Out of the Blue

Today reportedly the 40th birthday of Pac-Man. According a ten year old Google article the anniversary of the release of the arcade classic was yesterday. The Wikipedia article on the topic says the game was first released in July of 1980. But there are a lot of stories saying today's the day, including the Official PAC-MAN Website. So happy birthday to the artist originally known as Puck-Man. Also, today is National Solitaire Day, according to Microsoft, who say the Windows edition of the card game launched 30 years ago today: Word is: "And after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire is still one of the most played games on the planet every day, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe." Protip: Put the red seven on the black eight. You're welcome.

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The Half Elf wrote on May 22, 2020, 23:48:
Removed.

LOL. Maybe better posted in the Safety Dance section?
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May 23, 2020, 10:56
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Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2020, 10:56
May 23, 2020, 10:56
 
Sorry, I wasn't clear. I was speaking specifically of the border closings. The rest of it made the news regularly..

This comment was edited on May 23, 2020, 12:02.
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May 23, 2020, 10:41
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Mr. Tact wrote on May 23, 2020, 09:39:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 23, 2020, 09:31:
So this was not news in US news?
It got a brief mention, but was not a leading story. Easily missed in the US if you weren't paying close attention, or simply happened to miss a short period of reporting.

hey that's pretty interesting There wasn't any other topic here for MONTHS - I mean the lockdown is going on for months.
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May 23, 2020, 09:39
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eRe4s3r wrote on May 23, 2020, 09:31:
So this was not news in US news?
It got a brief mention, but was not a leading story. Easily missed in the US if you weren't paying close attention, or simply happened to miss a short period of reporting.
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx
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1badmf wrote on May 23, 2020, 07:48:
i was not aware closed borders was a widespread thing. i'd heard italy locked down, but not about anyone else. certainly not about US states. odd - covid19 is the second topic in my daily news feed.

So this was not news in US news? Complete lock-down of Europe is one of the hottest topics here - all non-essential travel was banned, sea, air, road with rules for wearing masks, keeping distance, and preventive quarantines. And these are enforced. There isn't a single store here where you can enter and not be instantly approached by security if you don't wear a mask.

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May 23, 2020, 07:48
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i was not aware closed borders was a widespread thing. i'd heard italy locked down, but not about anyone else. certainly not about US states. odd - covid19 is the second topic in my daily news feed.
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May 23, 2020, 07:24
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1badmf wrote on May 22, 2020, 21:30:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 22, 2020, 17:27:
Whenever I see that story of that Fitzek guy I have to laugh, mainly because he is obviously mentally ill, but also because my government has managed to ignore it for 3 decades, and then this decade they finally realized these insane people are a threat to the stability of a country.

Then again, I am governed by a certain Merkel who just 5 years claimed that "closing all borders is impossible" excuse me while I laugh, given I was looking at full closed border to Poland a mere 3 weeks ago... blegh

curious - why do you want to closer your borders? and why is the border to poland closed?

You must be joking because I don't think that was hard to miss Europe is in a complete lock-down. It's only getting lifted the past week. There was literally a military grade fence and patrols on both side of all crossings to prevent the infected from traveling. Least where I live I am only 60km away from the border to Poland, and I regularly travel there to get cheaper stuff.

Secondly Poland has extreme measures in place, if I'd go there over the "green" border and they find me, I get to spend 14 days in Quarantine at my own expense and get thrown back out. So obviously the borders are closed-closed.

Finally 5 years ago Merkel famously claimed that closing borders was impossible and that it was not a measure that would stop the refugee crisis. Need I tell you that we don't have refugees traveling through Europe when the borders are closed which "can't be closed" ?

I don't even have any particular political spin with my post here, I just found that exceptionally funny given 2015 is very livid in memory for a German...

The point obviously is, that Europe can do everything indeed when it wants to protect it's citizens.. but doesn't give a single fuck about anyone who isn't. That was.. not exactly clear until covid-19 hit.
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The Half Elf wrote on May 22, 2020, 23:48:
So Blue... how out of the Blue are we allowed to get?
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May 22, 2020, 23:48
 
Removed.

