is "Whovian". Sounding like a time-traveling household appliance has a certain quirky panache, don't you think? 😄.

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  8. 15 minutes ago, Nogravitasatall said:

    Go find the bit in this clip where he says he meant to say wouldn’t not would. And then reflect that this person has been bestowed with the personal and irrevocable power to destroy human civilisation.

    If only all this was fake news.

    It would be funny if it were not so terrifying. Do we go up in a mushroom cloud when this quinquin impulsively hits the button in a fit of pique or do we slowly succumb to his titanic ignorance about everything of importance, e.g. climate change. 

    I would call his response an insult to one's intelligence, but those who actually believe this would/wouldn't farce can't possibly have any intelligence.

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  9. 4 minutes ago, Desdemona said:

    Let´s hope that those smaller nations keep their spirits and enthusiasm up so football becomes more competitive and interesting and the bigger nations have to fight harder for the titles. 

    I wholeheartedly agree! It was a tremendously exciting World Cup precisely because it was so unpredictable - every big dog except France was sent packing by the young pups.

    Isn't that one reason we all love TBBT? The underdogs get a chance of success and happiness and "normal" Penny learns some of the most important life lessons from the "pathetic" geeks!

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  10. 10 minutes ago, chucky said:

    I have to agree. As much as I love Lenny, Penny needs to be more supportive of Leonard and less worrying about Sheldon. That's Amy's job especially since she married him.

    Amy can, to a great degree, understand and appreciate Sheldon's intellect. Penny can be supportive, but Leonard needs a kindred soul who can understand his abilities and unlike Sheldon, value them.

    IMO there can never be full #JusticeForLeonard from within this group. That's one reason I'd love to see Stephen Merchant back. Dave knows how brilliant Leonard is and gives him the appropriate adulation.

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  11. 2 minutes ago, Desdemona said:

    I guess the World Cup is the only exception, as everyone (including my neighbor) love these events. I remember that I watched the finale with hundreds of Croatians (I didn´t know what there were so many Croatians living in my city LOL) and a few French hidden in a corner in a public place.

    But the most adorable part was that even they´ve lost, they were celebrating the second place enthusiastically. (They were just happy, that they got so far and I was so touched by their happiness, that I was near to hug every single one, because they were cute ❤️)

    I totally understand your reaction! That's why it was such a fantastic World Cup. The "lesser" teams and smaller nations played incredibly well and made history even if they did not go the distance. Seeing those teams and their fans awash with unadulterated joy was such fun to see and share!

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  12. 1 minute ago, chucky said:

    But would Leonard want to work with Sheldon again? He wants to take the majority of the credit for the projects.

    I wouldn't object to Leonard alone following up on this development. I am very emphatic in my desire to see Leonard get his just rewards this season. It could also mean a solo trip to the site of the discovery - in other words, away from both Penny and Sheldon, and enjoying both complete understanding and appreciation of his talents.


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  13. 30 minutes ago, Swedish Chef said:

    I feel it is time for one little question after Trump's meeting with Putin:

    Has an American president talked to an Russian/Soviet leader in those words ever before.

    I've searched a number of sources on both sides and every one said this was a unique, unprecedented performance by an American president with regard to a Russian/Soviet leader.

    There are also calls for the translator of the private meeting to be debriefed. 

    ETA: Tony Blair never completely escaped the label of Bush's Poodle, and he wasn't nearly as subservient as Trump is to Putin. And yes, there are already headlines naming Trump "Putin's Poodle".

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  14. 2 minutes ago, Desdemona said:

    Hahaha, that´s true! I´m sure the number of droppings increased exponentially! 

    Just like the number of strikes I get from the neighbors every time I scream. My neighbor warned that the next strike I get, I´ll watch TV in his freezer, because his frozen vegetables won´t mind if I scream. :biggrin:

    I'm lucky that way. England almost won the World Cup and all my neighbours were screaming like hyenas last week. I'm not a noisy person but I reckon I'm now inoculated from noise complaints for at least a year anyway.😄

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  15. On 7/13/2018 at 2:57 PM, djsurrey said:

    Colbert out nerded TBBT last night. Now I'd like to see Liv Tyler on TBBT. If there ever was someone for a dream sequence or two! She does often come to Argon in his dreams after all.


