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by Mistik-ka
14 Jun 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Things that make you disproportionately happy.
Replies: 131
Views: 10678

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

I am made disproportionately happy just by looking at the photographs of Cugel's planes and bench. (Not a twinge of envy, surprisingly — I have all the beautiful tools I need, and lack only sufficient time to use them as often as they deserve.) It makes me smile to see tools that have been designed ...
by Mistik-ka
31 May 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 'Difficult' (?!) names - Djamoladin Abdujaparov
Replies: 36
Views: 985

Re: 'Difficult' (?!) names - Djamoladin Abdujaparov

thirdcrank wrote:How can somebody have an unpronounceable name?


From the Oxford English Reference Dictionary: "Yahweh … a form of the Hebrew name of God (YHVH) used in the Bible. The name came to be regarded by Jews ( c. 300 BC) as too sacred to be spoken, and the vowel sounds are uncertain."
by Mistik-ka
12 Apr 2019, 10:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Petition for PR reform
Replies: 16
Views: 574

Re: Petition for PR reform

The most obvious thing about this petition to me is that it refers to "a system of genuine proportional representation" and doesn't specify which. It's easy to end up with some people claiming that only their view represents the will of the people. In campaigning for Canada's previous nat...
by Mistik-ka
23 Mar 2019, 5:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 520010

Re: Petition update

Sending a gunboat is still an option, always assuming we still have any that float. As for the ones that don't float or are in other ways unseaworthy, I think you've sold them the the Canadian navy. :( https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadian-dies-of-injuries-from-submarine-fire-1.514028
by Mistik-ka
8 Mar 2019, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11972

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I second Bonefishblues's suggestion of trying out a tandem. (They're not for everyone.) Mrs. M-k and I have always been casual, errands-around-town cyclists, but a tandem raised our cycling repertoire to a new level. For most people it's probably not a great bicycle for building up strength and endu...
by Mistik-ka
23 Feb 2019, 1:24am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Of Cysts and Hysterectomies.
Replies: 30
Views: 1512

Re: Of Cysts and Hysterectomies.

People half-way around the world are sending you best wishes and thinking positive thoughts. (Well, a least this person is.)
by Mistik-ka
11 Feb 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Simple Question: Is anyone else fed up with having to be PC ?
Replies: 188
Views: 7796

Re: Simple Question: Is anyone else fed up with having to be PC ?

Often when people complain about political correctness, what they really mean is that they object to being unable to indulge their prejudices, and they don't like being made to feel uncomfortable about holding prejudiced opinions and views. Thank you for that analysis, slowster. I've struggled to f...
by Mistik-ka
1 Feb 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…
Replies: 110
Views: 12521

Re: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

This should make you feel warmer:

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I'll get me hat…

And parka. And mittens, and boots, and snow shovel. :?
by Mistik-ka
29 Jan 2019, 12:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A missing STOP sign in Canada: fatal crash
Replies: 7
Views: 882

Re: A missing STOP sign in Canada: fatal crash

It seems that the defendant drove a pick-up truck at some 80mph along a "grid road" (which looks to me like a straight track) and emerged into a main road, hitting a "semi" and pushing it over 80 metres into a ditch. By way of clarification based on local knowledge, a "grid...
by Mistik-ka
28 Jan 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Looks about 100 kilometers is me maxed out
Replies: 37
Views: 3605

Re: Looks about 100 kilometers is me maxed out

thirdcrank wrote: … If your computer has dual distance mode, try switching to measuring in miles. The distance ridden will be the same, but the "ton" will take longer to appear on your screen.

I'd sooner stick to metric measurement. 100 kilometres sounds much nobler to me than 62 miles. 8)
by Mistik-ka
27 Jan 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A Modest Round-the-World Cyclist
Replies: 4
Views: 2582

A Modest Round-the-World Cyclist

The from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-teen-biking-around-world-1.4994525 Yes, he does look a little wind-burned, doesn't he? (That's frostbite on his chin.) The toughest stretch, he says, was cycling over the Rocky Mountains in the depths ...
by Mistik-ka
24 Jan 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30965

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Buss exists,and means kiss . Chambers' has forgotten it, though. Related expressions: buss-tickets, buss timetable, buss-fare, school buss, private buss, standing room only, there's another one behind, etc. Unarguably an old-fashioned term, "to buss" is not yet extinct in North America. E...
by Mistik-ka
24 Jan 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 520010

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

A hard dose of reality: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/sites/european-institute/files/sir_ivan_rogers_lecture_ucl_22012019.pdf For anyone pressed for time to read his whole devastating analysis, his conclusions begin on p27. I've got as far as p 15 and broken off for a break. Dismal readi...
by Mistik-ka
5 Jan 2019, 9:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Please turn off your spellchecker...
Replies: 15
Views: 492

Re: Please turn off your spellchecker...

thirdcrank wrote:Think of it as a mental exercise to keep your brain active and young.

Too late… :(