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May 22, 2020, 22:38
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May 22, 2020, 22:38
 
Started watching
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
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May 22, 2020, 22:00
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May 22, 2020, 22:00
 
1badmf wrote on May 22, 2020, 21:30:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 22, 2020, 17:27:
Whenever I see that story of that Fitzek guy I have to laugh, mainly because he is obviously mentally ill, but also because my government has managed to ignore it for 3 decades, and then this decade they finally realized these insane people are a threat to the stability of a country.

Then again, I am governed by a certain Merkel who just 5 years claimed that "closing all borders is impossible" excuse me while I laugh, given I was looking at full closed border to Poland a mere 3 weeks ago... blegh

curious - why do you want to closer your borders? and why is the border to poland closed?
My state didn't close its borders, but anyone who crosses the state line must quarantine for 14 days. For residents, that's not so hard, but for non-residents who came here for vacation, they keep violating quarantine, get arrested, have to post bail, then get escorted out of the state.
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May 22, 2020, 21:30
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 22, 2020, 17:27:
Whenever I see that story of that Fitzek guy I have to laugh, mainly because he is obviously mentally ill, but also because my government has managed to ignore it for 3 decades, and then this decade they finally realized these insane people are a threat to the stability of a country.

Then again, I am governed by a certain Merkel who just 5 years claimed that "closing all borders is impossible" excuse me while I laugh, given I was looking at full closed border to Poland a mere 3 weeks ago... blegh

curious - why do you want to closer your borders? and why is the border to poland closed?
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May 22, 2020, 21:03
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May 22, 2020, 21:03
 

Looking really fondly to a Stem cell topical solution for baldness.
Bald since my 20s , didn´t stop chicks, thanks whomever.
Would surely go for a widow peak hairline, complete my devilish discrete goatee look

Also the thinness gene for an eventual much needed treatment for obese people, a true life changer in quality and expectancy (not for me, tall-thin).

As for multiple sclerosis, let's find a cure for Michael Fox and sufferers already, please go science!.

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May 22, 2020, 18:04
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eRe4s3r wrote on May 22, 2020, 17:27:
Whenever I see that story of that Fitzek guy I have to laugh, mainly because he is obviously mentally ill, but also because my government has managed to ignore it for 3 decades, and then this decade they finally realized these insane people are a threat to the stability of a country.

Then again, I am governed by a certain Merkel who just 5 years claimed that "closing all borders is impossible" excuse me while I laugh, given I was looking at full closed border to Poland a mere 3 weeks ago... blegh

There was also that whole "iron curtain" thing you guys had for a few decades there.
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May 22, 2020, 17:42
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Armengar wrote on May 22, 2020, 16:58:
Nice one on the cat. Our spaniel actually managed to grab a grey squirrel last weekend. He wasnt clamping down on it but wouldnt let it go either and it was freaking out. Not even the usual biscuit treat worked. After a few minutes of making unholy noises he finally let it go.

That's a training issue. Work on that. With our German Shepherd he was trained out of that prey/chase instinct. Used to have critters go by him all the time in the yard and he'd never give them a second glance.
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May 22, 2020, 17:27
 
Whenever I see that story of that Fitzek guy I have to laugh, mainly because he is obviously mentally ill, but also because my government has managed to ignore it for 3 decades, and then this decade they finally realized these insane people are a threat to the stability of a country.

Then again, I am governed by a certain Merkel who just 5 years claimed that "closing all borders is impossible" excuse me while I laugh, given I was looking at full closed border to Poland a mere 3 weeks ago... blegh
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May 22, 2020, 16:58
 
Nice one on the cat. Our spaniel actually managed to grab a grey squirrel last weekend. He wasnt clamping down on it but wouldnt let it go either and it was freaking out. Not even the usual biscuit treat worked. After a few minutes of making unholy noises he finally let it go.
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Verno wrote on May 22, 2020, 12:59:
I'm down for anything Nolan directs, looking forward to Tenet.

I'd recommend against watching the trailer. Nolan's movies are best watched fresh.
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May 22, 2020, 14:44
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Four day work weeks rule. My dad used to to do that with his crew of guys in the summer. They'd just work M-T 10 hour days, long weekend every weekend. I did that for years in restos. Pull a few doubles and one regular shift, long weekend city. That extra day off is just so much more civilized.
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May 22, 2020, 12:59
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I'm down for anything Nolan directs, looking forward to Tenet.
Playing: Risk of Rain 2, Jedi Fallen Order, Last of Us II
Watching: Tenet, Peninsula, The Pale Door
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