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R.I.P.: Buddy Hackett (registration required), one of the great stand-up comics (and fellow Brooklyn native). What's odd is that the Hallmark channel started showing a week-long Love Bug marathon this week, and MrsBlue and I just watched the first one last night. Of course so close to the passing of Katherine Hepburn, we are sure to hear some of that "they go in threes" stuff, but I don't imagine that that theory stands up to much scientific examination.

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APOD 2003 June 30. Thanks Bart. They don't mention the most obvious interpretation.
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37. Re: Hmm Jul 2, 2003, 10:50 Nassus
 
Say isn't giving the finger originally an american gesture? Then that means...

No, it's French Canadian. We're in big trouble.

Dying in 3's:
Maynard Jackson
Lester Maddox
Strom Thurmond

3 major southern politicians who died within a less than 2-day span. Too bad politicians don't die in dozens instead of just 3's. Bastards.

 
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36. Re: Hmm Jul 2, 2003, 09:23 Ihya
 
Say isn't giving the finger originally an american gesture? Then that means...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...

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35. Hmm Jul 2, 2003, 09:17 Ihya
 
That finger cracked me up. The clearest evidence of there being a god yet, expecially as he looks pissed at us.

 
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34. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2003, 03:26 Fang
 
I don't know what's wrong with your setup Dan, or why you couldn't get it to work, but it stops all popups, and not just when you're leaving the site. I haven't gotten a single popup since I installed it. Did you close all your browser windows after you installed it?

/me shrugs. If you can't get it to work, and you don't want to try, it's no sweat off my back.

 
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33. Captain Obvious Jul 2, 2003, 01:06 Da Stylin' Rastan
 
It looks like that dense cloud of gas and dust is giving me the finger.

Thank you for mentioning the most obvious interpretation...

-DSR <--thinks about how stupid the average person is, then realizes that half the people are stupider than that.

 
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32. Splatometer Jul 2, 2003, 01:04 Da Stylin' Rastan
 
Leave it to british scientists to devise a way to find out how insect populations are declining by counting how many they kill :).

-DSR <--Thinks that APOD picture rules

 
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31. Re: No Google toolbar 4 me (w/ IE) Jul 1, 2003, 21:22 ExcessDan
 
i don't have a problem using the address bar plastered on my windows taskbar.. i was just trying it out because someone said it had popup blocking and it really doesn't have FULL popup blocking so bleh

"The" Dan
Supporter of the "A happy fredster is an unmuted fredster" fanclub.
http://users.ign.com/collection/Danteloupe
 
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30. No Google toolbar 4 me (w/ IE) Jul 1, 2003, 21:19 Gojo
 
You don't need the Google toolbar if you use the Tweak UI Power Toy. You can set up the search feature (under Internet Explorer) and search from google right from your address bar. No extra tool bar needed  
=-Gojo-=
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29. No subject Jul 1, 2003, 20:54 ExcessDan
 
popup blocking is half assed in google toolbar.. it only blocks popups when leaving sites.. bay bay google bar

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http://users.ign.com/collection/Danteloupe
 
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28. APOD 2003 June 30. Jul 1, 2003, 18:26 Scott
 
They don't mention the most obvious interpretation

I thought the same thing!

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27. Re: Going in threes Jul 1, 2003, 18:02 Creston
 
Well, what kind of time frame do you give for planes going in threes?

It's probably impossible to give any kind of rocksolid timeframe, but they seem to go down within a matter of a few weeks / a month at most of one another, and then there isn't another crash for half a year to a year, when all of a sudden three more go down within several weeks / a month.

Ofcourse, we probably never hear of the almost daily crashes from such airline beauties as Garuda and Air Katmandu.

Creston

 
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26. Re: Cowbell? Jul 1, 2003, 17:53 Soupkin
 
no its not spyware you dolt, its freaken google.
you made fun of my google bar
 
Im Soupkin.
I hope i dont have aids.
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Postal 2 sucks.
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25. Re: GaH! Jul 1, 2003, 17:34 fredrickson
 
an actor dies everyday you dumbass

 
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24. GaH! Jul 1, 2003, 17:19 Bbuddy
 
It's Canada day!!!! WOO HOO, Tim Horton's, Hockey and Dill Pickle Chips with Smarties, mmmm Smarty Chips!!!

 
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23. Re: Going in threes Jul 1, 2003, 15:48 GandalfTheWhite
 
Ad-aware has no problem with my google toolbar and you can choose if you want to send information or not.  
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
-Albert Einstein
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22. Re: Going in threes Jul 1, 2003, 15:36 werbwerb
 
Well, what kind of time frame do you give for planes going in threes?

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Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds...

-Bhagavad Gita
 
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Some people risk to employ me...
Some people live to destroy me...
...Either way, they die.
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21. No subject Jul 1, 2003, 15:10 wasrad
 
It looks like that dense cloud of gas and dust is giving me the finger.




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20. Going in threes Jul 1, 2003, 14:58 Creston
 
While I don't think that "famous people" go in threes (and who cares anyways), have you ever noticed that airplanes ALWAYS go in threes?

I heard someone mention it sometime during the late 80s (yes I really am that old), and started paying attention to it, and it's frightening, but it's true. Once a plane crashes, I don't get on until the next two have gone down, then I fly as soon as possible after that last crash.

I guess everyone needs to have a superstition about something.

Creston


 
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19. Re: Cowbell? Jul 1, 2003, 14:47 Fang
 
Oh, and I got it solely for the popup blocking, but it has some nice extra features that you may find useful, or you can turn them all off.

 
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18. Re: Cowbell? Jul 1, 2003, 14:45 Fang
 
They have an extra feature that you can turn off that's called PageRank. When you go to install it, they explicitly describe what it does. Basically, PageRank is what they use to rank their search results. And if you want, you can have the toolbar automatically lookup the PageRank for the page you are viewing. Obviously, doing a lookup sends them the URL you are looking up, just like doing a search sends them the search word you are using.

If you don't want it, then leave it off. You can even get a version that doesn't even have it as a part of the toolbar. It takes about 3 clicks to turn it off if you do have it on.

I don't find it too particularly useful, but I do find it interesting to look at the PageRank for the sites I usually frequent. Guess what Blue's is ranked.

 
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