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I posted a couple of pictures of the Duckies yesterday, and got a suggestion to share them here, so I have. There are 14 of them in the blurry-ish shot of them swimming, and there were 14 outside this morning, so it seems like one of the newcomers may have earned her stripes.

On a far more serious note, I see today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an annual campaign that's now more than 15 years old. Every day can use more attention to this public health problem, so this is certainly a worthy cause. This is brought home by the facts noted in this flier which says that one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, suicide is the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds, and, most importantly, these are preventable deaths. It offers tips on how to deal with suicidal thoughts in yourself or in others, offering a call to action on how we can all be a part of helping with this. Here's hoping you are fortunate enough not to be dealing with suicidal thoughts in yourself or anyone around you, but if you know someone struggling, this offers thoughts on how to help, and if you are struggling yourself, please reach out.

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8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 12, 2019, 08:19  Blue 
 
1badmf wrote on Sep 10, 2019, 20:49:
blue your back yard is spectacular. i see our amazon referrals are doin you a solid XD

To be clear, that's actually not our backyard. We are now in a condo, and our property ends at the edge of that patio.

But yes, we are very lucky to be set right on the big pond like that. The view and the duckies are great.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 11, 2019, 14:09 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 11, 2019, 08:44:
Speaking of World Suicide Prevention day, Megachurch pastor who was known for his work in mental health advocacy kills himself.
There are professional mental health care people, cult leaders don't fall in that category.

Mental Health Care professionals can suffer from mental health issues just like everyone else. Working in the profession doesn't protect them from the disease, nor does it diminish others who do what they can to help.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 — Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 11, 2019, 08:44 RedEye9
 
Speaking of World Suicide Prevention day, Megachurch pastor who was known for his work in mental health advocacy kills himself.
There are professional mental health care people, cult leaders don't fall in that category.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2019, 21:13 jdreyer
 
SWEEEEET! Card is a beast. At some point I'll pick up a 1440P monitor.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2019, 21:00 Kxmode
 
jdreyer, you'll be happy to note the 1080 Ti performs very well when compared to the newer generation Geforce 2070 and Radeon RX 5700 XT cards.

Gears 5 - "The GTX 1080 Ti dominated the 2070 Super and 5700 XT, both newer GPUs averaged 76 fps at 1440p while the Pascal GPU pushed on to average 88 fps. The 1080 Ti was also 14% faster than the 2070 Super at 4K and 25% faster than the 5700 XT."

War Thunder - "here the 1080 Ti edged out the 2070 Super by a 13% margin at 1440p, though both delivered similar 1% low performance. The 1080 Ti also blew away the 5700 XT by a 34% margin and we see a similar thing at 4K, despite similar 1% low performance."

World of Tanks - "plays very well on the GTX 1080 Ti, here the Pascal GPU was 15% faster than the 2070 Super and 24% faster than the 5700 XT. That's a solid result for the older 1080 Ti, though frame rates were high with all GPUs at 1440p using maxed out settings. The 4K result was more impressive, 94 fps on average from the 1080 Ti enabled an extremely smooth gaming experience."

The Division 2 - "the 1080 Ti for example was 13% faster than the 5700 XT at 1440p and 15% faster at 4K. The 1080 Ti also edged out the 2070 Super at 1440p, but matched it at the 4K resolution."

Fornite - "In Fortnite we see the 1080 Ti outclassing both the 2070 Super and 5700 XT at both 1440p and 4K. At the 4K resolution it was 14% faster than the 2070 Super, so a pretty handy win here."

PUBG - "PUBG uses the Unreal Engine 4 and so we see the 1080 Ti easily beating the 5700 XT, though this time it wasn't much faster than the 2070 Super."

F1 2019 - "Performance in F1 2019 was virtually identical across these three GPUs with average frame rates ranging from 112 - 114 fps. The results at 4K were also very competitive, the GTX 1080 Ti matched the 5700 XT exactly."

Wolfenstein: Youngblood - "The 1080 Ti was 10% slower than the 2070 Super and when talking over 140 fps on average, that's not a big deal. The 1080 Ti was comparable to the 5700 XT at both 1440p and 4K."

Apex Legends - "The GTX 1080 Ti did beat the 5700 XT by a small margin while it wasn't much slower than the newer RTX 2070 Super. Then at 4K the GeForce GPUs delivered basically identical performance while the 5700 XT fell away by around a 12% margin."

Monster Hunter: World - "Here we see very competitive performance at both tested resolutions, the 1080 Ti was a smidgen faster than the 2070 Super and 5700 XT, but overall the gaming experience was much the same."

...and so forth.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2019, 20:49 1badmf
 
blue your back yard is spectacular. i see our amazon referrals are doin you a solid XD  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2019, 17:36 jdreyer
 
Florida man not always bad.  
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1. Great view! Sep 10, 2019, 17:09 Darth Guybrush
 
Looks like an ace place to live. Huggies to the Duckies!  
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