    Oh that was so wrong of you! Although not entirely faithful to the books, I was a tender young man when those films came out, and this dream scene was on an endless mental loop for me. >>sigh<<  Arwen Undomiel is my kryptonite!

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  16. 1 minute ago, Desdemona said:

    Aww, this is so kind of you! ❤️

    We better gather as much medical supplies as possible, you never know when you need it. 😉

    Huh, be hard to top the number of casualties connected to the Shamy wedding. People were dropping all over the place! Hahaha!

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  17. 1 minute ago, Swedish Chef said:

    This was hilarious, thanks @GivesAWhit

    I've moved the cartoon to this post, because it is more pertinent and I wanted to link to the entire site it came from.

    This site is a collection of world reaction to Helsinki 2018. This cartoon is just a sample, and one of the less demeaning ones.


    I spoke today to a retired American Air Force colonel who voted for Trump and whose father and grandfather both died in combat. He was very upset that he grew up without them and served himself, only to see "my country sold so cheaply on the open market".

    chucky, I believe you served 20 years in the U.S. Navy? And ajond, you are a committed Trump supporter. What would you say to this veteran of your armed forces? What are your thoughts on this dazzling blow to American world prestige?

    Ooops, breaking news - Trump has just made a "hostage tape" trying in the most preposterous way to do damage control. I'll link to an unedited video of his remarks when I find one.

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  18. 2 hours ago, Swedish Chef said:

    Surely this must be a joke.

    Though TBBT is a sitcom and trades on the cliché of nerds vs. "normal" people, there is an underlying truth. In certain countries, education, eloquence, being knowledgeable in general is viewed with suspicion and derision.

    Despite access to public education, current affairs and free libraries, there is an open, active hostility towards thoughtful people who make use of these opportunities, cherish life-long learning and make the effort to fully understand domestic and global issues. They are seen as abnormal, stuck-up members of an "elite". 

    The result is an appalling ignorance in the general population, an unwillingness by most to remedy the situation. and a stunning vulnerability to being hoodwinked.

    These are of course my own personal views, which some have declared "15th century". 😄

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  19. 31 minutes ago, bfm said:

    The girlfriend hates the nerd boyfriend's clothes is kind of cliché. Priya went much further though and tried to change his whole look in a day. I don't know if Penny has a part in him ditching the hoodies later on but if so she did it very gradually. If there was ever any "wearing down" between them this could be it. 

    LOL, pun intended I'm sure! 😄 Yes, the nerd boyfriend's hideous wardrobe is just one of a number of clichés throughout the run of the show.

    ITA, Priya not only changed his style, she persuaded him to wear the contact lenses which made him soooo miserable, poor sod. We know that Priya and Stephanie bought him clothes, or perhaps shopped with him. Though she took Sheldon out to buy a suit, I don't recall, did Penny ever clothes shop with or for Leonard?

    ETA: IIRC, she did get him the short gown for his video commencement speech though. Or did he get that himself? 😵

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  20. Just now, Nogravitasatall said:

    People should hope for the best and plan for the worst.  But I do want to hear from his supporters on how this is a good thing.

    So do I want to hear their views, very much. If patriotism is the coin of the realm, how on earth can this go over well?

  21. 34 minutes ago, Nogravitasatall said:

    I’m just boggled. I really want to know how this gets digested by the populace. The USA as a client state. Talk about bending the knee.

    Remember this is what was seen in public. God only knows how obsequious things got during the two plus hours of private "just us" time.

    Putin made a statement to Russian media outlining the private meeting. One worrisome remark was that they discussed "an interesting deal regarding Ukraine"

    Pardon my paranoia, but remember my country gave us Neville Chamberlain, who gave away Czechoslovakia. We all know how that turned out. ☹️

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